RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200

Robert K. Libby,

Superintendent

May 26, 2017

NEWS Headlines

Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

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Capital project update: Phase 1A and 1B

New Kitchen     New Elementary Library

Click here for some before and after photos of the capital project.

High School Final Exam Schedule

Hunting for a piece of local history

Second graders at A.W. Becker were excited to learn about the history of schools in the town. Debbie Croscup and Linda Davies, from the Bethlehem Historical Association, shared photographs, artifacts and stories with the students. [read more]

Setting a gold standard

Students return from NYSSMA with high marks

The busy New York State School Music Association season has nearly wrapped up for the music students at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and according to music teacher Michelle McLoughlin, it has been a great success. [read more]

Want to test drive a school bus?

Get your hands on the wheel at a school bus open house and job fair hosted by the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Transportation Department, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, June 3. You must be 21 years old and have a clean driving record. A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is NOT required to test drive a school bus.
RCS bus drivers work flexible hours, part-time schedules and earn $15 an hour.
The open house will be held on the RCS High School and Middle School campus located at 2025 US Route 9W, Ravena, NY 12143. Contact Jenn Houck, at 518-756-5241, with any questions.

RCS hosts second annual Fury on the Field outdoor wrestling tournament

Local wrestlers are invited to compete in the second annual Fury on the Field, Saturday, June 3. This is a unique opportunity for freestyle and folkstyle wrestlers as it is held outside on the track and turf field on the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk high school campus. [read more]

$4,000 grant gives A.W. Becker exciting STEM opportunity

What started as an idea create two self-sustaining ecosystems at A.W. Becker, will now be a reality thanks to a $4,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. Enrichment teacher, Damien Verga created a plan to design and build both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that could be used school-wide for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. [read more]

Nationally acclaimed writer visits Creative Writing class

Author and human-rights advocate, Annu Subramanian visited Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Teacher, Dee Hushmendy’s Creative Writing class on May 4. The writer spoke about her stories including her recent novel, Another Heaven, which is about human trafficking and terrorism. [read more]

Sheriff for a day

Business students take part in a job shadow experience

Nearly 20 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk business students got a taste of what it’s like to be an Albany County Sheriff. On April 25, the Business Law and Career & Financial Management classes participated in a Junior Achieve Job Shadow with the officers in Clarksville. [read more]

No Contingent Day May 26, 2017

As a reminder, Friday, May 26, 2017 will be a day of regular student attendance; all students and staff will report. This day was marked as a Contingent Day on our district calendar, however, the district used the full allotment of emergency days including the two contingency days this past winter. Attendance on May 26 will keep us in compliance with the New York State mandate of 180 days of school session.

2017-18 budget passed by voters

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls Tuesday, May 16, approving a $45.8 million budget for the 2017-18 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition and community library vote. [read more]

Two students honored for academics and service

Thirty-one Capital Region students were honored at the annual Capital District YMCA Student & Educator Awards Breakfast, April 25. Two Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students, Lauren Miller, a junior, and Laya Mathai, a sophomore, were among those receiving awards.
Miller and Mathai were selected for their dedication to academics and their commitment of service to their community. See photo

Residents to decide on $45.8 million budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District will head to the polls to vote on a proposed $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.99 percent spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.25 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) is required for budget approval. [read more]

RCS senior competes in national competition

Elison Foronda, a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior, was one of two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) automotive students earned a top 20 finish in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City. [read more]

New safety measures in place on high school campus

The new bus-only access road at the rear of the high school campus is complete and now in use. This allows the district to take additional steps to ensure the safety of our students. At 2 p.m. each day, we will be closing the road that runs behind the high school along the length of the soccer and softball field. No vehicles will be allowed on that road after 2 p.m. This safety measure will allow students, athletes and spectators to cross that road free of traffic.

RCS administration addresses problematic tenth period transportation

The district is currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers that has resulted in an interruption of the district’s ability to provide transportation home after tenth period. This is an academic support period that provides assistance to those who either require or want it in the middle and high school. [read more]

RCS 2017-18 school calendar

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district has released the 2017-18 school calendar dates. Click here to download.

 

 

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