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

Alan R. McCartney,

Interim Superintendent

November 21, 2014

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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.

Student photoPins and Rims a huge success for Best Buddies program at the Middle School

More than 200 students and parents attended the fourth annual Pins and Rims fund-raiser to support the Best Buddies program at the Middle School.

Best Buddies advisors Daria Carusone, Pam Ginder, Patricia Stockman and Maria Semenick coordinated the evening.

"I had the pleasure of attending the event which included a dodge ball tournament among students and teachers, a raffle of some amazing donated item, food and more!," said Semenick. "I was so impressed at this creative way to spread our mission of inclusion and friendship." [read more]

Student photo33 PBC students recognized for excellence on state Science, ELA and Mathematics tests in the spring

P.B. Coeymans Principal Hakim Jones and Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney presented 33 students with certificates noting their success on scoring Level 4 - the highest achievement possible - on state science, English Language Arts and math tests in the spring.

Jones noted that teachers work very hard with students every year "to prepare our students and see how much they have grown during the year" in their studies. [read more]

Student photoAaron June recognized for Eagle Scout project benefitting Ronald McDonald House

RCS sophomore Aaron June was recognized by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for achieving the Eagle Scout status.

Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney said Aaron had achieved 21 merit badges during his scouting career. “I was a boy scout, a life scout,”McCartney said at the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting.. “I didn’t have what it took to become an Eagle Scout. Aaron does.” READ MORE

Grade 2 class at Pieter B. Coeymans "hates yams in all places"

Jessica Emerick's grade 2 class wrote a song with WGNA disc jockey Richie Phillips as part of his “Reading, Writing and Rhyming” program. Phillips came to Pieter B. to record the students singing "I Hate Yams in All Places" to a parody of the Garth Brook's song, “Friends In Low Places.” Phillips also plays the clip of Brooks reacting to the PBC parody during a radio interview.

Listen to the student-created song and Brooks interview by clicking on the image below.



GI Go Fund Jeans for Troops fundraiser nets $375 from RCS staff

Employees at Pieter B. Coeymans and AW Becker Elementary Schools, along with RCS District Office employees, honored Veterans Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.

On November 12, staff took part in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund, an nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.

During the drive, which involves schools and companies from across the country, employees were given the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund. RCS raised $375 for this worthy cause. READ MORE

Several RCS students to perform in Melodies of Christmas Dec. 18-21

Several RCS High School students have been chosen to participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of Christmas Chorale. They will perform along with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors Theater in Schenectady on December 18th – 21st in support of Albany Medical Center’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Since the inception of the annual Melodies of Christmas concerts, millions of dollars have been raised for this important cause. The program will also air on CBS 6 at various times on December 24th and December 25th. READ MORE

Board members study $30 million building improvement project that would have little tax impact; expected to endorse plan on Nov. 18; community vote by mid-January

With the high school band using the stage to practice and elementary playing fields under water in the spring, among other building concerns, the Board of Education is considering a building project that would spend millions to improve the four RCS schools and bus garage to better position students for the challenges of the 21st century.

The nearly $30 million building project - plus a possible second $1.2 million proposal to replace two fields next to the high school - would be completed in two phases, beginning in June 2016 and completing the second phase by August 2021.

The tax increase for the project is estimated at a maximum of .62 percent (less than 1 percent) or a maximum of $12.42 per year for a home assessed at $100,000. That increase would come in the second phase of the project, probably in the 2019-20 school year.

As the schedule appears now, board members are expected to approve a slightly revised project at its meeting on Nov. 18. The projected community vote would be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at RCS High School. [read more]

November 6 workshop meeting to discuss potential building improvement plan that would carry little or no tax increase

With thousands of square feet of space that has to be cleaned and maintained every day, the RCS buildings look like they are in pretty good shape.
RCS maintenance crews do their best to keep the buildings in tiptop shape.
However, many of the "behind the scenes" needs go unseen. Larger building needs cannot be paid for out of annual budgets.
And while the needs are plenty, meeting those needs would most likely come at no cost to RCS taxpayers if planned appropriately to take advantage of retiring debt already on the books.
The Board of Education will hear recommendations at a workshop meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the high school library. Community members are welcomed. [read more]

56 RCS Middle and High School Musicians to participate in All-County Music Festival Nov. 5-7

Fifty-six student musicians from RCS middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival.

The festival is being held at Greenville High School on Wednesday, November 5th and Friday, November 7th.

Students from RCS, Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens, Greenville, Hunter-Tannersville and Windham-Ashland-Jewett will participate in rehearsals on Wednesday from 3 – 8 p.m. They will return on Friday to begin rehearsal at 3 p.m. and the festival will conclude with an evening concert in the Greenville High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7th. [read more]

RCS students selected to all-state music conference

The RCS High School Music Department is pleased to announce that junior James “Jake” Wamsley has been selected to participate in this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, which is being held from December 4-7 in Rochester, NY.  Also selected as an alternate was junior Emmalyn Knapp. READ MORE

4th annual "Pins and Rims" set for Nov. 14

It’s that time again for “Pins and Rims.”

RCS will have its fourth annual event at the high school gym Nov. 14 from 6:30-9 p.m.

It’s a $1 admission for everyone with games, basket raffles and refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit an RCS program, “Best Buddies.”

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization established in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In middle schools, Best Buddies operates as a student-run friendship club, which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. [View Flyer PDF]

RCS high school students set to participate in state-wide music festival

The RCS music department will be well represented at this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Area All-State music festival.

RCS music festival participantsThis year’s festival will once again be held at Saratoga Springs High School.

Students will rehearse on Friday, Nov. 21 and will return again on Saturday morning for rehearsals.

The festival will conclude with a concert featuring the Area All-State Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Band and Symphonic Orchestra at 2 p.m.


Pictured in the photo are left to right:  Emmalyn Knapp (Soprano 1), Kathryn Rowzee (Band, French horn), Victoria Margiasso (Soprano 1), Samuel Datri (Bass 2), Michael Fryer (Tenor 2), Brennan Flory (Bass 2), Diana Bechdol oprano 2), Diana Voronko (Alto 1) and Madison Brown (Alto 2).  Absent from photo were:  Nicole Miller (Alto 2) and Jake Wamsley (Bass 2).

Student photoAWB kindergarten students have fun at Stanton's Feura Farm

AW Becker kindergarten classes had fun on a hay ride, a straw slide, maneuvering their ways through a maze and picking pumpkins during a visit today to Stanton’s Feura Farm in Feura Bush.

The students had the opportunity to experience many fun-filled and educational activities. [read more]

Student photoStudents promote safe teen driving

Grade 10-12 students, who are getting ready to take permit and driving tests, last week participated in National Teen Driver Safety Week and several activities designed to make driving safer for everyone.

The students, in Megan McClave's period 7 health class, participated in the activities as part of their advocacy project.

"Advocacy is one of the health skills included in the NYS health curriculum," said McClave. [read more]

RCS to host Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles for sixth year in a row on Nov. 1

For the sixth year in a row, the RCS Music Department is hosting the Empire State Repertory Orchestra and the Empire State String Ensemble concert.

The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the RCS High School auditorium. Both ensembles are affiliates of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO). [read more]

Icky the GermElementary Children Learning How to Reduce the Spread of Germs

"Icky the Germ" may not become anybody's friend - but he carriers a powerful message for students.

As the cold and flu season approaches, a heightened effort is underway at AW Becker to teach children about good health practices.

 Tips on are how to stay healthy are being presented to AWB students by “Icky the Germ.” [read more]

Middle School club set to launch book drive

The Middle School FACS Club (Family and Consumer Sciences) is about to start collecting children’s books for Grassroot Givers, a non-profit organization that distributes free books to schools, classroom libraries, senior centers, social service offices, literacy programs, health care clinics, military bases, hospitals and many other venues in our region.

Donations can be made between Oct. 27-Nov.7 in each RCS school’s main office. [VIEW FLYER PDF]

PBC grade 5 students attend ESYO performance at Proctor's Theater

Student photoGrade 5 students at Pieter B. Coeymans were part of a wonderful musical experience that took place at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Oct. 22.

Students took in the sights and sounds of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) as they performed musical selections of American composers including Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. The program was tailored for students and was very interactive through the use of actors, artwork and of course, fabulous music! [read more]

Student photoHolocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan discusses her life in Holland under Nazi Germany and the positive thoughts that helped her survive

Next month, Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan and her husband, Nathanial, will travel to Germany for a reunion of sorts.

She will carry a sample of soil from the grave of her mother, who died two years ago at age 104, to place on the grave of her father, who died 69 years ago shortly after being liberated from years of torture at the hands of the German Nazis during World War II.

While symbolic, the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a reference to the four members of her family trapped under Nazi control in Holland during World War II, will be reuniting the two people who helped her to survive during the unimaginable years of her childhood.  [read more]

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca meets with students in grade 2Mayor visit to PBC

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca visited PBC on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach Jessica Emerick's, Glenn Koblenzer's, Kim Kratochwill's and Nicole Stott's second graders about the importance of leadership in a community. Many thanks to Mayor Misuraca for taking the time to answer many of the students' questions. Click on the image to enlarge it.

A.W. Becker students recognized by the Board of Education

Nearly 50 students were recognized by the Board of Education tonight for achieving a score of 4 - the highest possible score - on the New York State exams in English Language Arts and mathematics. [read more]

AWB students explore the world around them on Habitat Day

Student photoWhether it was hiking on a nature trail, researching bird habitats, exploring owl pellets or making Dragonfly Clothespins, students at A.W. Becker explore the world around them during Habitat Day.
Students explored the Barbara Austin Nature Trail, looking and listening for, and identifying animal signs and habitats. Various grade levels were involved in researching bird habitats in the computer lab. [read more]

Four Perfect Pebbles cover Holocaust survivor to talk about survival in the face of despair during a presentation to juniors and seniors on Oct. 20 at RCS High School.

A renowned Holocaust survivor will speak to juniors and seniors at RCS High School from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan is the award-winning author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a book about her experiences as a nine-year old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the same camp in which Anne Frank died. [read more]

Here's updated information about the Property Tax Freeze Credit, which the RCS community will benefit from this year. [read more]

Student photoHigh School students honored by Board of Education

Fifteen high school students were recognized by the Board of Education tonight for achieving a 3, 4 or 5 on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams last year.

In addition, two students - Alana Columbus and Ariel Hunlock - were honored for having met their graduation requirements after taking the August Regents exams.

Principal Tom DiAcetis said the AP honorees "have shown that they can successfully complete college-level material," a trait he said that will serve these students very well in the future.  [read more]

Student photoRCS swim team off to a strong start; swimmers break records in first meet against Johnstown

The RCS-CA Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving Team had its first meet on Friday night, Sept. 5, against Johnstown.

For many of the girls it was their varsity debut, said CoachElyse Loughlin. "The young team swam their hearts out to beat many personal records," she said.

RCS grade 8 student Gillian Burch was able to beat a six-year-old team record with a time of 1:11.43 in the 100-yard breast stroke. [read more]

Senior Collin Adams named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Senior Collin Adams has been named as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program, the first step in a journey that could provide funding for college next year.

Collin was among 16,000 semifinalists announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. [read more]

RCS has 1st day of classes (and lunch!)

RCS students enjoy first day of classes (and lunch!)

Some school tax bills mailed to homeowners instead of escrow services

 Some homeowners who pay their tax bills through an escrow account with their banks may have received a school tax bill in error in the past few days.

The Capital Region BOCES, the firm hired to mail the bills and process the payments, is working to remedy the situation, according to RCS Interim Business Administrator Stephen Meier. [read more]

2014-15 RCS calendars delayed at Albany Post Office

As of Friday afternoon - four days after the 2014-15 RCS district calendars were delivered for mailing to the Albany regional postal sort facility on Karner Road - the long-awaited calendars remained on a dock there.

After inquiries by RCS administration and CMPS Marketing, the firm that prepared the calendars for mailing on behalf of RCS, a postal supervisor said the calendars were still on the dock because the facility was deluged with political and back to school mailings. He said they should be delivered by Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The 2014-15 calendar is posted here.

September tax bills to increase less than projected in May

Typical September RCS school tax bills will rise by less than $45 per year, or about $3.60 per month, thanks  to lower-than-projected tax rate increases approved by the Board of Education on August 19.

Those final figures are before savings from the state's School Tax Relief (STAR) program are factored into the final calculation. In addition, because RCS stayed below it's state-mandated tax levy cap, homeowners will also be eligible for a new rebate program. Checks are expected to be mailed directly to homeowners this fall.

Tax rates in the towns of Bethlehem, Coeymans and New Scotland increased by 1.57% - less than the 1.88% increase projected before the 2014-15 budget of $42.345 million was approved by the community in May. The tax rate in New Baltimore declined by 0.44% from the 2013-14 rate. [read more]

Tom DiAcetisTom DiAcetis named as High School principal; 'Lunch with the Principal' to kick off in the coming school year

Thirty years after Tom DiAcetis walked across the stage to pick up his RCS diploma, "Mr. D" has returned as principal of his alma mater.

DiAcetis, a 1984 RCS graduate who served as assistant principal last year during the 2013-14 school year, was appointed last night by the Board of Education as principal. He succeeds Brian Bishop, who took a position at another school district after serving one year as RCS principal. [read more]

Fall 2014 brochure to be mailed by the end of August

The Fall 2014 Continuing Education brochure will be mailed by the end of August 2014. The in-person registration will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Aquatics Center at the high school. [You can check out the fall 2014 brochure here - PDF]

2014-15 bus routes are available for download

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year are now available for download. Letters will also be mailed to RCS families with specific route information. [read more]

Calendar cover2014-15 calendars to be mailed by end of August

The 2014-15 calendar will be mailed to homes by the end of August.

Check out the calendar informational grids and facing page information on the RCS calendar page. [read more]

Friends spearhead fund-raiser for friend with blood diseaseRegina McGuire

RCS junior Regina McGuire has been battling the fight of her life for 10 years.

The petite young woman with the pretty smile is fighting Aplastic Anemia, a rare disease in which the bone marrow and blood stem cells in the marrow are damaged, preventing her body from producing new blood cells.

For several years, she has been receiving blood transfusions at Albany Medical Center to keep the ailment at bay while she continued to live the life of a teenager – participating in school activities and events. Two months ago, she attended the RCS prom.  [read more]

As you prepare to pay your 2014-15 RCS school tax bill, here's some important information to keep in mind...

Once you receive your school tax bill for the 2014-15 year, there is information RCS would like you to know. [read more]

Help your 9th grade student get off on the right foot: attend orientation on Aug. 21

Entering high school is a big deal for students and parents.

Help get your child's next journey started in the best way possible by attending the 9th Grade Orientation at RCS High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 21 in the High School Auditorium.

A number of important items will be covered at the orientation, including graduation requirements, scheduling options, extra-curricular activities and more.

 Students will also receive their schedules. [read more]

Want to swim on the RCS Varsity Swim Team? Here's how...

The RCS Girls Varsity Swim Team is looking to recruit more girls to the swim team.

Students in grades 7-12 may join. Our season requires a commitment that starts Monday, August 18 and goes through Saturday, November 8. [read more]

Help to shape the future at RCS High School!

High school parents and staff are encouraged to join a search committee for the next RCS High School assistant/vice principal.

Anyone interested in serving on the interview committee should contact Brenda Walton in the superintendent's office at 756-5200 ext. 6003 by Wednesday, August 6. [read more]

TrackTrack ready for use! Let's keep it in good shape!

The high school track has been resurfaced and is now available for use.

This project was designed to provide RCS running athletes a resilient surface that will minimize injuries both in training and in competition for many years.

Please note these community use rules for wheeled vehicles, footgear and pets. [read more]


2014 graduation photoOne chapter ends and another begins for class of 2014

The class of 2014 graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, June 28, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.                           

A special thanks to all of the friends and families who attended, and good luck to the graduating class. [read more]

Latter, Reville elected as three new BOE members take their seats

Three new Board of Education members were sworn into office tonight, July 1, during the annual re-organizational meeting of the RCS Board of Education.

Michael Jones, William McFerran and Tina Furst-Hotaling were elected to the positions during the May 20 community vote.

In addition, Board of Education President James Latter was unanimously re-elected as president and Edward "Teddy" Reville was unanimously elected as the board's vice president for the 2014-15 school year. [read more]

Student photoHundreds have fun outside in the fresh air during AW Becker Field Days

"Field day at A.W. Becker this year was a blast!," said teaching assistant Sandi Ackert. She said that more than 70 parent volunteers helped at the stations - face painting, relay races, a bounce house and water games - as the nearly 500 AWB students worked their way through the various activities.

She sent out special thanks to Sergeant Jimenez, Denise Hughes, and the entire PTA for putting on this amazing event. [read more]

Student photoClaudia Verga retiring as A.W. Becker principal after 40 years in education

It seems like a lot has changed over the past 40 years.

Families had more children. Roads were less congested. America had just landed on the moon five years earlier. There were no desktop computers. No internet. No Facebook.

But one thing has not changed.

“Kids still come in the door the same way they did 40 years ago,” said A.W. Becker Elementary Principal Claudia Verga, who is retiring this month.

“They come with an enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You can’t help but feel that energy in yourself. When they see you and hug you and tell you what’s going on, that shows them that you care about them and they know it.” [read more]

Staff PhotoThanks You for your service! 17 retirees recognized by the Board of Education

(6/24/14) Board of Education members and community members shared a cake with RCS retirees tonight at the high school.

The retirees were thanked for the dedication and hard work they performed on behalf of RCS students, parents and community members over their many years of service to school district.  [read more]

Five Guys flyerHelp out the Class of 2016 by grabbing a couple of burgers at Five Guys in Glenmont on Thursday, June 19; 20 percent of the bill goes to the class

The Class of 2016 - this year's sophomores - is holding a fundraiser at the Five Guys hamburgers on Route 9W in Glenmont from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19.

By clicking on this link or the flyer at right and presenting it before you order (PDF), you will be donating 20 percent of your bill to the Class of 2016!

Third annual DDP Regatta on Lawson Lake

On Saturday, June 7, at 10:00am, students enrolled in the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) class participated in the Third Annual Recyclable Boat Regatta at Lawson Lake.

The boats, designed and constructed entirely of recyclable materials, were “powered” by student muscle.  The designs ranged from rafts secured to plastic buckets, barrels, etc., to kayak-type boats made from large plastic drums.  Students used oars, and/or swam behind the boats pushing them along. The race started with all the boats afloat by the shore; students had to power their boats from the shore to about 2/3 the way into the lake, before turning to return to shore.  [read more]

PBIS recognizes 480 students - 81% of the school - for positive behavior

After last year's roll out of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at the high school, which culiminated with ice cream sundaes for students who hadn't received any referrals, the PBIS committee brought back that popular event as the last major acknowledgement of the 2013-2014 school year.
On May 22, 480 students - which represents about 81% of the school - were treated to make your own sundaes during their lunch period. The students who enjoyed the sundaes were recognized for not having received any major office referrals for the third quarter, and the first five weeks of the fourth quarter.
Teachers scooped the ice cream and students were able to add their choice of a variety of toppings.
A number of community businesses contributed to the event. The school received donations from Price Chopper, the Ravena Shop and Save and Humpty Dumpty's in Saratoga Springs.

33 students inducted into the National Honor Society

Thirty-three students - five seniors, two juniors and 26 sophomores - from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School were inducted into membership to the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the High School on Wednesday, June 10.

Candidates must first have a cumulative grade point average of at least 90.0% and are then selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. [read more]

Student photoThousands of dollars given out during High School Senior Awards Night

Over 50 students were presented with certificates, medals, scholarships, awards and Hall of Fame honors on Monday night, June 2

With Michelle McLoughlin (Chorus teacher) playing the piano as students, families, friends, faculty, distinguished guests and presenters arrived in the school’s auditorium. The presentation of awards began around 6:30 pm and concluded with refreshments in the cafeteria which lasted till approximately 9 pm.

More than 60 awards were presented totaling just under $58,000. [read more]

Student photoGirls spearhead fundraiser for Coxsackie student fighting cancer

Maeve Newkirk and her third-grade Pieter B. Coeymans friends - Holly Macera and Gabrielle Stacey - are just like Kamryn Slater, a 7-year-old second-grader from neighboring Coxsackie.

They like to run and play. They want to have fun. They enjoy being outside and doing what little girls do every day.

But these three students, and some other friends, have given up their time for a bigger need. They have been spending a lot of time cutting and folding paper to make bright, colorful “Kitty Bookmarks” during their lunch times and recess at PBC.

They are selling the bookmarks for 50 cents each to help Kamryn, who was diagnosed last month with Wilms' Tumor, a type of kidney cancer typically found in children. There are about 500 cases in the U.S. every year. [read more]

Matthew Meacham inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Matthew Meacham, a Criminal Justice I student at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Tech school, was among the 45 area students recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

The honor is a reflection of his excellent class work in both Career & Tech classes at the Capital Region BOCES as well as their home schools. [read more]

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2014: Senior Graduation Rehearsal has been changed to Wednesday, June 25. The rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. at the high school auditorium. The previous date was Thursday, June 26.

NJHS image41 Middle School students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

National Honor Students from the high school tapped 41 middle school students - five in grade 8 and 36 in grade 7 - to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society today. The ceremony was held tonight. [read more]

National Honor Society induction changed to June 10

Several delays in data gathering and conflicts with other events have forced the rescheduling of the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony to Tuesday, June 10 at
7 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the High School Auditorium. It is anticipated that induction letters will be mailed on Tuesday, June 3.

Times Union recognizes RCS Valedictorian and high school music teacher

The Times Union Scholarship Recognition Program honored RCS Class of 2014 Valedictorian Emily Buckley-Crist for her academic and school leadership excellence.

Emily is very active in the RCS community. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2012, and is currently an officer. She is a long-time member of band and chorus, and also participated in jazz band, pit orchestra, various NYSSMA events, and other ensembles, including the Empire State Repertory Orchestra. [read more]

SABIC volunteers build arbor and beautify front garden at A.W. BeckerStudent photo

As part of the company's annual community day outreach, about 15 volunteers from SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk designed and built an arbor and spruced up the front gardens at the A.W. Becker Elementary School.

"We are so pleased with the completed work, the arbor and the beautification of our front garden," said Principal Claudia Verga. "They have made AW Becker a more beautiful place to learn. Our building now has a fresh new face and we would like to extend a giant 'Thank You!' out to SABIC for their time and generosity." [read more]

PBC students focus on the habitats around us during Habitat DayStudent photo

For more than 10 years, PBC students have taken a moment to better understand and appreciate the habitats - whether that means ticks, birds or woodlands - around us every day during their annual Habitat Day.

The day is devoted to learning about the different habitats that exist in our community, state, country, or in some instances other parts of the world, said teacher Tony Lintner, who coordinated the event. "Our objective is to celebrate the accomplishments of the PBC community, staff, and students that have helped to create our schoolyard habitat," he said. [read more]

RCS Varsity Softball team faces Cohoes in Sectional finals on May 28

The RCS Varsity Softball made the Sectional Finals against Cohoes. The game begins at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Veeder Park in Colonie on Wednesday, May 28; the bus leaves RCS at 2 p.m.

Here are directions to the game:
Veeder Park (Lishakill Sports Complex, S. Colonie)
Take Exit 2W off the Northway (towards Schenectady) onto Central Ave. West to Rte. 155. Turn Right (north) onto Rte. 155 (New Karner Rd) for about 1/10 of a mile. Turn left onto Consaul Rd (Dunkin Donuts on the left). Follow Consaul Rd to the intersection with Watervliet-Shaker Rd. Bear left, continuing on Consaul for about a mile. Veeder Park will be on the left.

HS track resurfacing and reconstruction begins June 2

The high school track and field facility will be unavailable for any kind of use beginning on June 2nd until further notice due to reconstruction and resurfacing.

Contractors are expected to be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. There may be times when they will be working during the evening under the lights. The contractor will have office and storage trailers, small excavators and temporary utilities on site as well.

Student photoAWB students 'move their bodies' to Beyonce during Project ACES

For five minutes this morning, there was a lot of shakin' going on in the classrooms at A.W. Becker as the nearly 500 students and staff participated in Project ACES - “the world’s largest exercise class.”

This event has been called “the world’s largest exercise class” because it brings together so many people around the US and the world to exercise simultaneously.

Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) takes place on the first Wednesday in May and is part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Physical Education Week. [read more]

12 RCS students receive Physical Education Student Leadership Awards

Twelve RCS students - six from A.W. Becker and six from the Middle School - were recognized tonight at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy for receiving a Physical Education Student Leadership Award.

The 29th annual Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Awards recognized dozens of area students. The awards are presented through the The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD). [read more]


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2014-15 calendars approved by the Board of Education

Check out the 2014-15 instructional calendar (PDF) approved by the Board of Education showing next year's school vacations and other information. There is also a calendar showing BOE meeting dates (PDF).

Pool is reopened

(4/30/14) The pool is now reopened. It was closed earlier this week due to a power surge over the weekend that had damaged the electrical part of the pool cover.

Simulated DWI crash to be held on Friday, May 2 in front of the high school

If you drive by a horrendous car accident in the front parking lot and lawn of the high school on Friday afternoon, it's all for the sake of educating students about safe driving during the upcoming prom and graduation seasons.

Juniors and seniors will see a mock simulation of a DWI crash during periods 8 and 9 - 12:30 to 2 p.m. - on Friday in the southeast corner of the middle school parking lot. The mangled wreckage will be moved to the front lawn and remain there until next week, said Principal Brian Bishop. RCS students in makeup will portray victims of the crash. [read more]

Tricia Carlton named as new A.W. Becker principalTricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton, who brings more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience to her new position as principal at A.W. Becker Elementary School, plans to continue moving the school forward and fostering a positive climate for students and staff.

She was named to the position after an extensive search by the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 22. She will serve as principal for a three-year probationary period, lasting from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2017. She replaces retiring Principal Claudia Verga.

Carlton, a resident of Delmar, received a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  [read more]

RCS music students grab the gold at NYSSMA majors; music program continues to shine

The past week was another very busy and productive week for the RCS Music Department. Once again the program continued to display the consistency for which it has become known, said Scott Andrews, K-12 District Music Coordinator and high school band director.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Evaluation Festival was the annual performing event in which the high school band and chorus and middle school 7th & 8th grade band and chorus traveled to perform.  [read more]

Best BuddiesStop in for a Chicken Barbecue at the MS before or after voting on May 20

Before or after you cast your vote for the 2014-15 school budget and Board of Education candidates on Tuesday, May 20, plan to check out the chicken barbecue that will be held at the Middle School from 4 to 6:30 p.m. that day.

The annual barbecue is a fundraiser for the Best Buddies program at the MS. The barbecue is through Frese’s Catering Services.

You need to order and pay in advance. [read more and download the order form]

Parents needed to serve on high school principal search committee

Parents of high school students are encouraged to join a search committee for the next RCS High School principal.

Current Principal Brian Bishop was appointed last year to a one-year contract.

Candidates have until May 22 to apply for the position. [read more]

Congratulations to the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2014

Emily Buckley-Crist and Elizabeth Wickham have been named as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014. Congratulations to both!  [read more]

Get those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness Marathon

SneakersAttention RCS students, faculty, families and friends! The first RCS Wellness Marathon will be run from March 20 and April 25.

Marathoners must run or walk at least 21 miles between those two dates.
You can run or walk a mile at a time or up to five miles on different days! Any combination of running or walking works as long as it adds up to 21 miles!

The last 5.2 miles will be finished at the third annual Wellness Walk to be held on April 27th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Joralemon Park 144 Starr Rd., Ravena. 

[read about the marathon - PDF]   [read about the Community walk - PDF]

Driver education being offered at Coxsackie-Athens in the summer of 2014

The driver education program through the Coxsackie-Athens school district will again be offered this summer and is open to RCS students. The class will run July 21 to Aug. 22. The cost for the self-supporting program is $350 maximum A $200 Non-Refundable Deposit is due by May 23, 2014 [read more]

Four candidates seeking election to three seats on the Board of Education

Four candidates filed the necessary petitions to seek election to the Board of Education during the May 20 community voting.

The seats are now held by Mike Robbins, Jeffrey Lukens and Rodney Krzykowski. Only Krzykowski is seeking re-election. The top three vote recipients will be elected to three-year terms beginning July 1. Board members are unpaid.

Meet the Candidates night will at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. [read more]

Two RCS students named as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

RCS juniors Collin Adams and Katie Houghtaling have been named among 16,000 semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program based on their scores on the 2013 Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT). Half of the semi-finalists, about 8,000 nationwide, will learn in September if they qualify for a college scholarship.

Learning Fair, Family Math Night and Art Show draws hundreds of families

Student photoSpace on the walls and in the hallways was at a premium as hundreds of students and families turned out to check out student work and displays, get some exercise, challenge their minds and have a good time at the Learning Fair, Family Math Night and Art Show on April 10.

There were activities for children of all ages, including displays of amazing art work, shooting basketballs, bowling, math games and physical activities. [read more]

BOE adopts $42.345 million budget for 2014-15; taxes up by 1.88 percent

The Board of Education unanimously adopted a 2014-15 budget totaling $42,345,849 tonight - a spending plan that makes no programmatic or staff cuts while boosting spending for college-prep Advanced Placement, Family and Consumer Science, music, Career and Tech courses at BOCES, sports and building maintenance.
The proposed budget, which goes to the community for approval on Tuesday, May 20 (voting will be held 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school gym), would raise the tax levy by 1.88 percent - well below the district's maximum 3.9 percent state tax levy cap.
Because the budget stays below the cap, homeowners will also be eligible for a property tax rebate under a new program included in the 2014-15 state budget. [read more]

RCS flips the switch on solar powerAW Becker solar panels

Over the next 20 years, solar collectors sitting atop the four school buildings and bus garage are going to harness enough energy to clip at least $800,000 from RCS utility bills – all at no cost to taxpayers.

The collectors have been installed on the roofs at the high school, middle school, A.W. Becker, Pieter B. Coeymans and the bus garage.

Estimates from US Light Energy, the contractor working with RCS to develop the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the project, show that electric charges will drop by $807,076 (a 11.34 percent drop) over the next 20 years at a minimum. [read more]

Nominations open April 7 - 23 for the Challenge Math and Scholars elementary enrichment programs in 2014-15

Teachers are currently in the process of nominating students for the Challenge Math (current grades 2-4) and Scholars (current grades 3-4) programs at the A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans elementary schools.

AWB and PBC students may be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or parent/guardian. [read more]

Family Math Night to be held on Thursday, April 10 at PBCMath Night flyer

Head over the to the PBC gym this Thursday, April 10, for an evening of activities all focused around mathematics. The Family Math Night runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

With the stress and pressures of the upcoming NYS tests, this should be a chance to have some fun, burn off some much needed frustration, and learn a few things too!
Activities will range from basketball shooting, bowling, math games, physical activities and much more.

There are activities for ALL grade levels. Here's the flyer (PDF).

Freshman Emma Hughes elected as a NYS FCCLA officer; heading to national conference in July

Emma Hughes pictureRCS freshman Emma Hughes was selected as the First Vice President and Vice President of Alumni and Associates during the NYS Family, Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) convention in Syracuse from March 26 to 29.

From July 6 to 10, Emma, along with her fellow officers, will lead the NYS FCCLA delegation to the FCCLA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. There will be more than 6,000 students at this conference sharing ideas on how to become better leaders, practicing public speaking, planning strategies on how to increase membership.
[read more]

Middle School FACS students become "blanketeers" and make a fleece quilt Quilt projectfor The Linus Project

The Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club has made a fleece quilt to donate to the Linus Project.

The Linus Project donates thousands of homemade blankets to children in need of comfort and warmth each year.   [read more]





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EVENTS Calendar

American Education Week - Nov. 17-21

Thursday, November 20

Parent Conferences (All Grades)

Friday, November 21

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saratoga HS

Saturday, November 22

NYSSMA ASF (9 a.m. rehearsal; 2 p.m. concert; Saratoga HS)

Monday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 25

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Wednesday, November 26


Thursday, November 27


Friday, November 28


Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if a concert is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if a concert is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Tuesday, January 13

Community vote on building project, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., High School

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)


Thursday, January 22

MS/HS Winter Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS






complete 2014-15