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

Robert K. Libby,


November 26, 2015

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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RCS senior softball player receives full athletic scholarship to Division I school

It is not every day a student-athlete from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk receives a full athletic scholarship to a Division I College. In fact, it has been nearly 40 years since a student has achieved the feat.
This year, Haley Irvis broke the cycle, signing her National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Nov. 12, to attend Long Island University on a full athletic scholarship for softball. [read more]


Shark Tank-inspired projects spark entrepreneurial innovation and imagination at RCS Middle School

In a project based on the ABC network television show “Shark Tank,” students at RCS Middle School acted as entrepreneurs, presenting a product and company to a panel of judges - or sharks - in their seventh-grade family and consumer sciences classes on Nov. 4-5. [read more]

Equations plus Bee Bucks equals fun at A.W. Becker’s inaugural Math Marathon

Regular practice of math facts helped prepare A.W. Becker students for their first Math Marathon the week of Nov. 2. The marathon was an initiative to increase math fluency at all levels in the school.
Each grade participated in the event, trying to beat the buzzer as the timed challenge encouraged students to demonstrate their knowledge of math. [Read more]


Bethlehem ZBA requests a demonstration of digital sign at A.W. Becker

The Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals is still considering the district’s request for a variance to allow the digital sign in front of A.W. Becker School, and has asked for the sign to be illuminated from 2 – 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 to see examples of its capabilities. [read more]

Schools now required to teach CPR

A new state mandate requires all high schools in New York to provide instruction of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to students as part of the health education curriculum.

What does this mean for Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk [read more]


A message to the community from Superintendent Libby

This has been a difficult week for the RCS community. In addition to memorializing the tragic loss of a student that passed away last week, we lost a beloved community member and RCS graduate. This and other events have resulted in emotional challenges among children and adults alike.

We have provided supports for our students and staff throughout the district this week. As we enter the weekend, we want to reach out as an extension of these efforts. With family and friends throughout the district, it is not at all surprising how emotionally impactful these circumstances have been to the members of our entire community.

As you reflect on the events of this past week and have the opportunity to more closely observe your children, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them.

We recognize that the weekend could be a difficult time and want to provide families with resources that are available while school is not in session.

As school resumes on Monday, grief counselors and trusted adults will again be available to work through these difficult issues with your children if necessary. We are here to help your children through this difficult time. If we can provide more support in any way, please call your child’s school.

Grief and Loss Resources:

  • Wave Riders provides support groups, camps and activities for Children and Teens for all types of grief and loss
  • Byron Center for Loss and Healing individual counseling specialized in grief and loss
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Albany County Department for Children, Youth & Families community services and supports for children and youth, crisis assessment, on-going counseling, and emergency on-call access to Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team


Cabaret for a cause at RCS High School

The High School Drama club is hosting a spaghetti dinner and cabaret fundraiser, 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the High School. Students will be performing musical numbers and serving dinner and dessert to guests. There will also be a silent auction of baskets filled with donated goods and services. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Mrs. Lopez in the middle school or Mrs. McLoughlin in the high school.



google cardboard‘I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed’

RCS Middle School librarian Cara Buckley has set her sights on enriching her students’ lives anyway she can - fundraising for technology tools that would provide virtual field trips.
“These kids are at an age where they want to learn and still have hope that they will be able to achieve the impossible,” Buckley said.
That is why she set up a donorschoose.org request to purchase a full class set of Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets which will allow students to take virtual field trips for any subject. [read more]


HS Drama Club to host fundraiser for annual theater production

The RCS High School Drama Club is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Yanni’s Too, 16 Marina Road, Coeymans.
When presenting this flier, a portion of the proceeds from each meal purchased at that time will benefit this year’s Drama Clubs production of “Beauty and the Beast”.
Click photo for flier


Best Buddies Pins and Rims fundraiser set for Nov. 10

The Annual Best Buddies Pins and Rims tournament fundraiser for the RCS Middle School Best Buddies program that combines basketball, dodgeball and bowling, will be held 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the high school gymnasium. Admission is $1 per person.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles and refreshments. Anyone interested in donating a basket for the basket raffle should contact Maria Semenick at msemenick@rcscsd.org.
The RCS Middle School Best Buddies Association pairs students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities as "buddies." The program helps students meet their peers, and encourages students of all abilities to socialize with each other.

Where there’s Smoke, there’s fire safety at PBC Elementary Student photo

Smoke the Dalmatian joined firefighters from the Coeymans Fire Company on Oct. 23, to help teach Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School students a few lessons in fire safety.
Firefighters talked with students about fire prevention and fire safety practices, including “stop, drop and roll.” They demonstrated what a firefighter looks like in full turnout gear to help quell any anxiety students may have about the gear and mask and stressed the importance of having a fire escape plan at home. Read more

RCS Freshman class to hold car wash fundraiser

Members of the RCS Class of 2019 will be washing cars for a $5 donation per car, 2:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the High School parking lot. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward their junior and senior year activities.

PBC emergency relocation drill Thursday, Oct. 29

On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 29, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School will conduct a practice emergency relocation drill where students will exit the school and walk to the nearby St. Patrick’s school located within the church. This drill will be contingent upon weather.
In accordance with regulations from the New York State Commissioner of Education that require schools districts to conduct annual drills to exercise their School Emergency Management Plans, our schools will conduct a number of drills throughout the year. The purpose of these drills are not to scare students, but rather to prepare and teach them how to proceed in such events. Please be assured that student safety is a top priority at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD.
The quiet behavior that is expected of students during the emergency relocation drill will be practiced in homeroom in the days leading up to the drill. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly.


Student photoReady, set, cook-off!

No matter how you slice and dice it, the Chopped Competition at RCS Middle School on Oct. 20 was a success.
“It was a hit last year, so I knew we had to continue it this year,” Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Molly Jennes said. “The students were excited to cook.”
Chopped, a friendly competition held for students in the FACS club, challenged students to create an appetizer that included an apple in its ingredients and an entrée using chicken.
[read more]

Student photoSprinting toward physical fitness, students take part in 7th annual Apple Run

After being postponed once due to a waterlogged field, the students at A.W. Becker finally got their chance to race to the finish line on Oct. 15., during the 7th annual Natalie Krause Apple Run.
“I love the Apple Run,” Physical Education teacher Elyse Loughlin said. “It reminds me that when we are little we just love to move. Our students can’t wait to get out there and make that mad dash.”
The afternoon was filled with heart-healthy exercise to help teach students how physical fitness benefits the body. [Read More]

Early dismissal for all RCS students Thursday, Oct. 22

Thursday, Oct. 22 will be an early dismissal day for grades UPK-12.
Dismissal times are as follows:

  • Universal Pre-K: parents may pick up at 11:30 a.m., or students ride bus at 12:30 p.m.
  • Middle School: 11:07 a.m.
  • High School: 11:07 a.m.
  • Elementary Schools: 12:30 p.m.

UPDATE: District seeks postponement for A.W. Becker sign variance appeal

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District Superintendent, Robert Libby, will be asking the Bethlehem Zoning Board to table the A.W. Becker variance appeal at the Oct. 21 meeting.
“We have asked the Bethlehem Zoning Board to table our appeal for a later date,” district Libby said on Tuesday.
The request comes after the district received notice from the Albany County Planning Board that it had recommended thevariance be disapproved without prejudice.
“We were unaware that the Albany County Planning Board would be discussing our variance during its Oct. 15 meeting,” Libby said. “We therefore did not present our position to that board.”
School officials are now reaching out to the Albany County Planning Board for further information and guidance in resolving the matter. “Tabling the variance appeal until November is in the best interest of the district and the Town of Bethlehem,” Libby said.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the community on this matter and ask for your continued support as we move forward.”
For now, the sign will remain off, as the district works toward a resolution.


School district seeks variance from Bethlehem Zoning Board to allow digital sign at A. W. Becker Elementary

Just days after the electric sign in front of A.W. Becker Elementary School was first illuminated in June, the Town of Bethlehem informed the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District that the sign violates their town code. A non-compliant sign could subject the district and its board members to fines and even criminal penalties unless the district receives a variance from the town.
The sign – which is intended to provide families and other community members information about school events and activities as well as health and safety – has been dark ever since.
Residents are encouraged to show their support for allowing the district to turn the sign back on by attending the Bethlehem Zoning Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Bethlehem Town Hall.
[Read more]


Sixty-one RCS students selected to GCMEA All-County Music Festival

Sixty-one student musicians from the RCS Middle School and High School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival. The festival is being held at Catskill High School on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 4 and 6.
Students will rehearse from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and return on Friday for additional rehearsals at 3 p.m. On Friday evening, the festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Catskill High School auditorium. [read more]

Plus: RCS High School musicians selected to NYSSMA All-State Conference [read more]

Student photo
PBC fourth and fifth graders take part in annual Cross Country Run

Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary held its annual Cross Country Run on Friday. Fourth and fifth graders participated in the one-mile run around the perimeter of the school. All students were encouraged to participate and medals were given out to the top winners in each category.

See photos from the event here



book fairWonderment and excitement take hold at PBC book fair

 The search for the perfect book was on as PBC pre-k and fifth grade students browsed through the large selection at the book fair. Each class took a trip to the fair, which was setup in the school cafeteria.

Students had the opportunity to purchase books and other reading materials. The book fair was also open during Open House which allowed parents and their children to shop together. 





Student photo

MS students learning healthy habits

Teamwork, communication, and problem solving are the keys to success in physical education as students participate in adventure games. Each game requires active engagement and collaboration to achieve success.
Learning about healthy habits does not stop there. Read more and view pictures


AWB offers One School, One BookBook photo program

"When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book being read increases these benefits, and there is the added joy of building community in the school family."
A.W. Becker announces the launch of a new program called “One School, One Book”. The idea is that every child in the school will read the same book at the same time. Activities to engage and help unite readers around the book will also take place in the classrooms.

For more information visit the AWB "One School, One Book" website here


Coach VanDerzee takes his place in history

The energy going into Friday’s varsity football game was electric as longtime RCS football coach Gary VanDerzee ran on the field with his team in hopes of winning his 200 game as a coach. The team did not disappoint the fans coming away with a 35-7 victory over the Hudson Falls Tigers. The win makes Coach VanDerzee the fourth Section 2 football coach ever to reach this achievement. [read more]


first day of schoolWelcome back RCS students!

Excitement fills the classrooms as eager RCS students are welcomed back on their first day of school!

Catch all the action in the welcome back video!

See more images from the first day of school.






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EVENTS Calendar

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, December 2

AW Becker Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at AW Becker

Thursday, December 3

PB Coeymans Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at PB Coeymans

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Friday, December 4

AW Becker PTA Cookies With Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Saturday, December 5

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Sunday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Wednesday, December 9

AW Becker Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

PB Coeymans Cookies with Santa, 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, December 10

PB Coeymans Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 15

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Wednesday, December 16

AW Becker PTA

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Thursday, December 17

Grades 7 and 8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Friday, December 18

End of five-week interim period, MS/HS

Monday, December 21

High School Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 22

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Winter begins

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jaime Mormile Invitational Wrestling Tournament, 7 a.m., HS gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PBC PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AWB PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23


Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


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