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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Tricia Carlton named as new A.W. Becker principal
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
Carlton, a resident of Delmar, received a
master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in
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
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.
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
You need to order and pay in
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.
Congratulations to the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of
Emily Buckley-Crist and
Elizabeth Wickham have been named as
valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014.
Congratulations to both!
Get those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness
Attention 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
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.,
about the marathon
about the Community walk
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.
Four candidates seeking election to three seats on the Board of
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.
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
Fair, Family Math Night and Art Show draws hundreds of families
Space 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
There were activities for children of all ages, including
displays of amazing art work, shooting basketballs, bowling, math games and
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
RCS flips the switch on solar power
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.
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
AWB and PBC students may be nominated by a teacher,
administrator, or parent/guardian.
Family Math Night to be held on Thursday, April 10 at PBC
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
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.
Middle School FACS students become "blanketeers" and make a fleece quilt
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.
RCS, Coeymans Police working together on canine unit training
When students see dogs roaming the hallways, they shouldn't think
it's Take Your Pet to School Day!
RCS is partnering with the Coeymans Police Department and Specialized K-9
Detection Services for some special on-site training. Throughout this
spring, the detection canines will occasionally be in "student-free" areas
of the high school, like unoccupied rooms and hallways. The exercises will
help the animals hone their detection skills within our school.
Here's the letter sent home to parents this week (PDF).
More than 1,000 students - including 110 from RCS - will participate in
the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS on April 4th & 5th
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District
will host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7
Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS High School on Friday and Saturday,
April 4th and 5th.
Music students from 31 Capital Region area schools will
perform solos and small ensembles for certified NYSSMA adjudicators.
The 23 adjudicators, coming to RCS from all across New
York State, will evaluate student performances in areas such as tone,
intonation, style, rhythm and several musical aspects.
Let your state leaders know your feelings
(3/26/14) As state leaders begin to wrap up their
discussions on the state budget, the New York State Council of School
Superintendents has put forth an easy and quick way to send your
representatives a message about the budget.
Here is the Education Speaks link to NYSCOSS -
2014-15 budget presentation being planned on April 1 at the high school
Interim Business Administrator Stephen Meier
continued his review of the 2014-15 budget proposal tonight but said
some things are still in flux but a planned presentation on Tuesday,
April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school library should be clearer.