Eleven students from the Natural Helpers Club at the high school helped slice and dice carrots - thousands of them - as their part in creating meals to serve the needy during the Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany.
The Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner has been serving the meals for more than 40 years. More than 3,500 dedicated volunteers coordinate all details of the event, prepare, serve and deliver a vast quantity of food and clean up afterwards. [read more]
RCS seniors Elizabeth Wickham, Emily Buckley-Crist, Audrey Davison, Craig Brozowski, Daniel Pennock and David Austin have been awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence based on their performance on state Regents examinations.
Elizabeth will receive a renewable $1,500 scholarship, and Emily, Audrey, Craig, Daniel and David will receive a renewable $500 scholarship.
Winners of the scholarships must attend a college or university in New York State and the awards are renewable for four years of undergraduate study (or five for approved five-year programs of study) if recipients meet annual criteria.
ATTENTION SENIORS: Please be sure to get your baby pictures, senior superlatives, quotes and senior ads/parents ads for the yearbook into your homeroom teacher by November 26th.
Yearbooks can be ordered from now until April. If the yearbooks are ordered by March 15th they are $50. After that, they are $55.
Twelve RCS High School varsity football players have been named Section 2 Class B Reinfurt Division All-Stars following an exciting 2013 season. Five of the 12 are also members of the National Honor Society. [read more]
For every bad story you read in the newspapers or hear on television about teenagers, there are a thousand good ones.
This is one them. It is a story about one RCS High School student anonymously helping another student in need. [read more]
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 has had students selected to Area All-State many times in the past, but this is the first time students from RCS will be represented in all four performing groups at the festival. [read more]
Eight 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 Theatre on December 12th – 15th in support of the Albany Medical Center’s childhood cancer center. [read more]
Danielle Crosier is here to make a difference.
She is the new RCS Student Resource Officer (SRO) and is stationed at the high school. She is also available as a resource to assist when needed at the other schools and in the community for police duties.
"I am still a police officer but in a school environment. I'll handle kids with a lighter touch," said Crosier, an Averill Park native who has been a police officer for three years and a patrol/training officer on the Coeymans force for a year and a half. [read more]
Kudos to the following High School students who have been identified as role models for their fellow students during the month of October: Shannon Donovan, Donald Baker, Matthew Ferriero, Makayla Shear, Jacob Clouse, Bailey Kross, Hannah Smith, Cody Blair, Frederick Bechette, Keith Houghtaling. In a program started recently by School Resource Officer Danielle Crosier, called "Most Wanted," this is the first group of students who will receive a small award for positive behaviors. [See poster]
The Natural Helpers Club at the HS is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, November 7th. Walk-ins are welcome to donate. The time of the drive is from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
For the fifth 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. 2 at 4 p.m. in the RCS High School auditorium. Both ensembles are affiliates of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO). [Read more]
The Annual Citrus Sale sponsored by RCS High School National Honor Society has started.All orders must be placed by October 31. Go to the online Order Form at https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/orderFundraising_pre11.asp?OrgId=471815
The RCS Junior Varsity football team clinched their first place spot in the Reinfurt Division with a league record of 6-0 after defeating Green Tech with a score of 38 to 20 Monday night, Oct. 21. Coach Justin Schipano especially commended outstanding performances by Steve Kross, Mike Babcock, Logan Frangella, Nick Alverson, AJ Jones, Jake Jimenez and Matt Ferreiro. The team has a home playoff game against Hudson Falls on Saturday. Click on the photo to enlarge it.
Guests may not feel stuffed after next Thursday's Empty Bowls Project" at the WAMC Performing Arts Center in Albany but they will feel fulfilled.
However, they will be eating in style - out of bowls created from scratch by RCS Art Club students.
The guests will be served a simple meal of soup and bread in exchange for donations during the Empty Bowls Project, an international effort to fight hunger spearheaded in the Capital Region by the Focus Churches and Hunger Action Network in Albany. [Read more]
There was no shortage of school spirit at this year's Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday, October 11 at RCS High School.[View photo highlights]
Call it a win-win. You can help RCS High School win $100,000 and promote safe driving habits among teens by making a daily commitment to safety during National Teen Driver Safety Week. It is all part of the "Celebrate My Drive" contest has schools across the country competing to register the most support for safety while driving. The top vote-getters can win large cash grants for their schools and can also win a concert by Grammy award winner Kelly Clarkson. You can register your support for RCS today at the Celebrate My Drive website and return every day between October 18-26 to make ours the winning school. [Read more]
Just as the RCS community was promised during the two safety meetings held last winter, the buildings are becoming more secure - literally from the front door and beyond.
Contractors have been installing electronic locks with main entrance intercoms and closed-circuit television cameras at each of the four school buildings. This equipment will allow school offices to more closely monitor people coming into the school. Controlled entry is one way the district will ensure safety on each campus this year. [read more]
RCS students and families have the chance to help children everywhere - through the power of reading. The Middle School’s FACS Serves Club is collecting children’s books for the Grassroot Givers’ Book Project from all four RCS schools between October 15 and 28. [read more]
All seniors planning to attend college should check out this most recent Scholarship Bulletin (PDF). The Counseling Center will post possible scholarships that you can apply for during the coming several months. Please stop in and talk to your counselor if you have any questions. The Scholarship Bulletin link is permanently located on the right side of this page.
APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are now evaluated in New York State.
The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local employee labor unions. [Read More]
RCS High School will administer the PSAT on the morning
of Saturday, Oct. 19.
The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem solving skills, and writing skills - it is essentially practice for the SAT Reasoning Test that college-bound Juniors will take in the spring. There is a $20 fee - check or money order only. [Read More] PDF
RCS senior Philip McNaughton has been selected to perform on bassoon with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee from October 27-30. He will be with approximately 670 other high school musicians from across the United States for the four-day festival that concludes with a concert on Oct. 30. [Read More]
Fifty-seven 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 the The RCS Music Department has announced.
The festival is being held at Coxsackie-Athens High School on Wednesday, October 30th and Friday, November 1st. [Read More]
Seventeen high school students have already earned credit toward their college degrees - without leaving RCS. The students were honored by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 24, for their high achievement on the AP exams they took in June. [Read More]
The Class of 2015 - this year's juniors - will hold a
garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the high school.
If you wish to donate items for the Garage sale drop off will be at the
Cafeteria on Friday, October 4th from 2-6 p.m.
Money raised from this fundraiser will go to help cut down the cost of the Junior Prom this year and Senior Activities next year so please consider supporting the class of 2015 with your donations or shopping. [here's the flyer]
Picture Day at the high school will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Makeup day will be Oct. 22. Students will receive order packets for the pictures.
Brian Bishop and Tom DiAcetis share common philosophies about how best to deal with the 600+ students at the high school. Both advocate consistency and fairness when dealing with students and their families. [Read More]
Those cold bleachers, hard chairs and the ground can get uncomfortable at times. Why not give your backside a break when attending RCS sporting events with a Stadium Seat Cushion, being sold exclusively by the Class of 2016 - the high school sophomore class. [Read More]
Subscribe to Parent Today! Parent Today is a free e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Parent Today is packed with research-based information that empowers parents and supports teachers. [Read More]
The R-C-S Transportation Department has announced bus routes, stops and estimated pickup and drop-off times for students for the 2013-14 school year. Families can download the school's bus information in PDF format along with a letter from the Transportation Director. [BUS ROUTE INFORMATION]
The 2013-14 calendar will be mailed to all RCS homes by Aug. 30. You can check it out on the calendar page now. [calendar page]
Dr. Philip Drew, the school physician, will be in the high school on Wednesday, August 14 from 8-12 to conduct physicals for sports. Physicals will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parental permission is required.
Sports try-outs begin August 19. Students must have a current physical (within 12 months) on file in the health office in order to try-out for any sport. An update form completed by a parent is also necessary prior to try-outs. Health appraisal and update forms are available on the RCS website on the athletic department or health services pages and in the main office of the senior high and middle school.
Weeks before they walk back into school, carry their textbooks or have to fret about homework, student athletes will begin reporting for practices for the fall sports season. [Read More]
Check out this 10-minute video, Memories 2013, that was shown at the class of 2013 graduation. Many thanks go to the students who shared their childhood photos and to Scott Holdren, high school science teacher and National Honor Society advisor, for compiling them into this wonderful production. [Click here to watch the video - WMV] or here is the link on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lToChFH66aw.
As with any large event, here are deadlines, rules and parking suggestions to make sure that Saturday's graduation of the RCS Class of 2013 at the State Convention Center in Albany goes smoothly for everybody. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. [Check out what you need to KNow - PDF]
With High School Principal Brian Bailey's promotion to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction as of July 1, a search committee will be established to help select his successor. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan R. McCartney is seeking parent volunteers to serve on that search committee.
Interested parents may contact Brenda Kissel, secretary to the superintendent, at 765-5200 x 6300 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, June 20 at the latest. Thank you in advance for your volunteerism, support and participation in the process.
Senior photos will be taken at the high school from June 24th through June 28th with make-ups August 20-22. Students have been assigned an appointment to have their picture taken. Cards were sent home by Lifetouch with this information.
In case students or parents did not receive it, contact Karen Bourne, Lifetouch Senior Portrait Specialist & Family Night Coordinator. Her email is email@example.com and her telephone number is 800-852-0674 ext. 114.
The high school main office secretaries have a master schedule of times. If you have a question about an assigned time, please call the high school at 756-5200, ext. 2001.