RCS High School

2025 Rt. 9W

Ravena, NY 12143

518.756.5200 ext. 2000

Fax: 756-3534


Tom DiAcetis, Principal

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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.

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AP students will be able to sign up for May exams on March 11

(2/25/15) Advanced Placement (AP) courses at RCS allow for college-level curriculum to be delivered with rigor and depth, and taking the AP exam is the culmination of nine months of hard work. It is a great preview and preparation for post-graduation endeavors. The schedule of exams is listed on this letter to parents (PDF).

AP exams will be offered in May in these subjects: Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature and Comp (Bonafide), European History, Statistics, US History and English Language & Composition (Foley). [READ MORE]

90% of high school students participate in PBIS Bagel Breakfast

Student photoA total of 515 high school students, representing 90 percent of the school's entire population, earned the right to participate in the second quarter PBIS Recognition Bagel Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 13.

Last year, during the same quarter, 84 percent of students enjoyed free bagels during the PBIS recognition ceremony.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is in its third year at RCS. PBIS is a team-based systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a pro-active model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors. The program also requires schools to have systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors. [READ MORE]

RCSHS Drama Club presents Once Upon a Mattress, Feb. 27-March 1

On If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Once Upon a Mattress is a lighthearted retelling of Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that you don't want to miss.


Check it out at RCSHS from Feb. 27-March 1. **PLEASE NOTE: The matinee on Sun. March 1 is at 2 p.m., NOT 3 p.m.** 

RCSHS student art helps local charity drive

Student photoEach year, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and FOCUS Churches of Albany team up to host Empty Bowls, an event to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities. This year, the event took place on Jan. 25, and included some art work created by our students.


RCS art students have donated bowls they've created to this event in the past, and were able to do so again this year. Below are the bowls created by RCS high school art students with the help of art teacher Karen Teale. [READ MORE]

Student photoTwo RCS students recognized by NYS AHPERD for commitment to health and education

Seniors Kimberly Bianchi and Andrew McHugh were honored on Feb. 8 with Physical Education Secondary Leadership Awards at the Century House in Latham along with 53 students from 26 other area school districts.


This honor was offered by the Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. One female and one male student from each high school in the zone were recognized for their commitment to their education and health. [READ MORE]

RCS sophomore Zachary Clouse recognized for Eagle Scout project

Student photoA lot of students started school last fall on the right foot thanks to a backpack full of supplies distributed by RCS student Zachary Clouse.

In fact, at least 100 students got school supplies thanks to Zachary.

The Board of Education recognized Zachary for his good work Feb. 3 and attainment of Eagle Scout for the project. [READ MORE]

Swim team finishes record breaking season

Swim team finishes record breaking seasonFriday January 23, 2015 marked a special night at the R-C-S Aquatics Center, as it was the last home meet of the season, and because history was made.


The team closed out the 2014-15 seasons with not one, or even two records broken, but three: the 200 Freestyle Relay, the 6 Dive and the 200 Medley Relay.


Read more to learn about the students who broke these records. [READ MORE]

RCSHS' Harmonics perform in regional Carmina Burana production

On Sunday, Jan. 25, RCS High School’s select vocal ensemble, Harmonics, performed Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana as part of a chorus made up of select singers from Albany High School, Guilderland High School and Shaker High School, and accompanied by the Empire State Youth Orchestra under the direction of Helen Cha-Pyo.


RCS music teacher to conduct at festivals in Columbia and Sullivan counties

RCS music teacher Scott Andrews has been invited as a guest conductor for two All-County music festivals. On Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, Mr. Andrews will travel to New Lebanon High School in Columbia County to conduct the All-County High School Jazz Ensemble. On March 6 and 7, he will be traveling to Monticello High School in Sullivan County where he will be conducting the grade 8 and 9 All-County Jr. High Band. [READ MORE]

Congratulations to Joelene Hopkins, selected as a NYS Master Teacher

Congratulations to Jolene Hopkins, who teaches science in the MS/HS, for her selection to the New York State Master Teacher Program.

Governor Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The program creates a state-wide network of the highest-performing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. [READ MORE]

Student photoHigh School health classes practice CPR on mannequins with guidance from Marvin Powell of the Ravena Rescue Squad

Health education students in Megan McClave's and Jay Henry's classes recently practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on mannequins under the direction of Marvin Powell, chief of operations for the Ravena Rescue Squad.

He discussed first aid and CPR with the students in grades 10, 11 and 12. [READ MORE]

Creative Writing students from the high school bring their original stories to young PBC readers

Student photoEighteen students in the high school's Creative Writing class, taught by Dee Hushmendy, knew they were missing one very important thing when they wrote and illustrated original children's books as part of their college-level course.

An audience.

They got that when they visited Pieter B. Coeymans classrooms - kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 - to read their stories to the students. [READ MORE]

January Regents exam scheduleNew York State Regents week begins on Monday, January 26

The January Regents exams begin on Monday, Jan. 26. Here is the letter that was sent to parents in December about the exams (PDF). Here is the day-by-day test schedule (PDF).




Three RCS students chosen for elite Albany choral apprenticeship Student photo

RCS students Samuel Datri, Emmalyn Knapp, and James Wamsley have been selected to participate in the Artist Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by Albany Pro Musica.


They are three of only eleven area vocal students chosen for this honor based on the results of their most recent NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) ratings, extracurricular vocal endeavors and teacher recommendation. [READ MORE]

HS band and chorus perform at Empire State Plaza

Student photoOn Wednesday, Dec. 23, the HS Band, under the direction of Scott Andrews and HS Chorus, under the direction of Michelle McLoughlin, performed to a standing room only crowd at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.





RCS students brighten the holidays with cards and letters for a 93-year-old World War II nurse in Albany Photo of Ella Wetterhahn

Inter-generational activities enrich the soul but also expand awareness, elevate the metacognitive quality of empathy, and provide learning experiences back and forth across generations.

Elders share important lessons and events from the past, while youth receive exciting new discoveries reminding us all of the simpler joys and excitement during life’s early years.

Ella Wetterhahn, also known at Stella, lives in Albany and is a 93-year-old veteran who served as an Army Nurse in the European Theater during WWII. She has been the subject of two Albany Times Union articles over the years, one in which she was interviewed with former RCS teacher, the late Harold Becker (High School Business Teacher), about her experiences in World War II in which she served her country with conviction and bravery.

Students' cards and letters were recently presented to Miss Wetterhahn at Crisan’s Romanian Bakery, an Albany caf√© in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]

PhRMA Grant to support STEM Education at RCS

Student photoSchool administrators, local elected officials, and representatives of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced new support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the Ravena­Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.


The school district's "Project Lead the Way" program will be supplemented by a $9,000 grant from PhRMA. This funding will be used to purchase additional equipment and materials that will further the progress of RCS students in their pursuit of 21st century skills. [READ MORE]

Aaron June recognized for Eagle Scout project benefitting Ronald McDonald HouseStudent photo

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]

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]

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]

RCS music festival participantsRCS students set to participate in state-wide music festival

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

This year’s festival was held at Saratoga Springs High School.


Pictured in the photo are left to right:  Emmalyn Knapp, Kathryn Rowzee, Victoria Margiasso, Samuel Datri, Michael Fryer, Brennan Flory, Diana Bechdol, Diana Voronko and Madison Brown.  Absent from photo were:  Nicole Miller and Jake Wamsley.

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]

Yearbooks now on sale

Yearbooks are now on sale. They can be ordered online at Balfour.com or directly from the high school. Order forms are available in the Main Office and outside of Rooms 47 and 215.

Prices are $45 if ordered by November 14, $50 if ordered between Nov. 17-March 14, and $55 if ordered after March 14.

For additional information, please contact Maureen DeCheck at 756-5200 x2047 or at mdecheck@rcscsd.org.

Holocaust survivor Maria Blumenthal Lazan discusses her life in Holland under Nazi Germany and the positive thoughts that helped her surviveStudent photo

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]

Day Spa charity participant Kailyn GeraldsenRCS senior will participate in day-long spa at Capital Region BOCES CTE, raising money for breast cancer research

Students are running a spa from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Oct. 16, providing everything from facials to hair coloring treatments to haircuts. 

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the Capital Region BOCES CTE Program on the Albany campus.    



Pictured: Kailyn Geraldsen, a senior from the RCS Central School District, styles the hair of a customer.

RCS Pep RallyHomecoming Pep Rally gets students geared up for Friday night football

RCS held a spirited pep rally Friday afternoon at the high school, leading up to the homecoming football game against Hudson.

Students in grades 9-12 were eager to take part.

They enjoyed a dance-off, yelling contests and other games at the end of the school day in the gymnasium.

“I thought the kids were outstanding,” RCS Principal Tom DiAcetis said. “Our students showed great class spirit.”

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]

Thanks to Stewart's, new RCS freshmen get the "scoop" at orientation

RCS would like to thank Stewart's Shops for a generous donation of 150 Make-Your-Own Sundaes, a highlight of the freshman orientation on August 21.

The event gave the Class of 2018 time to interact while deciding on toppings.

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]

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]

Friends spearhead fund-raiser for junior 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]





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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, March 4

AWB Scholastic Book Fair (until 3/9)

Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Night, 6-7:30 p.m., AWB

Thursday, March 5

AWB Science & Wellness Fair, 6:30-8 p.m. SCIENCE FAIR MOVED TO MAY 7

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Vocal Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, March 6

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Saturday, March 7

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Tuesday, March 10

AWB Spring Picture Day

PBC Spring Picture Day

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

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

Wednesday, March 11

AWB Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Advanced Placement exam fee due in Counseling Center

Thursday, March 12

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., HS

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Regional Save Our Schools forum, Colonie High School, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 13

End of 2nd Trimester Marking Period

UPK to Grade 5

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Tuesday, March 17

PBC Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 18

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

National Honor Society Annual Trip

College Information Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., HS

Friday, March 20

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

College Awareness Day, HS

Spring Begins

Saturday, March 21

PBC PTO March Madness, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

MS Spring Picture Day

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3-8 p.m., Cairo-Durham HS

Friday, March 27

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3 p.m. rehearsal/7 p.m. concert, Cairo Durham HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, 4-10 p.m., Voorheesville HS

Sunday, March 29

Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 2

End of 3rd Marking Period, HS

Friday, April 3-Friday, April 10

No school, Spring Recess

Sunday, April 5


Tuesday, April 14

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Board of Education 2015-16 Budget Presentation/Adoption, 7 p.m, HS

Wednesday, April 15

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 17

End of 3rd Marking Period, MS

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 22

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Administrative Professionals Day
Earth Day

Thursday, April 23

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 24

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Monday, April 27

PBC Book Fair (Until May 5)

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

Tuesday, April 28

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

Wednesday, April 29

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

PBC Bingo, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

Learning Fair, Math Night & Art Show, 6-7:30 p.m. at PBC

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Friday, May 1

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Saturday, May 2

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Monday, May 4

AP Exams, HS

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Tuesday, May 5

AP Exams, HS

Board of Education Meeting & Budget Hearing, 7 p.m., HS

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 6

AP Exams, HS

National School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

AWB Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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

Friday, May 8

AP Exams, HS

Mother/Son Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PBC

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Saturday, May 9

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11

AP Exams, HS

Tuesday, May 12

MS Evening of the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation for Parents, 6:45 p.m., MS Library

Wednesday, May 13

AP Exams, HS

PBC PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Grades 6-8 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 15

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

Sunday, May 17

PBC PTO Bottle & Can Drive, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, May 18

RCS Invitational Track Meet, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show & Summer Recreation Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19


Polls Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the HS

Wednesday, May 20

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 21

Contingent Day (No School if one emergency day has not been previously used)

AWB NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

Friday, May 22

No School, Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

No School, Memorial Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 26

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS (if needed)

Wednesday, May 27

PBC NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Honor Society tapping, induction ceremony at 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 28

National Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., MS

Friday, May 29

PBC Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Physics Lab Day, HS

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., 90 State in Albany

Monday, June 1

Common Core Regents Exams 9-12 in English & Geometery

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 2

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

Wednesday, June 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

Thursday, June 4

Grades 3-5 Music Assembly for ABW/PBC, 9:45 a.m.

HS Senior Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

Tuesday, June 9

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

Wednesday, June 10

AWB Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 11

PBC Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 16

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 17

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Friday, June 19

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Field Day, AWB and PBC

Sunday, June 21

Father's Day
Summer begins

Monday, June 22

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Tuesday, June 23

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

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

Wednesday, June 24

MS dismissal at 11 a.m.; Elementary dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., AWB

Grade 8 Moving Up Program, 6:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 25

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MS Dismissal at 11 a.m. Elementary Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., PBC

Regents Rating Day

Saturday, June 27


9 a.m., Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Complete 2014-15 Calendar