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.”
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.
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.
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]
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.
This 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, 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.
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]
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]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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]
Holocaust survivor Maria 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]
RCS is in a fierce competition among other nine local high schools for radio station WGNA’s first annual Capital District High School Hunger Games.
This is a food drive where items will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
The winning school with the most pounds of food will win a party for 150 students at Flight Trampoline Park in Albany, where students will have a private viewing of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and they will also receive tickets for the next “Hunger Games” movie when it is released in theaters this November.
Students can bring as many canned items as they wish from now until Friday, Oct. 31 to their homeroom.
The other participating high schools are: Cohoes,
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Columbia,
Mohonasen, Maple Hill, Duanesburg and Shenendehowa.
For more information, check out: http://wgna.com/capital-district-high-school-hunger-games/
RCS 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
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American
Pictured: Kailyn Geraldsen, a senior from the RCS Central School District, styles the hair of a customer.
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]
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.”
The Class of 2015 will hold a fundraising garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the RCS High School.
If you wish to donate items for the garage sale, drop off will be at the cafeteria on Friday, October 24 from 2-6 p.m.
Money raised from this fundraiser will go to help cut down the cost of the Senior Activities and Senior Trip, so please consider supporting the class of 2015 with your donations or shopping. [check out the pdf flyer]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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. [read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
f 2015 - this year's juniors - would be happy to take that stuff off your hands. The class is holding a Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the high school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop your items off from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14. [check out the flyer - pdf]