(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]
A 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]
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.**
Each 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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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 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]
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]
Eighteen 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.
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]
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).
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.
On 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.
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 café in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]
School 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]
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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.”
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]