RCS Middle School

2025 Rt. 9W

Ravena, NY 12143

518.756.5200 ext. 3000

Fax: 518.756.1988


Pam Black, 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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2016-17 student schedules and teacher assignments not yet finalized

District officials recently learned that 2016-17 draft schedules and teacher assignments have been viewable via the Parent Portal before being finalized by the district. This access is no longer available, and any schedule or assignment that was viewed prior to today should be disregarded.
Middle school schedules and teacher assignments will be released Aug. 24 and 25 after sixth-grade orientation.

National Junior Honor Society inducts 23 new RCS Middle School students

On Wednesday, May 25, Honor Society students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School tapped 23 Middle School students to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
Students were surprised with their nominations during ninth-period class and inducted at a ceremony later that evening.
[read more]

RCS Best Buddies participate in statewide fundraiser

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkrik middle and high school students participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on April 17 at Crossgates Mall in Albany. The walk raised more than $100,000 for Best Buddies New York to help clubs across the state sponsor such events as the Best Buddies Ball and send high school Best Buddies presidents to the annual conference in July. [Read more]

RCS musicians bring home NYSSMA awards

Earlier this month, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Music Department continued its long tradition of participating in the New York State School Music Association Solo/Ensemble and Major Organization Evaluation Festivals.
On April 1 and 2, 106 students from grades 5-12 participated in the Solo/Ensemble Festival at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Each student was evaluated by a trained NYSSMA adjudicator in solos that ranged in difficulty from level one through level six, with level six being the most difficult level of performance. [read more]

Middle School Legacy Ball will bring generations together

Students to honor grandparents and senior citizens

Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of dinner and dancing on May 6 during the Legacy Ball hosted by the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School. The night is dedicated to grandparents and senior citizens who have helped shape the RCS community.
The Legacy Ball will be held 5–7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
RSVP to Moly Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org.

Pre-order now for the Best Buddies annual Chicken BBQ

The Middle School chapter of Best Buddies will be sponsoring its annual Chicken BBQ 4-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.
Pre-order a chicken dinner by May 13 (download order form) then pick it up at the RCS High School and Middle School campus when you come to vote on May 17.

Not your average study hall; Students learn how to code

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk seventh and eighth-grade students could be using their sixth-period study hall to complete homework or take a mental break. Instead, this group of about 12 students are in Jared Bevington’s technology classroom with their eyes glued to iPads.
While it may look like they are using the tablets to play video games, they are actually learning how to code to create their own games. [read more]

44 RCS Musicians Selected to GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Fourty-four middle and high school music students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk were selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival. The festival concert is being held at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 1 at Hunter-Tannersville High School. [read more]

RCS students have a ball at annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 5th, over 400 students from around the Capital Region, including 12 RCS middle and high school students, came together at the Holiday Inn in Latham for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. The ball is an all-inclusive dance experience that celebrates people of all different abilities, and gives everyone the chance to have a night they won't forget. RCS students were accompanied by teachers Daria Carusone, Maria Semenick, Pamela Ginder and Patricia Stockman. [see photo]

Google Cardboard fundraiser set to expire Feb. 18

"We need your help," Middle School librarian Cara Buckley said as she pulled up the Donors Choose page she created.
Buckley set up a donerschoose.org request to purchase a full class set of Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets which will allow students to take virtual field trips for any subject. They can also be used in conjunction with any Google expedition, some 360 YouTube videos and stereoscope images from the Library of Congress. [read more and watch video]

RCS seventh-graders design and race dragsters in hands-on STEM project

With an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in education, teachers like Jared Bevington, a seventh-grade technology teacher at RCS, challenges students to research, design, develop and test their ideas through hands-on projects.
For their most recent project, Bevington challenged students to create small dragster race cars that could travel 34 feet in less than two seconds. [Read more]

Middle School awards presented at Board of Education meeting on Dec. 8

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Virtual field trips take students to the
moon and back

“Oohs” and “ahhs” filled the classrooms in RCS Middle School as students put Google Cardboard virtual reality simulators to their eyes for the first time Nov. 24.
Students used the viewers, on loan for the day, as part of the Google Cardboard pilot program. However, middle school teacher Erin Sawyer and librarian Cara Buckley, are working to make Google Cardboard a permanent fixture in the classrooms.


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Shark Tank-inspired projects spark entrepreneurial innovation and imagination at RCS Middle School

In a project based on the ABC network television show “Shark Tank,” students at RCS Middle School acted as entrepreneurs, presenting a product and company to a panel of judges - or sharks - in their seventh-grade family and consumer sciences classes on Nov. 4-5. [read more]


Student photoReady, set, cook-off!

No matter how you slice and dice it, the Chopped Competition at RCS Middle School on Oct. 20 was a success.
“It was a hit last year, so I knew we had to continue it this year,” Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Molly Jennes said. “The students were excited to cook.”
Chopped, a friendly competition held for students in the FACS club, challenged students to create an appetizer that included an apple in its ingredients and an entrée using chicken.
[read more]

Sixty-one RCS students selected to GCMEA All-County Music Festival

Sixty-one student musicians from the RCS Middle School and High School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival. The festival is being held at Catskill High School on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 4 and 6.
Students will rehearse from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and return on Friday for additional rehearsals at 3 p.m. On Friday evening, the festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Catskill High School auditorium. [read more]


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Students earn record number of PBIS golden tickets

On Wednesday Sept. 30, students cashed in their golden tickets – 1,078 to be exact -to set a school record for tickets redeemed in a single day. Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, or PBIS, is a district-wide initiative with the goal of establishing a positive school climate. At the middle school, students earn golden tickets for being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. They can use tickets to purchase snacks, stuffed animals, homework passes and more.

Click here for more information about PBIS. 


Student photoLearning healthy habits

Teamwork, communication, and problem solving are the keys to success in physical education as students participate in adventure games. Each game requires active engagement and collaboration to achieve success.
Learning about healthy habits does not stop there.
[Read more and view pictures]


Parent-Student handbook and Course Guide for the 2015-16 school year

Here are a couple of important documents for parents and students:

Here's the Parent-Student handbook for the 2015-16 school year (PDF).

Here's the Course Guide for the 2015-16 school year (PDF).



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EVENTS Calendar

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


Click here for complete calendar information.





Complete 2015-16 Calendar