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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RCS Middle School students recognized for achievements in 2014-15

Our congratulations to all students who were recently recognized for their many amazing achievements at RCS Middle School. [READ MORE]

NJHS image20 Middle School students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

 National Honor Students from the high school tapped 20 middle school students - 19 in grade 7 and one in grade 8 - who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Thursday night, May 28.

Every chapter has different qualifications for membership based on the five pillars of National Junior Honor Society: character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. [READ MORE]

Students honored with educational leadership awards

Student photoOn Monday, May 4, the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award Program continued its tradition of honoring elementary and middle school students for their leadership abilities and positive influence on their peers.


The award ceremony was held in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, and recognized a number of students from AWB, PBC and the middle school.


Students district-wide get moving with Project ACES

Student photoOn Wednesday, May 6, all students at RCS participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously,) which is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. and designed to unite children around the world in simultaneous movement in order to get them interested in exercise.


Students at PBC held a conga line in the hallways with DJ Shear playing music. Students at AWB had a dance party in their classrooms while Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" played over the PA system. Middle school students did a fun walk/run around the loop between the middle and high schools. The high school students had a dance party between periods eight and nine to the song "Happy" which was played over the PA system. We hope to make this an annual event in all RCS schools! [READ MORE]

HS signNew school signs have been put in their place; electricity on the way within two weeks

After months of planning, and weather delays over the winter, the three new school signs at each campus - in front of PB Coeymans, AW Becker and the Middle School/High School - have been put in place.

The signs were put in place over the past two weeks by Ray Sign. Electricity should be flipped on either just before or after the Memorial Day weekend, said Brian Bailey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We anxiously look forward to seeing RCS up in lights!," he said. [READ MORE]

RCS Music groups earns awards at NYSSMA festivals

The RCS High School and Middle School bands and choruses had a very successful week at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festivals which were held at Shaker High School and Bethlehem High School from April 27 through 30. [READ MORE]

Best Buddies Chicken BBQ, May 19

Once again this year the Best Buddies Club at the Middle School will be having a district-wide Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, May 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Order forms must be sent back to the Middle School by May 15. Download the order form [PDF].

2015-16 basic school calendar now available

Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.

RCS MS student raises over $1,100 for Best Buddies

Student photoOn On Sunday, April 19, RCS MS seventh grade student Gillian Bartlett and her "Dream Team" spent the day at Crossgates Mall, but instead of shopping, walked to raise money for a good cause.


Bartlett raised an astounding amount, over $1,100, during this year's Best Buddies Walk, an event the district participates in each year.. [READ MORE]


More than 100 RCS student musicians perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

More than 100 RCS elementary and secondary students performed instrumental and vocal solos during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festival at Voorheesville High School on March 27 and 28

“Students are not required to participate in NYSSMA solo festivals and do so on their own. It is quite impressive to see the overwhelming response from our students throughout the district”, said RCS K-12 Music Coordinator Scott Andrews.

With the help of their music teachers, students choose and prepare solo literature which is from the NYSSMA manual of approved literature. The level of difficulty ranges from level one (easiest) to level 6 (difficult). Students perform in separate audition rooms in front of an approved NYSSMA adjudicator. [READ MORE]



Middle School Science Olympiad places third during regional competition; headed to state competition April 17-18 in Syracuse

Student photoWhether they were testing a mystery powder, identifying insects, building a robot to pick up objects or studying potential water on other plants, these Middle School students were among the best during during a competition on March 21 at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley.

The RCS Middle School Science Olympiad team placed third out of 16 teams from the Capital District and Mid-Hudson regions.

The team's showing earned them a trip to Syracuse for the statewide competition April 17-18. [READ MORE]

41 RCS Music Students Selected For GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Forty-one music students from the High School and Middle School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Festival.

The festival, which is being held at Cairo-Durham High School with after-school rehearsals on Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27, will conclude with a concert on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 in the high school auditorium.

All-County performing groups will include the Elementary Band, Junior Chorus and Senior Band. [READ MORE]

Old prom dress hanging in the closet? Donate it to RCS and give it new life!

Student photoThe Fairy Godmother’s Closet is collecting gently used prom gowns that are no more than 10 years old. This program offers RCS girls in need clean and fashionable gowns for free. We are in desperate need of sizes 12/13 and larger.

All donations can be dropped off at the high school’s main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org.

Congratulations to Jolene 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]

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 café in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]

Student photo52 RCS Middle School students recognized by the Board of Education

These 52 students were recognized by the Board of Education on December 18 for achieving a Level 4 - exceeds expectations - on the New York state ELA and math exams they took in the spring.

Of those, 14 achieved a Level 4 on BOTH the ELA and mathematics state exams. [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]

Pins and Rims a huge success for Best Buddies program at the MSStudent photo

More than 200 students and parents attended the fourth annual Pins and Rims fund-raiser to support the Best Buddies program at the Middle School.

Best Buddies advisorsDaria Carusone, Pam Ginder, Patricia Stockman and Maria  Semenickcoordinated the evening.

"I had the pleasure of attending the event which included a dodge ball tournament among students and teachers, a raffle of some amazing donated item, food and more!," said Semenick. "I was so impressed at this creative way to spread our mission of inclusion and friendship." [read more]

'Project Adventure' attempts to build old-fashioned bonds

Project Adventure is part of physical education class at the middle school during the beginning of the school year.

Its goal is to “help students build bonds with each other, to build trust amongst Project Adventure kidsclassmates, communicate with their classmates and work on sportsmanship and other character concepts through activities that promote a lifetime of health and physical fitness,” physical education teacher Majiel Baker said. 

Baker’s objective is to get students to forget about their phones, and think about their classmates.

“Often times in this society our students rely on technology such as Google, Siri or have an app for everything that they lose the ability to come up with ideas and thoughts of their own,” Baker said. “They don’t think outside of the box, they don’t communicate face-to-face and they lose a lot of basic life skills because of the technology we rely so heavily on.”

Project Adventure kidsVarious games that required talking, not texting, gave students a chance to learn

 about each other and how to problem solve.

“Although technology can be very good at times we have to remind ourselves and realize that there are still so many life skills that need to be taught that no technological device can provide,” Baker said. “Project adventure is a great way to teach those life skills in a fun & safe environment. “


Student photoRCS swim team off to a strong start; swimmers break records in first meet against Johnstown

The RCS-CA Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving Team had its first meet on Friday night, Sept. 5, against Johnstown.

For many of the girls it was their varsity debut, said Coach Elyse Loughlin. "The young team swam their hearts out to beat many personal records," she said.

RCS grade 8 student Gillian Burch was able to beat a six-year-old team record with a time of 1:11.43 in the 100-yard breast stroke. [read more]

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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, July 1

Board of Education Re-Organizational meeting/Regular meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS (if needed)

August 12-13

NYS Regents testing days

Tuesday, August 18

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

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

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

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8


Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

Tuesday, October 27

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

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

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

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

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

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

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

Tuesday, March 8

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

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

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

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

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

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23


Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

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


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