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.

Check out the Middle School Students of the Month

Student photoPins and Rims a huge success for Best Buddies program at the MS

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]

Picture make-up day scheduled for Nov. 17

The RCS Middle School make-up picture day has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17. It will occur during all lunch shifts (10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.). There are likely to be two locations for students to visit.

56 RCS Middle and High School Musicians to participate in All-County Music Festival Nov. 5-7

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]

4th annual "Pins and Rims" set for Nov. 14

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]

Middle School set to launch book drive

The Middle School FACS Club (Family and Consumer Sciences) is about to start collecting children’s books for Grassroot Givers, a non-profit organization that distributes free books to schools, classroom libraries, senior centers, social service offices, literacy programs, health care clinics, military bases, hospitals and many other venues in our region.

Donations can be made between Oct. 27-Nov.7 in each RCS school’s main office. [VIEW FLYER PDF]

'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.”

Various games that required talking, not texting, gave students a chance to learnProject Adventure kids

 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]

2014-15 supply lists ready for download

Thursday, September 4 - the first day of school at RCS - is just around the corner - believe it or not! Here are the lists of supplies that students in grades 6-8 will need in the upcoming 2014-15 school year (PDF).

NJHS image41 Middle School students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

National Honor Students from the high school tapped 41 middle school students - five in grade 8 and 36 in grade 7 - to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society today. The ceremony was held tonight. [read more]

12 RCS students receive Physical Education Student Leadership AwardsStudent photo

Twelve RCS students - six from Middle School and six from A.W. Becker - were recognized tonight at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy for receiving a Physical Education Student Leadership Award.

From the Middle School, these students at left were recognized:

6th Grade: Hailey Mitchell and Shane Racey

7th Grade: Kayla Rexford and Simon Lindmark

8th Grade: Elizabeth Dewsbury and Ryan Zampella

Their physical education teachers, Majiel Baker and Kevin Reinischalso attended with the students. [read more]

RCS music students grab the gold at NYSSMA majors; music program continues to shine

The past week was another very busy and productive week for the RCS Music Department. Once again the program continued to display the consistency for which it has become known, said Scott Andrews, K-12 District Music Coordinator and high school band director.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Evaluation Festival was the annual performing event in which the high school band and chorus and middle school 7th & 8th grade band and chorus traveled to perform. [read more]

Middle School FACS students become "blanketeers" and make a fleece quilt for The Linus Project

The Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club has made a fleece quilt to donate to the Linus Project.

The Linus Project donates thousands of homemade blankets to children in need of comfort and warmth each year.   [read more]



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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, November 26


Thursday, November 27


Friday, November 28


Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

HS Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza - 12 noon and 12:30 p.m.

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

 Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

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

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)


Thursday, January 22

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

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

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

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

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

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS






Complete 2014-15 Calendar