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.


Congratulations to our latest Students of the Month


Welcome Back to School - 2014 - Letter from Ms. Black (PDF)

Want to swim on the RCS Varsity Swim Team? Here's how...

The RCS Girls Varsity Swim Team is looking to recruit more girls to the swim team.

Students in grades 7-12 may join. Our season requires a commitment that starts Monday, August 18 and goes through Saturday, November 8. [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]

Best BuddiesStop in for a Chicken Barbecue at the MS before or after voting on May 20

Before or after you cast your vote for the 2014-15 school budget and Board of Education candidates on Tuesday, May 20, plan to check out the chicken barbecue that will be held at the Middle School from 4 to 6:30 p.m. that day.

The annual barbecue is a fundraiser for the Best Buddies program at the MS. The barbecue is through Frese’s Catering Services.

You need to order and pay in advance. [read more and download the order form]

Quilt pictureMiddle 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]

More than 1,000 students - including 110 from RCS - will participate in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS on April 4th & 5th

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS High School on Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th.

Music students from 31 Capital Region area schools will perform solos and small ensembles for certified NYSSMA adjudicators.

The 23 adjudicators, coming to RCS from all across New York State, will evaluate student performances in areas such as tone, intonation, style, rhythm and several musical aspects. [read more]

RCS to host GCMEA Spring All-County Festival on March 19 and 21

More than 40 RCS students are participating in the festival

The RCS Music Department is proud to host this year’s Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival on Wednesday, March 19th and Friday, March 21st.
Approximately 240 students from Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens, Greenville, Hunter-Tannersville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Windham-Ashland-Jewett will come together to rehearse on Wednesday, March 19, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Students will gather again on Friday for rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in the RCS High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. [read more]

Get those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness MarathonSneakers

Attention RCS students, faculty, families and friends! The first RCS Wellness Marathon will be run from March 20 and April 25.

Marathoners must run or walk at least 21 miles between those two dates.
You can run or walk a mile at a time or up to five miles on different days! Any combination of running or walking works as long as it adds up to 21 miles! The last 5.2 miles will be finished at the third annual Wellness Walk to be held on April 27th. 
[read about the marathon - PDF]  
[read about the Community walk - PDF]

Student photoFACS Club helps out at Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY

The RCS Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club traveled to the Regional Food Bank in Latham to sort food and prepare it to be distributed to the needy in our neighborhoods.

Sixteen students made the trip and helped out the Food Bank, which is located in Latham. [read more]

Family and Consumer Sciences Club to Collect Toiletries for Families in Need.

The Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club, in partnership with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit whom serve those in need, will be collecting toiletry items from March 10th to March 14th. Toiletries will be donated specifically for the homeless individuals and families who visit the Community Store partnered with Grassroot Givers.  All donations are shared and free of charge.
Grassroot Givers are especially looking for:
    Regular size deodorant for men and women
   Hotel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion
Please drop off any donations in the middle school main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at: mjennes@rcscsd.org or Grassroot Givers at: info@grassrootgivers.com

RCS Middle School Science Olympiad team headed to state competition April 4 and 5Science Olympiad

 Middle School students fought off tough competition to earn second place at the regional Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, propelling them to the state competition at Greece Arcadia High School April 4 and 5.

They competed in science events and categories and performed tasks and solved problems about entomology, heredity, the solar system, water quality and invasive species with students from other school districts in the Capital Region. [read more]



photo of middle school kids

EVENTS Calendar

Thursday, August 21

Gr. 9 Orientation, 6 p.m., HS auditorium

Monday, August 25

Tryouts for Modified Football (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, August 26

Gr. 6 Orientation, 10-11:30 a.m., MS

Gr. 7-8 schedule pick-up, 12-1 p.m., MS

Monday, September 1


Tuesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Tryouts for all other (except football) Modified Sports (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 4

Welcome Back! First Day of School, grades 1-12

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Friday, September 5

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

PBC Back-to-School BBQ, 4 p.m.

Monday, September 8


Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Tuesday, September 9


Wednesday, September 10

AWB PTA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

BC PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

In-Person Continuing Education Registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Thursday, September 11

MS Open House, 6:15 p.m., MS

Friday, September 12

AWB Back to School BBQ, 4 p.m., AWB

Monday, September 15

PBC Book Fair (thru 9/19)

Tuesday, September 16

AWB Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

HS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m. at HS

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

Thursday, September 18

AWB Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

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

Monday, September 22

AWB Fall Picture Day

Fall begins

Tuesday, Sept. 23

HS Open House, 6:30 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 24

HS Class Color Spirit Day

Thursday, September 25


Friday, September 26

MS Picture Day

College Caravan for Seniors, 12:30-1 p.m., HS

Green and Gold Day, HS

Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming Weekend Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m., HS




Complete 2013-14 Calendar