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

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 caf√© 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

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, March 1

HS Drama Production, 2 p.m., HS

Wednesday, March 4

AWB Scholastic Book Fair (until 3/9)

Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Night, 6-7:30 p.m., AWB

Thursday, March 5

AWB Science & Wellness Fair, 6:30-8 p.m. SCIENCE FAIR MOVED TO MAY 7

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Vocal Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, March 6

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Saturday, March 7

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Tuesday, March 10

AWB Spring Picture Day

PBC Spring Picture Day

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

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

Wednesday, March 11

AWB Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Advanced Placement exam fee due in Counseling Center

Thursday, March 12

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., HS

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Regional Save Our Schools forum, Colonie High School, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 13

End of 2nd Trimester Marking Period

UPK to Grade 5

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Tuesday, March 17

PBC Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 18

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

National Honor Society Annual Trip

College Information Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., HS

Friday, March 20

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

College Awareness Day, HS

Spring Begins

Saturday, March 21

PBC PTO March Madness, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

MS Spring Picture Day

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3-8 p.m., Cairo-Durham HS

Friday, March 27

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3 p.m. rehearsal/7 p.m. concert, Cairo Durham HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, 4-10 p.m., Voorheesville HS

Sunday, March 29

Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 2

End of 3rd Marking Period, HS

Friday, April 3-Friday, April 10

No school, Spring Recess

Sunday, April 5

Easter

Tuesday, April 14

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Board of Education 2015-16 Budget Presentation/Adoption, 7 p.m, HS

Wednesday, April 15

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 17

End of 3rd Marking Period, MS

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 22

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Administrative Professionals Day
Earth Day

Thursday, April 23

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 24

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Monday, April 27

PBC Book Fair (Until May 5)

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

Tuesday, April 28

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

Wednesday, April 29

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

PBC Bingo, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

Learning Fair, Math Night & Art Show, 6-7:30 p.m. at PBC

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Friday, May 1

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Saturday, May 2

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Monday, May 4

AP Exams, HS

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Tuesday, May 5

AP Exams, HS

Board of Education Meeting & Budget Hearing, 7 p.m., HS

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 6

AP Exams, HS

National School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

AWB Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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

Friday, May 8

AP Exams, HS

Mother/Son Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PBC

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Saturday, May 9

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11

AP Exams, HS

Tuesday, May 12

MS Evening of the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation for Parents, 6:45 p.m., MS Library

Wednesday, May 13

AP Exams, HS

PBC PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Grades 6-8 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 15

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

Sunday, May 17

PBC PTO Bottle & Can Drive, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, May 18

RCS Invitational Track Meet, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show & Summer Recreation Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19

NYS BUDGET/BOARD OF EDUCATION COMMUNITY VOTE

Polls Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the HS

Wednesday, May 20

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 21

Contingent Day (No School if one emergency day has not been previously used)

AWB NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

Friday, May 22

No School, Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

No School, Memorial Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 26

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS (if needed)

Wednesday, May 27

PBC NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Honor Society tapping, induction ceremony at 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 28

National Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., MS

Friday, May 29

PBC Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Physics Lab Day, HS

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., 90 State in Albany

Monday, June 1

Common Core Regents Exams 9-12 in English & Geometery

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 2

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

Wednesday, June 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

Thursday, June 4

Grades 3-5 Music Assembly for ABW/PBC, 9:45 a.m.

HS Senior Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

Tuesday, June 9

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

Wednesday, June 10

AWB Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 11

PBC Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 16

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 17

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Friday, June 19

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Field Day, AWB and PBC

Sunday, June 21

Father's Day
Summer begins

Monday, June 22

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Tuesday, June 23

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

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

Wednesday, June 24

MS dismissal at 11 a.m.; Elementary dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., AWB

Grade 8 Moving Up Program, 6:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 25

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MS Dismissal at 11 a.m. Elementary Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., PBC

Regents Rating Day

Saturday, June 27

CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATION

9 a.m., Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Complete 2014-15 Calendar