School 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]
Everyone knows the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof with showstoppers like “Sunrise, Sunset”, “If I were a Rich Man” and “Tradition” and you’ll get to hear those and more at the RCS Middle School Drama production! of Fiddlers on the Roof Jr.
Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. opens Friday, December 12th at 7 p.m. with two performances on Saturday, December 13th, a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. at the Middle School LGR. [read more]
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 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 classmates, 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 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. “
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]