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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Shark Tank-inspired projects spark entrepreneurial innovation and imagination at RCS Middle School

In a project based on the ABC network television show “Shark Tank,” students at RCS Middle School acted as entrepreneurs, presenting a product and company to a panel of judges - or sharks - in their seventh-grade family and consumer sciences classes on Nov. 4-5. [read more]


RCS sixth graders perform at GCMEA Fall All-County music festival



Picture retakes scheduled for Nov. 30

Lifetouch will be here Monday, Nov. 30, for picture retakes and/or new orders. They will shoot during lunch shifts (10:30 – 12:30). New order forms are available in the main office. Students needing retakes should return their picture packages to the photographer onsite. New picture packages will arrive before Christmas recess.

Contact Lifetouch Studio at 518-767-9936 or visit mylifetouch.com with questions or for more information. Picture Make Up Day ID code is AD605024Q1.


google cardboard‘I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed’

RCS Middle School librarian Cara Buckley has set her sights on enriching her students’ lives anyway she can - fundraising for technology tools that would provide virtual field trips.
“These kids are at an age where they want to learn and still have hope that they will be able to achieve the impossible,” Buckley said.
That is why she set up a donorschoose.org request to purchase a full class set of Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets which will allow students to take virtual field trips for any subject.
[read more]

Best Buddies Pins and Rims fundraiser set for Nov. 10

The Annual Best Buddies Pins and Rims tournament fundraiser for the RCS Middle School Best Buddies program that combines basketball, dodgeball and bowling, will be held 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the high school gymnasium. Admission is $1 per person.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles and refreshments. Anyone interested in donating a basket for the basket raffle should contact Maria Semenick at msemenick@rcscsd.org.
The RCS Middle School Best Buddies Association pairs students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities as "buddies." The program helps students meet their peers, and encourages students of all abilities to socialize with each other.

Student photoReady, set, cook-off!

No matter how you slice and dice it, the Chopped Competition at RCS Middle School on Oct. 20 was a success.
“It was a hit last year, so I knew we had to continue it this year,” Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Molly Jennes said. “The students were excited to cook.”
Chopped, a friendly competition held for students in the FACS club, challenged students to create an appetizer that included an apple in its ingredients and an entrée using chicken.
[read more]

Yearbooks on sale for reduced price through Halloween

Yearbooks are now on sale for the reduced price of $25.00 through Oct. 31. Prices will increase in November and again in January. Click for yearbook order form [PDF]

FACS Club collecting children's books for Grassroots Givers

Grassroots Givers is 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 the Capital Region. FACS will be collecting books through Oct. 30.  [read more]

Sixty-one RCS students selected to GCMEA All-County Music Festival

Sixty-one student musicians from the RCS Middle School and High School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival. The festival is being held at Catskill High School on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 4 and 6.
Students will rehearse from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and return on Friday for additional rehearsals at 3 p.m. On Friday evening, the festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Catskill High School auditorium. [read more]


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Students earn record number of PBIS golden tickets

On Wednesday Sept. 30, students cashed in their golden tickets – 1,078 to be exact -to set a school record for tickets redeemed in a single day. Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, or PBIS, is a district-wide initiative with the goal of establishing a positive school climate. At the middle school, students earn golden tickets for being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. They can use tickets to purchase snacks, stuffed animals, homework passes and more.

Click here for more information about PBIS. 


Student photoLearning healthy habits

Teamwork, communication, and problem solving are the keys to success in physical education as students participate in adventure games. Each game requires active engagement and collaboration to achieve success.
Learning about healthy habits does not stop there.
[Read more and view pictures]


RCS Middle School Best Buddies chapter recognized as best in State

This July, at the annual Best Buddies conference held in Indiana, the RCS Middle School was awarded the Top Middle School in New York State title for their efforts to successfully achieve the Best Buddies mission. Award winners were chosen based on quality of one-to-one friendships, group outings, chapter involvement, community awareness and chapter communication. RCS Middle School was seen as going above and beyond in each of these areas, working to change lives one friendship at a time. [READ MORE]

Parent-Student handbook and Course Guide for the 2015-16 school year

Here are a couple of important documents for parents and students:

Here's the Parent-Student handbook for the 2015-16 school year (PDF).

Here's the Course Guide for the 2015-16 school year (PDF).

Supply lists for 2015-16

While the first day of school in September seems a long way off, teachers have already assembled school supply lists for grades 6-8. Download the supply list here (PDF).

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.






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EVENTS Calendar

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

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, December 2

AW Becker Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at AW Becker

Thursday, December 3

PB Coeymans Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at PB Coeymans

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Friday, December 4

AW Becker PTA Cookies With Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Saturday, December 5

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Sunday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, December 8

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

Wednesday, December 9

AW Becker Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

PB Coeymans Cookies with Santa, 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, December 10

PB Coeymans Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 15

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Wednesday, December 16

AW Becker PTA

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Thursday, December 17

Grades 7 and 8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Friday, December 18

End of five-week interim period, MS/HS

Monday, December 21

High School Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 22

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Winter begins

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jaime Mormile Invitational Wrestling Tournament, 7 a.m., HS gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PBC PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AWB PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

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


Click here for complete calendar information.





Complete 2015-16 Calendar