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]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Grassroot Givers at: email@example.com
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]
With the 2014-15 budget development season looming in the next few months, the Board of Education needs to hear what the community wants to see in next year’s spending plan.
Last year’s exit survey results showed strong community support for continued funding of music programs, college-level courses and extracurricular clubs and activities, among other areas.
A Community Budget Forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the high school cafeteria, Route 9W.
“We want to begin our discussion with the RCS community and explore the results of the exit survey a bit more deeply,” said Superintendent Alan McCartney. [read more]
Doing well on the more difficult state tests is an achievement unto itself these days.
However, at RCS, 39 Middle School students showed that they can ace those tests - achieving a Level 4 (the highest possible score) on the tests given last spring in English Language Art (ELA) and/or mathematics. [read more]
The RCS community was treated to a small glimpse of student talent at the second annual Talent Show on Friday, November 15. There were 20 participants and three hosts for the evening.
Laya Mathai, a grade 7 student performing a Bollywood dance, took 1st place; Michael Neenan, Jr., Marco Bermejo and Cameron Shackelton, all grade 8 students performing in an band, took second place; and Hailey Mitchell, a grade 6 student, sang a solo to place third.
Congratulations to all of the participants for making it a wonderful evening!
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The 2013-14 Middle School yearbook is on sale now. By ordering before Dec. 1, the price is $25; after that, it goes up to $30.
If your child missed getting his or her picture taken for the yearbook, there's one more chance: Middle School Picture Make Up day is Wednesday, November 20, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Red is hot; blue is not. So says “red” in the book One by author Kathryn Otoshi. In it, the author weaves a tale about accepting people’s differences into a book primarily used to teach young children about colors and numbers. It’s a favorite of sixth grade teacher Richard Cintora, who uses the book to help his students at RCS Middle School see the simplicity in treating others with respect and standing up for what’s right. [Read more and watch News Channel 13 profile story]
The third annual Pins and Rims fundraiser to benefit the Best Buddies program at RCS Middle School will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at the high school gymnasium.
In March,Best Buddies of the Capital Region named RCS Middle School as the "2012-2013 Middle School of the Year" for the second year in a row.
Pins & Rims is a game that combines basketball, dodge ball and bowling! Admission is $1 for all. There will be 50/50 and basket raffles, vendors and refreshments. [read more]
The first RCS/VFW Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar will will held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the RCS Middle School.
There will be more than 40 vendors and crafters for holiday shopping as well as a food and bake sale, the chance to make cards for military personnel, the Coeymans Fire Department and several community resource tables. [read more]
Just as the RCS community was promised during the two safety meetings held last winter, the buildings are becoming more secure - literally from the front door and beyond.
Contractors have been installing electronic locks with main entrance intercoms and closed-circuit television cameras at each of the four school buildings. This equipment will allow school offices to more closely monitor people coming into the school. Controlled entry is one way the district will ensure safety on each campus this year. [read more]
RCS students and families have the chance to help children everywhere - through the power of reading. The Middle School’s FACS Serves Club is collecting children’s books for the Grassroot Givers’ Book Project from all four RCS schools between October 15 and 28. [read more]
APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are now evaluated in New York State.
The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local employee labor unions. [Read More]
Fifty-seven 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 the The RCS Music Department has announced.
The festival is being held at Coxsackie-Athens High School on Wednesday, October 30th and Friday, November 1st. [Read More]
For about an hour and a half after school today, there was absolute silence in the RCS Middle School library even though 55 students moved from table to table. They were silent. They were just trying to be understood - without speaking a word. [Read More]
Subscribe to Parent Today! Parent Today is a free e-mail newsletter and companion website designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Parent Today is packed with research-based information that empowers parents and supports teachers. [Read More]
The R-C-S Transportation Department has announced bus routes, stops and estimated pickup and drop-off times for students for the 2013-14 school year. Families can download the school's bus information in PDF format along with a letter from the Transportation Director. [BUS ROUTE INFORMATION]
The 2013-14 calendar will be mailed to all RCS homes by Aug. 30. You can check it out on the calendar page now. [calendar page]
Dr. Philip Drew, the school physician, will be in the high school on Wednesday, August 14 from 8-12 to conduct physicals for sports. Physicals will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parental permission is required.
Sports try-outs begin August 19. Students must have a current physical (within 12 months) on file in the health office in order to try-out for any sport. An update form completed by a parent is also necessary prior to try-outs. Health appraisal and update forms are available on the RCS website on the athletic department or health services pages and in the main office of the senior high and middle school.
Weeks before they walk back into school, carry their textbooks or have to fret about homework, student athletes will begin reporting for practices for the fall sports season. [Read More]
Get a jump start on stocking up for back to school! Grade 6-8 supply lists are now available here (PDF). School begins on Friday, Sept. 6.
There are ways to cope with the new state tests that
students in grades 3-8 will take April 16-18 (ELA) and April 24-26
(mathematics). Check out this PDF brochure about tips for taking the
tests and how to relieve the inevitable stress.
Check out this video about the new state tests: http://www.engageny.org/resource/video-for-parents-and-families-about-the-common-core-assessments