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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High School and Middle School tenth period buses cancelled for today

The High School and Middle School tenth period buses are cancelled for today, Feb. 9. 5:00 p.m. buses will still be available for students. 

RCS students have a ball at annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 5th, over 400 students from around the Capital Region, including 12 RCS middle and high school students, came together at the Holiday Inn in Latham for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. The ball is an all-inclusive dance experience that celebrates people of all different abilities, and gives everyone the chance to have a night they won't forget. RCS students were accompanied by teachers Daria Carusone, Maria Semenick, Pamela Ginder and Patricia Stockman. [see photo]

Google Cardboard fundraiser set to expire Feb. 18

"We need your help," Middle School librarian Cara Buckley said as she pulled up the Donors Choose page she created.
Buckley set up a donerschoose.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. They can also be used in conjunction with any Google expedition, some 360 YouTube videos and stereoscope images from the Library of Congress. [read more and watch video]

RCS seventh-graders design and race dragsters in hands-on STEM project

With an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in education, teachers like Jared Bevington, a seventh-grade technology teacher at RCS, challenges students to research, design, develop and test their ideas through hands-on projects.
For their most recent project, Bevington challenged students to create small dragster race cars that could travel 34 feet in less than two seconds. [Read more]

Middle School awards presented at Board of Education meeting on Dec. 8

BOE Awards 


Virtual field trips take students to the
moon and back

“Oohs” and “ahhs” filled the classrooms in RCS Middle School as students put Google Cardboard virtual reality simulators to their eyes for the first time Nov. 24.
Students used the viewers, on loan for the day, as part of the Google Cardboard pilot program. However, middle school teacher Erin Sawyer and librarian Cara Buckley, are working to make Google Cardboard a permanent fixture in the classrooms.


[read more and see video]



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]


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]

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]


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).



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EVENTS Calendar

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