▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
Our congratulations to all students who were recently recognized for their many amazing achievements at RCS Middle School. [READ MORE]
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]
On 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.
On Wednesday, May 6, all students at RCS participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously,) which is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. and designed to unite children around the world in simultaneous movement in order to get them interested in exercise.
Students at PBC held a conga line in the hallways with DJ Shear playing music. Students at AWB had a dance party in their classrooms while Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" played over the PA system. Middle school students did a fun walk/run around the loop between the middle and high schools. The high school students had a dance party between periods eight and nine to the song "Happy" which was played over the PA system. We hope to make this an annual event in all RCS schools! [READ MORE]
After months of planning, and weather delays over the winter, the three new school signs at each campus - in front of PB Coeymans, AW Becker and the Middle School/High School - have been put in place.
The signs were put in place over the past two weeks by Ray Sign. Electricity should be flipped on either just before or after the Memorial Day weekend, said Brian Bailey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We anxiously look forward to seeing RCS up in lights!," he said. [READ MORE]
The RCS High School and Middle School bands and choruses had a very successful week at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festivals which were held at Shaker High School and Bethlehem High School from April 27 through 30. [READ MORE]
Once again this year the Best Buddies Club at the Middle School will be having a district-wide Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, May 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Order forms must be sent back to the Middle School by May 15. Download the order form [PDF].
Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.
On On Sunday, April 19, RCS MS seventh grade student Gillian Bartlett and her "Dream Team" spent the day at Crossgates Mall, but instead of shopping, walked to raise money for a good cause.
Bartlett raised an astounding amount, over $1,100, during this year's Best Buddies Walk, an event the district participates in each year.. [READ MORE]
More than 100 RCS elementary and secondary students performed instrumental and vocal solos during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festival at Voorheesville High School on March 27 and 28
“Students are not required to participate in NYSSMA solo festivals and do so on their own. It is quite impressive to see the overwhelming response from our students throughout the district”, said RCS K-12 Music Coordinator Scott Andrews.
With the help of their music teachers, students choose and prepare solo literature which is from the NYSSMA manual of approved literature. The level of difficulty ranges from level one (easiest) to level 6 (difficult). Students perform in separate audition rooms in front of an approved NYSSMA adjudicator. [READ MORE]
Whether they were testing a mystery powder, identifying insects, building a robot to pick up objects or studying potential water on other plants, these Middle School students were among the best during during a competition on March 21 at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley.
The RCS Middle School Science Olympiad team placed third out of 16 teams from the Capital District and Mid-Hudson regions.
The team's showing earned them a trip to Syracuse for the statewide competition April 17-18. [READ MORE]
Forty-one music students from the High School and Middle School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Festival.
The festival, which is being held at Cairo-Durham High School with after-school rehearsals on Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27, will conclude with a concert on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 in the high school auditorium.
All-County performing groups will include the Elementary Band, Junior Chorus and Senior Band. [READ MORE]
The Fairy Godmother’s Closet is collecting gently used prom gowns that are no more than 10 years old. This program offers RCS girls in need clean and fashionable gowns for free. We are in desperate need of sizes 12/13 and larger.
All donations can be dropped off at the high school’s main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at email@example.com.
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]
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 café in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]
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]
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]
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]