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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RCS MS student raises over $1,100 for Best Buddies

Student photoOn 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 student musicians perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

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]



Middle School Science Olympiad places third during regional competion; headed to state competition April 17-18 in Syracuse

Student photoWhether 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]

41 RCS Music Students Selected For GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

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]

Old prom dress hanging in the closet? Donate it to RCS and give it new life!

Student photoThe 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 mjennes@rcscsd.org.

Congratulations to Jolene Hopkins, selected as a NYS Master Teacher

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]

RCS students brighten the holidays with cards and letters for a 93-year-old World War II nurse in Albany Photo of Ella Wetterhahn

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 caf√© in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]

Student photo52 RCS Middle School students recognized by the Board of Education

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]

PhRMA Grant to support STEM Education at RCS

Student photoSchool 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]

Pins and Rims a huge success for Best Buddies program at the MSStudent photo

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' attempts to build old-fashioned bonds

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 Project Adventure kidsclassmates, 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.”

Project Adventure kidsVarious 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. “


Student photoRCS swim team off to a strong start; swimmers break records in first meet against Johnstown

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]

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EVENTS Calendar

Monday, April 27

PBC Book Fair (Until May 5)

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

Tuesday, April 28

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

Wednesday, April 29

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

PBC Bingo, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

Learning Fair, Math Night & Art Show, 6-7:30 p.m. at PBC

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Friday, May 1

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Saturday, May 2

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Monday, May 4

AP Exams, HS

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Tuesday, May 5

AP Exams, HS

Board of Education Meeting, Budget Hearing and Meet the BOE candidates, 6:30 p.m., HS

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 6

AP Exams, HS

National School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

AWB Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

MS/HS Spring Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 8

AP Exams, HS

Mother/Son Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PBC

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Saturday, May 9

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11

AP Exams, HS

Tuesday, May 12

MS Evening of the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation for Parents, 6:45 p.m., MS Library

Wednesday, May 13

AP Exams, HS

PBC PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Grades 6-8 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 15

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

Sunday, May 17

PBC PTO Bottle & Can Drive, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, May 18

RCS Invitational Track Meet, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show & Summer Recreation Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19


Polls Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the HS

Wednesday, May 20

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 21

Contingent Day (No School if one emergency day has not been previously used)

Friday, May 22

No School, Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

No School, Memorial Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 26

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS (if needed)

Wednesday, May 27

PBC NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Honor Society tapping, induction ceremony at 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 28

AWB NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., MS

Friday, May 29

PBC Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Physics Lab Day, HS

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., 90 State in Albany

Monday, June 1

Common Core Regents Exams 9-12 in English & Geometery

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 2

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

Wednesday, June 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

Thursday, June 4

Grades 3-5 Music Assembly for ABW/PBC, 9:45 a.m.

HS Senior Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

Tuesday, June 9

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, June 10

AWB Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 11

PBC Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 16

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 17

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Friday, June 19

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Field Day, AWB and PBC

Sunday, June 21

Father's Day
Summer begins

Monday, June 22

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Tuesday, June 23

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, June 24

MS dismissal at 11 a.m.; Elementary dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., AWB

Grade 8 Moving Up Program, 6:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 25

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MS Dismissal at 11 a.m. Elementary Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., PBC

Regents Rating Day

Saturday, June 27


9 a.m., Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS


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