Meet the Candidates – four RCS residents running for three board seats

During the Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, May 8, four Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk residents gave statements as to why they are running to fill one of three seats on the RCS Board of Education. Here are their statements: Kristin Hill-Burns, Howard Engel III, Taknika Mickey, Edward Reville Kristin Hill-Burns I am a Graduate from the RCS …

Board adopts 2018-19 budget proposal

2018-19 budget proposal focuses on creating future-ready students At its April 17 Board of Education meeting, the board approved a proposed budget of $47,738,365 for the 2018-19 school year. Residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, to vote on the spending plan. The proposal calls for a $1,908,942 spending increase and a tax levy …

Approved state budget increases education funding nearly $1 billion, adds reporting requirement for schools

New York lawmakers have approved a state budget for 2018-19 that increases education funding by nearly $1 billion. The enacted state budget provides information about state aid levels to school districts as they finalize their own spending plans for the coming year. The newly approved state budget calls for total education spending of $26.7 billion, …

Hibernation, migration and adaptation, Pieter B. UPK students learn where animals sleep in the winter

If you cover your hand with Crisco oil then submerge it in ice water, what do you learn? Pieter B. Coeymans Universal Pre-K students got their hands dirty, to answer this question. What they found out – this experiment shows how animals with blubber can survive frigid temperatures. Students were happily engaged in various science …

RCS reaches memorandum of agreement for RCSTA contract

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District and the leadership of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teaching Association (RCSTA) are pleased to announce a memorandum of agreement for the RCSTA employment contract for July 1, 2017- June 30, 2021. The RCSTA unit is comprised of 222 faculty members. Their last contract expired June 30, 2017. The District and representatives from the Unit …

Message from Dr. Bailey – safe schools

I am writing to you keep you apprised of our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe and successful learning environment for all students. Friday, March 23, on the day of our high school pep rally, local law enforcement and school officials began the day by investigating comments that were overheard on one of our school …

A.W. Becker fourth-graders shed light on Colonial job market

In conjunction with the A.W. Becker fourth grade’s study of Colonial times, students in Mrs. Agostinoni’s, Mrs. Baumgras’s, and Ms. Conway’s classes recently held a “Colonial Job Fair.” Fifth graders were invited to visit the fourth grade classrooms to learn about trades early New Yorkers may have performed in colonial times. The fourth graders each …

Job shadow experience brings classwork to life for high school business students

Students from Antoinette Randall’s business classes at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School participated in a Junior Achievement Job Shadow experience at the new headquarters of CAP COM Federal Credit Union on March 21. The unique opportunity allowed the students to visit a professional work environment and gain insight into possible career avenues. The Junior Achievement Job Shadow …

Not just a drop in the bucket – RCS students set sights on helping global community

“We are showing the world that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can make a change for better in the world.” When the 2017-18 FIRST Lego League (FLL) challenge was announced, a team of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students went to work. The FLL program theme was ‘hydrodynamics.” After researching and discussing different ideas, team members …

Changes in Grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments

Each year, students in grades 3-8 take New York State assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Over the past three years, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department have made several changes to the annual tests, in response to concerns from parents and educators. Here are the changes for 2018: Fewer …