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 …

Children’s stories brought to life by high school creative writing class

High school students took four weeks in December and January to research, brainstorm, write and illustrate original children’s picture books as part of a creative writing course. Throughout the assignment, students found themselves stretched by the process. “Finding a concept and coming up with the general idea of the whole book was probably the hardest …

RCS graduation rate up, dropout rate down in 2015

The New York State Education Department released high school graduation rates for the 2011 cohort (students who entered ninth grade in 2011) on Jan. 11. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk was near the top of the list with an 89 percent graduation rate in 2015. That is up one percent from the 2014 school year and is 11 percent …

Gov. Cuomo outlines school aid proposal and education agenda for 2016-17

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17. The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, …

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