Letter to Families & Staff; 12-23-2022

If you have any questions, please contact your student's building. There will be no letter next week due to Holiday Recess, please see below for details. This newsletter includes:

New Information =

  • Holiday Recess
  • Two New Facility Dogs Joining RCS in January 2023
  • RCS Senior Hannah Vanderzee Scored 1,000th Career Point
  • Spring '23 Continuing Education Offerings Brochure
  • RCS Attendance Poster Contest
  • Upcoming Important Dates

Reminders =

  • RCS Junior Alivia Ortiz Selected for NAfME All-Eastern Division Conference
  • RCS Celebrations & Stories
  • Upcoming Capital Improvement Project Vote 
  • RCS COVID-19 Management Plan 22-23
  • Emergency Closing, Delay, and Dismissal Information Reminders
  • Direct Links

New Information

Holiday Recess: There will be no school for the Holiday Recess, Monday, December 26, through Monday, January 2. The district will be closed on December 26, 27, and January 2. Classes resume for all students on Tuesday, January 3. We wish all our students, staff, and community members a safe and happy holiday recess!! 

Two New Facility Dogs Joining RCS in January 2023: In January, we will have two new facility dogs joining us here at RCS! The Middle School will be welcoming Rosy, and Pieter B. will be welcoming Odie. We can’t wait for their arrival! The next school to receive a Facility Dog will be A.W. Becker Elementary, and in total, we plan to have eight Facility Dogs district-wide, click here to learn more

RCS Senior Hannah Vanderzee Scored 1,000th Career Point: Congratulations to Senior Hannah Vanderzee for scoring her 1,000th Career Point at the Girls Varsity Basketball Game this past Monday. Hannah is only the third girl in RCS history to reach this accomplishment. Click here to learn more! 

Spring '23 Continuing Education Offerings Brochure: The RCS Central School District is proud to launch its Continuing Education Program's offerings brochure for the spring 2023 session! The district offers Continuing Education courses for our community in the fall and spring of each year. As a reminder, the brochures are no longer mailed home; printed copies can be picked up from locations around the district or printed off our website. Click here to learn more and view the offerings brochure.

RCS Attendance Poster Contest: We have launched a student attendance poster contest to bring awareness to the importance of being in school. The winning posters will be used around our schools and community, as well as in a social media campaign to encourage students to be an attendance H.E.R.O (Here, Every Day, Ready, On Time)! Click here to learn more! 

Upcoming Important Dates (Click here to access the RCS calendar)

This/Next Week:

  • Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2: Holiday Recess, No School (District Closed 12/26, 12/27, & 1/2/23)

Later in the Month:

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2023: Classes Resume for all students 
  • Wednesday, January 4, 2023: Capital Project Community Information Night, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the HS Auditorium
  • Monday, January 9, 2023: Capital Improvement Project Vote, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the RCS High School Main Gym 
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023: Board of Education Meeting at High School, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023: Continuing Education In-person Registration, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023: MS/HS Select Ensembles Concert @ HS, 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School & District Closed 
  • January 17 - 19, 2023: Fastbridge Mid-year Testing at Middle School (in school)
  • Tues., January 24 - Fri., January 27, 2023: High School - NYS Regents & Midterm Exams 
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023: Parent University - Special Education, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. *New date & time*
  • Friday, January 27, 2023: End of 2nd Marking Period (MS/HS)
  • Monday, January 30: Second Semester Begins (MS/HS)
  • Wednesday, February 1: Board of Education Meeting at High School, 6:00 p.m.


RCS Junior Alivia Ortiz Selected for NAfME All-Eastern Division Conference: Congratulations to Junior Alivia Ortiz for being selected for the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Division Conference! She is the first-ever RCS student to be selected for this prestigious conference. Click here to read more about this achievement! 

RCS Celebrations & Stories: There is a lot of exciting and interesting stuff happening at RCS! Check out what has been going on around the district here.

Upcoming Capital Improvement Project Vote: At the Wednesday, November 9 Board of Education Meeting, the Board unanimously approved a $15 million capital improvement project proposal. The referendum for this proposition will be put before voters on Monday, January 9, from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Main Gym. Click here to learn more

RCS COVID-19 Management Plan 22-23: Families are urged to keep students home from school who are ill, regardless of whether their symptoms are COVID-19-related. Click here to view or download the RCS COVID-19 Protocols Quick Guide for determining when your student can return to school, or read the full COVID-19 management plan for the 22-23 school year here. If you are unsure if your student should come to school, please view our When to Keep Children Home Due to Illness Information Sheet to learn more.

Emergency Closing, Delay, and Dismissal Information Reminders: As the weather grows colder we are more likely to need to close for the day or open late for weather-related reasons. Students and staff will not be required to report to school/work virtually or otherwise when we close for a weather-related emergency unless otherwise noted in their contract. We recently shared with families and staff reminders about our Emergency Closing, Delay, and Dismissal Processes, you can find those here

Direct Links:

If you have any questions about anything covered in the letter, please reach out to your student’s building for clarification. Thank you.