Pieter B. buzzing with excitement about new grant for beehive

Fifth-graders at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School will now have the opportunity to get first-hand experience with a beehive thanks to Whole Foods’ Whole Kids Foundation. The foundation awarded the school with a $1,800 grant ($1,500 for equipment and $300 stipend) for an outdoor beehive provided by the Bee Cause Project. The hive will allow …

RCS Capital Project continues into 2019

The capital improvement project, voted on by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk residents in January 2015, is a district-wide project that includes construction, reconstruction or renovation to various district buildings and facilities. The focus of these changes is to implement capital improvement as well as health, safety, accessibility and code compliance measures. The project is in its second phase …

RCS musicians receive another honor

After anxiously awaiting an answer for two months, Ravena-Coeyams-Selkirk High School Choral Teacher Michelle McLoughlin finally received the letter she was hoping for. “I would like to congratulate you on your fine work as a music educator and choral director,” the note said. “You have clearly provided wonderful opportunities for your students to grow and …

RCS seeking Middle School Assistant Principal

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools are seeking candidates for a Middle School Assistant Principal. Apply at www.pnwboces.org/olas What are we looking for in our middle school assistant principal? The successful candidate will be: Courageous and will persevere when managing uncertainty, competing initiatives and the politics of change Compassionate, fair, judicious and equitable; acting with cultural competence and …

Middle school students take on PBIS challenge

The RCS Middle School PBIS (positive behaviors intervention supports) team is challenging students again during the month of December. Students will receive tickets throughout the month when they demonstrate their PBIS PRIDE. Students who earn tickets will place those tickets in the marked PBIS box. On Dec. 22 the day before the holiday break, the …

SUNY Albany athletes visit A.W. Becker classrooms

A.W. Becker held a positive referral contest in the month of November, challenging students to be their best self. Positive referrals were given to students who were respectful, safe and responsible. The classes with the more positive referrals welcomed special visitors from SUNY Albany athletic teams. The athletes read stories to the classes and answered …

High school students get a glimpse of careers in law enforcement

High school English teacher Kelly Cobb and her College Writing and Communications students welcomed two law enforcement officers to the class on Nov. 19. Adam Cobb, a Bethlehem Police Officer and Vadim Thomas, a former Special Agent in Charge of FBI spoke to the class about their experiences. “You have to want to serve,” Thomas …

Pilots encourage Pieter B. students to take flight

Two members of an international organization of women pilots met with Pieter B. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) students to educate and inspire them to consider a career in aviation. Linda Coiffi and Carol Keinath from the NY Capital Region Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., spoke with the wide-eyed students, sharing stories of …

RCS musicians chosen to participate in Melodies of Christmas Chorale

Seven RCS High School students were chosen to participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of Christmas Chorale. They will perform along with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors Theatre, Dec. 13-16 in support of Albany Medical Center’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Since the inception of the annual …

Letter to high school parents about verbal threat

Dear Parents and Guardians, After the end of the school day on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, a 15-year-old RCS High School student made a non-specific, verbal bomb threat in the presence of a staff member while outside the high school. We take threats seriously and collaborated with law enforcement, who visited the student’s home late …

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