COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates & Resources

All RCS schools are closed through April 15 due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. For updated information from the school district, including important notices, learning resources, food distribution plans, child care resources and more, please visit the COVID-19 page.

Continuing Education

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District believes education doesn’t end with graduation from either school or college. Rather, life should be filled with learning opportunities.

To that end, RCS offers Continuing Education courses for the community in the fall and spring of each year. Course offerings for the fall and spring semesters are mailed to all district residents in late August and early February. The Continuing Education program is self supporting.

Courses are open to all persons in the Capital District region. When necessary, priority is given to residents of the RCS school district. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of participants in each class is limited.

2020 Spring Continuing Education Courses – Electronic Version

2020 Spring Continuing Education Courses

Aquatics Courses

Morning Swim Program

Dates: Mondays-Fridays; March 2 -Aug. 31
Time: 5:30-7:20 a.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: RCS residents – $110, Non-residents – $220

The morning swim program provides an opportunity for professionals and exercise enthusiasts in our community to fulfill their exercise needs.

Splashing to the Oldies & Aqua Zumba

Dates: 10-week session (Feb. 12, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29).
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $80 for a 10 week session
Instructor: Julie Padilla

This Zumba aquatic revolution offers an aquatic workout with all the benefits, fun and excitement of a Zumba class. Aqua Zumba works on aerobic endurance, muscular resistance, flexibility and joint mobility in a high-intensity, low-impact environment. Aquatic exercise is ideal for strengthening after injury, conditioning for older or out-of-shape individuals, or people of all fitness levels who love the water and want to work out to the international rhythms of Zumba fitness in an energetic, pool-party atmosphere. Please wear water shoes and bring bottled water and towel.

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge

Dates: 10-week session (March 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18; June 1, 8).
Time: 5-6:00 p.m.
Location: Aquatics Center
Fee: $85 for a 10 week session
Instructor: Pauline Buck

Pauline’s Aqua Animal Challenge is a total body workout that will be done in the shallow area of the pool. You will move to the sounds of all types of motivating music including a few pulsating Water Tabata style classes that Pauline has put together for you so that you will have the time of your life while getting a great workout. We will move those hips, stomp those feet, kick up those heels like never before. The added benefit is that the impact is low yet you will burn more calories than on land because of the resistance of the water. This water exercise program is designed to obtain optimum physical fitness (OPF). OPF is the development of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility as well as the achievement and maintenance of ideal body weight.

Red Cross Lifeguard Course

Date: Three sessions must all be attended (Saturday, March 21; Sat., March 28; Sat., April 4)
Time: 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day (minimum of 8 students)
Location: HS room 132/Aquatics Center
Fee: $300 (must be paid before class begins)
Instructor: Reay Mahler

This course prepares lifeguard candidates to recognize emergencies, respond and effectively prevent drowning and other incidents. Class content includes lifeguarding, CPR for the professional rescuer, AED and first-aid skill practice. This course is open for anyone 15 years or older (proof of age is required at the time of registration). A qualifying pre-test is given on the first day of class. Prospective students must: Be able to swim 300 yards continuously, using either a breast or crawl stroke; Be able to retrieve a diving brick in 7-10 feet water; and tread water for two minutes. Class participants must pass the prerequisite skills test to enroll in the course. Anyone not passing the pre-test will have their fee refunded. The course’s registration fee covers the swim test and the certification filing fee to the Red Cross. For materials, please visit www.redcross.org. Click on SHOP, then BOOKS and DVD’s. Select lifeguarding Manual. This one book has all the CPR and AED information as well as Lifeguarding and First Aid.

Sports & Fitness

Volleyball (Co-ed)

Dates: 12-week session begins Feb. 3  
Classes meet Mondays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Michael Light

This class offers the opportunity to play volleyball with a competitive edge! This course is for those who enjoy volleyball and want a challenging workout. Newcomers welcome.

Basketball (Co-ed)

Dates: 10-week session begins Jan. 29.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: HS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Valiant Robinson

If you enjoy playing basketball but do not belong to a team, this class is for you. Teams will be formed at each class. Due to high demand, ALL participants MUST pre-register.

Soccer (Indoor, Co-ed)

Dates: 10-week session begins Jan. 29.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: MS Gymnasium
Fee: $40
Instructor: Nick Klercker

This course is for people who enjoy soccer. It’s a non-competitive class that offers a night of exercise and fun. Newcomers are welcome. Attendees should bring a dark and a white shirt for each session for team designation.

Zumba Fitness

Dates: Ten-week sessions begin on Jan. 30.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 5:15 p.m. -6:15 p.m.
Location: MS Cafeteria
Fee: $75
Instructor: Julie Padilla

Zumba Fitness is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness party that moves millions of people toward joy and health! Be prepared to laugh! You will burn between 600-1000 calories in one session and make new friends! Bring your smile and a bottle of water. Dress in comfortable clothes and wear sneakers without thick tread.

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

Dates: 8-week session begins April 1.
Classes meet Wednesdays.
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: AWB Gymnasium
Fee: $80 (classes are limited to 14 students)
Instructor: Kristin Luberda

Come enjoy gentle yoga and meditation. We’ll enjoy gentle movements and soft stretching throughout our practice. The benefits of gentle yoga include increased care, comfort, flexibility and sense of peace. This class is for beginners, all levels are welcome. Please bring a mat, small blanket and a bottle of water to each class.

Hatha Yoga for Beginners

Dates: Five-week sessions begins April 3.
Classes meet Fridays.
Time: 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Location: AWB Gymnasium
Fee: $50 (classes are limited to 14 students)
Instructor: Kristin Luberda

This class will begin with a simple discussion of each pose. We will discuss alignment, tuning into your body, breathing techniques, etc. Options will be given to modify poses, so individuals have the option of a more gentle or strengthening experience. We will explore and enjoy asana (poses), slow flo motions, and meditation. Please bring a mat, small blanket, and a bottle of water to each class.

Iron Yoga

Dates: Six-week session begins Feb. 6.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Location: HS LGR 
Fee: $95 
Instructor: Kathleen Fisk

Experience Power Yoga Postures with 1-3 lb hand weights. Sun Salutation warm ups. Balancing and standing postures with hand weights. We will start out with 3 reps for each posture. The reps will be done slowly and with the breath to insure maximum strengthening. We will increase reps each week. Prepare to sweat! Bring the weights of your choice, yoga mat, water, and a hand towel. Previous yoga experience is helpful.

Tri-Core Fitness

Dates: Six-week sessions begin Feb. 25 & April 7.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Time: 6:00 p.m. -7 p.m.
Location: AWB Gymnasium
Fee: $65
Instructor: Carol O’Connor

This class will be dedicated to developing muscle and enhancing mind, body and spirit balance. We will strengthen, lengthen and build our muscular systems, strengthen our minds and find new ways to add harmony to our lives while enhancing our network of friends. Bring your mat, a drink, 5-pound weights and a winning attitude.

Line Dancing

Dates: Six-week session begins April 23.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: MS LGR
Fee: $25 per person
Instructor: Joanne Newell

Have fun and exercise while learning basic steps and movements to classic and new line dances. Partners are not needed, making this a wonderful opportunity to dance and socialize.

Financial

Healthcare After Retirement

Date: Monday, Feb. 24
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Michael Stanton

Do you know what to expect when it comes to Medicare? Did you know Medicare is mandatory for those collecting Social Security and it will likely be your greatest expense in retirement? This course will give you a better understanding of Medicare. From Part A to IRMAA, learn the fundamentals of how each section of Medicare works in this hands-on class aimed at making complex information easy to understand.

Understanding Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 6:00-7 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Christie Malmborg

Learn the basics from investment professionals on the staples of the modern portfolio: stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This course outlines the differences between these types of investments, so you can determine the right ventures for you. Learn about the proper asset allocation can lower your overall risk and increase your return. Track and monitor your investments with confidence as you plan for your financial future.

Financial Planning Basics

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Reese Hughes

In this course, we will take a look at some general financial planning concerns. While there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” financial plan, this overview should assist you in thinking about your own needs.

Retirement Income Planning

Date: Monday, March 3
Time: 7:00-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Christie Malmborg

Planning for retirement income starts with three basic questions: What does retirement mean to you? When do you plan to retire? How long will your retirement last? Your retirement income plan needs to address each of these questions individually with answers unique to your situation. It’s important to consider your expectations carefully, because your retirement income plan will be designed to support the retirement lifestyle that you envision. Let’s discuss the basics of Retirement Income Planning and the impact you can make on your situation now.

Maximizing your Social Security Benefits

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: HS Library
Fee: FREE
Instructor: Steve Vadney

A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your Social Security benefit. This hands-on workshop teaches strategies to get the most money from Social Security benefit. This hands-on workshop teaches strategies to get the most money from Social Security and other retirement sources. Learn how to plan for, and minimize, taxes and other costs during retirement, as well as how to widely grow and protect your retirement income. We will cover key Social Security choices, such as individual and spousal options and when to take your benefit, as we explore simple steps to maximize your money. We will also briefly discuss Medicare and health care costs and choices.

Home & Lifestyle

Quilting: Stash Quilt

Dates: Six-week session begins March 26.
Classes meet Thursdays.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: MS Room 120
Fee: $40
Instructor: MaryAnn Peters

Do you have a fabulous stash of fabrics? This class has really great projects and new methods to create a wonderful quilt, wall hanging, table topper etc. With designs and patterns and no “Y” seams, you will enjoy learning with fabulous results. Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies needed. Email mp14quilts@hotmail.com to order patterns and ruler for class.

Breads by Hal

Dates: Nine-week session begins Jan. 28. ***PLEASE NOTE*** (Sign up for one, two or multiple classes.)
Classes meet Tuesdays. (class size limited to 12 per class)
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: MS Cafeteria
Fee: $25 per class
Instructor: Hal Warner

Are you looking to learn how to bake fantastic breads and desserts? If so, please join this class to learn the best way to successfully deliver quality basked goods to your family and friends. Classes on Jan. 28, Mar. 24 and Apr. 28 will learn to bake Cinna-Yummy buns. On Feb. 4, Mar. 31 and May 5 learn how to bake Italian club rolls. In addition, on Feb. 11, Apr. 7 and May 12 experience baking Rosemary Olive Mediterranean bread.

Five-Hour Pre-Licensing

Dates: Monday, March 23.
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Location: HS Room 34A
Fee: $35
Instructor: Peter Sicliano

This course is required of all drivers prior to taking the New York state road test. Students must have a valid New York state driver’s permit to enroll and must bring it to class. Class is limited to 36 students.

Drivers Education

Date: Full schedule available at www.rcscsd.org/community/continuing-education
Location: HS Room 34A
Fee: $375 for RCS residents; $400 for non-residents
Instructor: Peter Sicliano

Class is limited to 16 students. District residents are given priority over non-residents. A student and parent meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20 in HS Room 34 A. Please bring a copy of the schedule, available on the website (address above) to the student-parent meeting.

USE DRIVERS EDUCATION REGISTRATION FORM to register.

Drivers Education Schedule – Spring 2020