What's Happening at RAS?

Fun in CTE

Romen's Corner

Camo Day

Riley's Interview

TASC Students

Deven's Interview

Thanksgiving Lunch

Michelle's Interview with ICTV

Principal Page

"What makes a great leader?"

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day 2020


Marvelous Monty

Bristol K. grooms a chicken in Animal Science

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Romen's Corner

Being at school alone was like waking up in bed in a pool of someone else's sweat. It was like going to grab your favorite beverage and finding it is all gone and then going back to bed in the same pile of sweat. At first you have hope but then life sprays you in the eyes with disinfectant. You mistakenly grab COVID and think it is your friend. Somewhere in all the masked confusion you slip in your Pichachu slippers and bounce your head off your own stand.
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Camo day at RAS

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Riley's Senior Interview

Senior Spotlight Questions

Q. Was coming to RAS worth it?

A. Yes, coming to RAS was definitely worth it. When I was going to Ithaca High School I was failing very badly and I would skip all the time. When I came here my grades came up and stayed up and I never skip.

Q. What advice would you give to younger students?

A. I would tell younger students to just pay attention in class because that’s really where all the work is gonna be. If you pay attention in class and show up then you are not likely to fall behind.

Q. Which three adults do you connect with the most?

A. The three adults I connect with the most are Paula, Mike, and Michelle.

Q. What do you like that RAS does differently?

A. I like that RAS has more one on one help and they actually care about students.

Q. What could RAS do better?

A. One thing RAS could do better would be to sometimes just let the students deal with their problems by themselves. It’s nice to have someone who cares and who is always willing to help but sometimes it’s good to figure out things without help.

Q. What are you going to do when you graduate?

A. When I graduate I am going to start at TC3 for criminal psychology and science.

Kevin Graduates From TASC

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Deven's Senior Interview

  • Q. Was coming to RAS worth it?

  • A. Coming to RAS was definitely worth it. I was going to drop out of school but RAS gave me the opportunity to get my high school diploma.

  • Q. What advice would you give to younger students?

  • A. I would tell younger students to stay on top of their school work because it comes back to bite you later if you don't.

  • Q. Which three adults do you connect with most?

  • A. I connect with Whelply Travis And Michelle the most.

  • Q. What do you like that RAS does differently?

  • A. I like that RAS helps students work through their issues and actually listens to students.

  • Q. What are you going to do when you graduate?

  • A. When I graduate I plan on going to college for cybersecurity. I also plan on playing video games professionally.

  • Q. What would you say to students who were thinking about attending RAS?

  • A. I would tell students planning on attending RAS is don't take this opportunity for granted

Traditional Thanksgiving Lunch

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Michelle's Interview with ICTV

ICTV Reports | Passion versus Pandemic

Michelle's Principal Page

Whew! We made it through 2020! When I think back to mid-March and the sudden closure of school, I am amazed by what has been accomplished by students and staff (with extreme support from families). In spite of obstacle after obstacle, working together, we have accomplished so much:

  1. More than 20 high school and TASC (GED) graduates

  2. Reopening the school with a new schedule, lunch and cleaning procedures, mask requirements, and daily health screening

  3. Welcoming more than 30 new students in person and virtually

  4. School doors open for in-person instruction for 90% of days during fall 2020

  5. Chromebooks for all students

  6. Instruction of in-person and virtual students at the same time

  7. Hiring/welcoming 4 new RAS staff members

  8. Maintaining positive relationships with students and families despite current circumstances

  9. College/career counseling with several students already accepted to colleges

  10. Continuing special events: Friday Spirit Days, Thanksgiving Lunch and Quarterly Awards Ceremonies

In this time of great stress and uncertainty, being able to offer something that is even close to normal feels like an accomplishment. I am confident that RAS will emerge from these dark days better and stronger because we have faced these challenges together. I remain grateful for the opportunity to work with such a supportive team of instructors, counselors, support staff, students and families. Thank you for all you have done to see us through 2020, and I wish you all a healthy and joyous 2021.


"What makes a great leader?" I asked my class this question and here is how they responded.

There are many traits that a person needs to be a “leader.” One of these traits is composure. If you are going to be a leader you need to be able to keep your composure in stressful situations. Also, you need to be trustworthy. If nobody believes you're not going to be much of a leader. Kevin

A great leader is made of someone who is honest, hardworking, determined, and consistent. Those are really great qualities to have if you want or already are a leader. They make you way more trustworthy. And most definitely make more people want and/or accept you as a leader. Mariah

A great leader is someone who is willing to listen to your problems or will help with anything. Being a great leader sometimes means that you put others before yourself in situations that may be difficult to solve. Many people are great leaders but don´t know how to help others with certain problems that they have never have encountered by themselves. Lastly, a great leader is an individual who always or a majority of times looks at the positives vs the negatives.


A great leader is someone who understands different points of view and isn't one-sided. A great leader is someone who is good at bringing people together and motivates them to achieve their goals. People need to be able to rely on you to solve issues on the fly. Deven

What makes a great leader is someone who helps others. Someone who is honest with others. A great leader helps others reach their goals and helps make new ones. Lastly, someone who is a great leader is someone who doesn't let someone that might be better at something, bother them. Emma

In my opinion, being a great leader takes a couple of different character traits and outlooks on certain situations. Some characteristics of a great leader would be things like open-mindedness, confidence, and respect for others. I think these things make a great leader for many reasons. The main reason I think these traits make a great leader is that if someone is gonna be in control of something/lead something then most people would want that person to be open-minded so that everyone's needs could be met and looked at in more than one point of view. Confidence makes a good leader as well because being confident makes a person make better, clearer decisions. If someone was overly confident it may be a problem. Lastly, having respect for others makes a great leader because if you have someone that is making big decisions for you, you are gonna want them to respect you. Riley

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day 2020

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This edition of the RAS reporter was created by Rachel Townsend's Journalism Class:

Deven Ayres-Santmyer

Riley Carpenter

Alyssa Garrow

Colby Gatch

Kevin Krise

Romen Rogers

Mariah Scutt-Cornell

Emma Trevits

Photos by Paula, Ms. James and Charlie