February 11, 2016
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DCS teacher is featured in Parent Today

Feb. 2, 2016

Understanding a child's learning style better enables one to help with lessons, homework and learning in general. Just ask DCS teacher Lisa Dennison, who is featured in the current issue of Parent Today. READ MORE

Sign up now for Leo Club blood drive

Feb. 4, 2016

The Leo Club will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the high school on March 1 and encourages all to participate. READ MORE

Participate in the school budget development process

Feb. 2, 2016

All are welcome to participate in budget work sessions at DCS Board of Education meetings. Next meeting is Feb. 9.

Being proactive about school safety

Feb. 1, 2016

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School conducted a lockdown drill today with a canine search. Lockdown, lockout, canine and fire drills are routinely conducted at school as part of the district's effort to be proactive in promoting student safety. As members of our school community, local first responders often participate in such drills.

Leo Club working to make wishes come true

Jan. 28, 2016

Students in the Leo Club are working to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. READ MORE

State to require meningococcal vaccine for 7th-12th graders

Jan. 28, 2016

A new state law will require 7th-12th graders to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. READ MORE

Superintendents call for more funding, restoration of GEA funds

Jan. 26, 2016

DCS Superintendent Christine Crowley joined with fellow superintendents in calling for increased school funding and restoration of GEA funds owed to their districts. READ MORE

Basketball teams are in the house as U Albany player makes history

DCS's girls varsity and JV basketball teams saw basketball history being made by a University at Albany Lady Danes player. READ MORE

Reminder: Is your SNN account are up to date?

Jan. 5, 2016

Winter weather is here. Is your SNN account up to date? Another reminder: The SNN middle school list is no longer being used. READ MORE

Singing + pajamas = holiday joy

Jan. 5, 2016

When an entire school sings together in pajamas, there is surely joy a-foot. VIEW GALLERY

A tasty lesson in the math and science of earthquakes

Jan. 4, 2016

The tools of the lesson were tasty when 3rd graders had to construct earthquake-proof gingerbread houses. VIEW GALLERY

DES students honored as Capital Heroes

Jan. 4, 2016

Capital Bank and WTEN have named Duanesburg Elementary students Capital Heroes for caring for veterans and soldiers near and far. READ MORE

Chemis-tree grows knowledge beyond the holidays

Jan. 4, 2016

When students logged some chemistry lab time before the break, they gained knowledge that extends far beyond the holiday season. READ MORE

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Jan. 4, 2016

Finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in school is the challenge for UHS Environmental Science students. READ MORE

Eagles fly as Scholar Athletes

Dec. 28, 2015

DCS is proud of its Scholar Athletes. READ MORE

Select Choir shares holiday joy

Dec. 22, 2015

DCS's talented Select Choir shared holiday joy, caroling at area nursing homes and in school. VIEW GALLERY

School leaders call for state changes for ‘a foundation for success’

Dec. 22, 2015

School superintendents from seven counties are calling for change at the state level to provide students with "a foundation for success." READ MORE

Students hit the creek for Watershed Data Jam

Dec. 21, 2015

UHS Environmental Science students converged with their peers at the Schoharie River Center for the Mohawk Watershed Data Jam. READ MORE

High School students create cards for Sa'fyre

Dec. 21, 2015

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School students created more than 100 Christmas cards for Sa'fyre Terry. READ MORE

Field trip makes it real for anatomy & physiology class

Dec. 21, 2015

Anatomy & Physiology students took heart, literally, during a recent field trip to Albany Medical College. READ MORE

Trooper builds on students' lessons about hazards of alcohol

Dec. 18, 2015

A State Trooper helped 6th graders build upon lessons they learned in a novel about the hazards of alcohol. READ MORE

The musical force is with DCS

Dec. 18, 2015

The musical force was with our talented H.S. musicians this week as they performed their winter concerts. VIEW GALLERY

DES students create cards for Sa'fyre, send special message

Dec. 16, 2016

DES 3rd graders tapped their creative and communications skills to answer Sa'fyre Terry's Christmas request. READ MORE

DCS, Schenectady County schools coordinate delay, closing policies

Dec. 17, 2015

DCS has long worked with neighboring districts on best practices for student safety and learning. County-wide, schools have agreed to guidelines for weather-related delays and closings. READ MORE

Toys For Tots drive totally terrific

Dec. 16, 2015

This year's Toys For Tots drive was a great success at DCS, with a total of 232 toys collected to make children's holidays bright. READ MORE

Elementary students shine at winter concert

Dec. 14, 2015

DES students truly shined at their winter concert, showing how practice, dedication and the joy of music can brighten an evening. VIEW GALLERY

Celebrating positive behavior at DES

Dec. 14, 2015

Several elementary students have been honored for behavior that embodies the foundations of the PBIS program. READ MORE

President signs Every Student Succeeds Act

Dec. 14, 2015

For the first time since 2001, the U.S. has new federal education legislation. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaces the No Child Left Behind Act that expired in 2007. READ MORE

An hour to inspire a lifetime

Dec. 10, 2015

Duanesburg Elementary students participated in a national, hour-long program aimed at inspiring a lifelong interest. VIEW GALLERY

Senior seeks UHS Environmental Science alumni for survey

Dec. 9, 2015

DCS senior Patrick McHugh is surveying alumni who took UHS Environmental Science for his Senior Honors Project. READ MORE

Egypt in a hallway

Dec. 3, 2015

If you can't go to the pyramids, then bring the pyramids to you. Brian McGarry's 6th graders did just that. VIEW GALLERY

Reminder: No more Middle School SNNs

A reminder: News formerly communicated via the SNN Middle School list is reported via the High School list for grades 7-12 and Elementary School list for 6th grade. Also be sure to sign up for the School Closings list.

CBS-6 spotlights varsity wrestlers

Dec. 7, 2015

The varsity wrestling team is in the news, spotlighted by CBS-6. READ MORE

Study + talent = spelling bee success

Dec. 3, 2015

Two studied for hours and one simply trusted talent, but all of DCS's top spelling bee finishers are pleased with their performance. READ MORE

Exploring aviation

Dec. 3, 2015

They traveled on a bus to get there, but once the 8th graders arrived at the museum, the road was traded in for the clouds. VIEW GALLERY

National Honor Society students serve up lunch at Salvation Army

Nov. 30, 2015

National Honor Society members spent the day before Thanksgiving serving others at the Schenectady City Salvation Army. VIEW GALLERY

JV wrestlers are off to a good start

Nov. 30, 2015

The JV wrestling team is off to a good start after competing in the CDWOA tournament on Nov. 28. READ MORE

Alumni offer college insights

Nov. 30, 2015

Alumni Day brought seven members of the class of 2015 back to campus for a Q & A discussion about life after Duanesburg. READ MORE

Proud of our talented students

Nov. 24, 2015

DCS is proud of its talented students who represented their school well at the All State Music Festival in Oneonta. READ MORE

Duanesburg Day takes a break

Nov. 24, 2015

In view of the success of the Duanesburg 250 & Homecoming Celebration this fall and the retirement of Duanesburg Day's coordinator, DCS has decided to suspend the event for 2016. READ MORE

Stay well during flu season

Nov. 23, 2015

Flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs that can be very dangerous for children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health issues. Infected persons can spread flu before they show any symptoms. READ MORE

National Night of Conversation opens discussion about drug abuse

Nov. 19, 2015

Parents are powerful: Research shows that children who learn about drug and alcohol risks from their parents are half as likely to use substances as children who haven’t had that conversation with a caring adult. READ MORE

State of success

Nov. 16, 2015

New York is a big state with lots of student athletes, but our cross country runners certainly made their mark this weekend. READ MORE

Honoring those who have served

Nov. 10, 2015

Veterans Day is about love, learned Duanesburg Elementary students at a very special ceremony. READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY

When telling tales in (and out) of school is a good thing

Nov. 10, 2015

DES students learned how to tell tales - their own - from author Coleen Paratore as part of the Home is Where the Stories Begin literacy project. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Time for Toys For Tots

Nov. 2, 2015

Make a child smile: donate a new, unwrapped toy at the elementary, H.S. or bus garage from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. READ MORE

XC runners bring home a trio of trophies

Nov. 2, 2015

Duanesburg's Cross Country teams ran strong at the Oct. 31 Harvest Classic in Schodack, bringing home a trio of trophies. READ MORE

Alum acknowledges DCS support, shares Cyclo-cross knowledge

Nov. 2, 2015

DCS grad Emma White recognized her alma mater for supporting her passion for cycling and is now teaching younger riders. READ MORE

State Education Dept. seeks feedback on Common Core Standards

Nov. 2, 2015

NYSED has launched AIMHighNY, an online survey that will allow New Yorkers to provide detailed feedback on the State's English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Math Common Core Learning Standards for prekindergarten through grade 12. READ MORE

Girls Varsity Cross Country team wins WAC Championship

Nov. 2, 2015

Congratulations to the DCS girls Varsity Cross Country team for winning the WAC Championship meet Oct. 27 at Fort Plain. READ MORE

John Grant is youngest DCS golfer ever to qualify for sectional play

Oct. 29, 2015

Success on the links: 7th grader John Grant is the youngest DCS golfer ever to qualify for sectional play. READ MORE

Local TV news features students' efforts to help veterans

Oct. 29, 2015

CBS-6 News featured our elementary students' efforts to support veterans by collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project and preparing for their annual veterans assembly on Nov. 10. VIEW STORY

DCS makes strides against breast cancer

Oct. 21, 2015

Team DCS raised more than $1,500 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Great work for a great cause!

Bottles bring history-makers to life

Oct. 15, 2015

Soda bottles top bookshelves, window sills and work tables in 5th-grade classrooms, but teachers aren't worried: Students have transformed them into colorful and captivating models of history-makers. VIEW GALLERY

Learning about safety is a community effort for DCS kindergartners

Oct. 13, 2015

Kindergartners learned about safety and tried on some cool helmets when Quaker Street Fire Department members visited their school. VIEW GALLERY

Lights, cameras, action: SCHOPEG loan helps equip students for digital media success

Oct. 6, 2015

Thanks to SCHOPEG Public Access TV, students in Dan Schielke's Digital Media Production class have greater access to professional equipment. VIEW GALLERY

Mastering math is fun and games in this 5th-grade class

Oct. 6, 2015

Mastering math concepts was all fun and games recently in Christina Stryjek's 5th-grade class. How did they do it? VIEW GALLERY

JDRF walk tops $5,400 to change type 1 to type none

Sept. 30, 2015

High School students, faculty and staff crushed their $3,000 goal while walking for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) on Sept. 25. READ MORE

Homecoming & 250th Celebration Photos on Facebook!

Visit DCS's Facebook photo album to see pics from this great event!

Support K-12 music with Duanesburg Friends of Music

Sept. 29, 2015

The Duanesburg Friends of Music annual membership drive funds instrument purchases, field trips, K-12 enrichment programs, scholarships and more. Show your support for music today. LEARN MORE

Home is where the stories begin

Sept. 24, 2015

Storytelling may have become something of a lost art, but not at Duanesburg Elementary, where the Home is Where the Stories Begin Literacy Project will connect families and school. READ MORE

Elementary kicks off a positive school year

Sept. 22, 2015

Friday was positively fun as Duanesburg Elementary kicked off of the year's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. VIEW GALLERY

Cross country teams fly at Blackbird Invitational

Sept. 14, 2015

The girls cross country teams flew high at the Blackbird Invitational. READ MORE

Parents may view math, ELA, science assessment reports via portal

Sept. 14, 2015

Parents of last year's 3rd through 8th-grade students can view Individual Student Reports for Math and ELA via the Assessments tab in the Parent Portal. Reports for last year's 4th and 8th graders who took the Science exam are also available.

Students and staff start a new year

Sept. 10, 2015

Grades 1-12 students returned to the  classroom Sept. 9 and kindergartners hit the coloring books the next day. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Update your SNN lists

Now is a good time to update your SNN information, particularly if your children have moved to a different school building. Also note: news formerly communicated via the SNN Middle School News list will now be included in High School News for grades 7-12 and Elementary School News for 6th grade. READ MORE

Welcome back everyone!

Sept. 9, 2015

Welcome all to a new school year at DCS!

Students wear blue

Sept. 9, 2015

High school students and staff wore blue today in memory of Summer Penny. VIEW PHOTO

State revises immunization requirements

Attention parents/guardians: effective Sept. 1, the state instituted new immunization requirements for students. READ MORE

DCS mourns student's passing

Sept. 7, 2015

It is with great sadness that DCS extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of 9th-grade student Summer Penny, who passed away following a car accident on September 2. Counselors will be available at school when classes begin Wednesday. On that day students are wearing blue, Summer's favorite color.

DCS welcomes new staff

Sept. 3, 2015

DCS welcomes a number of new staff this fall. READ MORE

Varsity golfers tee up wins

Aug. 27, 2015

The varsity golf team got off to a 2-0 start in the first week of the season. READ MORE

Newsletter, calendar posted online

Click to download the printed 2015-16 DCS calendar and back-to-school newsletter. Extra copies are available; contact the webmaster.

DCS wins $7,500 grant for fitness equipment

Aug. 24, 2015

DCS is one of just two schools in the state to win a $7,500 Muscle MilkĀ® Recovery Grant to replace high school fitness room equipment. READ MORE

Adult & Continuing Ed class schedule is posted

Financial aid, college admission, stocks, Social Security, first aid/CPR, art, crafts, zumba: Come learn with us at Adult & Continuing Education!

Strategic Plan a living document that guides progress

Aug. 3, 2015

DCS's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan is both a roadmap for district leaders and a living document that is updated as progress is made. READ MORE

What’s in a career? The shadow knows!

July 29, 2015

A new extracurricular program beginning this fall will enable DCS 10th-12th graders to job-shadow local professionals. READ MORE

Parent Today is a great read that arrives in emailboxes - is yours one of them?

Are you signed up for Parent Today? This free, monthly email newsletter and blog bridges families and the classroom with research-based information presented in an award-winning, easy-to-follow format. READ MORE ABOUT PARENT TODAY AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

Student and teacher assignments: A delicate balance

Assigning students to a teacher is a task that is taken very seriously at DCS, with a goal of to creating balanced classrooms by finding the best possible fit for each student and teacher. Best practices/models for teacher-student classroom assignments and optimal classroom productivity methods have been shared among educators for years. Coupling those practices/models with the careful planning used by DCS teachers in assigning students to a teacher is why school officials have always refrained from accepting teacher requests from parents.

“We understand that convenience and familiarity play a role in parents wanting the same teacher to educate their other children,” says Superintendent Christine Crowley. “But we have a responsibility to all students to create a well-balanced classroom that takes many factors into consideration.” READ MORE

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