August 04, 2015
Duanesburg Central Schools
DESDuanesburg Elementary School: A positive and peaceful place.

Elementary News

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In addition to the events and news specific to Duanesburg Elementary posted on this webpage, be sure to check our district home page for news listings. Another great source of DES news is the Elementary newsletter. SNN subscribers recieve e-mail updates, and if desired, emergency closing text messages. PDFs of district newsletters may be found on the publications page.

Reading lists

Download 1st grade reading list
Download 2nd grade reading list
Download 3rd grade reading list
Download 4th grade reading list
Download 5th grade reading list

Supply list for K-6

Download the K-6 supply list for 2015-16.

Students celebrate a special retirement

 June 24 was a bittersweet day for students who bid goodbye to a good friend as she retired - a second time - from the classroom. READ MORE

Surfing into summer

Kindergarten and 1st-grade students are "surfing into summer" with some fun activities. VIEW GALLERY

Readers raise nearly $1,600 for Ronald McDonald House

Elementary students raised nearly $1,600 for the Albany Ronald McDonald House while doing what they love - reading. READ MORE

Science is Elementary

Science is Elementary in Duanesburg, where students exhibited lots of great projects at this year's Science Fair. They investigated everything from the science of baking to dog germs, volcanoes to mushy cereal, and more. Here is just some of their work. VIEW GALLERY 

Middle School news has moved

Next fall, 6th grade will return to the Elementary School, and the High School will be a Junior/Senior High School, with grades 7-12. News about 7th and 8th-grade students is now posted on the High School page, and news about 6th-grade happenings is posted on the Elementary page.

Cells, force, cars and science: fact and fun-filled activities for 5th grade 

Science came alive for DES fifth graders through a visit from a medical laboratory scientist and a car-creating project that showed how the force really was with them. READ MORE

Students guide their families across the Eastern Hemisphere

Sixth graders in Brian McGary's social studies class recently guided their fellow students, families and friends on a tour of the Eastern Hemisphere, with voyages fueled by learning in multiple subject areas. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

DES, Tri-City ValleyCats team up to hit reading home run for Ronald McDonald House

There was a rather large cat on the prowl at Duanesburg Elementary on March 27, but there’s no cause for worry: SouthPaw, the kid-friendly mascot of the Tri-City ValleyCats Minor League Baseball team, were reading with students as part of their Read for Ronald McDonald House effort. READ MORE

Students tap artistic talent to create "Best Little Theater"

Thanks to months of work by the 4th- and 5th-grade art clubs, "The Best Little Theater in Town" is a production not to be missed. VIEW GALLERY

Letter about water supply

Letter from superintendent about elementary school water supply READ MORE  or DOWNLOAD LETTER (PDF)

100 looks good for these students

Some of Duanesburg's youngest students became centenarians recently, while others created structures from 100 cups and 100 Legos to mark their 100th day of school. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Read-a-thon will be a royal fundraiser

Duanesburg Elementary School students have become reading warriors! Many students have eagerly accepted the challenge to support "Queen Conover" in the quest to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House through a read-a-thon. READ MORE

STEM is super at DES: Daily Gazette features First Lego League

STEM is super at DES! Today's Daily Gazette featured First Lego League students as a lead local story. READ MORE

"6th grade is going to be fun"

DCS 5th graders spent a recent afternoon getting to know future teachers in a fun and creative way. Overheard in the hallway after the activity: "6th grade is going to be fun!"VIEW GALLERY

Current 5th grade to stay at DES next fall

The Board of Education has approved a resolution to keep current 5th-grade students at the elementary school building next fall as DCS moves toward returning 6th grade to the building. READ MORE

Reindeer Games put STEM creativity to the test

While the North Pole wasn't a venue and eight tiny reindeer weren't harmed in the production of the Reindeer Games, a festive time applying STEM skills was had by all. READ MORE/VIEW GALLERY

Learn, learn as fast as you can - I'm the Gingerbread Man!

DCS kindergartners have been learning as fast as they can with the Gingerbread Man. READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY

Creating cards for vets

DES students were joined by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara on Dec. 12 in Holiday Cards for Heroes, creating cards to brighten the holidays of veterans at the Albany VA Hospital. The Assemblyman will deliver the cards this week. Update Dec. 22: The students were recognized for their efforts by WTEN-TV 10:

Letter from Superintendent Crowley re late bus sign-up (PDF)

Nov. 19, 2014


DES salutes veterans for their service

Elementary students and staff saluted our region's veterans at a special ceremony with speeches, music and song. They also collected donations for the Wounded Warrier Project, for which DES has been recognized by the White House. VIEW GALLERY

Egypt takes shape at Duanesburg MS

Mr. McGarry's 6th grade class studied Egypt recently, and the students constructed pyramids and shadoofs out of lots of interesting materials after researching their history and usage. Each member of the class explained what he or she learned through written and oral presentations in front of fellow students. Some of the projects were edible, all were creative and one was cast out of mortar - heavy knowledge! VIEW GALLERY & READ MORE

What do you get when you bottle Einstein, Jobs and Lennon?

Sometimes keeping things all bottled up can be good. Just ask Mrs. McKane's class at Duanesburg Elementary. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Halloween bash at DES

Duanesburg Elementary students had fun trying out their best costumes ahead of Halloween. VIEW GALLERY

Reading, writing, research and pumpkins

Mrs. Stryker’s 1st-grade class recently harvested lots of learning from pumpkins, using the colorful gourds to build skills in reading, writing, research, science and math. VIEW GALLERY

Keep Calm - Read books

Much fun was had this year's Book Fair, where students and their families began some exciting reading adventures. VIEW GALLERY

Elementary students Go Pink for a great cause

Duanesburg Elementary students recently wore their pinkest outfits to support for the Duanesburg CSD Strides for Life team, raising funds and awareness for a cause. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Common Core resource for families

The State Education Department offers families a helpful resource about the Common Core Learning Standards:

Respect and responsibility: 6th graders care for our nation's flag

6th grade students are responsible for lowering and folding the flag at the end of every school day. Tech Sgt. Ed Kuhl, an Iraq War veteran, visited campus recently and taught the students how to properly handle  and respect the flag. VIEW PHOTOS & READ MORE

The wheels on the bus go round and round

DCS kindergartners recently visited the district bus garage to learn more about bus safety and how buses are maintained. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Welcome to kindergarten!

Sept. 5 was the first day of school for DCS's newest students: our kindergartners! VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Duanesburg Pride: Many reasons to be positive

Students, staff, faculty, family, Board of Education members, school leaders – all have reasons to be proud of DCS. A high-performing district with a high return on investment, DCS has an outstanding graduation rate, majority of grads who pursue post-secondary education, top 25 percent regional school ranking and students whose success extends beyond classroom walls. READ MORE

NYS Safe Schools Initiative offers wealth of info

Parents, schools and first responders all can find a wide range of resources through the New York State Safe Schools Initiative, including information about stress, gangs, cyberbullying and more. READ MORE

Going mobile

Access is available to Duanesburg’s eSchoolData Portals using mobile devices, with separate and specific logins for parents and students. READ MORE

Phone number update reminder for parents/guardians

Please keep DCS informed of updates to your phone numbers (i.e. new job, cell phone replacing a house phone, etc.). In case of emergency, we need  an active number to call you.

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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