February 18, 2018
Duanesburg Central Schools
DESDuanesburg Elementary School: A positive and peaceful place.

Elementary News


What's news? Stay in the know

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 receive e-mail updates, and if desired, emergency closing text messages. PDFs of district newsletters may be found on the publications page.

 PTA to host Muffins with Our Munchkins

On March 8 at 7:30 a.m., the Duanesburg Community PTA will host a Muffins With Our Munchkins event at the elementary school, welcoming parents and guardians to "start the day with delicious muffins and put a smile on your child’s face."

Dr. Seuss Spirit Week to celebrate beloved author, reading

A time for students to get silly, colorful and mismatched.

First graders show how kindness includes pets

They get a "BIG Shout Out" on TV, online.

A power loss, a pipe and a school-community team

Staff and community members team up to save our building.

Ancient history through the eyes of a skull

A visiting artist brings Aztec tradition to life for 5th graders.

Coding is cool

It's also interesting and fun to teach, according to our elementary students.

Buddying up to put PBIS into practice

It's all positive when Elementary classes buddy up.

Thank you for your service

As bright sunshine streamed into the new gym, DES honored our veterans.

Students tickle high-tech ivories thanks to donations

The new lab just may be one of the quietest classrooms on campus.

DES rocks Go Pink Day

Friday the 13th was a great day for a good cause.

Digging deep to solve 5,300-year-old mystery

Will we ever know what killed the Ice Man? The 6th graders are still debating.

Sweethearts, heroes and empathy

Even the most caring among us can find his empathy challenged.

PBIS Day was positively spirited

School spirit, team building and fun were the goals at both schools.

The elementary yearbook returns - order yours today

The elementary yearbook is returning! A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the end of the year for $20 on a first come, first served basis. Order online at

NYS child abuse or neglect reporting resources

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services operates a toll-free hotline to receive reports of child abuse and neglect. READ MORE

Title I-A and DCS students

Title I-A is a federal program that provides funds for extra educational services for students most in need of educational support. Title I-A eligibility is determined by the percentage of students qualifying for free/reduced price meals. The focus of the Title I-A program is on helping all students meet the same high standards. READ MORE (BROCHURE)

Students riding school buses other than their regular routes

From time to time, students ask to have friends ride with them on their school bus. Generally, a student is allowed to bring up to two friends on his or her bus if those friends have permission and a bus pass issued by their school's main office. For safety reasons, if there are more than two extra students, they need to ride the late bus. READ MORE

Is your SNN information up to date?

Now is a good time to review your SNN information, particularly if your children have moved to a new school building. READ MORE

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

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. READ MORE



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