June 22, 2017
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 receive e-mail updates, and if desired, emergency closing text messages. PDFs of district newsletters may be found on the publications page.

Elementary Field Day rescheduled to June 21

DES Field Day is postponed to Wednesday, June 21 due to forecasted rain. If it rains on that date, activities will be moved indoors.

6th grader rolls for an early start on scholarships

Tyler Drexel's talent is already earning him money for college. READ MORE

6th graders energized by KidWind Challenge

The science club is already strategizing for KidWind Challenge 2018. READ MORE

Science fun is elementary for DES, SCS students

DES + SCS + science = a fun and educational evening. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Albany alive with the sounds of DES musicians

Albany was alive with the sound of music thanks to our students. READ MORE

Singing about spring at Family Literacy Night

Did you know that spring is cool? Our Elementary students do! VIEW GALLERY

Properties of the sun take shape for 6th graders

Christina Stryjek's class really put their hands around the sun. VIEW GALLERY

5th grader plays Proctors

Our own Andy Sanchez performed at Proctors. Check it out:

Bottle terrariums uncork science knowledge

Third graders used bottles to top off their study of plants. VIEW GALLERY

Fight the flu

Flu is serious. Keep your family healthy. READ MORE

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

These improvements are elementary

If you visit Duanesburg Elementary, you'll see lots of positive changes that are part of the capital project approved by district voters in 2015. VIEW GALLERY

Exploration that moves forward, spins and fetches

Tyler enjoys using LEGOs to "make trucks and things that move." Now he can tell them when and how to move. 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

Going pink for a great cause

Duanesburg Elementary students and staff donned their brightest duds for a great cause: fighting breast cancer. VIEW GALLERY

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

Bus drill dates set

Students arrive home slightly late from bus drills; dates are set. READ MORE

K-6 school supply list

Download the K-6 school supply list here

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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