It's important for students to strengthen their reading skills and develop a passion for reading beyond instructional requirements. Actively engaging in summer reading improves academic performance when students return to school. Summer reading requirements for students entering 1st through 5th grade this fall can be downloaded here. Students are required to read two books at their current reading level and complete assigned activities. The suggested summer reading list can be downloaded here.
Awards, honors and movin' on up
June 24, 2014
Duanesburg Elementary students were recognized for their accomplishments in art, academics, music, physical education, reading, honor roll and more at a June 23 awards ceremony. The event was extra-special for 5th-grade students, who will be moving up to the Middle School in the fall. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
Field day fun and rewards for positive behavior
June 24, 2014
June 18 was Field Day for Duanesburg Elementary students, and they enjoyed a host of activities from learning about bicycles and fire trucks to blowing bubbles, getting creative with chalk and playing tug-of-war. Students who earned golden tickets for their positive attitude and behavior throughout the year had chances to win prizes in a drawing, and several faculty and staff members were honored as well for their good work with the PBIS program. 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 a: 98 percent 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
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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