July 24, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools
DES awards assemblyJune 23 was a special day for 5th graders, who move up to Middle School. 

Elementary News


Attention parents: Summer reading requirements for grades 1-5

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.

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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

Caught on camera: Students enjoy Valley Cats Education Day LINK TO TIMES UNION STORY/PHOTOS

June 18, 2014


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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

Local media celebrate Kristen Johnson as Kid of the Week

May 5, 2014

Congratulations to Duanesburg Elementary School's own Kristen Johnson for being celebrated as Kid of the Week by local media B95.5 FM, Time Warner Cable News and the Times Union. The DES fourth grader was nominated by Community Service Club advisor Erin Goodwin, who said, "Kristen is a positive and upbeat fourth grader who is always ready to lend a hand." READ MORE

DCS played ball, held benefit for Jacob and Hailey

Duanesburg students and staff, families and community all turned out for a great cause on May 7, a benefit held in conjunction with the boys varsity baseball home game vs. Middleburgh. Funds were raised for Duanesburg Elementary students Jacob Galvin and Hailey Seamans and their families, to assist with medical expenses. READ MORE

Students, Assemblyman mark Earth Day with donated trees

New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara visited Duanesburg Elementary on April 23, bringing with him two trees he donated to the school. Santabarbara met with the Elementary Student Council and discussed the importance of Earth Day with students before they ventured outside on the windy spring day to plant the trees. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

NYS Safe Schools Initiative offers wealth of info

April 7, 2014

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

Singing, dancing and the reason to pay the piper

March 25, 2014

Singing, dancing, flute playing - and the reason why one must pay the piper - all graced the Duanesburg Elementary School stage March 18 and 19, when the fifth grade class presented "Rats," a musical. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Students celebrate with green veggies, shamrocks and a leprechaun trap

March 17, 2014

Green vegetables, shamrock-bedecked clothing and a leprechaun trap were just few of the highlights of St. Patrick's Day 2014 at Duanesburg Elementary School. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Students enjoy art, drama, community service through afterschool clubs

March 11, 2014

Painting, drawing, performing, helping others: DES students enjoy doing all of this and more during afterschool clubs and activities. A recent visit found lots of preparation for the upcoming play, "Rats," as well as a busy group of students assisting with community service projects. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Second graders pen book

March 10, 2014 

In early February, students in Lori Lasher's second grade class began writing "Do you think we'll have a snowday?" On March 7, they mailed their manuscript to a book publisher. "Students and parents are very excited to see the finished work!" said their proud teacher.

Going mobile

March 10, 2014

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

Parent Today features: A good start at learning pays dividends (early learners; a dropout risk in first grade? (Elem.) READ MORE


Family Literacy Night a big hit

Dec. 16, 2013

Duanesburg Elementary's Family Literacy Night was a great success, with 30 families and 85 total attendees participating in the Dec. 11 event. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

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.

Kicking off a positive year at Duanesburg ElementaryPBIS kick off at Elementary School

Sept. 23, 2013

Students and staff kicked off a positive year at Duanesburg Elementary on Sept. 20, with a host of fun and educational activities celebrating the school's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Grand Kick Off Day. Students had fun while learning how to be respectful, responsible and healthy, too. PBIS is aimed at creating a school environment where more time is used for learning and less for discipline. READ MORE

Peace Cranes take flight at Duanesburg Elementary - and on the web

Sept. 23, 2013

"Paper cranes migrate toward peace" is the title of a N.Y. State United Teachers web story and magazine piece about Erin Goodwin's second-grade class project that connects students with the meaning, practice and global nature of peace. The class welcomed a reporter and photographer to their room on a sunny Sept. 17. READ THE STORY & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Student and teacher assignments: A delicate balance

September 2, 2013

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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