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.
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
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 Elementary
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.
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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