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September 30, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools
DESDuanesburg Elementary School: A positive and peaceful place.

Elementary News

 

The Book Fair is coming

Sept. 30, 2014

The Duanesburg Elementary Book Fair is set for Oct. 20-24, with evening purchasing on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. Parent volunteers are needed to help staff this year’s fair on the afternoon of Oct. 22, the morning of Oct. 23 and all day Oct. 24. If you can help, download the volunteer form (PDF) and return it to your child’s teacher. You can also sign up by emailing Mrs. Benjamin directly at pbenjamin@duanesburg.org

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Sept. 23, 2014

DCS kindergartners recently visited the district bus garage to learn more about bus safety and how buses are maintained. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Welcome to kindergarten!

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 5 was the first day of school for DCS's newest students: our kindergartners! 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

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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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS:

  • 2014-15 basic school calendar available [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • 2014-15 full school calendar available - [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • Sight for Students provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. [LEARN MORE]]
  • Site-Based Management Team Brochure [DOWNLOAD]
  • Don't forget to visit the district's Photo Gallery. To see pictures of school events.
  • Do you or your family need health insurance? Get more information about the Healthy Capital District Initiative [HERE].