May 25, 2016
Duanesburg Central Schools
DESDuanesburg Elementary School: A positive and peaceful place.

Elementary News

What's news? Stay in the know

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


Reminder: No school on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30

DCS schools are closed on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. Please note that the Friday date was not listed as such on the printed calendar that was produced last summer.

Field Day volunteers need to register

To insure student safety, all parents volunteering to help with June 16 Field Day activities classrooms need to register using a form to be returned to their child’s classroom teacher by May 13.

If you want to learn science, go to the kitchen

Kindergartners cooked up some science during a visit by the Traveling Museum of the Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum. VIEW GALLERY

Construction to impact elementary in late June - last day for students is now June 22

Construction work as part of the DCS capital project will affect end-of-year elementary schedules. READ MORE

Little learners explore the wonders of words

Preschoolers through 2nd graders explored letters and words, rhyming and writing, reading and storytelling at Family Literacy Night. VIEW GALLERY

Mountains rise in 6th-grade classroom

Topography lesson ingredients: Generous serving of research, some paper mache', bit of cardboard, lots of imagination; mix well. VIEW GALLERY

No strings attached to this hit play

No lie: Elementary's production of "Pinocchio" was a hit. VIEW GALLERY

Positive behavior is elementary

It's elementary: positive behavior rocks for students and staff. READ MORE

Students turn into seniors to celebrate 100 days of school

What does 100 look like? Just ask our students. VIEW GALLERY

Duanesburg Reading Warriors aren't clowning around

The Duanesburg Reading Warriors will Read for Ronald McDonald House and are seeking more students for their team. READ MORE

Reserve a yearbook online

Reserve a yearbook online at by clicking on the Duanesburg High School link, or at the high school through Mrs. Amorosi,

DES students recognized on Pet Connection

Tracy Stryker's 1st-grade was honored by WTEN meteorologist and Pet Connection host Steve Caporizzo for helping animals. READ MORE

Reminder: Is your SNN account up to date?

Is your SNN account up to date? Another reminder: The SNN middle school list is no longer being used. READ MORE

Singing + pajamas = holiday joy

When an entire school sings together in pajamas, there is surely joy a-foot. VIEW GALLERY

A tasty lesson in the math and science of earthquakes

The tools of the lesson were tasty when 3rd graders had to construct earthquake-proof gingerbread houses. VIEW GALLERY

DES students honored as Capital Heroes

Capital Bank and WTEN have named Duanesburg Elementary students Capital Heroes for caring for veterans and soldiers near and far. READ MORE

DCS, Schenectady County schools coordinate delay, closing policies

DCS has long worked with neighboring districts on best practices for student safety and learning. County-wide, schools have agreed to guidelines for weather-related delays and closings. READ MORE

Elementary students shine at winter concert

DES students truly shined at their winter concert, showing how practice, dedication and the joy of music can brighten an evening. VIEW GALLERY

Celebrating positive behavior at DES

Several elementary students have been honored for behavior that embodies the foundations of the PBIS program. READ MORE

An hour to inspire a lifetime

Duanesburg Elementary students participated in a national, hour-long program aimed at inspiring a lifelong interest. VIEW GALLERY

Egypt in a hallway

If you can't go to the pyramids, then bring the pyramids to you. Brian McGarry's 6th graders did just that. VIEW GALLERY

Stay well during flu season

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Caused by many different and changing strains of the influenza virus, flu can be very dangerous for infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and 36,000 people die from flu. Persons who are infected can spread the flu before they show any symptoms. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine.

READ MORE: Flu Facts from Parent Today (pdf)

READ MORE: NYS Department of Health's Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents (pdf)

Honoring those who have served

Veterans Day is about love, learned Duanesburg Elementary students at a very special ceremony. READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY

When telling tales in (and out) of school is a good thing

DES students learned how to tell tales - their own - from author Coleen Paratore as part of the Home is Where the Stories Begin literacy project. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Mastering math is fun and games in this 5th-grade class

Mastering math concepts was all fun and games in Christina Stryjek's 5th-grade class. How did they do it? VIEW GALLERY

Home is where the stories begin

Storytelling may have become something of a lost art in recent years, but not at Duanesburg Elementary. Through the Home is Where the Stories Begin Literacy Project, students there will enjoy building new skills while learning about their families, friends, teachers, staff and life in general. READ MORE

Tuesday is banking day at DES

Students learn by doing, and at DES, Tuesday is banking day with First New York Federal Credit Union. Students may sign up any time with First New York. Questions? Contact Kristen Bates at

Parents may view math, ELA, science assessment reports via portal

Parents of last year's 3rd through 8th-grade students can view Individual Student Reports for Math and ELA via the Assessments tab in the Parent Portal. Reports for last year's 4th and 8th graders who took the Science exam are also available.

Update your SNN lists

Now is a good time to update your SNN information. Also note: news formerly communicated via the SNN Middle School News list is no included in High School News for grades 7-12 and Elementary School News for K-6th grade. READ MORE

Reading lists

Download 1st grade reading list
Download 2nd grade reading list
Download 3rd grade reading list
Download 4th grade reading list
Download 5th grade reading list

Supply list for K-6

Download the K-6 supply list for 2015-16.

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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