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November 27, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools
DESDuanesburg Elementary School: A positive and peaceful place.

Elementary News

 

Attention K-12 skiers and snowboarders!

Nov. 24, 2014

Save now, ski soon: Ski Club early registration, discount ends Dec. 1! READ MORE

Letter from Superintendent Crowley re late bus sign-up (PDF)

Nov. 19, 2014

 

DES salutes veterans for their service

Nov. 17, 2014

Elementary students and staff saluted our region's veterans at a special ceremony with speeches, music and song. They also collected donations for the Wounded Warrier Project, for which DES has been recognized by the White House. VIEW GALLERY

What do you get when you bottle Einstein, Jobs and Lennon?

Nov. 3, 2014

Sometimes keeping things all bottled up can be good. Just ask Mrs. McKane's class at Duanesburg Elementary. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Halloween bash at DES

Nov. 3, 2014

Duanesburg Elementary students had fun trying out their best costumes ahead of Halloween. VIEW GALLERY

Reading, writing, research and pumpkins

Oct. 27, 2014

Mrs. Stryker’s 1st-grade class recently harvested lots of learning from pumpkins, using the colorful gourds to build skills in reading, writing, research, science and math. VIEW GALLERY

Keep Calm - Read books

Oct. 23, 2014

Much fun was had this year's Book Fair, where students and their families began some exciting reading adventures. VIEW GALLERY

DCS considers moving 6th grade back to elementary building; parental input is wanted

October 15, 2014

DCS is considering moving 6th-grade students back to the elementary school building next fall and is seeking input from parents and guardians on what they feel are the pros and cons of the idea. Duanesburg Elementary School currently houses kindergarten through grade five, and the Middle/High School grades 6-12. A decision has not been made, and the district would like to hear from parents, guardians and students now. READ MORE

Elementary students Go Pink for a great cause

Oct. 15, 2014

Duanesburg Elementary students recently wore their pinkest outfits to support for the Duanesburg CSD Strides for Life team, raising funds and awareness for a cause. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Common Core resource for families

The State Education Department offers families a helpful resource about the Common Core Learning Standards: https://www.engageny.org/parent-family-library

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].