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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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