November 28, 2015
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.

Duanesburg Day takes a break

In view of the success of the Duanesburg 250 & Homecoming Celebration this fall and the retirement of Duanesburg Day coordinator Mary Clifford, DCS has decided to suspend Duanesburg Day for 2016. READ MORE

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

Share your photos in the yearbook

Create the story of your year. Together. Visit to register with yearbook publisher Jostens, Inc. and get started. You also can order yearbooks online starting Sept. 25 by visiting

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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Looking for more news? Visit the DISTRICT HOME PAGE and NEWS ARCHIVE



  • School calendars
  • 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].