May 27, 2016
Duanesburg Central Schools

High School News

What's news? Stay in the know

In addition to the events and news specific to Duanesburg High School posted on this webpage, be sure to check our district home page for extensive news listings. SNN subscribers recieve e-mail updates, and if desired, emergency closing text messages. PDFs of district newsletters may be found on the publications page.

MasterMinds team finishes 2nd in league

DCS's Masterminds team easily defeated Berlin before dropping a decision to Guilderland on May 25 at Siena College. READ MORE

Talking with teens about drug use

Attention parents: the Schenectady County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will lead "Talking With Your Teen: An Open Conversation About Substance Abuse" on May 17 at 7 p.m. at DES. READ MORE

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.

Students clean campus for Earth Day

National Honor Society members and fellow students spent two hours on Sunday, April 17 cleaning up trash on the Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School grounds in honor of Earth Day. This is the second year NHS has sponsored the event. Last year students focused their efforts at the Elementary School. VIEW PHOTO

Community service earns DCS junior YMCA honors

Abby White has been honored for her community service. READ MORE

Stepping into history in a calculated way

History and math came alive in Boston when students walked in the steps of those who helped shape the nation. READ MORE

Study Circles yield "concrete steps" toward positive goals

Learn about others. Lead by example. Prepare for the world. Study Circles members resolved to do so at their schools. READ MORE

Awards to be presented June 8 rather than during graduation

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School is holding an evening awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 8 rather than presenting awards at graduation. Students who will be receiving an award will receive an invitation in the mail. Families are welcome to attend, but should RSVP to ensure adequate seating and refreshments. For questions, call the counseling office at 895-3000, ext. 227.

Student debate adds class to Super Tuesday

If one had to write a play about the current U.S. presidential race, an apt title might be “Candidates behaving badly.” DCS 11th-grade students, however, spared the drama and stuck to the facts when they took on the mantles of five frontrunners during their Mock Debate 2016. READ MORE

They've got the skills

Tiffany Sinatra won second in commercial baking and Heidi Wenzel scored 5th in nursing assistant at the Regional SkillsUSA Competition. READ MORE

Principal's letter about prom, senior trip eligibility

Principal Jodi Marvin has informed Class of 2016 students and their parents/guardians about eligibility guidelines for participation in the May 13 prom and June 12-13 senior trip. READ HER LETTER

June Regents exam schedule

Download the June Regents schedule here.

Reserve a yearbook

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

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

Chemis-tree grows knowledge beyond the holidays

When students logged some chemistry lab time before the break, they gained knowledge that extends far beyond the holiday season. READ MORE

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in school is the challenge for UHS Environmental Science students. READ MORE

Eagles fly as Scholar Athletes

DCS is proud of its Scholar Athletes. READ MORE

Select Choir shares holiday joy

DCS's talented Select Choir shared holiday joy, caroling at area nursing homes and in school. VIEW GALLERY

Students hit the creek for Watershed Data Jam

UHS Environmental Science students converged with their peers at the Schoharie River Center for the Mohawk Watershed Data Jam. READ MORE

High School students create cards for Sa'fyre

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School students created more than 100 Christmas cards for Sa'fyre Terry. READ MORE

Field trip makes it real for anatomy & physiology class

Anatomy & Physiology students took heart, literally, during a recent field trip to Albany Medical College. 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

Senior seeks UHS Environmental Science alumni for survey

DCS senior Patrick McHugh is surveying alumni who took UHS Environmental Science for his Senior Honors Project. READ MORE

Alumni offer college insights

College life came to Duanesburg High Nov. 25 as recent graduates shared tips and insights with current seniors. Hosted by the school counseling office, Alumni Day brought seven members of the class of 2015 back to campus for a Q & A discussion about life after Duanesburg. READ MORE

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)

Mental health for teens - resources for parents & guardians

The Mental Health Association in NYS is sharing its quarterly newsletter with schools to provide helpful information, resources and tips for parents and guardians. DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER HERE

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.

7th and 8th grade supply lists

Download the 2015-16 7th grade supply list
Download the 2015-16 8th grade supply list offers free Undergraduate Application Guide

A free Undergraduate Application Guide offered by offers  juniors and seniors clear explanations of key components of a successful college application, and may be used to keep track of deadlines, access higher education resources and get tips on submitting the best possible applications. is a resource for prospective college students that strives to help students make an educated choice about their future.

Prescription drug alert

Did you know many young people believe it is safe to take “medicine” out of the cabinet even if it was not prescribed for them? Many of today's prescriptions are for pain medications that can be deadly, addictive and in some cases lead to the use of dangerous illegal drugs like heroin. Parents, speak to your teens about prescription drug dangers and make sure medications are not accessible to them. 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

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

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


Have you visited our college-related web pages?

If you haven't already checked out the district's college-related web pages, what are you waiting for? There's so much helpful information. [COUNSELING OFFICE WEBPAGE] [SCHOLARSHIP PAGE]


> District goals


  • Don't forget to visit the district's Photo Gallery!
  • School calendars
  • Student Handbook [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • Program of Studies Guide [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • Sight for Students provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. [LEARN MORE]
  • Fundraising/Student Participation Information [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • Rules for lunch class visits [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • Do you or your family need health insurance? Get more information about the Healthy Capital District Initiative [HERE].