High School News
Attention K-12 skiers and snowboarders!
Nov. 24, 2014
Save now, ski soon: Ski Club early registration, discount ends Dec. 1! READ MORE
Nov. 19, 2014
DCS a silver medalist in Capital Region Hunger Games
Nov. 18, 2014
DCS may have scored a silver in the Capital Region Hunger Games, but the effort showed a heart of gold. READ MORE
Health class to take anonymous survey
Nov. 5, 2014
An anonymous, voluntary Youth Development Survey developed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will be given to DCS middle and high school students who are taking health class in that class on Nov. 24-25. DCS is one of a number of schools across the state participating in the survey.
A letter from High School Principal Leslie Wehner explaining the survey was sent to parents and guardians, and they will be able to opt their children out of taking the survey. DOWNLOAD THE LETTER AND OPT-OUT FORM (PDF) READ MORE
Join the French class in Montreal this March
Nov. 3, 2014
All students 10th through 12th grade are invited to join the French class on a trip to Montreal March 20-21. Anyone interested should see Ms. DePoortere in Room 114 ASAP for more information. A $100 deposit check made out to DCS is due by Nov. 4. On the Nov. 20 and 21 Parent Teacher Conference Days, the French class will hold their second fundraising event to help reduce the cost of the trip. The students will sell coffee and coffee cake ($1 a cup; $1 a slice). Thank you for your support.
H.S. changes, sports, PBIS & a trip to D.C.: Eagle's Eye covers this and more
Nov. 3, 2014
Eagle's Eye staff will head to Washington, D.C. Nov. 6 for "a field trip that will be arguably the best one of their Duanesburg career," according to Maeve McKeeby, a reporter with the high school's newspaper. READ MORE
H.S. parents can connect, communicate through Parent University
Oct. 27, 2014
What’s happening in your child’s high school? Want to become more involved, but have limited time? Looking for a survival guide to getting your child through high school and to graduation? Then Duanesburg High School’s Parent University is for you! READ MORE
MS/HS report cards, interim progress reports go online
Oct. 23, 2014
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
State offers resources for combatting heroin, opioid abuse
Schools are working with the state to raise awareness of risks, warning signs and resources for help concerning heroin abuse. READ MORE
Construction skills start with STEM
Sept. 23, 2014
With the high school lawn as their lab, Property Management/Construction students practiced measuring for a residential foundation. The class is one of many that bring STEM concepts to life. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
MS/HS PBIS Kickoff is positively 3-D
Sept. 23, 2014
Positive Behavior deserves Positive Rewards! The Middle/High School's PBIS Kickoff events brought the 3 Ds to life. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
BestColleges.com offers free Undergraduate Application Guide
A free Undergraduate Application Guide offered by BestColleges.com 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. BestColleges.com 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
April 7, 2014
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
Virtual AP classes widen opportunities for H.S. students
April 1, 2014
Thanks to a New York State grant, Duanesburg offers several Advanced Placement courses online in conjunction with seven other area districts, widening opportunities for eligible high school juniors and seniors. The courses are a great way to earn college credit and build a transcript. READ MORE
Free download: 2013-2014 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook (pdf)
The publisher has made available a free download via high school guidance offices: DOWNLOAD PDF
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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Follow DCS athletic news on Twitter
Athletic Director Penny Hardenstine is making it even easier for students, parents, coaches and community members to be in the know about the Duanesburg Athletic Department through Twitter. Sign up for a free Twitter account at Twitter.com and start following SportsDCS to get reminders and announcements.
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