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July 29, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools

High School News

 

Meet the Coaches Night is Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., Joe Bena Hall (formerly known as the MOCC)

 

Ace your exam! Regents review classes begin July 28

A reminder: Summer Regents review classes begin Monday, July 28. Exams are Aug. 13 and 14 at the high school. Contact the School Counseling (Guidance) Office if you plan to either take the class or retake an exam.

 

English 9 and 10 summer reading assignments, info

Attention incoming Fall 2014 9th and 10th grade students and parents/guardians: Summer Reading letters, assignments and rubrics are now available for downloading (PDF): English 9      English 10

Congratulations Class of 2014!

June 28, 2014

Congratulations to Duanesburg High School's Class of 2014! Families, friends, community members, school staff and leadership joined together in celebrating Graduation 2014 on June 27 in a packed high school gym. There were lots of cheers, applause, awards, smiles and perhaps even a few tears as DCS students marked the completion of their studies and the beginning of their future. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Congrats Tyler Nichols - #2 in the nation!

June 28, 2014

DCS senior Tyler Nichols took second place in the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, MO, June 23-26, where he competed in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)! Nichols qualified by winning the New York State championship this spring. Nichols was one of only four students from the Albany Career & Technical School campus who placed in their state SkillsUSA competitions. At the nationals, he again excelled amongst intense competition. Way to go Tyler!

DCS + PBIS = Rising school spirit

June 17, 2014

When the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports program was first launched, some were skeptical, including senior Alaina Possumato, who penned an editorial for The Eagle's Eye school newspaper. READ MORE

DCS's Valedictorian to teach, while Salutatorian enjoys science

June 10, 2014

Teaching is the career goal of DCS Valedictorian Mikayla Wolken, while Salutatorian Libby Aliberti enjoys science. READ MORE

Hot weather, competition at Track & Field States

June 9, 2014 

Adetola Lawal at States 2014

Despite summer-like weather and tough competition, DCS senior Adetola Lawal represented his school proudly at the New York Track & Field States on June 6, where he ran the 100 meter dash after winning the qualifiers May 29-30. Lawal tied Albany Academy's Lamine Gueye's time of 11.33 and finished 14th in the section. Go Tola!

Internationally honored DCS grad earns college degree

May 27, 2014

An associate's degree from FMCC is just the latest accomplishment for outstanding DCS 2011 grad Grace Rutagengwa, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who's spoken before the United Nations. READ THE TIMES UNION ARTICLE

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

DCS students earn honors, championships at Career & Technical Ed

May 13, 2014

Duanesburg can once again boast about having resident state champions, national competitors and National Technical Honor Society nominees, with several DCS students being honored for significant achievements in career and technical education (CTE). READ MORE

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.

Protect your kids! Prescription drug alert

April 29, 2014

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

Pre-med student offers tutoring in H.S. math, science

Amanda Gemmit, a Pre-Med Biology major at Siena College who'll begin studying at Upstate Medical Center in August 2015, is available to tutor H.S. students in science and math to prepare them for the August Regents. For more information, contact the guidance office.

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 now 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 your transcript. READ MORE

Going mobile

March 10, 2014

Access is available to Duanesburg’s eSchoolData Portals using mobile devices. Specific and separate logins must be used, however, by parents for their portal and students for their portal. READ MORE

State offers college financial aid awareness program

The state Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC) offers an awareness campaign including financial aid information sessions and "Complete the FAFSA" workshops. READ MORE

Tardy info for parents DOWNLOAD LETTER (PDF)

Letter to parents/guardians: Conferences, closures, student drivers

Read the principals' letter re parent-teacher conferences, how to learn about delays and closures, student driving and pick-up/drop-off procedures.

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

September 2, 2013

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]

Follow DCS athletic news on Twitter

twitter iconAthletic 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.

DISTRICT GOALS

 
> District goals


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS:

  • 2014-15 basic school calendar available [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • 2013-14 Student Handbook [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • 2013-14 Course Book available. [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]
  • 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].