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.
Back to school: Update your SNN lists
Now is a good time to update your SNN information, particularly if your children will be moving to a different school building. Also note: news formerly communicated via the SNN Middle School News list will now be included in High School News for grades 7-12 and Elementary School News for K-6th grade. READ MORE
7th and 8th grade supply lists
7th grade summer reading
Summer schedules for school counselors
Planning for the future never takes a break! Click here for the summer schedules for our School Counselors.
English 9 & 10 summer reading information now available
Middle School news has moved
Effective September 2015, 6th grade will return to the Elementary School, and the High School will be a Junior/Senior High School, with grades 7-12. News about 7th and 8th-grade students is now posted on the High School page, and news about 6th-grade happenings is posted on the Elementary page.
College Planning For Juniors & Their Parents: What You Should Be Doing Right Now
School Counselors Liz Halvorsen and Jaymes
White provided DCS juniors and their parents and guardians with a
wealth of helpful information, timelines and tips for planning their
future. Download the resources (PDFs) here:
- College Planning PowerPoint
- Parent Perspective Planning Sheet
- Junior Workbook
8th Grade Transition Night presentation
April 16, 2015
School Counselors Elizabeth Halvorsen and Jaymes White discussed what 8th graders and their parents/guardians need to know about their transition to high school. DOWNLOAD THEIR PRESENTATION (PDF) from April 15.
Preventing substance abuse involves parents, students, families
Capital Region BOCES presenters provided parents and students with strategies and resources to prevent substance abuse. READ MORE
2015-16 Program of Studies available
What do you want to learn at DCS next year? Check out the 2015-16 Course Descriptions/HS Program of Studies Guide (pdf) to view your opportunities!
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
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
Have you visited our college-related web pages?
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