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October 31, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools

High School News

Community/Parent Visitation Day is Nov. 4, conferences Nov. 20 & 21

Oct. 30, 2014

 Community/Parent Visitation Day is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, during the school day, providing an opportunity to visit classrooms and observe academic programs. To visit middle school classes, sign in with Mrs. Longo in the middle school office. To visit high school classes, sign in with Mrs. Kuhl in the high school office. Once signed in, parents/guardians will receive a visitors badge and their child’s schedule.

This year, DCS will once again offer two opportunities for Parent/Teacher Conferences: from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Parents/guardians wishing to meet with a teacher should contact him or her directly. Our automated phone line is 895-3000.

Download the letter (PDF) from Principals Wehner and Hardenstine, which includes a directory of teachers' phone extensions.

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

Taking aim at hunger

Oct. 23, 2014

DCS students are taking aim at hunger, with Student Council co-presidents promoting their cause over the radio airwaves. READ MORE

MS/HS report cards, interim progress reports go online

Oct. 23, 2014

The Middle/High School will be posting report cards and interim reports to the Parent Portal instead of using paper. READ MORE

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

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

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS:

  • Don't forget to visit the district's Photo Gallery!
  • 2014-15 basic school calendar [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • 2014-15 full school calendar [DOWNLOAD PDF]
  • 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].