May 27, 2015
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Voters approve budget, bus proposition, reelect four to board

May 19, 2015

DCS residents voted 257 to 99 to approve a the proposed 2015-16 budget, a 72.2 percent margin. Residents also approved a bus purchase proposition and re-elected four to the Board of Education. READ MORE

Prostate cancer meets its match: Students' DCS vs. PC: Tryin' for Brian campaign nets more than $5,100 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

May 15, 2015

Prostate cancer is no match for Connie Toler's tenacious project management students. Their DCS vs. PC: Tryin' for Brian effort raised $5,120.11 for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. READ MORE

Budget newsletter is available online

May 11, 2015

The 2015-16 budget newsletter has been mailed to district residents. It also may be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Congratulations Scholar Athletes!

May 7, 2015

Several DCS teams have been honored by the NYS Public High School Athletic Association as Scholar Athletes for academic excellence and good character. READ MORE

Order now for Canali's takeout fundraiser

May 7, 2015

The Class of 2019 is offering a delicious Italian take-out dinner provided by Canali’s on May 28 at the high school. READ MORE

Time change for Junior College Planning Night

May 7, 2015

The May 26 Junior College Planning Night, previously scheduled for 6:30 p.m., will now begin at 7:30 p.m.

DCS mourns the passing of long-time board president Raymond Hawes

May 4, 2015

DCS mourns the passing of Raymond Hawes, a Duanesburg graduate who served on the Board of Education for 21 years, including 18 as president. READ MORE

Students share school experiences with Mohonasen peers

April 30, 2015

Duanesburg High School students recently experienced a day at Mohonasen High School and Mohonasen students then visited Duanesburg as part of DCS's Study Circles program. READ MORE

Preventing substance abuse involves parents, students, families

April 27, 2015

 Capital Region BOCES presenters provided parents and students with strategies and resources to prevent substance abuse. READ MORE

Healthy families, healthy teens

April 27, 2015

In view of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, DCS would like to share useful resources. READ MORE

District residents to vote on proposed budget May 19

April 23, 2015

DCS residents will vote May 19 on a proposed $15,620,918 budget for the 2015-16 school year. There would be no tax levy increase. They will also vote on a bus purchase proposition and to fill seats on the Board of Education. READ MORE

Parent U guest speaker to offer valuable info on teen drug, alcohol use

April 20, 2015

Identifying and preventing teen drug and alcohol use will be the focus of the next Parent University on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. READ MORE

Thank you volunteers!

April 16, 2015

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, DCS would like to thank all of the people who volunteer their time to the community and school. There are so many individuals and groups who contribute to creating this vibrant community. Thank you to everyone who volunteers to make Duanesburg a better place to live.

8th Grade Transition Night presentation

April 16, 2015

School Counselors Elizabeth Halvorsen and Jaymes White recently presented on what 8th graders need to know about high school. DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION.

Students shadow high-tech STEM jobs at AMRI

April 7, 2015

Albany Molecular Research once again provided excellent job shadowing for DCS students, who once again impressed their hosts. READ MORE

Mud, snow no match for Lady Eagles

April 7, 2015

The Lady Eagles softball team looked strong in an early season scrimmage at the infamous mudville fields in Herkimer. VIEW PHOTOS

Hyde Park a town filled with knowledge for DCS juniors

April 2, 2015

Hyde Park, N.Y. held much knowledge for DCS juniors. VIEW PHOTO

Knox Historical Society donates books to each school

April 2, 2015

Duanesburg Day celebrated the history of the town and beyond this year, including a presentation by Knox Historical Society President Nancy Frueh. READ MORE

Friends of Music seeks gift cards, certificates

April 2, 2015

Friends of Music is seeking help with their final fundraiser of the year, a Gift Card/Gift Certificate Basket Raffle. READ MORE

"Little Town, Big Voice:" Duanesburg Day 2015

March 30, 2015

A little wind and snow were no match for the crowds of community residents who turned out to enjoy the 12th annual Duanesburg Day on March 28. VIEW GALLERY

School is cool at CCU

March 30, 2015

Who volunteers to go to school on a cold, dark night? DES teachers and more than 30 parents, that's who! They recently came together for Common Core U, where learning math was fun. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTOS

Residents approve capital project for repairs, renovations, upgrades

March 26, 2015

The proposed DCS capital project has been approved by voters: proposition one was approved 318 to 191, proposition two was approved 303 to 203. Thank you to all who took the time to vote! READ MORE

DES, Tri-City ValleyCats team up to hit reading home run for Ronald McDonald House

March 24, 2015

There will be a rather large cat on the prowl at Duanesburg Elementary on Friday, but there’s no cause for worry: SouthPaw, the kid-friendly mascot of the Tri-City ValleyCats Minor League Baseball team, will be reading with students as part of their Read for Ronald McDonald House effort. READ MORE

Students guide their families across the Eastern Hemisphere

March 23, 2015

DCS 6th graders recently guided their fellow students, families and friends on a tour of the Eastern Hemisphere, with voyages fueled by learning in multiple subject areas. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

DCS alum wrestles 2nd straight NCAA championship

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Congrats DCS alum Nick Gwiazdowski on winning his second straight NCAA 285-pound wrestling championship! READ MORE

Students tap artistic talent to create "Best Little Theater"

March 16, 2015

Thanks to months of work by the 4th- and 5th-grade art clubs, "The Best Little Theater in Town" is a production not to be missed. VIEW GALLERY

Girls varsity bowling, basketball teams named Scholar Athletes

March 12, 2015

The girls varsity basketball and bowling teams have been honored  for their academic excellence as Scholar Athletes. READ MORE

These snowballs are okay on campus

March 10, 2015

Marcy McKinley's earth science students recently used snow-made glacier balls to test their own hypotheses. READ MORE

DCS teacher wins regional honor, competes statewide

March 9, 2015

Cynthia Rundblad has been named NYS Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators Mohawk Valley East Area 2015 Teacher of the Year and will compete for statewide honors. READ MORE

Letter about water supply

March 6, 2015

Letter from superintendent about elementary school water supply READ MORE

The art of topography

March 5, 2015

Brian McGarry's social studies students learned the art of making topographical maps with the help of Kevin DiTondo. READ MORE

100 looks good for these students

March 2, 2015

Some of Duanesburg's youngest students became centenarians recently, while others created structures from 100 cups and 100 Legos to mark their 100th day of school. READ MORE

Great grappling!

March 2, 2015

DCS wrestler Connor Lawrence brought home 3rd place from the states, where brother Zach scored fourth. Connor is DCS's wins leader with 225, and the team finished 20-12 this year. READ MORE

Student art pops in HS lobby

Feb. 24, 2015

3D art class students work is popping all over the high school lobby in the form of large-scale sculptures in the fashion of artist Claes Oldenburg. VIEW GALLERY

Devices make learning hand-y (and fun)

Feb. 24, 2015

Ask students if MimioVote technology could make learning more enjoyable, and they'd likely vote yes. READ MORE

Wrestlers finish at top of sectionals; Lawrences headed to states

Feb. 23, 2015

Five DCS wrestlers finished in the top six at the 2015 sectional tournament; the Lawrence brothers are headed to the states. READ MORE

Read-a-thon will be a royal fundraiser

Feb. 19, 2015

Duanesburg Elementary students have accepted the challenge to support "Queen Conover" in a read-a-thon for Ronald McDonald House. READ MORE

Wrestlers continue outstanding season

Feb. 9, 2015

Varsity wrestlers turned in an impressive performance at the sectionals, and Connor and Zach Lawrence have been profiled by the T.U. READ MORE

STEM is super at DES: Daily Gazette features First Lego League

Feb. 5, 2015

STEM is super at DES! Today's Daily Gazette featured First Lego League students as a lead local story. READ MORE

Save the date for science

Feb. 2, 2015

As part of National Robotics Week, DCS students will question, explore, research and present their own projects for judging at an April 30 K-6 Science Fair at Duanesburg Elementary. READ MORE

Wrestlers place 2nd at Cohoes Duals

Feb. 2, 2015

Congrats to DCS wrestlers for placing 2nd at the Cohoes Duals. READ MORE

Spring into something new

Jan. 29, 2015

The Spring 2015 Adult & Continuing Ed classes are posted. READ MORE

Gov. calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase tied to education reforms; no mention of GEA

Jan. 27, 2015

Gov. Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal would increase state funding for schools by $1.1 billion next year – if state lawmakers go along with a series of education reforms that he described as "ambitious" in his combined budget address and State of the State message. READ MORE

"6th grade is going to be fun"

Jan. 15, 2015

DCS 5th graders spent a recent afternoon getting to know future teachers in a fun and creative way. Overheard in the hallway after the activity: "6th grade is going to be fun!"VIEW GALLERY

Praising young learners, academic integrity and online learning: All in Parent Today

Jan. 15, 2015

If praise is powerful, why not use the word "smart?" How can a story about cheating at Dartmouth help parents teach academic honesty? Online courses offer rigor, but how else do they benefit students? Why isn't it too late for a flu shot? Find the answers in Parent Today. READ MORE

Leo Club helps local children's wishes come true

Jan. 12, 2015

Leo Club members are helping children's wishes come true. READ MORE

Capital project discussed at BOE meeting

Jan. 12, 2015

The Board of Education recently discussed a possible capital project to make repairs, renovations and improvements to DCS buildings, including concerns expressed by local residents. READ MORE

DCS vs. PC Tryin' for Brian: Battling a tough foe

Jan. 8, 2015

Through DCS vs. PC Tryin' for Brian, Connie Toler’s Project Management class is taking on a tough foe, and all will be winners if their awareness-raising goal is achieved. READ MORE

Current 5th grade to stay at DES next fall

Jan. 7, 2015

The Board of Education has approved a resolution to keep current 5th-grade students at the elementary school building next fall as DCS moves toward returning 6th grade to the building. READ MORE

Cold weather advisory

Jan. 7, 2015

DCS school nurses Melissa Roennpagel R.N. and Joanne Newsome R.N. have issued an advisory about cold weather safety, including how to prevent frostbite. READ MORE

Reindeer Games put creative STEM skills to the test

Jan. 5, 2015

While the North Pole wasn't a venue and eight tiny reindeer weren't harmed in the production of the Reindeer Games, a festive time applying STEM skills was had by all. READ MORE/VIEW GALLERY

Wrestling milestone

Jan. 5, 2015

DCS senior Connor Lawrence reached 200 wrestling career wins at the Schenectady County Duals Dec. 27, a feat that also gained him the school record over last year's NCAA D1 champion Nick Gwiazdowski, who previously held it at 199! READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO

JV basketball team nets tourney victory

Jan. 5, 2015

Congrats to the boys JV basketball team for winning the John Woodward Memorial Holiday Tournament! VIEW PHOTO

Chemis-tree is elemental

December 2014

DCS Chemistry students celebrated the holidays by creating ornaments for their classroom Chemis-tree. READ MORE

Casting call

Dec. 22, 2014

Visitors to the high school are now greeted by some colorful characters striking interesting poses, thanks to students in Kevin DiTondo's art classes. READ MORE

Students recognized by WTEN for brightening vets' holidays

Dec. 22, 2014

DES students have been recognized by WTEN for creating Holiday Cards for Heroes: READ MORE

Learn, learn as fast as you can - I'm the Gingerbread Man!

Dec. 18, 2014

DCS kindergartners have been learning as fast as they can with the Gingerbread Man. READ MORE & VIEW GALLERY

Bad sweaters, good spirit

Dec. 18, 2014

Students sported silly looks on Bad Sweater Day. READ MORE

Hundreds of Toys for Tots

Dec. 18, 2014

DCS's Toys for Tots campaign was a huge success: Children will enjoy 266 toys during their holidays. READ MORE

Creating cards for vets

Dec. 15, 2014

DES students were joined by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara in creating Holiday Cards for Heroes to brighten the holidays of veterans at the Albany VA Hospital. The Assemblyman will deliver the cards this week.

DCS honors scholar athletes

Dec. 9, 2014

DCS teams excelled both in sport and academics this fall and were honored at a scholar athlete breakfast. READ MORE

Lady Eagles win the Schenevus Booster Club Tourney

Dec. 9, 2014

The Lady Eagles basketball team followed up a first-round win at the Schenevus Booster Club Tourney with a championship and second win. READ MORE

Regents consider multiple graduation pathways

Dec. 4, 2014

The Board of Regents have authorized the State Education Department to finalize a plan providing students with multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) pathway. READ MORE

Thanksgiving break is a time of service for NHS students

Dec. 2, 2014

Extending their community service beyond Duanesburg, 14 NHS students recently gave up a day off to help at a soup kitchen. READ MORE

Basketball teams are tourney kings

Dec. 1, 2014

The JV and Varsity basketball team were tournament winners this past weekend. READ MORE

Turkey day, traditions, kitchen science & college app essays

Nov. 24, 2014

 Parent Today takes on traditions, Thanksgiving, kitchen science and college essays. Not a subscriber? READ MORE

Letter from Superintendent Crowley re late bus sign-up (PDF)

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

Bunny Bunk CSI project taps science, math, inquiry skills

Nov. 17, 2014

"Bunny Bunk CSI Investigation" was the lesson's name and solving a crime was the game. Well, actually, not a game, but a 6th-grade science-math project that made learning fun. VIEW GALLERY

Sign up for SNN to learn about delays, closings

Nov. 17, 2014

School News Notifier alerts subscribers to delays and closings and signing up is easy. Click on the SNN icon on this page and create a profile. You can choose to receive some or all types of alerts, including emergency texts and can unsubscribe at any time. READ MORE

DES salutes veterans for their service

Nov. 17, 2014

Elementary students recently saluted our region's veterans at a special ceremony with speeches, music and song. VIEW GALLERY

Duane Players present "Aladdin Jr."

Nov. 10, 2014

Drama, song, comedy, dance - all were conjured by in "Aladdin Jr." VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Cross Country runners are awesome at States

Nov. 10, 2014

Cross Country's Pat Murphy is individual Class D state champion! VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Egypt takes shape at Duanesburg MS

Nov. 5, 2014

Mr. McGarry's class studied Egypt and built pyramids and shadoofs out of lots of interesting and creative materials. VIEW GALLERY & READ MORE

What do you get when you bottle Einstein, Jobs and Lennon?

Nov. 3, 2014

Sometimes keeping things all bottled up can be good. Just ask Mrs. McKane's class at Duanesburg Elementary. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

H.S. changes, sports, PBIS & a trip to D.C.: Eagle's Eye Fall 2014

Nov. 3, 2014

Eagle's Eye staff will head to Washington, D.C. for "a field trip that will be arguably the best one of their Duanesburg career." READ MORE

Congrats to our Section 2 Championship Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams! READ MORE


Halloween bash at DES

Nov. 3, 2014

Duanesburg Elementary students had fun trying out their best costumes. VIEW GALLERY

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$1,500 grant will help DCS establish Counseling Center with up-to-date technology

Oct. 30, 2014

DCS has been awarded a $1,500 Wal-Mart grant  to be used for technology for its new MS/HS Counseling Center. READ MORE

Reading, writing, research and pumpkins

Oct. 27, 2014

DCS 1st graders harvested lots of learning from pumpkins. VIEW GALLERY

Keep Calm - Read books

Oct. 23, 2014

Much fun was had this year's Book Fair, where students and their families began some exciting reading adventures. VIEW GALLERY

Funding will help STEM bloom even larger at DCS

Oct. 23, 2014

Funding secured by Assemblyman Santabarbara will help students in all grades master STEM, learn about careers and have fun, too. 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

Cross country teams run away with WAC championship, silver

Oct. 23, 2014

DCS' boys and girls cross country teams brought home gold and silver from the Oct. 21 WAC Championship Meet. READ MORE

Mythical project, real-life skills

Oct. 20,2014

It may have been a mythical project, but for UHS Environmental Science students, real-life skills were put to the test. READ MORE

Go Duanesburg Volleyball!

Oct. 20, 2014

Here are some photos from the current school year. Enjoy!

State offers resources for combatting heroin, opioid abuse

Ocxt. 20, 2014

Schools are working with the state to raise awareness of risks, warning signs and resources for help concerning heroin abuse. READ MORE

DCS considers moving 6th grade to elementary; parental input wanted

October 15, 2014

DCS is considering moving the 6th grade back to the elementary school next fall and seeks input now from parents and guardians. READ MORE

Elementary students Go Pink for a great cause

Oct. 15, 2014

Elementary students wore their pinkest outfits to support for DCS' Strides for Life team, raising funds and awareness. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Boys cross country team runs away with title - again

Oct. 13, 2014

Congratulations to the boys cross country team on winning their second consecutive dual meet title. READ MORE

Girls cross country teams run strong at BH Invitational

Oct. 11, 2014

The girls cross country teams had another impressive showing at the Burnt Hills Invitational on Oct. 11. READ MORE

Double win for boys XC team

Oct. 9, 2014

The boys cross country team ran away with a double win. READ MORE

The Property Tax Freeze Credit

Oct. 9, 2014

A Property Tax Freeze Credit became law as part of the 2014-15 New York state budget and is designed as a short-term tax relief program that reimburses qualifying homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences. If a school district’s adopted tax levy is under the cap, as Duanesburg’s is, homeowners may qualify for a rebate for the increase in their school taxes. READ MORE (FACT SHEET PDF)

Newsletter one of just three statewide to win Award of Excellence

Oct. 7, 2014

DCS' Budget Newsletter won an Award of Excellence in the 2014 New York School Public Relations Association Communications Contest, one of only three districts statewide so honored. READ MORE

Strong showing by girls cross country

Oct. 6, 2014

 The girls modified cross country team took 2nd at the Grout Run, and freshmen and varsity members ran strong individually. READ MORE

Students get a taste of culture

Oct. 2, 2014

Seventh graders experienced a taste of Korean culture through an interdisciplinary lesson on the novel Project Mulberry. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Great job Schoburg Football!

Sept. 29, 2014

Schoburg Football took on Cairo-Durham for an exciting gridiron match Sept. 27. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Girls XC teams run strong, place in top 3rd at Invitational

Sept. 29, 2014

The girls varsity and modified teams placed in the top 3rd at the E.J. Hermann Invitational in Utica. READ MORE

Boys XC team has multiple wins

Sept. 29, 2014

With five runners in the top six places, the boys cross country team defeated both Fort Plain/Canjo and Cherry Valley/Springfield Sept. 23. 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 GALLERY

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Sept. 23, 2014

DCS kindergartners recently visited the district bus garage to learn more about bus safety and how buses are maintained. VIEW GALLERY

MS/HS PBIS Kickoff was positively 3-D

Sept. 23, 2014

Positive Behavior deserves Positive Rewards! PBIS Kickoff featured in-service and fun-filled activities. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Supporting Our Future: 2014-2017 Strategic Plan

Sept. 22, 2014

DCS's 2014-17 Strategic Plan was developed after extensive communication with district residents, businesses, students, families and staff, community groups and other stakeholders. READ MORE

Preventing the spread of Enterovirus

Sept. 22, 2014

Several states have reported Enterovirus D68. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Health offer information to help prevent the spread of the illness. READ MORE

Respect and responsibility: 6th graders care for our nation's flag

Sept. 20, 2014

6th grade students are responsible for their school's flag. Tech Sgt. Ed Kuhl, an Iraq War veteran, visited campus recently and taught the students how to handle and respect the flag. VIEW PHOTOS & READ MORE

Depression, suicide and how routine helps the youngest learners

In the current issue of Parent Today, our free e-newsletter: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and now is the time to open up about depression and suicide. For families of young learners: How routine gives preschoolers structure and security. For all: Preventing Enterovirus. READ MORE

Way to go golfers!

Sept. 17, 2014

The golf team has been making program history lately. READ MORE

Welcome to kindergarten!

Sept. 9, 2014

Sept. 5 was the first day of school for DCS's newest students: our kindergartners! VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

DCS welcomes School Counselors Liz Halvorsen and Jaymes White

Sept. 4, 2014

DCS welcomes School Counselors Liz Halvorsen and Jaymes White to the Middle/High School staff! READ MORE

DCS ice bucket challenge raises more than $500 to fight ALS

Sept. 4, 2014

Ice, ice baby: DCS staff have raised more than $500 for ALS. VIEW VIDEO & PHOTO

Robotics is cool in the pool!

Aug. 28, 2014

STEM took a swim during a great summer program in Duanesburg, where students built and programmed their own water-loving robots and then put them through their paces (laps?) in the DACC pool. READ MORE

Varsity golfers tee off to a great start

August 21, 2014

The varsity golf team open its season with a 14 1/2 to 1/2 victory over BKW. READ MORE

DCS grad & West Point cadet meets USA Basketball coach

August 21, 2014

DCS Grad and United States Military Academy at West Point Cadet Maddy Kenyon had a chance to meet Mike Krzyzewski, Army class of 1969 and USA Basketball Team coach, when he visited campus recently. READ MORE

SED releases 3-8 assessment questions to promote understanding

August 12, 2014

The NYS Education Department has released Grades 3-8 assessment questions to increase understanding of "the breadth and depth with which the state tests measure college and career readiness." READ MORE

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

July 31, 2014

Duanesburg Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end and pursuant to U.S. Department of Education regulations, the district is providing the Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security. READ MORE

State Comptroller’s audit a “stamp of approval” for DCS

July 10, 2014

DCS earned a favorable audit by the State Comptroller, which randomly selected the district to examine its practices and procedures in making separation payments to retiring employees. READ MORE

STEM is super at DCS

DCS’s K-12 STEM initiative gives students an edge in careers, college and life in a competitive world. And the activities are fun, too! READ MORE

Parent Today is a great read that arrives in emailboxes - is yours one of them?

Are you signed up for Parent Today? This free, bimonthly, email newsletter bridges families and the classroom with research-based information presented in an award-winning, easy-to-follow format. READ MORE ABOUT PARENT TODAY AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

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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