April 18, 2014
Duanesburg Central Schools
community service club
Community Service Club members lend a helping hand with a variety of projects

Elementary News

PTSO hosts bullying prevention talk this Thursday

April 8, 2014

Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend a presentation about bullying prevention strategies April 10 at 6:30 p.m., in the high school MOCC, hosted by the Duanesburg PTSO. Presenter Laura Combs of the Capital Region BOCES will share the latest information and ideas for talking children about bullying.

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

Free Horse Sense program offered for children of military families

March 25, 2104

In honor of April as the Month of the Military Child, Victoria Acres Equine Facility, Inc. of Altamont and the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York are offering a free Horse Sense program on April 15 for children of local servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. READ MORE

Date change for Talent Show

Due to extenuating circumstances, the talent show originally scheduled for April 4 will take place on Friday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday April 24th at 7 p.m. rather than April 3.

Singing, dancing and the reason to pay the piper

March 25, 2014

Singing, dancing, flute playing - and the reason why one must pay the piper - all graced the Duanesburg Elementary School stage March 18 and 19, when the fifth grade class presented "Rats," a musical. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Students celebrate with green veggies, shamrocks and a leprechaun trap

March 17, 2014

Green vegetables, shamrock-bedecked clothing and a leprechaun trap were just few of the highlights of St. Patrick's Day 2014 at Duanesburg Elementary School. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Students enjoy art, drama, community service through afterschool clubs

March 11, 2014

Painting, drawing, performing, helping others: DES students enjoy doing all of this and more during afterschool clubs and activities. A recent visit found lots of preparation for the upcoming play, "Rats," as well as a busy group of students assisting with community service projects. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

How is PBIS doing? Take our quick survey

March 11, 2014

DCS launched the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program this fall to foster a more positive and productive learning environment. PBIS is a team approach, involving teachers, administrators, staff, students and their families - fosterall of whom are asked to take a short online survey to gauge the effectiveness of the PBIS program to-date. READ MORE

Second graders pen book

March 10, 2014 

In early February, students in Lori Lasher's second grade class began writing "Do you think we'll have a snowday?" On March 7, they mailed their manuscript to a book publisher. "Students and parents are very excited to see the finished work!" said their proud teacher.

Going mobile

March 10, 2014

Access is now available to Duanesburg’s eSchoolData Portals using mobile devices, with separate and specific logins for parents and students. READ MORE

Parent Today features: A good start at learning pays dividends (early learners), A dropout risk in first grade? (Elem.) READ MORE


Kindergarten screening & registration

Screening for next fall’s kindergarten classes will be held March 25 and 26 at the elementary school. A mailing with required registration documentation was sent Feb. 3, and registration paperwork was due Feb. 28. READ MORE (PDF)

Family Literacy Night a big hit

Dec. 16, 2013

Duanesburg Elementary's Family Literacy Night was a great success, with 30 families and 85 total attendees participating in the Dec. 11 event. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

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.

Kicking off a positive year at Duanesburg ElementaryPBIS kick off at Elementary School

Sept. 23, 2013

Students and staff kicked off a positive year at Duanesburg Elementary on Sept. 20, with a host of fun and educational activities celebrating the school's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Grand Kick Off Day. Students had fun while learning how to be respectful, responsible and healthy, too. PBIS is aimed at creating a school environment where more time is used for learning and less for discipline. READ MORE

Peace Cranes take flight at Duanesburg Elementary - and on the web

Sept. 23, 2013

"Paper cranes migrate toward peace" is the title of a N.Y. State United Teachers web story and magazine piece about Erin Goodwin's second-grade class project that connects students with the meaning, practice and global nature of peace. The class welcomed a reporter and photographer to their room on a sunny Sept. 17. READ THE STORY & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

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



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