April 19, 2014
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Getting the most out of DCS buses

April 11, 2014

DCS's buses carry more than 700 students to and from school and various activities year-round. Every budget season, the request for voters to approve the purchase of new buses is on the ballot—have you ever wondered why? The answers are safety for students and staff and cost-savings for taxpayers. READ MORE

PTSO hosts bullying prevention talk

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

Learning and fun for all ages at Duanesburg Day 2014

April 1, 2014

The weather cooperated, and the 11th annual Duanesburg Day took place as scheduled on Mar. 29, offering educational and fun activities for all ages. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Virtual AP classes widen opportunities for H.S. students

April 1, 2014

Thanks to a 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. LEARN MORE

Keep our school bus riders safe: Operation Safe Stop Day is April 3

March 27, 2014

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing! Join DCS in observing New York State Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 3. The day will not only raise awareness of the law and increase safety around school buses, but will also feature stepped-up efforts by law enforcement. READ ABOUT & SAFETY, THE LAW & PENALTIES

Join us for Duanesburg Day

March 25, 2104

Join us for Duanesburg Day this Saturday, Mar. 29, for activities for all ages and interests! READ MORE

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

DCS grad Nick Gwiazdowski is national D 1 wrestling champ

March 24, 2014

DCS grad and North Carolina State sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski won the NCAA Wrestling Division 1 Championships in Oklahoma City this weekend, the first former Section 2 wrestler ever to win the title. READ MORE

Board of Education reports on Education Summit, survey findings

March 19, 2014

The DCS Board of Education thanks community members who turned out for the Education Summit in January in support of the development of a district strategic plan. The district received a great amount of information at the summit and from the community survey that was sent out in December. There were a number of themes that were expressed in the survey and the summit results that resonated with the Board. READ MORE (PDF)  or VISIT THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PAGE

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

How is PBIS doing? Take our quick survey

March 11, 2014

DCS launched the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to foster a more productive learning environment. A team approach, PBIS involves teachers, administrators, staff, students and families - all of whom are asked to take a short survey about the program's effectiveness to-date. READ MORE

DES students enjoy art, drama, community service

March 11, 2014

Painting, drawing, performing, helping others: Duanesburg Elementary 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

Second graders pen book

March 10, 2014

Students in Lori Lasher's second grade class eagerly await publication of their book, "Do you think we'll have a snowday?" READ MORE/VIEW PHOTO

Going mobile

March 10, 2014

Access is now 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

Leo Club-sponsored blood drive collects 53 units of blood

March 10, 2014

There's a critical need for blood, and more than 50 DCS students and staff answered the call on March 4 by participating in a Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Leo Club as a potentially life-saving community service. Fifty-three units of blood were collected. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Parent Today features: Graduation: Focusing on the endgame (HS), A good start at learning pays dividends (early learners), A dropout risk in first grade? (Elem.) Rescuing the at-risk middle school student READ MORE

Mixing it up in math class

March 3, 2014

The Middle/High School recently observed "mix it up" week as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, including Algebra I students, who hit the learning deck with blankets, beanbag chairs and pillows. READ MORE

Vendors and exhibitors still sought for Duanesburg Day

March 3, 2014

Vendors and exhibitors are still being sought for the 11th annual Duanesburg Day on Saturday, Mar. 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at DCS Middle/High School (snow date Mar. 30). The community-wide event promotes pride in local heritage and culture and benefits the PTSO. DOWNLOAD LETTER & REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)  READ MORE

Note: No 4 p.m. late bus on March 20

March 3, 2014

Please note: There will be no 4 p.m. late bus on Thursday, Mar. 20, due to bus driver training. Such buses run Mondays through Thursdays so students may seek extra help and participate in activities.

Wrestlers close out amazing season at states

March 3, 2014

DCS' wrestlers closed out an amazing season at the state tournament at the Times Union Center, receiving a standing ovation with just-retired coach Joe Bena. READ MORE IN THE DAILY GAZETTE  READ MORE IN THE TIMES UNION

Umbrellas provide shelter from more than rain

Feb. 25, 2014

It’s not bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, especially if it provides shelter from bullying. Students in Kevin DiTondo’s art classes embarked upon a special project this year, and their "amazing messages" now grace the high school lobby. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

Great job wrestlers!

Feb. 25, 2014

Congratulations wrestlers Andrew Mollevik, Connor Lawrence and Zachary Lawrence for taking first place in the Section 2 Tournament and qualifying for this weekend's State Tournament at the Times Union Center. READ MORE

Thank you Coach Bena

February 25, 2014

DCS recently honored Joe Bena upon his retirement from coaching wrestlers for nearly a half century. Much admired by students, staff and alumni alike, Bena began coaching Duanesburg in 2003 and has been widely celebrated in the media. READ MORE

SNN update and reminder

During the recent snowstorm, SNN messages were not delivered due to server and service provider problems outside of DCS' control. While the district has been assured that the issues have been resolved, it is always best to rely on more than one information source for weather-related announcements. READ MORE

Donors sought for Leo Club blood drive

Feb. 18, 2014

The Leo Club seeks donors for a Mar. 4 Red Cross Blood Drive at the high school. READ MORE

Speaking up for our schools

Inadequate and inequitable school aid, the GEA, unfunded mandates: All threaten schools' ability to provide the education today's students need to succeed. Speak up for our schools and students. VISIT THE DCS ADVOCACY & OUTREACH WEBPAGE for lots of great resources.

Congrats DCS poets

Feb. 11, 2014

Bryce Schultz and Ben Lawrence rallied against 17 competitors from 10 high schools at the Feb. 10 regional Poetry Out Loud competition at SUNY Cobleskill. They made Duanesburg very proud at Poetry Out Loud.

Varsity wrestlers win Class D titles

Feb. 10, 2014

Congratulations to the Varsity Wrestling Team for an excellent Class D wrestling tournament on Feb. 8. Zack Lawrence, Andy Mollevik and Connor Lawrence won Class D titles. Jason St. John and Brendon VanVlack won silver; Devin VanVlack, Mike Sarbo and Jake Karandy won bronze. The wrestlers will compete in the state qualifying tournament Feb. 15 at the Glens Fall Civic Center.

League of Women Voters offers Common Core event

Feb. 10, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County will present “Where Will Common Core Take Us?”, a presentation geared toward parents and teachers, the evening of Feb. 12 in Schenectady. DOWNLOAD INFO PDF

Parent Today features

Feb. 4, 2014

Parent Today subscribers are learning how to navigate financial aid forms, focus seniors on the graduation endgame and make science and math fun for younger students through the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can SIGN UP for this free enewsletter and website.

Students show their strength as Future Business Leaders

Feb. 3, 2014

DCS students showcased their financial finesse and superior skills at the Jan. 30 FBLA Regional Competition, and some will go on to the States. READ MORE

Community spoke, DCS listened: Late buses return Feb. 24

Feb. 3, 2014

At DCS' recent Community Education Forum, local residents placed a high value placed on afterschool late buses that help students seek extra help and/or participate in activities. Effective Feb. 24, two buses will be available Monday through Thursday to bring students home at 4 p.m. for the rest of the school year.

Jan. 31, 2014 & Feb. 3, 2014

NY schools STILL in fiscal peril

Duanesburg was among 47 school districts represented at Colonie Central High School on Jan. 30 at “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril,” a regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, which have lost more than $387 million in already promised school aid over the last four years. READ MORE. VIEW YouTube VIDEO ABOUT THE EVENT

Jan. 22, 2014

Region's schools will hold forum on school funding crisis, Jan. 30

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will converge on South Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year. READ MORE

DCS thanks the community for participation in Education Summit

Duanesburg's Jan. 9 Education Summit was a great success, thanks to the participation of nearly 100 members of the community, who provided valuable ideas and feedback as the district looks to the future. Residents are encouraged to stay involved by attending Board of Education meetings and upcoming school advocacy events. READ MORE

District residents urged to participate in school funding events

Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

Make your voice heard at school advocacy events on Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 13 READ MORE

Vendors and exhibitors sought for Duanesburg Day

Jan. 14, 2014

Vendors and exhibitors are sought for the 11th annual Duanesburg Day, to be held Saturday, Mar. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at Duanesburg Middle/High School (snow date Mar. 30). The community-wide event promotes pride in local heritage and culture and benefits the PTSO. DOWNLOAD LETTER (PDF)

A winter break full of wins for Duanesburg wrestlers

Jan. 6, 2014

Duanesburg's wrestlers didn't take a break from success. READ MORE

Reminder: Homeowners with Basic STAR must register by Dec. 31 to receive exemption in 2014

Dec. 30, 2013

Homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption must register with the New York State Tax Department by Dec. 31 to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. READ MORE

Lots of Toys for lots of Tots

Dec. 17, 2013

DCS' Toys for Tots campaign was a huge success, with more than 280 toys donated by staff, students and community members. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS

District residents urged to participate in school funding events

Dec. 16, 2013

DCS is participating in important events focused on the pressing need for equitable and adequate school funding and the need to eliminate a program that has severely cut aid to schools. Local residents are urged to attend to learn more about issues impacting not only our community, but the entire region. READ MORE

Petition seeks to end Gap Elimination Adjustment

Dec. 16, 2013

A petition is being circulated urging the Governor, Legislature and Board of Regents to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment. The GEA was introduced in 2010 by then-Governor David Paterson as what was supposed to be a temporary solution. READ MORE

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

Congratulations Scholar Athletes

Dec. 16, 2013

Several DCS' fall sports teams were named Scholar Athletes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. READ MORE

Students find career and college inspiration at conference

Dec. 10, 2013

45 workshops + 1,200 students + 2 days of shared knowledge = an equation for success for DCS' Future Business Leaders. READ MORE

Great weekend for girls basketball, DCS wrestling teams 

Dec. 9, 2013

The Lady Eagles basketball team took 3rd in the Schenevus Tipoff Tournament, while JV wrestlers won eight medals at the Ravena JV tourney. READ MORE

Student earns more than interest on new credit union account

Dec. 3, 2013

Austin Kellerman earned more than interest by opening an account at the high school's First New York Federal Credit Union Eagles Branch. He also won a Kindle Fire tablet. MS students are also winners in a new arrangement that allows them to continue depositing into their elementary branch accounts. READ MORE

Class of '19 Gong Show to raise laughter, funds

Dec. 3, 2013

The Class of 2019 presents The Gong Show on Jan. 26. Acts in the comedy-talent show can be gonged off stage by celebrity judges. READ MORE

The real, prehistoric deal

Nov. 26, 2013

7th graders experienced for real what they've learned about in class when they visited the American Museum of Natural History. VIEW PHOTOS

Upcoming reunions

A Class of 2004 reunion is being planned. VISIT THE REUNION PAGE

MS/HS students to be recognized for achieving PBIS goals

Nov. 25, 2013

Goal-achieving students will enjoy PBIS Recognition Day activities Dec. 6. READ MORE

DES students featured in First New York newsletter

Nov. 25, 2013

DES students and Principal Andrea Conover were featured in First New York Federal Credit Union's fall newsletter. READ MORE

Board of Ed meeting rescheduled to Dec. 3

Nov. 21, 2013

The Board of Education will meet on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H.S. library, rather than the previously scheduled date of Dec. 10.

Save the date: Jan. 9 Education Summit

Nov. 18, 2013

DCS is looking to the future, and seeks the community's input on how to best preserve opportunities for students. All are encouraged to participate in an Education Summit on Jan. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the H.S. MOCC (snow date Jan. 15).

Recycling is a winning design for this DCS student

Nov. 19, 2013

DCS senior Samantha Gifford has been honored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for her winning design for the 2013 New York Recycles Poster Contest. READ MORE

Parent Today features: 7 dates in history, teaching character, social media & high school transition stress

Nov. 19, 2013

Seven dates in American history every child should know. Teaching about character. Why we need to pay attention to our kids’ social media. Helping high school students manage transition stress. Parent Today subscribers are reading about this and much more. SIGN UP - It's free.

Afternoon MS/HS bus pick-up relocations

Nov. 19, 2013

Afternoon bus pick-up locations have been re-positioned to improve dismissal time and assure student safety. READ MORE

Duanesburg runners finish strong at state championships

Nov. 19, 2013

Cross country runners end season with impressive finishes. READ MORE 

Students learn from solar and wind energy expert

Nov. 19, 2013

Mrs. McKinley’s environmental class recently learned that just one windmill or solar panel can have a major impact on the environment and the community. READ MORE

DES student featured in TU for helping Haiyan victims

Nov. 15, 2013

Duanesburg Elementary third-grader Carter Tripp "has his grandfather's kind smile and big heart," notes Jennifer Patterson in her Times Union article about his efforts to aid victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. READ THE ARTICLE

Teaming up is ancient history for these students

Nov. 12, 2013

Teaming up is ancient history for some DCS students – but in a good way. Karen Kanarkiewicz's 11th grade archaeology class was studying ancient Egypt at the same time Brian McGarry’s sixth graders were learning about ancient river valley civilizations. In advance of a joint museum field trip, the teachers “decided to take the connection a step further." READ MORE/SEE PHOTO GALLERY

DCS students receive raves for "Guys & Dolls Jr."

Nov. 12, 2013

"Guys & Dolls Jr." was a hit at DCS Nov. 8-10, 2013. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

A perfect read: DCS student aces SAT II in Literature

Nov. 12, 2013

DCS senior Mikayla Wolken earned a perfect score on the SAT II in Literature, an outstanding achievement on the national exam. READ MORE

Reminder: Vote daily to help H.S. win Together for Safer Schools grant competition

Nov. 12, 2013

Help Duanesburg High School compete for up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security products and services in the Together for Safer Schools grant competition. Vote daily from each email address through Dec. 13 at READ MORE

Beware of STAR application scam

Nov. 8, 2013

Gov. Cuomo has advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply on their own for free. READ HIS NEWS RELEASE

Voting doesn't stop after Election Day to help H.S. win Together for Safer Schools grant competition

Nov. 5, 2013

Nov. 5 may be Election Day, but the voting doesn’t end tonight to help Duanesburg High School compete for up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security products and services in the Together for Safer Schools grant competition for K-12 schools. Votes may be cast daily from Nov. 5 through Dec. 13 at READ MORE

Share some joy: Toys for Tots starts Nov. 8; Tot Tickets for sale

Nov. 5, 2013

DCS' annual Toys for Tots campaign kicks off Nov. 8 and runs through Dec. 10. Bring new, unwrapped toys to donation boxes in the Elementary School Library, High School Main Office and Bus Garage. "Tot Tickets" also are for sale in the MS/HS, with all proceeds going toward toys. READ MORE

Parent Today Feature: Parent-teacher conferences important on many levels

Nov. 4, 2013


Save these dates

Dec. 17: Elementary winter concert. Jan. 9: Education Summit (snow date Jan. 15)

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.

Leo Club thanks the community for supporting blood drive

Oct. 21, 2013

The Leo Club thanks the community for supporting the Oct. 22 Red Cross Blood Drive that they sponsored at the high school. Students, staff and school visitors rallied behind an important cause: helping to ensure a healthy and reliable blood supply. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTOS

Students, staff, First New York officials mark credit union's opening for the school year

Oct. 22, 2013

The student-run Duanesburg MS/HS Eagles Branch of the First New York Federal Credit Union officially opened for the school year today, with First New York officials joining students and staff to mark the occasion. READ MORE/VIEW PHOTOS

Commissioner King schedules Common Core Forums

Oct. 22, 2013

State Education Commissioner King and the State Board of Regents will hold 12, state legislator-moderated forums in school districts across the state to meet with parents and educators about Common Core Standards and other education reforms. King is also participating in PBS forums. READ NEWS RELEASE (PDF)

Archaeology students dig in and learn while uncovering local history

October 21, 2013

Archaeology students class had an opportunity to really dig into their lessons at the Iroquois Indian Museum and dig site. READ THE ARTICLE/VIEW PHOTOS

Parent Today feature: Calming 'Core' anxiety of stressed-out students

Oct. 21, 2013


Parent Today feature: How parents can help kids shift their learning to the Common Core

Oct. 21, 2013


New PBIS program is positively cool  - VISIT OUR NEW PBIS PAGE

Oct. 21, 2013

WTEN-TV features H.S. PBIS kickoff on web

Oct. 4, 2013

The Oct. 4 High School kickoff of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program caught the attention of WTEN-TV, Albany, which featured an article on their website. READ THE ARTICLE

Being written up is now a good thing for Duanesburg MS/HS students

Sept. 30, 2013

Parents of some Duanesburg Middle and High School students will be receiving behavior referral letters in the mail this year, but their sons and daughters will be okay with that. And on the morning of Oct. 4, students and staff will celebrate ways to make that happen, as they kick off the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program inside and outside their school. The kickoff event begins with an 8:15 a.m. rally around the school’s theme of 3-D: Disciplined, Driven and Dignified. READ MORE

Kicking off a positive year at Duanesburg Elementary

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 soon to be 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

Parent Today arrived in emailboxes today - was yours one of them?

Sept. 17, 2013

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. The latest issue came out today, Constitution Day, which Parent Today subscribers are learning more about, as well as what APPR means for their child, social media safety and solving the healthy lunch dilemma. READ MORE ABOUT PARENT TODAY AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

MS/HS 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

New law means homeowners with Basic STAR must register by Dec. 31 to receive exemption in 2014

August 23, 2013

Area residents who own their own homes may reduce their school property taxes through the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) Program. New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. If you are already registered for a Basic STAR exemption, though, you do not have to re-register to receive your 2013 exemption. READ MORE

State test results reflect changing expectations, can't be compared to prior years 

August 7, 2013

The State Education Department (SED) has released results from the state English language arts and math assessments that were taken by grade 3-8 students last spring. The tests marked a time of transition for schools, as they were the first state exams based on the new Common Core Learning Standards. As expected, the massive changes in curriculum, testing and scoring practices over the last three years resulted in a significant decrease statewide in student proficiency levels. However, state officials have long warned that this would occur and cautioned against direct comparison of the scores with previous years. [READ MORE]

Viewers may need adaptors to continue viewing SchoPeg, BOE

July 9, 2013

DCS Board of Education meetings are televised on Time Warner Cable Channel 18 through SchoPeg Public Access Television. Time Warner has notified SchoPeg of changes that may require owners of older TVs – sets with analog tuning and most TVs that are more than three years old – to install an adaptor provided by Time Warner to continue viewing SchoPeg. [READ MORE]

DCS performance improved, ranked 20 out of 85 and second in science

June 28, 2013

The Duanesburg Central School District has been ranked 20 for student performance out of 85 school districts in the 11-county greater Capital Region area by the Albany Business Review. [READ MORE]

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Duanesburg supports Education Speaks blog

education speaksNearly every day a local, regional or national news story about public education can be found in the media. For parents, education leaders and politicians alike, public education is a hot topic that requires the utmost attention. That is why DCS is supporting and sharing with the community a new blog, Education Speaks, created by Capital Region BOCES. Education Speaks is devoted to a thoughtful discussion of the issues shaping public education in New York’s Greater Capital Region and beyond. So, if you're passionate about education, take a look at Education Speaks.


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 and start following SportsDCS to get reminders and announcements.


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Duanesburg Central Schools is now a member of Facebook. "Like us" to get up to the minute posts about what is happening in our schools, view photos and more! Just go to www.