Superintendent’s Message: Budget vote, vaccine clinic and more

June 15, 2021

Dear DCS Community: 

As the end of the school year approaches, there are many things to celebrate. Not only should we congratulate our graduating seniors and wish them luck as they head off into the next phase of their lives, we should also celebrate the end of this very challenging year.  

All signs point to our schools reopening in the fall without the restrictions that have kept our schools open and safe this year. Though I know that these restrictions have been frustrating, they have allowed us to be together. We began this year by introducing our protocols with this video. Its ending line is just as true now as it was then: one thing hasn’t changed–our care and compassion for each other and our desire to educate and learn. I truly believe that our community is stronger for having gone through this together. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support during my first year leading this remarkable district. 

Cheers, 
Jim Niedermeier, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Input on Federal Stimulus

We are seeking community input on a multi-year spending plan for the American Recovery Plan funding that has been allocated to the school district. If you would like to view our draft plan and provide input, please go to: https://www.duanesburg.org/draft-plan-covid-relief-funds/

Advisory Committee Members Needed

The district will be restructuring its three advisory committees (Equity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, and Safety & Security) for the 21-22 school year. In order to gain broader input from the community, these meetings will continue to be held virtually and participants will be given tools to participate before or after meetings. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who wants to participate may do so in a way that is convenient for them.  If you are interested in participating in the Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, the Health and Wellness Subcommittee, or the Safety and Security Subcommittee for the 21-22 school year, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/kpAb5oE5gPiwcusbAhttps://forms.gle/kpAb5oE5gPiwcusbA

Elementary Field Day

Here are some great candid photos from this year’s Elementary School Field Day:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/fmkSBErtJJLK6nsu6

Retirements

Congratulations to Elementary School teacher Mrs. Nancy Lyons, HS aide Caroll Binotto, and custodian Mr. Dan Clemmons on their retirement! We wish them well and thank them both for their many years of dedicated service. 

New District Personnel

Congratulations to Mrs. Polly Benjamin on being appointed as our new Assistant Principal and Middle School Program Coordinator. Mrs. Benjamin is very excited to begin this new role. Thank you also to all the staff members, students,  and parents who participated in the selection process. 

Congratulations also to Ms. Catie Wilson on being appointed as our new Athletic Director. Ms. Wilson will continue to teach some PE classes and coach a bit as she undertakes this new challenge. I know that she is looking forward to working with all of you. 

Recent COVID Updates

While I am aware of the Governor’s announcement today, it does not appear as though the stricter restrictions on schools will be immediately impacted. I will certainly monitor this closely and communicate as soon as I hear anything.  This is certainly a very exciting development!

School Hours 21-22

We are anticipating a return to our normal busing and in school school start time procedures next fall. 

Elementary School: 7:50-2:50

Jr/Sr High School: 7:50-2:43

Bus pick-up times will be communicated in the summer. 

Elementary School Wraparound Daycare

The YMCA will again be offering wraparound care for all Elementary School students and afterschool care for all UPK students. Everyone, regardless of YMCA membership, will pay the member rate this year. There are also sibling discounts and scholarship opportunities available for families who need it. Register at www.cdymca.org/programs/schoolagedchildcare/ today! 

Upcoming Dates

June 16 @ 6:30 p.m.: 6th Grade Transition Night(Virtual Event: meet.google.com/ssq-bens-aim)

June 17 @ 1 p.m.: Fifth Grade Moving Up (Live Event in ES Gym)

June 18 @ 1 p.m.: Sixth Grade Moving Up (Live Event in ES Gym)

June 21 @ 5:30 p.m.: Athletic Recognition Event (Live Event at HS Baseball Field, please RSVP)

June 23 p.m.: Prom (Live)

June 25 p.m.: Graduation (Limited tickets, live streamed on our YouTube channel)