Contact Us

Nurse's Office -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1454

Attendance Office / Registrar -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1449

Main Office -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1888

DES has been identified by the NYS Education Department as needing to develop a Local Assistance Plan. Click this link to read the Self-Review and Report for DES. This document has the action items that DES will be implementing.

The Board of Regents amended the requirements for the provision of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Click this link to read a letter explaining how Academic Intervention Services are provided in Dryden Schools.



Dear Families,

My name is Brett King and I am so excited to have started here at Dryden Elementary School as the new Assistant Principal.  Since arriving here I have been having a great time getting to know everyone from the students to the staff, and the community.  I am very lucky to have found such a warm and welcoming community to work with.

For the past 12 years, I have spent my educational career on the other side of the state, working for the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Gloversville, NY.  While there I taught many different levels of curriculum from kindergarten through fourth grade in both regular education and special education settings.  Last year working with my principal, I completed a 6 month principal internship in Gloversville and then received my Educational Leadership degree this past August from Stony Brook University. With this background I am very eager to begin working here in Dryden.

Currently my wife, 2 year old daughter, and 6 year old son are still living outside of Gloversville, and I am living outside of Union Springs with family temporarily until we are able to locate more permanent housing in the area.  I look forward to relocating the rest of my family to this area as soon as we can so that I am able to be an even larger part of the greater Dryden community.

I am very eager to continue working with Mrs. Primo and the great staff here at Dryden Elementary School.  I feel very fortunate to have found a school with such a great family environment and support.  The elementary school years are those of great development for children and having a great system of community, family, and school support will allow all of the students here to thrive.  I look forward to getting to know each student and family over the next few months.  If you ever have any question please do not hesitate to call as I have always felt that open lines of communication are a key to all students success.


Mr. King



Dryden Elementary, Cassavant Elementary, and Freeville Elementary Schools are happy to announce that they will once again be hosting the “Dryden has Heart” Can Drive which will benefit The Kitchen Cupboard here in Dryden.  Students can start bringing in canned food items on Monday, February 6, 2017.  The last day to collect cans will be Friday, February 17, 2017.  On the last collection day, the three elementary schools will come together to celebrate their efforts in an assembly at DES.  A representative from the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard will be presented with the donations.  This year a group from George Jr. has been collaborating with the Character Ed.  Committee to help support us.  They have been busy making collection boxes for all three buildings.  Please consider donating a can or two to our effort!



Thursday, December 22, 2016, the Fourth and Fifth Grade chorus put on a terrific Winter Concert. The students sang songs that made the audience laugh and reminisce with selections that warmed our holiday hearts.  Dryden Elementary School is fortunate to have such an outstanding chorus.  Mrs. Primo and Mrs. Bennett would also like to thank Mrs. Mincer for working so hard to coordinate a great concert.



Dryden Elementary School has partnered with Dryden Middle School to create an opportunity both for our Primary Students and our Middle School students. Every other Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Middle School students and staff read with our students in grades K-2.  The Middle School students also bring an activity to do with students that go with the books they are sharing.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Middle School students to return to DES as mentors to our younger Lions and our primary students benefit from this relationship in many ways as well.



Our February Meeting looks to be very informative.  Mrs. Sherwood and our business manager, Emily Shipe, will be speaking at the beginning of our meeting to discuss the parts of the upcoming building proposal that will directly affect DES.  This information will help you make an informed vote in May.


Our February meeting will be on 2/14 at 7:00p.m. in the library.


Please add to your calendar:  Dr. Seuss night which is scheduled for March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30


Keep those BOX TOPS coming.  The money raised from the box tops directly benefits all of our children.



January in Pre-K has been full of winter cheer.  We loved playing in the snow at recess as well as all of the winter crafts to celebrate snow, winter animals, and January holidays.  We spent a week learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he did to contribute to equality in America.  We talked about how we are all the same, yet different.  We then went on to learn about our 44th president, Barack Obama.  We learned about his job as a president as well as who he was before he became our president.  At the end of the month we celebrated Chinese New Year with many authentic stories and decorations from China.  We look forward to learning so much more as we venture into February.



In Listening and Learning, kindergarten students have been focusing on the topic of farms.  The children have been learning about farm animals, specifically cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep.  Students are also learning that farm animals need food, water, and shelter, and why farmers raise animals.  Students are gaining knowledge about crop names, what farmers need to provide so that the crops will live and grow, and why farmers raise crops.  Kindergarten classes talked about what happens on a farm during each of the four seasons—planting, growing, and harvesting.  Lastly, kindergarten students are learning how food gets from the farm to the market.



As part of the ELA and Literacy curriculum, First grade students have been listening to read alouds and having discussions about Early World Civilizations.  Students were introduced to the development of early civilization in ancient Mesopotamia (in the Middle East) and ancient Egypt.  The importance of farming, the establishment of cities and government, and the creation of writing were discussed.  Students learned about cuneiform (the earliest known form of writing) and the use of hieroglyphs in Egypt.  Students are shown creating clay tablets by marking shapes that represent his/her initials  in cuneiform.



This month in Second Grade we have had a great start to the New Year!  We have started a new decodable reader titled “The Job Hunt.”  We are working on reading and writing vowel teams and some tricky letter sounds.  In Math we are working hard to show addition and subtraction the vertical way using the mathematical algorithms.  We also are practicing drawing detailed, neat and organized math drawings to show our work.  During Listening and Learning we have been listening to Greek Myths and now have started learning about the War of 1812.  The students love learning these interesting and engaging pieces of history and show excitement to find out what happens next.  The Second Grade thoroughly enjoyed the field trip to the Sciencenter.  The trip inspired them to explore how machines work, what is in our sky and what lies under the ocean with the hands-on activities, the astronomy room and the touch tank!



Third grade students have been learning what behavioral and physical adaptations a bullfrog has in order to survive in its environment.  Through a book called Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, students have practiced close reading, generated questions, built vocabulary and located information in order to answer questions.  We will continue to become experts on frogs as we read additional books!


Students have begun to explore area and relate it to their prior understandings of multiplication.  They started by using tiles to cover rectangles making sure there were no overlaps or gaps.  They then progressed to drawing their own area models.  The module culminates with students designing a simple floor plan that conforms to given area specifications.   Keep practicing your multiplication facts!


Chinese brush painting at the Johnson Museum.



The 4th grade mathematicians have started Module 4 with a focus on geometry.  Students are learning how to read, understand and create various angles including acute, obtuse, straight and reflex.  They are learning to use protractors to measure angles with units of degrees.  Students are also expanding their understanding of geometry with lines, line segments, rays, points, perpendicular and parallel lines.  Soon they will put all of their understanding and skills together to apply their angle understanding to the adjacent and vertical rules of angles and angle rules of various triangles.


This month in ELA, we have studied animal defense mechanisms.  We have read several non-fiction texts to assist us in gaining knowledge about different animals, and how they survive against predators.  Students have started an animal research project.  The animal choices included a monarch butterfly, springbok gazelle, three banded armadillo, and the mimic octopus.  Students will be using non-fiction texts and the internet to research the defense mechanisms that their chosen animal uses to protect itself.  Students are working towards writing a “choose-your-own-adventure” story featuring their chosen animal.  Students have participated in meaningful science talks where they discuss a topic question in a group in front of the class.  The science talks are student led, and all students should participate.  We have had a lot of fun learning about new animals and their defense mechanisms!



In ELA, we are continuing our rainforest unit.  Students have been using text evidence to respond to questions about what they are learning to prove what they have learned.  Our students are working hard to become better writers through lots of practice!   In math, we are continuing to learn about fractions and how we can use "like units" to solve everyday math problems.  Finding a common denominator (like unit) enables students to use numbers that make it possible to compare numbers by converting them to a common unit.  For example, when adding two fractions with unlike denominators, it is necessary to find a denominator that is equivalent (1/2 + 1/3 is equivalent to 3/6 + 2/6 and can now be added together to make 5/6).  Students are also learning about the life and needs of trout.  We have several tanks of trout in our classrooms and students are busy caring for them as well as recording observations for future research work.  The trout are still rather small, but will continue to grow and your children are really engaged watching the progress!  Bill the Trout Guy will be back in our classrooms this month to guide the students into the next phase of the trout life cycle.  Be sure to ask your child all about the trout at Dryden Elementary!



Mrs. Holland's primary PE classes are currently in the middle of a Bowling Unit.  Students from Pre-K to 2nd grade are learning about etiquette, how to choose the correct weighted ball and multiple other aspects related to this life time sport.  The students have had a day of Rock and Bowl simulating the disco version held at local bowling venues and alleys.  Children are aware of how to achieve a strike and spare as well as learning how to correctly follow through with their swing.  Safety is stressed throughout the lesson as the students will know not to throw or drop a PE bowling ball and to be self aware when near the pins.  We have had 6 lessons in this unit and the children are totally grasping the concept of waiting their turn, simple strategies and bowling etiquette.



Online Resources

Tumblebooks - online interactive books


user name:         drydenes

password:          books


Bookflix – online interactive book pairs fiction/nonfiction


user name:         drydenes

password:          remote


World Book Online


user name:         drydenes

password: tstboces


Pebble Go Animals-primary resources in 4 areas – Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies


user name: drydenes

password: school


These resources are available to Dryden staff, students and parents in school and at home.  They have been purchased through the library budget and TST BOCES to support curriculum and provide additional resources to our users. 



Learning Targets:

· I can make a print

· I can identify printmaking tools and materials

Fourth grade students in our MAPS program are learning about the art of printmaking.  We learned about special tools and materials that are used for printing, such as brayers (a brayer is a tool used to apply ink to the printing plate) and printing plates (a printing plate is the surface on which you create a design)One of our most exciting discoveries made is that once a printing plate is created, it can be used over and over again!  To learn more about printmaking, visit https://www.moma.org/interactives/projects/2001/whatisaprint/flash.html



Questions to ask your child while reading fiction text:

· Who is the main character?

· What is the setting in the story?  Does the setting change?

· What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?

· Did the character change during the story?  How?

· How are you like the main character?  How are you different?

· What do you predict will happen in the next story?

· Why do you think the author chose this title for the story?

· Do you like the title of the story?  Why or why not?

· Can you think of a different title for the story?

· Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend?  Why?

· Which part of the story was the most exciting?  Why?

· Did you like the end of the story?  Why or why not?

· Which parts in the story could really happen?  Which parts could not really happen?



What is the most difficult, yet the most rewarding job?


Parenting.  Parenting is all about communication, both talking and listening. As we practice this skill, we are modeling for our children effective communication skills.  Here are some tips for creating open communication with your child.


· When your children talk to you about their concerns, stop what you are doing and listen.

· Show interest by looking at them, repeating back what you are hearing, and asking questions to find out more.

· Withhold judgments, even if what they are telling you is hard to hear.

· Allow them the chance to finish talking before you begin.

· When you do respond, keep your child’s feelings in mind and resist the urge to argue.

· Remember that you always have the option to come back to a discussion later or agree to disagree.


Communication is something that we work on all throughout our lives and following these tips will put our children on the road to being great communicators as well.


There is a unique opportunity to attend two back to back parenting classes in Dryden beginning January 31, 2017.  You can attend one or both of the classes.  The first session will focus on parenting styles, thinking about how you were parented, what the community was like then, and the influence that has on how you parent today.  The second session will focus on 5 parenting skills including encouragement, can do, choices, self-control and respecting feelings.  This class will add new skills to your parenting tool box. Please see attached flyer for more information.



Car rides are perfect for developing your children’s language skills. These days, we’re all so accustomed to looking at our electronic devices wherever we go that we forget about some of the built-in opportunities to help our children develop their vocabulary, sentence structure, inferential language, listening and memory skills. The next time you’re riding in the car – whether it is a short ride to the store, dance lesson, basketball practice, or a longer ride to visit a relative – try a screen-free ride and fill the time creatively.  Below are a few ideas to get you started.


· Play a guessing game – take turns describing objects (it can even be something viewed from the car window)

· I’m thinking of a farm animal. It’s white, soft and it gives us wool.  Its baby is called a lamb.  Follow up with questions such as: What were the clues? At a higher level, you might ask, Why didn’t you guess goat?

· I’m thinking of a piece of furniture. It has a back, arms, legs and cushions. It’s in the living room. Three or four people can sit on it at the same time.  What were the clues? Why couldn’t it be a chair?

· I’m thinking of a fruit. It’s large, heavy and oval shaped. It’s green on the outside and red on the inside. You have to cut it open with a knife and you don’t eat the rind. What were the clues? Why isn’t it a cantaloupe?

· Play a memory game such as “I’m Going on a Trip.” 

· I’m going on a trip and I’m packing a____.  The next person repeats the sentence and adds one more item.  See how long you can keep it going.

· Have your child retell a story that he/she read recently.  Ask them to compare it to another one of their favorite books. Which one did they like better and why?

· If you’re driving through a city, talk about what the people on the street are doing, or name as many different occupations that you can see (e.g. firefighter, bus driver, police officer, construction worker, shopkeeper, mail carrier, etc.). Name all the different types of buildings you pass (e.g. bank, post office, library, school, church, grocery store, police station, etc.) and talk about how living in the city is different than living in the country. If they were given a choice, would they rather live in the country or the city? Why?

· Riding time can be a wonderful relaxing time to chat with your child and share thoughts and feelings about things happening at school, with friends, at home and after-school activities. Ask questions that invite your child to share his/her ideas and feelings, like “What was the best thing that happened at school today?” or “What was the hardest thing you had to do at school today?”

· The more practice your children get speaking and listening, the better they get and the easier it becomes. Have fun with your captive audience!



Click on the link to view our Reading Activities Calendar for February.


All absences need a written excuse sent in with your student on the day they return to school. 

A written note or email to the teacher as well as to the attendance office need to be supplied if you are picking up your child for any appointments or dismissal changes.  The email address is





School Messenger

The Dryden Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our emergency notification system. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is pulled from our student information system, schooltool. Therefore, if you would like changes made to your SchoolMessenger contact information please contact the following people:

Michele Wendel at the Elementary School
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Tami Natale at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Attendance Clerk at the High School

Bus Pass Guidelines

If it becomes necessary for your child to be transported to a different location after school, please send in a note with the name and address of the drop off location, date, child's full name, teacher's name and include parent/guardian signature. Bus passes are issued for daycare purposes only. We do not accept bus changes over the telephone. If you need to change your child's drop off location during the day, please stop in the main office with a written note, send an email to Kati Coon or fax Kati Coon at (607) 844-9449.

Bus Advisory Procedure

Due to extreme inclement weather, the Superintendent of the Dryden Central School District may declare a “Bus Advisory”.  The notification of a bus advisory will be transmitted to parents and students in the same format as emergency closing/delay announcements via TV and Radio announcements, as well as posting on the Dryden Central School District Web Site.
During a bus advisory, school bus drivers will not expect students to be waiting at the pick-up point upon arrival.  Students that normally walk to a school will be offered busing to their schoolThe bus assigned to a pick-up point will make a complete stop at the designated location.  If visibility permits, it is expected that students will exit their residence in time to meet the bus.  There will be a full and complete expectation that students picked-up at a stop will promptly exit their residence to demonstrate a presence and that the distance to the bus will be covered as quickly as it can be safely accomplished.
It should be expected that the bus, as it progresses through its scheduled route, would start arriving later than usual.  This may, near the end of the route become upwards to 10 minutes.  To maintain a basic schedule during a bus advisory, it will not be possible for bus drivers to wait for extended periods of time for students to walk up to .5 miles or for door-to-door pick-up.  Therefore, if the designated pick-up point is not at a residence but at a point separated from a residence, (at an intersection for example), it is our sincere hope that some type of protective measures will be taken by the parents/students to insure the safety and welfare of the students. 

School Hours

9:00 AM - 3:22 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 8:40 AM

Students arriving after 9:00 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

Entrance Procedure

Visitors to Dryden Elementary have an extra security step to follow before entering the building.  As you approach the main entrance, you will notice a “doorbell” mounted on the brick wall to your right.  You will need to push the button to alert staff to your presence.  Staff can observe visitors with a small video camera and also speak to visitors outside via an audio system. You will then be “buzzed” in and follow our normal procedures for signing in and picking up a visitor badge.

Please Sign In

For the safety of our children, all visitors to the school building must sign in at the main office and get a visitors badge. If you have an appointment with a teacher, if you are volunteering in a classroom, or if you need to be in school for any other reason, please report to the main office upon your arrival.
Please bring identification.

Student Pick-ups & Drop-off

All routine drop offs and pick ups must take place at the "old" entrance on James Street. Staff will be available in the school to assist young students in getting to their classrooms. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Violators may be ticketed. This procedure was developed for safety reasons. Parents must park in the parking lot at the end of Union Street. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Then, come to the main office and sign out your child. Wait in the lobby for your child to come to you. **Teachers will dismiss walkers from school. Please call the school office if you have any questions.

Books for Birthdays

Each day we celebrate students' birthdays by announcing their birthday on the morning announcements and having them come to the office where the Principal lets them pick a new book from our "Books For Birthdays" box and signs the book. Thank you to the Dryden Elementary PTA for donating all of the books.