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 School Comprehensive Education Plan. Click this link to read our plan. This document has the action items that DES will be implementing.

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 Cindy Dickinson or fax Cindy 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. 

Halloween Parade

Community Survey on the Superintendent Search taking place from October 30-November 12

A Community Survey on the Superintendent Search will be taking place though November 12. Paper versions of the survey will be made available in all Dryden School Offices, Southworth Library, and the Dryden Community Cafe. In addition, paper copies will be available at the Community Forum.


If you would like to take the survey online, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MV3D935.


We thank the Dryden community for taking the time to complete this survey.

Home School Connection

DES wants to keep our lines of communication open between home and school. Sometimes a parent doesn’t know who to turn to with concerns about their child’s classroom/school experience. Always start with the classroom teacher; S/he knows your child the best and will work with you to solve a problem. We recognize that some problems or concerns may be difficult to speak about with the classroom teacher. Trust that, when calm and respectful communication exists, there is nothing that cannot be solved. Your child’s teacher wants to know how they can make your child’s experience better!  If continuing communications with your child’s classroom teacher do not solve your concern, then feel free to please bring it to building administration. We can work with both you and the classroom teacher to come to mutual understandings and positive actions. In this way home and school communication is supported and positive.

Dryden School Age Child Care Program

Open to Dryden school children K-6 th grade, the Before School program (7:00 - 8:40 a.m.) and the After School program
(3:20 - 6:00 pm) offer supervised care every day that Dryden schools are in session. Half and full day care are often available
during school breaks. Drop-in care can be arranged with minimal paperwork. Children can be bused from Freeville and Cassavant
Elementary Schools with prior parent arrangement.

For more information, pricing and availability, please contact Joyce Chamberlain at (607) 844-9400 or email

DES Events Calendar



Our November Meeting will be on November 14th at 7:00pm in the school library. Come and see how you can help make this a great year for your child. 



The STAR team will be performing a skit to talk about the character traits highlighted during the food drive.  Here at Dryden, we show caring, compassion, cooperation, unity, and service. The food drive will be going on from October 30th through November 9th.  Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable items such as:  stuffing, pumpkin, desserts, canned vegetables.  All donations are welcome and appreciated.  The hope is that along with other community groups we will be able to help 160 families with a Thanksgiving Dinner in our community.



Many families use the James Street Circle to drop off and pick up their children.  We know that when families are dropping off children in the morning that they are anxious to get to work and we know that in the afternoon when picking children up families are trying to keep a schedule in order to get to appointments or activities.  However, we ask that parents please exercise extreme caution when moving through the James Street Circle.  We ask that parents please be mindful of their surroundings and their speed as they pull into and out of the circle.  We are working with children on how to move safely to and from their vehicle, and we are asking parents to have similar discussions with their children as well.  We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping all children safe as they come to and from school.


October marks a good time to take a look at attendance rates for DES. Research has made direct connections between consistent attendance and student achievement. Though, “Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success”, frequent absences reduce the effect of even the best teachers. Chronic absenteeism in the primary grades results in lower achievement in that school year as well as in subsequent school years. This creates an ever widening learning gap that becomes very difficult to combat. Thus, high school dropouts often have exhibited, “high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood.” The pattern of missing school tends to start in primary school and continue to follow a student. When you look at the challenges of falling behind academically and socially, as well as at how difficult it is to try to catch up once you have fallen behind, it is understandable that a child starts to not want to come to school because they feel uncomfortable and out of place. When this pattern follows a child into the 9th grade, “attendance was shown to be a key indicator significantly correlated with high school graduation.”


With this in mind, DES and NY State have set the bar high. We are striving for a 95% overall attendance rate. We want all of our students to have access to the education that will support future success in employment as well as success socially and emotionally. We have the opportunity to give our students the knowledge and skills that they need to build confidence and ensure graduation. Thus, with support from home, effective teachers, high quality content, and the all important, regular attendance, we can serve our students and ensure citizens who are prepared to take on 21st century challenges.



Why Does Attendance Matter?” Retrieved on October 30, 2017, from:https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/attendancedata/chapter1a.asp



Dryden Police continue to monitor traffic (Stop signs and speed) around Dryden Elementary School.  Please come to a complete stop before entering the parking lot and also coming out of the bus circle.  Please be aware of your speed when driving near the school and watch for those STOP signs.



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.

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
Mara Mitchell at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Gail Piger at the High School