Principal's Message









August, 2017

Dear Dryden Families,


As we approach the 2017 – 2018 school year, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Patricia Wilson and I am your new Dryden Elementary principal. I have worked in education for the past 20 years as a teacher, a supervisor of special education programs, and, for the past 6+ years, as an elementary building principal. My career started in Central New York; I have had the privilege of being a part of truly exceptional educational programs from New York to Abu Dhabi to Alaska. I am now thrilled to be back home in New York and working in the Dryden community; all of the people I have met have been so friendly and welcoming. With family living just a few miles away, I look forward to serving here in DES for many years to come.


I want to express my sincere appreciation for being entrusted with the great responsibility for being an educational leader of our Dryden Elementary Community. Foremost, I want to assure all of our families that I use this guiding question, “What’s best for our students?” to inform my practice. I look forward to meeting each of your children and working with you to develop strong home-school connections. I will strive to learn all of our students’ names as soon as I can, but with 500 patient with me!. (and give me a little help when you see me struggling)  I invite you to please take a moment to stop in and introduce yourself and say Hello. I want you to know that my door is always open to you to chat about your child, curriculum and instruction, listen to suggestions, and, of course, to work together to solve any problems as they arise.


I believe that the qualities of resilience and confidence are fostered in students by holding high expectations throughout their academic careers. When our students are taught to think critically and creatively using all of their resources, they tackle problems with confidence. I also recognize that the development of social and emotional intelligence is the foundation for a happy and fulfilling life. I am certain that it is when these aspects of learning are progressively developed in a balanced way, our students acquire the skills that they need to grow up to be successful, healthy, and contributing members of our society. With solid academic, social, and emotional skills, your children will be equipped to meet the challenges of adulthood: in their work and family, and intrapersonally. The reality is, today’s students are tomorrow’s citizens. We need them to be well prepared. Working together, we can help all of our students to achieve the best future possible!  My leadership philosophy is best summed up by this quote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” (Aristotle)


The DES community seemed to be looking for a professional who not only brought educational knowledge and experience, they also wanted a collaborative leadership style. Collaboration among all stakeholders to reach goals is the foundation of success. My philosophy is, we are all, “Learning & Growing Together” (this is something you will often hear me say). I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire school community, including staff, families and community agencies, to accomplish this important work.



Patricia Wilson


                                                                                    September 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, you have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of your child’s (children’s) classroom teacher(s).   Specifically, you have the right to request the following information concerning your child’s teacher(s):

  • whether the teacher has met New York State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas he or she teaches;
  • whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which the State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • the teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of those degrees; and
  • Lastly, if your child receives services from any instructional assistants or similar paraprofessionals, the qualifications of those individuals.

Requests to receive any of the above information may be directed, in writing, to Mrs. Lisa Stelick, Human Resources Specialist, Dryden Central Schools, PO Box 88, Dryden, NY 13053.  All requests will be honored in a timely manner.


Sincerely,                                                                  Sincerely,

Patricia Wilson                                                          Brett King

Principal, DES                                                           Assistant Principal, DES