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.

Dismissal Changes

If it becomes necessary to change what your child is doing afterschool, please send in a note.  For transportation changes please include 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 or fax at (607) 844-9449.  All notes must be received by 2:15pm.

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. 

Primary Morning Meeting - Dr. Seuss Style

Royal Tea Party

What Parents Need To Know About the Grades 3-5 NYS Exams

March 13th 6:00pm. 
Please join us at Dryden Elementary School for an opportunity to engage in your child's education.  Come learn about the changes to the NYS Math & ELA Assessments.  Daycare & Refreshments will be provided. 
If you need transportation, please contact the main office at 607-844-8694 ext. 1463

Dr. Seuss Night

Come join us for Dr. Seuss Night

Friday, March 16th

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Dryden Elementary School


There will be a lot of FUN activities!

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



The New York State ELA exams will be held for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders starting promptly at 9:20 A.M. on April  11, 12, 2018.  The New York State Math exam will be held for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders starting promptly at 9:20 A.M. on May 1, 2, 2018 The 4th Gr. New York State Science Performance Test will be held between May 3rd—June 1st.  The Each classroom will rotate through the room set-up for the Science performance test.  Your child’s teacher will inform you of the date(s) your child will be doing the test so you can plan accordingly.  4th Gr. NYS Science Written Test will be held on June 4, 2018.  New York State testing regulations require us to take testing security very seriously.  We ask that you please have your child here on time on testing day.


In addition to having your child here on time on testing day, we ask that you refrain from scheduling any appointments for your child on testing days that would require them to leave school early or come late.  It would help your child to get a good’s night sleep before each testing day, as well as, have a good breakfast at home or eat breakfast at school before going into the testing environment.



Students at Dryden Elementary, Cassavant Elementary & Freeville Elementary participated in a “Dryden Students Have Heart” food drive for the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard that ended with a special assembly on February 9th.  Students collected 835 cans of food.  This food drive was a way for students and staff to show their love and compassion to our community through a generous act of service.  It was a very happy, proud day for the students!



Every school year, each First and Fourth Grade class from Cassavant, Dryden, and Freeville Elementary Schools are able to experience starry nights through a portable planetarium that is brought to the District by BOCES and set-up in the upstairs gym at Dryden Elementary School.  First and Fourth Grade students study astronomy as part of their Science Curriculum.  Students are able to observe key constellations in a clear night sky in school during daylight in relatively comfortable temperatures as opposed to trying to observe constellations in the overcast, cold weather of February.  The planetarium experience is one of the many benefits that a school district receives when it partners with BOCES to provide Science Kits on key topics related to that grade level's Science curriculum.  The planetarium is an educational tradition that we look forward to each year.



During the month of March, DES like many elementary schools throughout the country, celebrate Dr. Seuss.  Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, is an American author who wrote many children's classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat.  Many people know these great works by Dr. Seuss, but Dr. Seuss worked in advertising as an illustrator and was also a political cartoonist.  Before he was an award winning author, Dr. Seuss won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1947.  During World War II, Dr. Seuss then known as Army Captain Theodor S. Geisel created comics about a mosquito named "Ann" who infected soldiers with malaria.  The comic's purpose was to keep soldiers from contracting this deadly disease.  This work helped to save many lives.   For these and many more reasons, we stop to celebrate this icon's birthday.  The celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday often leads to a broader celebration of reading. DES will host a Dr. Seuss Night on Friday, March 2, 2018



At some point this Spring, Dryden Elementary School will test its protocols for a Lockdown by conducting a Lockdown Drill.  For Lockdown Drills, DES partners with local agencies such as the Dryden Village Police Department, the Dryden Fire Department, the Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police.  These local agencies offer us valuable support and feedback before, during, and after our drills that help us to maintain a high level of safety for the students and staff.  The Lockdown Drill also allows us to test our School Messenger communication system.  The School Messenger system is what is currently used to notify you of school delays and closings.  In the event of a true emergency, the system would also be used to communicate the nature of an emergency and its current status.  On the day the Lockdown Drill is conducted, you will receive a School Messenger communication announcing that a Lockdown Drill has been held.  We understand that Lockdown Drills can produce some questions and anxiety from students and the staff does an amazing job of addressing these concerns.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or your child's teacher if you have any questions about the upcoming Lockdown Drill.


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