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. 

Art Show

Green Team Rummage Sale

Indoor Fundraising Event

DES Green Team Rummage Sale

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Dryden Elementary School Cafeteria

Cash only

All proceeds will help support the

Dryden Elementary School Green Team

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



On May 22, 2018, all K-5 students in all three elementary schools were able to walk through the Elementary Art Show that was set-up in the downstairs gym at DES.  Every student had a piece of artwork displayed at the Art Show.  Pieces were presented in a variety of media including painting, film, photography, and sculpture.  We would like to thank Aziza Ejaz and Brenda Keeler, who are the Art teachers for grades K-5, for the tremendous work they did in planning, preparing, and organizing the Art Show.



As the weather turns nicer, many students are taking advantage of the change in the seasons and are walking or riding their bike to school.  Please keep this in mind as you approach the school grounds in your car.  The speed limit on all the streets that boarder the school is 15 mph.  If your child rides their bike to school, please keep in mind that New York State requires children to wear a helmet when riding a bike.  If your child walks, please review with them the proper use of crosswalks and sidewalks, as well as, the safest points to cross a street if they need to do so on their walk to and from school.  We appreciate everyone's help keeping all of our students safe.



There was a flurry of concerts in the last month and hopefully you had the opportunity to attend one of them.  The first concert was a joint effort between the Third Grade chorus and the Cub Band.  This concert kicks off the band recruitment season.  It was followed by the Lion Band Concert and by the Kindergarten Concert.  Mr. Phillips-Burdge, Mrs. Mincer and Mrs. Lutz worked exceptionally hard to prepare students for these events and we appreciate all the hard work that they do.


Congratulations to all the students in the chorus and band for a job well done!


Writing this final 2017-2018 newsletter allows me to reflect on my first year with Dryden Elementary.  I recognize we are on the right path and I feel positive about the future. I cannot believe I have a year under my belt already. It has been my experience that a new school leader and their school community must have time to get to know each other. I often wish it could happen overnight. In the beginning, there is always a mixture of excitement and apprehension. The realities of being human and not superhuman coupled with not yet sharing a culture and vision always makes for an interesting adjustment period for administrator, staff, and families. Coming into June, I can see the process of assimilation, accommodation, compromise, and most importantly, the beginning pieces of trust are occurring. Eventually, everyone starts to pull together.  That process is on track and it feels good.


This first year, I have spent much of my time learning how the elementary school works in Dryden. Getting to know staff and their individual roles, learning names and how we all work together to educate your children was important to me.  The FOCUS status of our building and the requirements that go along with it we new to me. Fortunately, I was used to doing a school improvement plan and setting building goals every year at my previous schools. This was just a part of good practice.  I have had the privilege of participating in many of our DES traditions and events this year. These have helped me see what our community values. I believe in taking care of the whole child. Academics and data are important but our students’ social and emotional health is paramount.


In year two, I will focus on building trusting relationships with students through greater visibility in classrooms.  I want to join in and have some fun. I am going to be more than just visible in classrooms next year. We have a plan for a new regular feature: “Breakfast with the Principal”!  I am excited to start this initiative. I want to continue to build positive relationships with parents and caregivers of our students. Strong home and school connections impact student achievement.  I look forward to going into the our second year knowing that everyone knows me better. I am here for the kids first, and I recognize that transparency and teamwork are vital to building trust. Stepping stones only….effective, strong bridges of deep trust take much longer to build.  This is a continuing goal of mine for next year.


Next year, my mission is to come together as a whole school community, including parents and caregivers to develop a shared DES vision and mission, one that supports our District vision yet uniquely represents our DES community.  Our hopes, beliefs about education and citizenship, and expectations for the learning experiences (social, emotional, and academic) that we share for our students needs to be put at the forefront of all planning and decision-making. This is a priority.


It has been a privilege being welcomed into the DES school community. It is my hope that, in the coming year, I am able to become a more active member of the local community as I continue to build relationships and ties with families. I look forward to a deepening relationship with our school community. I invite you to help me in this process by coming up and introducing yourself if you haven’t already. I welcome the opportunity to do a little chit chatting.


I hope everyone enjoys a safe and active summer that is filled with important enrichment experiences that support our students’ growth, including lots of quality family time. Remember the library is a great place to share an escape from the heat with your child.  Reading together over summer vacation has been shown to help fight the “Summer Slide” which happens to so many children. We can help them from “sliding back’ in their learning by talking a lot to our children and reading together. Look for ways to bring in math, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning new things at every chance!


Enjoy Summer!   Be safe. See you in the Fall!



Please remember there is NO PARKING in the Fire Lane at anytime.  There is also NO PARKING or DROP OFFS in the Union Street bus circle between 8-9am and 2:30-3:30pm. 



If you are dropping off your child off please use the James Street Circle or park in the parking lot on Union Street.



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