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.

Lil Lions Dance Program

End of the Year Dates

Due to the number of snow days we incurred this year, the District has had to add days to the calendar.  The last day of school will be Friday, June 23rd; students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. 


Monday, June 19th is a regular, full day. 

Tuesday, June 20th is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm. 

Wednesday June 21st is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm. 

Thursday, June 22nd is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm.  

Friday, June 23rd students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.


The fifth grade “Moving Up” Ceremony will be Thursday, June 22nd at 9:15.


How Are The Kids Really Doing


K-12 Dean of Students Bryan Ford will be making a community presentation on Dryden’s youth development work, in particular focusing on thought-provoking data about our children from our "40 Developmental Assets" and "Communities that Care" surveying.


Topics include:

Prevalence of risky behaviors (drug use, sex, etc.)

Self-esteem and mental health

Connections to positive role models

How our kids feel the community sees them

Academic motivation and connection to school

How our kids see their future

Interpersonal struggles

Differences we see in the data between boys and girls

How Dryden students compare to national and regional norms

And more...


Date: Tuesday May 23

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: HS/MS Auditorium


More information on the youth development initiative at Dryden can be found at:


Family Engagement Survey

Dryden Elementary School has been designated as a Focus School by the New York State Education Department.  A focus School is a school that has room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school.  As part of the process, Focus Schools will receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the school's unique needs. 


This is the second year of a required state review. One important component of this process is to collect the perspectives of all of our families through a district-wide survey. We will be using your voice to help us plan our improvement efforts and to measure our progress over the next several years.


The Family Engagement Survey will be open until May 12th. Please use this link https://www.research.net/r/WM7WF25 and the password Family2017. Paper copies of the survey are also available, by request, from each school office. The survey should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. All survey responses are anonymous.  If you have children in more than one school, we would appreciate it if you would fill out a survey for each building.

We have selected PLC Associates, Inc. to administer these assessments, compile the data and provide comprehensive reports which will be very helpful to us in planning forward. PLC Associates, Inc. has worked with hundreds of schools and is a certified provider of these instruments by the New York State Department of Education.


If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Covell at ccovell1@dryden.k12.ny.us.


We look forward to your input.



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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.