High School News
National Honor Society Activity Forms available here!
April 11, 2014
The National Honor Society ranks is one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. To be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society: A student must be a sophomore, junior or senior; be in attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester; have a cumulative average of at least 88 percent. Additionally, students will be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character. For this evaluation to take place, students must complete an activity information form and essay to aid the faculty council. Letters of verification must be included with the activity form. The selection of each member of the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
NHS Activity forms for downloading:
PTSO hosts bullying prevention talk this Thursday
April 8, 2014
Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend a presentation about bullying prevention strategies April 10 at 6:30 p.m., in the high school MOCC, hosted by the Duanesburg PTSO. Presenter Laura Combs of the Capital Region BOCES will share the latest information and ideas for talking children about bullying.
Spring College Fair at HVCC is April 30
April 8, 2014
The Capital District Counseling Association is sponsoring Spring College Fair 2014 on April 30 at Hudson Valley Community College. The fair is open 9-11:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Attendees can speak with representatives of more than 180 trade schools, colleges, universities, the military and financial and student aid institutions. Admission is free. DCS students may sign up for a field trip through the guidance office.
NYS Safe Schools Initiative offers wealth of info
April 7, 2014
Parents, schools and first responders all can find a wide range of resources through the New York State Safe Schools Initiative, including information about stress, gangs, cyberbullying and more. READ MORE
Date change for Talent Show
April 1, 2014
Due to extenuating circumstances, the talent show originally scheduled for April 4 will take place on Friday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday April 24, at 7 p.m. rather than April 3.
Virtual AP classes widen opportunities for H.S. students
April 1, 2014
Thanks to a New York State grant, Duanesburg now offers several Advanced Placement courses online in conjunction with seven other area districts, widening opportunities for eligible high school juniors and seniors. The courses are a great way to earn college credit and build your transcript. READ MORE
Free Horse Sense program offered for children of military families
March 25, 2104
In honor of April as the Month of the Military Child, Victoria Acres Equine Facility, Inc. of Altamont and the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York are offering a free Horse Sense program on April 15 for children of local servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. READ MORE
How is PBIS doing? Take our quick survey
March 11, 2014
DCS launched the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program this fall to foster a more positive and productive learning environment. PBIS is a team approach, involving teachers, administrators, staff, students and their families - fosterall of whom are asked to take a short online survey to gauge the effectiveness of the PBIS program to-date. READ MORE
March 10, 2014
Access is now available to Duanesburg’s eSchoolData Portals using mobile devices. Specific and separate logins must be used, however, by parents for their portal and students for their portal. READ MORE
Leo Club-sponsored blood drive meets critical need
March 4, 2014
There's a critical need for blood, and DCS students and staff answered the call by participating in a Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Leo Club as a potentially life-saving community service. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
Mixing it up in math class
March 3, 2014
The Middle/High School recently observed "mix it up" week as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, including Algebra I students, who hit the learning deck with blankets, beanbag chairs and pillows. READ MORE
Mar. 31 deadline for PREFACE Summer Program at RPI
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering PREFACE, a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter 11th or 12th grade in fall 2014, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions. READ MORE
Evening SAT prep class offered
Capital District Consulting is offering an SAT Prep class for DCS students on May 6, 8, 15, 20, and 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the high school. The class covers math and English review and test strategy, including stress reduction and test-taking techniques. The $150 cost is payable to Capital District Consulting. To register online, click here. For more information, download their FLYER (pdf).
Important dates to note
Exams, awards, assemblies, budget planning sessions, sports and fundraising events: there's a lot going on in at school through the end of the year. Principals Leslie Wehner and Penny Hardenstine have compiled key dates in A LETTER FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS.
Preparing for senior year
Course selection, AP and UHS, SATs, questions and planning: high school juniors will address all of these in their meetings with Director of Guidance Alicia Kirkpatrick. READ HER LETTER TO PARENTS
Students may apply for AP, UHS classes
Applications are being accepted for Advanced Placement and University in the High School classes. To apply, students complete forms, meet application requirements and have their grades reviewed. READ MORE
State offers college financial aid awareness program
The state Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC) recently launched an awareness campaign including financial aid information sessions and "Complete the FAFSA" workshops. READ MORE
Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships
Eagles Branch credit union closed for year
DCS' Eagles Branch credit union closed for the remainder of the year on Feb. 12 due to a system upgrade by First New York Federal Credit Union. Thank you to all for your support this year.
Girls' Leadership Worldwide seeks 9th, 10th graders for summer sessions
The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center 2014 Girls' Leadership Worldwide Program is encouraging young women currently in 9th or 10th grade who have the potential to become strong leaders to apply by March 21. READ MORE
Project Y.E.S! offers internships
Project Y.E.S!, a national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families, is now accepting applications for 2014 summer and full-year internships. READ MORE
Afternoon MS/HS bus pick-up relocations
Afternoon bus pick-up locations were re-positioned to improve dismissal time and assure student safety. READ MORE
Tardy info for parents DOWNLOAD LETTER (PDF)
Letter to parents/guardians: Conferences, closures, student drivers
Read the principals' letter re parent-teacher conferences, how to learn about delays and closures, student driving and pick-up/drop-off procedures.
Free download: 2013-2014 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook (pdf)
The publisher has made available a free download via high school guidance offices: DOWNLOAD PDF
Phone number update reminder for parents/guardians
Please keep DCS informed of updates to your phone numbers (i.e. new job, cell phone replacing a house phone, etc.). In case of emergency, we need an active number to call you.
Student and teacher assignments: A delicate balance
September 2, 2013
Assigning students to a teacher is a task that is taken very seriously at DCS, with a goal of to creating balanced classrooms by finding the best possible fit for each student and teacher. Best practices/models for teacher-student classroom assignments and optimal classroom productivity methods have been shared among educators for years. Coupling those practices/models with the careful planning used by DCS teachers in assigning students to a teacher is why school officials have always refrained from accepting teacher requests from parents.
“We understand that convenience and familiarity play a role in parents wanting the same teacher to educate their other children,” says Superintendent Christine Crowley. “But we have a responsibility to all students to create a well-balanced classroom that takes many factors into consideration.” READ MORE
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Follow DCS athletic news on Twitter
Athletic Director Penny Hardenstine is making it even easier for students, parents, coaches and community members to be in the know about the Duanesburg Athletic Department through Twitter. Sign up for a free Twitter account at Twitter.com and start following SportsDCS to get reminders and announcements.
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