High School News
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
Attention sophomore parents:
Reminder: The PLAN (practice test for the ACT) is Wednesday, Mar. 12. All sophomores are encouraged to take this test. Students may sign up in the school counseling office. Cost is $12; checks can be made out to DCS.
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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