Thursday, February 14, 2019

Next Phases of Capital Improvement Project

Over the last several weeks, the District, Hunt Architects, and Campus Construction have been coordinating bidding for the New Transportation Facility located on Mott Road and the work that will be done in the MS/HS building. We are very pleased to announce after a competitive bidding process, we are able to include all of the alternates planned for both phases of the project.

For the Transportation Facility, the alternates to this phase will include an additional hydraulic lift for a total of two lifts and an automatic bus washing system.

New Scoreboard at Volante Field 
For the MS/HS building, the alternates to the this phase will include new ceilings in the classrooms and hallways, remodeled Family and Consumer Sciences Kitchens, a MS/HS Nurses’ Suite, new LED   Football Field and Track stadium lighting, upgraded sound and lighting packages in the Auditorium, and an outdoor Athletic Facility. The outdoor Athletic Facility will include two team rooms, a concession stand, and Men’s and Women’s bathrooms.

We are appreciative of our community, the Board of Education, Hunt Architects, Campus Construction and our staff for all the work that has gone into planning this project. This is the largest capital improvement project that the District has embarked since the construction of the MS/HS building in the mid-1960s.

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we work to build a better future for our students and community.

Snow Days

The Dryden Central School District had planned for four snow days for the 2018-2019 school year. It has been an active winter, and we have used all of our snow days.

If we need to use another day, April 15 which is scheduled to be a student holiday will be converted to a regular school day.

We are required to by New York State regulations to be in session for a total of 900 hours at the elementary level and 990 hour at the secondary level. We appreciate everyone's understanding as we balance safety and regulations. 

We Want Your Feedback!

It is that time of year again, when we are looking for your feedback on how we are doing. We are always looking for opportunities to strengthen our programming, instruction, and communication to provide a first class experience for our students, families, and community members. 

If you are a parent or caregiver for a student or students in the Dryden Central School District, please click on the following link to participate in our Family Engagement Survey. The survey is open until March 31, 2019. If you would like to anonymously fill out a hard copy of the survey, please contact your child's school's main office. They will send a blank hard copy for your to fill out and return to school.
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Here is the link and password: Dryden Central School District: Follow-Up Format: 2018/19 Family Engagement Survey DTSDE Version
Password: Dryden2019

Our Latest #LionPride Award Winners

Mrs. Decker and Ms. Balfour
Mrs. Decker and Ms. Balfour were awarded the #LionPride Award last week for their work in sponsoring and coordinating the "Bus is Us" event held at Dryden Elementary School on January 25, 2019.

Mrs. Decker is a Kindergarten Teacher at Freeville. Ms. Balfour is a Speech and Language Patho
logist at DES, CES, and FES. Mrs. Decker and Ms. Balfour facilitate a work group of staff members and representatives from community agencies such as the Southworth Library called "Talk Time".

"Talk Time" promotes the importance of language development for children from birth to school age. We are very to lucky to have such committed staff working for our students, their families and our community. 

Ann Marie Streeter nominated to represent Dryden on TST BOCES Board of Education

As you may know each component district in TST BOCES sends one representative to serve on the TST BOCES Board of Education. 
Ann Marie Streeter

Kathy Zahler has faithfully served the District in this capacity for many years, but she is stepping down from this role to embrace retirement. We are very appreciative of her efforts and service to our District. 

The Dryden Central School District and Board of Education is pleased to announce that Ann Marie Streeter was unanimously appointed by the BOE to serve a three year term as the Dryden Representative to the TST BOCES BOE. 

Ann Marie Streeter is a long time resident of the District. Ann Marie retired from the District in June of 2018 after serving as a Kindergarten teacher at Dryden Elementary School. Ann Marie is an active member of and advocate for many organizations that serve our community. We feel lucky to have her be able to continue to serve the District in this role. 

Please join us in welcoming back (though I do not think she ever left:) and congratulating Ann Marie! 

Show your #LionPride and #BetheOne for Someone

"Be the One" at Dryden Central Schools 
This past week, the Dryden Central School District along with many other school districts and other community agencies in Tompkins County kicked off the "Be the One" campaign. 

The "Be the One" Campaign focuses around the idea that everyone deserves at least one safe, nurturing, caring relationships. Throughout the week, students and staff have been discussing how they can be the one for someone else as well as identifying who is their one person they can depend on.

The District would publically like to thank Mrs. Hicks for all of her work in bringing the "Be the One Campaign to the Dryden Central School District. You can see more of the work that the District has done around this work on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds.

You is your one? You are you the one for? 

Pack 46 Pinewood Derby

Pack 46 Pinewood Derby 
On February 2, 2019, the Pack 46 Boy Scout Troop in Freeville hosted its annual Pinewood Derby. Pack 46 consists of students who attend all three elementary schools. 

The Boy Scouts did an outstanding job engineering their cars. One scout even raced a school bus that he built in honor of Mrs. Sue Shaffer who served as a bus monitor in the Dryden Central School District before he unexpected death last month. 

In addition to their engineering skills, the Boy Scouts also demonstrated leadership, service to community, and sportsmanship throughout the Pinewood Derby. We are fortunate to have such great community agencies and opportunities to support our students.

Dryden Cheerleaders place First at IAC Competition. 

IAC Champs
Last Saturday, February 9, 2019, Dryden Varsity Cheerleading placed "First" at their IAC Competition.

They are off to sectionals in two weeks at Waverly. We are cheering for our cheerleaders.

We are very proud of their work and the honor that they have brought to the District. #LionPride

Varsity Boys' Swimming Place at IAC Meet

Last Saturday, February 9, 2019, Varsity Boys' Swimming participated in their IAC Meet and walked away with a great deal of "bling"

We are proud of our swimmers and the honor they have brought our District. Check out these pictures from the meet.