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Notice of Change in Enrollment Materials

Please note that there have been changes in our enrollment materials due to changes in federal and state regulations. We are now prohibiting any inquiry into immigration status. Additionally, we have expanded the list of acceptable documents that can be produced regarding proof of residency and proof of age.

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.


Residents of the Dryden Central School District, who wish to have their child(ren) transported to a non-public school for 2016-2017 are reminded that the state established deadline for such requests is April 1 each year.

Click here for an application form.

Requests for the 2016-2017 school year should be addressed to Shelly Walker, District Clerk, Dryden Central School, P.O. Box 88, Dryden, NY 13053. Forms are also available at individual schools or the Dryden Central School Transportation Department. Questions regarding transportation may be addressed to the Transportation Supervisor at 844-4221.

Welcome to the Dryden Central School District!  We are located in the southern part of central New York State in Tompkins County.  The District encompasses an area of 110 square miles and serves a population of about 1600 students.
Sandra R. Sherwood, Superintendent

Community Planning Forum Survey


Board of Education to Host

Community Planning Forum


February 6th, 2017 - 7:00-9:00 PM

MS/HS Library

The Board of Education will be hosting an informative evening concerning Dryden Schools' goals and challenges as we plan and budget for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Board of Education and District Administrative Team are interested in hearing from you at our Community Planning Forum on February 6th, 2017, in the middle school/high school library beginning at 7:00 pm and ending around 9:00 pm.


To help us make the program as informative as possible, we would like to know and address your questions, suggestions or concerns about our student programs, operation, or budget. Again this year, we are using an online survey to gather your questions, suggestions or concerns.  Please click here to complete the survey.


The survey will be available until 4:00 pm on December 31st, 2016.   We will use the survey results to guide our presentations and discussions.  Throughout the evening we will address questions, suggestions or concerns that arise.


Thank you for the many ways the community supports our schools and our students.  We hope to see you on February 6th.

Dryden News


Dryden Elementary School has a new addition to its playground that will encourage inclusiveness and foster friendship among students, thanks to the recent installment of a Buddy Bench.

Students in Vanessa Fitts’ classroom wanted to find a way to help everyone in the school become unified and to prevent loneliness. With this in mind, Fitts came up with the idea for the Buddy Bench after reading an article detailing how students who move into new school districts can struggle to make friends and are at risk of being bullied.

The bench is placed outside on the playground, and will serve as commonplace for students to meet and play with new friends. If a student is feeling lonely or doesn’t have someone to play with, they can sit on the Buddy Bench and other students will soon join them and invite them to play.

Not only did Fitts’ students come up with the idea for the bench, but they also sanded and painted the bench. The students then visited other classrooms to share the concept with other students to help promote the importance of inclusiveness and friendship.


Dryden High School students met with dozens of vendors and explored a variety of jobs during the first-ever Career Expo.

Several businesses attended the expo designed to expose students to the kinds of career choices available to them as high school or college graduates.  Companies and organizations like Wegmans, the United States Army, TC3, TST BOCES and Bank of Dryden were just a few of the business that attended the expo. In addition to the business representatives, there were also Dryden alumni who presented their careers and gave students advice from their own experiences.

Kylie Zehr, an investigator in the United States Army, recalled her experiences during her presentation. Not knowing what she wanted to do when she graduated, she eventually found her way into the military. 

“If you’ve never thought about the military, you should try it,” Zehr said.

Other careers, such as high-tech positions working with electronics, were also represented at the event. Ted Rozelsky, microcomputer specialist at TST BOCES, said he was impressed with the expo and especially the questions that were posed by students. His advice to students was for them to think broadly.

“Get into a career that gives you options and that allows you to expand into other areas,” Rozelsky said.

With a range of career options, students reflected on the opportunities available and met with their school counselor to determine their next steps.

The expo was funded by the Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund Grant, which provides financial support to places that work with Dryden students.  The career expo gave Dryden students different options for the future.





Legislative Contacts

Please contact our legislators to let them know your thoughts on school mandates and school funding.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
District Office
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 277-8030

Senator James Seward
District Office 3
4030 West Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 758-9005



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
Gail Piger at the High School


The schooltool mobile application is now available to parents and students.  You may log in to see information regarding current schedules, assignments and attendance.  To get started using the schooltool mobile app:

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Bullying, harassment, and discrimination are serious and will not be tolerated within the Dryden Central School District. Please click here for the form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or discrimination. This completed form should be returned to the principal, assistant principal, or Dignity Act Coordinator at the student’s school.


Dignity Act Coordinators

Dryden High & Middle Schools: 844-8694 ext. 4204

     Kate Benas (kbenas1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Dryden Elementary School: 844-8694 ext.1444 or 1483

     Mary Hicks  (mhicks1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

     Allison Peyus  (apeyus1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Freeville & Cassavant Elementary School: 844-8694 ext. 1424

     Ellen Stelick  (estelic1@dryden.k12.ny.us)


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School Tax Collection

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Mission Statement

Dryden Schools promote academic achievement and youth development, preparing students for lives of productive employment, sound relationships, and responsible citizenship in our community and the world.

Vision Statement

The Dryden Central School District is an outstanding place to live and attend school because of its shared commitment to the highest quality education and the safest, most productive academic environment. Children are prepared for their school years by the time they reach kindergarten and prepared for success in college when they leave high school. Instruction and performance data are to be exemplary. Staff turnover is low because morale is high. A stable staff with high morale assumes continuity for students from year to year. Students know that all members of the district respect them, protect them, and show them, by example, that learning leads to a more fulfilling life. Funding for schools is sufficient without undue burden on local taxpayers. Facilities are safe, clean, and renovated on a scheduled and affordable basis.

Safety Reminder

Lockdowns occur when there is an awareness of a situation requiring investigation in the building.  Once the investigation is completed, the lockdown is lifted and classes resume.  The purpose of any lockdown is to assure student and staff safety.