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To the Dryden Community:

 

My name is William S. Locke, and I have recently been appointed as the interim superintendent of the Dryden Central School District.  I will be in the position until June 30, 2018, at which time your new superintendent will take over.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

 

I was raised in western New York and attended college at St. Bonaventure University from which I received my B.S. degree.  I started my teaching career at a small school in Cattaraugus County where I taught biology, chemistry and general science and during that time earned an M.B.A. degree.  I was then asked to teach at St. Bonaventure University in the department of economics.  There I taught statistics, honors statistics and marketing, and during that time I earned a master’s degree in educational administration.


After teaching at the college for six years I received a position at Arkport Central School in Steuben County as the K-12 Building Principal.  In that capacity I was the only administrator responsible for thirteen grade levels.  After twelve years in that position the superintendent moved on to a new school district at which time the board of education asked me to take over as the superintendent. I did that for over ten years, and in that job was not only the superintendent but the business manager and transportation coordinator as well.

 

I retired in 2010 and relocated to the Cortland area to be closer to my wife’s family.  Since living in Cortland I have done interim principal’s jobs in both Tully and Cincinnatus.

 

I am married to Kathryn Bundy Locke, a retired special education teacher.  We are the parents of two adult children and share our home with our two shetland sheepdogs McDuff and Malachi.

 

I am looking forward to working with the Dryden staff and community, and even though I have lived in Cortland for five years I have always felt very close to Dryden; 100 feet from my driveway is the border with the Dryden Central School District.

 

WSL

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 9/1/17




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Thanks to the awesome fundraising that Dryden students, staff and community members did last spring, the Little Flowers Junior School in Kamira, Uganda now has access to clean water! The Ugandan Water Project staff estimates that thanks to Dryden's efforts, 454 people now have clean water.

 

Click the link for more information on Dryden's impact: 

https://portal.mwater.co/#/consoles/8c2110e235c14e6cbf981169ec652125?share=78ac4e4e188c4195999d42f592e97317&tab=22f94d8c-57fd-4428-8e28-c139efbf0d1d


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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 8/31/17




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To bolster student literacy and maintain learning throughout the summer, the Dryden Central School District recently wrapped up its annual Solar Express program.

 

Solar Express, a community bookmobile, distributes books to children who may not have easy access to a library. Coordinated by Dryden teachers Kristin Kashuba and Neal McDowell, the program runs twice a week for six weeks during the summer. Each visit lasts up to 40 minutes, averaging nearly 45 children per visit. Along with books, snacks and a drink are provided. Kashuba says that the experience is “humbling” and she can see the excitement on the faces of each child when the trailer pulls up to their location for the day.

 

While the Solar Express promotes reading, there are often other activities that take place during visits. In the past, students have created tie-dye shirts and Dan the Snakeman has visited to show off his contingent of animals.

 

There are reading incentives for the children as well. This summer, participants received a prize if they read more than 100 books.

 

At the end of each summer, each child can paint their handprint inside of the Solar Express trailer. If they return the following summer, their hands are outlined in marker over the previous year’s handprint to show their growth. The goal is to keep children interested in reading throughout the year.

 

Kashuba notes that they are looking to expand locations to places such as the newly renovated Montgomery Park, to accommodate children who live in the downtown Dryden area.

 

While the Solar Express does receive grant funding from the Dryden Sertoma and Dryden Rotary for craft supplies, all books are donated. If you would like to donate books, contact any school in the district or the district offices, and note that the books are for the Solar Express. If you are a teacher who would like to volunteer their time next summer, there will be an opportunity to sign-up toward the end of the upcoming school year.Teachers and students standing next to Solar Express trailer

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 8/31/17




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Dryden Central School's new multi-purpose trail is finally complete!  Our cross country varsity and modified teams now have an on-campus home course and the trail will greatly benefit our students, staff and the community as a whole. It was a great team effort by students, faculty and the community at no cost to the district.

 

The trail meanders through a beautiful mixed forest filled with wildlife. Besides athletic teams using it, the community can use it for running, walking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, nature loving etc. Access to this ecosystem will be great for our academic courses as well.

 

There are three access points to the trail, all from the northern edge of the HS/MS campus. Come experience the trail this Sunday by participating in the annual Run for the Pride. Race starts at 8:30am.

https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11687/drydens-5k-run-for-the-pride


Trail along a pondWooden running trail through wooded area
Grassy trail along pond
Wooden running trail through woods

 

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 8/25/17




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A special Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 in the HS/MS library.

 

TST BOCES district superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Matteson will be presenting information regarding the superintendent search process with the Board.

 

This meeting is open to the public!

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 7/14/17




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Experience the love of reading!

Look for the traveling library from July 11 - August 17

Every Tuesday and Thursday at these locations:

10-10:45 Beaconview Park, Hanshaw Road
11:00-11:45 Hanshaw Village, Hanshaw Road
12:00-12:30 Conger’s Park, Freeville
12:45-1:25 Country Acres Park, McLean
1:40-2:20 Little Creek Park, Dryden
2:40-3:15 Pleasant View Park, Southworth Rd. Dryden


 

 

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 7/13/17




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The Dryden CSD announces its participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Languages, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877 – 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request of copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202)690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Persons interested in receiving more information should contact:
Darleen Serbanieqicz, School Lunch Specialist, Dryden CSD, 118 Freeville Rd, Dryden, NY 13053-9625

Children participating from the following locations or enrolled in the following program(s) will be provided free meals:

 

Site Name

Dryden Middle School

Site Address

118 Freeville Road Dryden, NY 13053-0088

Begin Date

End Date

Meals Available

Daily Mon.-Fri.

Service Times

07/10/17

08/18/17

Lunch

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

 

Site Name

Dryden Elementary School

Site Address

16 Union St Dryden, NY 13053-0088

Begin Date

End Date

Meals Available

Daily Mon.-Fri.

Service Times

07/10/17

08/18/17

Lunch

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Snack

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Site Name

Freeville Elementary School

Site Address

43 Main St Freeville, NY 13068

Begin Date

End Date

Meals Available

Daily Mon.-Fri.

Service Times

07/10/17

08/18/17

Lunch

11:45 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Snack

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Site Name

Southworth Library Association

Site Address

24 W Main St Dryden, NY 13053-0045

Begin Date

End Date

Meals Available

Tues., Thurs., Fri. Only

Service Times

07/10/17

08/18/17

Lunch

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

 

Site Name

Little Creek Trailer Park

Site Address

North St and Brightday Rd Dryden, NY 13053

Begin Date

End Date

Meals Available

Daily Mon.- Fri.
Service Times

07/10/17

08/18/17

Lunch

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 7/6/17




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The valedictorian and salutatorian have been announced for Dryden High School’s class of 2017.

 

Valedictorian Claire Conklin will be attending Ithaca College next year to major in Biochemistry with pre-med advising. While a student at Dryden, she participated in the Sustainability Club, in which she served as treasurer and president. Sustainability Club was responsible for establishing the series of trails that run through the forested areas on the school’s campus. Conklin said she will miss being part of the music program at Dryden as a saxophone player in the jazz band and saxophone choir. Her parents are Patricia and James Conklin.

 

“A word of advice to anyone still in high school: get involved in your school and your community,” Conklin said. “Life is kind of boring unless you care about stuff.”

 

 

 

The salutatorian for 2017 is Brandon Clark, who is graduating one year early and will be attending SUNY Geneseo for pre-med. During his time at Dryden, he was a part of Serteen, a service-based organization that provides community service, such as volunteering time at the Willowbrook Senior Living Community. Clark served as both vice president and president of Serteen over the course of his high school career. Due to graduating one year early, Clark says he will miss the Dryden High School community, including his friends and teachers. His parents are Dixie and Thomas Clark.

 

“Instead of focusing on what you want to do for a living, you should focus on living itself,” he said as advice to future high school students.

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 6/26/17




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Please note

 

Public session for the Dryden Central School Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017

will begin at 8:30 pm due to an extended executive session.  

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 6/20/17




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The Dryden School district is happy to be hosting The New York State Department of Education for an information session, “Successful Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.”

The event is open to the public, and will take place Monday, June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Library. We hope you are able to join us!

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 6/14/17




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Dryden Games

The Dryden Games were a huge success this year! Check out this video that captured some of the days' moments: 

https://www.facebook.com/drydenschools/videos/468450916851414/

 

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 6/6/17




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All are invited to this FREE, fun family event, "Sing Me a Story! Read Me A Song!" with John Simon and Cal Walker. This duo has been singing, reading and performing together for 10 years, helping children fall in love with books inspired by songs. May 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Dryden Elementary Cafeteria. Free pizza will be served as well! #theDrydenWay

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 5/19/17




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Dryden students will be displaying their work today, May 18, at the Middle School/High School Art Show.

 

The show is open to students all day today, and will be open to the public tonight from 5 - 7 p.m.

Come take a look at the creativity and talent of Dryden's art students!

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 5/18/17




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Dryden hosted the first Dryden Band Invitational Friday May 12 in the Middle/High School auditorium.
 

Dr. Beth Peterson visited from the University of Illinois to work with the Dryden and Groton High School bands. Both bands had the opportunity to work with her separately and then joined together to perform as a mass band. It was an exciting opportunity for the students to hone their musical skills and work with a prestigious music educator.   

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 5/12/17




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Dryden BioblitzHave you ever wanted to know what lives in our wonderful Dryden Middle and High School natural areas? We are going to attempt to identify as many species as possible on the school property in one day. Our BioBlitz will take place on Saturday May 13th from about 6 am to 6 pm. You and your families are welcome to attend as many or as few hours as you can. We may even extend the search to include some hours at night to search for owls.

 

BioBlitz events have been conducted all over the world since the late 1990’s. They are an attempt to identify and describe the biodiversity of a particular area in a short amount of time (no more than 24 hours). These events have been sponsored by National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, universities, and national parks.

 

If you love nature, put this event on your calendar and come help our effort. The event is open to teachers, students and their families, and community members who are interested in observing and identifying organisms in our woods, fields, streams, and ponds. We will be uploading our data to a website called iNaturalist to share with the larger community of scientists studying biodiversity.

 

For more information and to express an interest in participating, please get in touch with Carole Erslev at cerslev1@dryden.k12.ny.us or Karen Taylor at ktaylor1@dryden.k12.ny.us. If you have particular expertise in identifying certain kinds of organisms, please let me know.

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 5/8/17




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Congratulations to the Dryden Middle School students who made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll this marking period, keep up the great work!
 

Honor Roll

 

6th Grade – Brady Atkinson, Joseph Bachner, Nathan Bauman, Blair Bell, Quentin Bryant, Andrew Cruz, Rylee Edwards, Kaylee Gleason, Henry Hallock, Jasmine Hisey, Jaden Kelly, Taleyah Kinsey, Anika LaMorte, Delbert Martin, Ava Ortiz, Brock Reed, Haylie Siemon, Owen Strickland, Aidan Ward, Melissa Webb, Tavrin White, Maya Winters, Mason Woodman

 

7th Grade – Sierra Bakos, Stella Becraft, Parker Borove, Nicole Centro, Seth Coudriet, Kassi Fish, Jayda Galmer, Dante Herbel, Rylee King, Allen Little, Margaret Murphy, Isabella Osburn, John Pascarella, Edward Pietrasz, Mitchel Shipman, Lesly Vasquez, Orlando Walthall, Nolan Weik

 

8th Grade – Jack Allport, Jacob Babcock, Gage Chapman, Rylee Cotterill, Elijah Cowell, Katie Daley, Liam Dickinson, David Fuller, Teghan Garris, Gabriel Greene, Ashton Hodgson, Wyatt Morgan, Timothy Oseid, Mickenzie Post, Riley Powers, Sierra Swansbrough, Nicholas Truman, Zackary Willson

 

High Honor Roll

 

6th Grade – Benjamin Anderson, Riley Arsenault, Blaise Ayers, Ryan Ayres, Claudia Bachner, Parker Barrow, Samantha Brown, Patrick Burke, Brody Casterline, Connor Casterline, Matthew Cubero, Carlea Davis, Allison Deeley, Erin Dobson, Colton Dow, Zakary Eshelman, Kylie Freeman, Brianna Grace, Aiden Green, Maxwell Haney, Jacob Hanlon, Delaney Hawkins, Ava Henry, Mikayla Hisey, Emmalyn Ingalls, Aaron Keem, Jackson Kehn, Hannah Knout, Samantha LaMorte, Kaden Lockwood, Lexie Loveless, Kiara Lyon, Taylor McKnight, Lucas McManus, Ceon Miles, Kameron Monroe, Lucas Morrow, Emma Owens, Madelyn Palumbo, Emma Park-Miller, Sophia Pushlar, Jillian Race, Azriel Robinson, Chloe Rocker, Amaya Rose, Morgan Scales, Obadiah Smolenski, Becca Stafford, Emma Stowell, Kelley Stuart, Danyelle Tripp, Alice Tylutki, Katelynn Webb, Christopher West, Ava Wilder, Hajo Wise, Sophia Yuzvak

 

7th Grade – Emmaline Bennett, Lucas Bindas, Connor Boothroyd, Julian Brockner, Tori Bryan, Kristina Busby, Lauralye Caskey, Michael Cavanagh, Jillian Couch, Natalie Day, Bryant DePaull, Matthew DeTuri, Emma Dodici, Hollace Finver, Kyler Gardner, Katie Gould, Katherine Grace, Lauren Gulini, Gwenivere Harrington, Benjamin Hicks, Benjamin Lee, Caleb Lower, Tiffany Martinez, Luke Maza, Brendan McDaniel, Mason Nash, Katie Piech, Sindiswa Pinckney, Bryanna Post, Jared Prignon, Abriana Russell, Ayden Salerno, Angelica Shcherenkov, Rie Silfer, Abigail Spano, Katherine Spano, Julian Speight, Charles Sprout, Emma Stahlman, Kaelyn Stahlman, Madeline Starr, Julia Trask, Fiona Tremblay, Eliza Wilder, Chloe Wolfe

 

8th Grade – Lindsey Allen, Taylor Allis, Hallie Allport, Caleb Arsenault, Mark Bellamy, Morgan Best, Felipe Bicalho, Alejandra Brotherton, Emma Butler, Naomi Cator-Szymanski, Noble Cator-Szymanski, Madison Close, Jackson Crocker, Rowan Dobson, Jazmine Edwards, Jack Enslow, Daniel Guenther, Rylie Haines, Margaux Harris, Tavian Harvey, Madison Howells, Ashley Hoyte, Bradley Hume, Owen Humphrey, Amanda Jackson, Amelia Keller, Emma Kidney, Abigail Leonard, Sophia Lynch, Siaosi Malepe, Houston Martin, Bethanie Mayes, Isabella Mayes, Brooklyn McCosco, Steven Morrow, Paige Moss, Lindsey Nash, Elizabeth Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Heidi Nydam, Kirsten Nygard, Christian Ortiz, Nicole Owens, Elizabeth Palumbo, Erin   Peck, Anne Perkins, Bradley Perry, Philip (Casey) Phillips, Katherine Sprankle, Hannah Stahlman, Madeline Tenkate, Brayden Tucker, Luke Varvayanis, Janelle Vuong, David Yuz'vak, Pedro Zacarias, Daniel Zhe


 

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 5/3/17




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On Tuesday, May 2, Dryden Middle/High School followed safety procedures to evacuate the building after a small, accidental fire occurred in a garbage receptacle of the school’s chemistry lab; the incident was isolated and contained, and no students were harmed.

 

A student cleaned up a container with chemical on it with a paper towel following an educational experiment in the chemistry lab and threw the towel in the trash can. Another student simultaneously washed and dried their hands with water, and put their damp paper towel in the same garbage receptacle. A reaction between the chemical and water occurred, resulting in a small fire isolated in the garbage receptacle.

 

The teacher immediately used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, and the fire alarm was pulled for evacuation of the building. The teacher closed the door to the lab on the way out, containing the incident inside the chemistry lab.

 

The Dryden Fire Department removed the trash can and completed an assessment of the building. Students that were in the lab were assessed by nurses and paramedics, and none showed any signs of irritation to the nose, ears or throat.

 

“We take student safety very seriously,” said Dryden Superintendent Sandy Sherwood. “The school has evacuation and emergency procedures in place to keep our kids safe, and they were followed accordingly.”

 

To further the school’s commitment to safety, the district is utilizing TST BOCES’ Health and Safety services to bring in professional air testing tomorrow as a precautionary measure. The school building will be closed for the day, May 3, for the testing of the air quality to be conducted.

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 5/2/17




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Dryden High School students are working to raise money for the Ugandan Water Project, an organization which works to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene resources to communities in Uganda. By implementing regional solutions that provide access to clean water, the Ugandan Water Project seeks to help improve the quality of life for all people in Uganda.

 

The campaign will culminate in a community Water Walk on the high school track to symbolize how many Ugandan children have to walk miles every day to collect clean water for their families. The Water Walk will take place at on May 16 at 5:30 p.m.

 

To donate, talk to any participating students or visit: www.ugandanwaterproject.com/campaigns/dryden/

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 4/28/17




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Budget Vote May 16

 

Annual Meeting/School Budget Vote and the Election of Board of Education Members

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7:00 am - 9:00 pm

MS/HS Auditorium

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 4/24/17




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Dryden presents the first BioBlitz in Upstate NY to take place on May 13.

Have you ever wanted to know what lives in our wonderful Dryden Middle and High School natural areas? We are going to attempt to identify as many species as possible on the school property in one day. Our BioBlitz will take place on Saturday May 13th from about 6 am to 6 pm. You and your families are welcome to attend as many or as few hours as you can. We may even extend the search to include some hours at night to search for owls.

 

BioBlitz events have been conducted all over the world since the late 1990’s. They are an attempt to identify and describe the biodiversity of a particular area in a short amount of time (no more than 24 hours). These events have been sponsored by National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, universities, and national parks.

 

If you love nature, put this event on your calendar and come help our effort. The event is open to teachers, students and their families, and community members who are interested in observing and identifying organisms in our woods, fields, streams, and ponds. We will be uploading our data to a website called iNaturalist to share with the larger community of scientists studying biodiversity.

 

For more information and to express an interest in participating, please get in touch with Carole Erslev at cerslev1@dryden.k12.ny.us or Karen Taylor at ktaylor1@dryden.k12.ny.us. If you have particular expertise in identifying certain kinds of organisms, please let me know.

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Posted by: Patti MacCheyne
Published: 4/18/17




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Middle School Principal Mr. Farney challenged Middle School Staff during the month of March to bring in items to support our local food pantry, Dryden Kitchen Cupboard. For each item collected Mr. Farney deducted 15 seconds from the March Faculty meeting. Our staff accepted the challenge bringing in bag after bag of non-perishable items. Pam Seaman graciously housed the collection in her room and also kept a tally of all the items collected. The grand total was 367 items resulting in a 28 minute Faculty Meeting this month. Thank you staff for your support!

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Posted by: Charlie Wildey
Published: 4/3/17




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Dryden High School’s Drama Club will present their 2017 spring musical “Anything Goes” on March 10 at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

 

“Anything Goes” is a story of romantic complications that takes place on an ocean liner, with music and lyrics written by Cole Porter.

 

Seating is available only by ticket purchase, $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets must be purchased in person during the day at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after 3 p.m., before or after rehearsals at Dryden High School. Tickets are also available 30 minutes before each show at the door.

 

Sing along with the Dryden High School drama students as they put their own twist on this musical classic full of humor and drama.

 

For more information, contact Dryden High school at (607) 844-8694, ext. 5237

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 2/28/17




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Students at Cassavant Elementary School were recently visited by a local taxidermist, who shared a little bit about Native American culture with them.

Richard Burke presented furs and tools made from different animals in the area that might have been similar to what Native Americans made and used. The Dryden students were full of questions and excitement as they tried to identify animals by looking at their furs.

Burke brought along fox, deer, buffalo, bear and beaver furs that he has made himself over the years. He started presenting his collection to elementary students about two years ago.

“Some students never get to see a fur or the tools that may have been used in that time,” Burke stated. “I love seeing how excited students are when I show them things that can’t be bought at Walmart.”

Students were afforded the opportunity to not only try on the furs, but also try out some of the tools such as drums and pouches. The buffalo fur was a crowd favorite during this hands-on activity.  

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 2/13/17




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Dryden Middle School students designed and built carbon dioxide (CO2) cars in their technology and industrial arts class taught by Daniel Coolbaugh.

Students learned about the physics behind creating a fast car, which included lessons on drag, friction aerodynamics and weight. Using this information, the middle-schoolers got to work designing a car.

After tracing out Styrofoam, they used industrial tech machines to cut out their car designs. The students repeated the process on woodblocks, attaching wheels and inserting a CO2 compartment into the frame.

Finally, the students were able to race their cars against one another to determine who built the fastest car.

The learning activity was one the students will not soon forget!

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 2/9/17




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Dryden Elementary School hosted its annual Santa’s Secret Workshop, the biggest PTA event of the year. Held in the School gymnasium and the cafeteria, vendors set up tables to sell local products to raise money for the school district. 

Items such as jewelry, clothing, chocolates and stuffed animals decorated the tables within the gymnasium. The scholastic book fair also had an area in the gymnasium to the excitement of the children who attended the event. 

In the cafeteria, community members could donate baked goods for the “name your own price” bake sale. Brownies, cupcakes, chocolates and cookies were displayed and customers could name a price to buy a bake sale item. All of the proceeds were donated to the school for fundraising purposes.

To end the event, principals from the Dryden school districts gathered students around for a book reading.

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 2/3/17




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During Dryden High School’s ninth annual winter whiteout game, five new Dryden alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Matthew Van Houten (class of 1985), William “Billy” Finnerty (class of 2004), Kirsten Clapper (class of 2004), Megan Stuttle Spellman (class of 2006), and Rex Hollenbeck (class of 2007) are all worthy additions to the tradition.

 

The Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize the achievements of some of Dryden’s best athletes and to preserve the history and tradition of Dryden athletic programs.  The stories of past athletes stands as a record of their accomplishments and also help to inspire current students to achieve greatness.

 

Nominate athletes at the Hall of Fame

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 2/3/17




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Dryden Central School District fifth-grade classes expanded their knowledge of the animal kingdom with the help of Cornell University science students.

Cornell students stopped by during the school day for three different sessions to teach Dryden students the science of the world around them. They brought snakes, spiders and insects that the fifth-graders were able to interact with if they were brave enough to hold them. The presenters spent time explaining the features of each creature.

Classes participated in activities out in the hallway to reinforce the concepts that they had learned. The students were excited to learn about the habitats of fish and the flow of minerals through rivers demonstrated by a bead-moving activity.  

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 12/19/16




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Dryden High School’s College and Career Prep class hosted a social media seminar designed to help students with social media usage and prepare them for life after high school. 

Ninth- and tenth-graders attended an event called #LikeItOrNot at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The organizers wanted the students to grasp the importance of managing their digital profiles online. The students in Linda Bruno’s College and Career Prep class students were able to participate in an interactive presentation by a variety of speakers.

Professor of Communication and Media Arts, Dr. Chris Xaver, warned the students about the dangers of social media and the effects they could have on their future. She stressed the fact that “once students put something out there, it’s permanent.”

“Employers, colleges and parents are all looking at what is put into cyberspace,” said Dr. Xaver. She implored students to think about the future and plan accordingly.

Another speaker, Rhonda Kowalski (A Dryden alumna), had a simple but powerful message to tell the students: “Think before you act.” She presented a video about the dangers of stereotypes and perceptions, social media habits and cyberbullying. Bringing several students on stage, she demonstrated the effects words could have on classmates, and even teachers.

Students left the seminar with a new perspective on their social media use, which will hopefully spark positive and smart digital content in the future.

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 12/19/16




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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.

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 11/28/16




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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.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Kow Ephirim-Donkor
Published: 11/18/16




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Math Night at Dryden Elementary School recently combined learning and fun for an evening of academic enrichment.

 

Students streamed into the gym eager to play math-themed games and puzzles while testing their knowledge. With guidance from teachers, who hosted the event, students worked their way through difficult math challenges.

 

Additional assistance was provided by SUNY Cortland students who lent their expertise during Math Night. The youngsters appreciated the help and were all smiles throughout the night as they learned addition, subtraction, probability and geometry.

 

While math was the primary focus of the evening, students also had a chance to brush up on their literacy skills. A reading table was set up for those who wanted to try their hand at some fun books.

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Posted by: Naomi Himes
Published: 11/8/16