To: Families of students who would like to participate in winter athletics:

This letter is to inform you of the current status of the winter athletic programs in the Dryden Central School District. As of today December 4th, winter athletics are scheduled to start on January 4th 2021. Presently, only low/moderate risk sports are allowed to play games or matches against other schools. For our district these sports are boys swimming (varsity and modified) along with girls and boys varsity bowling. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer indoor track at this time as Section IV has cancelled all sectional related meets and our local colleges are not allowing schools to use their indoor track facilities.

All high risk sports are presently prohibited from competition but will be allowed to practice with restrictions in place. These sports include boys and girls basketball (modified, junior varsity, and varsity levels), wrestling (modified and varsity levels) and volleyball (modified). Governor Cuomo has stated that he will be determining the status of high risk sports competitions no later than December 31st. His decision may have an impact on our ability to offer these sports at that time.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer varsity cheer at this time as the Interscholastic Athletic Conference has put a 50 person limit on gyms in the league (for basketball games) and the IAC Championships have been cancelled. 
All winter sports offerings are subject to change as local and state level decisions dictate.  In accordance with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Return to Play Protocols athletic contests and practices will be suspended for the duration of any covid 19 related school closing. Please be patient with the coaches and the District as we navigate through these difficult times. Also please know that your student athlete’s safety is our number one priority and is the first consideration in all decisions that are made. 

Included in this email are two links that all participating athletes and parent/guardians must complete. The Extracurricular Code of Conduct must be completed and signed by both the parent/guardian and athlete. The NYSED Interval Health History form must be completed by the parent/guardian. Both forms are Google documents and each section must be completed in order to submit the form. The deadline for completion of these forms is Monday December 14th.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Athletic Department at 607-844-8694. 

Extracurricular Code of Conduct 2020-2021

Health History Form

2020-2021 Fall Sports Season Postponed until March 1, 2020

Dryden Central School District Families,

This email is to inform district families that over the weekend the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC), the governing body of our league, voted to postpone the Fall sports season.  The fall season will take place in a condensed version starting March 1st 2021.  At this time no determination has been made regarding the winter sports season start date of November 30th.  When the winter sports start date has been confirmed the Athletic Department will be sending out sign up and other pertinent information.  Please keep in mind that this is an ever changing situation and all sport related determinations will be based on state guidelines with the health and safety of our students being the first and foremost consideration with any decision.  
Thank you,
Todd Kwiatkowski  
Dryden Central School District 
Director of Athletics Health & Physical Education
Assistant Principal 
(607) 844-8694 ext. 5201

NOTE: Athletic contests are subject to frequent change due to weather and other factors. This master schedule is the most up to date place to check for changes as it is updated in real time.

NOTE: Students scheduling SAT/ACT exams should be aware of possible conflicts with Sectional/Regional/State Championship dates-see notice here.)

Athletics is an integral part of a student’s education. It has an obligation/goal of developing skills that will enable our young women and men to be successful in life. Skills such as leadership, teamwork, character, poise, discipline, loyalty, mental toughness, physical conditioning, hard work and school pride are not only by-products of participation in our program but also a shared vision by our coaching staff and Board of Education.

A majority of Dryden students participate in interscholastic athletics. Dryden has traditionally boasted its share of championship teams and all-star players. However, such measures of success are the outcome, rather than the primary goal, of the athletic program.

Spectators please note that dogs are not allowed on campus, even at outdoor sporting events. Event staff are on site for events and will enforce this rule.

Todd Kwiatkowski

Director of PE , Athletics & Health/Assistant Principal
Phone:  607-844-8694 ext. 5201

Lisa Stamp
Athletics Secretary
Phone: 607-844-8694 ext. 5243

Fax: 607-844-9004

Congratulations goes out to Connor Smith who has been awarded an athletic scholarship at Montreat College!  Connor has committed to play collegiate golf for the Cavalier's in North Carolina! Montreat is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA).  Way to go Connor!

Section IV Character Counts Award Winners!
The Section IV Athletic Association has selected four Dryden High School students to receive its Character Counts Recognition Award. The Character Counts Award is given to recognize students who have exceptional sportsmanship and citizenship.  Character traits are valued aspects of a person's behavior.  Attributes such as Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship can dramatically improve the ethical quality of our decisions.  We are so proud to announce Siaosi Malepe, Amanda Jackson, Felipe Bicalho and Hallie Allport who were named the Section IV Character Counts award recipients for Dryden High School.  These students were awarded a certificate, Character Counts pin and t-shirt for their great character on and off the field.   Congratulations to these exceptional athletes!  #LIONPRIDE

“People of character do the right thing even if no one is looking.  People of character do the right thing even if it costs more than they want to pay.  People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world, but because they refuse to be changed by the world”~Michael Josephson

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