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(607) 844-8694 ext. 5281

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The Dryden Middle School mission is to promote the core values of  excellence, integrity, and creativity. 

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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.

“Help us help your child…OPT-IN”

 

March 8, 2018                                                    

 

Dear Dryden Middle School Families:

 

I continue to write to strongly encourage you to OPT-IN your child to take the New York State 3-8 ELA and Math exams as well as the Science 8 exam.

 

Reasons to OPT-IN your child:

  • The number of opt-outs is a significant factor in being named a FOCUS school.
    • We need to achieve 95% testing participation.
  • The tests are shorter - it is two morning sessions with fewer questions.
  • The tests provide students with practice for upcoming Regents.
  • The tests are used in placement decisions for AIS needs and Honors courses.
  • The tests are not pass/fail, which should calm some anxiety.

 

The cost of being a FOCUS school:

The Dryden school district receives about $150,000 from NYS to fund FOCUS initiatives (this is our state tax dollars), which we are REQUIRED to spend on the following:

  • $23,340 on the parent, student, and staff surveys and an Outside Educational Expert (OEE) to review Dryden Elementary School (DES) and the Middle School (MS)
  • $14,400 for an outside person to assist in writing our FOCUS plans
  • $3,200 for an outside person to assist in monitoring our plans
  • $2,500 for NYSED trainings and travel
  • $106,560 to support the FOCUS plans

 

Consequences to not OPT-IN your child:

  • Teachers do not have universal information on your child’s progress on state standards.
  • Parents are unaware of how their child performs in reference to the standards.
  • The $43,440 (our tax dollars) spent on FOCUS requirements that lack a direct impact on students.
  • The number of hours teachers and administrators spend on fulfilling FOCUS mandates versus working directly with students and lesson planning.
  • NYS School accountability system will begin factoring in zeros for students until the 95% tested rate is achieved.
    • For example:  if 80% of students take the exam the state will add another 15% in the mix and count the student scores as zeros to bring the school to 95% tested.

 

Please help Dryden Middle School and your child by having him/her take the exams.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Farney,

Middle School Principal 

Upcoming Events:

 

April 23

BOE Meeting

MS/HS Library 7:30 p.m.

 

April 25

Conversations with a Scientist

Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

 

May 3

MS Bands Concert

Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

NYS State Testing Opt-in

February 23, 2018

 

Dear Dryden Middle School Families:

 

I am writing to strongly encourage you to OPT-IN your child to take the New York State 3-8 ELA and Math exams as well as the Science 8 exam.

 

Reasons to OPT-IN your child:

  • The test is shorter - it is now only two morning sessions with fewer questions.
  • The exams provide students with practice for upcoming regents.
  • The number of opt-outs is a significant factor in being named a FOCUS school.
    • We need to achieve 95% testing participation. (Please see the enclosed article)
  • The exams provide teachers with feedback on how best to support your child and are used in placement decisions for AIS and Honors courses.
  • The exams are not pass/fail.

Dryden Middle School will be having students test on the following dates:

  • NYS ELA Exam (Computer-Based Assessment)
    • Grade 6 ELA exam will be on April 10th and 11th
    • Grades 7 & 8 ELA exam will be on April 12th and 13th
  • NYS Math Exam (Paper-Based Assessment)
    • Grades 6, 7, & 8 exams will be on May 1st & 2nd
  • NYS Science 8 Exam – Grade 8 ONLY
    • Performance exam – one 40-minute time slot between May 23rd and June 1st
    • Written exam –June 4th

Dryden Middle School will be doing a few things differently this year with our ELA administration:

  • We will be administering a computer-based assessment for ELA versus the traditional paper test. Except for students with disabilities that have exclusions outlined on their IEP.
  • We will be providing students FREE breakfast on the day of their respective ELA exam. 

Please help Dryden Middle School and your child by having him/her take the exams.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Farney

Principal

 

Enc: Article & Honors Criteria

 

 

NYS Board Association Article 2.5.18

 

Honors Criteria.pdf

 

 

School Hours

7:48 AM - 2:19 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 7:30 AM.

Students arriving after 7:48 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

DMS has been identified by the NYS Education Department as needing to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan. Click this link to read our plan. This document has the action items that DMS will be implementing.

SchoolMessenger Contacts:

Michele Wendel at DES
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Mara Mitchell at Freeville 
Alison Lonsky at the Middle School
Gail Piger at the High School