Welcome to Dryden Elementary School

The qualities of resilience and confidence are fostered in students by holding high expectations throughout their academic careers. When our students are taught to think critically and creatively using all of their resources, they tackle problems with confidence. 


Principal's Message
Dear Dryden Elementary School Families and Community,

My name is Dawn Wenzel and it is my honor and privilege to be given the opportunity to be the next Dryden Elementary School Principal.  I am excited to be working in such an outstanding district.  My first day at DES will be October 1st.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending a few Board of Education meetings, and all three Open Houses.  I’ve met many of you, and am looking forward to meeting many more of you. 

I come to Dryden with 17 years of experience in education – as a teacher, teacher on special assignment, network team specialist, assistant principal and acting principal.  Before working in education, I worked 13 years for the Department of Social Services. 

Personally, I have been married to my wonderful husband, David, for 31 years.  We have two amazing grown sons, Zachary and Jordan.  Jordan is married to our lovely daughter in-law, Kyle, who teaches Pre K.  We are a close-knit family, and enjoy Sunday dinners together most weekends.

I believe that we are all stronger together.  I can’t wait to collaborate with all of you, as together we continue to fulfill the Dryden Central School District’s mission to promote academic achievement and youth development.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns.  I am proud to be a Lion!  ~Dawn Wenzel, DES Principal

A Message from our Interim Principal
Dear Parents/Guardians:  On Monday October 1st, I will begin a week of transition with our new principal, Dawn Wenzel.  I believe the elementary school is very fortunate to have an experienced educator who has the vitality and enthusiasm to help this school continue its forward move towards excellence.  It has been an honor and pleasure to have been the interim principal.  I must commend the staff and administration on their commitment to the children at this school.  They are very supportive of each other and make it known that “children come first”.  Each day, I see your children smiling and happy as they get off their buses.  Each one has a delightful story to tell or a suggestion for the day as they go past me.  Staff and students have been welcoming and a pleasure to have on my team.  Parents have been gracious and supportive.  It has truly been a pleasure to work with you!  My many adventures in your district have been rewarding and memorable.  As I take my leave from DES, I take with me many wonderful memories of smiling children, committed staff, and everyone working toward one goal; “To help each child be a joyful learner”.  Many good wishes to you and to your wonderful children!         ~ J. Earlene Carr

Open House
The students, staff, Mrs. Wenzel, and Mr. King would like to thank all the families that attended the open houses that were held over the last few weeks.  The Second and Third Grades kicked things off with their Open House on September 12th.  This was followed by the PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade Open House on September 18th.  Finally, Fourth and Fifth Graders had their Open House on September 26th.  Each night classrooms were jam packed with families looking at all the hard work students have been doing the first few weeks of school.  Kindergarteners enjoyed showing off their new classroom space while Third Graders enjoyed showing their family members their very first locker.  Fifth Graders walked with a certain pride as they were able to show their families not only their new classroom spaces, but their new status as the student leaders of the building.  It was great to see families and teachers building the home and school relationship which is so important for the success of children.  We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year at school events!

PTA Corner

Look on the Dryden Elementary School Facebook page for PTA updates and announcements.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/DrydenElementaryParents/

Science night is Thursday, October 11th  from 6:30 -7:30.  Come and enjoy chemistry-themed activities from the Science Center.

Lady Bug Garden Clean Up:  Saturday October 13th from 11:00-2:00.  Meet at the elementary school garden, clear it, and get it ready for spring.

Box tops – Please keep sending in box tops.  New box top goal coming soon.

Next PTA meeting: Tuesday, October 9th in the DES library.

Please remember there is NO PARKING in the Fire Lane at anytime.  There is also NO PARKING or DROP OFFS in the Union Street bus circle between 8-9am and 2:30-3:30pm. 

If you are dropping off your child off please use the James Street Circle or park in the parking lot on Union Street.

Dryden Police have been monitoring this and they will start issuing tickets to those people not following the parking regulations.

Dryden Police also monitor traffic (Stop signs and speed) around Dryden Elementary School.  Please come to a complete stop before entering the parking lot and also coming out of the bus circle.  Please be aware of your speed when driving near the school and watch for those STOP signs.




Upcoming Events

School Hours

9:00 AM - 3:22 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 8:40 AM. 

Any student arriving after 9:00 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

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