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 DES Families and Community,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  We look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this year.   One of our core beliefs here at Dryden Central School is that positive relationships and partnerships are essential.  We can’t wait to continue building those relationships and partnerships with you, your child(ren), and the Dryden community.  
Please note the following important upcoming dates here at Dryden Elementary School:
Tuesday, September 17th 6:30-7:30 Pre K – 2 Open House
Thursday, September 19th School Picture Day
Wednesday, September 25th 6:30-7:30 3 – 5 Open House
I’m excited and proud to be returning for my 2nd year here at DES.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Open House.  Please know if you have questions or concerns, you can always contact me at dwenzel1@dryden.k12.ny.us or at 844-8694 ext. 1432.

Dawn Wenzel, DES Principal

Please Welcome

My name is Tia Dickson and it is an honor to introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal of Dryden Elementary School. I am thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary school community. I hope that this newsletter finds you settling into the school year routine. I am really looking forward to meeting you and your children and being a part of their educational lives.

Previously, I was a teacher for 13 years in the same school district. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade. I worked last year as a full-time 6th grade Science and Social Studies teacher while also completing my Administrative Internship at the Dana West High School with the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director who happened to be a Dryden PE Teacher for many years. I love educational technology and giving students opportunities to explore all types of interests through STEAM.

Personally, I live in Seneca Falls with my husband Adam, my step-daughter Deanna who is a School Nurse, and my son Cole who is a high school senior at Mynderse Academy. We are looking at colleges, watching him play football and lacrosse, and making sure we spend time together before he is off and running.

A goal I have this year, is to build positive relationships with our school community, students, and families. I am committed to promoting a safe, joyful, and nurturing environment for everyone. It is only together that we will support our students academically, emotionally, and socially to become positive leaders within our society.

I am grateful and elated to experience this journey with you all.

This is going to be such a positive, invigorating school year!

Tia Dickson, DES Assistant Principal

Picture ID

Please bring picture ID with you every time you come to the school. Even if you are a person who comes to the school regularly, it is important for you to be prepared to show ID every time you arrive. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school community safe.

Staff Changes

Welcome Staff New to Our Building:
Tia Dickson—Assistant Principal
Rachel Green—Kdgn Teacher
Jade Case—Kdgn Teacher
Kate McKee—1st Gr. Teacher
Danielle Gomolka—1st Gr. Teacher
Kailey Smith—3rd Gr. Teacher
Tetiana Urazgildiieva—3rd Gr. Teacher
Mariah Gerty—3rd Gr. Sp. Ed. Teacher
Beth Brokaw—3rd Gr. Sp. Ed. Teacher
Aleza Simons—Reading Teacher
Kate Lui—Speech Teacher
Meredith Santana—Occupational Therapist
Donna Atkins—4th Gr. Sp. Ed Teacher
Valerie Rose—5th Gr. Teacher
Dana Vallese—Administrative Assistant (Attendance)
Iam Barwell—Aide
Amanda Brayton—Aide
Rochelle Fiero—Aide
Rylie Sidle—Aide


Volunteers are an important part of our school. Parents volunteer in many different areas from assisting in the preparation for school celebrations/events, to reading with individual students to chaperones on field trips. All volunteers that work directly with students must complete a volunteer registration form and be approved by the school administrator and the Board of Education prior to any volunteer events. The registration forms will be sent home in Friday folders the first week of school or you may pick up a volunteer registration form at the school office. The approval process does take a few weeks. We encourage you to register as a volunteer as soon as possible. Volunteers must complete a new form every school year.

Dryden School Age Child Care Program

We have openings in the Morning and Afternoon programs.

We open at 7:00 A.M and go till bell rings at 8:40. We have a snack, play games, have a craft, and go to gym. Cost is $5.50 per day per child. A $50.00 enrollment fee and a 2 week deposit is required before starting.

We start a 3:20 when bell rings and are open till 6:00. We have homework club, snack, a craft, games, and outside time in good weather (gym if not). Cost is $9.00 per day per child. A $50.00 enrollment fee and 2 week deposit is due before you start.

If you do both only one $50.00 enrollment fee is required.

Call Joyce Chamberlain at 607-229-8900 or email me at jchambe2@dryden.k12.ny.us

Counseling Corner

Welcome Back! We hope you had a great summer and are ready to start the school year. We will be providing you with information throughout the year about opportunities to help enhance students’ social and emotional growth.

If you have any concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact one of the elementary social workers. We look forward to working with you and your children.

Ellen Stelick
School Social Worker
Grades K-2 at Dryden, Freeville & Cassavant Elementary Schools
Dignity Act Coordinator, Freeville & Cassavant Elementary Schools
607-844-8694, ext 1424

Mary Hicks
School Social Worker
Grades 3-5 at Dryden Elementary, Dignity Act Coordinator, Dryden
607-844-8694, ext 1444

Allison Peyus
School Social Worker
Grades K-5 at Dryden Elementary, Dignity Act Coordinator, Dryden Elementary School
607-844-8694, ext 1483


A safe school environment is necessary in order for students to be able to learn and grow. Throughout the school year, we will be practicing as a school a variety of protocols and procedures to ensure that we can keep all students and staff safe in the event of an emergency. We will begin safety drills after the first week of classes. We must conduct 12 safety drills during the school year. NYS statute now requires that four of the safety drills be lock-down drills. A lock-down drill may include local law enforcement. In late September, we will conduct a lockdown drill. During a lockdown drill students and staff practice the correct response to an emergency situation that may include an intruder in the building. You will be notified, after the lockdown drill, that a practice drill was conducted. Should you be at the building during a lock-down drill, please follow school staff instructions on how to respond. If you come to the school while a lock-down drill is already in place you will not be allowed in the building until the drill is complete. We encourage you to speak with your child about how important it is to practice safety drills to be prepared for emergency situations. Thank you.


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 issue 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.

Car & Pedestrian Reminders

Please encourage your children to use the sidewalks to ensure their safety as they move to a car in the parking lot or walk home.
The small lower lot by the bus loop is Permit Parking Only.
Please refrain from parking in the handicap parking spaces during drop-off and pick-up times unless you have a certified handicap sticker on your vehicle.
Dryden Police 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.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to improve our facilities to support safety and accessibility.

Upcoming Events

9:00AM - 2:00PM
6:00PM - 7:00PM
(DES Library)

School Hours

8:55AM - 3:22PM

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

Any student arriving after 8:55AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

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