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. 


2019-2020 School Supply Lists

Supply Lists PK-5 19-20.pdf

Principal’s Message

First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for helping make my first year at Dryden Elementary School an amazing one. I have enjoyed meeting many of you, and have loved getting to know the great students and staff we have here at DES. I look forward to many more years here.

They say that time changes things. That’s true for us here at Dryden Elementary, too. Here are some changes you can expect for next school year:
Assistant Principal King has accepted a principal position at another District. We will miss him and wish him the best.

The James Street drop off and pick up routine will change, as the James Street improvements will be finalized this summer. More information will be forthcoming.
We will continue our work with Positive Behavior Intervention Systems. We hope to increase opportunities for celebrating student successes.
We will increase our number of Pre K classrooms from two to three. We look forward to having 54 of our youngest students here at DES.

I look forward to next school year and the changes it will bring. Please know that teacher placement will continue all summer as students move in and out. Families will be notified of their child(ren)’s placement in late August.

Again, it has been my pleasure to work with you and your children this year. As always, please contact me with questions or concerns.
~Dawn Wenzel, Principal

Assistant Principal's Message


I can't believe the end of the year is upon us. It has been a very exciting year here at DES. There have been many memorable moments throughout this year and I hope that all of you will look back with as fond of memories as we have here. From the many concerts to the varying events held in the building, and field trips the students attended have allowed all of us to create new friendships and strengthen existing ones. However, with the end of the year coming, we must all begin to prepare to say our goodbyes.

It is with mixed emotions that I will say my goodbyes this year as the Assistant Principal here at DES. As of July 1st, I will be moving on to Cherry Road Elementary School as their principal. Cherry Road is located in the Westhill School District in the western suburbs of Syracuse. This decision was not an easy one to come to after establishing relationships here in Dryden over the past two and a half years. However, after discussing with my family, we decided it was best for me to be a bit closer to home, and it is the next step on my administrative journey.

I will always look back at these two and a half years I have spent at DES as extremely formative to me as a leader. I will always carry with me the many lessons I have learned while being the Assistant Principal here. I have greatly valued getting to know all of you and will miss many of the conversations we have had in the coming months. I will miss all of the students and families at Dryden and hope great things for all of your futures.

~Brett King, Assistant Principal

Band & Chorus Concert

Congratulations to the 3rd & 4th graders on a fabulous band and chorus concert. All of the students did a fantastic job singing, performing, and speaking in front of such a large audience. The concert was a joint effort between the Third Grade chorus and the 4th Grade Cub Band. This concert kicks off the band recruitment season. Mr. Phillips-Burdge and Mrs. Lutz worked exceptionally hard to prepare students for this event. and we appreciate all the hard work that they do. Their expert leadership allowed the student’s lion pride to shine through.
Congratulations to all the students in the chorus and band for a job well done!

Safety Concern

As the weather turns nicer, many students are taking advantage of the change in the seasons and are walking or riding their bike to school. Please keep this in mind as you approach the school grounds in your car. The speed limit on all the streets that boarder the school is 15 mph. If your child rides their bike to school, please keep in mind that New York State requires children to wear a helmet when riding a bike. If your child walks, please review with them the proper use of crosswalks and sidewalks, as well as, the safest points to cross a street if they need to do so on their walk to and from school. We appreciate everyone's help keeping all of our students safe.


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.

Upcoming Events

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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.

Summer Office hours

The Dryden Elementary School will be open from 8am - 3pm Monday-Friday.  We will be CLOSED on July 3rd & 4th for the holiday.

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