Downsville News
Class of 2016 News - Looking for Graduation Gowns

The Class of 2016 is looking for purple and white graduation gowns that could be used for this year's graduation.  A former graduating class had left their gowns as a gift to other classes that followed them; however, this year's class is larger.  Therefore, more gowns are needed.  If you have either a purple or white graduation gown(s) that you would be willing to donate, it would be appreciated.  You can drop them off at the visitor's desk at the school or by contacting the class advisors at or

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Friday, February 12th:     Superintendent's Conference Day -
No School for Students
Monday, February 15th:  President's Day Recess - No School - School Closed 
Tuesday, February 16th:  President's Day Recess - No School - Offices Open 

Guidance Office News

From Mrs. Menke:
We are in the process of organizing a great opportunity for our 9th grade students .... a Career Day!

And we need YOUR experiences!  Whether you are a nurse, mechanic, engineer, custodian or business owner -- we need you!  We are looking for a variety of people interested in spending some time talking to our students about their career.  

Many of our students are unaware of the career opportunities available to them and this is a fantastic way to provide them with first-hand knowledge of potential career paths.  This is also a great way for you to get involved in DCS and make an impact on the students' futures.  

If you are not interested but know someone who is, please give them (or us) the necessary contact information.  The DCS Career Day will be on March 24th.  More details to follow.  Please contact Holly Menke at 607-363-2117 or by February 19th if you are interested in participating.

Thank you in advance for your involvement. 
English Department News

DCS 11th Grader, Brady Gales, recently was the runner up in the Bright Hill Literacy Center Poetry Out Loud Event.  This is the National Endowment for the Arts high school poetry recitation competition, an opportunity for students to memorize and recite great poetry.  

Brady's selections for the competition were Thomas Hardy's "Channel Firing" and Bob Hicok's "Learning to Swim."   Brady will next compete in the regional competition in Oneonta were the poem he will recite is "England in 1819" by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Congratulations and great job!
Art News

DCS 10th Grader Richelle Gardner recently had one of her drawings selected for publication.  Richelle entered a contest that she had found online that pertained to wolves and was soon notified her drawing had been selected for the book Wolf Warriors II, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition Charity Anthology.  The book includes stories and artwork pertaining to the wolf.  The work included in the book range from students to professionals.   The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is an all-volunteer organization that speaks solely for the wolf and the proceeds earned from the book go to helping wolves. Richelle has won other awards through the years from winning a contest in Outdoor Life when she was in 5th grade to having various works published in Kites and Kings (a regional newsletter featuring art work, writings, etc of students in our area).  

Please click read more to view her picture.

Congratulations Richelle! 
Matthew Maley Wins DCS Spelling Bee!

The DCS Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, January 27th in the DCS Auditorium.  This year's winner was 6th grader Matthew Maley.  This year's bee lasted 11 rounds with Matthew and fellow classmate Tristan Reed going head to head for the last 7 rounds.  This year's championship word was "cyclone".   Matthew will now go on to represent DCS at the Scripps Regional Bee scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Goodrich Theatre at SUNY Oneonta in which he will be competing to represent our area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. 

There were 5 contestants all of whom are 6th graders in this year's bee including Matthew and Tristan. The others were Steven Brown, Gabe Cazzolla and Indiana Fox.  All five students displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the spelling bee.  

Congratulations and Good Luck to Matthew at the Regional Spelling Bee!

Jeans for Teens
Senior High Student Council is collecting gently used jeans for people in need. If you have jeans (any size) you would like to donate, please drop them off at the DCS Main Lobby anytime between now and February 19th.

Home Work Help - Common Core Math

Attention Parents

Is the Common Core Making you CRAZY!! Help is on the way!!

The authors of the common core modules, Eureka Math, have a website you can visit for help.

Go to click on support, then parent support, and finally homework help.  Not all the modules are there, this is new so they are adding more as the year progresses.  Check it out and see if it makes homework time easier!

 - Karen Alers Title I Coordinator

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