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Downsville

Principal's Message
Timothy J. McNamara - Principal
Timothy J. McNamara - Principal

Dear Families,

As principal of Downsville Central School, it is my pleasure to welcome our students back for another year full of learning experiences at DCS. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and part of our Downsville community family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be college and career ready by the end of their studies here at Downsville Central School. At Downsville Central School, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize research-based best practices and analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and to set goals for growth and improvement.

We believe that all students should graduate from school prepared for the demands of the post-secondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship.

It is important for me to be a visible presence in the school building and to be an advocate for students, staff and parents. I do believe in a disciplined learning environment but feel that I am firm, fair, and caring. Children do work best when expectations for learning and behavior are clear and consistent.

Here are some important dates: 
  • September 7th - First Day of School
  • September 13th - Open House
  • October 6th - Superintendent Conference Day - No School
  • October 9th - No School
  • October 26th - Promoting Student Success Dinner
A new year brings changes to staffing.
  • We are very excited to introduce as our new third grade teacher. 
  • We are very excited to introduce Mrs Margaret Henderson as our new band teacher.
  • We are very excited to introduce Mrs Jean Derick as our new consumer science teacher.

You are your child’s first and most crucial teacher. If education is a priority for you, it will be for your child.

Here are a few simple ideas that might help you and your family gear up for the school year.

Setting the Stage for Success

Early mornings, school days, dinner, homework, sports, making lunches, baths…life can get very hectic very quickly as children go back to school. Following are few ideas to help organize your day for smoother mornings and successful evenings.

Backpack Landing

An organized entryway allows for quick morning departures. Children won’t be spending time looking for their back pack,shoes, coat, etc. Give each child a basket or bin to store shoes and backpacks and use sturdy hooks to hang coats. Add a bulletin board, calendar or dry erase board to remind family members of after school activities, appointments, field trips, and library book returns or to remember lunch money.

Afterschool Snack Basket

Use snack size baggies and fill a basket with healthy snacks for after school. Place the basket on the kitchen table or counter so children know where to find it.

Baggies make it easy for children to grab a snack on the go but small containers work well too! Some families create a snack drawer where children can find quick after school snacks.

Homework Caddy

Fill a tote basket or bucket with supplies (pencils, paper, crayons, ruler, calculator, etc.) needed to complete homework assignments. The great thing about the caddy is that it can be moved to where your child is doing homework and stored on a shelf when not in use.

Clothes Set and Ready

Encourage and work with your child to pick out clothes for the next school day…from top to bottom. Clothes placed in a basket or crate or folded and ready on the dresser reduce time spent picking out clothes in the morning and then finding out the one sweatshirt they wanted to wear isn’t clean.

Brush, Book, Bed, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has a simple message

1. Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.

2. Read a favorite book (or two)!

3. Get to bed at a regular time each night.

A predictable night time routine helps children understand and learn what to expect next. Visit www.healthychildren.org for more information and helpful resources.

  • Enroll your child in the RISE program.
  • Reinforce the DCS expectations that your child come to school ready to follow school rules, listen to adults, and be productive citizens in the DCS community.

I trust these few hints will help, and I hope this will be one of the best years ever! You can depend on us to do all that we can to be cooperative, helpful, and inspiring. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at [email protected] or call me at 363-2111.

Sincerely,

Timothy J. McNamara

Building Principal


Our Mission

Excellence

Achievement

Growth

Life-Long Learning

Equity

Strength of Character...Always Soaring Upward

The Eagle Way

We will...

  • recognize and value individual strengths
  • learn from our mistakes
  • enforce rules consistently and fairly
  • be accountable for our decisions and actions
  • encourage success in each other
  • model respect, responsibility, and passion for learning
Useful Links
14784 State Hwy 30 Downsville, NY 13755
P 607.363.2100
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