Superintendent's Message

Dear DCS Community:

At DCS our goal is to prepare students for the 21st Century by engaging all learners in meaningful learning experiences that meet the highest educational and ethical standards in a caring, collaborative learning community supported through partnerships with parents and families, businesses, civic organizations and higher education. We believe our Vision, Mission and Statement of Beliefs support that.


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 





Life-long learning


Strength of Character…Always Soaring Upwards

Statement of Beliefs

All Students can Learn.


We value 21st century learning, knowledge and skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. These skills are integrated throughout our curriculum and are essential for children to succeed in college, career and citizenship.

Most importantly, at all levels of learning we strive for academic excellence and rigor by engaging student minds. Learning is designed with a focus on hands-on, mind-on, problem-solving challenges.

Our desire to become an exemplary 21st century learning community whose graduates are prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected, changing world is clearly evident in our actions and priorities.

Parental support is key to a child’s success in learning and in life, so we believe it is essential to develop strong lines of communication between home and school throughout the year. This website, in addition to our Student-Parent Portal, district Facebook page and other communication tools are valuable resources containing information on how parents can stay connected and informed with their child’s school and his/her individual academic progress.

We invite parents to be actively involved in their child’s education and we extend an invitation to the entire community to join us at school activities and events as often as possible. We value your talent, ideas, involvement, engagement and support for learning. Together, we can help Downsville Central School children achieve success!

Educationally yours,

John P. Evans

Contact Information

Robert Rhinehart
School Superintendent
(607) 363 - 2100