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Notice of Change in Enrollment Materials

Please note that there have been changes in our enrollment materials due to changes in federal and state regulations. We are now prohibiting any inquiry into immigration status. Additionally, we have expanded the list of acceptable documents that can be produced regarding proof of residency and proof of age.

The Board of Regents amended the requirements for the provision of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Click this link to read a letter explaining how Academic Intervention Services are provided in Dryden Schools.


Residents of the Dryden Central School District, who wish to have their child(ren) transported to a non-public school for 2016-2017 are reminded that the state established deadline for such requests is April 1 each year.

Click here for an application form.

Requests for the 2016-2017 school year should be addressed to Shelly Walker, District Clerk, Dryden Central School, P.O. Box 88, Dryden, NY 13053. Forms are also available at individual schools or the Dryden Central School Transportation Department. Questions regarding transportation may be addressed to the Transportation Supervisor at 844-4221.

Welcome to the Dryden Central School District!  We are located in the southern part of central New York State in Tompkins County.  The District encompasses an area of 110 square miles and serves a population of about 1600 students.
Sandra R. Sherwood, Superintendent

Community Planning Forum


Board of Education to Host

Community Planning Forum


February 6th, 2017 - 7:00-9:00 PM

MS/HS Library

The Board of Education will be hosting an informative evening concerning Dryden Schools' goals and challenges as we plan and budget for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Board of Education and District Administrative Team are interested in hearing from you at our Community Planning Forum on February 6th, 2017, in the middle school/high school library beginning at 7:00 pm and ending around 9:00 pm.


Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey.  The Board of Education and Administrators will review all comments, suggestions and concerns as part of the budget development process.


Thank you for the many ways the community supports our schools and our students.  We hope to see you on February 6th.

Dryden News


Dryden High School’s College and Career Prep class hosted a social media seminar designed to help students with social media usage and prepare them for life after high school. 

Ninth- and tenth-graders attended an event called #LikeItOrNot at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

The organizers wanted the students to grasp the importance of managing their digital profiles online. The students in Linda Bruno’s College and Career Prep class students were able to participate in an interactive presentation by a variety of speakers.

Professor of Communication and Media Arts, Dr. Chris Xaver, warned the students about the dangers of social media and the effects they could have on their future. She stressed the fact that “once students put something out there, it’s permanent.”

“Employers, colleges and parents are all looking at what is put into cyberspace,” said Dr. Xaver. She implored students to think about the future and plan accordingly.

Another speaker, Rhonda Kowalski (A Dryden alumna), had a simple but powerful message to tell the students: “Think before you act.” She presented a video about the dangers of stereotypes and perceptions, social media habits and cyberbullying. Bringing several students on stage, she demonstrated the effects words could have on classmates, and even teachers.

Students left the seminar with a new perspective on their social media use, which will hopefully spark positive and smart digital content in the future.


Dryden Central School District fifth-grade classes expanded their knowledge of the animal kingdom with the help of Cornell University science students.

Cornell students stopped by during the school day for three different sessions to teach Dryden students the science of the world around them. They brought snakes, spiders and insects that the fifth-graders were able to interact with if they were brave enough to hold them. The presenters spent time explaining the features of each creature.

Classes participated in activities out in the hallway to reinforce the concepts that they had learned. The students were excited to learn about the habitats of fish and the flow of minerals through rivers demonstrated by a bead-moving activity.  


Legislative Contacts

Please contact our legislators to let them know your thoughts on school mandates and school funding.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
District Office
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 277-8030

Senator James Seward
District Office 3
4030 West Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 758-9005



The Dryden Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our emergency notification system.  The contact information in SchoolMessenger is pulled from our student information system, schooltool.  Therefore, if you would like changes made to your SchoolMessenger contact information please contact the following people:

Michele Wendel at the Elementary School
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Tami Natale at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Gail Piger at the High School


The schooltool mobile application is now available to parents and students.  You may log in to see information regarding current schedules, assignments and attendance.  To get started using the schooltool mobile app:

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Bullying, harassment, and discrimination are serious and will not be tolerated within the Dryden Central School District. Please click here for the form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or discrimination. This completed form should be returned to the principal, assistant principal, or Dignity Act Coordinator at the student’s school.


Dignity Act Coordinators

Dryden High & Middle Schools: 844-8694 ext. 4204

     Kate Benas (kbenas1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Dryden Elementary School: 844-8694 ext.1444 or 1483

     Mary Hicks  (mhicks1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

     Allison Peyus  (apeyus1@dryden.k12.ny.us)

Freeville & Cassavant Elementary School: 844-8694 ext. 1424

     Ellen Stelick  (estelic1@dryden.k12.ny.us)


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School Tax Collection

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Mission Statement

Dryden Schools promote academic achievement and youth development, preparing students for lives of productive employment, sound relationships, and responsible citizenship in our community and the world.

Vision Statement

The Dryden Central School District is an outstanding place to live and attend school because of its shared commitment to the highest quality education and the safest, most productive academic environment. Children are prepared for their school years by the time they reach kindergarten and prepared for success in college when they leave high school. Instruction and performance data are to be exemplary. Staff turnover is low because morale is high. A stable staff with high morale assumes continuity for students from year to year. Students know that all members of the district respect them, protect them, and show them, by example, that learning leads to a more fulfilling life. Funding for schools is sufficient without undue burden on local taxpayers. Facilities are safe, clean, and renovated on a scheduled and affordable basis.

Safety Reminder

Lockdowns occur when there is an awareness of a situation requiring investigation in the building.  Once the investigation is completed, the lockdown is lifted and classes resume.  The purpose of any lockdown is to assure student and staff safety.