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Enjoy Ice Cream on September 28th for our WHITE CHAMPS Winners! Enjoy Ice Cream on September 28th for our WHITE CHAMPS Winners!: (9/17/18)   This month if you achieve the target of 50 CHAMPS tickets then you are a CHAMPS winner! CHAMPS winners are  C ourageous, H ardworking,  A chiever,  M otivated,  P ersistent,  S cholarly, ...
Back to School Parent Engagement Tips Back to School Parent Engagement Tips: (9/12/18) Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As we work together in Building Our Future and helping to prepare our students for #SCSDSuccess, our families play a critical role. Here are some helpful tips from our school teachers and administrators on how parents and guardians can best become active partners ...
Do You Have Back to School Questions? #SCSDCares Do You Have Back to School Questions? #SCSDCares: (9/10/18) WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME OUR STUDENTS & STAFF BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE 2018 - 19 SCHOOL YEAR! As with any new beginning, a new school year comes with questions and unknowns. To serve as a resource for families, several Syracuse City School District departments ...
2018-19 School Supply Lists By Grade 2018-19 School Supply Lists By Grade: (7/27/18) Kindergarten 2 Boxes - Crayons 1 pack- Expo Markers 24 Pencils 4 Elmer’s Glue Sticks 1 Back Pack- full size 2 Boxes - Facial Tissues 1 Box - Ziploc bags                          ...
You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions: (1/22/18) The Syracuse City School District is pleased to host a series of Kindergarten Information Sessions! If you are a city resident with a child who will be five years old by 12/1/18 (born between 12/2/12 and 12/1/13), you are invited to attend. Information Sessions are an opportunity to meet the principal ...
Van Duyn Leaves Scarves for MLK Day of Service Van Duyn Leaves Scarves for MLK Day of Service: (1/16/18) Mrs. McCann's 5th grade class wanted to give back on Martin Luther King Jr Day, a day of service. They decided they would collect scarves and hang them around downtown for those who were cold or needed one. The 5th grade students wrote notes on the scarves saying "I am not lost, take me its ...
Van Duyn Ninja Warrior! Van Duyn Ninja Warrior!: (12/4/17) Every month Van Duyn holds a White CHAMPS incentive, where students who show good behavior and earn at least 50 White CHAMPS or 50 Dojos get to participate in a fun activity. The month of November set up a challenge for the students....could they be a Van Duyn Ninja Warrior! Inside the gym there ...
Van Duyn Holds a Sock Hop! Van Duyn Holds a Sock Hop!: (12/4/17) Tis the season for giving and Van Duyn Elementary School is giving back! Fifth Graders at Van Duyn Elementary School decided that they wanted to do something to help during this holiday season. Together, they decided they would hold a Sock Hop Dance. Students from all grade levels were invited to come ...
Syracuse City Ballet comes to Van Duyn Syracuse City Ballet comes to Van Duyn: (11/1/17) On Novemeber 1st, Syracuse City Ballet came to give Van Duyn's second, third and fourth graders an introduction to the ballet, The Nutcracker. The Syracuse City Ballet talked about the history of ballet and dicussed some of the names and steps to ballet. Student volunteers were even invited up to ...
Van Duyn Celebrates Fall and Halloween! Van Duyn Celebrates Fall and Halloween!: (11/1/17) This year Van Duyn decided to welcome the fall weather and the Halloween holiday in style. First, Van Duyn's White CHAMPS incentive for the month included a Fall Harvest Festival. Students who had over 50 white CHAMPS or 50 Dojo points were able to attend and participate in a variety of fall activities. ...
Pep Rally for the CHAMPS Pep Rally for the CHAMPS: (9/18/17) On Friday September 15th, Van Duyn Elementary School held their first Pep Rally of the year. Each grade level worked together to come up with a cheer or a skit to celebrate the aspects of being a CHAMP. Pre-K created a sign and cheered on Van Duyn for being COURAGOUS. (pictured). Kindergarten ...
Welcome Back Van Duyn CHAMPS! Welcome Back Van Duyn CHAMPS!: (9/6/17) Happy 1st Day of School! Van Duyn Elementary wants to welcome back all of our "Van-tastic" students, parents, family and community members. We had a wonderful turn out this morning where parents, teachers and members of the community gathered around to high-five, congratulate, and cheer ...
SCSD Students Become Avid Readers Thanks to Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge SCSD Students Become Avid Readers Thanks to Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge: (8/9/17) As part of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, SCSD students were tasked with reading as much as they could this summer. Their minutes spent reading were tallied, and Mayor Miner visited classrooms with the most minutes read at each school building to present students with a bookmark, sunglasses ...
Van Duyn Participates in Rocket Team Competition! Van Duyn Participates in Rocket Team Competition!: (6/5/17) This year, seven 5th graders from Van Duyn Elementary School participated in CNY Rocket Team Competition. Students worked in teams to create their own rocket, which they launched to see for high and far their rocket could go. While Van Duyn did not win, the students had a lot of fun and the girls team ...
2017 Math Bee Winners! 2017 Math Bee Winners!: (6/5/17) This year Van Duyn Elementary held its 2nd Annual Math Bee Competition beginning the week of April 4th, 2017. The Math Bee worked to improve the math fluency skills of our students. Students from Pre-K through 5th grade participated and the top 10 students moved on to the semi-final round. On April ...
Teacher Feature: Dana Crockett, Van Duyn Teacher Feature: Dana Crockett, Van Duyn: (5/9/17) As a student in school, Dana Crockett did not like math.   “You know how there are people who are math people are people who aren’t?” she reflected. “I was one of those who didn’t get it.”   Imagine the irony, then, that now, years later, Ms. Crockett ...
March's White CHAMP's Incentive: Staff Basketball Game! March's White CHAMP's Incentive: Staff Basketball Game!: (4/3/17) For the month of March, Van Duyn wanted to make their White CHAMPS incentive a special one. With March Madness and basketball fever it was decided that Van Duyn would hold a Staff Basketball game. Students who had achieved 50 white CHAMPS or 50 Classroom Dojo points were able to attend the game where ...
Van Duyn's Van Duyn's "Tar Beach" Event!: (4/3/17) Van Duyn Elementary School worked with the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority to host a "Tar Beach" event at Van Duyn Elementary School. The sorority members read Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach to our 2nd graders. After the story the second graders made their own quilt pieces using cut outs from magazines. ...
Data Coaches Help SCSD Schools Improve Student Outcomes Data Coaches Help SCSD Schools Improve Student Outcomes: (3/1/17) Among the entire SCSD, Danforth Middle School saw the most reductions in chronic absences and office referrals in the first half of the 2016-17 school year. Principal Gene Jones attributes these improvements largely to the school’s use of data to target at-risk students and implement early interventions. ...
Door Decorating Contest Winners! Door Decorating Contest Winners!: (2/27/17) Every year Van Duyn Elementary holds a Black History Month door decorating contest. Classrooms chose a famous African American and then decorated their door based on that person and their achievements. Every class in the school participated and during African American Read In Day our readers went door ...



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