Dryden Community Schools

Fall 2021 Back To School Edition

From the Superintendent

Dear Dryden Families,


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope you had a fun-filled and relaxing summer and are ready for a fresh start when school begins.


We are looking forward to seeing you at Dryden Junior/Senior High School’s Cardinal Day on August 17 and/or Dryden Elementary’s Sno Cone Social on August 18. Please come meet your teachers and get your school picture taken.


The first day of school for students is Monday, August 23, and is a full day of school. EdTech classes will not be held on August 23. This year’s entire calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.


Although we all hope the worst of the pandemic is behind us, we will of course adjust instruction and policies as required by local, state, or federal government agencies.


In accordance with CDC policy, face masks or coverings are recommended in the school buildings at this time in our district and all others in Lapeer County. Federal law requires all students who utilize bus transportation to wear them on the bus. We will continue cleaning and disinfecting regularly and will encourage proper hygiene and handwashing at all levels.


At this time, we are offering in-person learning only for students in grades K-5 at Dryden Elementary School.


We will offer synchronous learning in the first semester for students in grades 6-12. A decision about synchronous learning for the second semester will be made at a later date.


If a family chooses synchronous learning, please note the following expectations:

  • To the extent possible, students will notify teachers by 7:00 a.m. via email that they will attend synchronously.

  • Students must be up and ready to learn when class begins.

  • Students must participate in class, including turning on cameras, speaking via microphone when asked to do so, typing thoughts into the chat, and contributing to class discussions.

  • Students must remain in camera view during class.

  • If students do not answer when asked to speak, they will be marked absent from class.

  • Students must have reliable technology, including an internet connection, camera, microphone, and a way to submit completed work. Chromebooks will be issued to students.

  • Athletes must attend classes in person on game days and post-game days.

  • State assessments must be completed in the school building.


Families of Dryden Junior/Senior High School students interested in another fully online option are invited to join the Dryden Virtual Academy. Students enrolled in the Dryden Virtual Academy work through courses at their own pace, are in regular contact with a mentor at Dryden Junior/Senior High School, and are eligible to participate in all extra-curricular activities. Enrollment requires a minimum commitment of one semester.


Unlike last year when a credit/no credit option was given to students at higher grade levels, letter grades will be assigned for coursework this year. We also anticipate midterm and final exams for high school courses.


We are extremely happy to add some new Cardinals to our staff this year to fill vacancies created by retirements, increased enrollment, and internal transfers to best meet the needs of our students. Please welcome them to our family!

  • Dryden Elementary Principal: Mrs. Stacey Abromaitis
  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Laura Sawicki
  • 1st Grade: Mrs. Jamie Adams
  • 3rd Grade: Mrs. Breanne Palmerini
  • 4th Grade: Ms. Alyssa Gorski
  • 5th Grade: Mrs. Lisa Birkett
  • 6th Grade: Mrs. Jessica Bonesteel
  • Dryden Junior/Senior High School Math and Special Education: Mr. Kevin Shute


We are all excited about the beginning of a new school year and the opportunities to build lasting relationships with our students and families. Whether you are new to our district or have returning students, we hope this year holds increased knowledge and exciting activities for you.


If you haven't already, please consider downloading our Dryden App. You will be able to stay updated on everything Dryden!


As always, please reach out to us if we can help you in any way.


Yours in Education,

Mary Finnigan

Superintendent

Get the Dryden App!

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Lapeer County Return to School Update

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EdTech classes will not be held on August 23.

Dryden Virtual Academy

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Dryden Spirit Wear

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Immunizations

All incoming Begindergarten, Kindergarten, and 7th Grade Students must be up-to-date on their immunizations by this fall. Lapeer County Health Department has the Tdap., Meningitis, and Chickenpox (varicella) vaccines along with all CDC and ACIP recommended vaccines available for children needing them to meet school requirements.


Call 810-667-0448 to see if your child’s immunizations are up-to-date before the new school year this fall. If you choose to get a waiver, you must make an appointment with the Lapeer County Health Department to receive one.


Please mail, bring to the high school office, or fax to 810-796-3698, a copy of your child’s updated immunization record on or before Monday, August 23, 2021. If you have any further questions, please contact Lori Hall at 810-448-4090 or at lhall@dryden.k12.mi.us

School of Choice

The School of Choice window is now open through August 26, 2021. Applications MUST be submitted by August 26 to either the High School or Elementary School secretaries. School of Choice applications can be found on our website under the For Parents tab. Please feel free to contact Lori Hall at lhall@dryden.k12.mi.us or 810-448-4090 for more information.

Cardinal Early Learning Academy

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Cardinal Club is open from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please contact Mrs. Fuerst for more information or to enroll your child (810)796-2201, ext. 4085 or kfuerst@dryden.k12.mi.us


Our teachers will reach out with specific supplies needed. Sending in a labeled water bottle is highly recommended.


NEW PARKING INFORMATION:

ALL Early Childhood parking for INFANTS through THREE-YEAR-OLDS will be in the back of the building in the southeast corner parking lot; access that lot using Pleasant Street. Busses will continue to use the main back service drive. Please do not drive around the back of the building or park on the service drive when dropping off or picking up your child. The back door, by the fenced-in playground and back steps, will be used for drop off and pick up. We are in the process of getting the buzzer installed; please be patient as we work to get this and parking lot repairs completed as soon as possible. ALL FOUR-YEAR-OLD TUITION PRESCHOOL, GSRP, and HEADSTART will park in the north parking lot and meet their teachers there.

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Dryden Elementary School News

Dear Cardinal Families,


Welcome back! We are excited you are here: Dryden Elementary- where it all begins!


Our vision is to build on the already amazing things we have going on and move our school to the next level. We will focus on creating and maintaining a positive school culture, instilling and nurturing a growth mindset for all, and making data-driven decisions.


We have a number of new staff: Mrs. Abromaitis is our new principal. Our new teachers include: Mrs. Adams (1st grade), Mrs. Birkett (5th grade), Mrs. Bonesteel (6th grade), Ms. Gorski (4th grade), Mrs. Palmerini (3rd grade), Mrs. Sawicki (Kindergarten) and Ms. Sobek (tech).


Several teachers have changed grade levels or positions in the building: Mrs. Lowe, formerly Ms. Hoisington (1st grade), Mrs. Howell (6th grade), Mrs. Maday (math coach and interventions), Mrs. Raymer (2nd grade), and Mrs. Roys (literacy and interventions).


But don’t worry; there will still be some familiar faces in their normal places: Ms. Haddad and Ms. Highley (special education), Mrs. Campbell (Kindergarten), Mrs. Klann (music/band), Mrs. Margrif (gym), and Mrs. Torok (art).


Drop off, Pick up, and Parking:

Student safety is priority one. Please use CAUTION and extend grace and kindness.

  • Parking: Spaces in front of the building are limited to 10-minute parking during school hours. If you have business with the school that exceeds 10 minutes, please park in the north parking lot. For everyone’s safety, the front of the building is not a designated drop-off or pick-up spot. All Early Childhood program parking has been re-assigned: INFANTS through THREE-YEAR-OLDS will be in the back of the building in the southeast corner parking lot. ALL FOUR-YEAR-OLD TUITION PRESCHOOL, GSRP, and HEADSTART will park in the north parking lot.

  • Drop-off: The building will open at 8:15 a.m. Busses will drop students off in the back of the building on the service drive. Parents may use the loop lane next to the sidewalk in the north lot to drop off students. This lane is NOT for standing or parking in the morning. It MUST be a continuous loop for traffic to flow properly off of Mill Street. Parents who wish to escort their children to the building must park in a parking spot. Students may not be dropped off in front of the building unless school is already in session for the day.

  • Pick-up: Teachers will escort students out of the building at dismissal time. Students riding the bus will board the bus. Students who are being picked up will meet their parents at the designated location. The loop lane in the north lot is reserved for those who need it and is limited to the number of cars that fit alongside the sidewalk. If the sidewalk spaces are full, parents must park and walk to meet their children. We cannot have cars blocking the bus lane or flowing onto Mill Street waiting in the loop lane as this is a safety hazard. Parents who need the loop lane should not exit the car and walk to meet their child. The loop lane should clear out quickly and safely. Again, please use care and caution. Teachers will then escort the students who walk out the front doors of the building.


COVID- 19 Mitigation Strategies:

We must prepare to be flexible and fluid regardless of our personal position as the narrative continues to change almost daily with regard to this topic. We are monitoring the situation closely. As in the past, we will follow the guidelines set forth by federal, state, and/or local authorities. We will continue to do our best at social distancing when possible, regular cleaning and sanitizing, and encouraging good personal hygiene. Masks are recommended in the school building in accordance with CDC guidelines.


At this time, we are offering in-person learning only for students in grades K-5 at Dryden Elementary School.


We will offer synchronous learning in the first semester for students in grade 6 with the following expectations:

  • To the extent possible, students will notify teachers by 7:00 a.m. via email that they will attend synchronously.

  • Students must be up and ready to learn when class begins.

  • Students must participate in class, including turning on cameras, speaking via microphone when asked to do so, typing thoughts into the chat, and contributing to class discussions.

  • Students must remain in camera view during class.

  • If students do not answer when asked to speak, they will be marked absent from class.

  • Students must have reliable technology, including an internet connection, camera, microphone, and a way to submit completed work. Chromebooks will be issued to students.

  • Athletes must attend classes in person on game days and post-game days.

  • State assessments must be completed in the school building.


Unlike last year when a credit/no credit option was given to students at higher grade levels, letter grades will be assigned for coursework this year.


If you have any questions, or if we can help in any way, please reach out to us at (810)796-2201.


Sincerely,

Stacey Abromaitis

Principal

Dryden Elementary

Please be advised that the school playground is closed to the public year-round from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families are welcome to use the facility after hours and on weekends. Please remember that children must be supervised at all times. Smoking, vaping, and alcohol consumption are prohibited on school property.

Sno Cone Social

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Come enjoy a cool treat (compliments of the PTA)!

It will be held outdoors in the back of the school.

Please park in the parking lot north of the building.

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School supplies

Supply lists were emailed home on August 2, 2021. Click below to access the lists.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Monday, August 23, 2021. There will be no school on Friday, August 27 and September 3, or Monday, September 6, 2021. The Dryden Elementary building will open to students at 8:15 a.m. daily when school is in session. Students are expected to be in class and ready to learn by 8:30 a.m.; otherwise, they will be marked tardy. At dismissal, students are expected to exit the building unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or Cardinal Club staff.

Office Hours

The Dryden Elementary office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to answer questions and enroll students through August 20. Regular hours (8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) resume Monday, August 23.
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Dryden Junior/Senior High School News

Dear #proudcardinal Families and Students,


Happy New School Year! We are excited to see you at Cardinal Day on August 17. Students can pick up their schedules, meet their teachers, and get their school pictures taken from 4:00-7:00 p.m.


Our custodial staff has been hard at work this summer getting the building ready for you. While we hope to see all of our students in person, we are offering synchronous learning for students in grades 7-12 for the first semester with the following expectations:

  • To the extent possible, students will notify teachers by 7:00 a.m. via email that they will attend synchronously.

  • Students must be up and ready to learn when class begins.

  • Students must participate in class, including turning on cameras, speaking via microphone when asked to do so, typing thoughts into the chat, and contributing to class discussions.

  • Students must remain in camera view during class.

  • If students do not answer when asked to speak, they will be marked absent from class.

  • Students must have reliable technology, including an internet connection, camera, microphone, and a way to submit completed work. Chromebooks will be issued to students.

  • Athletes must attend classes in person on game days and post-game days.

  • State assessments must be completed in the school building.


Unlike last year when a credit/no credit option was given to students, letter grades will be assigned for coursework during the 2021-2022 school year. We also anticipate midterm and final exams for high school courses.


We can't wait to see you! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Warmly,

Mary Finnigan

Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal

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Early College Enrollment is open!

The Early College High School Initiative provides students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an Associate degree or up to two years of college credit by taking a mixture of high school and college classes.


Dryden High School partners with the following institutions: Oakland University, Ferris State University, University of Michigan - Flint, Mott Community College, Macomb Community College, and Baker College.


Feel free to contact Mrs. Fleming for additional information (kfleming@dryden.k12.mi.us).

Yearbooks are here!

Dryden High School Yearbooks have arrived!

Pick up your pre-ordered copy at Cardinal Day on Tuesday, August 17 from 4-7 p.m.

A limited number of extra copies will be available for $80 each.

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Counselor's Corner

Financial Aid Night

Class of 2022 (and any other interested individuals):

Financial Aid Night - General Information

8/31/21

6 p.m.

Dryden High School Library

FAFSA Workshop

Class of 2022

FAFSA Workshop

11/10/21

6 p.m.

Dryden High School Library

Class of 2022 - Senior Remind

Senior Parents and Students, sign up to receive messages about everything Senior Year!

Text @e6b67k

To 81010

Class of 2022- Scholarship Remind

Seniors, sign up to receive messages when new scholarships become available!

Text @16296

To 81010


Mrs. Fleming will invite all seniors to her Google Classroom for scholarship resources.

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PSAT/NMSQT - Class of 2023

10/13/21

7:25 a.m.

Multi-Purpose Room

Kimberly Fleming

Counselor

Dryden Junior/Senior High School

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News from the Athletic Director

As another summer winds down, I would like to welcome everyone back for what is sure to be a great year! Our student-athletes have been prepping for this season during summer workouts, team camps, and scrimmages. I look forward to seeing everyone throughout the year at our athletic events supporting our Dryden Cardinals.


For any student who wants to participate this upcoming year, please get your physical turned into the office ASAP. When you turn in your physical form, you will be given a try-out card to give to your coach on the first day of practice. You will NOT be allowed to try out without this card. The physical form can either be picked up at the HS office or printed from the MHSAA website. (https://www.mhsaa.com/Schools/Forms-Resources)


Here are the High School start dates for each sport this season.

Fall:

  • August 9: Cross Country, Football (co-op), Sideline Cheer (co-op), and Volleyball


Winter:

  • November 8: Girls Basketball and Competitive Cheer

  • November 15: Boys Basketball and Bowling


Spring:

  • March 14: Baseball, Golf, Girls Soccer (co-op), Softball, and Track & Field


We also offer the following Junior High sports.

  • Fall: Cross Country, Football (co-op), Sideline Cheer (co-op), and Volleyball

  • Winter: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, and Cheer

  • Spring: Track & Field, Baseball (7/8th Grade only), and Softball (7/8th Grade only)


Our first events are as follows:

  • Friday, Aug 20 @ 5:00 p.m.---Football Scrimmage

  • Tuesday, Aug 24 @ 5:30 p.m. ---Varsity Volleyball vs Almont

  • Friday, Aug 27 @ 7:00 p.m.---Varsity Football vs Durand

  • Tuesday, Aug 31 @ 4:00 p.m. ---Cross Country Mustang Invitational


The rest of the schedule can be found on our school website or at this link:

https://www.drydenschools.org/page/athletics


REMINDER!

Students, please be sure to bring your IDs to all of our home events to get in for FREE. This also includes the football games at Imlay City for all levels. If you have any questions, please ask Ms. Brinker.


We would also like to thank the Dryden Athletic Boosters for their support and gracious gift of the two new Pixellot Systems. These new camera systems have been installed in the HS Gym and Stremler Field. We will schedule our games on the NFHS Network so Cardinal Fans will be able to enjoy the game from anywhere. Please follow this link to start your access today.

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/


Let’s have a great year! #PROUDCardinal!

Ms. Loraine Brinker

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

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Parent Ads for Graduating Seniors

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DRYDEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE

September 13, 2021

October 11, 2021

November 8, 2021

December 13, 2021

January 10, 2022

February 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

April 11, 2022

May 9, 2022

June 13, 2022


All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.,

will be held in the Dryden High School Library,

and are open to the public.

DRYDEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2021-2022 CALENDAR

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