Dryden Community Schools Newsletter

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2020 Holiday Edition

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Superintendent's Message

At this time last year, we were preparing for a holiday filled with family gatherings and celebrations of the season. This year, much has changed. Our parties may be smaller. We may see our loved ones onscreen instead of in person. The festivities may be tempered with caution, but this remains the same: We are here for you.

If you or your family need assistance of any sort, please reach out and let us know.

To help explain what to do if you or a family member has been exposed to or has tested positive for COVID, the most updated information from the Lapeer County Health Department can be found below.

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced a Gatherings and Face Mask Order that will be in effect until December 20, 2020. Under this order, high schools are not permitted to hold in-person instruction, and K-12 athletics (practice and competition) and extra-curricular activities are suspended. Dryden Junior/Senior High School (grades 7-12) will continue with the remote learning schedule that started on November 17. Specific details (dates, times, and classes) can be found below in the high school section of this newsletter.

No changes will be made to the Dryden Elementary School schedule.

Winter Break is December 21-January 1. School resumes on January 4. If any other changes need to be made to our calendar or schedule due to health department guidelines, we will let you know as soon as we can.

We wish you the happiest holiday and the healthiest new year.

Yours in Education,

Mary Finnigan


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Dryden Junior/Senior High School News

Dear Cardinal Families,

Remote learning for grades 7-12 will continue through December 18. The revised class schedule can be found below.

We've passed the halfway point of the second quarter, and the end of the first semester is on the horizon. Please remind your student(s) to continue their successful study habits as they work toward completing their courses. Assistance from teachers can be received during online class meetings, office hours, via email, or through Google Classroom sites.

Exam days (and half days for students) are January 13, 14, and 15. Teachers have moved from test-based to project-based assessments for these days.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.


Mary Finnigan

Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal

Updated Remote Learning Schedule

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Congratulations, Miya Wolff! 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Dryden Junior/Senior High School is proud to announce senior Miya Wolff as Lapeer County’s only 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist.

Wolff reflected on her semifinalist status while preparing for the next level of competition. “I am honored to have the opportunity to apply and be considered for such an award,” she said. “It really makes me feel proud of the hard work I've put in throughout high school to get to where I am today.”

“We are extremely proud of Miya’s success,” stated Dryden Junior/Senior High School Counselor Kimberly Fleming. “Being named as a Merit Scholar Semifinalist is a direct result of Miya’s dedication to her academic work. I look forward to working with her as we complete her application to advance to the next level.”

Mary Finnigan, Dryden Community School Superintendent and Principal of Dryden Junior/Senior High School, echoed Fleming’s thoughts. “Miya has attended Dryden Schools since Kindergarten and has been completing advanced coursework since Junior High. We’re so happy to see her reap the rewards of years of hard work, and we wish her good fortune in the next step of the competition.”

Semifinalists Announced

The names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced in September. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Counselor's Corner

Class of 2021 Scholarship Information

Please join this Google Classroom for up-to-date information:


Class code: tkqmgtd

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Dryden Early College Academy Enrollment


Students enrolled in the Dryden Early College Academy have the opportunity to continue their education at one of six post-secondary institutions: Baker College, Ferris State University, Oakland University, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, or the University of Michigan-Flint.
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Dryden Elementary News

Dear Cardinal Families,

December is upon us already! I hope this letter finds you enjoying all the warmth and joy of the holiday season. I hope you are able to spend time with family and friends in a way that is safe.

We’ve had some cold weather already, and I want to remind you to make sure to send your child to school with appropriate winter clothing. Fresh air and outside play are a big part of our day and help to contribute to student success. Barring severe weather, our students will be going outside for recess. What do we consider appropriate clothing?

  • Grades K-4 - In order to play in the snow, students need boots and snow pants. A coat, hat, and gloves are a given.

  • Grades 5 and 6 - Boots and snow pants are recommended but not required to play in the snow. Once again, a coat, hat, and gloves are expected.

It is recommended that you write your child’s name in every piece of winter gear - from the boots on the bottom to the hat on the top and everything in between. It is incredible how many valuable articles of clothing end up in Lost and Found each week.

In the event of a major weather event or quarantine, we will be texting and emailing notifications to parents. Please make sure that you update the school with any changes in your contact information. If you get our texts, but not emails, we ask that you check other folders - spam, social, and promotion - for the emails. Also, some of you have our emails blocked. I doubt that people actively blocked us, so I wonder if this is some sort of automatic setting on your personal emails. Please check this. If those things all seem correct, please call our front office.

Lastly, I want to remind you that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  • Stay home if you’re sick

  • Wash their hands frequently

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

  • Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands

  • Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing

Thank you for your continued support of our school. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


Karen Roys


Dryden Elementary

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For more information or to register for the Cardinal Early Learning Academy, click here:


Kelly Fuerst

Central Administrator

Cardinal Early Learning Academy

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From the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

This Fall Sports Season, our student-athletes finished strong prior to the shutdown this November.

Our Cross Country team competed at the League Meet on Tuesday, October 20th. Both teams qualified for the Regional at the Pre-Regional in Mayville on Saturday, October 24th. Regionals were held on Saturday, October 31st at Wagener Park. Two runners qualified for States, finishing in the top 15, and followed up at States on Saturday, November 7th. Congratulations to Aiden Fitchett and Reed Hall!

NCTL All League:

Honorable Mention: Aiden Fitchett

Tri-City Times All Area:

Boys: First Team: Reed Hall, Aiden Fitchett

Girls: First Team: Ella Kage

Second Team: Ava DeVlaminck

Honorable Mention: Lily Finnigan, Audrey Napolitano

Our Volleyball team this year won the League Championship again and won the District Championship for the 3rd year in a row. Our Lady Cardinals moved onto Regionals at Mayville. They won in 4 sets against Midland Calvary Baptist to advance to the Regional finals against the Ubly Bearcats but lost a tough one.

NCTL All League:

First Team: Erin Boettcher, Abby Hurd, Erin Paton

Honorable Mention: Alyssa Daoud, Natalie Embree, Avery Grondin, Becca Weiss

Tri-City Times All Area:

First Team: Erin Boettcher, Abby Hurd, Erin Paton, Becca Weiss

Second Team: Alyssa Daoud, Avery Grondin

Honorable Mention: Ashley Hickmott

Coach of the Year: Chris Schenkel

Our Co-op Football team played great this season finishing 4-2 during the regular season. In the first round of playoffs, they lost a hard fought game to Cros-Lex and finished the season 4-3.

Our Winter Sports Season has been put on pause until at least Dec 9th. When it returns we will have the following activities:

High School:

  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Sideline Cheer
  • Bowling
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Wrestling

Junior High:

  • Boys Basketball (Jan/Feb)
  • Girls Basketball (Feb/Mar)

Please remember to check the Dryden Athletics page for the up to date schedule:


Just a reminder that all student-athletes must have a 2019 physical AND MHSAA Health Questionnaire or 2020 physical on file in the office in order to participate.

If you have any questions about athletics, please visit our page: https://www.drydenschools.org/o/dryden/page/athletics--1614

As always, Go Cardinals!

Ms. Loraine Brinker

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


It Starts In Dryden!

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Let's celebrate our #proudcardinal alumni!

We're looking for Dryden graduates of any and all years to feature on our social media pages. Fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/q9aZjWENFucIyxfx1

Dryden Community Schools School Board Meeting Schedule

December 14, 2020

January 11, 2021

February 8, 2021

March 8, 2021

April 12, 2021

May 10, 2021

June 14, 2021

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

will be held in the Dryden High School Library,

and are open to the public.

Attention: Masks MUST be worn in all buildings at this time.

If you plan to attend a board meeting, you must wear a mask.

Dryden Community Schools 2020-2021 Calendar

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Dryden Community Schools

Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary School Principal

Loraine Brinker

Athletic Director

Dryden Junior/Senior High School Assistant Principal

Mary Finnigan


Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal