Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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DPS students holding decorated rocksIn honor of former Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School graduate Tommy O’Neil, students in Mrs. D’Amico’s 5th grade class painted #TommyRocks with Student Teacher Emily Velasquez. The students will be hiding their decorated rocks throughout the year in places that are special to them. Pictures of hidden and found rocks will be posted on Facebook with #TommyRocks as a tribute to Tommy. 

Tommy, who graduated from DPS in 2009 and Columbia High School in 2016, was killed in a car accident this past May on his way home from college. Tommy was an outstanding student and athlete in the East Greenbush Central School District.

“As tribute to an amazing 20 year old young man tragically taken from us in May of 2019, we are taking our love for Tommy and painting rocks to hide, to bring joy to those that find them,” the #TommyRocks Facebook group says. “If found, please share a photo of the rock and location you found it so that we can see how far we can spread our love! We hope our rocks bring you a smile, as them being found brings us joy!”