Van Duyn Elementary

Eva Williams


David Guertin
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

David Guertin
Molly Phelps

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4660
Attendance Office: (315) 435-4660
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-4618

School Address:

401 Loomis Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13207

School Hours:

8:50 AM-4:00 PM


***Check out our Parent/ Student Handbook - located under Important Documents

Getting Back To Greatness Tutoring Program! 
At Van Duyn, our 2017 mantra is “Getting Back to Greatness NOW (No Opportunity Wasted)”. Our goal is to become a New York State School in “Good Standing”. To do this, your child, along with all other 3-5 grade students in New York must take and pass the New York State Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics (a passing score is 3 or above).
Beginning on February 9th, 2017 we will begin FREE tutoring sessions at Van Duyn Elementary School for all students in grades 2-5.  Students will receive tutoring in Math, Writing and Language Arts. These tutoring sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday. There will be no transportation provided by the Syracuse City School District or Van Duyn. Students will either walk home or have parents pick them up at 5:30pm. Snacks will be provided prior to tutoring. A Parent Academy will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 to provide parents with information to understand the NYS Assessments and how to best support their child with testing.  Students must have a signed permission slip and information regarding their transportation home to participate in this FREE tutoring program. Your child will be recieving a application. Please sign and return it no later than February 6th, 2017. We are looking forward to Getting Back to Greatness at Van Duyn!

 Please review the schedule below for exact times and dates that tutoring will be held. 




Spring Scholastic Book Fair is Coming March 13th- March 17th! 

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! On March 13th - March 17th Van Duyn's Spring Book Fair will take place. The book fair is open from 8:30am -4:30pm. Students will have time to visit the book fair during their library time as well as other free periods during their day. The book fair is a wonderful way to bring new and exciting books into your home and help your child practice reading. If your child brings in just $6 dollars the librarian can help them find a perfect book. We will also be holding our "Got Caught Reading!" contest the week before the book fair. Students who are 'Caught Reading' by their teacher will receive a ticket to enter into the 'Caught Reading' raffle. During the book fair, every morning, 4 students will be picked from the raffle to select a free book from the book fair. So make sure your child remembers to read!


School News
Data Coaches Help SCSD Schools Improve Student Outcomes: 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.   “We’ve used data to see where we need to make improvements, where our challenges are and where our strengths are,” Mr. Jones explained. “We also use data ... more >>
Door Decorating Contest Winners!: 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 to door and judged each door on it's creativity, neatness and theme. We broke down the contest by grade level. We had a Pre-K winner, a K-2 winner, a 3-5 winner and finally a staff door winner. ... more >>
Van Duyn's African American Read In Day!: In February, Van Duyn Elementary loves to celebrate Black History Month by studying and learning about all accomplishments and contributions from African Americans. To celebrate African American authors and illustrators Van Duyn Elementary holds a African American Read In Day. During this day, community members, staff from the district, and volunteers all come in and read a picture book written by an African American to every classroom in every grade. The students loved the stories and many readers ... more >>
Student Test Scores Show Increase in Achievement: SCSD students made strong gains in the first half of the school year, according to new data highlighting student growth on the STAR ELA and Math Assessments.   The STAR assessments are administered to students in kindergarten through 11 th grade each year in September, December and May and are a screening and progress monitoring tool, showing teachers and school staff students’ baseline knowledge, as well as areas for intervention, remediation or acceleration.   ... more >>
5th Grade Participates in Hour of Code!: 5th grade students at Van Duyn Elementary participated in Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement where students from around the world have an introduction to computer science and coding. Students went on and got to choose from a variety of one-hour tutorials. Students will continue to learn about coding later this year.    more >>

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Important Dates
March 2nd
Read Across America Day!

March 6th
Living Wax Museum

March 9th
Black History Month Showcase
9:05-9:50am in the Café

March 23rd
Family Fun in Learning Night

March 28th-30th
NYS ELA Assessment



NYS School Review Report
Van Duyn Support Staff

Important Documents

VDES Parent/Student Handbook 2016-2017
Student Support Services Organizational Chart
Van Duyn DTSDE Report 2015-2016
Van Duyn Final CET Recommendations
Van Duyn Revised SIG Plan
Van Duyn Q2 Quarterly Report
Van Duyn Q3 15-16 Receivership Report