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


Van Duyn Dress Code

Research supports that there is a strong connection between academic performance, students’ appearance and students’ conduct. Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruptions to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty. Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level and that does not disrupt the school or educational environment.

As it is impossible to include every fad or inappropriate item of clothing, the administration reserves the right to interpret the appropriateness of student dress. The following statements apply to all students at school and at any school sponsored event.

  • Hats and head coverings are to be removed inside the building. All shorts and skirts must reach finger length when arms and hands are fully extended down sides. No spaghetti straps or muscle shirts are allowed and all shirts must cover the stomach area.
  • Pants should be worn at the waist line (a belt should be worn if needed) and undergarments should not be showing.
  • Due to safety issues, shoes should be enclosed or have a heel strap. No Flip flops or clogs will be allowed.
  • With the above in mind, please be sure that your child’s T-shirts and sweatshirts have messages that are appropriate and do not have writing that is disruptive to the educational process. There should be no writing on the seat of pants.
  • Students/parents may request an exemption or special consideration based on bona fide religious beliefs and/or medical purposes or disabilities. School principal and/or superintendent may only grant exemptions.

New York State ELA Assessments This Week
This year’s New York State ELA Assessments will be administered to 3rd – 5th graders as follows:
 ELA: April 11-12, 2018
Beginning at 9:30 am
As part of our instructional program, we work towards preparing our students to perform proficiently on these annual state assessments.
The tips below are simple things that can be done to help ensure that your student has a successful testing experience this school year. Please take a moment to review the list with your child and discuss any other questions or concerns your student may have regarding the testing.
  1. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest
  2. Ensure your child eats a nutritious breakfast each morning or is on time to eat breakfast at school
  3. Love up your child and let them know you are proud of them when they do their personal best
  4. Remind students not to rush (the test is NO LONGER TIMED), but rather to pace themselves so they answer all the questions
  5. Students should read questions entirely before answering
  6. Students should answer all the questions and leave nothing blank
  7. When they are finished, they need to review the test to ensure that all questions have been answered.
Your child’s best effort on these tests benefits both him/her and the school as a whole. Please do not hesitate to speak to me or your child’s teacher if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the NYS ELA and Math Assessments. As always, thank for your support!

All the best; your educational partner,
Eva D. Williams, Principal



School News
Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9) Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9): The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a Community Engagement Forum on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Corcoran High School, 919 Glenwood Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13207 . The public is invited to attend.   There will be a brief presentation, followed by an open question and comment period.  The Board particularly invites comments and questions regarding School Climate, Culture, and Safety.   Documents which will be the ... more >>
SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th: The Syracuse City School District and Syracuse Police Department invite you to join a forum on the topic of safety and security in all of our schools. The forum will be facilitated by District staff and Syracuse Police. We hope you will join us for a discussion on this important topic. The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 6 - 7:30 pm at Henninger High School (600 Robinson Street). All SCSD families are invited to attend. more >>
You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions: 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 and school staff, tour a kindergarten classroom and learn about our Personalized Learning structure, discuss the kindergarten schedule, learn about school resources and Family Engagement practices ... more >>
Van Duyn Leaves Scarves for MLK Day of Service Van Duyn Leaves Scarves for MLK Day of Service: 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 cold outside." Students hung up more than 55 scarves around Armory Square, Columbus Circle, the bus hub, Destiny and Franklin Square. We are very proud of our Van Duyn Scholars.  CNY Central ... more >>
Van Duyn Ninja Warrior! Van Duyn Ninja Warrior!: 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 were several obstacle courses. Students had to show their strength and agility to maneuver through the obstacle courses and get to the finish. Students had a blast as they swung from ropes, crawled ... more >>

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Important Dates
April 11-12th 
NYS ELA Assessments 

April 23-27th
Spring Break 

May 1-3
NYS Math Assessments



NYS School Review Report
School Report Card
Van Duyn Support Staff
Websites for Learning at Home

Important Documents

Van Duyn ES DTSDE Report