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. 






School News
March's White CHAMP's Incentive: Staff Basketball Game!: For the month of March, Van Duyn wanted to make their White CHAMPS incentive a special one. With March Madness and basketball fever it was decided that Van Duyn would hold a Staff Basketball game. Students who had achieved 50 white CHAMPS or 50 Classroom Dojo points were able to attend the game where they received snacks and got to cheer on their favorite teacher. A select few students even got to join the game, substituting in for a teacher. The students had a great time cheering on the teams.  ... more >>
Van Duyn's "Tar Beach" Event!: Van Duyn Elementary School worked with the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority to host a "Tar Beach" event at Van Duyn Elementary School. The sorority members read Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach to our 2nd graders. After the story the second graders made their own quilt pieces using cut outs from magazines. The final product was patched together to form a bulletin quilt located across from room 210.     more >>
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 >>

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Important Dates
April 14th - Good Friday 

April 17th -21st 
Spring Recess

April 27th
Family Fun in Learning Night

May 2nd -4th 
NYS Math Assessment 


NYS School Review Report
Van Duyn Support Staff

Important Documents

VDES Parent/Student Handbook 2016-2017
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