Welcome to Dryden Middle School! 

The Dryden Middle School mission is to educate and 
empower each learner to achieve excellence and build a better world.


Coming Soon: Student Course Selections Meetings 
If you are an 8th grader planning to attend DHS next fall you will meet with HS Counselor, Mrs. Kannus, to select your courses.  You will be called in during the school day and work 1:1 with Mrs. Kannus to complete an initial course selection form that you can take home to your parent for approval.  If you wish to have your parent at your meeting, please notify Mrs. Kannus no later than March 4th to schedule an appointment at mkannus1@dryden.k12.ny.us or 844-8694 ext. 5225.

Dear DMS Students and Parents;

Hi! My name is Lora Champlain and I am excited and honored to be writing to you as your “new” Principal! I know I am not new to the district but I am new to this position, and I am so happy to be serving you in this capacity. For those of you who don’t know me, let me tell you a little about myself...I live in Camillus (near Syracuse), where I was born and raised. I have a wonderful 20 year old daughter who attends Pace University in New York City, and when she isn’t there, she lives with me. I live near my Dad and three sisters and their families. I love to read, listen to music and watch movies. Anytime you want to stop in my office to chat, I would really enjoy getting to know you!

This is going to be a great school year! Although there will be some construction work going on, the improvements are going to be outstanding! We have some new teachers, a new entrance, new and improved ceilings, new clocks, some new classrooms, a new cafeteria, and a new middle school Assistant Principal; Mrs. Powell (a lot of you may remember her)! Here she is:

Hello Families! My name is Sarah Powell and I’m so excited to be the new Assistant Principal at Dryden Middle School.  Some of you may remember me from Freeville or Dryden Elementary School where I had the pleasure of teaching first, second, and third grades. I live in Freeville with my husband and 2 dogs and we are all looking forward to welcoming our first baby in December. I enjoy running, reading, and camping.  I look forward to getting to know you. Please stop by my office, email, or call anytime. 


School Hours

7:48 AM - 2:19 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 7:30 AM.

Students arriving after 7:48 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.