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.


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. 

The changes we made to our PBIS program last year will be continued and have been improved upon (more pop-up parties)! And...Mrs. Powell and I have some exciting ideas to brighten up our hallways and inspire all of us here at DMS! Stay tuned…

6th Graders, we can't wait to welcome you to the middle school and 7th and 8th Graders, we are looking forward to seeing all of you again! We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities you will have available to you; modified sports, the musical (performer or stage crew), Art club, Game club, Variety Show, and so much more. Middle School is a time to try new things, make new friends, and discover who you are.

We look forward to seeing you on our first full day, Thursday, September 5th. On this day students are encouraged to wear purple and white as we will be taking a school wide picture. On Friday, September 6th we encourage the 6th graders to wear Purple, 7th grader’s to wear White and 8th graders to wear Black. The first couple of days will be all about relationship building; getting to know your teachers, your classmates and your administrators. The schedule will be modified and students will be participating in a variety of activities to kick off our new year. We can’t wait to see everyone!

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.