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.


Welcome to the Dryden Middle School website. I am Lora Champlain, the Principal at DMS and I hope this site provides you with helpful information. Communication between school and community is very important to the success of all of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Mr. Harris the Assistant Principal, a counselor, teacher, or staff member regarding any questions or concerns you may have.

DMS strives to educate and empower each learner to achieve excellence and build a better world. At the core of this mission is a caring and committed teaching staff that provides many opportunities for student learning and success. Our vision is to aspire to be the middle school others strive to become. To achieve this we are committed to our core beliefs: students come first, everyone can learn, we have high expectations for all, we believe a safe, joyful and nurturing environment promotes learning and growth, we encourage creativity, problem solving and innovation, we act with integrity and accountability, we cultivate resilience and build strength of character, we value diversity and treat everyone with respect, compassion and dignity and we believe that positive relationships and partnerships are essential. 

As a parent of a newly college graduate, I can say I have shared in each situation that our parents/families experience. I can understand the joys, the fears, and the anxiety each of you face as you put your children on the school bus or drop them off at the doors of our school. Please know that we will take every effort to ensure our students are safe, that they learn responsibility, and are prepared for life situations, as well as understand the importance of being kind and considerate to one another.

We are very proud of our DMS students and will do everything we can to "Defend the Den"! Together with you, our staff and our students we will create a learning environment which promotes ALL learners reaching their full potential.

Lora Champlain, Principal

Hello! My name is Greg Harris and I’m excited to be joining the DMS family as the new Assistant Principal! I’ve lived right here in the Village of Dryden for 6 years and am thrilled to now be working here in my home district, where my son and daughter attend elementary school. Prior to accepting the position at DMS, I served as K-12 Music Department Chairperson and Director of Bands at Vestal High School. I am a proud Ithaca College alum and originally from the Buffalo area. (Go Bills!)

As we all venture into the new school year, I’m sure we all are feeling some combination of excitement and nervousness. I’m looking forward to joining our students as we navigate a new year and for many of us, a new school and new experiences. I’m excited to meet each and every one of you and build partnerships and relationships that promote learning and growth.

Please do not hesitate to stop by, call, or email to say hello. I’m eager to meet all of you, learn more about our wonderful community here at Dryden Middle School, and support ALL learners as we strive to build excellence and build a better world.

Greg Harris, Assistant Principal


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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.