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Welcome to the homepage for the Donald P. Sutherland School. The Donald P. Sutherland School "D.P.S." is one of five elementary schools in the East Greenbush Central School District. DPS is located in the village of Nassau. Currently, our school has an enrollment of 320 students in grades Kindergarten through Five.

I have been the principal of DPS for the last ten years and enjoy being a part of the school community. Our students continue to excel on the NYS Assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies as well as strive to be "Kids with Character".

Take the opportunity to explore our school website to find out more about DPS! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.

- Jack Alvey


DPS through the years Posted October 24, 2014
We're looking back at 75 years of the Donald P. Sutherland School over the next few days. This woman was responsible in many ways for building the legacy it holds. Ruth Kinyon was a teacher and principal at DPS for more than 30 years. Learn more about the history of the Nassau school at our celebration! 6:00 p.m. tour, 7:00 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, October 28!

DPS through the years Posted October 22, 2014
We're now less than a week away from the 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Donald P. Sutherland School! So, we're going to spend each day until then looking back over the years. Don't forget: 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday, October 28, we'll take a look back at the last three quarters of a century! Here's a picture from those old days.


Rain dates for runs, time capsule ceremony Posted October 21, 2014
The weather is putting a bit of a dent in our week here. But, don't worry! We have a back-up plan for the DPS Harvest Run and 75th anniversary Time Capsule Ceremony this week! The Harvest run, scheduled first for tomorrow, will now be WEDNESDAY, October 29. The Time Capsule Ceremony, first scheduled for Thursday, is now MONDAY, October 27.


Holiday assistance programs available Posted October 21, 2014
The holidays can be an extraordinarily joyful time for families, but they can be very difficult for our friends and neighbors in need. Catholic Charities Tri-County Serivces CoNSERNS-U is offering help with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts in the area. For more information, please visit the links below:


Stop, drop, and roll Posted October 20, 2014
Late last week, the Nassau Fire Department visited the Donald P. Sutherland school to talk fire safety with students! They even brought along a trusty pal to help spread the message.


Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications deadlineUpdated October 17, 2014
Students that are currently enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal program, but have not completed an application for the 2014-15 school year, must complete and return that application by today, Friday, October 17.  Students will no longer receive free or reduced price meals if a new application is not completed and received by the deadline.  If you have any questions or require any help completing the application, please call the Food Service Office at (518) 207-2474, or (518) 207-2160.


Thursday at DPSPosted October 7, 2014
Keeping connected! Students in Mrs. Driscoll's class at DPS are working hard with technology!


DPS: Celebration planned for 75th anniversaryPosted October 7, 2014
In any community, a school is often the center of life.  It connects families to each other and, in many ways, contributes to the identity of a place.  The Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School has been that presence in Nassau for seventy-five years.  On the diamond anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone, that school community will come together to reflect on where it’s been, and where it’s going. Read more...


Searching for Odyssey of the Mind membersPosted October 6, 2014
Are you a creative, artistic, and humorous person?  Do you enjoy building anddesigning new things?  Are you quick to think of a joke or clever idea?  Are you a problem solver?  Do you enjoy a challenge?  Are you a team player?
If any of these describe you, consider joining Odyssey of the Mind.  The program is open to all EGCSD students in grades K-12 and is fully funded by the district.  Odyssey of the Mind runs from the fall until the regional competition held on March 7th.  Please join us for an informational meeting Oct 22th at 6pm in the Genet auditorium. For more information about the program visit For other questions, please contact the District coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, Ms. Sarah Hurley, at If you participated last year, you do not need to attend the meeting.  However, please email Ms. Hurley to register you and your team.


Principal's October NewsletterPosted September 30, 2014
It's going to be a busy month at our school! Board meetings, the Halloween parade, and a diamond-anniversary celebration are all on the agenda for October. Read more...


Anniversary nearing Posted September 30, 2014
We're about one month away from the official 75th anniversary of the Donald P. Sutherland School! Here's a quick trip from 1939 to this week. In the photo on the right, you see the dignitaries of the time and neighbors breaking ground for the Nassau School. Three quarters of a century later, the school on the hill still stands strong! The cause of their work endures in Mrs. Schermerhorn's class. For photos from the school this past week, click here...


Open House schedulePosted September 17, 2014
The Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School will be holding several open house sessions next week. To find out when parents should arrive and what's in store when they do, click here...


DPS students perform school songPosted September 16, 2014
Need your spirits lifted? Click the video below to watch Donald P. Sutherland Elementary students perform the school song at a recent character education assembly! Character education is critical to the mission of the school, with the belief that children must understand, care about, and act upon a common set of core values of character that will assist them in becoming quality citizens.


Information regarding EnterovirusPosted September 16, 2014
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma. Read more...


Diamond-anniversary flag displayed - Posted September 15, 2014
There's a line in the school song which reads, "DPS stands for good character, and I'll need that every day." Now, there's a new visual reminder! Today the 75th anniversary school flag was unveiled! Current sixth-grader Stephen Fajen designed it with the school colors, mascot, and the words "We are trusting our teachers, they are caring to teach." Stephen is pictured below with his mother, father, and grandfather. Congratulations Stephen! The flag was shown to students for the first time during the school's monthly character education assembly. Today, several students explained what this month's theme, "respect," meant to them.


Welcome back! – Posted September 4, 2014
Another year! Students in grades 1-12 returned to the buildings of the East Greenbush Central School District Thursday! Read more...

Security improvements and reminders - Posted August 25, 2014
When you and your children return to school next week, you'll notice some improvements to the security system at the main entrance. For more on what's new and what you should remember, click here...

Principal's Welcome Back letter for students - Posted August 18, 2014
From Mr. Alvey: It has been very busy summer at DPS.  We have had a lot of construction work going on both inside and outside. I am looking forward to having you come back in September and hear the voices of children instead of power tools.  It will be great to see each of you!   Read more...

Principal's Welcome Back letter for parents - Posted August 18, 2014
The annual letter from Mr. Alvey means that summer is coming to an end and in just a few weeks, we will begin the 2014-2015 school year.  It has been an abnormal summer with all of the construction work at DPS.  We are putting together the finishing touches to get our facility ready for our 75th Anniversary Celebration. Read more...

Accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS - Updated August 13, 2014
Challenge accepted! Mrs. Allie Harling, a speech pathologist at the Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School, takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness. Students in summer studies at Goff looked on! They'll all be raising money until Friday for the St. Peter's ALS Regional Center. Donations can be dropped off at the office! After Mrs. Harling went under the water, others have followed! Read more...

District looking for seniors to reach students Posted August 11, 2014
It has been said that the greatest gift one person can give another is that of himself or herself.  STARS do that every day in the East Greenbush Central School District. STARS, or Seniors Teaching and Reaching Students, is a volunteer program in which anyone 55 years or older may work in a classroom directly with students and teachers.  Read more...