Main Office

School Information

Important Contact Numbers
Principal: Mr. Charles Smilinich/Main Office 716-626-9820 (Option 5 on Menu)
Attendance/Absence Call-In 716-626-9854
Health Office 716-626-9830 

School Information

School Hours:

For students- 8:15* AM - 2:15 PM

* By 8:15 AM, students are in homeroom ready for morning announcements.  If they are just walking in the door at 8:15, they are late and must report to the attendance office before going to class.

Main Office- 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

(Summer 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM)


Kindergarten classes - 7

Grade 1 classes - 7

Grade 2 classes - 6

Grade 3 classes - 6

Grade 4 classes - 6

TOTAL   - 550

Average Class Size:

Kindergarten - 14

1st Grade - 20

2nd Grade - 19

3rd Grade - 23

4th Grade - 18

School Colors: Green & Gold

School Mascot: Roadrunner

Sequence: Casey Middle School, North High School

 Extracurricular Activities

  • Boys and Girls Intramurals    
  • Art Clubs 
  • Chess
  • Lego Building
  • Lego Robotics
  • Yoga
  • PM Clubs for academic intervention services

Staff Information

  • Classroom Teachers: 33

  • Special Education: 5.5

  • Social Worker

  • School Psychologist

  • Principal

  • Assistant Principal

  • Speech Therapists: 3

  • Reading Specialists: 5.5

  • Music/ Instrumental/Vocal: 3

  • Art

  • School Library Media Specialist

  • English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher: 4

  • Physical Education Teachers: 2

  • Gifted Programming Specialist

  • School Nurse

  • Educational Aides: 23

  • School Secretaries: 2.5

  • Cafeteria: 4

  • Custodial: 8

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapists: 3

     Community Involvement

  • Shared Decision Making - This team is comprised of teachers, parents, support staff, a member of the community and the principal.  SDM is aware of the team level improvement goals and seeks ways to include parents in helping teachers to meet those goals.

  • P.A.R.P. - Parents As Reading Partners provides year round activities to encourage students to read widely and often!

  • Parent and community volunteers

What Makes Us Special:  
  • An almost 60-year-old campus that is well maintained and provides a traditional backdrop for contemporary, research-based instruction.

  • The Dodge Treehouse is an expansive playground built in the fall of 2011.  There are traditional elements, such as slides and swings, but it is more than that. It is a great place for children to use their imagination and play cooperatively with others.

  • Family Reunions gather all students and staff together to reinforce building initiatives, recognize achievements and celebrate the uniqueness of the "Dodge Family."

  • Dodge Fitness playground is available to promote upper body strength.  It features small climbing wall areas that the students love. 

  • Annual Field Day - physical activities that include cooperation and (friendly) competition enjoyed by the entire school. Parent volunteers make this day possible!

  •  PBIS- A systemic, systematic approach to school-wide expectations. Students have learned explicitly through teacher-led skits what Be Safe.  Be Kind. Work Hard looks like in a variety of school settings. A reinforcement system is also in place to "catch them being good"!
  • Band and Orchestra - 4th Grade

  • Chorus - 3rd and 4th Grades

  • A common-core aligned ELA and Math Program K-4

  • In addition to our K-4 Balanced Literacy approach, there are several intervention strategies in place that follow:

  • Reading Recovery, an individualized, accelerative tutorial program for approximately 20% of our first grade students per year.

  • Leveled Literacy, an offshoot of Reading Recovery, provides instruction of all aspects of the reading  process in small groups.

  • Systematic Phonics, based on Orton Gillingham, and/or the computerized program System 44  to provide a heavier emphasis on the decoding aspect of reading development for those who are having difficulty  "cracking the code."

  • Fluency is developed through Quick Reads, Readers' Theatre and other strategies during intervention.

  • Gifted Programming including small group extension and acceleration lessons as well as a building-wide annual theme that focuses learning and unifies the school. This year's theme will be announced soon.
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