Danforth Middle School



Robert Chalwell, Ph.D.
Vice Principal

Moshiena Faircloth
Administrative Intern

DASA Coordinators:

Danielle Perkins
Laura Mitchell


Guidance Counselors:

Todd Bradbury
Jeanette Espinosa

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4535
Fax: (315) 435-6208
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-4469
Guidance Office (315) 435-5877

School Address:

309 W. Brighton Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13205

School Hours:

8:00 AM-3:36 PM


Danforth Mission

At Danfroth Middle School we are excellent because we are life-long learners who exhibit strengths of character, respectfulness and persistence.

We achieve this by:
  • Resonding to various texts
  • Writing about texts in various content areas
  • Being academically prepared to be productive and socially responsible citizens in a global society
  • Being motivated to succeed
  • Struggling productively
  • Thinking critically
Vision Statement

At Danforth Middle School we strive for excellence and prepare to be responsible, productive and active citizens that are college and career ready.

Goals for the 2017-2018 School Year

Achieve and maintain 95% attendance
We will achieve this goal by:
  • Providing homeroom level incentives based on percentage monthly
  • Monthly mailings to all parents regarding attendance
  • Weekly reminders from homeroom teachers
  • Perfect attendance assemblies
  • Contacting parents of high absentees
  • Discussing student attendance issues (students with 85% or lower attendance) at SIT and Team meetings
  • Home visits by administration and support staff
Lower the percentage of students who are reading, writing and doing math below grade level by 15%
We will achieve this goal by:
  • Providing Academic Intervention Services for students who scored a high 1 or low 2 on the NYS assessment
  • Tier 1 interventions using Language Live
  • Utilizing Wilson Reading in select classrooms
  • STAR assessments for progress monitoring and academic interventions
  • Utilizing Language Live data to create action plans and next steps for under achieving students
  • Increase writing in all areas with DINs and summaries
  • RAPPERS as a school wide teaching strategy to increase student ability to answer short and extended response questions completely
  • Double period of ELA
  • Math and ELA tutorial every other day
Support teachers professionally to improve instruction for the outcome of student success
We will achieve this goal by:
  • Job-embedded TLT utilized for professional development
  • Utilization of Instructional coach, as well as MCLs to support teachers in the classroom
  • Instructional Leadership Team will lead/support teachers through Data Driven Instruction Model
  • Administrative walk-throughs
  • Offering various professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Utilizing a co-teach model
Increase the percentage of students who receive social and emotional supports
We will achieve this goal by:
  • Using restorative practices
  • Increase the amount of developmentally appropriate interventions
  • Using support coaches in an efficient manner
  • Utilizing school-based counseling services
  • Weekly meetings to address social and emotional needs of students that are led by support staff
  • Implementing targeted support groups at each grade level
  • Implementing after school programs to support students
School News
Danforth Afterschool Program Danforth Afterschool Program: At Danforth Middle School students have the opportunity to enrich their lives through our afterschool program. Young scholars learn valuable life skills through our cooking, childcare, and sewing classes. They also have the opportunity to participating in enrichment activities such as dance or robotics. We have been fortunate to partner with SUNY ESF. Our scholars have worked with college students to collaboratively create STEM based projects. Each night all scholars receive additional support ... more >>
Trauma Training at Danfroth Middle School Trauma Training at Danfroth Middle School: A training for proving a trauma informed education is being hosted at Danforth Middle School on Saturday April, 14, 2018. All families and staff members of the Danforth community are welcome to attend. The training will be held from 10:00 - 2:00 pm. Please call the main office at 315-453-4535 if you are interested in attending. more >>
Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9) Board of Education to Host Community Engagement Forum (4/9): The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a Community Engagement Forum on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Corcoran High School, 919 Glenwood Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13207 . The public is invited to attend.   There will be a brief presentation, followed by an open question and comment period.  The Board particularly invites comments and questions regarding School Climate, Culture, and Safety.   Documents which will be the ... more >>
SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th SCSD to Host School Safety Forum March 27th: The Syracuse City School District and Syracuse Police Department invite you to join a forum on the topic of safety and security in all of our schools. The forum will be facilitated by District staff and Syracuse Police. We hope you will join us for a discussion on this important topic. The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 6 - 7:30 pm at Henninger High School (600 Robinson Street). All SCSD families are invited to attend. more >>
SCSD to Host JSCB Phase 2 Meetings (Updated) SCSD to Host JSCB Phase 2 Meetings (Updated): Parents and guardians, as well as the general public, are invited to provide comments on Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB) Phase 2 Tranche 2 projects. A meeting will be scheduled at each school that is being renovated. Meetings will consist of a brief presentation by the architect and Turner Construction, which will cover basic needs of the building and an overview of the design process. Attendees will then be asked to provide comments and questions about the particular building. ... more >>

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School Documents

Danforth 2017-2018 Q3 Receivership Report
Danforth Middle 17-18 QR2 Receivership Report
Danforth Middle 17-18 QR1 Receivership Report
Danforth Middle 16-17 QR2 Receivership Report
Danforth Middle 16-17 QR1 Receivership Report
2016-17 Community Engagement Plan
Danforth CET Recommendations
DASA Complaint Form
Danforth Dress Code