Ed Smith Pre-K – 8

Samuel Barber


Marshella Mason
Vice Principal

Gregory Lawson
Vice Principal

Lessie Williams
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

Lessie Williams
Lauren Angelone

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4650
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-4543
Guidance Office: (315) 435-6414

School Address:

Fellows Ave and Harvard Place
Syracuse, NY 13210

School Hours:

8:00 AM-2:50 PM
Middle School Students

9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Elementary School Students

Ed Smith School Vision

To be the most improved school in the district - where EVERY child learns and grows.


June 21, 2018

Dear Families,
I like to take some time and reflect on the end of the year and share with you some of the highlights, accomplishments, and strategies to prevent the summer slide in reading.  I thank you for your support and enthusiasm you show throughout the school year that makes Ed Smith School a remarkable place to be.
We began the year getting used to being in our new building at Levy school.   Our transition was successful as we learned the new space and began to enjoy it, despite missing our school.  We spruced up the place and made it our own to feel like home.  However, we hope by this time next year we will be packing up to return to our renovated building back on Lancaster Ave.
We set goals for ourselves at the beginning of this year as well as implemented a new strategy to achieve these goals. We set our goals to improve Reading and Mathematics by increasing students performing at or above grade level by 5% while decreasing students performing below grade level by 5% according to the STAR assessments.  To achieve our goals, we implemented a Personalized Learning model that uses student data to target instruction through small group instruction, and targeted digital content on the computers.  I am pleased to report that we exceeded these goals by achieving an increase in reading and math by 8% and 7 % respectively.  I am proud of the work the staff and students put into these efforts this year and look forward to seeing further growth as we become accustomed to providing targeted instruction.
Ed Smith also implemented a new 21st Century after school program with project-based learning for grades K-8.  Our students in the Vex- Robotics and Chess proudly brought home awards from local competitions and held a final showcase for families at the end of the year.
Finally, to prevent the summer slide in reading and sustain students’ levels over the summer we have a few suggestions.  All of our students have an account on MyOn, an online library of books that has books of interest on all reading levels.  These have been included in your child’s report card envelope.  Take a moment to log in and see the diverse selections of books available.  In addition, students and parents can log on to www.nyread.com to create a profile, record reading progress and earn a certificate.
I wish everyone a restful and relaxing summer.  After such a long winter, we truly deserve to enjoy all the beauty that summer brings to Central New York.
I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.
All the best,
Mr. Barber

Please click here to view our 2018-2019 School Supply List by grade!

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School News
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2018-19 School Supply Lists By Grade 2018-19 School Supply Lists By Grade: Kindergarten (1) Backpack (1) 2-pocket folder (2) Box of tissues (1) Pkg. of napkins (1) Pkg. of cups (3) Container of Lysol wipes (6-8) Large glue sticks (2) 4pk. Dry erase markers, black (1) Box of crayons (1) Pkg. of Crayola markers (1) Large pencil eraser (1) Pkg./box of #2 pencils (1) Pkg. play-dough (1) Fiskar child blunt scissors (1) Pks. Primary (fat/jumbo) pencils (@ Walmart)   1 st Grade (1) Backpack (1) Durable, 2-pocket home /school folder ... more >>
Henninger Paint Knight Expands to Reach Ed Smith Students Henninger Paint Knight Expands to Reach Ed Smith Students: “I can’t wait to meet our new friends!” an Ed Smith first grader exclaimed as he waited to be partnered with a Henninger Advanced Art student.   Thanks to a grant project funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation , Henninger art students traveled to Ed Smith for a day where they helped kindergarten and first grade students create heart paintings to display a love of art.   The young students learned about how to mix colors, how to clean paint brushes, painting ... more >>
KiloWatch Program Helps SCSD Students Learn About Energy Savings KiloWatch Program Helps SCSD Students Learn About Energy Savings: This year, students at Ed Smith, ELMS, Frazer, HW Smith, McKinley-Brighton and Roberts have had the opportunity to help their teachers, classmates and custodians save energy and money in their respective buildings, thanks to the KiloWatch program.   “To me, KiloWatch is a chance to do some good,” Ed Smith sixth grader Arlo Milstein said.   At Ed Smith, one class continually pushes the limits of middle school innovation. Marc Hamernik’s class went beyond the program’s ... more >>
SCSD Partnership with NYU Helps Promote Excellent Teaching SCSD Partnership with NYU Helps Promote Excellent Teaching: With the goal of creating a pipeline of committed urban educators, 15 future SCSD teachers are currently earning their Master’s degree while working in our schools. The embedded Master of Arts Teacher Residency Program (EMAT) program, in partnership with New York University, is currently in year one at Ed Smith, Grant, Huntington and Westside Academy at Blodgett. The program creates an opportunity for student residents to earn their graduate degree through online coursework and immersion ... more >>

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