Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School




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Principal
Samuel Barber
Vice Principals
Gregory Lawson
Lessie Williams
DASA Coordinators
Lessie Williams
Lauren Angelone
School Address
1106 Lancaster Ave. | Syracuse, NY 13210
School Hours 
Elementary School Students
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Middle School Students
8:00 AM-2:50 PM
Main Office
(315) 435-4650
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4543
Guidance Office
(315) 435-6414
 
Ed Smith School Vision

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

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April 3, 2020
 
Dear Ed Smith Families,
 
This is your weekly update of the robo call from Mr. Barber.
 
I hope you are still doing well.  If not, and you are facing challenges, please let your child’s teacher know and they will contact me.
 
For families without technology, we have not forgotten you!
 
The SCSD will be mailing home learning materials during the week of April 13th.
 
The district is developing a plan for students without technology. However, this may take some time.  In the meantime. Please remember WCNY is providing programming on TV free to students as well.
If you have Internet access and using the learning platforms there is Technology Support for Students
 
Students can access tech support from our IT department by emailing studenttechsupport@scsd.us
The student should give a brief description of the problem, their name and a phone number where a technician can reach them.  I will also post this on our Ed Smith Webpage at Syracusecityschools.com
 
I know this is a difficult time for all of us – I know you are doing your best and that’s all we can hope for.

Mr. Barber

March 26, 2020
Dear SCSD Families,

Learning from home is bringing out some of our most creative and innovative ideas.  While we greatly miss having students in our classrooms and schools each day, we are finding that connecting via phone, paper, email, SchoolTool virtual classrooms, and the internet is offering some new ways to teach and build relationships.  We have now branched out to television, too.  In partnership with WCNY, our own teachers and administrators have developed lessons and taught on camera and this beginning next week this will be televised, bringing the classroom into your homes.

We have partnered with WCNY to create the “TV Classroom” network which provides students at home with opportunities for continual learning.  WCNY’s TV Classrooms are targeted for students in grades K-12 and provide curriculum in the subjects of English language arts, math, science, health and physical education, and social studies. With schools closed, WCNY and SCSD are committed to providing educational opportunities to audiences of all ages. WCNY’S “TV Classroom” will allow children to continue to connect with staff and have the continuity of a classroom experience at home in Syracuse and across the 19 counties in Central New York.

The TV Classroom network will be aired from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on WCNY’s GLOBAL CONNECT channel, and will be simulcast from wcny.org and WCNY’s Facebook page via a live stream on YouTube. The classes will also be published on demand on https://www.wcny.org/tvclassroom/.
Please see the schedule on the back of this letter for days and times of each show!  Tremendous thanks goes out to our hardworking and inventive teachers and content specialists and to the staff at WCNY as we work to maintain educational support for your children.
GLOBAL CONNECT: 24.3 Antenna, 1276 for Spectrum Digital, 467 for FiOS and 24.2 for DirecTV

If you are a health care worker in need of child care during the closure of schools, please call (315) 446-1220 for information and assistance.

Best,

Laura Kelley
March 20, 2020
Dear PreK-5 Families,
We have been working very hard to ensure that your students will be able to remain engaged in learning during this time that they are unable to report to school.  We have generated resources at the district level and we know that individual schools and your child’s teachers have also been providing resources for your children to engage in learning at home.
In order to keep this process as clear and simple as possible, we have created a sample schedule for children in grades PreK-5.  This schedule will provide a routine that supports continued learning, promotes social emotional health, and encourages physical activity and healthy habits.  If your child’s school or teacher has already provided a schedule that is different, or if you have one that works for your family, please feel free to use that instead.
When it comes to the academic time, please prioritize anything that was sent home from your child’s classroom teacher or school.  If those activities get exhausted, you also have access to the following resources provided by the District Office.  You can find them at www.syracusecityschools.com/coronavirus.
If you are a health care worker in need of child care during the closure of schools, please call (315) 446-1220 for information and assistance.
Best,

Laura Kelley


Sample Learning from Home Schedule PreKindergarten-Grade 2
Time Suggested Activities
9:00-11:30
  • Eat breakfast and get ready for the day (shower, get dressed, brush teeth, etc.)
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 60 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district; feel free to chunk this into 2-3 smaller time segments throughout the morning)
  • 30 minutes of games/play
  • 30 minutes of onscreen  learning time
Lunch Time!  
12:30-3:00
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 60 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district; again, feel free to break time into smaller chunks)
  • 30 minutes of play
  • 30 minutes of onscreen  learning time
 
Sample Learning from Home Schedule Grades 3-5
Time Suggested Activities
9:00-12:00
  • Eat breakfast and get ready for the day (shower, get dressed, brush teeth, etc.)
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 90 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district; feel free to break time into smaller chunks)
  • 30 minutes of games/play
  • 30 minutes of onscreen  learning time
Lunch Time!  
12:30-3:00
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 60 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district; feel free to break time into smaller chunks)
  • 30 minutes of games/play
  • 30 minutes of onscreen  learning time
 
 

March 20, 2020
Dear Middle School Families,
We have been working very hard to ensure that your students will be able to remain engaged in learning during this time that they are unable to report to school.  We have generated resources at the district level and we know that individual schools and your child’s teachers have also been providing resources for your children to engage in learning at home.
In order to keep this process as clear and simple as possible, we have created a sample schedule for children in grades 6-8.  This schedule will provide a routine that supports continued learning, promotes social emotional health, and encourages physical activity and healthy habits.  If your child’s school or teacher has already provided a schedule that is different, or if you have one that works for your family, please feel free to use that instead.
When it comes to the academic time, please prioritize anything that was sent home from your child’s classroom teacher or school.  If those activities get exhausted, you also have access to the following resources provided by the District Office.  You can find them at www.syracusecityschools.com/coronavirus.
There are also some options offered by WCNY/PBS.  Please see the district website for a schedule of educational programming available on WCNY PBS (Channels: Over the Air 24.1, Spectrum 1221, Verizon FiOS 11/511, DirecTV 24.1, and DISH 24).  More will be coming in future weeks; keep your eye on the district website for more information on that as it comes.
If you are a health care worker in need of child care during the closure of schools, please call (315) 446-1220 for information and assistance.
Best,

Laura Kelley
 
Sample Learning from Home Schedule Middle School
Time Suggested Activities
9:00-12:00
  • Eat breakfast and get ready for the day (shower, get dressed, brush teeth, etc.)
  • 90 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district; feel free to break it up into 30-60 minute chunks)
    • Digital Content/Coursework
    • Paper/Pencil Work
    • Reading and/or Writing
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 30 minutes free time
Lunch Time!
12:30-3:00
  • 90 minutes of academic time (using resources provided by school or district
    • Digital Content/Coursework
    • Paper/Pencil Work
    • Reading and/or Writing
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 30 minutes free time
 
 
 
March 13, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we continue to prepare for possible school closings in New York and other states, our district has engaged in contingency planning for the possibility of one of our schools or the district closing.

Our district is committed to the educational experience of your child. To that end, we wanted to proactively provide every family with activities they can complete at home. Please engage with your child in as many of these home learning activities as possible.

We will be sending additional resources to each student in the event that our schools are closed for an extended period of time. WCNY has also agreed to partner with the school district to ensure that all students have access to ongoing instruction.

We will keep you informed as circumstances should change. If you have any questions, please contact our Department of Teaching and Learning at (315) 435-5844.

Sincerely,

Jaime Alicea

Superintendent
 

 

 

 

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