Ed Smith Pre-K – 8

Samuel Barber


Marshella Mason
Vice Principal

Christina Louis
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

Marchella Mason
Lauren Angelone

Contact Information:

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

School Address:

Lancaster Ave. & Broad St.
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 22, 2017
Dear Families,
How can the school year be over already?  Every June, it seems we ask ourselves this question in disbelief that another year has gone by so quickly.  As principal I reflect on the success and milestones we have achieved, at the same time looking forward to planning for another school year that will be better than the previous one.   Our success lies within the power of our community involvement demonstrated daily at our school.  In fact this year marks one volunteer, Bruce Laidlaw, in his twentieth year as a volunteer at Ed Smith School.  For his and the many other parents and community members who volunteer their time, I sincerely thank you.  I am grateful for your support and enthusiasm each day you enter the school with a smile and a mission to make our school the best.
At the beginning of the year, our Superintendent, Jaime Alicea, challenged us to “Go for the Gold”.
In doing so, Ed Smith has done just that.  We have seen improvement in our data in the areas of behavior, attendance and academics.   This year we saw a decrease of 500 referrals written and 82 fewer out of school suspensions.  Our Spring STAR results showed continued growth for our students.  End-of-year Reading and Early Literacy data revealed a 10% decrease in students achieving scores in the urgent intervention and intervention ranges.  Students also showed improvements in Math with 7% of students moving up out of “at-risk” categories.  As a result, our number of students achieving at or above benchmark in both Reading and Math also increased by 7% and 6% respectively.  While all are to be congratulated for their hard work this year, we’d like to give special recognition to our Kindergarten and first grade teachers and students who made extraordinary gains from the beginning to end of the school year.  Teachers in these grades helped to grow the population of students at or above benchmark by an average of more than 20%!   This is in alignment with our district goal to have students reading on level by second grade.  We are clearly on the right track.
Another district initiative this year was to increase student attendance.  Students engaged in a poster design contest in their art classes which included deep discussions on the importance of being in school daily.  As a result, our school has been recognized as having the most improved attendance in the PreK-8 division.   This was celebrated with a banner hung in the school’s entrance that continues to serve as a reminder to our students how important attendance is to make gains in improvement and their efforts to achieve this goal.  Congratulations to our students, parents and staff for making this a priority.  When we set clear goals and work collectively to achieve them, nothing can stop us.
To keep this momentum going over the summer, and prevent the summer slide, we have set our students up with accounts on MyOn, an online library with books on many different levels so all students have access to books they can read all summer.     This can be accessed by smart phone, tablet or computer.  Log in information is included in the report cards on a ‘bookmark” and students have practiced logging on during their library times.  As a parent, you can see how many minutes your child is reading daily over the summer.  Encourage your child to read daily and enjoy the books.
Finally, we wrap up the year with a big move to Levy school as our beloved building gets renovated.
I will be communicating with you over the summer on dates for sneak peak tours in late August, and at our annual Welcome Back to School Ice Cream Social.   Our phone number will remain the same, so you will be able to keep the same number stored in your phones.  The address of Levy is 111 Fellows Ave. in case you would like to start planning the path students’ will take to get to school and see the location.   Communications will also be sent describing which entry doors each grade level will use.
We have also included a school supply list in the report cards envelope for the 2017-2018 school year as back to school sales seem to start earlier and earlier each summer.  The list will also be posted on our school website.
In closing, I hope each and every family enjoys the summer weather and the time to enjoy all that central New York has to offer.   I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.
Mr. Barber

School News
Please Join Us for a Family Discussion!: You are cordially invited to dinner and a discussion with staff from the Office of Student Support Services, Office of Family Engagement and the Chief Ombuds Officer. The discussions will be guided by a series of questions about student support, discipline, the Code of Conduct,  and school climate and culture. All feedback from families and students will be recorded by table facilitators.   All families are invited to attend ANY of the sessions regardless of where your child attends ... more >>
Danforth & Ed Smith Students Become ‘Teen Book Fanatics’: “Sometimes, reading makes me emotional,” a Danforth student shared.   “Oh, me too! I laugh… I cry,” an Ed Smith student responded.   “I cry all the time when I read,” another added.   Seventh and eighth graders at Danforth and Ed Smith came together and quickly realized a shared interest: reading!   As part of a grant funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation , the group of ‘Teen Book Fanatics’ started reading ... more >>
Students Learn Emergency Preparedness through Red Cross Pillowcase Project: Fifth grade students across the SCSD learned about disaster preparedness in a fun way, thanks to the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project!   Students at Bellevue, Dr. King, Dr. Weeks, Delaware, Ed Smith, Franklin, Huntington and Van Duyn heard about what the American Red Cross does to help in emergencies, the importance of fire drills and smoke detectors, how they can be prepared for emergencies and more. Then, they were given a pillowcase to decorate, that will serve as their own go-to ... more >>
Ed Smith Mini Academy Helps Students Become Filmmakers: “Quiet on set!”   “I need a set decorator over here!”   As part of a four-week mini academy, third through fifth grade students at Ed Smith learned the basics of filmmaking, from script writing and camera work to production roles, editing and even using a green screen.   During week one, they learned filmmaking terms, learned about the various jobs on a film crew, discussed script ideas and practiced using cameras. The next week, they prepared ... more >>
SCSD Students Learn Strategy through Chess Clubs: For many students, the end of the school day means a chance to let loose—to be loud, to get outside and to run around. But at Ed Smith, HW Smith, ITC and Nottingham, students from kindergarten through high school spend the first of their after school hours sitting quietly in classrooms or libraries, focusing intently on the game of chess. Frazer students spend their enrichment period one to two days a week doing the same.   At Ed Smith, the Chess Club has grown from a 6-8 student ... more >>

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