Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School

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Samuel Barber
Vice Principals
Gregory Lawson
Jennifer DiBello
Andrea Ellis-Smith
DASA Coordinators
Lauren Angelone
School Address
1106 Lancaster Ave. | Syracuse, NY 13210
School Hours (Elementary)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

School Hours (Middle)
8:15 AM - 3:00 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

Principal's Message

November 2021
Dear Ed Smith Families,

November has arrived and so does the time to reflect on what we are thankful for during this month. As I reflect on my list, I want to share my gratitude for the support of staff and families during our return to school during Covid. Sometimes it is difficult to realize that we are in our third year coping with the changes it has brought to our lives. This year has provided us with many challenges including transportation, staffing, and schedule changes. Through it all, you have been supportive of our efforts as things changed and it is greatly appreciated. We will continue to do our best to serve you well.

This past month we were able to enjoy our Halloween Parade of Costumes. It was refreshing to see parent’s smiling faces at our school once again, as well as the staff and student’s excitement participating in the festivities. It felt like Ed Smith once again.

As we move forward this month, we focus on parent teacher conferences. Report cards will be reviewed and mailed home by the district after the conferences. If you do not receive a report card in the mail, reach out to us at the school (315) 435-4560.

Our after school program will be in full swing by November 8th. Applications are still available in the main office if you would like your child to join at any point during the school year. Our program looks to be exciting again as we partner with Westcott Community Center with our enrichment programming.

As required by NYS, we will be conducting Digital Equity Surveys to determine the digital status and needs of our community. Students in middle school will be able to complete the survey with their teachers. Elementary students will have the survey reviewed at P-T Conferences if there is time during the conference and also be sent home. Please return the surveys as soon as possible with your child. We will also have outreach phone calls from our Parent Facilitator, Breanne McDonnel.

Instructionally, we have completed testing using NWEA to determine student needs. Teachers are reviewing the data to create student small groups for targeted instruction and will soon set goals for themselves. We will hold an informational session for parents in collaboration with our PTO President Sarah Brown. Dates for these sessions will be coming soon and shared with you through our communications.

I hope you have a great month and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving in advance.

All the best,
Mr. Barber
Ed Smith School

Teacher Conference Links

Ms. Liz 
Ms. Liz
Ms. Kasouf Ms. Kasouf

Ms. Wranesh Mrs Wranesh & Ms Mastin Conference Link
Ms. Mastin Mrs Wranesh & Ms Mastin Conference Link
Ms. Gratien Ms. Gratien
Ms. Pelligra Ms. Pelligra
Ms. Abel Ms. Abel

1st Grade
Ms. DiTucci Ms. DiTucci and Ms. Marji
Ms. Barnes Ms. Barnes
Ms. Valerino Ms. Valerino
Ms. Marji Ms. DiTucci and Ms. Marji

2nd Grade
Ms. Clausen Ms. Clausen and Ms. McShane
Ms. Canestrare Ms. Canestrare
Ms. Frasier Ms. Frasier
Ms. McShane Ms. Clausen and Ms. McShane

3rd Grade
Ms. Iwanicki and Ms. Mathews Click here to join the meeting
Ms. Nykaza Click here to join the meeting
Ms. Keesler Click here to join the meeting
Ms. Bisset Ms. Bissett

4th Grade
Ms. Moon Ms. Moon and Mr. Contreras
Mr. Contreras Ms. Moon and Mr. Contreras
Mr. Comerford Mr. Comerford
Mr. Netti Mr. Netti

5th Grade
Mr. Shults Mr. Shults
Ms. Winschel kwinschel@scsd.us
Ms. Grimes Ms. Grimes-Odom
Ms. Yando Ms. Yando
Ms. Sumell Ms. Sumell

6th Grade
6th Grade Team: Dodge, Hamernik, Mone, Oscarlece and Zaborsky  Sixth Grade Parent Conferences

7th Grade
Mr. Salamone Mr. Salamone
Ms. Sindoni Ms. Sindoni
Ms. Ventresca Ms. Ventresca
Mr. Manciocchi  Manciocchi Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Ms. O'Connor Ms. O'Connor
Ms. Blue Ms. Blue and Mr. Mauro

8th Grade
Mr. Wright https://bit.ly/3b4CMnr
Mr. Carroll https://bit.ly/35sHsC3
Ms. Farrell Ms. Farrell
Ms. Heister Ms. Heister
Mr. Bohler Mr. Bohler
Ms. Park Ms. Park

Alexis Wynn Ms. Wynn

Mr. Sniper Mr. Sniper
Ms. Bartlett Ms. Bartlett

Ms. Juman Ms. Juman
Mr. Smith Orchestra Conferences 11/10
Mr. Nosky Click here to join the meeting

Physical Education
PE Team : Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Straub, Ms. Calderon PE Team
Ms. Calderon rcalde62@scsd.us

Ms. Heise theise@scsd.us
Mr. Johnson https://bit.ly/3bAFiBW
Mr. Bohler Mr. Bohler
Ms. Leo Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Related Services
Ms. Speich, Speech cspeich@scsd.us
Ms. Pratt, speech tpratt@scsd.us
Ms. Priest-Sheedy, speech Mrs. Priest-Sheedy's Speech Therapy Parent Conference  Link
Ms. Britton, OT mbritton@scsd.us
Ms. Ficcaro, OT bficcaro@scsd.us
Ms. Randall, PT jrandall3@scsd.us

Support Staff
Ms. Kosakowski kkosakowski@scsd.us
Ms. Potamianos 
Ms. Angelone langelone@scsd.us
Mr. Cilano ccilano@scsd.us
Mr. O'Leary joleary2@scsd.us

Academic Support

Ms. Rodak, Resource Ms. Rodak
Ms. Unczur, Resource Ms. Unczur
Mr. Bergett, ELA Mr. Bergett
Ms. Murphy, ELA Ms. Murphy
Ms. Frontale, Math mfrontale@scsd.us
Ms. Corcoran, Math Ms. Corcoran
Ms. Petkopoulos, ELA  Petkopoulos PT Conference 
Ms. Sweeney, Math lsweeney@scsd.us
Mr. Strack, Math astrack@scsd.us

Ed Smith Modified Sports

Ed Smith Modified  

Where:  Ed Smith Gym
When: School Days only 3:15- 4:45.     
Sign up: go to Familyid.com
Physical required-See nurse
Contact: Coach Jackie Graves                              

Where: Ed Smith Gym
When: School days only 3:15-5:00.
Sign up: Go to Familyid.com
Physical required-See nurse
Coach: Coach George Savage

Ray O’Brien, Athletic Coordinator-robrien@scss.us

Parent Engagement Notebook

Parent Engagement Notebooks.pptx

Covid Testing Registration

To register your child for Covid Testing, click on this link 
Covid Testing Sign Up. It works in Google Chrome, but not in Internet Explorer.  When you click on this link, it will ask you to create an account and give consent for your child to be tested for Covid.  

School Supply List

School Supply List.pdf


Modified Athletic Parent Meeting - click for the powerpoint


I am excited to announce the return of Modified Fall Sports.  Sports will be available to boys and girls entering the 7th or 8th grade to start the 2021-2022 school year.  Below is some helpful information. 
Fall Sports Options:
Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Cross country, Girls Swimming, and Football
1.  Create an account on familyid.com.  All students need to have an account and register for a sport when available.  If you already have an account, be sure you can log in successfully.   (Fall Sports registrations will open as early       
as July 30.)
2. Be sure physical is up to date.  Check with the school nurse to be sure!      If needed, you can get a physical done at your family doctor.  Another option is to go to Wellnow Urgent Care.  The Cost is $30.  No insurance or appointments needed.  Physicals are good for 1 year.
3. Practices will begin as early as September 8.  Football may start a week earlier. will start generally run after school until 5:30 or 6.  Depending on the sport, your child may practice at an offsite location.  Shuttles will be provided to and from practice sight to home school if you choose to.  Specific times/dates TBD.

FamilyID Directions
*  Go to familyid.com, then click on Get Started Now button
*  Fill out form and click create account (write password down somewhere).
* Activate account by checking your email. Click on the email from FamilyID. then
   click email link to FamilyID
* Type Syracuse City School District in the search box, then click find. Click on
   on SCSD or Nottingham High School Spring 2021, click Register now
*  Scroll down until you see the team your student wants to participate in.  Click
on team, scroll down and fill out form (answer all questions).  If your child has                                      
already been registered in the past, you can click on the pull down menu to autofill
most of their information. Update all necessary information and be sure to click the
continue button and then the submit button on the next page.

Please feel free to email me with any specific questions you may have.  More information to follow soon!   

Ray O’Brien robrien@scsd.us (315) 435-6000 ext. 2755 (PE office)

CLICK HERE to open Padlet for schedules, links to class meetings and weekly assignments

Click Here to open Clever

Click here to see how to create an account in the Parent Portal

Click here to s
ee how to access SeeSaw

Click here to see how to access Canvas

Click here to see how to access Teams

Click here to see the Blended and Virtual Learning Hub

Click here to contact Robin Young for Tech Help

Safety Videos
Safety on the Bus, Temperature Checks

Eating at School and Wearing Mask

Hand Washing and Safe Classrooms


School News
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Ed Smith Families Join Virtual Coffee with Principal Events Ed Smith Families Join Virtual Coffee with Principal Events: Ed Smith families have had a monthly opportunity to come together – virtually – for a coffee with Principal Sam Barber this year. Hosted by the Office of Family Engagement and the Ed Smith PTO, at the virtual events, families are given the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and have an open discussion with the Principal and each other.   “Robust family engagement is a hallmark of the school culture at Ed Smith, and this event is one way to maintain the school’s ... more >>
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Get Involved in the Ed Smith Centennial!
Help us make Ed Smith’s Centennial great! To see the events and activities and learn how you can get involved, please visit the Ed Smith PTO website (link www.edsmith-pto.org) and click on 100 Year Celebration.

Howler Newsletter
The Howler is our monthly PTO newsletter for the Ed Smith Community.
The email to contact the Howler is edsmithhowler@gmail.com

REGISTER for COVID-19 Testing
Register now for your child to receive a free COVID-19 test at school: visit https://covid19.ongov.net/appointments/schools/

Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4650 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.


PTO Website


Modified Athletic Parent Meeting
Ed Smith 2021-22 SCEP