Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School

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Samuel Barber
Vice Principals
Gregory Lawson
Jennifer DiBello
DASA Coordinators
Lauren Angelone
School Address
1106 Lancaster Ave. | Syracuse, NY 13210
School Hours 
Elementary School Students
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Middle School Students
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Remote Learning Hours (Middle School)
1:50 PM - 3:40 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

End of the Year Message
June 24, 2021

Dear Families,

I am always reflective as I write the end of the year letter to families, and again this year there is much to reflect on.  Yes, another year for the history books.

Our school community has seen many transitions again this year.  From starting virtually, to hybrid, to shut downs, and then returning in April.  It has been a head-spinning year.  However, we worked through all of these transitions and still are a community.  Our school did this by holding virtual PTO meetings, book clubs, Coffee Chats with the Principal, virtual concerts with our PBIS celebrations that recognize our students’ best efforts, as well as still producing our Black History Celebration.  We even conducted after school programming virtually.   Although none of it was easy, the spirit and desire to provide community drove us all to provide these events for our students and families.
I am also proud of our students.  They have shown tremendous resiliency throughout the year.  Simply stated, this was not easy for them.  Yet, they persevered and did their best.  We need to celebrate them and let them know how proud we are of their efforts daily to adjust to the current reality they faced this year.  However, I also need to thank you.  Families did their best as well to juggle all the different aspects of virtual and hybrid learning while learning new technology and educational terminology that we do not typically use every day.  We congratulate all of you parents, caregivers, babysitters, childcare providers, grandparents, cousins and neighbors for doing a great job this year.   Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year too!

I look forward to a new year in September.  Our school improvement team and district level team have been working on plans for next year to help students catch up.  We want to get our kids back into normalcy and address their needs.  Unbelievably, our teachers are already eager to do the work.  They have been contributing ideas, plans, and signing up for professional development over the summer to be prepared for the fall.  I am truly proud of our staff as well this year.  The learning curve was steep for them, and they rose to the occasion with the Ed Smith can-do spirit.  I am grateful for such an amazing staff.

So for the summer, please take time to take a break from everything.  Take time to enjoy the weather, the sunshine and the simple things.  They matter and are good for the soul.

For future planning, next year’s school times are:
8:15 – 3:00   Middle School
9:00 – 3:00   Elementary School
As always, I wish you all the best for a safe, healthy and happy summer.  Enjoy every minute summer has to offer in Syracuse.

All the best,

Mr. Barber

School Supply List

School Supply List.pdf

Computer and Hotspot collection



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)

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Safety on the Bus, Temperature Checks

Eating at School and Wearing Mask

Hand Washing and Safe Classrooms





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Book a virtual appointment with a school librarian for help getting started with remote learning, troubleshooting technical issues and for homework support. Once you have booked your appointment, please check your email. You will access your appointment by clicking on the link that is sent to you.

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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.


Ed Smith School Improvement Plan and Preventative Strategies Plan
Personalized Learning Implementation Plan
PTO Website


2019-2020 School Parent Compact