Joanne Harlow


Leanna Kirch
Vice Principal

Daniel Evans
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

Joanne Harlow
Mandy Richter

Contact Information:

Main Office: (315) 435-4565
Attendance Office: (315) 435-4565
Guidance Office: (315) 435-4420
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-6517
Nurse's Fax: (315) 435-4470

School Address:

400 Sunnycrest Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13206

School Hours:

8:00 AM-2:50 PM
Middle School 

9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Elementary School


At Huntington PK-8, all school community members are learners, leaders, and global citizens.
Mission Statement:
At Huntington PK-8 School, staff, students, parents, and community partners collaborate to create an educational experience where students feel safe, connected, and engaged in a positive, supportive learning environment.  At Huntington PK-8, diversity is valued and respected, all staff and students strive for academic excellence, and are actively engaged in teaching and learning so students are better prepared for high school, college, and career.  This is accomplished through :

  • Supportive Relationships: we strive to create a culturally responsive environment that provides opportunities for all students and families to engage in the school community, to develop and sustain relationships characterized by respect and appreciation, and where academic and personal achievements are recognized and celebrated.
  • Engaging Learning Environments: teachers provide rigorous, differentiated instruction ("meet students where they are") through innovative personalized learning opportunities, and design classroom environments that meet and support individual student needs.
  • School Safety and Student Supervision: all staff establish clear and consistent expectations for behavior, and consistently teach and acknowledge positive behaviors.
  • Restorative Practices: we promote personal and shared accountability through the use of restorative practices.
  • Social and Emotional Supports and Interventions:  staff implement school-wide initiatives and processes to meet students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

August 2017
Dear Huntington Families,
Welcome all new and returning families to the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited to be starting a new year with you and look forward to working with you as a partner in your child’s education.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and we will do our very best to carry out those responsibilities. We are indeed a supportive and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, prepared to learn. Attendance matters!
2) Puts forth their best effort every day
3) Completes all classwork and homework assignments given by teachers
4) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
5) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
6) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
*School for students in grades K-8 begins on Wednesday, September 6th, with free breakfast and lunch, and students in PK begin on Thursday, September 7th
  • Kindergarten Orientation-August 29th at 12:00 noon in classrooms
  • Back-to-School Barbeque/Open House for all families- Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • PreK Orientation- September 6th- 11:00 (Ms. Patrick); 10:00 and 1:00 (Ms. Appleton); in classrooms
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff, and we are delighted to welcome Dr. Jerome Watts as a new Vice Principal.  Dr. Watts brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children’s academic and emotional needs. Welcome Dr. Watts!  We are also happy to welcome Mr. Grecco (4th grade), Ms. Recuparo (middle school interventionist and AVID teacher), Mrs. Yaus (middle school psychologist), Mr. Casavant (administrative intern), Mrs. Schuster (library media specialist), Mrs. Edmonds (ENL teacher), Ms. Dutcher (ENL teacher), and Mr. Netti (ARISE therapist).
Our staff have been busy all summer participating in professional development and planning, and we are eager to begin working with your child.  This year we are implementing Positivity Project, a character ed initiative, which you will be hearing much more about.  We are also continuing our Personalized Learning, and students will be engaged in setting and monitoring their own individual learning goals.  At the middle school, all students will attend an added Tutorial block, during which time some students will receive extra academic assistance in math and ELA, if needed, from their teachers.
All summer we have been reflecting on our school climate, and identifying ways to ensure that all students learn in a safe, orderly environment.  One very important change is students’ use of cell phones.  Electronic media which is not designated for classroom use are NOT PERMITTED in the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, playground, or restrooms.   All electronic devices must remain out of sight (in backpacks, lockers, etc.) and turned off.  If a student has repeated infractions against the cell phone policy, he/she will be asked to hand over their device, and if necessary,  it will be kept in the main office until a parent comes to retrieve it.  The school may also assign additional appropriate consequences as per the SCSD Code of Conduct. (The school does not take responsibility for lost or stolen cell phones.)  We ask for your support in this.  Students are free to use the phones in the main office in case of an emergency.
Help us keep every child safe while riding or walking to school. Please be mindful of speed limits in the parking lot and remember to avoid parking along the sidewalks (which is unsafe for walkers and blocks other traffic).  This year we are in the process of planning a building renovation, including the parking lot and bus loading areas, and hopefully this process will be much improved by next summer.
During the first week of school teachers will be sending home envelopes with important school communication. Please look this material over and return it back to school with your child ASAP.  It is crucial that we have updated phone numbers and addresses.  Please also make sure you have notified Transportation (435-4260) of any changes (i.e. home address, daycare, etc.) if your child rides a bus.
To stay informed throughout the year, please log onto our webpage at, and follow us on Twitter @HuntingtonSCSD.   Our PTO also has a website ( with a link to their Facebook page.  Please consider joining or attending the PTO this year, which benefits ALL students at our school!  Please also find the list for recommended school supplies on the Huntington School home page. We thank you so much for your contributions and donations.
Again, welcome! The staff and I are excited to begin the new school year with you and your child. We look forward to supporting all our students in their academic growth, and to building a strong partnership together.  We hope to see everyone on September 5th at our annual barbeque and Open House!
Joanne Harlow, Principal
School News
SCSD Students Become Avid Readers Thanks to Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge: As part of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, SCSD students were tasked with reading as much as they could this summer. Their minutes spent reading were tallied, and Mayor Miner visited classrooms with the most minutes read at each school building to present students with a bookmark, sunglasses and a cake.   “I like reading big chapter books,” LeMoyne summer school student Debora Yangwa, now a 6 th grader at Grant Middle School, said. “Reading helps my fluency ... more >>
Wegmans Partnership Brings Farmer’s Markets to SCSD Schools: Students in SCSD elementary schools recently had the opportunity to shop for their own produce, thanks to Farmer’s Market stands provided by Wegmans and the SCSD Department of Food & Nutrition Services.   The stands allowed students to pick fruits and vegetables to try for themselves and bring home to their families.   “The students loved having the opportunity to try different fruits and vegetables,” Huntington Principal Joanne Harlow said. “They especially ... more >>
Huntington Students Vote in ‘Battle of the Books’ Competition: First graders at Huntington experienced a unique way to make their voices heard – as well as a deepened interest in reading—thanks to a project led by Library/Media Specialist Denice Buchanan.   Selecting sixteen children’s books that the students had read in kindergarten or that she planned to read to them during their weekly library visits, Ms. Buchanan created a ‘Battle of the Books’ contest. All sixteen book covers were displayed on a bulletin board in ... more >>
Student Test Scores Show Increase in Achievement: SCSD students made strong gains in the first half of the school year, according to new data highlighting student growth on the STAR ELA and Math Assessments.   The STAR assessments are administered to students in kindergarten through 11 th grade each year in September, December and May and are a screening and progress monitoring tool, showing teachers and school staff students’ baseline knowledge, as well as areas for intervention, remediation or acceleration.   ... more >>
SCSD Students Learn to Value Each Other through Positivity Project: “What does perseverance mean?” Roberts fifth grade teacher Cheryl Coir asked her students. One by one, students called on each other to respond.   “Pushing yourself toward your goal!”   “That you keep doing what you’re doing, even if it’s hard.”   “You never give up!”   For about fifteen minutes a day, Pre-K through eighth grade students at Roberts form circles within their classrooms to discuss a weekly ... more >>

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