H.W. Smith K – 8
School-Based Health Center

Theresa Haley


Nickolas Scholz
Vice Principal

Amanda Shepherd
Vice Principal

Danya Snihur
Vice Principal

DASA Coordinators:

Danya Snihur
Abigail Gleason

Contact Information:

Main Office: 315) 435-4490
Attendance Office: (315) 435-4490
Guidance Office: (315) 435-6413
Nurse's Office: (315) 435-4494

School Address:

1130 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13224

School Hours:

7:45 AM - 3:25 PM
(All K-8 Students)

School doors open at 7:40 AM for breakfast.



OUR VISION: The vision of HW Smith PreK8 School is to be highly regarded for academic excellence where every student is achieving at his or her maximum potential in an engaging, inspiring and challenging learning environment. 


Dear Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of the staff at HW Smith PreK-8 School, I am excited to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year!This school year is going to be SUPER! A STRONG partnership with you will ensure that your child gets the best education possible! As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school EVERY DAY and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all HOMEWORK and CLASSWORK assignments given by teachers
3) READS daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college
  • School Hours:  Student hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.  Doors open at 7:40 a.m. Students should not arrive before 7:40 a.m. Breakfast is served in the classroom from 7:40 a.m. to 7:55 a.m.  Students are considered late to school at after 7:55 a.m. Dismissal begins at 3:20 p.m.  Please do not enter the building before 3:20 p.m. if you are picking up a student. All parents picking up a student must report to the side parking lot door between 3:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Dropping off or Picking up children: In order to ensure that students arrive on time and stay in class as long as possible, we have a specific procedure for dropping off and picking up your students from school. Our system helps parents avoid the congestion of the bus lane and ensure that ALL students are in homeroom on time.   Please see the attached map and information. We appreciate your help by following these procedures daily. Because our procedure requires cars to be continuously moving as students load/unload, PLEASE DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR ANYWHERE IN THE SIDE PARKING LOT DURING ARRIVAL OR DISMISSAL. If you need to park and enter the building you must park across the street on Melbourne Ave or Audubon Pkwy. CARS MAY NOT PARK OR STAND ANYWHERE ON SALT SPRINGS ROAD.  THIS WILL BE ENFORCED BY THE SYRACUSE PD THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
  • Lunch Information: All students will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge for the entire school year.  All families will need to complete a household income eligibility form mailed to you. Some of you will receive an Eligibility Letter from New York State Education Department. Please forward a copy of this letter to school.
  • Bus Information: Information about bussing will be sent by mail from the transportation department.  If you have an address change, it must be reported to the Registration Office on West Fayette St. with proof of address as soon as possible. Changes in address need to be made by August 18th  to have a bus for the first week of school. If you need assistance with changing your address you can call Registration at 435-4545. If you have questions regarding bussing you can reach Transportation at 435-4260. Please keep in mind that during the school year, all bussing changes must be requested in writing with proof of address and a valid phone number to verify the request.  It takes approximately five (5) school days to change a bus.  One day passes are only be available if there is an existing stop and may only be issued with a request in writing with a valid phone number to verify the information.  For the first few days of school, it is very helpful if you tag your children in grades K-3 with their name, address, bus stop and your phone number.  This helps us assist the drivers and the adults until we get to know your child personally. 
  • Attendance: EVERY STUDENT EVERY DAY! - Make school a priority. Stress the importance that your child attends school each day and make it an expectation. Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Attending school regularly helps children stay up to speed academically while also preparing them for college and professional life. Set a regular routine. Maintaining a consistent sleep pattern, wake up time and morning routine can make school attendance easier. Communicate with the school. Know the school’s attendance policy and keep track of your child’s attendance via Parent Home Access. Don’t hesitate to contact the school to request additional resources if your child is struggling with attendance issues.

    As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 435-4490.  We are looking forward to an amazing school year!

Principal Theresa Haley

School News
You're Invited; Kindergarten Information Sessions: The Syracuse City School District is pleased to host a series of Kindergarten Information Sessions! If you are a city resident with a child who will be five years old by 12/1/18 (born between 12/2/12 and 12/1/13), you are invited to attend. Information Sessions are an opportunity to meet the principal and school staff, tour a kindergarten classroom and learn about our Personalized Learning structure, discuss the kindergarten schedule, learn about school resources and Family Engagement practices ... more >>
HW Students Learn to Quilt for ‘School Block Challenge’: “Ooh, that looks so pretty!”   HW Smith students gather around a sewing machine as their classmate stitches two pieces of fabric together.   The four girls are each creating their own 16x16 inch square quilt block to enter into the 25 th annual School Block Challenge, sponsored by Moda Fabrics and coordinated by the National Quilt Museum. This is not part of a class – the students elected to stay after school to learn quilting simply to gain new skills.   ... more >>
HW Smith Students Represent Syracuse City Schools at National Event: Students and educators from HW Smith Pre-K-8 School were among an elite group selected to present to more than 2,000 attendees at the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit 2017 – in Orlando this month. They were one of just 18 groups from across the United States chosen as a model for middle schools offering PLTW’s computer science curriculum. Last year, HW Smith received a grant from PLTW made possible by Verizon to purchase equipment and get trained ... more >>
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 >>
HW Smith Girl Up Program Empowers Girls to Be Their Own Advocates: A new program in partnership with the United Nations Foundation is empowering girls at HW Smith to become advocates for themselves and others. “Girl Up,” the first of its kind in the SCSD, brings eighth grade girls together to talk about issues impacting them and their future.   “We were hearing that girls felt in the shadow of boys, especially with the Building Men program available to boys here at our school,” eighth grade ELA teacher and Girl Up advisor Carrie ... more >>

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