HW Smith Pre-K-8 School



 

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Principal
Theresa Haley
Vice Principal
Nickolas Scholz
Amanda Shepherd
Victor Ciciarelli
DASA Coordinators
Teri Haley
Abigail Gleason
Main Office
(315) 435-4490
Attendance Office
(315) 435-4490
Guidance Office
(315) 435-6413
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4494
School Hours 
All K-8 Students
7:45 AM - 3:25 PM
School doors open at 7:40 AM for breakfast.
School Address 
1130 Salt Springs Road |
Syracuse, NY 13224

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Mission
To cultivate all students’ academic, social and emotional skills in preparation for success in high school and beyond.

Vision
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.

Highly Regarded: A school where the district and state recognize the progress towards the highest attendance rate, the lowest incidents in discipline, and the highest scores on NYS assessments.

Student Friendly Vision
To become the best K-8 school in Syracuse.

 

Dear Families,
 
Welcome! HW Smith PreK-8 School is a great place to go to school! We are dedicated to our students who are eager to learn. In planning for our success, the school community has developed the following mission and vision.
  • The mission of our school is to cultivate all students’ academic, social and emotional skills in preparation for success in high school and beyond.
  • Our vision 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. To our students this means that we to be the best K-8 school in Syracuse.
Much has been written about the power of positivity. The research is clear, when we expect the best, we are more likely to get it. This is especially true of students. When we set high expectations and reward effort, we are much more likely to see students doing good things for themselves and for others. For example, students with self?management skills have tools they need to be successful. We also teach specific life skills such as perseverance, we reward positive student behaviors, we recognize academic achievements, and we building strong relationships with families.  We believe our students will become positive, self?confident people with a growth mindset who will become credits to their family, school, and community.
 
Communication is a key to our success. We encourage you to join your child’s class DOJO. This is an excellent way to communicate with your child’s teachers and to see pictures and updates from the classroom. As always, you can also email teachers or call and leave them a message to call you at 315-435-4490. Lastly, all students in grades three through eight will receive a planner each marking period. Students are expected to write down their homework every day in this planner. It is also a place for you to send notes to teachers! Please be sure that you check your child’s planner every night.
 
We are looking forward to an award winning school year!
 
Principal
Theresa Haley
School News
Farmer’s Markets Encourage SCSD Students to Make Healthy Choices Farmer’s Markets Encourage SCSD Students to Make Healthy Choices: Students at LeMoyne, Roberts, Frazer, Van Duyn, Delaware, Bellevue, Huntington, HW Smith, Seymour, Dr. Weeks, Meachem and Dr. King had the opportunity to try new fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to Farmer’s Markets in their school buildings!   In partnership with the Onondaga County Health Department, the American Heart Association and other community agencies, students were able to select and sample their own bag of fresh produce.   “It is our hope that ... more >>
SCSD Math Teachers Featured in National Book, Videos SCSD Math Teachers Featured in National Book, Videos: Three SCSD math teachers have been featured in a new book written by a nationally-recognized mathematician and educator.   Salem Hyde teacher Michelle Saroney, HW Smith teacher Jennifer Mossotti and Huntington teacher Michelle Musumeci were all selected to be included in Peg Smith’s book “The 5 Practices in Practice.”   Ms. Smith, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, approached SCSD Supervisor ... more >>
HW Smith Students “Walk” to Hollywood HW Smith Students “Walk” to Hollywood: There is a Hollywood theme at HW Smith school this year: ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’   So when Physical Education teacher Kim McKenna wanted to find a way to encourage students and staff to move more during the school day, she knew just the activity: a “Walk to Hollywood” contest.   Students in kindergarten through eighth grade – along with teachers and staff – would work together over the course of the school year to collectively walk the 5,674,940 ... more >>
Students Participate in Third Annual SCSD Debate Competition Students Participate in Third Annual SCSD Debate Competition: Middle and high school students from Ed Smith, ELMS, Grant, HW Smith, PSLA at Fowler and Westside Academy at Blodgett recently gathered at Grant Middle School for the third annual SCSD Debate Competition.   The theme of this year’s competition: Next Generation Science Standards. Debate topics ranged from human cloning to vegetarianism to space exploration, government biofuel subsidies and more.   Students were given a topic in advance and prepared to defend both sides of ... more >>
SCSD Partners with Harvard’s Proving Ground on Attendance Initiative SCSD Partners with Harvard’s Proving Ground on Attendance Initiative: Thanks to a three-year partnership with Harvard University’s Proving Ground , the Syracuse City School District is trying new methods to help improve student attendance and make sure that every student attends school every day!   The partnership brings SCSD together with other school systems across the country, all working together to help remove the barriers to student achievement. Proving Ground helps districts analyze their data to find areas that are preventing student success. ... more >>


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