HW Smith Pre-K-8 School


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Theresa Haley
Vice Principal
Nickolas Scholz
Amanda Shepherd
Victor Ciciarelli
DASA Coordinator
Victor Ciciarelli
Main Office
(315) 435-4490
Attendance Office
(315) 435-4490
Guidance Office
(315) 435-6413
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4494
School Hours 
Elementary School
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Middle School
8:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Remote Learning Hours
Elementary School
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Middle School
9:45 AM - 3:45 PM
School Address 
1130 Salt Springs Road |
Syracuse, NY 13224





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

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.


August 31st


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Each new school year is a new beginning, and this year, our beginning will look a little different. School will begin remotely on September 14th. Your child will be assigned to a caring and talented teacher who will guide them through these first weeks of remote instruction and will be reaching out to you soon. The school day will be online from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students will be offered both “live” lessons from teachers, recorded lessons and online independent work. Although we will not be physically together, we will still be learning and growing as we continue to strive to become the BEST PREK-8 SCHOOL in Syracuse!

On October 5th we will be reopening with a hybrid model.  If you chose to send your child to school on the reopening parent questionnaire, your child has been assigned Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday to attend in person learning. The other days of the week will be remote learning. Even though masks will be required and we will be required to social distance, our HW Smith Phoenix tradition of excellence will continue. More information regarding the return to school will be mailed home and communicated through robo calls, text messages and our HW Smith Facebook page as we get closer to October.  If you chose NOT to send your child to school in person, there will be both online and paper learning options all five days of the week. We will be utilizing lessons presented on TV on WCNY as well as online platforms such as Seesaw and Canvas.

The Building Men Program is preparing to start a group mentoring program this fall with a virtual after school program to support the middle school (grades 6-8) young men in SCSD.  There will be a Building Men Coordinator in each school to coordinate a group mentoring program that will teach the young men about Significance, Integrity, and to value and build positive Relationships (S.I.R.).  The virtual after school program will be Tuesday – Fitness, Wednesday – Men of Strength Club, Thursday – Character Chalk Talk and an evening Daily Check In. Most importantly the young men will be part of a Brotherhood of young men and men working together to be “A” man not “the” man.  For more information contact Joe Horan jhoran@scsd.us or 315-440-4357.
As always, if your family has recently moved, please contact the main office at (315)435-4490 as soon as possible to change your address. You must present proof of new address such as a utility bill.  It is extremely important that we always have current contact information on file for each student. As a reminder, if you would like to request your child be picked up or dropped off for child care at an address different than your home address, you must complete a new Child Care Request form each year.  It is also important to let us know if your phone number has changed as well. Teachers will be reaching out to you soon!
We have also attached the school supply list by grade level to the back of this letter. These supplies will be used for both remote and in person instruction. We look forward to starting school in just a few weeks! If you have questions, please call us at 315-435-4490.

Thank you
Theresa Haley
School News
Building Men Program Overview & Sign Up Information Building Men Program Overview & Sign Up Information: September 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians,   We hope this letter comes to you in good health and spirits.  This current pandemic has taught us all the power of flexibility and patience.  With that in mind, we are excited to offer our Fall 2020 Virtual Building Men Mentoring Program (BM Mentoring 2020) .                         Our Fall 2020 Virtual Building Men ... more >>
Looking Ahead: Click Here to Fill Out the Reopening Questionnaire Looking Ahead: Click Here to Fill Out the Reopening Questionnaire: Click Here to Fill Out the Questionnaire As parents, it is your decision to have your PK-8th grade child have 100% virtual learning and not attend school in person. In an effort to best understand your plans for your child, we ask that you fill out this questionnaire and let us know what you plan to do this fall. We have proposed a hybrid educational model for the 2020-21 school year.  We feel this will allow us to open the school year in the safest way possible for all students, ... more >>
HW Smith Building Women Group Teaches Teamwork, Empowerment HW Smith Building Women Group Teaches Teamwork, Empowerment: Young ladies at HW Smith have been building their self-worth, teamwork and leadership skills – and improving the school – thanks to a Building Women group. Offered through Peaceful Schools, the group provides regular enrichment to girls in grades four through eight.   Currently in its second year at HW Smith, Building Women meets every other day. Over the course of the school year, the girls focus on seven areas of wellness: intellectual, financial, physical, emotional, social, ... more >>

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Important Information

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) 435-4490 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.




School Supply List