Porter Elementary School

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Jennifer King-Reese
Vice Principal
Jessica Gauda-Lane

Administrative Intern
Lisa Quinones-Sherman
DASA Coordinators
Jennifer King-Reese
Melissa Giardine
Main Office
(315) 435-4625
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4943
School Hours 
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
School Address
512 Emerson Ave. |
Syracuse, NY 13204 

Welcome to Porter Elementary #ClimbingToGreatness

Porter Elementary School provides a fantastic learning experience for all students! As principal, I have the opportunity to combine my classroom and adminstrative experiences with those of the Porter Staff. Our staff is knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated, and provides excellent academic and enrichment opportunities for all Porter students within a nurturing environment. We continue to strive towards ensuring that all students’ needs are met and we are relentless in this pursuit! I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and to watch your children learn and grow!

Jennifer King-Reese, Principal

Student and Family Ss 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) 435-4625 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.

School-Parent Compact 2019-2020

Syracuse City School District
School-Parent Compact
School Name:  Porter Elementary
The school and parents working cooperatively to provide for the successful education of the children agree:

The School agrees
The Parent/Guardian agrees
To offer an annual meeting for parents of children enrolled to inform them of the Title I program and their right to be involved.
To offer a flexible number of meetings at various times, and--if
necessary and if funds are available—will provide transportation,
child care or home visits for those parents who cannot attend a
regular school meeting.
To actively involve parents in planning, reviewing and improving
the Title I programs and the parental involvement policy.
To provide parents with timely information about all programs.
To provide performance profiles and individual student assessment results for each child, along with other pertinent individual and school district education information.
To provide high quality curriculum and instruction.
To deal with communication issues between teachers and parents through:
     parent-teacher conferences at least annually;
     frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress;
     reasonable access to staff;
     opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s
     class and observation of classroom activities.
To assure that parents may participate in professional development activities (eg., literacy classes, workshops on reading strategies) if the school determines that it is appropriate,.
To become involved in developing, implementing, evaluating and
revising the school parent involvement policy.
To use or ask for technical assistance training that the school district or school may offer on child-rearing practices and teaching and learning strategies.
To work with our child/children on their schoolwork, by:
    •  Reading for 15 to 30 minutes per day to K through 1st grade students.
     • Listening to 2nd and 3rd graders read for 15 to 30 minutes per day.
To monitor our child’s/children’s:
     • attendance at school
     • homework
     • television watching and video game playing
To share the responsibility for improved student achievement.
To communicate with our child’s/children’s teachers about their educational needs.
To ask other parents and parent groups to provide information to the school on what type of training or assistance they would like and/or need to help them to be more effective in assisting your child/children in the educational process.


School News
SCSD Educators Share Best Practices in Virtual Conference SCSD Educators Share Best Practices in Virtual Conference: More than 600 SCSD educators joined together in mid-March to attend Teach, Collaborate, Lead – a virtual professional development conference organized by SCSD teachers. Nearly 30 breakout sessions were offered, in which teachers shared their best practices on everything from culturally responsive education to trauma-informed teaching, from technology discoveries to subject area specific insights and more.   Porter teacher Ashlea Vilello presented a breakout session about ways to give ... more >>
SCSD to Resume Additional In-Person Learning Beginning April 12th SCSD to Resume Additional In-Person Learning Beginning April 12th: On March 22, 2021, Superintendent Alicea presented a plan to the Board of Education that allows for students to return to school for more days of in-person learning.  Both Onondaga County and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided guidance that decreases the recommended space between students from six feet to three feet.  This change allows us the space to bring more students safely into each classroom.  Thanks to the great number of responses to our return-to-school ... more >>
SCSD to Offer Spring Recess Meal Pickup on March 31st SCSD to Offer Spring Recess Meal Pickup on March 31st: The SCSD Food & Nutrition Services Department will be offering a meal distribution over Spring Recess. Students may stop by any of the following sites on Wednesday, March 31 st from 9:30 am – 1 pm .   Bellevue Delaware Dr. Weeks Ed Smith ELMS Franklin Frazer Henninger Huntington HW Smith LeMoyne Lincoln McKinley-Brighton Meachem Nottingham (this site will be serving from 8:00 am – 1:15 pm) Peoples AME Zion Porter PSLA at Fowler (this ... more >>
New School Year = New #SCSDPride! New School Year = New #SCSDPride!: A new school year means new #SCSDPride! Staff throughout the Syracuse City School District have been sharing the reasons they love the SCSD, or the new and exciting things they are trying this school year. Check out a few of their responses below, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see the latest points of #SCSDPride!    Frazer Pre-K-8 School "After 34 plus years of teaching Kindergarten at Frazer, I thought I would try something different: flexible ... more >>

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