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Ed Smith: Floating Art Parade in Syracuse: Entries Wanted

I hope to send the official flyer soon, but for now.

*Forwarded from an alumni family of Ed Smith…may be of interest to
families and educators…thanks, Carolyn and Missy!*

I picked up a flyer about the 7th annual creek float: floating art parade.
I thought it might be of interest to families as well as the art teacher(s)
and classroom teachers.

The parade takes place on Sunday, May 7th along Onondaga Creek through
Franklin Square. The sculptures can float on their own or be tied to an
inner tube.

There are other easy to meet requirements on their flyer. *For more info
as well as registering go to **Creekfloat [at] gmail [dot] com* <Creekfloat [at] gmail [dot] com>.

Many thanks,


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January Box Tops results

Thanks to all who brought Box Tops to school for our January race.

It was a *HUGE* month for box tops with many classes bringing in more than

I am happy to announce that *Ms. Fiacchi’s class* won the Box Top race for
January 2017!!!

Prizes will be presented to the class when we return from break.

Here are the complete results for January:
Fiacchi: 407
Putt: 261
Berish: 220
Grace/Mathew: 123
Gratien: 33
DiTucci: 98
6th grade: 68
Warner: 25
Rogers: 13

Remember to keep bringing those Box Tops to school to help your class win
the February Box Tops race!

Please contact me at kari [dot] zheheimerman [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions.

Thanks for your help with Box Tops. Every little bit helps!!
-Kari Zhe-Heimerman




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State Education Department Seeking Input for Determining School Accountability Under ESSA

Ed Smith Families –

I hope you can see the forwarded email below about public comment requested
on determining school accountability.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Families Together in New York State <bhansen [at] ftnys [dot] org>
Date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:07 AM
Subject: [FTNYS News] State Education Department Seeking Input for
Determining School Accountability Under ESSA
To: sjcpierce [at] neurodiversityconsulting [dot] org

FEBRUARY 21, 2017
*For More Information Contact:*
Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie
(518) 474-1201

State Education Department Seeking Input for Determining School
Accountability Under ESSA
*Survey Responses **on Possible Indicators of School Quality and Student
Success **Accepted Through March 20*
*Winter Regional Open Meetings Held In Coming Weeks*
The New York State Education Department is accepting public comment on
potential Indicators of School Quality and Student Success for inclusion in
the State system for determining school accountability under the Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today.
After seeking input from teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and
other stakeholders, NYSED developed a Survey of Possible School Quality and
Student Success Indicators. The Department is accepting responses to the
survey through March 20. A series of Winter Regional Open Meetings to
receive feedback on specific questions regarding development of New York’s
State ESSA application is also planned for stakeholders, to be held from
February 27 – March 17.

“Every step of the way, we are asking parents, teachers, students,
administrators and community organizations to be part of the conversation
to ensure brighter futures for our children,” Board of Regents Chancellor
Betty A. Rosa said. “That conversation must include indicators of success
such as student access to highly qualified teachers and Advanced Placement
courses, and parent and community engagement to help improve our schools.
These are transformative, whole-school practices that have the potential to
dramatically improve educational outcomes for all students.”
“In developing New York’s ESSA plan, we are working to identify the most
important tools for improving performance in schools,” Commissioner Elia
said. “That’s why it’s so important that we have input from stakeholders
across the state, and I encourage anyone who would like to do so to take
part in this survey. The indicators we choose will be key in helping us
determine whether schools are finding the most effective ways to improve so
our students can have the best possible chance at success.”

*ESSA Requirements for Indicators of School Quality and Student Success*
ESSA requires states to reconsider their accountability systems for public
schools. As was required under the No Child Left Behind Act, states must
use the proficiency rates of students in language arts and mathematics and
high school graduation rates to hold schools accountable for their
performance. ESSA requires that schools also be held accountable for the
progress that English language learners make toward acquisition of English
In addition, states’ school accountability systems must include at least
one additional indicator of School Quality or Student Success. These
indicators may vary by each grade span and can include:

– measures of student access to and completion of advanced coursework;
– postsecondary readiness;
– school climate and safety;
– student engagement;
– teacher engagement; or
– any other measure that meaningfully differentiates among schools and
is valid, reliable, comparable and available for schools statewide.

Any indicators chosen must also be calculated in the same way for all
schools across the State and be able to be disaggregated for each subgroup
of students. School Year 2017-18 results will be the first time that
selected indicators will be used as part of the process of differentiating
school performance and determining which schools shall be identified for
support and improvement.

The Department is required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to
submit a state plan, which fulfills the requirements of ESSA, by September

*How to Respond to the Survey*
The Survey of Possible Indicators of School Quality and Student Success can
be found here
Translated surveys in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic are also available at
that link.

Survey responses can be submitted through March 20. The Department will
review the survey responses and provide an update on the results of the
survey to the New York State Board of Regents at its March and April
meetings. Based on the survey results, and in consultation with the
State’s Committee of Practioners and the ESSA Think Tank, the Board of
Regents will determine which indicators should be included in the state’s
draft plan.

*Winter Regional Open Meetings on ESSA*
NYSED will provide an additional opportunity for stakeholder and public
input, from February 27 through March 17. District Superintendents and
Superintendents of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers
will host open public meetings to gather public input on questions related
to the development of the draft state ESSA plan.

The meetings will be focused on 14 questions for which the Department
wishes feedback on specified options before making recommendations for how
to address these questions in developing a draft of New York’s State ESSA
application. Questions address such issues as: what new innovative
assessment practices New York may wish to seek approval to pilot;
assessment and accountability requirements for newly arrived English
language learners, strategies for preservice preparation and professional
support for educators; design of the state’s public school accountability
system; and supports and interventions in low performing schools.
Individuals who wish to attend these meetings can find information about
the dates, times, locations, and other pertinent details on the New York
Education Department’s ESSA website


An update on the feedback gathered from the public at these meetings will
be presented to the New York State Board of Regents at future meetings.
For more information about the State’s work in developing the required ESSA
state plan, including dates of upcoming Regional Meetings, and updates
regarding the results of the survey, please visit the Department’s ESSA



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Free Computer Science Exploration Day for High School Students at Syracuse University on Saturday February 25

This may be of interest to those with older children.

*From:* Carol Elizabeth Stokes-Cawley [mailto:cestokes [at] syr [dot] edu]
*Sent:* Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:55 AM
*Subject:* Free Computer Science Exploration Day for High School Students
at Syracuse University on Saturday February 25

As a summer of 2015 Project Engage participant, I thought you might be
interested in attending the following free program. Hope to see you
there! Carol
As part of National Engineers Week, Syracuse University’s College of
Engineering & Computer Science will host a Computer Science Exploration Day
on Saturday, February 25, from 10 am-2:30 pm in Link Hall. High school
students are invited to come to campus to explore computer science through
hands-on workshops led by Engineering and Computer Science faculty
members. Registration is open to all students in grades 9-12. To register

* Celebrate
National Engineers Week with*
*Syracuse University’s College of Engineering & Computer Science*
*“Computer Science
Exploration Day”*
*Saturday, February 25, 2017*
*Link Hall 10 am – 2:30 pm, *Event check-in begins at 9:30 am
· *Hands-on Workshops with College Faculty*
· *Student Project Displays*
· *Student Panel Discussions*
· *College Tours*
· *Pizza Lunch*
The program is open to Students in Grades 9-12
Students should register on-line by visiting the link below:
Contact Carol Stokes-Cawley with Event Questions at cestokes [at] syr [dot] edu
*Carol Stokes-Cawley*
College of Engineering and Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244-1240
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STEM Night Flyer and request for help

Dear Ed Smith Families,

Attached are details about STEM Night, coming up soon on March 2nd!!

Of course you are invited to attend but also we encourage you to volunteer to help out.

This is an amazing night of fun and learning for you and your children that works because of the support of our community and parent volunteers.

Please check out the attached flyer, put the event on your calendar, and contact Andrea Buckvold if you can lend a hand.
pdf icon STEM-NIGHT-Flyer-2017.pdf

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One last reminder! (for the list-serve!)


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TNT Meeting TONIGHT at 7:00 pm

The next TNT Area 5 Eastside Meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm at Nottingham High School.

Attached are the meeting minutes for the December 13th meeting.pdf icon 2016-TNT-December-Meeting-Minutes.pdf

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Fwd: Nottingham: ReZone Syracuse this week at Nottingham

Forwarded from the Nottingham listserv-

The following information is being provided through the mayor’s office and will affect all city residents. Attending one of the two remaining public meetings is an excellent way to learn more about this process.


ReZone Syracuse Will Host Four Quadrant-Based Meetings to Answer Questions, Provide Information About First Draft Zoning Map

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse has released the first draft Citywide Zoning Map as part of the ReZone Syracuse process. The map, which can be accessed at the ReZone Syracuse website, will be the first of three drafts to be issued during this process. The City will host a series of four public forums encouraging residents to learn more about the process and ask questions about the new map. Staff from EDR, the ReZone Syracuse consultants, as well as the City Zoning and Planning offices, will be on hand to answer more technical questions.

The meetings will take place throughout February at City High Schools. The dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7pm in the cafeteria of Corcoran High School
919 Glenwood Avenue

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7pm in the cafeteria of Nottingham High School
3100 E. Genesee Street

About ReZone Syracuse

ReZone Syracuse is a City led project to comprehensively overhaul of the City’s Zoning Ordinance & Map. First adopted in 1922 and last revised in 1967, this will be the first comprehensive revision of these regulations in 50 years. This process will affect every parcel of land in the City of Syracuse and streamline the City’s Zoning Ordinance to make it more predictable and efficient for property owners and prospective developers. This project will provide an updated ordinance that incorporates principles of form-based codes, Smart Growth, Traditional Neighborhood Development, and Transit Oriented Development, among other current best planning and zoning practices.

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AmazonSmile account link

From Sam Pierce –

If you’re shopping on Amazon, the Amazon Smile account link for Ed Smith is here:

Other links:

Sent from my iPhone

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Notes from Mrs. Wilson on Lion King/ Notables/ 2nd and 3rd grade concert

*A few updates and reminders from Mrs. Wilson: *

There will be NO *Notables* rehearsal this week on Wednesday morning.
Instead, all Notables singers that are participating in the National Anthem
at the Silver Knights game on 2/26 will have a short rehearsal on Friday
morning at 8:15 (if possible!). If you haven’t returned your permission
slips/ order forms for the game, please get those ready and have to me no
later than this Wednesday (preferably Tuesday).

There will be NO *Lion King *rehearsal on Wednesday of this week (ski
club), so please plan on coming to rehearsal on Thursday instead. I
realize this wasn’t on the original schedule, so please have your student
see me with individual conflicts.

A reminder that our *2nd and 3rd grade concert* is this Thursday evening at
7pm! Please have your students in the music room at 6:30 dressed in red,
white and blue!

Any questions, please email me at kchaney [at] scsd [dot] us.

Stay safe and warm!

Thanks, Mrs. Wilson 🙂

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Ed Smith Night at the Silver Knights

From Mrs. Wilson –

The Notables Singers from Ed Smith will be singing the National Anthem at
the Silver Knights game on Sunday, February 26th at 4pm. The Silver
Knights have offered for ALL Ed Smith students (not just the singers!) to
have free tickets to that game! If you are interested in going to the
game, please call the number on the attached flyer or stop by the box
office to reserve your seats. I cannot collect money or ticket information
for you unless your student is in the Notables.

We look forward to seeing you there! Any questions, feel free to email
Mrs. Wilson at kchaney [at] scsd [dot] us.pdf icon edsmith224AllStudentsrevised.pdf

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information for Prospective Kindergarten Families!

We have two more opportunities coming up next week to tour Ed Smith and meet our amazing Kindergarten teachers and staff! Please share the flyer with friends and neighbors and ask them to RSVP so we can ensure we have enough volunteers to give tours. Thanks!

pdf icon Ed-Smith-Open-House-Flyer-v03.pdf

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