North Syracuse Central School District
5355 West Taft Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Principal's Page

Mr. Stone


Dear Smith Road Families,

Parents often wonder what procedure is used to group students into classes for the next school year. At each elementary school a grouping committee assists with this process. This committee consists of classroom teachers, special educators, and support staff. Students will be grouped in each class taking into consideration the mix of boys and girls and the mixture of academic abilities. We begin the grouping process in May, but as many new students register throughout the Spring and Summer, the process will not be complete until mid-August. Once the class assignments are complete, a letter will be mailed to parents indicating their child’s room number and teacher.

Teachers have been asked not to discuss placement with parents. Individual teachers cannot guarantee the placement of any student.

While requests for a specific teacher will not be honored, you may wish to share concerns about your child’s particular educational needs. You may address these concerns in writing to Mr. Stone by May 16, 2014. Please be concise and limit your comments to the following:

·         Your child’s specific learning style, strengths, or weaknesses;

·         A request that your child not be placed with a teacher that an older child had;

·         Critical information that your child’s teacher may not have access to.

Once classroom placements are made and letters sent home, it is very difficult to make any changes. If you have a concern, please do not wait until you receive your placement letter in the mail. It is much easier to handle special cases early in the process.

I hope that you and your family have a safe and happy month and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 218-2800.




Greg Stone
Principal, Smith Road Elementary