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 1, 2015. Please be concise and limit your comments to the

  • 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