Progress made at Smith Road, junior high

Almost lost in September's school opening activities was the good news relative to both Smith Road Elementary School and North Syracuse Junior High School.

Both schools made Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)!

This was Smith Road's second year in achieving this goal, and consequently, the school is no longer considered a school in need of improvement by the State Education Department. This was the junior high school's first year making Safe Harbor. One more year and the school is off the state list.

As you recall, students in both schools had performed well on the state ELA assessment, but the scores of students with disabilities were not high enough to reach the state standard in English language arts.

This accomplishment occurred as the result of hard work of the students and staff at the two buildings. There was an increased emphasis on staff development and additional academic assistance for students at the two schools.

Both schools developed Comprehensive Education Plans that assisted them during the course of the school year. Let me assure you that their respective success was not accidental; it was earned.

I know you join me in commending our students and staff at Smith Road Elementary School and North Syracuse Junior High School for their accomplishments.

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