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Principal's Information

Tom Sweeney, Principal

Phone: 315-434-3850
East Syracuse Elementary School
230 Kinne Street
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Dear Families of East Syracuse Elementary, 

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Principal at East Syracuse Elementary. This school holds a special place in my heart as I attended Heman Street School and Kinne Street School myself. I feel immense pride in this outstanding school and its community, and I'm excited about the remarkable achievements we'll accomplish together in the upcoming school year and beyond.

For the past two years, I served as an Associate Principal at Pine Grove Middle School and as an Assistant Principal at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School. Prior to that, I worked district-wide at ESM, providing support to students and staff with instructional technology. Additionally, I was an elementary-level classroom teacher for twelve years. My firm belief is that all students can achieve success at high levels with proper support, guidance, and a sense of safety and belonging. I am thrilled to collaborate with our dedicated staff and incredible families to foster a positive culture built on community, inclusivity, and acceptance.

At ESE, we not only focus on academic support and excellence but also place a strong emphasis on the social and emotional well-being of our students. Through our PBIS programs and Second Step curriculum, we prioritize social-emotional learning and well-being. Our highly-qualified staff is committed to ensuring that all students feel safe and welcomed at ESE.

I strongly advocate for a robust partnership between home and school. Ongoing communication between families and the school is crucial to meeting students' needs effectively. By working together as a strong team in support of our students, we can achieve the best results for everyone. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have at any time.

To keep you informed, we will use ParentSquare for communication about upcoming events and announcements. Additionally, a monthly newsletter will provide information about important happenings. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting all students and families and working together to further strengthen the ESE learning community.

A friendly reminder that the drop-off time at ESE this school year will be between 8:05-8:15 a.m., with classes starting promptly at 8:15 a.m. Teacher placement letters will be sent out via ParentSquare in mid-August. Thank you for your unwavering support for your child, and I am confident that we will have an incredibly successful school year ahead.


Tom Sweeney


East Syracuse Elementary School