Collegiate Guest Speaker Wes Whiteside Visits Middle School

On Monday, March 26, 2018, the middle school kicked off College Week with guest speaker Wes Whiteside from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Wes discussed college requirements and the admissions process with all 7th graders, drawing from his work at Syracuse University as an academic adviser and previous experience in college admissions. He offered hands-on activities in which students could state positive things about themselves and provide examples of college admission requirements. Wes explained crucial information about SAT and ACT tests, college admissions essays, self-discipline, time management, organization and plagiarism. At SAS we remain fully committed to our college preparatory mission to create tomorrow’s leaders! Go ATOMS! #SASCS #SASAtoms

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Honors Earned at CNY Science and Engineering Fair

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, several students from SAS Middle School attended the CNY Science and Engineering Fair by MOST Museum at the SRC Arena. Students in 5th, 6th and 7th grade worked very hard to compete at this level. Our school had winners in both 5th and 6th grade. Natalie Shelley and Landon Barfknecht took home Honors level awards for 5th grade, and Morgan Purcell took home an Honors award for 6th grade. We are proud of all our students who went to the fair. They are sterling examples of what we strive to create at SAS: scientists of tomorrow! Go ATOMS! #SASAtoms #SASCS

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Third Graders Visit Cazenovia Sports Bowl

On, Monday, March 26, 2018, third-grade students from SAS Elementary School enjoyed a field trip to Cazenovia Sports Bowl. While bowling together, students worked on team-building skills and sportsmanship--two important aspects of their physical education. The experience provided hands-on learning that was loads of fun for everyone.

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SAS students participated in the 39th annual CNY Science and Engineering Fair

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, the 39th annual CNY Science and Engineering Fair (#CNYSEF) took place at SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. Mr Asmus and Mr. Sigindere were at the fair with a group of high school students. Mr Carter also attended the fair with a group of middle school students.

The fair is organized by the MOST and supported by SRC Inc., Lockheed Martin, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, IEEE, Saab Defense and Security, Syracuse University Engineering & Computer Science, and the Technology Alliance of Central New York.

Our students represented our school very well and received number of awards:

Azamat Karimov and Riley Phuc received high honors award and medal in the senior (9-12) division. They also received IEEE Awards in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Wah Hee Dar and Moo Ra Say received Terra Science & Education Award.

Jamila Eatman was also at the event with her parent. She received number of awards and prices. She became 1 of 3 finalist in CNYSEF 2018 and will participate at New York State Science Congress in SUNY Buffalo. She received $40k scholarship from SU. Her project received an environmental award from SUNY-ESF, as well as a Chemistry award from CNY section of the American Chemical Society. She received a SUNY Oswego Genius Olympiad Award and was invited to this year's #GENIUS Olympiad. Her project was also selected for Stockholm Junior Water Prize event. #SASCS #SASAtoms

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SAS Atoms performed as part of the Music In Our Schools Month

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the SAS Atoms high school band traveled to Albany, NY to perform as part of the Music in Our Schools Month Festival in the capitol. They performed in the concourse for elected officials and passersby and toured the capitol building. The band was excited to share their music with people in Albany and demonstrate the importance of music programs in schools. #SASCS #SASAtoms #NYSAssembly #MIOSM #MusicConnectsUs

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Lady Atoms attended an Annual Breakfast with our Superintendent Dr. Hayali

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, annual breakfast with our superintendent Dr. Hayali was held at the district office, but this time #SASCS Lady Atoms had special gifts for Dr. Hayali. We had a chance to play the Section III Class C final for 3 years back to back and get the first program`s title this year along with Regional Title and State Finalist Title.

We always appreciate the support that we receive from District Office especially from Dr. Hayali, Dr. Kocak and Mrs. Brand. They work tirelessly for the students of Syracuse Academy of Science. Dr. Hayali talked about what is next for the girls and how they need to study to continue their education, become productive citizens and give back to community any way possible.

Athletic Department thanks for the support for these special #SASAtoms student-athletes.

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Congratulations to SASCS Lady Atoms


Monday, March 19, 2018 was a special day at Syracuse Academy of Science for Lady Atoms Basketball Team. Whole school came together in the morning to celebrate these special student-athletes. The team accomplish a lot this year by winning the girls basketball program`s first Section III, Regional, and State Finalist Titles.

Athletic Department and the Lady Atoms thank a lot for the support we received from administration, staff, and students. Special thanks go to Coach Reginald Pickard and Donniesha Terry for their hard work and dedication.

2017-18 #SASCS Girls Varsity Basketball Team Roster

  • #1 Lyrik Jackson
  • #4 Anyiaha Powell
  • #5 Xyel Bradford
  • #11 Diamonne Harris
  • #15 Erykah Pasha
  • #20 Josette Rowser-Groh
  • #23 Freey Pleasants
  • #24 Alexius Pierce
  • #40 Zion Patterson

2017-18 SAS Girls Varsity Basketball Record

  • Overall Record 20-5
  • League Record 12-0
  • OHSL Patriot National Champions
  • Class C Sectional Champions
  • Regional Champions
  • 2017-2018 Class C New York State Champions Finalists
  • Ranked #2 in New York State

Let`s Goooo #SASAtoms…

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It was a magic season for the Syracuse Academy of Science girls basketball team

Syracuse Academy of Science girls' run ended in overtime of Class C hoops final.

The #SASAtoms accomplished a lot - winning the program's first Section III title and advancing to the state final four.

SAS missed out on only one goal, as Section IX champion Millbrook bested the Atoms, 67-64, in overtime in the Class C state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College.

"We came up short, but we accomplished a whole lot," #SASCS coach Reggie Pickard said after his team came out on the short end of the 4-minute extra session, during which the Atoms led three times before surrendering the final four points. "Overtime game, we lost to a great team, a well-coached team."

SAS, who finish 19-5, lost despite a determined effort from senior Lyrik Jackson, who led the Atoms with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and junior Diamonne Harris, who added 23 points.

"She made a big difference," Pickard said.

Millbrook led the whole way, until there was just one minute left in regulation. A basket by Jackson tied the game at 54-54.

The Blazers pushed the lead back to four points with 34 seconds left, but SAS got a pair of free throws from Jackson to pull within two and 6-0 sophomore Erykah Pasha sent the game into overtime by converting two free throws with no time left on the clock after she was fouled on a put back attempt at the buzzer.

The Atoms led three times in the extra session - 60-59, 62-61 and 64-63 - before the Blazers got their final points from reserve junior forward Claire Martell, who hit a basket and two free throws in the final 45 seconds.

Pickard said he told his players to keep their heads high.

"I just told them they had no reason to hang their heads," said Pickard, who started the varsity program at SAS in 2010. "We set a goal at the beginning of the season. We reached our goal, but we just came up short."

Pickard said his all-state senior, Jackson, was all heart.

"She played hurt. She twisted her ankle early on. Her shoulder was still sore from the fall yesterday. She was banged up. But she gave it her all. She gave it her heart," he said.

The coach said he hoped the Atoms would be back, albeit probably in a higher classification. Nearly everyone associated with Section III basketball expects that SAS will be moved up in class by the competition committee.

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SAS blanks Allegany-Limestone in final minutes for 55-50 win in Class C girls basketball semifinal

Eighth-grader Alexius Pierce made the go-ahead layup in the game's last minute, and junior Diamonne Harris hit four straight free throws in the final 10 seconds as the Syracuse Academy of Science held off Allegany-Limestone, 55-50, in a Class C girls basketball state semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Section III-champion Atoms (20-4) will play in the 8-year-old program's first state final at 4 p.m. Saturday against Section IX champion Millbrook.

"It feels unbelievable," said Harris, who led all scorers with 20 points. "We worked so hard - day after day - it was all worth it. It feels so good."

"We just willed our way (to the win), said senior leader Lyrik Jackson, who scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made five steals for the Atoms. "Coach said keep pushing. We didn't want to go home."

SAS, which trailed by six points at the half (32-26) sparked its second-half offense with a pressing defense that forced Allegany-Limestone into 22 turnovers and yielded a dozen steals.

The #SASAtoms also held Gators' star senior center Morgan Davis to 14 points, about five below her season's average. Morgan only had six in the second half.

"Amazing. Just amazing," said #SASCS head coach Reggie Pickard. "I'm still kind of dreaming - like are we here or not, you know? We're doing everything possible to win a championship. We've worked hard for eight years, and here we are."

The Atoms trailed by as many as eight points late in the second quarter but caught the Gators just two minutes into the third using a press that started paying off in turnovers.

"Our pressure has been the key for us all year," Pickard said. "We force turnovers, make the game kind of ugly. I thought if we pressured a little more in the second half it would harder for them to get the ball to their bigs."

Allegany-Limestone, from Section VI near Olean, still led by two at the start of the fourth quarter, but SAS sophomore Xyel Bradford's 3-pointer put the Atoms ahead, 41-40, with just under 7 minutes left. Pierce hit another huge three with 2:30 left to play that gave SAS a 47-46 advantage.

But the Gators continued to make big baskets, too, and Allegany-Limestone had a 50-49 lead, and the ball, with just under a minute left to play.

On the in-bounds play, Harris dove for a steal and somehow got the ball to Pierce, who drove in for what would turn out to be the winning points, making it 51-50, Atoms.

The Gators began fouling, but Harris proved worthy against the pressure, hitting two sets for free throws in the final eight seconds.

"It was very nerve-wracking, but we do this all of the time in practice," she said. "I have to stay calm."

Allegany-Limestone coach Frank Martin said his team just couldn't quite hold it together in the final minutes against the SAS quickness.

"I'd love to have the last minute and a half back," he said. "We weren't as good as we needed to be to close this game out. We just weren't as good as we needed to be at the end."

The Atoms had a scare in the final seconds when Jackson took a shot to her head when she went down chasing a loose ball and an Allegany-Limestone player fell on top of her. She had to be helped off the court but was up and talking in the aftermath.

Harris said she hoped to go swimming in the hotel pool later in the day, but her coach wasn't hearing it.

No, no. We're not going to do any swimming," he said, laughing. "Too much muscle movement. They got mad at me last night because I took their phones from them. I'm doing that again tonight, too."

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Inspired effort gives SAS win over Bainbridge-Guilford, berth in state semifinals

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Syracuse Academy of Science advances to Class C state semifinals with 62-57 win over Bainbridge-Guilford.

It wasn’t easy. But it did feel inevitable.

It took 32 minutes of steely effort, but Syracuse Academy of Science used timely shooting and 20 points from Lyrik Jackson to defeat Bainbridge-Guilford 62-57 on Saturday at the SRC Arena in the Class C regional finals. The win advanced the #SASAtoms into the state semifinals, where they will take on Allegany-Limestone.

“We dug in. We just dug in,” SAS head coach Reginald Pickard said. “We knew that we had it in us we just had to let it come out.”

The Atoms needed all the grit they could muster in the fourth quarter. Trailing 45-44 to start the final frame, SAS put together an 11-2 run to start the fourth, creating a 55-47 advantage. Alexius Pierce, Freey Pleasants and Xyel Bradford all contributed to a run that Jackson capped with a three from the left side.

“That’s what coach teaches us,” Jackson said. “At times like that you can’t feel the pressure, we had to stay calm and be focused. So that’s what we did.”

Bainbridge-Guilford responded with a 8-0 run to even the score at 55, but Jackson, Pierce and Pleasants again combined for a 7-2 run that clinched the five-point win for #SASCS. All in all, the Atoms finished with five players scoring more than five points and three players in double figures.

“We have a great team, and it makes us hard to defend,” Pickard said. “It gives us a balanced attack, and we can spread it out.”

The late run was a product of that depth and a level of resilience after the Atoms had led by as much as nine in the first quarter, only to eventually trail by as much as six in the second.

“It’s a team effort,” Jackson said. “We were flat for a little, and we knew they were a good team. Coach just told us to run, and it was scrappy but it worked out.”

Jackson led the Atoms with 20 points, just missing a double-double with eight rebounds. Pleasants and Pierce added 12 apiece, and Bradford pitched in eight. Abigail Selfridge led all scorers with 23 for Bainbridge-Guilford.

Having unlocked enough of their potential to break into the state semifinals, Pickard said his girls are just getting started.

“Our motto is ‘let me be great.’ It’s about potential,” Pickard said. “It came from one of our coaches who lost her son, he always said, ‘let me be great.’ That’s what we did tonight and what we want to keep doing.”

The Atoms’ next opportunity comes on Friday when they meet Allegany-Limestone. That game is scheduled for an 11:45 a.m. tip at Hudson Valley Community College.

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