Author Jackie Grace Visits Third Graders

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, third graders had an opportunity to meet a guest speaker excited to tell what it is like to be an author. Jackie Grace is a local story teller turned author who graciously shared some of her stories with the class. As a testament to her wonderful storytelling skills, she had the students engaged throughout her entire visit!


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Women's Leadership Panel at High School

SASCS High School is hosting a month-long series to celebrate Women's History Month. Each week, women in leadership positions will be highlighted. This week we welcomed Gina Iliev, Planned Parenthood Health Equity Coalition Coordinator, and Sally Curran, Executive Director from Volunteer Lawyers Project. Both women outlined their struggles and success in making it to where they are today. Both women made a lasting impact on the students by sharing their unique journeys.


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Middle School Students Read Across America

On Monday, March 5, 2018, students in the middle school participated in Read Across America to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ (belated) birthday! ELA classes began the day with a read aloud of The Lorax, discussion on the environment, and time to drop everything and read!

In the afternoon, students in each grade rotated among three different stations related to four Dr. Seuss books: Horton Hatches the Egg, The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and The Lorax. The stations included more reading and writing, STEM activities, and a video with activities about The Lorax. Students left for the day with a “truffula tree seed” in hand and a quote in their minds.

We would like to leave you with one of our favorite quotes that embodies what we hope for our students as they go out into the world, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –The Lorax

Go ATOMS! #SASAtoms #SASCS #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss

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Kindergarteners Take MOST Field Trip

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, kindergarteners took an exciting trip to the MOST, where they got to experience the Paleo Story of Life exhibit. Our students learned about fossils, and some of the rare ones they saw included Lucy, Archaeopteryx, a T Rex, and a raptor. After looking at all the displays, students had a fun-filled time in the play area. They can hardly wait for their next visit.


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Read-Across-America Spirit Week at SAS Elementary

Throughout the week of February 26, 2018, SASCS Elementary School celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Students were very creative with their silly socks, wacky-hair day and funny-hat day. Older students performed a reader's theater for first-grade classes. Many classrooms celebrated reading Dr. Seuss books, and students competed in a reading challenge by logging all the pages they read over Winter Break. What a great way to promote reading and creativity at school!

#SASAtoms #SASCS #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss

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Shakespearean Workshop

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Jada Williams, Aliyah Elliot-Felder and Makaylee Davis represented #SASCS at the English Speaker's Union Shakespeare workshop at Syracuse Stage. They prepared a monologue and a sonnet and received coaching from SU drama professors. At the city-wide competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Jada represented our school.

SAS Elementary February Student-of-the-Month

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the 3rd and 4th grades held their Student-of-the-Month ceremony. The character trait fostered in February was ambition. We are so very proud of all our winners for constantly putting forth outstanding effort in the classroom. Great job, everyone!


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Science Fair Winners at the Elementary School

On Friday, February 16, 2018, fourth-grade students competed in their school science fair. Today the winners were announced at the Student-of-the-Month ceremony. Projects were judged by staff and technology professionals from SUNY ESF and The Tech Garden.

1st place: Amirah Mohammad, with project Is Bottle Water Safer to Drink than Fountain Water?

2nd place: Ibrahim Abdulkadir & Tavin Penix with projects Do Antibacterial Products Work? and Turning Milk into Plastic

3rd place: Hunter Payne, Zaleya Derby and Jonathan Morales with projects Which Type of Potato will Produce the Most Energy?, How to Grow the Best and Largest Crystal, and Do AA or D Batteries Make a Better Magnet?

Honorable Mention: Adelynn Carruthers with project Which Egg Will Bounce?

All participants received a blue ribbon for their hard work.


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SAS Lady Atoms are the CHAMPIONS

Syracuse Academy of Science senior Lyrik Jackson insists that the Atoms are a balanced team, with no superstars.

But the all-state guard looked an awful lot like one midway through the fourth quarter of tonight's girls Class C basketball sectional final at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

Little Falls had whittled what once was a 19-point SAS lead down to eight points at the end of the third quarter.

Midway through the final quarter, the Mounties were still hanging around - down only 10 and threatening to inch closer.

Jackson went to work. She canned back-to-back 3-pointers on consecutive possessions then, after a basket by fellow senior Diamonne Harris, Jackson scored a breakaway layup to put her team back in control with a 16-point lead and just over a minute left to play.

The fifth-seeded Atoms went on to a 63-42 victory over Little Falls to earn the first girls sectional championship in school history.

"I just said I don't want to go home," said Jackson, who scored a game-high 25 points. "Coach said to just keep playing, keep pushing."

SAS is now 18-4 and advances to state regional play. The Atoms will face the Section IV champion on March 10 at a site in the Syracuse area.

Little Falls, the No. 2 seed, finishes its season at 19-5.

It was a milestone win on a journey for SAS, and its coach, Reggie Pickard, that began in 2010-11 after the school put its first varsity girls team together.

Pickard and assistants Donniesha Terry and Rasheada Caldwell built a solid program that began winning more than it lost in the 2013-14 season.

Getting that championship proved a bit more elusive for the Atoms.

SAS earned berths in the sectional finals the past two years, but lost both times - to Cooperstown in 2015-16 and a three-overtime heart-breaker to Thousand Islands last March.

"We just told them we have to leave everything on the court," Caldwell said. "Just go out and do what we do. We're aggressive. We play hard. The girls really wanted this - especially losing last year."

This time, the Atoms prevailed.

But not before the Mounties from the Center State Conference II made SAS work a little.

Little Falls went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to shave a 19-point SAS lead to just eight points, 40-32, after three quarters.

"My kids played with a lot of heart," Mounties coach Pam Munger said. "They put it out there in the second half. They could have walked away, they could have said they were done. They battled back. We got it to within eight. We just didn't have enough offense today."

Olivia Langdon scored 15 points to lead Little Falls, which was seeking its sixth sectional title.

SAS got 12 points from eighth-grader Alexius Pierce, Caldwell's daughter, and nine each from sophomores Freey Pleasants and Xyel Bradford.

"My teammates - it's all them," Jackson said. "They knew I was hot and they got me the ball - I've got to give them all the credit."

Despite Jackson's modesty, Caldwell said, she is a special player.

"We have a strong team this year, and all of our players can score," she said. "But Lyrik, she put the team on her back. She carried us. She's just one of those great players"

Pickard, who sent Caldwell out for the post-game interview while he stayed in the locker room for awhile, said it was hard to put his feelings into words.

"I'm overwhelmed," he said. "This is a big win, not just for SAS but for the whole community."

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SAS Middle School held Black History Month Activities

On Friday, February 16th, 2018, SAS Middle School held activity stations in honor of Black History Month! Students wrote out "I have a dream" clouds, listened to informational videos, did a gallery walk, filled out scavenger hunts, took pictures at the photo booth, did matching games and collages and played "Spike Ball." Students were able to gain factual information on some of the most influential African Americans who fought for the rights, freedoms and respect of African American people. Students really seemed to enjoy all of the activities provided!

#SASCS #SASAtoms #BlackHistoryMonth

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SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
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