SAS Atoms Modified Basketball First Victory

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016 the SAS Atoms Modified Boys Basketball Team got their first win of the season against Southside Academy. The final score is 49-36.They will play their second game (away) on Friday against Oswego.Good luck to our Atoms. Our Thanks goes to Coach Otis, players, parents and teachers who showed their support to these young athletes. Thank you.


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SAS Students, Staff and Families attend the Syracuse Opera Preview of of La Cenerentola.

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, a group of students, staff, and families attended the Syracuse Opera preview performance of La Cenerentola, the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's take on the Cinderella fairy tale. We enjoyed a pre-concert talk about the music and watched the performance of the opera with live orchestra. We are invited to return to upcoming performances in February and April.


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3rd Grade Visits the YNN Studio

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, third grade went on a field trip to the YNN Studio. Students had the opportunity to see where reporters work, what kind of equipment they use, and visit the studio where weather forecasts are recorded! First, students learned about some of the history of the Syracuse area. We learned that the Erie Canal was just outside of YNN studio, where I-690 is now located! Next, we got to talk to a meteorologist who told us the ins and outs of weather forecasting. The meteorologist showed us the studio where weather forecasts are recorded and we got a chance to explore how the green screen works. Students also were thrilled to see the set and equipment that is used to create the newscasts that we see on TV. Some students even left the visit considering a career in the newscasting or meteorology field!

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November's League of Extraordinary Citizens

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the elementary school celebrated students’ hard work for the month of October. There were 176 students at SAS Elementary who were a part of the League of Extraordinary Citizens this month! These students earned 85 or more DOJOs for the month of October and were able to celebrate with a photograph as well as a well-deserved dress down day as a reward. Keep up the great work Atoms!


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Elementary School's Fall Festival

On Monday, October 31st, 2016, our fall festival took place. Students and teacher showcased their festive fall costumes by having a parade around the school that displayed their individual personalities and interests. Parents lined the hallways eager to see the costumes we were proud to show off. As classes paraded the hallways other classes sat along the walls in the hallways to cheer on their peers as they displayed their costumes. Grade level teams of teachers organized themed costumes and marched with their classes through the hallways. After the parade, the students and their teachers participated in fall themed activities in the classroom with special treats provided by generous classmates.


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Elementary School's Quarterly Awards

On Thursday, October 27th, 2016 the SAS Elementary School  held its first quarterly award ceremony. This event celebrated students’ hard work and achievement for the first quarter of the school year. Students from each grade level were presented with awards for academics, most improved, and displaying our character trait of the month, trustworthiness. Parents were encouraged to attend to see their child accept their awards from their classroom teachers and special area teachers. Additionally, the PBIS competition was between Mrs. Luca and Mrs. Dening’s classes (3rd and 4th) and Mrs. Wolff and Mrs. Figueroa’s classes for earning the most DOJOs as a class for the month! Students and teacher celebrated their win with a crazy hair day!


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SAS Middle School Girls in the STEM Workplace Conference at SRC Inc.

On Friday, November 18th, 2016, eight #SASCS Middle school girls with Ms. Knapp, who is 6th & 7th grade science teacher, attended "Girls in the STEM Workplace" conference at SRC, Inc. which opened its doors to student and teachers so they can meet STEM professionals and witness STEM in action. These events included a tour of SRC's state-of-the-art facilities, games and activities to introduce new concepts, one-on-one time with engineers and scientists, lunch, and more. Students also learned what work feels like in a professional environment.

This was a special opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers in CNY through those practicing those disciplines.


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Our Superintendent, Dr. Hayali, welcomes our new sister school, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff, and Our Community, 

With great enthusiasm, I wish to thank all of you who have worked tirelessly and continuously to make our mission of educating students in the City of Syracuse not only a reality, but also a model of success. As a result of your efforts and dedication, we have won approval to open another academy, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship, in September 2017.

After much thorough research and scrutiny among more than 20 different charter school applicants, the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents chose us, together with  two new charter schools from NYC, during the July cycle. We were chosen based on our 14-year record of financial stability, academic success in state testing, cohort graduation rates, instructional practices and overall parent and student satisfaction rates.

Our decision to start another charter school in Syracuse was prompted by the need expressed by the community, from the families of the more than 1,400 students we could not accept because our charter was within its full capacity. We heard their pleas for help and have acted to help them, despite many inevitable obstacles. With your support, we can continue to educate students who not only will graduate from high school, but also pursue higher education and professions that will enable them to be productive members of the Syracuse community and society at large. Serving the children of today will help build a successful future for everyone.

It is an honor and privilege for me to serve to all of our children and  work side by side with such dedicated and passionate staff at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School who really cares, goes the extra mile and makes the school such a great positive conducive learning environment for our inner city Syracuse children.


Dr. Tolga Hayali

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School
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Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School

New anti-bullying campaign came to SAS High School

New anti-bullying campaign coming to a school near you

On Wednesday, high school students at Syracuse Academy of Science took a hard look at the impacts of cyber bullying through the eyes of peers across the country.

Teens watched a film created by students that will be shown in schools across the country starting February 2017.

The #Upstander campaign was created by AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named after a bullied teen who took his own life.

"This is a national epidemic,” said Tyler’s mother, who founded the organization after her son. “We need to prevent this before it happens.”

One senior at the assembly tells NewsChannel 9 the video was a wake up call for her and hopes her peers feel the same way.

“A lot of us take cyber bullying as a joke,” said Claudi Garcia Maso, a senior at SAS. “These words impact these young teenagers.”

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How is Cyberbullying Affecting Teens in Central New York?

It was an eye-opening message.

"I didn't know it was happening on such a large scale and was still happening,” said high school senior Claudia Garcia Maso.

"I never experienced the depth of it,” added Killiaun Blatche, another senior.

But 31 percent of Central New York teens do experience cyberbullying, according to a new Siena Research Poll.

"I think we need to take responsibility and ownership of that poor behavior and move forward from here,” said Jane Clementi, founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation.

The Clementi Foundation and AT&T are taking those steps forward, launching a new initiative in schools nationwide. Students at the Syracuse Academy of Science had a chance to get a first look.

"I may not have been a cyberbully or someone causing the issues in someone else's life, [but] if I see it going on around me, I'm accountable of it by myself too,” Garcia Maso said.

As part of the campaign, leaders asked students to take to social media and pledge to be an "upstander," or a bystander who will stand up against cyberbullying. Just snap a selfie with the “upstander” hashtag and post away.

"You kind of want to deal with a terrible situation like this with happiness,” Blatche said. “If I'm being bullied, I want to see something happy. I want to see something that will give me hope."

It's a message of hope that now has even more students ready to deliver.

"Your life is precious, and your life should not be based on what someone else thinks of you or wants to put into your head,” said Garcia Maso.

The campaign is visiting schools across New York State all week. They'll roll out the program nationwide in February.

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A third of Central New York teens are bullied online, report says

One-third of teenagers in the Central New York region are cyberbullied, according to a recent report.

Cyberbullying was the focus of a middle and high school assembly at Syracuse Academy of Science Wednesday. Students watched videos of peers who had been cyberbullied, heard from a mother whose son killed himself as a result of cyberbullying, and they took selfies to pledge they would stand up against attacks online.

The presenters, from the Tyler Clementi Foundation and AT&T, then revealed statistics about cyberbullying collected in partnership with the Siena College Research Institute, which found that the numbers here match up with the rest of New York state, in which 26 percent of teens surveyed reported being bullied online.

The organizations set out to understand how "good mobile technology can be used for bad," said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president of AT&T. "We felt it important to bring this issue to the forefront," she said.

Researchers surveyed a total of 1,255 teens and 1,048 parents Upstate.

The answers offer a clear picture of the digital world where teens are increasingly spending their time -- 87 percent of parents said their child has their own smartphone -- and are regularly exposed to cyberbullying.

Between a quarter to a third of teens confessed to their own experiences with occasional or frequent cyberbullying, while many more reported witnessing others, including their friends, being bullied online. Parents' answers reinforced those numbers.

Here are the reasons teens in Central New York teens gave for why they thought they were being cyberbullied:

  • Physical appearance - 42 percent
  • Social awkwardness - 35 percent
  • Being thought of as gay - 34 percent
  • Clothing - 30 percent
  • Being un-athletic - 30 percent
  • Having a disability - 25 percent
  • Being sexually active - 19 percent

Other interesting findings from the survey include:

  • 6 percent of respondents admitted they had been a cyberbully themselves. Even fewer parents -- 4 percent -- said their child had cyberbullied someone.
  • 13 percent of teens said they have posted something online that they regret, 8 percent said they posted something that hurt someone else, and 5 percent said they posted something they are not proud of that is still online. Teens who said they had bullied someone said they did it to get back at someone, because they were angry or because they think it's funny.
  • 25 percent of teens say they laugh it off when someone posts something negative about them. Still, 20 percent of teens overall and almost a third of girls surveyed said they have cried because of something posted about them.
  • 55 percent of teens tell their friends about cyberbullying. Fewer report the cyberbullying to their parents, and less than a quarter confront their bully or report them to school officials.
  • 20 percent of teens who witness cyberbullying report it. About a quarter try reaching out to the victim or doing something about what they see, but 13 percent ignore cyberbullying out of fear of becoming the next victim.

One area researchers suggested for addressing cyberbullying is to bridge the disconnect between what teens are doing online and what their parents think is happening.

While 99 percent of parents say they've talked to their kids about online behavior and not to give out personal information and 35 say they set rules about technology, very few parents strictly enforce those rules. A third of teens said their parents are basically clueless about what they do online.

What's more, a third of teens said they had shared their name or gender with someone they met online, and 9 percent of area teens said they agreed to meet up with someone they met on the internet.

As part of the assembly at SAS, Jane Clementi shared the story of her son Tyler, who killed himself six years ago at 18 years old after his roommate at Rutgers University used a webcam to spy on him having sex with a man in their dormitory room. The roommate used social media to invite others to watch.

Clementi said the data showed how pervasive the problem is, and told teens they had the ability to prevent another tragedy like her family had suffered.

She and other organizers asked teens at Syracuse Academy of Science to "use social media for good" by posting selfies to social media with the hashtag #upstander.

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US Veteran Speaks with 2nd Grade Students at SAS Elementary

On Thursday November 17th, SAS second graders had a visit from Mr. Schofield, a retired member of the United States Army, and his service dog, Major along with Ms. Fox from Clear Path For Veterans. Mr. Schofield and Ms. Fox discussed the process by which Major was trained to be a service dog and the great positive impact he has had on Mr. Schofield's life. They also took questions from the students and allowed Major to walk around the classroom to visit the students. Thank you so much for visiting us and also for your service to our country! 


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