Punch. Jab. Kick. A Self-Defense Field Trip

Atoms practice their favorite kicks for self-defense purposes during a field trip to Five Star Martial Arts

Thursday, December 12, 2019Elementary Atoms or should we say ‘karate kids’ visited Five Star Martial Arts on a class field trip. Students learned about self-defense, respect and being an upstander. With the assistance and guidance of their Sensei Atoms discover the building blocks and the foundation of karate. Karate is a sport that requires an immense amount of dedication, focus and perseverance. Atoms related these building blocks and foundation to traits that can be applied in their academic life.

Building off the foundation, Atoms learned several kinds of kicks and punches for self-defense purposes. They were able to practice these moves to help in the release of energy. The field trip concluded with a fun-filled relay where they were able to incorporate their favorite kick of the day. Thank you, Five Star Martial Arts on a fun and educational field trip.

Pie in the Sky Activities Before Winter Recess

High school Atoms pied their favorite teacher, faculty or staff member in the face for a school spirit activity leading up to winter recess

Friday, December 20, 2019What do you get when you mix high school Atoms, with shaving cream, volleyball and a half-day of school? You get a day filled with school spirit, of course! To kick-off the day before winter recess, high school Atoms had an opportunity to participate in an intense game of student vs. staff volleyball. While there were no clear cut winners in this activity, the Atoms certainly had the upper hand for the second activity on the agenda.

Teachers, faculty and staff geared up in plastic ponchos, wore safety goggles and took their seats in the front row for this next activity. With an overflowing plastic pie pan filled with shaving cream, students lined up for the ‘pie-in-the-face activity.’ Atoms had some great aim, as the teachers, faculty and staff were covered with shaving cream from head to toe!

We hope our Atoms, teachers, faculty and staff are having a safe and enjoyable winter recess, as we look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Breaking News - Atoms Invite VIP Guest Reader

Elementary Atoms welcome retired CNY Central news anchor, Laura Hand

Tuesday, December 10, 2019First grade Atoms had the privilege of welcoming retired CNY Central news anchor, Laura Hand, who joined them as a guest reader. Ms. Hand read two short stories to the students, and also shared with them the inside scoop of being a news anchor. From meeting various community leaders, to stories covered, to a day in the life, this was great career insight for the Atoms. In addition to reading to the students and sharing about her career, Ms. Hand assisted the first graders with some tricky math problems.

In her spare time, Ms. Hand can be found as a guest reader with her therapy dog, Moose at the Onondaga Free Library. Thank you, Ms. Hand for taking the time out of your day to come and visit the Atoms, and for sharing the inside scoop of being a news anchor.

Atoms Donated Toys to The Rescue Mission

Elementary Atoms collect toys and donated them to the Syracuse Rescue Mission

Wednesday, December 18, 2019Elementary Atoms rallied together to help those in need in the greater Syracuse community. A week before winter recess, students collected toys for all age groups, and donated them to the Syracuse Rescue Mission. This toy drive event was a huge success, and the Atoms felt like they were a part of something bigger! Great work, everyone.

Learning to Climb at Central Rock Syracuse

Thursday, November 21, 2019—The Adventure Cooperative for Environmental Stewardship Club, ACES, visited Central Rock Gym to practice cooperative climbing skills and move one step closer to larger outdoor adventures. ACES learned rope safety skills, knot tying, and basic belay techniques to gain confidence in slingshot toprope climbing. After demonstrating competency, students were able to climb freely with their partners or explore the bouldering routes in the gym.

High School Robotics Class Welcome Guest Speaker

The high school robotics class welcome guest speaker Robert Ringham, Enterprise AI Architect & Data Scientist at Avanade

Thursday, November 21, 2019High school robotics team had the privilege of welcoming guest speaker Robert Ringham, Enterprise AI Architect & Data Scientist at Avanade. Robert shared with the Atoms how AI can be used in ‘real time,’ as well as, how it can be incorporated into our daily routines.

With Robert’s diverse background he explains the variety of avenues students can explore in the robotics, science and engineering industry. Robert’s areas of concentration at Avanade include but are not limited to the following: deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, consulting in financial services and capital markets, retail digital development, education, travel and hospitality, oil and gas.

Thank you Robert for taking the time out of your schedule to come and speak with the high school robotics class.

Thank You Bunches for our School Lunches

Elementary Atoms present a thank you card, sign and goodies to the lunch team, to express their gratitude and appreciation

Wednesday, December 18, 2019Ms. Dickinson and Mr. Scheemaker’s classes serve up kindness, gratitude and appreciation just before the winter recess. Classes team up and work together to create a beautiful thank you card, sign and special treats for a team that ensures there are healthy options for them to eat, create specialty meals for those with food allergies and for always having a smile on their face - the lunch team. Great work, Atoms!

High School Robotics Team Visits the Middle School

High school robotics team visit the middle school and share with them information about the robotics program

Tuesday, December 17, 2019Known for its prestige, the high school robotics team share with the middle school Atoms how this program in particular has opened many doors for a handful of its team members. The robotics team has participated in tournaments near and far and inspired the middle school students to continue to participate and study the field of robotics. We hope to see many of our middle school (or soon to be high school) students trying out for the robotics team.

Imaginations Run Wild on Class Field Trip

Elementary Atoms visited WonderWorks at Destiny USA for a class field trip

Friday, December 13, 2019Elementary Atoms let their imagination run wild when on a field trip to Destiny USA’s WonderWorks Museum. A day filled with hands-on, minds-on science fun that challenged their minds as they explored the many ‘Wonder Zones’ within the museum. A couple of favorite activities include the virtual reality simulator and of course lying on a bed of nails. Thank you WonderWorks and Destiny USA for your generous hospitality. We look forward to visiting again!

NFL Legend Speaks with Middle and High School Legend

Syracuse Academy of Science middle and high school welcome motivational speaker and former NFL legend, Leroy Collins

Tuesday, November 26, 2019Former running back for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Leroy Collins spoke with the middle and high school on how he was able to overcome adversity and set his eye on the prize … playing football in the NFL.

Mr. Collins shares with the Atoms his incredible story of how he battled back from injuries from a tragic automobile accident which left him wheelchair bound, and becoming victorious over life’s challenges. It was with his perseverance, can-do attitude, family and friends who helped him focus on the road ahead and achieve his goal of playing in the NFL.

Thank you, Mr. Collins for taking time out of your schedule to come and speak with the Atoms.


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-469-9404
Fax: 315-469-9408

SAS Middle School

200 West High Ter. Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315-487-5986
Fax: 315-487-5824

SAS High School

1001 Park Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-428-8997
Fax: 315-428-9109


1409 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475


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