Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Boller
Friday, February 26th, 2021—This next Teacher Spotlight is one you certainly don’t want to scroll past! Syracuse Academy of Science high school had an opportunity to virtually interview English teacher, Ms. Boller who shares some great advice for the Atoms, along with her favorite book, biggest accomplishment and oh so much more! Check out our interview below with high school English teacher, Ms. Boller.
Interview with Ms. Boller
- What three traits define you? Determined, Caring, and Helpful.
- What is your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is graduating Syracuse University with honors.
- Best book you have ever read? The best book I have ever read is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
- What is one thing you cannot resist?(food/dessert/candy/etc.) One thing I cannot resist is chocolate chip cookies.
- If you could have dinner with one person living or dead who would they be and why? One person I would want to have dinner with would be Nic Stone because she is an excellent writer who likes to write about challenging issues for teenagers.
- What advice would you give to kids who are struggling at school? For students who are struggling I would tell them to reach out to their teachers. All your teachers are willing to help you, you just have to ask.
- Tell us, what is something that might surprise us about you? Something that might surprise you about me is that I won a writing contest while in middle school and was published in a teen writing anthology.
I Dream a World
Friday, February 19th, 2021—In honor of Black History Month, Syracuse Academy of Science High School Choir collaborated with Christian Brothers Academy to create this virtual choir performance that will leave you in complete amazement! The students recorded André J. Thomas's "I Dream a World." The basis of this song comes from the text of world renowned poet, novelist, fiction writer and playwright, Langston Hughes, who is influential to the students at both Syracuse Academy of Science High School and Christian Brothers Academy.
During the months of January and February students at both schools met over Zoom to rehearse with their peers and teachers, Ms. Carlson and Mrs. Moore. During their rehearsal, students would also discuss the meaning of Langston Hughes’ text and how it relates to their hopes and dreams for the world in 2021. Some of their hopes include: being more compassionate, being patient with one another, showing empathy and of course being able to sing together again (sometime soon). We are excited and thrilled to have created a recording that showcases a contemporary choral composer and the text of an important poet.
Without further ado, enjoy this virtual choir performance from Syracuse Academy of Science High School Choir and Christian Brothers Academy Select Chorus, directed by Ms. Lexi Carlson and Mrs. Erin Moore, with piano accompanist Dan Miller.
A Royally Great Math Contest Fit for an Atom
Thursday, February 4th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science 2nd grade Atoms competed in some royally great math fun earlier this month. The kings and queens of math teamed up (socially distant of course) and worked together to solve various addition and regrouping equations in a fun, friendly math competition. What a great team building and educational group activity. Keep up the great work, Atoms!
Art and Creativity that Leap Off the Page
Thursday, February 11th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school flex both their creativity and English language skills when working on this fun ‘Verbs in Action’ activity. Students were not only tasked with writing a sentence, but also had to create an action figure using pipe cleaners to act out that sentence. Atoms were also encouraged to draw and color a fun background image for their action figure. Keep up the great work, Atoms!
Fourth Grade Science Fair
Thursday, February 11th, 2021—Earlier this month, the fourth grade Atoms at Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school were busy at work preparing for our annual Science Fair, which was held virtually. For the Science Fair, students were tasked with creating an experiment that would demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the scientific method, as well as their superb organization skills.
This year, we saw a variety of great experiments using or about slime, LEGOs, elephant toothpaste, rubber bands, paper airplanes, water pollution, and so much more! We even had a team of distinguished judges from SRC, Inc., Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, The Tech Garden, News Channel 9, Syracuse.com and Syracuse Veteran Affairs.
The student who places first will receive an Amazon Kindle! The students who place second, third and fourth will receive STEM kits to create, and learn at home.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated and for our team of judges who volunteered their time to join us for this time honored event. Words cannot describe how honored we were to have you join us for our special occasion, as well as, all the hard work, time and energy our students put into their presentation. Please, give yourselves a round of applause! Click here to view this year’s Science Fair.
Atoms Share a Little Kindness from their Heart
Friday, February 12th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science hybrid learning students participate in a variety of kindness activities leading up to Valentine’s Day. Students took the time to reflect on what kindness means to them, wrote positive character traits about themselves and ultimately reminded us to not only love ourselves, but to love one another. Keep up the great work, Atoms!
Hats Off to SAS ES for National School Choice Week
Friday, February 12th, 2021—During the week of January 23rd through 29th, Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school participated in National School Choice Week - a week dedicated to sharing the importance of providing education options for children. It is with their hard work, dedication and team effort that certainly did not go unnoticed by the National School Choice Week organization. Syracuse Academy of Science received a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of National School Choice Week, Andrew Campanella. Congratulations, Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school for all your hard work and team efforts!
Senior Spotlight - Ethan Bailey
Friday, February 19th, 2021—It’s time to shine that spotlight on another member of the Class of 2021. Syracuse Academy of Science had an opportunity to virtually interview Ethan Bailey. Check out our interview below and find out what Ethan’s goals are following graduation, who he would like to have dinner with, what his favorite hobbies are and so much more. Without further ado, let’s shine the spotlight on Ethan Bailey.
Interview with Ethan Bailey
- What is one major accomplishment you had in your senior year of high school? Hopefully passing the year.
- What are your goals for after high school? Try and become a nurse.
- Name one person that inspires you? My family even though it said only one person.
- What advice would you give to the next senior class? Once you pass, you'll realize that a GED is equivalent to a diploma.
- Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully somewhere comfortable surrounded by the ones I care about.
- If you could have dinner with any person living or dead who would they be and why? A Caveman. I'd wanna sit down and teach him English.
- Name three traits that describe you? Honest, fun, and caring
- What is your favorite hobby? Sleeping
- What is a hidden talent that no one or only a few people know about you? If I tell you it's not a hidden talent anymore. And if no one knows, why start now?
- What is your favorite memory of SAS? I literally can't recall one memory that was a favorite.
Atoms’ Artwork selected for Legislative Art Show
Friday, February 12th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science is excited to share that two of its elementary school Atoms’ artwork has been selected to be displayed at the 2021 virtual Legislative Art Show. Congratulations to 1st grade student, Daniel Allen and 4th grade student Amelia Destitio for having their pieces selected. Daniel’s piece is titled ‘Scribble Monster’ and Amelia’s piece is titled, ‘Symmetrical Crayon Rubbing. Both students will have their artwork displayed in the spring at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.
The Legislative Art Show is a 31 year tradition by the New York State Art Teachers Association. Congratulations to Daniel and Amelia, and for art teacher Ms. Alonso-Bergevin for making this possible!
Thursday, February 4th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school kicks-off Black History Month with virtual guest speaker, Detective Terell. Detective Terell spoke with the Atoms about why he chose to become a detective in the city of Syracuse, read a short story called, Hair Love, and created a mini detective lesson. In the mini detective lesson, Atoms were tasked with following the clues with Detective Terell’s help to solve the puzzle! I think we might have some sleuths on our hands. Thank you Detective Terell for taking the time to speak with the Atoms and sharing why you wanted to become a detective in the city of Syracuse, and for the fun hands-on detective lesson!