CNY Innovation Challenge
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science middle school 7th grade project based learning students put their creativity and business savvy skills to the test when competing in the CNY Innovation Challenge. Students in grades 6-12 had an opportunity to create and pitch their creative solution to one of the problems below for a chance to win $500.
- Create a product/service that would make your school life easier
- Develop a way for students to save time/be more efficient
- Invent a way to increase understanding of various concepts taught in class
- Design an app that will help increase communication or make teleworking easier
- Fabricate an invention that would improve leisure activities
- Conceive an alternative to standardized tests for measuring student performance
- Build a product/service that will help the environment
- Devise a way to enhance family relationships
- Think of an idea that would help students determine a career path
- Generate a product/service that the world “can’t live without”
Students were tasked with not only finding a creative solution to one of the problems listed above, but also documenting intellectual property to protect concepts that could be used in a patent application. In addition to designing and developing an idea, students would have to develop a solid go-to-market plan and a marketing pitch to “sell” their concept. Throughout this process, students learned various strategies to advance their idea and take a product/service to market.
Syracuse Academy of Science middle school is proud to share that they had two teams of 7th grade students competing in this challenge. The first team's product was: Interchangeable Shoes. The second team's creative solution was: Fodly - a website where SANY families can find inexpensive items. While there was some fierce competition in the CNY Innovation Challenge, the Atoms tried their best and we would like to take this moment to congratulate both teams for a job well done!
Please click here to visit our Facebook page to view their project video.
Edgar Allan Poe's the Raven
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science middle school Atoms in 7D studied a classic piece in American Literature, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Published in 1845, this poem consists of 18 stanzas and 108 lines and shows incredible symbolism about a gentleman who mourns and longs for his beloved Lenore. As part of their curriculum, students were tasked with not only learning about Poe’s incredible work, but also memorizing the 108 lines of The Raven.
Recognized by many as one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well known pieces written, The Raven has been parodied many times over the years, especially around Halloween. From television series such as the Gilmore Girls and the Simpsons, to even magazines and comic book series such as Batman, Calvin and Hobbs and MAD Magazine. Way to go Atoms, we are very proud of you!
The Class of 2021's Senior Banquet
Friday, June 11th, 2021—On a late Friday evening, members of Syracuse Academy of Science high school's Class of 2021 dressed up for a formal event celebrating all their hard work and accomplishments not only this past year but their entire academic career.
In true 2021 form, many iconic moments looked a bit different from proms to graduation (and many moments in between) this event was no different. While Syracuse Academy of Science high school did not host a prom for its students, they did however do something just as special for its senior class. Students had an opportunity to dress up and attend a formal dining event with their fellow classmates, followed by entertainment from award-winning mentalist, Dustin Dean, who has astounded millions of people around the world with his mind reading and intuitive abilities. Please click here to visit our Facebook page to view more pictures from this event.
We hope all of our Atoms are having a fantastic, healthy and safe summer!
Independence Day 2021
Sunday, July 4th, 2021—From our family to yours, we wish all of our Atoms a very happy, healthy and safe Independence Day! Below are some fun facts about the 4th of July.
- Every July 4th, descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence tap the Liberty Bell 13 times in honor of the original 13 colonies.
- Americans typically eat 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day, “enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times,” according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
- The first July 4th celebration took place at the White House on 1801, hosted by Thomas Jefferson.
- Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is held annually on July 4th. In 2018, champion Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs with buns in just 10 minutes.
SAS Elementary Atoms are Social Butterflies
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021—Throughout the school year, Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school students have been learning all about butterflies and their life cycle. Atoms had an opportunity to raise, a butterfly from a caterpillar and observe and document its natural life cycle. As the students prepared for their last day of school, they also got ready for a bittersweet moment of saying goodbye and releasing their butterflies into the wild, with hopes of seeing them sometime soon. What a fun STEM activity Atoms, we hope that you can reunite with your butterflies throughout the summer.
Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony
Thursday, June 24th, 2021—As Syracuse Academy of Science high school seniors prepared for this momentous occasion in their academic career, this moment and time will most certainly go down in history for more than one reason. Not only did these 'Pandemic Academics' exceed expectations, but throughout this year, they overcame herculean obstacles that life presented.
This 15th Annual Commencement Ceremony was one that much like this past year, students, families, teachers and staff will remember for always. This year, the ceremony was held outdoors at the New York State Fairgrounds' Expo Center where families and friends could celebrate their loved ones with a drive-in style ceremony.
On June 24th, 2021, one of the hottest days on record in Central New York, Syracuse Academy of Science Seniors put on their graduation caps, gowns, tassels and stoles as they prepared for their final walk as an Atom.
During their commencement ceremony, Syracuse Academy of Science welcomed keynote speaker, Rasheda Caldwell who addressed the students and shared the importance of an education. In addition to these speakers, Syracuse Academy of Science welcomed, SANY Superintendent, Dr. Tolga Hayali, and President of Terra Science and Education
, Dr. Fehmi Damkaci who presented students with a Terra Foundation Scholarship.
Students also heard from their class Valedictorian, Huda Ali and Salutatorian Umesh Dahal who shared their memories as an Atom, hopes and dreams of the future and much more. Congratulations Huda and Umesh on being this year's Syracuse Academy of Science high school's Valedictorian and Salutatorian!
Concluding the presentation of the diplomas and awards, Jacob Toledo, a member of the Class of 2021, led his fellow students in the moment many were waiting for ... the infamous tassel transfer.
We would like to give a quick shout out to those who received the Terra Foundation Scholarship recipients: Huda Ali, Umesh Dahal, Ron’Nal Glover, Daniel Pontello, Sarhia Rahim, Karl Russo, Yhadia Wilson.
Congratulations to Huda Ali, Umesh Dahal, and Karl Russo on receiving the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Congratulations to Karl Russo on receiving The United States Congressional Award Silver and Bronze Certificate. Congratulations to Yhadia Wilson on receiving the New York Education Trust - New York FAFSA Completion Challenge.
This year Atoms received a combined total of over $1.2 Million in scholarships!!!
Congrats to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Many Atoms, one Family. Please click here
to visit our Facebook page to view pictures of the commencement ceremony in the album, Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony.
2020 - 2021 Middle School Virtual Art Show
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021—As Syracuse Academy of Science Charter Schools put the finishing touches on another albeit historic school year, we invite you to take a look back and reflect and view how far these students have come through the incredible artwork of the Middle School Atoms.
This past school year is one that will most certainly go down in the history books. With obstacles that presented itself, the students came, saw and concurred whatever life threw at them. It was with this mentality, and attitude that allowed them to harness and channel their energy through creativity to create amazing pieces of work, thanks to help and guidance of art teacher, Ms. Brett.
We invite you to take a moment to click here to view the entire year's collection of artwork from the Syracuse Academy of Science middle school Atoms.
SAS High School Class of 2021 Senior Video
Thursday, June 24th, 2021-At Syracuse Academy of Science high school the Senior Video is a time-honored tradition, and one many Atoms look forward to. This video was viewed for the first time by the students at their high school graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 24th.
As the Seniors prepared for their graduation ceremony, each member of the graduating class took a moment to share a few words of wisdom as they prepared to leave behind their legacy.
For the Senior Video, students were encouraged to share their plans after graduation, and give a ‘shout out’ and thank various people in their lives who helped encourage and support them throughout their life and academic career.
Today, we share with you the Class of 2021 Senior Video. Congratulations Class of 2021, this year will most certainly go down in history, and you have shown that you are able to overcome just about any obstacle that is in your path. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. Many Atoms, one Family!
It’s Graduation Day at SAS Elementary School
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021—Hats off to both the Kindergarten and 4th grade graduates as they celebrated an important milestone in any student's academic career, their graduation ceremony.
On Wednesday, June 23rd kindergarteners and 4th graders celebrated their historic success of this year with a drive-thru graduation ceremony celebration. Cars were packed not only with loved ones who came to celebrate this momentous occasion, but they were also decorated from bumper to bumper with balloons, banners, posters, inspirational messages and more!
As no graduation ceremony is ever complete without a photo op, we invite you to click here to visit our Facebook page to view more pictures from this event in the Elementary School Graduation Day 2021 album. Congratulations, Atoms, a job most certainly well done!
Elementary School Atoms Celebrate with a Yes Day
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021—It’s the last week of school, you know what this means?! It’s time to celebrate! In honor of the last week of school, Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school students celebrated with a Yes Day. For those not familiar with this new type of celebration, the person or group of people who were selected to receive a Yes Day can provide a list of activities, requests, etc. which would be granted with a yes!
The week leading up to the Yes Day celebration, Atoms were tasked with creating a list of activities to participate in during their Yes Day. On June 22nd, students celebrated their Yes Day, and even designed their very own Yes Day hat to wear throughout the day and during their special activities. Such a fun and creative way to celebrate the ending of a historic school year.