5th Grade Atoms Draw Inspiration from Yayoi Kusama
Friday, April 30th, 2021—Color us excited as we share that the Syracuse Academy of Science fifth grade Atoms express their creativity and draw inspiration from Yayoi Kusama - a Contemporary Japanese Artist. For those not familiar with Yayoi Kusama, she is best known for creating sculptures, installations and painting with vibrant and exploding colors and dots.
For this art assignment, students were tasked with applying what they learned about Yayoi Kusama’s art technique and creating their own amoeba dot art. This task also allowed the Atoms to apply what they learned about primary, secondary and tertiary colors. Click here to view the entire art collection. Super creative Atoms, way to go!
Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Carver
Friday, May 7th, 2021—This Syracuse Academy of Science high school English Teacher, former Teacher of the Year is certainly a team player as he takes a pie to the face in the name of good fun and cheer for the Atoms. This is just a quick glimpse as to how he can let fun, and positive nature influence and bring laughter and joy to those around him. Please let us welcome, high school English Teacher, Mr. Carver for our next Teacher Spotlight interview.
Interview with Mr. Carver
- What three traits define you? I try to think outside the box, listen to all sides, and the type to promote positivity.
- What is your greatest accomplishment? This is a loaded question. The academic answer would be winning the Teacher of the Year award back in 2018... but honestly, as amazing as that moment was, seeing graduated students thrive after graduating is equally as satisfying.
- Best book you have ever read? I could read The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy over and over.
- What is one thing you cannot resist?(food/dessert/candy/etc.) I am a recovering and relapsed Chocoholic. Anything that has chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is up my alley.
- If you could have dinner with one person living or dead who would they be and why? I know the traditional answer involves a celebrity or public figure, but the answer is easily my parents. Family is a big thing to me, but during the social distancing world, I've only gotten the opportunity to visit them once in the past 18 months.
- What advice would you give to kids who are struggling at school? Tough times don't last, but tough people do. This year might be difficult for many, but life will always require that we adapt and improve. Take the year as a learning experience. Come out of it hungry and eager to continue to improve.
- Tell us, what is something that might surprise us about you? Are you ready to cringe? I'm the type who puts on one sock and shoe at a time... and only tie my shoes bunny style. Go ahead, judge away.
Two Atoms make the OHSL Volleyball All-Star Team
Saturday, May 1st, 2021—It’s official! This past weekend, the OHSL Fall II girls volleyball All-Star teams were announced. Congratulations to Illagah Brown and Jamirah Tookes-Mohammad for being selected to play in the Central Division All-Star team. We are so proud of you both!
The All-Star teams are chosen by Section III league coaches. There are two teams per division, with five divisions total. Click here to read more about the OHSL Volleyball All-Star teams.
Syracuse Academy of Science Remembers Beloved Teacher Jillian L. Dunn (Knapp)
It’s with a heavy heart that we share the passing of a beloved staff member at Syracuse Academy of Science middle school. Jillian L. Dunn (Knapp) a 7th grade science teacher passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 20th after a long hard battle of cancer.
As we take this moment to remember Jillian, we want to extend our deepest sympathy to Jillian Dunn’s family and friends. Jillian made a long lasting impact wherever she went. From inside the classroom teaching the Atoms to outside the classroom saving and rescuing animals (even squirrels). Her love of life, compassion for others will certainly be missed but never forgotten.
Because of our close school community, the death of anyone especially a teacher can leave an impact on children. Please watch your children and be alert to any changes such as:
- Physical - any changes in sleep patterns or eating habits
- Emotional - any changes such as unusual fears, anger, worry, clinging behavior towards parents
- Social - loss of interest in usual activities
Open communication between parents and children is important. Give reassurance and try to understand your child’s feelings. If you think your child is having a particularly difficult time dealing with this situation please contact your school and we will provide additional assistance as needed.
Visitation and memorial services for Jillian Dunn have not yet been announced. Please visit tindallfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. Contributions can be made to Recycle-A-Bull Bully Breed Rescue inc.
The Stand Features SAS HS Basketball Lady Atoms
Saturday, May 1st, 2021—The Syracuse Academy of Science high school Lady Atoms are featured in The Stand - an online South Side community newspaper inspires community conversations by inviting residents to share their stories. In the article titled, Darkness Before Light written by Kambui Bomani, the student athletes and coaches alike share how the global pandemic made an impact on their 2020 - 2021 basketball season. From practices, to strength and conditioning training during the off-season, to even the uncertainty of the season existing was weighing on everyone’s mind. Click here to read the article, The Darkness Before Light featuring the Lady Atoms.
Teacher Appreciation 2021
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021—Words simply cannot express how thankful, grateful and our appreciation for the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School teachers. This past year, you have all gone above and beyond the call of duty, have risen to the occasion and demonstrated perseverance and resilience so that you can meet the needs of the Atoms! This year has been challenging on many, and some how, and in some way you have overcome many obstacles and hurdles that were in your path, and have done so with positivity and kindness. We thank you for your continued flexibility, creativity and dedication. Many Atoms, one family. We hope you all have a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Day, and great remainder of the school year.
Yahshona Jackson Signs with the OCC Lazers
Friday, April 30th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science high school senior, Yahshona Jackson will officially be going from an Atom to a Lazer as she signed with Onondaga Community College to play women’s basketball for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. We are very excited for this bright, young, talented Atom and look forward to watching your games. Congratulations Yahshona, we look forward to hearing many great things both in the classroom and on the basketball court. Way to go!
Yahshona will be joining fellow teammate Vazcee Robinson who also signed with the Onondaga Community College Lazers to play women’s basketball for the 2021 -2022 academic year.
School Principals' Day
Saturday, May 1st, 2021—Words cannot describe how thankful we are to have an incredible team of dedicated, and hardworking school principals at all of the SANY schools. In honor of National School Principals’ Day we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation for your tremendous work each year. It’s with your commitment and passion for education that help build a positive school community. Each day, you make a difference and an impact not only with the students, but with your teachers, faculty and staff by helping guide them in their education, teaching and learning. Thank you for all your hard work. Many Atoms, one family. Happy National School Principals’ Day!
Senior Spotlight - Dale McMillian Jr.
Friday, April 30th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science high school welcomes Dale McMillian Jr. for its next Senior Spotlight. This future real-estate mogul shares with us in our virtual interview who inspires him the most, what is one of his major accomplishments he had during his senior year, his favorite memory as an Atom and so much more. As we get ready to shine the ‘Senior Spotlight,’ read our interview below with high school Atom, Dale McMillian Jr.
Interview with Dale McMillian Jr.
- What is one major accomplishment you had in your senior year of high school? Being in National Honors Society.
- What are your goals for after high school? To attend college and begin my career in real estate.
- Name one person that inspires you? Drake - everyone has to know this!
- What advice would you give to the next senior class? Do what you want to do! Don’t waste time trying to please others when you’re not pleased! Always face reality!
- Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself as a college graduate and beginning to become a successful businessman.
- If you could have dinner with any person living or dead who would they be and why? Elon Musk, I just have a ton of questions for him on how he lives life outside of the money.
- Name three traits that describe you? Humble, creative and loyal
- What is your favorite hobby? Listening to music with the guys.
- What is a hidden talent that no one or only a few people know about you? I can sing, dance, and DJ.
- What is your favorite memory of SAS? Definitely Pep Rallies - It’s so lit when the whole school comes together and dances and represents their class and the school as a whole.
April Student of the Month
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school hosted its monthly virtual Student of the Month Ceremony where it recognized students and staff for demonstrating the character trait, perseverance. As we all know, Atoms work very hard, they always try their best, and most importantly they never give up! We would like to congratulate all of our nominees and the Atoms. Click here to watch Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school’s virtual April Student of the Month ceremony. Keep up the great work, Atoms!