PBL Atoms Welcome Assemblyman Al Stirpe
Friday, November 8, 2019—It's not every day you receive a visit from your local assemblyman. Middle school PBL Atoms welcome guest speaker, Assemblyman Al Stirpe - Assembly District 127. Mr. Stirpe shared with the students how he became an assemblyman, as well as, the various laws he helped pass. Thank you Assemblyman Al Stirpe for taking time out of your schedule to speak with the Atoms!
Yer a Wizard Harry ... or Should we say Atoms
Friday, November 8, 2019—"There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations,” in this post, just middle school Atoms who received their ‘official’ letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Students who received this letter went above and beyond and were eligible to spend the day at Hogwarts because they followed the school norms of respect, responsibility and safety.
While at Hogwarts, Atoms were able to experience great adventures such as being invited to play a game of Quidditch, partaking in activities like making Harry Potter bookmarks, playing Jelly Belly Bean Boozled, and of course dressing up as their favorite characters in a themed photo booth with props. Keep up the great work, Atoms. To view more pictures from this merit based activity, please visit our Facebook page.
Hands-On Learning at Beaver Lake Nature Center
Wednesday, October 30, 2019—Before the snow started to fly, the elementary Atoms adventured out to a beautiful park right in their backyard, Onondaga County Parks’ Beaver Lake Nature Center. Students gained hands-on experience by exploring nature, learning about plant adaptation and the various woodland creatures in our ecosystem. Thanks to the helpful guides at Beaver Lake, Atoms were able to get an up close to view of plant adaptation. They learned that pitcher plants need more energy than photosynthesis can provide, so the plant lures insects into its water-filled flower to use as fuel! In addition the guide shared with them fun facts about the animals at Beaver Lake such as turtles, chipmunks, deer, squirrels and of course beavers. To wrap up their time at Beaver Lake, Atoms saw an eagle-eye view of the lake and enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch with friends. Thank you, Beaver Lake Nature Center for this hands on learning experience.
'Red Dragon,' Atoms, and a College Visit
Wednesday, September 25, 2019—High school Atoms visited SUNY Cortland on a college visit. Students attended an information session where they learned the rich history of the university, what it takes to be a 'red dragon,' academic life, admission requirements, as well as, tuition information. Following the information session, students headed out on a guided campus tour where they took in everything the university had to offer. Atoms visited residence halls, classrooms, athletic facilities, and even got to experience Bistro Dining Hall - where they all enjoyed a delicious lunch. Thank you, SUNY Cortland for a great college visit and campus tour.
Atoms Show Appreciation and Celebrate Veterans Day
Friday, November 8, 2019—In honor of Veterans Day, elementary Atoms learned the importance of showing appreciation to those who served in the U.S. Military and what it means to be a Veteran. Students wrote thank you letters, made crafts and brought gifts to one of their favorite Veterans, co-teacher Mr. Garcia who served in the U.S. Military, as a way to say thank you for your service. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served (and are currently serving) in the U.S. Military.
Build ' Em and ... Bust 'Em Competition
Saturday, November 9, 2019—Imagine if you were given a bundle of wood and some glue, how strong can you make a bridge with these materials? Elementary, middle and high school Atoms competed against over 139 participants in the MOST's STEM Build 'Em & Bust 'Em competition. And of course, in true Atoms fashion, they won! The bridges they designed and constructed could rival any of the famous bridges like the Golden Gate, and Brooklyn. Below are the competition details and highlights for each school.
- Teams must design a bridge using balsa wood kids consisting of 14 2-foot long 1/8 inch square piece
- Glue will hold the pieces together
- Bridge length: 250-300 mm
- Width: 50-75 mm
- Height: Less than 100 mm
Atoms started designing their blueprints for the bridges over a month ago and worked together cutting and gluing to create their design. Although the students didn't place, they certainly enjoyed every element of the competition and are looking forward to next year's Build 'Em & Bust 'Em competition.
Category 1 Winners
- 1st Place: Christina S and Sophia K - Led by Mrs. Smith
- 3rd Place: Wajih H., Yousif R., and Elijah N. - Led by Mr. Saritga
Category 2 Winners (8th Grade)
- 1st Place: Malayshia Green & Maya Plaza
- 2nd Place: Yakina Sika, Grace O'Neil, and Jaylin Regner
- 3rd Place: Saige Collins
Category 3 (High School)
- 1st Place: Anthony Losurdo
- 3rd Place: Joseph Capra & Caprianna Cornier
- 4th Place: Teng Kiir & Thiep Lual
Congratulations to all of our Atoms who participated, we are so proud of you! For more pictures from this event, please visit our Facebook page.
Atoms Experience a day in the life of a Laker
Tuesday, October 15, 2019—SUNY Oswego, founded in 1861, located on the lakeshore of Lake Ontario, has 60 undergraduate majors and over 70 minors was the college visit of choice for our sophomore Atoms. Students attended an information session where they learned about the history of the college, student life, admission requirements, as well as, tuition. Following the information session, Atoms had an opportunity to partake in a campus tour. Students took in the natural beauty of the college, visited a classroom, athletic facilities, residence halls and concluded their tour at Cooper Dining Hall - where they enjoyed a delicious meal. Thank you, SUNY Oswego for such a great college visit.
The Few. The Proud. The Marines. Semper Fi
Friday, October 18, 2019—Syracuse Academy of Science High School had the privilege of welcoming Sgt Gabriel of the United States Marine Corp. Sgt Gabriel spoke with the juniors and seniors about the NROTC Marine Option Scholarship. Through this program students will be allowed to fully experience college for free, and will have the same college experiences as their peers. As part of the program, students will participate in Naval science classes and spend the first two summers learning about the Navy and the Marine Corp. In the third summer, students would spend six weeks attending Officer Candidates School. Thank you, Sgt Gabriel for your service and for speaking with our students about joining the United States Marine Corp. Semper Fi, Oorah!
Do you have what it takes to be a Dolphin?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019—Where greatness meets goodness, LeMoyne College offers an experience of a Jesuit, Liberal Arts education located right here in Syracuse, New York. High school seniors discovered what it means and takes to become a LeMoyne College Dolphin. Students attended an information session where they learn about the admission process and its requirements, student life, LeMoyne College facts and key information, as well as, tuition information. Following the information session, Atoms had an opportunity to partake in a campus tour where they received a first hand look at campus life, student life, classrooms, the beauty of the campus, athletics, dining services and so much more! Thank you, LeMoyne College for sharing this experience with our high school seniors.
Atoms Help Fight Hunger with the Food Bank of CNY
Friday, October 25, 2019—With Thanksgiving slowly approaching, people often find themselves reflecting on what they are thankful for, and look for ways to give back to the community or those in need. With the anticipation of guest speaker, Ms. Heidi from the Food Bank of Central New York, 5th and 6th grade Atoms in Mrs. Swidowski’s social studies class, give back to the community through the efforts of collecting food donations for the organization. Ms. Heidi shared with the students the importance of the Food Bank of Central New York and how it serves around 31,000 meals a day across 11 counties. Thank you, Ms. Heidi and the Food Bank of Central New York for inspiring our Atoms and sharing how we can continue to strengthen our communities and work together to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community.