PBL Atoms Hosted Their First Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, October 25, 2019—Middle school Project Based Learning (PBL) students gear up for one of their biggest projects to date - their first Spaghetti Dinner. In efforts to raise funds for an upcoming field trip, students work together as a team to create an evening of fine Italian cuisine. Atoms divided up the various responsibilities such as meal prep, greeters, waiters/waitresses, servers and of course chefs. Guests also had the opportunity to shop at the school store, Above Average, where they could purchase school supplies, Syracuse Academy of Science gear, squishies and more. Thank you to all who could attend and for those who made this event possible. Great work, Atoms on your first Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.
Keuka College Admissions Officer Speaks with Atoms
Monday, October 7, 2019—As we prepare our students on their next steps after Syracuse Academy of Science, we strive to have our students college-ready and civic minded. Throughout the year we provide opportunities for our Atoms to learn about colleges, universities and various trades. High School Atoms welcome Laura Tickner, the Admissions Officer at Keuka College. She shared with the students what it means to be a Keuka Wolf, how the college provides a student-centeredness approach, achieve academic excellence, stewardship and much more. Thank you, Laura, for taking the time to speak with our Atoms about Keuka College.
VIP Guests Visit SASCS Elementary School
Thursday, October 24, 2019—It’s not every day that you receive VIP guests from the New York State Charter School Community and the Office of New York State Assemblyman, Marcos Crespo. Guests received a tour of both the Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary and Middle School, and were amazed at all the hard work not only our students accomplished this year but our teachers, faculty and staff.
Middle school Project Based Learning Students shared with guests about the projects they have been working on, about the program, and the benefits of having this type of classroom.
Superintendent, Dr. Hayali shared a few words about the school’s mission and passion we all share for education. Thank you to all who attended, we couldn’t be more honored that so many people took time out of their day to visit Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School.
Atoms Welcome Guest Speaker Ms. Aza Gradinic
Tuesday, October 1, 2019—Middle school Atoms welcome guest speaker, Ms. Aza Gradinic who came and shared her life story that was incredibly moving, and gripping. Ms. Gradinic shared with the students stories about her life growing up in Bosnia during the war, and connected them to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) - a document the Atoms have been learning about. The UDHR was written by the United Nations in 1948 and states the human rights of every man, woman and child. As part of their project, students would learn about these rights and apply them to news articles and books in class. Thank you, Ms. Gradinic for speaking with the Atoms and sharing your incredible life story.
High School Robotics Team Gives Back to Community
Monday, October 21, 2019—Syracuse Academy of Science High School Robotics team hosted an outreach event on Monday, October 21st at The Palace Theater. During this event, Atoms shared their new initiative with the greater Syracuse community - FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
FLL: This program is designed to support children (both young and old) that aims to introduce them to science and technology in a ‘sporty’ atmosphere.
FTC: This program is a team based competition that challenges those in 7th-12th grade to design, build and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Teams can have up to 15 members total.
Both the FLL and the FTC will be guided by adult coaches and mentors. Students will work on developing STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and working together as a team.
Middle School STEAM Club gets a little Slimey
Tuesday, October 8, 2019—The Middle School STEAM club met for the first time and lets just say things got a bit sticky and slimey! Atoms put their creative and scientific brains to work as they combine glue, Borax, shaving cream and food coloring to create everyone's favorite, slime. This hands on experience allowed the students to understand both the chemical bonds to create this gooey, sticky, slime, as well as, perfecting the right color combination to create the most beautiful hues. The STEAM club discussed upcoming competitions they would like to participate in throughout the year. Stay tuned for more from the STEAM club and these awesome experiments and activities.
A Colorful, Artistic Merit Point Celebration
Friday, October 4, 2019—Every Atom is an artist! During our merit point celebration, Atoms were able to unleash their creativity and paint not only outside the lines but also off the canvas. With one of the objectives being to add as much color (or paint) to your coveralls as possible. I think the Atoms succeeded, but of course we'll let you be the judge of that. Students who were eligible to participate in this Paint Party had excelled in following the middle school's norms of respect, responsibility, safety and improve their tier from Rookie to Pro. Each student was given a disposable coverall outfit that zipped up with a hood, a cup of washable paint and a brush. Students chased one another in the parking lot while flinging or painting one another. An afternoon of laughter, celebration, and of course paint. To view more pictures of the Paint Party celebration, please visit our Facebook page.
Brandeis University Visits with High School Atoms
Thursday, October 3, 2019—Syracuse Academy of Science High School welcomed Admissions Counselor, Shaquan McDowell, from Brandeis University. Shaquan shared with the Atoms how this 235 acre private research University with a liberal arts focus, located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts could be a perfect fit. Students who are looking for a small class size, a handful of various clubs and activities, and are open to exploring new and challenging experience, look no further than Brandeis University. Thank you, Shaquan for visiting and sharing with our Atoms about the University.
Congressional Award Students Give Back to Community
Saturday, October 5, 2019—It's quite an honor to have five of our Syracuse Academy of Science High School Students become participants in The Congressional Award for Community Service. The Atoms gave back to the greater Syracuse community by volunteering with the Samaritan Center - an interfaith effort of community members who are committed to serving the hungry and those in need in Central New York. Students roll up their sleeves to help with dish washing, and put on an apron (and hair net) to assist with meal prep and meal service. Great work Atoms, we are all so proud of you!
Second Grade Atoms are Awesome to the Core
Tuesday, September 24, 2019—A crisp yet beautiful fall day, is perfect for a field trip to one of our beloved apple orchards in Central New York, Beak and Skiff. Second grade Atoms were eager to learn all about apples and get that 'insider scoop' from the apple experts themselves. Students learned about how the apple trees get pollinated by bees each summer, the life cycle of an apple tree through each season and a life lesson learned the hard way. For instance, did you know that 'slugs hide on the back of apples in the rain?!' Thank you, Beak and Skiff for a day that was hardcore fun!