Read-Across-America Spirit Week at SAS Elementary
Throughout the week of February 26, 2018, SASCS Elementary School celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Students were very creative with their silly socks, wacky-hair day and funny-hat day. Older students performed a reader's theater for first-grade classes. Many classrooms celebrated reading Dr. Seuss books, and students competed in a reading challenge by logging all the pages they read over Winter Break. What a great way to promote reading and creativity at school!
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On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Jada Williams, Aliyah Elliot-Felder and Makaylee Davis represented #SASCS at the English Speaker's Union Shakespeare workshop at Syracuse Stage. They prepared a monologue and a sonnet and received coaching from SU drama professors. At the city-wide competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018, Jada represented our school.
SAS Elementary February Student-of-the-Month
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the 3rd and 4th grades held their Student-of-the-Month ceremony. The character trait fostered in February was ambition. We are so very proud of all our winners for constantly putting forth outstanding effort in the classroom. Great job, everyone!
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Science Fair Winners at the Elementary School
On Friday, February 16, 2018, fourth-grade students competed in their school science fair. Today the winners were announced at the Student-of-the-Month ceremony. Projects were judged by staff and technology professionals from SUNY ESF and The Tech Garden.
1st place: Amirah Mohammad, with project Is Bottle Water Safer to Drink than Fountain Water?
2nd place: Ibrahim Abdulkadir & Tavin Penix with projects Do Antibacterial Products Work? and Turning Milk into Plastic
3rd place: Hunter Payne, Zaleya Derby and Jonathan Morales with projects Which Type of Potato will Produce the Most Energy?, How to Grow the Best and Largest Crystal, and Do AA or D Batteries Make a Better Magnet?
Honorable Mention: Adelynn Carruthers with project Which Egg Will Bounce?
All participants received a blue ribbon for their hard work.
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SAS Lady Atoms are the CHAMPIONS
Syracuse Academy of Science senior Lyrik Jackson insists that the Atoms are a balanced team, with no superstars.
But the all-state guard looked an awful lot like one midway through the fourth quarter of tonight's girls Class C basketball sectional final at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.
Little Falls had whittled what once was a 19-point SAS lead down to eight points at the end of the third quarter.
Midway through the final quarter, the Mounties were still hanging around - down only 10 and threatening to inch closer.
Jackson went to work. She canned back-to-back 3-pointers on consecutive possessions then, after a basket by fellow senior Diamonne Harris, Jackson scored a breakaway layup to put her team back in control with a 16-point lead and just over a minute left to play.
The fifth-seeded Atoms went on to a 63-42 victory over Little Falls to earn the first girls sectional championship in school history.
"I just said I don't want to go home," said Jackson, who scored a game-high 25 points. "Coach said to just keep playing, keep pushing."
SAS is now 18-4 and advances to state regional play. The Atoms will face the Section IV champion on March 10 at a site in the Syracuse area.
Little Falls, the No. 2 seed, finishes its season at 19-5.
It was a milestone win on a journey for SAS, and its coach, Reggie Pickard, that began in 2010-11 after the school put its first varsity girls team together.
Pickard and assistants Donniesha Terry and Rasheada Caldwell built a solid program that began winning more than it lost in the 2013-14 season.
Getting that championship proved a bit more elusive for the Atoms.
SAS earned berths in the sectional finals the past two years, but lost both times - to Cooperstown in 2015-16 and a three-overtime heart-breaker to Thousand Islands last March.
"We just told them we have to leave everything on the court," Caldwell said. "Just go out and do what we do. We're aggressive. We play hard. The girls really wanted this - especially losing last year."
This time, the Atoms prevailed.
But not before the Mounties from the Center State Conference II made SAS work a little.
Little Falls went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to shave a 19-point SAS lead to just eight points, 40-32, after three quarters.
"My kids played with a lot of heart," Mounties coach Pam Munger said. "They put it out there in the second half. They could have walked away, they could have said they were done. They battled back. We got it to within eight. We just didn't have enough offense today."
Olivia Langdon scored 15 points to lead Little Falls, which was seeking its sixth sectional title.
SAS got 12 points from eighth-grader Alexius Pierce, Caldwell's daughter, and nine each from sophomores Freey Pleasants and Xyel Bradford.
"My teammates - it's all them," Jackson said. "They knew I was hot and they got me the ball - I've got to give them all the credit."
Despite Jackson's modesty, Caldwell said, she is a special player.
"We have a strong team this year, and all of our players can score," she said. "But Lyrik, she put the team on her back. She carried us. She's just one of those great players"
Pickard, who sent Caldwell out for the post-game interview while he stayed in the locker room for awhile, said it was hard to put his feelings into words.
"I'm overwhelmed," he said. "This is a big win, not just for SAS but for the whole community."
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SAS Middle School held Black History Month Activities
On Friday, February 16th, 2018, SAS Middle School held activity stations in honor of Black History Month! Students wrote out "I have a dream" clouds, listened to informational videos, did a gallery walk, filled out scavenger hunts, took pictures at the photo booth, did matching games and collages and played "Spike Ball." Students were able to gain factual information on some of the most influential African Americans who fought for the rights, freedoms and respect of African American people. Students really seemed to enjoy all of the activities provided!
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SAS Middle School held its 2nd Quarter Ceremony
On Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, the SAS Middle School held its 2nd Quarter Award Ceremony. This is a special event in that staff and students get to celebrate a wide range of accomplishments. Awards including Best Academic, Best Citizen, Student of the Month, and Most Improved were given to deserving students. In addition, the many great students who achieved Honor and High Honor Roll were also recognized. A new addition to our Award is the GOLDEN ATOM, an award for the top achieving students in each grade in both academics and merit points was given for the 2nd quarter. Students of the Month were recognized in that they demonstrated the best examples of our monthly character trait, Respect. Also, teacher awards for superlatives were given out as well. Teachers were voted by students to be Most Likely to Make them Laugh, Most Likely to win a game of Jeopardy, and more! Events such as this are a celebration of the many accomplishments of our students as they work to accentuate all that SAS stands for!
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Robotics Team attends the FIRST Tech Challenge
On Sunday, January 14, 2017, the SAS High School robotics team attended the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition Regional Championship at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in Utica, NY. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The nonprofit public charity inspires young people to become innovative science and technology leaders by engaging in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills. In turn, those skills help to build self-confidence and foster communication and leadership skills.
Six members of the SAS Atoms robotics team attended the competition. The team won 4 out of 5 of their matches earning 7th place overall. However, the competition was stiff and the team was unable to make it into the semifinal matches. Ultimately, the robotics team had a great time but unfortunately, they were not able to qualify for the East coast super regionals. The team says they hope to move to the next stage in the competition next year in the 2018-19 FTC season.
Congratulations to the entire SAS Atoms team. Led by Mr. Zengin and Mr. Altindis, the team includes the following students: Lalita Dahal, Umesh Dahal, Karl Russo, Jade Regner, Brenden Reilly, Joseph Capra, Huda Ali, Zakaria Ali, Abdullah Cetin, Ali Barbour, Tahirah Abdul-Qadir, Michael Scheer and Benjamin Cameron.
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The Great Glove Giveaway
On Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, staff from Chartwells, our cafeteria food-service provider, visited the elementary school to distribute gloves to all of our students. Each student was given a pair of gloves to keep his or her hands warm while playing outside in the snow. Thank you, Chartwells, for this generous gift. We are very grateful for all you do for the community.
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Second Graders Enjoy a Field Trip Full of Wonder
On Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, SAS second graders visited WonderWorks at Destiny USA Mall for some hands-on educational fun. At the “amusement park for the mind,” students participated in a variety of activities, games and simulations. They had a great time learning what it feels like to be blown away by hurricane-force winds, maneuver the controls of a NASA spacecraft to land the shuttle, lie on a bed of 3,500 nails, and pilot a fighter jet—all in one place!
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