Senator John DeFrancisco brings C.A.R.E. to the SAS Middle School

On Thursday, December 1st, 2016 State Senator John DeFrancisco visited the Syracuse Academy of Science Middle School. The senator has served the people of New York State with distinction for over twenty years. He has championed different causes that are important to the people of Central New York. Over his tenure, he has introduced legislation that helped to address crime, job creation, and the reduction of taxes. In addition, he is a supporter of both our school and charter schools in general as he was influential in the opening of our sister school next year, the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship School. Before speaking to the students, he received a tour of the middle school as this was his first visit. With the students, he brought a message of C.A.R.E. The acronym stands for Character, Attitude, Respect, and Excellence. This message of hard work and positive attitude fits right into our mission at SAS, which is to instill these qualities so that our students have the tools they need to succeed in a very complex world. He fielded a number of questions from our students such as “What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a senator?” Students additionally quizzed him about his family, his hobbies, and even his reading interests! Two of our wonderful 5th graders presented thank you cards to the senator on behalf of the entire grade and he brought wonderful books that highlight many key details about our amazing state! Thank you Senator DeFrancisco for taking time from your schedule to support our students!

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United States Marine Sergeant visits Middle School

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 the students of the SAS Middle school hosted a special guest speaker from the SAS staff. Jontae Brown works not only as our amazing custodian at the middle school, but also proudly serves as a sergeant in the United States Marines. Sergeant Brown has served in the Marines since 2010 and has been stationed in places such as Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan. He spoke to our students about the history and the role of the Marine Corps in the defense of America and other nations. Students enjoyed the videos that Sergeant Brown brought to detail the boot camp experience that molds this elite force. We thank Sergeant Brown and your fellow Marines for their effort and sacrifice in preserving our freedom!

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Thanksgiving Feast in 2nd Grade

On Tuesday November 22nd, 2016, Ms. Peryea and Ms. Gielarowski hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for their 2nd grade students and their families. With the help and contribution of several families, they were able to enjoy a delicious spread of food and fellowship with friends and family gathered. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays!


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SAS Middle School concludes the Annual Food Drive

On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 the SAS Middle School concluded its Annual Food Drive. The school raised over 900 items for donation. The proceeds of this drive are to benefit In My Father's Kitchen. This amazing organization serves those in need in the Central New York Area. Founded by two SAS parents, John and Leigh-Ann Tumino, In My Fathers Kitchen does wonderful work in the Syracuse area. We could not be more proud to be a small part of their efforts. This time of year brings out the best in all of us!

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Cuban Food Tasting in 6th Grade Social Studies

On Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 students in Miss Bittel's 6th grade social studies classes were treated to a Cuban foods presentation by Odalis Gaskins, one of our 6th grader's mother. Students got the opportunity to watch video clips of Odalis preparing and cooling the foods in her kitchen and then students were able to sample the foods in class. Students were presented with Congris which has rice, black beans, salt and olive oil along with garlic, onion and green peppers, Chicken Stew which had chicken legs, olive oil, tomato paste, salt, garlic, onions and peppers, Ripe Plantain and garden salad with tomato. Students enjoyed every bite!


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SAS Atoms Modified Basketball First Victory

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016 the SAS Atoms Modified Boys Basketball Team got their first win of the season against Southside Academy. The final score is 49-36.They will play their second game (away) on Friday against Oswego.Good luck to our Atoms. Our Thanks goes to Coach Otis, players, parents and teachers who showed their support to these young athletes. Thank you.


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SAS Students, Staff and Families attend the Syracuse Opera Preview of of La Cenerentola.

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, a group of students, staff, and families attended the Syracuse Opera preview performance of La Cenerentola, the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's take on the Cinderella fairy tale. We enjoyed a pre-concert talk about the music and watched the performance of the opera with live orchestra. We are invited to return to upcoming performances in February and April.


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3rd Grade Visits the YNN Studio

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, third grade went on a field trip to the YNN Studio. Students had the opportunity to see where reporters work, what kind of equipment they use, and visit the studio where weather forecasts are recorded! First, students learned about some of the history of the Syracuse area. We learned that the Erie Canal was just outside of YNN studio, where I-690 is now located! Next, we got to talk to a meteorologist who told us the ins and outs of weather forecasting. The meteorologist showed us the studio where weather forecasts are recorded and we got a chance to explore how the green screen works. Students also were thrilled to see the set and equipment that is used to create the newscasts that we see on TV. Some students even left the visit considering a career in the newscasting or meteorology field!

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November's League of Extraordinary Citizens

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the elementary school celebrated students’ hard work for the month of October. There were 176 students at SAS Elementary who were a part of the League of Extraordinary Citizens this month! These students earned 85 or more DOJOs for the month of October and were able to celebrate with a photograph as well as a well-deserved dress down day as a reward. Keep up the great work Atoms!


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