SAS Elementary Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, the top 26 spellers at SAS Elementary competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! After a lot of studying, the students were given words from grades 1-8 that challenged them! The top spellers were Micah Baker, Ruveyda Baysal, Taylor Bennett-Dykes, and Arashel Hill! Congratulations all of the students who participated!​


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4th Grade Takes a Trip to Ultimate Goal

On Thursday, December 7, 2016, the fourth graders went on an exciting and fun field trip to Ultimate Goal in Marcellus. The purpose of the field trip was to promote teamwork and positive interactions between students. The bonus was that it was just plain fun! Students played team sports like soccer and dodge ball. They also got to enjoy lunch all together with their teachers before heading back to school. Other patrons at Ultimate Goal were impressed with how well our students played together. They also loved our uniforms. The entire fourth grade enjoyed this field trip very 


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Happy Holidays

Dear SAS Family,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our staff, I wish you a very happy holiday season.

Food, toy, and donation drives held in October, November, and December at the elementary, middle, and high schools benefited organizations which helps thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this season of giving. 

  • Elementary school donated total of 208 toys - 110 to the Vera House, and the rest to Toys for Tots. 
  • Elementary school were able to collect fifteen coats and one pair of snow pants. All donations will be given to children in need.
  • Middle school donated 900 items of food to In My Father's Kitchen.
  • Middle school donated 1000 items such as clothes, outerwear, and toys to the Syracuse Rescue Mission.
  • Diversity club at high school has sponsored 2 orphans in Haiti with their donation of $800.
  • SASCS teachers, staff, parents, and students got together on Donation Day to collect items from furniture to clothing and raise monetary funding for the house fire victims.

I am grateful for the generosity all of our families show throughout the year. Thank you for your support of our mission and the community. 

I hope you enjoy the holiday break. Take this time to enjoy family and friends and celebrate the New Year. I am truly thankful to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful students and their families. I wish you and your family much health and happiness in 2017.


Dr. Tolga Hayali, Ed.D.
Syracuse & Utica Academies of Science Charter School

Annual Staff vs. Students Basketball Game at the Middle School

On Friday, December 23rd, 2016 the SAS Middle School held its 3rd Annual Staff vs. Students Basketball Game. Students from the 6th and 7th grade pitted their youth and speed against the size and experience of the staff members. Although the staff members would prove victorious, the game was fun for all participants and spectators. Student Co-MVP's were named as Alexius Pierce and Zachary Allen. Staff Co-MVP's were named as Mr. Frisina and Mr. McGriff. This annual event is a crowd favorite and is a great way to kick off the holiday vacation! Have a safe holiday season Atoms! We will see you next year! 


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Annual Holiday Drive concludes at the Middle School

On Friday, December 23rd, 2016 the SAS Middle School concluded their annual Holiday Drive. This year, students and their families gathered clothes, outerwear, and toys for donations to the Syracuse Rescue Mission. Last year, we raised over 700 items. We were thrilled to exceed 1,000 items this year! Representatives from the Rescue Mission were on hand to speak to the students about the work of their wonderful organization. Students who donated made signed a posters to present to our guests. This event encapsulates the wonderful aspects of citizenship that we hope to instill in all of our students. Happy Holidays!


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First Annual Harvest Festival at the Middle School

On Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, the SAS Middle School held its first Harvest Festival. This event was held as a part of our culturally responsive lesson program. Parents were invited to join the event and bring a favorite family dish. Over 30 parents came to the school to break bread with students and staff members and to share food that is often present at important moments at home. Student artwork was on display throughout the meal. Events such as this highlight the amazing diversity that we have at SAS. We look forward to making this event an annual event. Students, staff, and family members had an amazing time. See you next year!


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SAS High School Winter Music Concert and Art Show

On Monday, December 19, 2016, SAS high school had their winter music concert and art show. Students taking music classes this semester performed songs from old and modern times. This concert was the debut of the SAS High School Chorus under the direction of Ms. Carlson. They sang songs both a capella and were accompanied by a group of teachers in the faculty band. Students and families also got to enjoy a variety of art created by SAS students.

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Syracuse Academy Students at Service

On Monday, December 19, 2016 a group of our high school students joined the Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau's distribution day. 2,778 families registered to receive gifts and over a thousand volunteered for this event. Many organizations got together and Syracuse Academy students did not miss this opportunity to help serve the Syracuse city. Our students worked to prepare toys and fire-trucks to be distributed to the children to make them happy for Christmas.

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Guest Speaker at the Middle School details Mexican Holidays

On Monday, December 19th, 2016, the SAS Middle School hosted a wonderful guest speaker as a part of our program of culturally infused lessons.  Mr. Paco Valle spoke about the Mexican culture and celebrations surrounding the holidays of the year. He detailed the many important holidays of the Mexican culture. Mr. Valle detailed the background of Las Fiestas Del Mexico (The Mexican Celebrations), Mexican Independence Day (September 16th), Dia de los Muertos (November 2nd), Los Dia De Las Reyes (The Day of the Kings or The Epiphany), as well as Christmas and New Years from his cultural perspective. Students finished the session with each pulling a strong on a piñata for a wonderful treat! One of the powerful aspects of our population here at the Syracuse Academy of Science is our diverse population. This program and the amazing guests that we host is our way of celebrating that diversity! Thank you Mr. Valle for bringing your amazing experiences to our school!


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3rd Grade Enjoys a Guest Speaker from St. Kitts

On Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, third grade students had a guest speaker visit to teach them about her home country of St. Kitts. She showed pictures of the flag, festivals, clothing, and landmarks important to the Caribbean island. Students had the opportunity to ask the speaker questions and try homemade island cake.


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