Mr. Giuseppe Passucci visited 5th & 6th Grade Science Classes

On Monday, October 26th, 2015, Mr. Giuseppe Passucci was a guest speaker at the 5th and 6th grade science classes at the Syracuse Academy of Science Middle School. He is currently in the physics doctoral program at Syracuse University.  Mr. Passucci spoke to the 5th grade about the study of physics. For the 6th grade, he spoke about the many careers in the science field including his own and the many roles of the professional scientist. This was Mr. Passucci’s second time guest speaking in the building and we look forward to including him in future events.

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Middle School held our Olweus Anti-Bullying program kickoff event

On Friday, October 23rd, 2015 the SAS Middle School held our Olweus Anti-Bullying program kickoff event. This research based program has been utilized in many schools throughout the world to help address bullying and bring its devastation out of the shadows. Students participated in activities in the classroom as well as team-builders in the gymnasium.

A role-playing activity was the beginning of the kickoff in the classrooms. Each student had the chance to play roles such as the bully, the bullied, possible defenders, as well as others. The intent of the activity is to illustrate how students are often presented with the opportunity to stand up to bullying throughout their school careers. In addition to the role play, students were given the opportunity to write anti-bullying essays or create posters to illustrate the program and our focus on ending bullying in our building.

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Dr. Lebel visits the High School

On October 26, 2015 Dr. Lebel came to visit SAS for the second time to speak with the 10th grade about his career. Dr. Lebel is the Chief Medical Geneticist at Upstate and is also a Professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pathology and a Lecturer in the department of Bioethics and the Humanities. Dr. Lebel shared his background with the students, what it took to get where he is today, and also shared some stories about work. Students asked excellent questions and were really interested in learning about the rare diseases and disorders Dr. Lebel experiences at work. We appreciate the time Dr. Lebel took out of his schedule to come and speak with our students about the work he does and about helping his patients. 

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Murder Mystery Dinner Play

The high school Drama Club has been working very hard on their Murder Mystery Dinner for this weekend on Friday and Saturday night, both at 7pm. Here is a sneak-peek of the rehearsal that went on last night. It is a show you won't want to miss! If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the play, please contact Ms. McGinnis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Construction Career Day at the Fair Grounds!

On Thursday, October 15th some of our high school students attended Construction Career Day at the NY State Fair Grounds with Mr. M. Students were able to move between 3 stations: Hands-on Demonstrations, Operating & Static Equipment, and Career/Continuing Education Booths. During the trip, students learned about the wide range of career options available in the construction industry from about 40 different types of construction-related companies and union contractors. Students were also able to speak with employers, college representatives, and unions to discuss apprenticeship programs and hiring information. This was a really fun field trip and will definitely be a trip SAS attends again next year!

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Student of the Month Ceremony for September at SAS Middle School

On Friday, October 9, 2015, the SAS Middle school held its first Student of the Month ceremony of the year. A student, who showed dedication, passion, and hard work through out September, from each section was recognized during the ceremony. Each student was awarded with a certificate and a dress down day pass. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony with laughter and cheers. Ceremony was closed by a great performance with students in step/drill club who had their first demonstration since the club activities have started. Congratulations to star students of September. Keep up the good work.

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9/11 Remembrance at Middle School

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the SAS Middle School held a variety of activities commemorating 9/11. In the morning, we created an American flag using each grade level wearing red, white, and blue and paid our respects with a moment of silence. We also conducted the pledge of allegiance as an entire school. In the classroom, middle school students studied the event and our country’s response, heard narratives from staff perspective of where they were during 9/11 as well as wrote thank you letters to the brave men and women that serve our great nation.


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Second Grade visits Navarino Orchards

On September 23rd, 2015 all of the 2nd grade went to Navarino Orchards for a field trip. The students have been working on story writing in school and have been writing stories about the Journey of a seed. While at the orchard, teachers and students talked about how the apples have seeds and what their journey might be if they had gotten out of the apple at the orchard. Needless to say, it was a very fun journey this seed would have had at the orchard! Students took hay rides, picked apples, and explored the orchard while they were there! A great time was had by all! 


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Syracuse Academy Students Inspired at SUNY ESF Summer Science Camp

Syracuse Academy Charter School students spent a week immersed in environmental science and ecology activities through the SUNY ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Summer Science Camp from August 3rd to August 7th. Eleven SAS students attended the camp with 4 SUNY ESF supervisors along with SAS science teacher and program director, Dr. Ay. ESF SCIENCE (Summer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments) is a weeklong day camp focusing on science and environmental learning. This includes both indoor and outdoor hands-on activities and online components as well. The camp covered topics such as local trees, energy usage, GPS, wind turbine engineering, animal habitats, water shed landscaping, pollution, water cleaning and stream analysis.

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Summer Science Immersion Program at SUNY Oswego 2015

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter school students participated the High School Summer Science Immersion program at SUNY Oswego for the 6th time this year. The program, held from July 6th to July 31st, provided selected students the opportunity to assist with research projects organized by graduate students or professors of chemistry and physics at SUNY Oswego.

The goal of the program is to guide high school students as they complete individual research projects in science while under the supervision of experienced scientists. Example projects include polymer synthesis, analytical characterization of wastewaters, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization for quantum dot project, semiconductor design and characteristics.

On the first day, the students attended a safety meeting at the Shineman Science building; later, the students met their mentors. The goal for each student was to complete a research project and to write research paper to accompany his/her poster board. We are hoping that the experiences the students have at the Summer Science Immersion Program improves their abilities to conduct research, present them, and even help enhance their college/job application and interview processes. The student-to-staff ratio is no more than 2:1, and students meet for 7 hours per day, 5 days per week for 4 weeks in the summer. 

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