Quarterly Award Ceremony at the SAS Middle School with Special Guests!
On Friday, November 4, 2016 the SAS Middle School held its first quarterly award ceremony. This was a very special event not only because we were able to recognize the amazing achievements of our wonderful students, but we also had a special guest. Mr. John Tumino, father of one of our wonderful high school students, joined the ceremony to kick off our annual food drive. Mr. Tumino is the founder of In My Father's Kitchen, a wonderful organization that supports many people in need throughout Central New York. He spoke to our students about his efforts and one consistent message, that no one persoun should ever feel invisible and we can all contribute to preventing these tragedies. The event was kicked off my our superintendent, Dr. Hayali and was also joined by our advanced band. This was one amazing day where we recognized excellence and our ability to help others!
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Monthly OLWEUS Classroom Meeting at the Middle School
On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, the SAS Middle School held its monthly OLWEUS meeting. The goal of these events it to address a specific aspect that is tied to our efforts to bring bullying out of the shadows. The subject of this meeting was peer pressure. Students talked about the different forms of peer pressure what they meant. A rousing discussion took place in multiple classrooms about how peer pressure works with boys and girls. The highlight of many of the discussions detailed the students insistence that we can all exercise positive peer pressure to help our fellow students when they are down. As a team, students and teachers spoke about strategies to help deal with negative peer pressure to ensure a safe environment for everyone!
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SAS 5th graders take a field trip without leaving the classroom!
On Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, the 5th grade students of the SAS Middle School had a unique experience. After some short reading in science class about the features of a river, they took a field trip! The unusual fact was that they never left the classroom! Using Google Street View and Google Expeditions VR, 5th graders visited the Colorado River, England's Thames River, the mighty Mississippi, and the Hudson River. Tools such as these really help build and make our students learning experiences much more immersive.
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SAS Middle School holds a Mock Presidential Election
On Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, the students of the SAS Middle School participated in our mock election for the President of the United States. Each student viewed selected pieces of each candidate presenting his and her position on various issues. Students not only voted for their preferred choice to run our great nation, but they wrote constructed responses on what why they choose that candidate to be the leader of the free world. At SAS, it is our mission to prepare students to be capable responsible citizens. This activity brings one of our civic responsibilities to light. Our voices need to be heard through our votes and we want our students to be capable and knowedgeable voters when they exercise this right!
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"Books and then Bowling?" SAS staff visits the AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Mattydale
On Monday, October 31st, 2016 the staff of all three Syracuse Academy of Science buildings attending the AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Mattydale for a team building afternoon. Teachers, administration, and support staff enjoyed the atmosphere and two games of bowling at the lanes. The fun and competition was the highlight of the afternoon! A quick break with our colleagues and back to our buildings!
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Salsa Time! Culturally Responsive Program brings dance lessons to the Middle School
On Monday, October 31st, 2016, 6th grade students in Miss Bittel's social studies class participated in a cultural lesson on the art of Salsa dancing. The presentation was given by one of our 6th grade student's parents, Odalas and Alberto Gaskins. The couple showed the students some video clips of professional salsa dancers before performing a couple's dance for the students. After their demonstration, students were taught 2 main salsa dance steps and then spent the remainder of the time dancing the Salsa in the gym!
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SAS Middle School Students boogie down at the Fall Dance
On Friday, October 28th, 2016 the Student Leadership Club hosted their first dance of the school year! Students danced the night away to music provided by Mr. Anthony Williams who has been the club's go to DJ for all the dances! Students enjoyed pizza, socializing and, of course, dancing!
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SAS Students Attend 16th Annual "Women in Engineering" Event at Lockheed Martin
On Friday, October 28, 2016, two students from Syracuse Academy of Science's High School attended the Women in Engineering Day presented by Lockheed Martin. Ninth graders, Justine Bell and Priscilla Jones-Johnson were selected to attend the 16th Annual event at the site in Liverpool. The program included a morning engineering challenge which asked teams of students to design an apparatus that would move a ping pong ball down an inclined piece of cardboard at the slowest speed. The SAS students, working in a team with the students attending from Fayetteville-Manlius, won the contest with a time of 8 seconds, a full 3/4 of a second longer than the second place team! After the challenge, students got the chance to meet with engineers from Lockheed Martin that work in various fields from mechanical and electrical engineering to ceramic and software engineering, including having lunch with several of these women engineers. After lunch, the students were given a tour of parts of the facility and attended a career fair with hands on demonstrations of various forms of engineering so they could try their hand at becoming an engineer for part of the day. Many thanks to Lockheed Martin for putting on a great day at their facility and great job to our students on their engineering contest win!
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5th Graders visit the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus
On Thursday, October 27th, 2016 the 5th grade students of the SAS Middle School attended a field trip at the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus. While there, they practiced a variety of soccer skills including dribbling, scoring, and passing. In addition, students enjoyed a spirited game of dodge ball and tug of war with teachers and the staff of the facility. Thank you to all of the staff and we will see you again in the spring!
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6th Graders visit the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus
On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 the 6th grade students of the SAS Middle School attended a field trip at the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus. While there, they practiced a variety of soccer skills including dribbling, scoring, and passing. In addition, students enjoyed a spirited game of dodge ball and tug of war with teachers and the staff of the facility. Thank you to all of the staff and we will see you again in the spring!
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