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New anti-bullying campaign came to SAS High School

New anti-bullying campaign coming to a school near you

On Wednesday, high school students at Syracuse Academy of Science took a hard look at the impacts of cyber bullying through the eyes of peers across the country.

Teens watched a film created by students that will be shown in schools across the country starting February 2017.

The #Upstander campaign was created by AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named after a bullied teen who took his own life.

"This is a national epidemic,” said Tyler’s mother, who founded the organization after her son. “We need to prevent this before it happens.”

One senior at the assembly tells NewsChannel 9 the video was a wake up call for her and hopes her peers feel the same way.

“A lot of us take cyber bullying as a joke,” said Claudi Garcia Maso, a senior at SAS. “These words impact these young teenagers.”

Article by News Channel 9 on http://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/new-anti-bullying-campaign-coming-to-a-school-near-you

How is Cyberbullying Affecting Teens in Central New York?

It was an eye-opening message.

"I didn't know it was happening on such a large scale and was still happening,” said high school senior Claudia Garcia Maso.

"I never experienced the depth of it,” added Killiaun Blatche, another senior.

But 31 percent of Central New York teens do experience cyberbullying, according to a new Siena Research Poll.

"I think we need to take responsibility and ownership of that poor behavior and move forward from here,” said Jane Clementi, founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation.

The Clementi Foundation and AT&T are taking those steps forward, launching a new initiative in schools nationwide. Students at the Syracuse Academy of Science had a chance to get a first look.

"I may not have been a cyberbully or someone causing the issues in someone else's life, [but] if I see it going on around me, I'm accountable of it by myself too,” Garcia Maso said.

As part of the campaign, leaders asked students to take to social media and pledge to be an "upstander," or a bystander who will stand up against cyberbullying. Just snap a selfie with the “upstander” hashtag and post away.

"You kind of want to deal with a terrible situation like this with happiness,” Blatche said. “If I'm being bullied, I want to see something happy. I want to see something that will give me hope."

It's a message of hope that now has even more students ready to deliver.

"Your life is precious, and your life should not be based on what someone else thinks of you or wants to put into your head,” said Garcia Maso.

The campaign is visiting schools across New York State all week. They'll roll out the program nationwide in February.

Article by Gabrielle Lucivero on http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2016/11/16/cyberbullying-initiative-in-cny.html

A third of Central New York teens are bullied online, report says

One-third of teenagers in the Central New York region are cyberbullied, according to a recent report.

Cyberbullying was the focus of a middle and high school assembly at Syracuse Academy of Science Wednesday. Students watched videos of peers who had been cyberbullied, heard from a mother whose son killed himself as a result of cyberbullying, and they took selfies to pledge they would stand up against attacks online.

The presenters, from the Tyler Clementi Foundation and AT&T, then revealed statistics about cyberbullying collected in partnership with the Siena College Research Institute, which found that the numbers here match up with the rest of New York state, in which 26 percent of teens surveyed reported being bullied online.

The organizations set out to understand how "good mobile technology can be used for bad," said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president of AT&T. "We felt it important to bring this issue to the forefront," she said.

Researchers surveyed a total of 1,255 teens and 1,048 parents Upstate.

The answers offer a clear picture of the digital world where teens are increasingly spending their time -- 87 percent of parents said their child has their own smartphone -- and are regularly exposed to cyberbullying.

Between a quarter to a third of teens confessed to their own experiences with occasional or frequent cyberbullying, while many more reported witnessing others, including their friends, being bullied online. Parents' answers reinforced those numbers.

Here are the reasons teens in Central New York teens gave for why they thought they were being cyberbullied:

  • Physical appearance - 42 percent
  • Social awkwardness - 35 percent
  • Being thought of as gay - 34 percent
  • Clothing - 30 percent
  • Being un-athletic - 30 percent
  • Having a disability - 25 percent
  • Being sexually active - 19 percent

Other interesting findings from the survey include:

  • 6 percent of respondents admitted they had been a cyberbully themselves. Even fewer parents -- 4 percent -- said their child had cyberbullied someone.
  • 13 percent of teens said they have posted something online that they regret, 8 percent said they posted something that hurt someone else, and 5 percent said they posted something they are not proud of that is still online. Teens who said they had bullied someone said they did it to get back at someone, because they were angry or because they think it's funny.
  • 25 percent of teens say they laugh it off when someone posts something negative about them. Still, 20 percent of teens overall and almost a third of girls surveyed said they have cried because of something posted about them.
  • 55 percent of teens tell their friends about cyberbullying. Fewer report the cyberbullying to their parents, and less than a quarter confront their bully or report them to school officials.
  • 20 percent of teens who witness cyberbullying report it. About a quarter try reaching out to the victim or doing something about what they see, but 13 percent ignore cyberbullying out of fear of becoming the next victim.

One area researchers suggested for addressing cyberbullying is to bridge the disconnect between what teens are doing online and what their parents think is happening.

While 99 percent of parents say they've talked to their kids about online behavior and not to give out personal information and 35 say they set rules about technology, very few parents strictly enforce those rules. A third of teens said their parents are basically clueless about what they do online.

What's more, a third of teens said they had shared their name or gender with someone they met online, and 9 percent of area teens said they agreed to meet up with someone they met on the internet.

As part of the assembly at SAS, Jane Clementi shared the story of her son Tyler, who killed himself six years ago at 18 years old after his roommate at Rutgers University used a webcam to spy on him having sex with a man in their dormitory room. The roommate used social media to invite others to watch.

Clementi said the data showed how pervasive the problem is, and told teens they had the ability to prevent another tragedy like her family had suffered.

She and other organizers asked teens at Syracuse Academy of Science to "use social media for good" by posting selfies to social media with the hashtag #upstander.

Article by Julie McMahon | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2016/11/cyberbullying_central_new_york_teens.html

US Veteran Speaks with 2nd Grade Students at SAS Elementary

On Thursday November 17th, SAS second graders had a visit from Mr. Schofield, a retired member of the United States Army, and his service dog, Major along with Ms. Fox from Clear Path For Veterans. Mr. Schofield and Ms. Fox discussed the process by which Major was trained to be a service dog and the great positive impact he has had on Mr. Schofield's life. They also took questions from the students and allowed Major to walk around the classroom to visit the students. Thank you so much for visiting us and also for your service to our country! 


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SAS High School Performs a Murder Mystery show

On Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2016 SAS High School performed a murder mystery show, Jack the Ripper: Monster of Whitechapel which was a huge success. Over 20 students participated in the dramatic production ranging from 8th to 12 grade. With over 150 in attendance over two nights, the students' hard work paid off. They prepared for two months to pt on this interactive dinner show. The audience was invited to guess who the murderer was and there were some truly stellar (and ludicrously creative) answers. Congratulations to all the thespians and waiters on a job well done. Thank you to all you who came out to support the drama club. We hope to see you at the next show for more entertainment.


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SAS Middle School students help spearhead Operation Christmas Child

From November 1st through the 14th 2016, the SAS Middle School participated in Operation Christmas Child, which provides aid to people in need. Each November thousands of groups and individual donors prepare and collect shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts. Middle school students collected these items for boys and girls ages 2-14. On November 14th, students in Student Leadership Club packed the shoe boxes full of items for children in other countries. These boxes will then be shipped and distributed to over 100 countries through national teams of volunteers who are connected locally to the children receiving the gifts. The students who donated brought those items in to their  homeroom teacher. The club was able to make 35 shoe boxes with all of the donations. This was also a competition among homerooms, and Ms. Hutchinson's 5-A won with 225 total items! Congratulations and thank to all who participated!

#SASAtoms #SASCS #SamaritansPurse

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2nd Graders Visit the Betts Branch Library

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, the second graders took a walk across the street from the Elementary school to visit the Betts Branch Library! After listening to the read aloud from the librarian, the students were allowed a chance to pick out books to read and even take home! The students had a fun time looking through all the library has to offer!

#SASAtoms #SASCS #BettsBranchLibrary

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7th graders visit Rochester's 20th Annual Children's Book Festival

On Saturday, November 13th 2016,  students from the SAS Middle School attended Rochester's 20th Annual Children's Book Festival. The Festival was honored to host author Linda Sue Park and main character Salva Dut of the book "A Long Walk to Water." The session was centered around “Books change readers; readers change the world!—A celebration of the book A Long Walk to Water.”  This experience was part our NYS 7th grade ELA curriculum, we just finished reading this book as part of our unit. The book tells the true story of local immigrant Salva Dut, a former “lost boy of Sudan” and founder of Water for South Sudan, who overcame incredible odds to not only survive war in his country but to return years later and provide water to his people. Students had the opportunity meet both Linda Sue Park and Salva Dut.

Students and teachers had a chance to take many pictures with the author. The students also participated in craft activities, presentations, and they were able to meet those who write and illustrate books for children, tweens, and teens. It was a great experience for the students and they really enjoyed themselves.


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6th graders visit the depths of Howe Cavern

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 6th grade students from the SAS Middle School visited Howe Caverns. This amazing landmark, first discovered by Farmer Lester Howe, has regularly been the second most visited landmark in New York State. Students traveled over 150 feet undergroud to see the amazing limestone formations that have developed over the last two centuries. They were amazed by the many sights as they were directed by the great guides who accompanied all of the student groups. The trip was capped off by a stop to the Cavern Museum and Gift Shop! This great trip was enjoyed by all!


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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!


Click here to see pictures of second OLWEUS Meeting of the year

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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