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SAS Robotics team recognized

On Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 the SAS ATOMS Robotics team received a $500 grant check from Business Machines & Equipment (BME) Company. Steve Mitchell visited SAS robotics team today after school.

Mr. Mitchell works at BME as a vice president of Sales Department. BME company is one of the companies that works with Xerox. 

Mr. Mitchell asked robotics team members questions to learn more about our team and competitions that we join. Team members answered all questions and made a small demonstration for BME. 

SAS Robotics team will use this grant money for robot equipment (extra motors, sensors, etc.) Please Congratulate SAS ATOMS Robotics Team Members.

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SAS Central New York Science and Engineering Fair

On Sunday, March 26th, 2017 SASCS students participated in 38th Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) today and competed against more than 40 schools and 200 projects. Students are judged by STEM professionals from local businesses and institutions such as Lockheed Martin and Syracuse University.

Our success in this science fair is unique among Syracuse schools as our school received 2 grand prize awards for the first time.  

SASCS students from grade 4-12, won 17 (seventeen) awards and scholarship. Based on their performance at CNYSEF, two students (Jamila Eatman  (11th grade) and Taha Hayali (6th grade)) won grand prize. 

We thank all our students, our teachers and our parents for this success, and we hope to increase our achievements next year. Please congratulate all these students. They had a very long Sunday and they all made us proud. 

Grade 5:
Morgan Purcell: High Honor CNYSEF Award Medallion

Grade 6:
Taha Hayali: Highest Honor CNYSEF Award Medallion
Adam Sheaffer: Honor CNYSEF Award Medallion

Grade 7:
Naomi Turner Honor CNYSEF Award Medallion

Grade 11:
Jamila Eatman: Highest Honor CNYSEF Award Medallion

SUNY Cortland Science Leadership Scholarship ($10,000): Amela Mujak
IEEE Awards in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sofia Fanizzi
Suny Oswego Genius Olympiad Awards: Jamila Eatman
Terra Science and Education Award: Amela Mujak, Wah Hee Dar, Amina Andelija, Sophia Sheaffer, Sofia Fanizzi, Dionne Delafe, Morgan Purcell, Taha Hayali, Adam Sheaffer, Naomi Turner.
Association for Women geoscientists award: Jamila Eatman
ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award: Wah Hee Dar
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award. Sophia Sheaffer
Ricoh Sustainable Development Award Sofia Fanizzi
Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Amina Andelija -eligible to compete in state competition
US Air Force: Amela Mujak, Jamila Eatman

Broadcom MASTERS: Taha Hayali
New York State Science Congress: Jamila Eatman 

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Click here to see pictures from the SAS Central New York Science and Engineering Fair

2nd Grade Visited by Forestry Program Specialist

On Tuesday March 21st, 2017, the second graders at SAS Elementary were treated to a read aloud done by Ms. Kristina Ferrare, a Forestry Program Specialist from the Cornell Cooperative Exchange. She read the story The Grapes Grow Sweet. The story depicted grapes growing in a vineyard and how the family made grape juice. After getting to ask questions, the students were able to sample grape juice and talk about the similarities and differences between Niagara white grape juice and Concord purple grape juice. Our students are so lucky to get these experiences!


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Awards and Dancing at the Middle School!

On Friday, March 17th, 2017 the Middle School held the February Student of the Month Ceremony. This was a special event in that staff were able to celebrate the efforts of our amazing students but also had the benefit of a special guest. Students of the Month were recognized from all grades as well as the specials classes (Art, Music, Spanish and PE). We are proud to recognize their amazing contributions.  In addition, the students were treated to a performance from the Rince Na Sonas School of Irish Dance. This is the second year that the school has visited us with their amazing dancers, many of which are headed to national and world competitions. Students and Staff were in awe of the talents demonstrated. Thank you Mrs. Hickey and Mrs. Greenwood and your team! This was a all-around amazing day of dance and student accomplishment!  

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SASCS received its third full five year Renewal

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Supportive Parents, Students, and Staff

With great enthusiasm, I wish to thank all of you who have been working and supporting tirelessly and continuously to make our mission of educating students in the City of Syracuse not only a reality, but also a model of success. As a result of SASCS's efforts and dedication, the state Board of Regents on Monday (this morning) approved our school for its third full five-year renewal. That is a tremendous vote of confidence and a tribute to SASCS's dedication, hard work and the invaluable contributions you make every day.  

New York has rigorous and strict regulations and holds charter schools accountable with high expectations. Charter schools in New York are required to get their charters renewed at least once every five years. The Regents can refuse to renew a charter -- effectively closing the school, or it can renew the charter for between one and five years. The New York State Education Department staff reviewed the fiscal and academic status of SASCS and made its recommendations to the Regents, who made the final decision on whether to renew the charter. For the third straight time, SASCS received a full, five-year renewal.

I am deeply humbled and feel privileged to work with such passionate and effective educators at SASCS and with your children. Our determination and innovative solutions are making the Syracuse Academy of Science a model for high quality charter schools – schools that embrace accountability and results.

Thank you again for supporting and advocating your children's school and believing in SASCS. 


Dr. Tolga Hayali, Ed.D.
Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School


2016-2017 Winter Concert & Art Show at the Middle School

On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, the Middle School held its 2016-2017 Winter Convert & Art Show. Under the direction of Mrs. Christina Cleason, our students came together to put on an amazing musical performance! Our beginner band made their musical debut, sharing two short songs with our audience members, "A Mozart Melody" and "Aura Lee". Our advanced band shared one musical selection titled "More Cowbell". Our theme for this winter's chorus concert was focused on the idea of "Diversity and Acceptance". Our student body came together to celebrate the beauty in our differences and sings songs about overcoming the odds to fulfill your dreams. Our song selections included "Brave" by Sara Bareilles, "You'll Be Okay" by A Great Big World, "The Great Unknown" by Jukebox the Ghost, "Change Your Life" by Little Mix, and "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz. This concert also featured a performance by two of our 6th grade classes, celebrating the culture, music, and customs from Spain. This performance was a part of our year long cultural project designed to help our classrooms become more culturally responsive, assist our students in becoming more accepting of others, and encourage parent and family presence in our school. Overall, our concert was a HUGE success! Our Art students displayed their prowess thanks to the great talents of our Art teacher, Ms. Brett. Students put on a wonderful art exhibition full of lively colors and artistic talent. The students showcased their knowledge of the 7 Elements of Art and the 7 Principles of Design using several techniques such as drawing, painting, print making, paper art, mixed media, and even raw nature. A school wide collaboration drawing that represents both diversity and unity was also on display.  We are extremely proud of our student's accomplishments in art and music that are led by these amazing educators! Keep shining bright Atoms!

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First Acceptance Letter from IVY League School (Cornell University)

We would like to share this great news with everyone. Our Senior student, Amari Williams, received an acceptance letter from Cornell University! This is our first acceptance from an IVY League School. 

Congratulations Amari Williams. 


2017 Science Fair at the Middle School

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the SAS Middle School held its Annual Science Fair. This event included grades four through seven. Preparation for this event started in September with the choosing of their topics for their controlled experiment. This event included nearly 300 students across 4 grades with just about every topic imaginable. Special guest judges joined us from the Society of Physics Students at Syracuse University. Parents and families kicked off the event by sharing the fair with their scholar and heard some opening remarks from the event organizer, Mr. Carter. The Science Fair is a demonstration to the STEM education of our students. Many students will be going on from this event to the CNY Science & Engineering Fair on March 26th! Keep up the great work! Go ATOMS!

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March OLWEUS Meeting at the Middle School

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, Students of SAS Middle school participated in their monthly anti-bullying meeting. The topic of the day was "Cyber Bullying". Student talked about what cyber bullying is and ways that it is used. They discussed ways in which it can be helpful. They as a class came up with strategies to deal with cyber bullying by putting themselves in all of the roles that can be played such as the participant, recipient, and or the bystander. Last but not least they discussed the different practices that the school has in place in order to prevent cyber bullying. This is our attempt to take bullying out of the shadows to create a safe, secure environment for our students.

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2nd Graders Make Snow Angels for a Cause

On Friday, February 17th, 2017, the second graders at Syracuse Academy of Science spent the afternoon before February break playing outside for a good cause. Students went outside to play in the snow and took part in the Snow Angel Challenge to support the Salvation Army's mission of working to end poverty in the area. The second grade teachers pledged to donate to the cause for every student who participated in the challenge. Students held discussions earlier in the day about things they can do to help others and what poverty meant. Many walked away with a better understanding and a desire to work toward ending it. We are so proud of our second graders as they develop into strong citizens! 

#SASAtoms #SASCS #snowangelchallenge #salvationarmy

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