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Atoms Take to the Sea at CNY Steamboat Competition

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students competed in the annual CNY Steamboat Competition held at the MOST.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school made waves at the annual CNY Steamboat Challenge presented by the MOST.

On Saturday, October 23rd Atoms took to the sea in the STEM competition in 'pop-pop' or 'putt-putt' boat engineering. For this competition students could work in teams of 2-3 or individually, and were tasked with designing and constructing a miniature working steamboat powered by a single tealight candle. Teams would then present their design to the judges and are scored in 5 categories, as well as, their boat's best race time in 2 attempts.

Scoring for the CNY Steamboat Competition was based on the following criteria:

  • Boat Specification
  • Race Time
  • Student Presentation

Congratulations to all of our Atoms who participated in this year's STEM competition. We are very proud of you, your hard work and all that you have accomplished!

A Visit from Board of Regents, Elizabeth Hakanson

New York State Board of Education’s Board of Regents 5th Judicial District member Elizabeth S. Hakanson listens to a lesson taught by a Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school teacher, while receiving a tour of the school.

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school had the privilege of welcoming New York State Board of Education’s Board of Regents 5th Judicial District member, Elizabeth S. Hakanson earlier this month.

During her visit, Regent Hakanson received a special guided tour of the school led by Dean of Elementary Dominic Frisina, and SANY Superintendent Dr. Tolga Hayali. While on their tour of the school, Regent Hakanson was able to listen to a handful of lessons taught by the esteemed teachers at Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school, as well as, met with the Atoms!

We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Regent Hakanson for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend the day with the Atoms and for visiting Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school!

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned with the Atoms

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students deposit money into their savings account through Empower Federal Credit Union’s Dollar Dog program.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students invest in their future with the Empower Federal Credit Union’s in-school banking program, Dollar Dog. In the Dollar Dog program, students learn the importance of saving their money, how to be money-wise, and guides them to be smart money managers.

As a friendly reminder, there is one more Dollar Dog day coming up on Tuesday, October 26th. Students can bring in money they would like to have deposited into their savings account. The money will be collected by a teacher, a secure lock box or an Empower Federal Credit Union representative. 

If your child is interested in becoming a Dollar Dog saver please contact Lauri Hoover at (315) 728-3474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Happy savings, Atoms!

Membership eligibility required. Empower Federal Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Second Grade Atoms Make our Hearts Float

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship second grade students create their own origami boats following their lesson about ancient civilizations.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021Earlier this month, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship second grade students were learning all about ancient civilizations. As part of their lesson, students learned about why ancient civilizations decided to settle by bodies of water. To accompany this history lesson, Atoms took to the sea (or should we say paper) and crafted their very own paper boats using the art form of Origami. This hands-on activity was a great way for the students to create a symbol that represents the ancient civilization and what they learned in their history class.

Drop a Beat with Ms. Meehan and the SASCCS Atoms!

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students draw out beats of their musical pattern.

Monday, October 4th, 2021Oh what a feeling to walk down the halls of Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school and hear the glorious sound of music! Earlier this month the Atoms have been working with Ms. Meehan on how to sight-read music, how to count out the beats per measure, and how many beats are in each type of music note.

To learn how to count out the beats in music, students played a variety of percussion instruments, like the ever popular Boomwhacker. These musical geniuses are certainly talented and we look forward to hearing more lovely sounds of music each week.

The Importance of Reading for 20 Minutes at Home

Reading at home for 20 minutes a day has many benefits for students and their success throughout their academic career.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021Did you know that students who read on average 20 minutes per day in Kindergarten, by the time they are in 6th grade they will have read for an equivalent of 60 school days! 

There are many benefits to reading to your child at home for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. For instance, studies have shown that it not only builds a connection with you and your child, but it also builds confidence in reading skills and exposes your child to a rich vocabulary. Studies have also shown that reading for 20 minutes at home can in fact improve test scores over time. 

Let’s break it down

Reading for 20 Minutes a Day

  • 3,600 minutes per school year
  • 1,800,000 words per year
  • Scores in the 90th percentile for standardized tests

Reading for 5 Minutes a Day

  • 900 minutes per school year
  • 282,000 words per year
  • Scores in the 50th percentile for standardized tests

Reading for 1 Minutes a Day

  • 180 minutes per school year
  • 8,000 words per year
  • Scores in the 10th percentile for standardized tests

Below are additional fun facts about reading aloud and the many benefits it has for your student(s).

  • Reading aloud helps students learn how to use language to make sense of the world; it improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Reading aloud targets the skills of audio learners. Research has shown that teachers who read aloud motivate students to read.
  • Reading aloud creates a classroom community by establishing a known text that can be used as the basis for building on critical thinking skills that are related and unrelated to reading.

If your family needs reading materials at home, please contact your student's Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school teacher. We are more than happy to help!

Take a Guess: How Many Water Drops Fit on a Penny?

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship 6th grade students conducted a science experiment in which they counted the number of water droplets that can fit on the side of a penny.

Thursday, September 30th, 2021—Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship 6th grade students conducted a science experiment that leaves us all wondering, how does that make any cents? Late September, these future scientists were learning about the scientific method and tested out the hypothesis, ‘How Many Water Drops Fit on a Penny?’ For their experiment, students used a pipette, water and of course a penny and counted each of the water droplets that formed on each side of the penny. The results are shocking!

On average, the total number of water droplets that can fit on the head side of a penny is 27. On the flip side, tails, a total number of water droplets that can fit is 18.

Stretch & Dance with the Atoms on a Brain Break

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school Kindergarten Atoms dance and stretch during their mini Brain Break session after a morning of hard work.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021Mental breaks have shown incredible benefits not only for adults but for children, as well. Experts have said, it is important to take a break from your screen or computer every hour, for a few minutes to not only adjust your posture, but also enabling you to improve your focus, concentration and attention span. 

At Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school, the Kindergarten students shared with us their mini ‘Brain Break’ stretching and dancing session. This technique is used often throughout the grades at SASCCS, as it helps the student regain focus, and improves concentration skills. Brain Breaks can consist of dancing, stretching or even reading quietly. Come on and click here to join the Atoms for a mini Brain Break session!

Float like a Butterfly, Learn like an Atom!

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school 1st grade students release their monarch butterflies, from their Project Based Learning activity, into the wild.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school first grade students participated in a Project Based Learning (PBL) model where students learned by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. This PBL project was one none other than hatching monarch butterflies in their classrooms!

Each first grade class set up a butterfly sanctuary complete with live caterpillars and food. Over the course of a few weeks, students in each class took notes in their science journals and drew pictures of the caterpillars as they prepared their chrysalis. Students made daily observations until the butterflies emerged and later were set free on the school grounds.

Atoms Show that Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students learn and demonstrated the character strength, teamwork, in a Lego activity with fellow classmates.

Friday, September 24th, 2021Each week, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students learn about various character strengths, as part of the Positivity Project program. For the week of September 20th, students learned about the character strength, team work.

Fourth grade students in Mr. Giangiobbe and Ms. Moulton’s class were challenged to put this positivity in action by working together to build something creative and unique using Legos. This hands-on, minds-on activity certainly sparked the creativity, joy, enthusiasm, and excitement of the Atoms and proved the phrase, teamwork makes the dream work!

Daily Classroom Walkthroughs at SASCCS

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school's Deans, and Academic Coaches do a daily classroom walkthrough to check-in with the teachers and the students.

Monday, September 27th, 2021At Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school's Deans, and Academic Coaches do a daily classroom walkthrough to check-in with the teachers and the students. By spending a few minutes each day in the classroom is a great way for Deans and Academic Coaches to learn more about the Atoms and ways in which they are learning, and ensuring that everyone is working hard and staying on track.

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