Thursday, May 25th, 2023: The Science Academies of New York Charter Schools are celebrating 20 years of growth and success in Syracuse! We are so thankful to be able to provide families with high-quality STEM-based education for the last two decades, and we can’t wait to celebrate our accomplishments together with our staff, alumni, families, and community members!
We can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Monday, April 3rd, 2023: Happy Spring Recess! This is a friendly reminder that Syracuse Academy of Science, Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse, and Citizenship & Science Academy of Rochester will be closed from Monday, April 3rd, through Friday, April 7th, for Spring Recess. Utica Academy of Science will celebrate Spring Recess from Friday, April 7th through Friday, April 14th.
Enjoy the time off, Atoms!
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023: You deserve a break, Atoms! Mid-winter recess starts Tuesday, February 21st, through Friday, February 24th. Classes resume on Monday, February 26th. We look forward to seeing you then!
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023: Governor Kathy Hochul is taking action to give New York State families access to fair and affordable learning opportunities. Please help us reach out to our legislators to keep funding for charter schools in the executive budget. Take a minute to sign this letter for the Governor and support public charter school education.
Monday, February 6th, 2023: In honor of National School Counseling Week, the Science Academies of New York Charter Schools is recognizing all of our wonderful school counselors. They play a vital role in our student's lives in and out of the classroom! Thank you for all you continue to do for our students and their families. If you see a school counselor this week, make sure to thank them for their service.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022: Gobble gobble! As a friendly reminder, there will be no school from Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28th.
Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends, Atoms!
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022: Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is thrilled to share that our urban youth in the Syracuse area have received a grant from The Baxter International Foundation to expand our STEM work with our students. Their generous support helps us to enhance our STEM programs by providing VR headsets and 3D printers. The funding will also help further our robotics programs, allowing students hands-on experience.
Our students can connect the power of their minds to the thrill of creating, exploring, and generating innovative solutions to solve old and new problems. We are excited about this gift and the support we are getting to develop the next generation of caring and contributing leaders.
Sunday, September 11th, 2022—It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago to this day, our lives tragically changed. Many of us know where we were when we heard the news that day. Some of us heard it on the radio or watched the news that morning. While others may have heard the news from a coworker or a family member, or a friend. A day in history that we will never forget.
Today, we mourn those who lost their lives and grieved with those who lost friends and family. We would like to take this moment to thank all our brave first responders and those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. United, we stand.
Dear SANY Families,
Welcome to another exciting school year at Science Academies of New York Charter Schools! It’s hard to believe that it is already the first week of school. It seems like yesterday I was giving the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies and seeing pictures of the Atoms at their Kindergarten graduation and moving up ceremonies. For all the new and returning families, I would like to take this time to say welcome to the Science Academies of New York (SANY) Charter Schools!
It is an incredible privilege to be a part of a community where students, parents, teachers, faculty, and staff care so much for one another and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success. All while encouraging students to become good stewards in the community and helping strengthen and develop character skills and traits that will help students be successful beyond the classroom walls.
The first week of school is always a favorite time of mine as it's a fresh start for all of us. It’s a time of year when we build upon what we have learned in years past and begin the climb in our journey to reach our goals for this upcoming year. There is nothing we can’t achieve when we work together.
While we may not know what this school year will bring, one thing will always remain certain. We are many Atoms, one family, and we can accomplish anything.
Let’s do this!
Dr. Tolga Hayali, Ed.D
SANY Charter Schools
Dear Science Academies of New York (SANY) Community Members, parents, guardians, teachers, and students,
Words cannot express our sorrow and grief for the senseless tragedies that unfolded over these past few weeks. As we continue to mourn the lives of those lost in the Buffalo, we are now facing as a nation an atrocious event that unfolded yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts are heavy with grief, disbelief, and deepest condolences for those families and community members impacted by these two unfortunate events.
As a parent of four young children, I can only imagine what the families and community members in Uvalde, Texas, are feeling at this moment. No family should ever experience the pain of losing a child, especially in a school environment.
As a parent, guardian, student, teacher, or community member, you might wonder what steps we have in place for your child's security, safety, and well-being. First and foremost, our top priority remains the safety and well-being of all of our students, teachers, faculty, and staff.
To help ensure the safety of all, we keep our school doors locked and have visitor protocols in place; and each school building has a single point of entry that is monitored by staff. Security cameras are installed throughout our schools and outside our facilities.
In addition, we have a district safety coordinator who serves all of our schools, and we work collaboratively with local law enforcement to share information to keep our schools as safe as possible. We always strive to evaluate and improve our use of technology to facilitate prompt and effective communication within district buildings.
As a district, staff members have participated in multiple levels of active shooter training. This training focuses on what employees should do in the event of an active shooter in the district building. Schools also hold regularly planned lockdown drills to practice in the event of an emergency.
While the district has many procedures, tools, and plans in place, we must never become complacent when it comes to the safety of our students, teachers, faculty, and staff. Let this serve as an excellent time to remind all of us, especially students, that they should tell a trusted adult if they see or hear something concerning. The phrase "see something, say something" continues to hold significance, especially with the role social media plays in the lives of children and adolescents.
With these two recent tragedies, it has likely evoked many emotions in our school community. We recognize that some children react to tragic events such as these right away, while others respond much later and can vary by age. If you have any questions or concerns about best supporting your child, or if your child would like to speak with someone, please reach out to their teacher, counselors, or school administrators.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Buffalo and the entire Uvalde community during this devastating time.
Dr. Tolga Hayali, ED.d
As we all get ready to start mid-winter break, I have been reflecting on the ways each and every one of our Atoms have been able to make an impact at school through your academic work, your interactions with your fellow classmates and teachers, but more importantly how you are helping make a difference for those who need it the most in your community. To say I am impressed with all of your efforts is an understatement.
Here are just a few of the ways Atoms are giving back to their communities:
- Earlier this month, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship announced they will be hosting a Band-Aid Drive which will benefit the patients at Golisano Children’s hospital.
- Syracuse Academy of Science High School is hosting a Donation Drive to benefit the Dunbar Center - a local organization that strives to enhance the quality of life, break the cycle of generational poverty and develop racial equality in the greater Syracuse community.
- Finally, the National Honor Society students at Utica Academy of Science High School challenged its fellow classmates and teachers in a Kindness Challenge. Their efforts not only with the Kindness Challenge but with various acts of goodwill, charity and kindness have been recognized by Assemblywoman Buttenschon who acknowledged the Atom’s perseverance and willingness to spread kindness in the middle of a global pandemic. It is with all of these little events, that help make a difference in the lives of others and remind me that we are many Atoms, one Family.
While we all get ready for break, I challenge you to take a moment, pause and reflect on all that you have accomplished thus far not only in this school year, but academically, and in the world around you.
On behalf of everyone at SANY, I want to wish all of our students a happy, healthy, restful, and safe mid-winter break!
Dr. Tolga Hayali