Season's Greetings from SANY Schools - 2022

Dear Science Academies of New York Charter Schools Community, 

How is it already Holiday Break? It seems like we were welcoming students back on campus for the new school year just yesterday. The end of the year is a time for reflection and remembrance. We are thankful for where we came from and have a moment to think about where we are going as we pursue the future with hope. 

During the busyness of the holiday season, I want to reflect on everything we have accomplished at SANY so far.

Syracuse Academy of Science

  • Syracuse Academy of Science became eligible to award volunteers in the greater Syracuse area for President's Volunteer Service Awards (PSVA). 
  • 13 Syracuse Academy of Science High School students receive Congressional Awards.
  • Syracuse Academy of Science students take home gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2022 CNY Steamboat Competition.
  • Atoms in Mr. Yaman's Turkish class travels to Washington, DC for the Turkish festival.
  • Third and fourth grade Syracuse Academy of Science students had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching President Joe Biden’s convoy pass the school on their way up to Onondaga Community College during the President’s visit in October. 
  • Syracuse Academy of Science high school Robotics Team wins first place in the CNY Bridge Building Competition.
  • Syracuse Academy of Science raises more than $1,000 for the family of Nezamiyah White; after she passed away from a house fire. 
  • Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh visits Syracuse Academy of Science elementary school during College & Career Week.

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse

  • Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse middle school hosts back to school night for parents to meet teachers and see the new classrooms.
  • Senator Rachel May visits the Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse fourth graders as a guest speaker.
  • Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse raised more than $1,000 to help support Nezamiyah White’s family.
  • Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse middle school holds the first academic award ceremony of the year.
  • Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse dance team makes a debut. 

Utica Academy of Science

  • Utica Academy of Science high school cybersecurity class participates in a two-day bootcamp in Virginia. 
  • Utica Academy of Science elementary school teacher, Ms. Parr starts a band program.
  • Utica Academy of Science High School holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated gymnasium. 
  • Utica Academy of Science high school wins a bronze medal in the CNY Steamboat Challenge.
  • SUNY POLY accepts Utica Academy of Science high school students on instant decision day.
  • 10 teams from Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school compete in CNY Bridge Building Challenge.
  • SANY CFO Mr. Akyar and District Safety Coordinator Mr. Basic participate in the 7th National School Safety and Security Conference & Workshop in Houston, Texas. 
  • 11 Utica Academy of Science Seniors are accepted to Utica University on instant decision day.
  • Girls Varsity basketball celebrates their first win ever as a varsity team.
  • Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school dance team made their debut.

Citizenship & Science Academy of Rochester

  • Citizenship & Science Academy of Rochester opens for the school year. 

Looking at that long list of accomplishments, it’s hard to believe we are only halfway through the year! We can tackle anything as long as we work together as many atoms, one family. 

Happy holidays!

Sincerely,

Dr. Tolga Hayali
SANY Superintendent

SANY District Safety Coordinator Participates in National Student Safety and Security Conference

Dr. Basic Speaks at 8th National Safety & Security Conference

Thursday & Friday, December 1-2nd, 2022: SANY's District Safety Coordinator, Dr. Bulijubasic, was invited to the 8th National Student Safety and Security Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, to present on the topic of Cybersecurity in grades K-12. Aside from presenting at this prestigious national conference, Dr. Basic also participated in some of the school safety sessions that will further improve the safety of SANY Schools. This is the second National  Safety and Security Conference Dr. Bulijubasic has participated in this year.

College & Career Week: Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh Visits 1st Grade Atoms

City of Syracuse Mayor, Ben Walsh, Visits SAS Elementary School

Thursday, December 8th, 2022: It’s day four of College and Career Week, and Syracuse Academy of Science had a special guest stop by. Syracuse Mayor, Ben Walsh, visited first graders. Mayor Walsh explained the election process, how it’s his job to keep the community safe, and what he does every day! He also told the students all about his family, his two daughters, and their dog. Atoms were very excited to welcome Mayor Walsh into their class and were eager to learn more about him! Scholars asked the mayor some great questions. 

Thank you, Mayor Walsh, for joining us today!

Please visit our Facebook for more pictures. 

SANY Community Mourning the Loss of a Student

SASCS-HS_Organizing-Fundraiser-for-Student-Killed-in-a-Fire

Friday, December 2nd, 2022: Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse and the whole SANY community are grieving a tragic loss. On Tuesday, November 22nd, Nezamiyah White unexpectedly passed away in a house fire. Nezamiyah was a sweet student who always had a smile on her face. Her smile was infectious and she radiated positivity wherever she went. Nezamiyah worked hard in school, earning many awards throughout her time at Citizenship. She was a great friend to all and a leader in her class. One of Nezamiyah's passions was gymnastics. At recess it was a guarantee Nezamiyah would be practicing her tumbling and cartwheels with her friends. She wanted to be a gymnastics coach when she grew up. Nezamiyah enjoyed reading and adored art. 

We can’t begin to imagine the pain her family is experiencing with this tragic loss. Please join us for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the family of Nezamiyah White on Saturday, December 17th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school cafeteria. Stop by anytime from 5 to 9 pm for dine in or take out. Dinners are $10 each and all proceeds will go to Nezamiyah’s family. 

You can also donate on this gofundme organized by Nezamiyah's family.

Thank you for coming together to help out as a community. We are many atoms, one family.

Random Acts of Kindness Club Donates Over 500 Cans to Food Bank of CNY

SAS Middle School Atoms Hold Food Drive for Food Bank of Central New York

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022: In the spirit of the season of giving, the Syracuse Academy of Science middle school Random Acts of Kindness club organized a food drive from Tuesday, November 15th to Monday, November 21st. We donated over 500 cans of food to the Food Bank of Central New York. We’re so proud of our atoms for this accomplishment, and we hope our donations helped give families in need a full plate at Thanksgiving!

Please check out our Facebook for more details. 

Teachers & Staff get Served in Volleyball Game Against SAS Students

Syracuse Academy of Science 11th Graders win Staff Vs. Students Volleyball Game

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022: Syracuse Academy of Science teachers got served during a staff vs. student volleyball game! After an intense competition taking place in the gym, the 11th graders took the cake! This was the first time the gym was full of 8th through 12th graders since before the pandemic. It was amazing to see everyone back together again for this fun event to end the week before Thanksgiving break.

SAS Middle School Atoms Have Lunch with Superintendent, Dr. Hayali

Syracuse Academy of Science Middle Schoolers Discuss Future Plans while Having Lunch with Dr. Hayali

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022: Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students from Syracuse Academy of Science middle school had an opportunity to have lunch with SANY superintendent Dr. Tolga Hayali. Students discussed college and career plans for their future, and offered suggestions on how to improve our school! It was a positive and welcoming conversation.

Please check our Facebook for more pictures.

SANY CFO, Mr. Akyar, and Mr. Basic Attend 7th National School Safety Conference

Science Academies of New York CFO & Mr. Basic Attend 7th National School Safety Conference

October 26-28th, 2022: SANY CFO Mr. Akyar and District Safety Coordinator Mr. Basic participated in the 7th National School Safety and Security Conference & Workshop in Houston, Texas. This was a unique opportunity for SANY to learn from top-notch school safety and security experts so we can enhance our existing school policies. The experts emphasized the importance of youth mental health, active threats, crisis response, cybersecurity, and other pertinent topics. 

Please check our Facebook for more pictures. 

The Future is Yours: Micron Visits SAS HS

Micron Visits SAS HS

Friday, October 28th, 2022: Representatives from Micron visited Syracuse Academy of Science High School. Senior vice president and Chief People Officer April Arnzen, and Head of Social Impact for Micron Technology Robert Simmons spoke with a large group of our students about why Micron chose to build a facility in Clay and the type of job opportunities they offer. This was the first meeting Micron had with students in Central New York. There were even a couple of business cards passed out to students. 

Who knows, some atoms may be working for Micron in the future!

Please check out our Facebook page for more pictures. 

Welcome, Mr. President: SAS ES Students Wave as Motorcade Drives Past School

SAS ES Atoms Wave to President Biden on his way to OCC

Thursday, October 27th, 2022: 3rd and 4th grade Syracuse Academy of Science Atoms had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching President Joe Biden’s convoy on their way up to Onondaga Community College! Students made signs and posters and waved as the cars drove by. The President traveled to Syracuse for Micron’s $100 billion investment in CNY.

Atoms were extremely lucky to witness this extraordinary moment in history!

Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures. 

12 CSASCS Students have Lunch with SANY Superintendent Dr. Hayali

Students have lunch with Superintendent Dr. Hayali

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022: Twelve outstanding Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Middle School students had lunch with SANY Superintendent Dr. Tolga Hayali. Dr. Hayali told them why they were chosen for this special event and talked about how they liked being at our new school! It’s all part of an ongoing effort to help staff and students connect better with each other!

Please check out our Facebook page for more pictures. 

SANY

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