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Mid-Winter Break Message from SANY Superintendent Dr. Hayali

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
SANY Superintendent

Season's Greetings from The Science Academies of New York

Hello SANY families,

As we get ready to celebrate the holiday season with family and loved ones that are near and dear to us, I wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on all that has happened this past year. A year that none of us will forget, but more importantly how we all united together and were able to conquer herculean obstacles that were presented each day. To say that I am proud of our students, teachers, faculty and staff is an understatement. This year reminds me greatly that we are many Atoms, one family.

Indeed, 2020 will be a year for the history books: the global pandemic, its impact on our daily lives, the educational structure, tragic loss of life, and sacrifices made by so many of our front-line heroes. Much will be written about this time period in our lives, but for me and for SANY, here is what I will remember.

Earlier this year somehow, some way, you all found a way to rise to the occasion and rally through these difficult times. From adapting, overcoming and evolving to a new style of learning and educational system, to working tirelessly in the face of great unknown to persevering through periods of tremendous uncertainty. You did all of this with great success not only in your professional lives but your personal lives, as well.

Despite the many challenges this year faced, there were glimmers of hope that shined through the darkness. Earlier this month vaccines arrived and are being administered to those who needed it the most in New York state. Many of our front-line heroes throughout the country are receiving the first round of the vaccine, with promise that others will be able to receive the vaccine soon.

Earlier this month, SANY announced the approval of Citizenship and Science Academy of Rochester, with a projected opening in September 2021. It is with all of your valiant hard work, dedication and commitment that we are able to bring our successful model of STEM education to the citizens of Rochester, New York.

Someday, when we look back at this period and reflect upon how we lived through these challenging times, I will always be reminded that it was because each and every one of our Atoms, their families, teachers, faculty and staff. Many Atoms, one family. We wish you a very happy holiday!


Dr. Tolga Hayali
SANY Superintendent

Town Hall - Educating Students of Color

Tuesday, July 21, 2020—Educating Students of Color

You’re Invited to a Free Online Town Hall presented by the Mohawk Valley Frontiers, Jr. Frontiers, and Jr. Frontiers Alumni Impact Coalition in cooperation with The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.

Tuesday, July 21, 10 a.m - Noon

A group of panelists will examine the challenges confronting educators when working with students of color and best practices to address them. Teachers, educators, parents and students are welcome to attend this educational event.

Online: www.bit.ly/2DqDaip
Phone: 1-646-876-9923

Zoom Meeting ID: 82338312175 Password: 610115

This event will also be on Facebook Live, www.facebook.com/foundationhoc

2020-21 School Uniform Reminder

Friday, July 10, 2020—Due to supply chain interruptions caused by the global pandemic, all SANY uniform orders must be placed by July 31. All orders must be placed online and shipped directly. Order Now!

Syracuse Academy of Science ➡️ www.sascs.org/uniform

Utica Academy of Science ➡️ www.uascs.org/uniform

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship ➡️ www.sasccs.org/uniform

Meals for Kids

Monday, July 6, 2020—All kids and teens welcome to get a healthy, delicious meal in a safe place. Text 'FOOD' to 877-877 to find the @USDA free summer meal closest to you or call 211 or visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids to find a location near you.

Message from SANY Superintendent Dr. Hayali

Dear SANY Family,

On behalf of our grieving school community, I am writing to express my sincere sorrow about the death of George Floyd and the deeply troubling circumstances surrounding his death earlier this week. Videos from eyewitnesses clearly show Mr. Floyd was in custody, handcuffed, and pinned to the ground while a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. Before he lost consciousness and died, Mr. Floyd was able to say he could not breathe. His wrongful death comes while we still grapple with the death of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed 26-year-old black woman who was shot by police in her apartment, and the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was shot while jogging in a Georgia suburb.

With families, colleagues, and loved ones, we grieve and stand committed to calling for justice for George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. We speak against the utter absence of humanity in these acts. Hatred, bigotry, and violence against anyone anywhere shatters peace and affects all of us.

As a community, we wish for true peace everywhere, but it can only grow where the evils of racism and ethnic and religious bigotry are rooted out. I encourage you to be unwavering in your dedication to fostering and demanding respect for all. I call on everyone in the SANY family to stand together with renewed vigor to end racism by sowing the seeds of peace every day, everywhere.

Let us unite to build a better future based on peace, justice, and equality for all.


Tolga Hayali
Science Academies of New York

Terra Science and Education Foundation Scholarships and Grants in 2019

Thursday, May 7, 2020—Terra Science and Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improve the quality of life through the support of those who are engaged in education and innovation. It was founded in 2011 for the improvement of K–16 education through consulting, scholarships, research and public forums.
In 2019 Terra Science and Education foundation awarded the Science Academies of New York $84,983.69 in scholarships, grants, and program funding.
Scholarships are awarded to students for academic achievement, and college readiness. Additional program funding was awarded to the Syracuse Academy of Science for the high school incentive program and employee recruitment grant. Additional program funding for the Utica Academy of Science included the teacher incentive program, CoRe program, and elementary school snack program.
If you would like to learn more about Terra Science and Education, visit their website https://terraed.org/
Grants, Program, and Scholarship Totals
Grants and other program sponsorship: $49,483.69
Scholarships: $35,500.00
SAS: $39,583.69
Grants and other program sponsorship: $18,983.69
Scholarships: $20,600
UAS: $45,400
Grants and other program sponsorship: $30,500
Scholarships: $14,900


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