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.

Did you Know: Text + Thinking = Real Reading?

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship 5th grade students in Ms. Edgar and Ms. Byington class practice analyzing text using a graphic organizer.

Monday, September 27th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship 5th grade students in Ms. Edgar and Ms. Byington class practice analyzing text using a graphic organizer. For this assignments, students were tasked with using the organizer and answering the following two questions: What the author has to say (words and pictures), and what is going on in my head (thoughts, comments, questions)? This practice is a great way for students to understand and comprehend what they are reading and helps them become more confident readers.

Make Some Noise for the SASCCS Atoms!

At Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students explore a variety of percussion instruments including Boomwhackers in their music class.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students dropped a beat this past week as they explored a variety of percussion instruments in music class. One instrument was the Boomwhacker. For those not familiar with a Boomwhacker, they are lightweight, hollow, color-coded, plastic tube, turned to a musical pitch by length. In addition to a Boomwhacker, students also tried the triangle, drums and other instruments in the percussion family.

Daily Objectives and Learning Targets at SASCCS

At Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school learning targets and daily objectives are important and can be found in the classrooms.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021At Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school learning targets and daily objectives are important and can be found in the classrooms. This teaching practice allows for the alignment of learning and helps ensure that a higher level of learning is attained, guides teachers in the process of assessment, and helps keep teachers and students on track!

And in true Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school fashion, teachers flex their creativity by making these learning targets and daily objectives look fun and colorful!

Leaves are Falling and Autumn is calling

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students conducted a fall science experiment complete with leaves, creative leaf rubbing, and writing.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021—To kick-off the Fall season, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students in Ms. Badman and Mr. Abbey’s class went on a nature walk adventure to collect leaves for their science experiment.

For their science experiment, students studied the leaves they collected, created leaf rubbings in their science journals, and wrote about what they learned about the leaves in this science experiment. Great job, Atoms!

Many Benefits of Reading Aloud to your Atoms

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship 1st grade students in Mr. Cognetti’s class enjoy a story read aloud by Ms. Rudwall.

Friday, September 17th, 2021Did you know that reading aloud is a vital part of instruction at Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school, and each day you will find staff reading to the students during class instruction or just for fun. In fact, the 1st grade students in Mr. Cognetti's class listened to a storybook read aloud by Ms. Rudwall. Below are some 'fun facts' about reading aloud.

Below are 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.

Reading aloud can be done at home. In fact, this is a great way to spend quality time with your Atom! Reading aloud can help create strong parent-child bonds and promotes healthy brain development. Children that are read to more often have improved language and listening skills, experience stronger emotional connections to their loved ones, and gain a lifelong love of reading.

Kindergarten Atoms Amplify their writing skills

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship kindergarten students practice their pre-writing and listening skills using Amplify’s learning sessions.

Monday, September 13th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship kindergarten students practice their pre-writing and listening skills with online resource, Amplify. Early in September, students utilized Amplify’s learning sessions where each student was able to practice their pre-writing strokes. In addition, Atoms were also able to practice their listening skills by identifying familiar sounds. Keep up the great work, Atoms!

October Dollar Dog Days

Empower Federal Credit Union’s Dollar Dog Savings Day will be held on Tuesday, October 12th and 26th.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school invites its students to mark their calendar for the first Dollar Dog Day of the 2021 - 2022 school year. 

Empower Federal Credit Union's Dollar Dog Day will be Tuesday, October 12th and 26th.

For those who are not familiar with this program, Dollar Dog is an in-school banking program which teaches students the importance of saving their money, how to be money-wise and guides them to be smart money managers.

How does this program work?

  • Every other week as students arrive for school on its designated day, their Dollar Dog deposit is collected by a teacher, secure lock box, or Empower Federal Credit Union representative.
  • The Dollar Dog deposit is made into the child’s account and a receipt of their deposit plus a special reward is mailed directly to home.

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..

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

A Week in the Life of Atoms: Reading, Math & More

Students in Ms. Youker’s 4th grade class practice their reading fluency skills by enjoying independent reading time.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021This past week was jam-packed for the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school Atoms!

Fourth grade students in Ms. Youker's class worked on their reading fluency and finding key words in text. For this task, students were asked to read independently, while Ms. Youker circled the room. If the students had any questions or needed assistance with a word or its meaning they would raise their hand.

In addition to Ms. Youker's class, Mrs. Rice was also working on developing the reading skills with the Atoms in a 1:1 setting. We can't forget about teachers Mr. Burns, Mrs. Natale and Ms. Martin who were busy teaching math lessons to their groups or class.

Keep up the great work Atoms, we are looking forward to seeing what this week will hold for you!

Ms. Meehan Leads the Atoms in a Mid-Day Jam

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students enjoy a mid-day jam with music teacher Ms. Meehan.

Monday, September 20th, 2021Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary school students have been busy at work sharing their impressive musical gifts and talents in Ms. Meehan’s music class. This past week, each grade has been working on the following songs and activities.

  • Kindergarten: The Direction Following Song
  • First Grade: Japanese Children's Song
  • Second Grade: Early Stage of Music Literacy
  • Third Grade: Music Notation and a Spanish Game, 'El Juego Chirimbolo'
  • Fourth Grade: Body Percussion and Music Notation
  • Fifth & Sixth Grade: Body Percussion, Rhythm, Notation and Circle Games.

Great Music. Great Students. Great Vibes. Keep up this excellent work, Atoms!

CSASCS

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

CSAS Elementary School

301 Valley Drive
Syracuse, NY 13207
Phone: 315-671-0270
Fax: 315-671-0275
csasyracusees@sany.org

CSAS Middle School

7053 Buckley Rd
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone: 315-671-0874
Fax: 315-671-0881
csasyracusems@sany.org

SANY

1409 W Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475
info@sany.org

Transportation

For transportation related questions, please call transportation department in the district you live.
SCSD Transportation: 315-435-4260