Throwback Thursday: The Story of 'Flat Teacher'

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school teachers create ‘Flat Teachers’ for their students to show that even though we are apart during this time we are still connected.

Friday, November 6th, 2020The classic children’s story, Flat Stanley written by Jeff Brown was the inspiration behind the creative idea of two Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship teachers, Mrs. Kippa and Ms. Mays. Back in October, the two teachers were missing their students terribly and hearing about all their fun adventures they would have outside of school. To help alleviate this and to make the students feel a sense of connection, they sent their Atoms ‘Flat Teachers,’ with a note that read:

Hey There Students!

We’re missing you terribly and thought there maybe some adventures you could share with us. Invite the ‘Flat Teachers’ to join you for your daily routines, like when you play outside, or need a break from your screens. I wish we could be together and we could give you a hug or a high five. But these ‘Flat Teachers’ will have to do for the meantime. Know wherever you go and wherever you play, we will always be your teachers no matter how far away.

Positivity in Action during Gratitude Week

Positivity in Action, as elementary Atom shares what they are grateful for during Gratitude week as part of the Positivity Project.

Monday, November 16th, 2020This time of year there is so much to be thankful and grateful for in life. In collaboration with our proud partner, the Positivity Project students, faculty, and staff took time this week to focus on the character trait, gratitude. Atoms reflected on what things, people, items and more are we most grateful for, and wrote them on the school’s Gratitude Tree! We are grateful for all of our students, faculty, teachers, staff and community.

Safety First at this year’s Home Visits

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship elementary teachers complete their home visits while keeping safety in mind.

Monday, November 2nd, 2020While this year has been quite different for most, one thing remains the same. Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school strives to create an atmosphere that fosters student success and achievement. For our school this starts with our home visits. Something that is truly unique to our schools, teachers perform a minimum of twelve home visits each academic year. The goal of these home visits is to understand the student’s challenges and to create a better triad of parent-student-teacher relationships.

Teachers at Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school have been keeping safety first in mind when conducting their home visits and dropping of course material for their Atoms!

Reading Can Be More Fun with a Friend

The 2nd grade students at Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school practiced their reading skills by reading aloud to their reading buddy during their CKLA block.

Thursday, November 5th, 2020Can you think of a better thing to do in the fall than to read a good book with a friend? The 2nd grade Atoms practiced their reading skills with a reading budding earlier this month during their CKLA block. While maintaining social distance, each student took turns reading their story. This exercise allowed for Atoms to continue to work on their reading fluency. Keep up the great work, Atoms!

Student Spotlight: Congratulations Devis

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school recognizes Devis for quarter ending Student Spotlight.

Friday, November 13th, 2020As the quarter is coming to an end we would like to take this time to recognize one of our many stellar Atoms. This Atom not only comes to school with a positive, optimistic attitude, but has an unbridled passion for learning. Devis tries his best every day and keeps an open mind. We are proud to have Devis as one of our Atoms! Keep up the great work, Devis.

Sunny Day, Sweeping Those Clouds Away in Syracuse

Elementary students enjoy the warmth of the weather on an unseasonably warm day in Syracuse, New York.

Friday, November 13th, 2020When it is sunny and warm in November in Syracuse, one must try and capture this window of opportunity. And that is exactly what the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Atoms did the week of November 9th! This unseasonably warm weather allowed for the teachers to conduct some of their lessons outside and the Atoms were able to soak in the warmth of the sun. A little fun in the sun before the snow really starts to fly!

CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em & Bust ‘Em Challenge Results

Fourth grade student is constructed a truss bridge made out of balsawood for the MOST’s annual CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em Challenge

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020—Hard work. Critical Thinking. Teamwork and creativity are just some of what it takes to engineer an incredibly sturdy truss bridge. Atoms in Mr. Duclos 4th grade class participated in the MOST’s annual CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em challenge. STEM students would design and construct a truss bridge built entirely out of glue and balsawood. Below are the results from their competition.

  • 1st Place: Cedric Warren
  • 2nd Place: Rihaj Lamichhaney
  • 3rd Place: KeiMarion Everson & Branii Hall
  • 4th Place: London Smith and Briella Bonilla

Congratulations to all of our participant Atoms, we are very proud of all your hard work, dedication and accomplishments!

World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day

Monday, October 5th, 2020—To say we appreciate our teachers is an understatement. From their creativity, to answering the call of duty and going above and beyond, to guiding, educating and teaching our Atoms, and so much more. Today on World Teachers Day, we celebrate all that you do! Thank you for all your hard work each and every day.

Birds of a Feather, Zoom and Draw together

 Second grade Atoms drew and designed an Autumn Bird on Zoom

Thursday, September 10th, 2020Zoom on in with this creative group as they fly to new heights while drawing an Autumn Bird. Thanks to teachers, Ms. Diorio and Mrs. O'Donnell as they teach second grade Atoms how to draw, and express their creativity through design. As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together.

Zooming into a Kindergarten Orientation

 Two kindergarten orientations were held via Zoom for families to participate in.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020Kindergarten orientation is one of our favorite moments kicking off the academic year. During these unprecedented times, our teachers, faculty and staff planned and prepared an option that would allow for everyone to participate in a safe and healthy fashion. Our Kindergarten teams hosted two virtual orientations via Zoom for students, and their families to participate in. Families had the opportunity to meet their teachers and ask questions as they geared up for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Never Forget

Today we honor those who lost their lives and families whose lives were tragically changed on this day 19 years ago. We thank all our brave first responders and active duty veteran military. United we stand.

#UnitedWeStand #NeverForget #September11 #Remembering911


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CSAS Elementary School

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