CSAS ES Atoms get Lesson on Oceanography

SUNY ESF Chemistry Professor Teaches Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Students about Oceanography

Thursday, November 2, 2023: Our 5th-grade students were lucky to have a visit from Dr. Leanne Powers, assistant professor of chemistry at SUNY ESF. Her specialty is Oceanography, and she studies the chemistry that takes place in the ocean waters.

Dr. Powers showed Atoms pictures from expeditions she calls "science parties at sea.” She explained some of the work she's done in laboratories on vessels of various sizes, explained the types of equipment that are used to collect samples from the ocean, and discussed how the ocean is different at 4,000 meters than we might expect.

We learned that styrofoam cups have all of the carbon crushed out of them at that depth, resulting in a new miniature version of the original cup! 

We ended the visit with the promise of our very own decorated cups going on the next ocean expedition with Dr. Powers. She agreed to return them for us to keep in our STEAM room!

CSAS ES Atoms Celebrate their Heritage

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary School Celebrates Heritage Day

Friday, October 27th, 2023: Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary celebrated Heritage Day! Throughout the month, we researched countries that represented the cultures at Citizenship Academy. We created crafts representing us as individuals and how we come together as a school family. On Heritage Day, we dressed in attire that celebrated, honored, and highlighted the rich cultures within our classrooms. Students wore clothing that represented their backgrounds. Students could display their clothing and attire with classmates and teachers.

Thank you to students, staff, and parents for coming together to make this day great!

From a student: "Hello I‘m from Sudan. My name is Munasa. I love Sudan, and Allah let us all reach Jannah together. Thank you so much for reading this. I wear my hijab because it shows modesty and how strong my beliefs are."

"Hi, I'm Nyaliep. I’m from South Sudan. I love my culture and the people in my culture. We have a house gown for boys and girls. Anybody can wear it. I wore it today because of Heritage Month and I'm proud of it. I want to learn it, but I'm struggling to. I hope one day I can be fluent in speaking Arabic. My full name is Nyaliep Patrice Dak. My whole name means “girl in waiting.” I love love love African food. That's all about me and my cultural home."

SANY Presents the Atoms Family

We promised something special for the spooky season, and we are delivering. Coming to you straight from Nevermore Academy… I mean SANY… we present “The Atoms Family.” Don't miss out on this highly unique take on a classic where cartoon-like gothic macabre meets a twist of contemporary humor. Plus, you’ll definitely want to see Wednesday’s killer dance moves. 

Whether you’re a newcomer to the Addams Family or a seasoned veteran, there’s something here for everyone to love. 

So do us all a favor, grab your friends and neighbors, no don’t you wait ‘till later…. Here’s the Atoms Family! *Snap* *Snap*

If you want to be part of the Atoms Family, visit apply.sany.org.

CSAS Ukulele Guitar Club off to a Rocking Start

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Holds First Ukulele Guitar Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023: Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary Atoms got familiar with the different parts of the ukulele, strummed a few notes, and most importantly, smiled a lot! 

We love seeing our scholars learn new skills.

CSAS ES Atoms Compete in CNY Steamboat Challenge

Citizenship & Science Academy Elementary School Joins Steamboat Competition at the MOST

Saturday, October 14th, 2023: Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary students participated in the CNY Steamboat Challenge at the MOST. Atoms worked extremely hard on their design while testing and making changes to ensure they had the best possible outcome. Students begin by designing the boats. After designing the boats, the students used the engineering design process to design their boilers. The boiler is what creates the steam and provides power for the boat to move. 

Mr. Zinger is extremely proud of our Atoms' accomplishments and their hard work!

CSAS ES Loves Reading in Groups

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary School Practices Reading in Groups

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023: Mrs. Daniel’s reading groups at Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary worked hard on their Chromebooks. Some Atoms were completing assessments, and some were working on a lesson. We have many flexible seating options thanks to a recent donorschoose project getting funded! Our Atoms love having comfortable options to work around the room! 

CSAS Atomic Singers Club Sings in Harmony

The Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Atomic Singers Club Has First Meeting of the Year

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023: The Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary Atomic Singers Club had its first meeting! Atomic Singers is an enrichment activity that allows students to learn popular music, sing in harmony, and enhance teamwork skills after school.

CSAS ES Celebrates Reading With Banned Books Week

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Atoms Celebrate Banned Books Week

Monday, October 2nd, 2023: Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, A Wrinkle in Time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Bridge to Terabithia. What do these book titles have in common? They are all censored or challenged books. 

October 1-7 is Banned Books Week. This year’s theme is Let Freedom Read. We are taking the time to recognize censorship and how it can be reversed so students like ours can still access these books and others considered “banned.” It is important for scholars to have free and open access to information and to support the freedom to express ideas.

CSAS Kindergarteners Practice Writing with Shapes

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Make Writing Strokes out of Play-Doh

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023: Check out our fantastic writing strokes and shapes! Citizenship & Science Academy of Science Kindergarteners got out the Play-Doh and practiced making squares, triangles, and circles. While doing this, students discovered they could put together writing strokes to make something new, like a shape. This will be important to remember when it comes time to write letters.

Ms. Fagan Awarded Distinguished Atomic Educator

Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Teacher Awarded for Academic Excellence

Thursday, September 28th, 2023: Introducing the Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Elementary School Distinguished Atomic Educator for the 22-23 school year... Ms. Claire Fagan! Ms. Fagan is a fourth-grade teacher who goes above and beyond every day. Her loving demeanor and strong teaching skills resulted in Ms. Fagan having the highest reading and math STAR student growth percentile in the entire school! Way to go, Ms. Fagan!!

Opportunity Knocks: OCC President Visits CSAS MS

Dr. Hilton, President of OCC, Visits Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Middle School

Wednesday, September 27th, 2023: Thank you to Onondaga Community College President Dr. Hilton for visiting the Citizenship & Science Academy of Syracuse Middle School and giving such an inspirational speech this morning. 

Dr. Hilton discussed what it means to have an “opportunity” and debated good vs. bad opportunities. Bad opportunities don’t always look bad; young, impressionable minds must understand the difference. Dr. Hilton told Atoms about growing up in the inner city of Philadelphia and how he had to work hard in school to be a successful adult. He stressed the importance of taking advantage of the dual college credit program in High School. And he kept the talk fun and enlightening for students while giving away some free OCC swag!


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CSAS Elementary School

301 Valley Drive
Syracuse, NY 13207
Phone: 315-671-0270
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CSAS Middle School

7053 Buckley Rd
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone: 315-671-0874
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