Thursday, January 28th, 2021—Is your Utica Academy of Science middle school Atom attending Hybrid Learning next week? If so, we invite you to join us for a virtual Coffee Talk on Thursday, January 28th at 2:30 PM. During this session we will be discussing what students can expect and look forward to when arriving safely to campus next week for Hybrid Learning. A link to the virtual Coffee Talk will be shared with parents via email. We hope you can attend, and look forward to seeing you virtually!
MVCC Job Corp Presentation
Friday, January 22nd, 2021—Utica Academy of Science High School will be hosting a Job Corp Presentation from Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) staff on Friday, January 22nd during marking period 2. During the presentation, students will learn how to earn an MVCC certificate in tech and trades programs, for free, in one year! Atoms can choose to take courses in one of the following: mechatronics, welding, and carpentry/masonry. Please click here for more information about the program. If students are interested, please have them contact Ms. Savage and Mr. Bullis.
MLK Day - No School
Monday, January 18th, 2021—On Monday, January 18th, Utica Academy of Science schools will be celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He believed in the equality, freedom and dignity for all people.
In observance of this holiday, there will be no school on Monday, January 18th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19th. Enjoy this long weekend, Atoms!
Movie Night - Soul
Friday, January 15th, 2021—Come experience the joys in life, like uh pizza! Oh, yah and of course Disney Pixar’s newest movie, Soul. Hosted by Utica Academy of Science National Honor Society, this virtual movie night will begin at 5:00 PM. Please see the movie details and Zoom information below. We hope you can join us.
- About: Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher is passionate about playing Jazz, and he is very talented. Life unfortunately, hasn't gone as expected. One day, Joe finds himself in another realm and discovers what it truly means to have a soul - helping others find what they are passionate about.
- Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- Movie: Soul
- Rating: PG
PSAT Registration Deadline
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021—The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be held on Tuesday, January 26th from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Students eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT test are Utica Academy of Science high school Juniors. Registration emails were sent on Thursday, January 7th. If your student has not registered, there is still time! The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 19th. Please see the details below as to why registering for the PSAT/NMSQT is important, testing information and how to register.
Why Register for the PSAT/NMSQT
- PSAT/NMSQT provides many benefits that can help your student with their college career
- PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for the SAT
- Students will receive personalized feedback on their performance to help improve their skills
- PSAT/NMSQT allows your student the opportunity to enter competitions for scholarships that can help them pay for college
- Testing will be from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced
- If any cancelations due to COVID restrictions, you will be notified via school messaging systems no later than 01/25/21
- Students are required to arrange for their own transportation
- Emails were sent on 01/07/21 to sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT. Please make sure your student responds.
- Testing is eligible for all Juniors.
- RSVP by 01/19 to secure a spot today! If your student fails to register and shows up on testing day they will not be allowed to take the test.
Winter Service Projects
Saturday, January 9th, 2021—Are you or an elderly family member in the greater Utica community looking for assistance in day-to-day winter tasks? Sign up today for Utica Academy of Science National Honor Society’s Winter Services. Please see the services and contact information below.
- Aiding in a Winter Snow Clean-Up
- Deliver Groceries*
- Phone: (315)-366-8085
- Contact time: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Dates available: Sunday - Tuesday
- Grocery Delivery Date: Wednesday
- Delivery Cost: Free
New Year's Day
Friday, January 1st, 2021-Happy New Year, Atoms! In observance of New Year's Day, there will be no school on Friday, January 1st, 2021. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th, 2021. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.
Cybersecurity Bridge Program
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
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020—There is snow place like home for Winter Recess! Utica Academy of Science will have a half day on Tuesday, December 22nd. There will be no school on Wednesday, December 23rd through Friday, January 1st, 2021. Enjoy this long weekend, Atoms! We'll see you next year.