Bosnian Flag Raising in Utica
Sunday, March 1, 2020—Our students joined local Bosnians in the community as they raised the Bosnian flag at Utica City Hall in celebration of Bosnian Independence Day. The Mayor of Utica also signed a proclamation to formally recognize March 1 as Bosnian Independence Day in the City of Utica, NY, annually. Every year we will be reminded of how lucky our students are to live in a city that continues to be built by immigrants and refugees who bring with them hope for a better life while continuing to honor their traditions and vibrant culture.
Seventh Annual Science Fair Success
Friday, February 28, 2020—
UAS middle school held its 7th Annual Science Fair. Students spent a lot of time preparing their projects. First, they had to develop a hypothesis, then conduct an experiment and collect data to present their findings to judges invited from local colleges such as MVCC and SUNY POLY Institute.
In total, about 50 projects from students in grades 6 through 8 were in the competition. Some of the project titles were as follows:
Does smell affect taste?
What the FLIP is going on here?!
Which paper towel brand is the strongest?
What cleanser is the best?
Does music genre affect a person's blood pressure?
Can the food we eat affect a girl’s heart rate?
Elementary Scholars Celebrate Black History Month
Wednesday, February 26, 2020—UAS Elementary School atoms, staff and parents came together at a very meaningful assembly that celebrated Black History Month. Our scholars performed some poems and songs that touched upon the meaning of Black History Month and why it is important to know about it. A poem titled “I am somebody" was performed collaboratively by students in all grades, along with their teachers. While the commemorative month is a good time to celebrate the achievements and culture of the Black community, this focus is not intended to be limited to only one month of the year. Students also benefit from learning about the accomplishments and struggles of people of color throughout the year.
Black History Month Celebration
Thursday, February 27, 2020—UAS high school scholars had an amazing experience at this year’s annual Black History Month ceremony. Scholars were inspired by the life story of Mr. Fredrick Nichols, a Republican running for the 119th Assembly District, while enjoying their peers' performance throughout the ceremony. Everyone loved the inspiring presentation, as well a live performance of a drum circle formed by the UAS community and led by Mr. Alex Dankwa. In his performance, Dankwa stated that the drum circle brings us together as one community, echoing our school motto Many Atoms, One Family!
February Coffee Hour with Parents: Cyber Security
Friday, February 28, 2020—UAS middle school hosted a Monthly Coffee Hour with Parents. The event provides parents with the opportunity to participate in a restorative circle that discusses different sets of topics each month. This month’s topic was about cybersecurity and the safe use of social media. Our school counselor provided strategies parents can use to ensure that their children develop safe and healthy social-media habits. Parents had a chance to share their opinions and experiences regarding the use of social media, as well as ask questions about any topic related to our school. This event is growing in popularity, and school staff look forward to meeting more parents at future coffee hours.
American Heart Association Pie in the Face Event
Friday, February 28, 2020—#UASCS middle school hosted an American Heart Association’s Pie-in-the-Face Event at a school assembly. While cigarette smoking has declined, vaping has been on the rise, especially with teens. It is easy to get access to vaping supplies and flavors that attract underage users. At the assembly, students learned that many youth in upcoming generations are going to be outlived by their parents. YES, MANY PARENTS WILL OUTLIVE THEIR CHILDREN. This is due to increases in childhood obesity, sleep deprivation, and smoking/vaping. Other factors also play a part in this, so UAS is doing all it can to stress the importance of heart health this year.
To encourage students to participate in the pie-throwing fundraiser, for every $100 pledged, one teacher would be eligible to be “pied” in the face. For example, If students raised $400 in pledges as a school, four teachers would be the hot seat. Students voted on the top teachers they wanted to receive a tossed pie, and each pie cost $1.00. Only teachers listed on the ballot could be voted for. However, if a teacher or staff member not listed on the ballot REALLY, REALLY wanted to get pied for fun, exceptions were made for the worthy cause!
January Student of the Month
Monday, February 25, 2020—We love celebrating student success. This week #UASCS Elementary Atoms were celebrated for their "Student of the Month" status. Scholars were recognized for their hard work and persistent effort. Way to go, Atoms!
Now Accepting Applications!
Saturday, February 15, 2020—Utica Academy of Science Charter School is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. As a part of our school promotional events, school staff and alumni organized a table and digital display event at the Sangertown Square Mall. It was wonderful to see so many interested parents obtain information about school and enrollment procedures. Missed us at the mall but still want to apply? No problem! Application Link 👉 apply.sany.org
First Grade is Booked Solid
Wednesday, February 12, 2020—Our Atoms may be booked solid with winter vacation plans this week, but we can't stop ourselves from sharing pics from their most recent field trip to the Utica Public Library. First-grade #UASAtoms explored the library, set up their library cards, and enjoyed a Pete The Cat storytime. Don't you just love the library?
The Golden Sneaker Award
Monday, February 3, 2020—It's a race to the Golden Sneaker Award! In all #UASCS Elementary Physical Education classes, students are working as a team to achieve the Golden Sneaker Award. The Golden Sneaker Award goes to the grade level classes that earn the most points as a team. Each class can earn up to five points a class. This award started this January and will be given out monthly to those that show great cooperation, effort, participation, attitude, and preparation. We have been working really hard on the importance of teamwork and how to become a great teammate. **Congratulations to our January Winners: Kindergarten: Ms. Monahans Class, First Grade: Mrs. Shibley’s Class and Second Grade: Mrs. Muhic’s Class.