UAS Elementary School
Frankfort, NY 13340
UAS J/S High School
Frankfort, NY 13340
Hello Utica Academy of Science Charter School Families,
It’s hard to believe that it’s already the holiday break - where has this time gone? 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.
As the year started off with much promise as the COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to the vast majority, the year 2021 seemed like it would bring much hope and light in the times of darkness. At some point throughout this year, I think we all expected to be beyond COVID-19 and its far-reaching impact on the education system, however, much like the 2020 school year, our students, teachers, faculty and staff overcame many obstacles and challenges that presented themselves. If the 2020 school year taught us anything, there is nothing we (as Atoms) can’t accomplish.
Despite the many challenges this year faced, I am reminded of a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, ‘in the midst of darkness, light persists.’ I am drawn to this quote by the generosity, positivity and actions presented this year by the Utica Academy of Science Charter School Atoms. But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at all the many wonderful things the students have accomplished thus far.
👉 Utica Academy of Science Charter Schools moves to one building, and becomes a Title I school.
👉 Utica Academy of Science Charter Schools voices were heard all across Central New York including: WKTV, Talk of the Town, and Observer Dispatch, as they expressed their challenges with Durham School Services and its transportation services.
👉 Utica Academy of Science elementary school students received a special visit from Kiss FM who presented the students with goodies and a class pizza party as part of their 'It's Cool to be Kind' campaign.
👉 Utica Academy of Science boys soccer team is named the 2021 Division Champions.
👉 Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school students took first place in the 2021 CNY Steamboat Competition.
👉 Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school students took third and fourth place in the CNY Bridges: Build ‘Em & Bust ‘Em competition.
👉 Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school introduces a Character Strong school program that is designed to improve and enhance character development and social-emotional learning through building relationships with peers and teachers.
👉 Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school students in the Cybersecurity class all pass their Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) test and receive their certificate by EC-Council Academia.
👉 Utica Academy of Science junior senior high school sends holiday cards to elderly citizens.
While we are halfway through the school year, Atoms continue to show that they are the light that is shining through the darkness.
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 of 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