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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.
It's a Latte Fun to have Coffee with Dean
Friday, December 18th, 2020—Utica Academy of Science High School invites you to join them on Friday, December 18th at 9:00 AM for a cup of coffee (or two) while enjoying wonderful conversation with the school Dean. This event will be held via Zoom, please see details below. We hope you can join us!
Buildings will be closed, remote learning will continue on December 17, 2020
Dear Utica Academy parents and guardians, due to inclement weather conditions, Utica Academy buildings will be closed on Thursday, December 17th, 2020. Students will be expected to attend classes remotely. Stay safe UAS Atoms.
Important Reminder for Families:
For the 2020-21 school year, should the Utica Academy of Science Charter School close for snow days or due to inclement weather, those days will be REMOTE learning days for all students. No in person learning will occur, but students will be expected to attend classes virtually. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school directly!
Utica Academy of Science
Picture Retake Day
Friday, December 18th, 2020—Utica Academy of Science Elementary School’s Picture Retake Day will be on Friday, December 18th. Keeping health and safety in mind, please note this procedure to ensure a safe event for all.
Students must enter in the back of the building, as Picture Retake Day will be held in the school cafeteria. Families, please drive to the back of the building (staff parking lot). We are asking that students only enter the building for Picture Retake Day. There will be only two students allowed in the cafeteria at a time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Card Writing Workshop
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020—Interested in giving back to your community this holiday season? Come join Utica Academy of Science tomorrow as they host a virtual Card Writing Workshop. Participants will receive cards (either mailed or dropped off) to use to write a handwritten note to the residents of the Masonic Care Community. On Tuesday, December 15th, there will be a Zoom Card Writing Workshop session for students to write together virtually. Ideally, we ask that students write 2-3 cards, and a template will be provided. This event is available for all students to participate.
December Coffee Talk
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020—Utica Academy of Science Elementary School will be hosting its monthly Coffee Talk virtually on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. All families are welcome to attend as we discuss topics and share resources and experiences that are relevant to our school community. The goal of these monthly meetings is to create an environment for both students and parents alike that will foster greater interaction, growth and learning to occur. We hope you can join us, please see the Zoom details below.
Snowman Building Contest
Saturday, December 12th, 2020—Looking to get into the ‘Winter Spirit?’ Well look no further, as Utica Academy of Science Honor Society is hosting a Snowman Building Contest that will take place throughout the month of December. Winners will be selected on Tuesday, January 5th. So Atoms, let us ask you this - Do you want to build a snowman?
How to Participate
- Build a Snowman
- Take a picture of you with your Snowman
- Submit your entry to the Virtual Google Classroom by Thursday, December 31st for your chance to win a prize.