Thursday, July 17th, 2021—Over the past few years, Syracuse Academy of Science Deans Pamela Smith & Meghan Miller collaborated with SANY consultant, Patricia Schmidt, who researched and wrote a book which illustrates the power of culturally responsive teaching and learning as it becomes embedded in the New York State Education Curriculum. This book is called, Authentic Voices: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning.
Over the years, educators, families, and community members contributed to this unique program with the goal of enhancing learning environments by applying the languages and cultures of their students in their classrooms. Strong, carefully attentive, school leadership encouraged culturally responsive teaching & learning with the belief that children in this urban, economically stressed area could demonstrate significant academic and social/emotional gains.
A CRTL Montage was created for this book. It includes classrooms, children, teachers, family, and community members. Teachers collected CRTL experiences and presented them to Producer, Dean Meghan Miller and Director, Designer, Dean Pamela Smith. They also received support for the montage from Instructor Allen Lauricella & Graduate Assistant Elizabeth Kenny, Syracuse University, Newhouse School.
Readers of this book will witness culturally responsive lessons, family interviews, and whole school events that honor languages and cultures represented in the school. Sample classrooms’ culturally responsive lessons tied to the curriculum, are presented. Additionally, qualitative and quantitative student academic and affective gains are analyzed. Moreover, this book clearly demonstrates the talents, vision, and compassionate care given to children and their families by exceptional educators.
Summer Meals 2021
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021—Attention Utica Academy of Science Families: We will begin our Summer Meals Program starting on Tuesday, July 6th through Friday, August 20th. All meals will be free for children 18 years old and under. Parents may pick-up meals at the following locations from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. These meals include a nutritionally compliant lunch and a supplement snack. The lunch and snack menu are subject to change, please see additional information below.
Meal Pick-Up Locations
- Albany Elementary School
- Kernan Elementary School
- MLK Jr. Elementary School
- Watson Williams Elementary School
- JFK Middle School
- Proctor High School
Also, please click here to view additional meal locations throughout New York State.
Lunch and Snack Menu
- Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, fresh broccoli florets & fresh piece of fruit.
- Snack: Cereal bar, cheese stick & fresh piece of fruit.
- Lunch: Turkey & Cheese sandwich, veggie sticks & hummus, & fresh piece of fruit.
- Snack: Graham Crackers, cheese stick & fresh piece of fruit.
- Lunch: Mixed Deli Sub, carrot sticks & dip, & fresh piece of fruit.
- Snack: Chocolate Chip Muffin, cheese stick & fresh piece of fruit.
- Lunch: Turkey Ham & Cheese Sandwich, corn kernels, & fresh piece of fruit.
- Snack: Whole Grain Pop-Tart, cheese stick & fresh piece of fruit.
- Lunch: Bologna & Cheese Sandwich, cucumber & celery sticks, & fresh piece of fruit.
- Snack: Whole Grain Oatmeal Cookie, cheese stick & fresh piece of fruit.
Assorted Milk will be made available each day. The above menu is subject to change. Select condiments will be made available including mayonnaise and mustard.
No School - Juneteenth
Friday, June 18th, 2021—In observance of Juneteenth, there will be no school on Friday, June 18th. Classes will resume on Monday, June 21st.
Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The origins of the commemoration date back to June 19th, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas first heard that the Civil War had ended, and they were free. Juneteenth gets its name from a combination of June and nineteenth and is also known as Black Independence Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Emancipation Day.
Enjoy your long weekend, Atoms!
Upstate Medical University Program
Friday, June 11th, 2021—Utica Academy of Science is proud to announce its new partnership with Upstate Medical University that will offer high school students interested in the medical and health industry an opportunity to participate in a 4-year program that would allow students to be immersed into the medical field through mentorship, internships, university courses, and interaction with medical students and Upstate Medical University.
This program will allow for students who are interested in pre-medicine or any health related field to be fast tracked into Upstate Medical University, and it would also look excellent on any transcript when applying to any college or university.
If you or your student is interested in learning more about the Upstate Medical University program, please join Ms. Swancott via Zoom on either Friday, June 11th at 1:00 PM or Monday, June 14th at 9:00 AM. Please click the Zoom link here, or see below.
Zoom Link: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://zoom.us/j/99417496208?pwd%3DWDRNaEdJeGNzdVRpVkFXbUJjTGNCZz09&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1623675266835000&usg=AOvVaw1xUl3zpK1oYdhzvpurU8E1
NYS Vaccination Scholarship Incentive
Thursday, May 27th, 2021—New York State has launched its new vaccination scholarship incentive program called, 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future.' Students who are between the ages of 12 -17 and are have received the COVID-19 vaccine, can enter for a chance to win a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school.
Parents or legal guardians of any New Yorker, ages 12 to 17, can enter their child who has received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, for a chance to win one of 50, four-year full-ride scholarships (including tuition, fees, room-and-board, and expenses) to any New York State public college or university.
The prize and drawing schedule dates:
- Tuesday, June 15th
- Tuesday, June 22nd
- Tuesday, June 29th
Click here to learn more and find out how you can register your student today.
Athletic Booster Club Meeting
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021—Utica Academy of Science high school is excited to announce its new Athletic Booster Club, which will help support the efforts of the Atoms athletic teams. To kick-off this new club, Athletic Director, Mr. Wagner will be hosting a virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 9th at 7:00 PM on Zoom.
This will be a great opportunity for families with student athletes to learn more about this club and organization, and how they can best support their student athlete. Please see the club meeting details below. We hope to 'see you' there!
Memorial Day 2021
Monday, May 31st, 2021—Memorial Day honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the country's armed forces. There will be no school on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. Tuesday, June 1st is a Contingency Snow Day, there will be no school. Classes will resume on Wednesday, June 2nd. Enjoy this long weekend, Atoms!
Contingency Snow Day 2021
Friday, May 28th, 2021—Attention, families: As Memorial Day weekend approaches, please be reminded that there will be No School on Friday, May 28th, Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day) and Tuesday, June 1st.
Friday, May 28th and Tuesday, June 1st are contingency snow days. Enjoy this long extended Memorial Day weekend, Atoms!
Building Update 2021
Thursday, May 13th, 2021—It’s official, the New York State Board of Regents approved a revision to relocate the Utica Academy of Science middle school from Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District to Utica Academy of Science Charter School’s Frankfort campus.
Starting in the 2021 - 2022 academic year, all Utica Academy of Science Charter School Atoms will be in one building at the Frankfort campus. Many Atoms, one family!
Contingency Snow Day and Remote Learning Updates
Friday, May 7th, 2021—Utica Academy of Science Charter Schools announces its updates to the May and June calendar which includes new Remote Learning and Contingency Snow Day dates. The Utica City School District has recently announced their contingency days as 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 and 6/4. Therefore, Utica Academy of Science needed to update its calendar accordingly due to the transportation limitation. Below are updated dates and information regarding upcoming Remote Learning and Contingency Snow Days.
Contingency Snow Day Dates
- May 21 Contingency day - No school for staff and students
- May 28 Contingency day - No school for staff and students
- June 1 Contingency day - No school for staff and students
May/June Calendar Updates for High School
Based on our fully online school model and transportation limitation UAS High School has updated its calendar as follows:
- May 14 Regular online school day - No afternoon bus
- June 4 Regular online school day - No afternoon bus
Remote Learning Information and Dates for Elementary and Middle School
On 5/14/21 and 6/4/21, Utica Academy of Science Elementary and Middle schools will have Remote Learning days. Students will not report to the building, but will be responsible for completing work remotely. School staff will provide students with their remote learning schedule for the day. Please contact your classroom teacher and/or advisory teacher (Middle School) if you have questions about remote learning.
Please don't hesitate to contact your school for any and all questions. Please also reference the May and June calendars for the complete list of contingency and remote learning dates.