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Strength Building, Class Bonding & Activities

Atoms visit The Ultimate Goal on a class field trip

Wednesday, November 13, 2019The goal of any field trip is for students to have a fun experience, learn something new and or build upon what they are already learning. Kindergarten students enjoy a day at The Ultimate Goal where they were able to continue to build on their Positivity Project Strengths such as teamwork, bravery, and integrity. Atoms had an opportunity to partake in activities such as soccer, dodgeball, musical chairs, tag and various relay races. Thank you, The Ultimate Goal for such a fun filled day spent with friends and class bonding.

Ryan Thayer Named the 2019 Teacher of the Year

Kindergarten teacher, Ryan Thayer was recently named the 2019 Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, November 5, 2019If you were to walk past this classroom, singing, dancing, high-fiving are just some of the items you may witness. But for this teacher and the students, this high engagement level is one of the many ways used to motivate the students which produce incredible classroom results, and leave the parents singing his praises - “my kids love to learn to read because of Mr. Thayer.”

It was an honor to name Ryan Thayer, a kindergarten teacher, as the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the recent Terra Conference. Ryan has been with Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship school for two years and continues to exceed expectations. His first year teaching with the school, his students started the year with a 26% proficiency in literacy, and ended the school year at 82% proficiency. With over 90 SGP, Ryan’s students continue to make huge gains as 85% of students met their sight word proficiency.

This year, Ryan has taken on an additional role within the school. Not only is he continuing to teach kindergarten, but he is also doubling as a Literacy Coach for kindergarten and 1st grade. We are excited to see him share his wealth of knowledge working with the CKLA as he seeks to support and develop our staff, who are also seeking the same high level of student achievement.

Congratulations, Ryan, we are excited to have you on our team and look forward to seeing you continue to build success, one Atom at a time.

Atoms Bond at the Sciencenter Field Trip

Atoms enjoy a class field trip filled with hands-on learning at the Sciencenter

Wednesday, November 6, 2019Scientifically speaking, second grade Atoms had a hands-on, minds-on day when visiting the Sciencenter on a class field trip. Students were able to look, touch, listen and discover as they bounced their way through many exhibit galleries filled with full-body science fun. Some exhibits that were there favorite included the live animals, weather and engineering. Thank you Sciencenter for such a fun filled educational experience!

Fourth Grade Atoms Visit Onondaga Lake Park

Fourth grade students enjoyed a fun filled morning at Onondaga County Parks’ Onondaga Lake Park

Monday, November 4, 2019What better way to wake up and greet the day then a brisk nature walk at Onondaga County Parks’ Onondaga Lake Park. Atoms take in all the sights, sounds and smells when walking along the beautiful lake shore. Little did they know, that this nature walk would ultimately allow them to get a sneak peek at this year’s Lights on the Lake display. After their nature walk, students enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by expelling tons of energy at Wegmans Park. Atoms enjoyed spending time with their friends and running around on the playground.

Guest Visitor, Judge Brenda Sannes Visits Atoms

Guest Speaker, Honorable Judge Brenda Sannes reads the book, We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio to the first grade Atoms

Monday, October 28, 2019Honorable Judge Brenda Sannes joins the first grade Atoms as a guest speaker for story time. Judge Sannes read the book, We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. We’re All Wonders shares the story of Auggie Pullman - which was the inspiration for the movie, Wonder starring Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson. The story aims to inspire its readers to change the way they see, because sometimes people can’t change the way they look. Thank you, Judge Sannes for taking time out of your schedule to visit and join our Atoms for story time.

Atoms get Spooky at the Annual Fall Festival

Elementary Atoms participated in their annual Fall Festival

Thursday, October 31, 2019A costume parade, positive dance party and a Fall Festival?! Atoms showcased their fab-boo-lous creativity decorating their classrooms for this spooktacular day. Families and staff were invited to partake in the wickedly exciting event. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event possible, and for creating a meaningful experience that will last a lifetime. For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

Atoms Search for 'Gourdous' Pumpkins on Field Trip

Second and third grade Atoms visited The Pumpkin Hollow on a class field trip

Thursday, October 24, 2019With Halloween right around the corner, second and third grade Atoms had just one thing on their mind - "where can we find the most ‘perfect’ or ‘gourdous’ pumpkin?" Lucky for them, a field trip to The Pumpkin Hollow was coming up and that would be where these pumpkins would be found. Students enjoyed a day at the pumpkin patch where they took a tractor ride to the many pumpkin fields to find the pumpkin their heart desired. Atoms also visited the farm animals where they made friends with some ponies, goats and cows. Aside from picking out pumpkins one of their other favorite activities was jumping on and off giant hay bales! Thank you, The Pumpkin Hollow for such a festive field trip and making it one to remember. To view more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

Atoms Discover Culinary Delights at Discovery Kitchen

Mrs. Pittsley and the Chartwells team host their first Discovery Kitchen, where Atoms learn about cranberries and how to make cranberry apple relish

Friday, October 25, 2019Kindergarten Atoms discover the culinary possibilities at their first ever Discovery Kitchen. Thanks to Mrs. Pittsley and the Chartwells team, students gained helpful kitchen tips, tricks and nutritious recipes. For this first installment, Atoms learned all about a tangy fruit (that at times can be sweet), and is typically found on the Thanksgiving table, the cranberry! To kick-off the demonstration, Mrs. Pittsley shared with the students information about how cranberries are grown and then showed them how they could make the cranberry the star of a dish. The dish she taught the Atoms how to make was cranberry apple relish. Students were able to sample the dish following the demonstration, and they even had the opportunity to include this as one of their sides for lunch later that day. Thank you Mrs. Pittsley and the Chartwells team for teaching our Atoms about healthy eating, sharing delicious recipes, and nutrition.

Halloween Fun is in store for Elementary Atoms

Kindergarten and first grade Atoms visit The Pumpkin Hollow for a fall field trip

Wednesday, October 23, 2019—It's the perfect time of year for pumpkin picking with this beautiful fall weather and the leaves changing. Kindergarten and first grade Atoms visit, The Pumpkin Hollow, for a fall field trip. Atoms were eager to explore all that the pumpkin patch had to offer. From jumping on/off giant hay bales, to petting animals at their petting zoo to even walking through the corn maze, it was a day filled with fall fun. Oh, who could forget picking out the biggest pumpkin? Atoms were able to each pick out a pumpkin and bring it back to school to decorate for Halloween. Thank you, The Pumpkin Hollow for such a fun, fall field trip, perfect to get us ready for the upcoming holiday.

Team Bonding and Character Strength Development

Fourth grade Atoms visit Shove Park for a field trip

Wednesday, October 9, 2019—A beautiful fall day calls for a field trip dedicated to team bonding and enhancing character strengths learned inside the classrooms. Our 4th grade Atoms visited Shove Park for an outdoor field trip. Students worked together to complete a scavenger hunt, where items on the list were local to New York. Following this activity, students had an opportunity to play a game of kickball or play on the playground. Both activities allowed Atoms to encourage one another, build friendships, and to show good sportsmanship behavior.

Stop. Drop. And Roll, it's Fire Safety Time

Fireman Dan Connors of the Syracuse City Fire Department joined the Kindergarten Atoms for story time

Thursday, September 26, 2019—Atoms didn't start the fire, but they certainly learned all about fire safety with a special visit from fireman Dan Connors of the Syracuse City Fire Department. Fireman Dan joined the Kindergarten Atoms for story time and read to them, No Dragons for Tea, which discusses the importance of fire safety. To demonstrate what the students learned about fire safety, fireman Dan showed not only the Atoms but the teachers, as well, how to properly "Stop, Drop and Roll" in case of a fire emergency. To make this day even more memorable, Atoms received an "official" fireman helmet that they could wear for the remainder of the day. Thank you fireman Dan, and the Syracuse City Fire Department for sharing your time with our students, teaching them about fire safety, and for all that you do.

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