After School Program
The After School program provides an environment where children's emotional, social, and physical needs are met and developed through a variety of enriching and recreational activities and positive role modeling. The program incorporates youth participation engaging children in the decision-making process related to program offerings, encouraging group discussions, fostering problem solving and conflict resolution skills, and promoting cooperation and team building skills.
- WHEN: Monday through Thursdays
- TIME: 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
- COST: Determined by the number of days students participate.
- START DATE: October
- END DATE: May
- The Program is available for only students enrolled in Buffalo Academy of Science.
- Registration deadlines will be posted for each quarter.
3:20 PM – 3:55 PM: Academic Intervention Time
- Study Hall, Homework Help and Tutoring sessions
- Students will be given a snack
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Club and Sport Programming
5:15 PM – 5:30 PM Dismissal and Parent Pick Up
LISTED BELOW IS A SAMPLING OF CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES OFFERED IN THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. (Program offerings are subject to change per quarter.)
African Dance, Nutrition & Workout Club, Dog Training, Home Economics Club, Middle School Math Team
Computer Club, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Beat Lab, Mindfulness Club (Yoga), Explorers' Club, Cupcake Craze
Japanese Club, Video Game Club, Photo Club, Sign Language Club, Mindfulness for Middle School, Drill Team
Buffalo Animal Adventure, Ping Pong Club, Art Club, BASCS Choir, College Writing and Readiness
FORMS & DOCUMENTS
We encourage our families to take part in all of our annual events:
- Back to School BBQ - Students and their families join BuffSci staff and their families for an evening filled with fun activities and a cookout to kick off the new school year
- A Taste of BASCS - International food tasting where students, staff and their families share food, music and cultural activities to celebrate the diversity among the BuffSci Family
- Middle School Lock-In - Students spend an overnight in the school participating in lots of fun, getting-to-know-you activities, movies, food, music and more!
- Family Literacy Night - Students and their families join BuffSci staff for a night filled with games, workshops, food and music... all to promote and positively reinforce literacy in our students
- BuffSCi Talent Show - Students lay it all on the line to win the competition, performing an array of talents
- Annual Science Fair - All students (grades 7-11) are required to complete a science project; however, the top experiments are displayed and judged by a distinguished panel for the top prize
- Black History Month Program - Annual celebration of the contributions of people of African descent to our past, present and future global environment
- Annual Poetry Slam - Students from schools all over Buffalo enter to compete in our slam where they perform original works of poetry for our top prize
- Annual Spelling Bee - Traditional competition where BuffSci students compete for the title of top speller
The Buffalo Academy of Science has identified the following Character Education traits as being paramount to supporting our mission of ensuring that our students are well-rounded, educated citizens:
- Respect (Aug/Sept)
- The 3 C's - Showing consideration, care and courtesy for yourself, someone or something
- Responsibility (Oct)
- Doing what is required, needed or expected of us
- Self-Discipline (Nov)
- Having the self-control, motivation and grit to reach goals despite challenges
- Compassion (Dec)
- Caring about the suffering of others and working to help
- Gratitude (Jan)
- Thankfulness and appreciation
- Integrity (Feb)
- Total honesty and sincerity
- Perseverance (Mar)
- Sticking with goals until they are achieved
- Diligence (Apr)
- Consistently working hard
- Optimism (May)
- Thinking positively
- Self-Reflection (Jun)
- The 3 R's - Revisit, review and revise
What Is Character Education?
Character education seeks to develop virtue—human excellence—as the foundation of a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life and a just, compassionate, and flourishing society. Character education takes deliberate steps to cultivate moral and intellectual virtues through every phase of school life—the example of adults, the relationships among peers, the handling of discipline, the resolution of conflict, the content of the curriculum, the process of instruction, the rigor of academic standards, the environment of the school, the conduct of extracurricular activities, and the involvement of parents. Everything that happens in the life of the school is character education, because everything affects character.
Character education is based on the following premises:
- Virtues are objectively good human qualities—good for us whether we know it or not. They have a claim on our personal and collective conscience. They are affirmed by cultures and religions around the world; they express our common humanity. They transcend time and culture. Diligence, wisdom, the pursuit of truth, justice, respect, responsibility, honesty, unselfishness, compassion, courage, patience, and perseverance always have been and always will be virtues, regardless of how many people practice them.
- We can claim that virtues are objectively good, and that we are obliged to uphold and practice them, because they meet the following ethical criteria:
- They affirm our human dignity.
- They promote the well-being and happiness of the individual person.
- They serve the common good, making it possible for us to live in community.
- They define our rights and obligations as citizens.
- They meet the classical tests of reversibility (Would you want to be treated this way?) and universalizability (Would you want all persons to act this way?).
- To develop character, the school must strive to be a community of virtue in which moral and intellectual virtues are modeled, expected, studied, reflected upon, upheld, celebrated, and continually practiced in daily life.
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Leadership Speakers Series
Each of our distinguished speakers brings a unique message to students - with a method of delivery specific to the individual. Students are exposed to a variety of personalities, presentation styles and backgrounds. These community leaders offer insight to their personal histories, and enable our students to see that leadership can take on many different forms. And although no two presenters are the same, all of our speakers reinforce the culture of excellence and impress upon our students the importance of being responsible, competent, educated citizens of our diverse global environment.
Through this series, our students have been empowered and inspired by many notable guests with diverse backgrounds and professions. A few of our distinguished speakers have included: US Attorney William Hochul; Dr. Donna Fernandes, Buffalo Zoo President & CEO; Dr. Julius Gregg Adams, Executive Director of the Educational Opportunity Center; and Mr. Robert Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus for the NYS Board of Regents.
We thank all of our guest speakers for their individual contributions to make the Leadership Speaker Series at the BuffSci a great success!!!
Commissioner Garnell Whitfield: Prepare, Respond, Recover & Reflect
After giving students a brief trip through his professional life and how he has risen through the ranks of the BFD, the Commissioner reminded students of the importance of listening to the instructions and advice of the adults in their lives. He told students that the adults - parent and teachers alike - have the job of seeing the potential in students, even when students can't see it themselves. He encouraged students to continue to work hard now and strive toward their goals because "you never know how things are connected... Your job [right now] is to prepare for whatever opportunities may come your way."
As the overall message to students, Commissioner Whitfield explained that part of his job in coordinating Emergency Medical Services for the city of Buffalo requires a four-step process: 1. Preparedness, 2. Response, 3. Recover and 4. Reflection. Commissioner Whitfield stressed that this process is crucial not only to his job, but for everyday life for everyone.
"First, you must prepare yourself for opportunity. Study, learn, practice... Do what work you need to do so you are ready for the opportunities when they come... And they will, when you are prepared. Second, you must respond appropriately to situations, using all of your skill sets that you have prepared. Next, you have to recover - physically, emotionally and mentally - from whatever events took place, whether the results were positive or negative. Finally, you have to reflect - look back on what happened to learn from the mistakes to improve for next time. Take these four steps, have the commitment, focus and discipline to follow your dreams and you never know what opportunities are gonna come your way."
Professor Stephen McKinley Henderson: Measure of Worth
With his affable demeanor and contagious wit, Mr. Henderson shared the story of his upbringing with the students. Often making the students laugh, Mr. Henderson revealed that he had a difficult upbringing but he didn't let his circumstances defeat him. Henderson told students that his first love was math - in fact, he even attended Lincoln University to study it - but other opportunities arose for him to pursue his love of acting.
Mr. Henderson's love for acting and storytelling was evident in his presentation to students; however, he cautioned students about the trappings of "celebrity" and chasing after money. He told students that it was always important to do what you love to do and to do for others - whether it is the "main gig" or the "side gig" - so that the heart and soul can be fulfilled. "It's fulfilling to be acknowledged and celebrated and paid well for what you do... However, money is not the measure of the worth of what you are doing."
Attorney Terrence McKelvey: Land of Opportunity
Mr. McKelvey impressed upon students the importance of choosing a career path that suits their interest but also seizing the opportunities available to them. He told students, "You need to begin now qualifying yourself to be whatever you want to be... It's entirely up to you."
Dr. Julius Gregg Adams: Making Smart Choices
Reporter Dan Miner: You Win When You Think Ahead
Unlike some of our speakers, Mr. Miner spoke an important cautionary tale to students. Mr. Miner shared with students the challenges he faced as a young high school and college graduate out on his own. While he did not grow up in poverty, Mr. Miner impressed upon students the difficulties of supporting himself because he "didn't really have a plan" for what career path he wanted to choose. He told students that it's important to do proper research about careers they plan to pursue to make sure there is longevity and job availability in those fields. He told students that "it doesn't matter as much where you go to college... just do well when you get there" so that doors will be opened for future career opportunities.
Mr. Miner left a message with students about the importance of making good decisions now and taking advantage of the assistance and opportunities available to them at present in order to be successful in the future. His final words to students: "You win when you think ahead."
US Attorney William Hochul: Making the Case
Apples were the colorful symbol that Mr. Hochul used to illustrate how issues (such as ownership and rights to property) come before a court for prosecution. He spoke with students about his job as a U.S. Attorney and how it differs from a regular lawyer. Appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Hochul explained that as the U.S. Attorney, he has license to prosecute federal cases anywhere in the United Country... and abroad. Mr. Hochul kept the students amused as he often referenced the apple as the property in question for a hypothetical case, taught them a lot about the history of our modern court system and laws.
Students enjoyed their time with Mr. Hochul. He told them that they "represent some of the best and brightest in Buffalo" and encouraged them to continue to stay on track with their education. Mr. Hochul, a native of Buffalo's East Side neighborhoods, told students, "Just because you may not have grown up in a rich house, it doesn't mean you can't make it." He encouraged students with these final words: "...You need dedication and if you can't do something, work on your skills on your own. If you want to make it... the biggest thing is you have to have heart."
Reflections from students after the session:
"I enjoyed [Mr. Hochul] because he was informational and interesting." ~Najaree, 9th Grade
"I enjoyed [Mr. Hochul] because he was energizing and informative!" ~Anonymous, 12th Grade
"I enjoyed it. It seems like [Mr. Hochul] really liked talking to us." ~Seana, 12th Grade
"I enjoyed [Mr. Hochul] because the way he presented [his talk to students] was like being in a courtroom with him." ~Janae, 12th Grade
Judge Jawwaad Rasheed: Five Steps
A native of Buffalo's east side, Judge Rasheed told students, "You have to do the work." Then, Judge Rasheed outlined what he called the "Five Steps to Making You Better Women and Men".
He detailed his take on what one needs to become successful:
Vision: helps to shape your focus and gives you direction
Dedication: doing anything necessary to achieve your goals
Perseverance: never giving up, never quit, even if you fail
Passion: having a love for something; finding what gives you your greatest joy
Faith: trust in something greater than yourself
The judge urged students to "put those five things together and put them to work in your daily life" in order to reach one's goals.
The students were a captive audience as Judge Rasheed left this parting message: "Each of you [has] a contribution that you are supposed to make. You will never know how great you're supposed to be until you give it all you've got."
Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett: Value & Responsibility
Mr. Bennett shared a little of his personal history with the students. He said that even though he grew up comfortably, his parents always taught the value of hard work and helping others. Mr. Bennett told of some challenges he faced early in his career. After being let go from a job that he enjoyed and did well, he decided not to sit and be depressed about it... Instead, he went out and found another job. As fate would have it, in the new job, he was in a position to approve or deny a request from his previous employer. He had to make the hard choice and do the right thing, which was to give the man's request fair consideration.
When BASCS senior, Terrell Smith, asked Mr. Bennett where his inspiration to help young people came from, Mr. Bennett responded, "I'm worried about the children who don't have a chance... I want all students to have the opportunities I had."
Special Agent In-Charge (Ret.) Bernie Tolbert: Expect Anything
Students were able to really connect to details of Mr. Tolbert’s upbringing and profound respect for his mother, who was a single-parent. Mr. Tolbert took students on the journey from his college years, to early work experiences to his recent announcement of his candidacy for the seat of City of Buffalo Mayor.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Tolbert served as the former Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo FBI Office as well as a former VP in charge of Security for the National Basketball Association (NBA). BASCS students were a captive audience for details of Mr. Tolbert’s experiences.
Throughout his talk, Mr. Tolbert emphasized to students to “expect anything and be ready” because opportunities often arise when you aren't necessarily looking for them.
Journalist Rod Watson: Hard Work Pays Off
Watson stressed to students how important it is for communities to be represented accurately in the media and the responsibility that journalists have to report facts. Watson also reminded students that no matter what they want to choose as a career in the future, the classes they take now are all important.
Watson shared this message with the students: "Every class you take is a test of your character. It is like your passport. How well you do in your classes now is important because it determines what type of person you are - your integrity and your strength of character."
He concluded his talk with these words: “You can be any of those people that you see on TV. None of them are any more special than any of you. They worked hard and applied themselves… But do not sell yourself short. If you work hard and show integrity, you can accomplish the same things for yourself.”
Legislator Timothy Hogues & Entrepreneur Gregory Boles: Be the Change
The resounding message presented in tandem by both speakers was that no matter what your life circumstances, you can choose the path you wish to walk in life to accomplish your goals. The speakers engaged the students thoroughly with witty stories and questions.
Although Leg. Hogues and Mr. Boles discussed serious topics with the students, they kept the atmosphere light with lots of moments of laughter to drive home their points. To kick off the talk, Leg. Hogues introduced his assistant, Ms. Marilyn Cornelius, who delivered a stirring original poem to the students.
The Legislator repeatedly stressed to students that education is important and positive decision-making is the key to a successful life. Mr. Boles rounded out the talk by reminding the students that no matter where you come from, you can rise above your circumstances to “be the change you desire to see in the world and this city…”
Dr. Danis Gehl: Know Your Mission
Dr. Gehl put emphasis on the point that there is not only one way – or one correct way – to develop leadership skills and earn leadership roles. She stated, “You don’t always lead from the front… what got me to the university was relationships…”
Dr. Gehl discussed her passion for service to others and detailed how her volunteerism during the early years of her career opened doors that lead to her current position. In her recount of her journey, Dr. Gehl explained that there were various points in her career where her years of volunteer experience, her demonstrated work ethic and her enthusiasm for learning enabled her to assume positions for which she would have otherwise have been considered “under-qualified”.
Dr. Gehl encouraged students to really think about their passions and strengths… as well as their weaknesses. “A leader has to know his or her self… Your personal mission... You have to know yourself and what direction you want for your life.”
Executive Director David Rust: Make an Impact
The primary focus of Mr. Rust’s time with the students was to inform them about the Say Yes Tuition Scholarship available to eligible students in the Buffalo Public School system as well as all city charter schools. Mr. Rust outlined the criteria for the program and answered questions from the 35 students who were in attendance at this session.
Mr. Rust also shared with the students a bit of his history from being a Buffalo native and going away to college through the journey to intern in Great Britain to his return to Buffalo and his current position at Say Yes Buffalo. Mr. Rust told students that he believed in service and volunteer work as important parts of a well-rounded education. He encouraged students to take advantage of opportunities that would enhance their lives. Mr. Rust’s parting message to students: “You can choose to make an impact with what you do in your life.”
Find out more about Say Yes at www.sayyesbuffalo.org.
Engineer Oluwole McFoy: Always Be Prepared
Mr. McFoy shared with the students a bit of his history through the journey to his current position at City Hall. Through interesting analogies, Mr. McFoy’s engaging talk impressed the students with the message of being prepared.
When asked how he got his current position, Mr. McFoy responded, “I say it’s by chance. But I had set the foundation and done the work. So when the opportunity came, I was prepared.”
Dr. Donna Fernandes: Do What You Love
Dr. Fernandes spoke of her multi-million dollar master plan which she implemented in September 2000 when she took over the management of the zoo. She stressed the hard work and commitment it has taken to raise funds to complete eight major renovation projects to the zoo's exhibit and habitat spaces. When the work is completed, the zoo will be one of the finest, up-to-date zoos in the country thanks to the dedication of Dr. Fernandes.
When asked if she liked working at the zoo, she replied, "I love it! You should always do what you love".
CEO Mark Mortenson: From Disney to Science
He mentioned that his first job was a tap dance instructor, and - much to the delight of the students - gave a short demonstration of his talent. He encouraged students to follow their dreams by acquiring as much education as possible to be a success in whatever field they choose.
After many years of living in a very hectic Los Angeles area, Mr. Mortenson is enjoying living in Buffalo with all it has to offer.
Judge James McLeod: Live Without Excuse
Judge McLeod, one of our guest speakers, told a group of our students “When I was your age, I was told ‘you people don’t go to college!’ There are many obstacles you are going to come up against in your life during the pursuit of your dreams.
There are many things people will try to take from you, but they can never take your education away from you. That is why the pursuit of higher education is important”. Judge McLeod said he has become committed to making Buffalo a better place by making a commitment to making fair, and in many cases, unpopular decisions, so he can turn lives around.
“The choices you are making now may not be popular with your friends if they are not focusing on their education...," Judge McLeod told students. "...So remember, don’t live with making excuses, just keep making good choices”.
Sheriff Timothy Howard: Your Personal Best
“Choose your friends wisely” was a common phrase that our wonderful guest encouraged the students to become familiar with. He said, “You are often judged by the company that you keep”. He went on to say that the holding center is full of people, 1500 to be exact. They may be in there because their choices have turned into bad decisions.
After forty years of service in law enforcement, Sheriff Howard shared that he still has a love and a passion for the career he is in. Working your way up through the ranks is a great message that the sheriff encouraged every student to remember - to always give your personal best.
Pastor Darius Pridgen: Flexibility is the Key!
Pastor Pridgen told the students that we are all connected to each other. He stressed that all people have to work together to accomplish good things in life. “You’re never going to work alone, even if you are the owner of a business," said Pastor Pridgen. "You’re always going to be connected.”
Many of our students shared their goals for life. Pastor Pridgen pointed out that being connected to others is when you build strong relationships and continue on. "Strong relationships are the keys to success."
CEO Robert Carr: Creative Thinking
"Creative thinking" was the message that the students heard from Mr. Robert Carr, President of Carr Marketing Communications. “Decisions that [you] make today will impact the rest of your life," Mr. Carr stated. "Advertising can be used in many different ways, even in our daily lives."
It’s just like a person telling a story so that the customer hears it so often that they remember what is being told to them and they want to purchase what is being sold. He talked about three very important components of Advertising that could easily be used as a tool in your dreams for the future. The components are input, researchand frequency. All action words that are regularly considered when agencies are putting together different forms of advertising.
There were many interesting questions from our students such as how stores decide what products they choose to sell. Mr. Carr was able to give a very detailed description of how that process works which will – most assuredly - allow our students to become more astute consumers in the future.
“You are your own advertising agency," said Mr. Carr. "You have an opportunity for the rest of your future to tell your own story take advantage of what you want people to think about you! The sky is the limit."
Lieutenant Kevin Harris: Thinking About a Red Hot Career?
This is some of the insight that the students walked away with after hearing Lieutenant Kevin Harris of the Buffalo Fire Department speak. He mentioned that it took him 5 tries to become a Lieutenant but it was that determination that’s needed in any area that you pursue in your life. One of the most personally rewarding careers an individual can have were words that the students were fortunate enough to hear.
"This is a profession of helping that takes courage, willingness to be patient, non-judgmental and accepting of other people. You must have a desire to serve and help people regardless of who they are, where they are and what their beliefs are... When you become a firefighter, you become part of a family. Firefighting demands a high level of dedication and professionalism for those who choose it as a career."
FBI Officer Paul Moskal: Leadership Team Hosts FBI
Chief Brian Patterson: Leadership Team Hosts Buffalo Police Chief
October 27, 2011 - Buffalo Police Chief Brian Patterson shared his leadership experiences with the BASCS Leadership Team. He also shared his memories and how he strives for excellence in his life. BASCS students asked Chief Patterson questions regarding leadership and how to reach their goals in life.