Fulton Science Academy

Week of April 20, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,


I would like to begin this newsletter by congratulating our students for their recent achievements

ELAINE WEN WON 1ST PLACE IN 2015 SPANISH POSTER CONTEST

Congratulations to 8th grader, Elaine Wen. Elaine has done it again!! She won 1st place in the 2015 State Spanish Poster Contest. Her poster was selected as the best Spanish Language representation picture in the State of Georgia. Way to go!
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CHLOE RICHARDSON IS INVITED TO NATIONAL EVENT TO PERFORM!

FSAPS 8th grader, Chloe Richardson earned a perfect score on her individual event (IE) during the Junior Thespian Festival in Nashville, TN. Not only was she invited to perform her IE on the main stage during the convention, but she is also invited to attend the High School Level Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska and perform in the National Individual Events Showcase! Congratulations, Chloe on your spectacular achievement!
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GREAT RESULTS IN 2015 GCTM MATH COMPETITION

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Once again, FSA Math Team shined like a star @ the GCTM’s 15th Annual Middle School Math Competition on Saturday April 18th in Centerville, GA. Our team received 2nd place as a team out of 17 teams participated from all over GA. All FSA Math Team members placed among top 10 students and received an individual trophy as the recognition of their spectacular performance at this math competition. Individual placements are as follows:


Mira Mutnick – 3rd place

Charlie Furniss – 4th place

Karuna Kumar – 6th place

Katherine Li – 8th place


At the end of the competition, during Fright’ning Light’ning fun & challenging round members of each team answered oral relay questions at the stage. FSA Math team won 1st place as a team @ the Fright’ning Light’ning fun & challenging round among 17 school participated and won a big bag of candy!!


Congratulations to FSA Math Team!! Way to go!

IMPORTANT DATES

April 22 thru 28 - School-wide ITBS Testing

April 25 - Cheetah Cup Math Competition

April 25 - Southeast Turkish Olympiad

April 26 - Open House for Prospective Parents

April 27 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Sponsored by Kindergarten Parents

April 28 - PVO Community Meeting / Board Elections

April 29 - First Grade Donuts with Dads

April 30 thru May 15 - Spring MAP Testing

May 1st - 8th Grade Field Trip to Six Flags

May 4 thru 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 - STEAM Day

May 8 thru 10 - Space Camp

May 11 - 7th and 8th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 11 - First Grade Muffins with Moms at 8:00am

May 12 - 6th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 13 - 2nd Grade thru 5th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 14 - Turkish Language Class Night

May 14 thru 17 - National Science Olympiad Tournament

May 14 thru 18 - First Lego League North American Championship

May 15 - Pre-K thru 1st Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 18 - Yearbooks arrive to school

May 19 - 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony at 6:00PM

May 19 - LAST BLAST CARNIVAL

May 19 thru 21 - Global Destination Imagination Competition

May 20 - Middle School Field Trip to Turner Field

May 22 - 2nd Semester Elementary Grades Award Ceremony at 1:30PM

May 22 - 2nd Semester Middle Grades Award Ceremony at 2:30PM

May 23 - 1st Day of Summer Holiday! YAY!

June 1 thru 7 - FSAPS Leadership Camp, Pigeon Forge Tennessee

END OF YEAR FAMILY PICNICS

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Dear Student, Faculty and Parents,


Please be reminded that all FSA families are invited to the end of year family picnics at the following dates for each grade:


May 11 - 7th and 8th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 12 - 6th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 13 - 2nd Grade thru 5th Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM

May 15 - Pre-K thru 1st Grade Family Picnic at 6:00PM


The picnic will be at the Istanbul Cultural Center Complex at 591 North Main Street, Alpharetta. We will have the picnic rain or shine since Istanbul Center has a big closed placed reserved for our picnic as well.


Our teachers will prepare barbecue chicken, hot dogs, veggie options and salad.


We kindly ask parents to bring the following according to their last names:

A to K - Drinks

L to Z - Deserts and Fruits


We will have fun activities as well.


Families with children in multiple grades may join all the picnics their children are in.


This will be a wonderful event for our students, faculty and parents to enjoy together.


Please bring the whole family!

SPRING BREAK TURKEY TRIP WAS LOTS OF FUN!

FSAPS students, teachers and parents enjoyed another wonderful Turkey Trip this spring break. Our group visited Istanbul, Izmir (Aegean Coast) and Antalya (Mediterranean Coast). Next year, beside the Turkey Trip, we will also offer a Costa Trip to our families. Please see some pictures from this year's trip here:
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HAPPY EARTH DAY! EARTH BALLOON WAS LOTS OF FUN!

This past week Earth Balloon was at our school. Students visited the Earth Balloon and it was AWESOME! We were able to sit together inside a giant balloon of the Earth and discuss the different parts of the Earth including: continents, oceans, landforms... Students had some great questions while we were discussing. It was a fun adventure! A BIG THANK YOU goes to one of our wonderful parents, Mrs. Debra Mutsch and Mrs. Kate Webster for arranging and coordinating Earth Balloon for our students.
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EPGY IS NOW CALLED GIFTED AND TALENTED

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The new version of EPGY released under the name of Gifted and Talented. This year both the old version and the new version is available to use.


Please use your current EPGY username and password to reach the new version at https://schools.redbirdlearning.com


If you see a need to change your level for the new version, please contact our Math Department Head Mrs. Duzyol and she will be happy to help you to change the level to make it a better learning experience for you.

ITBS/SAT CAMP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

FSAPS students had an amazing ITBS/SAT camp this weekend. A total of 21 students attended this great cabin camp in Helen, Georgia. During the camp students worked on five different practice tests in detail. Students had lots of time to discuss questions and learn more during the camp. Students had lots of fun as well. Other than the games in the cabin, they also enjoyed the nature and city Helen tour. We thank FSAPS teachers for organizing this wonderful camp for our students.

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EXPLORING FORCES AND MOTION IN 1ST GRADE SCIENCE

Mrs. Whitlock's first graders just finished exploring motion. We learned that a force affects how something moves, using either a push or pull. We explored forces such as gravity and magnetism. We also got to experiment with different kinds of pushes and pulls. One of our favorite experiments was using rubber bands to launch toy race cars.
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PRE-K & K HANDS-ON SCIENCE CLUB EXPLORES MAGNETS!

Last week, Pre-K and kindergarten students were able to explore magnets. We discussed how magnets attract metal objects, and we discussed how magnets can attract or repel objects. Students were able to explore magnets first hand, and had a great time doing it! They were able to see how a magnet can attract an object without actually touching it first.
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MOTHERS' NIGHT WAS LOTS OF FUN

FSAPS mothers enjoyed the final Mothers Night Out for the 2014-15 school year. It was a fun evening celebrating Indian culture. Mothers wore beautiful sarees, chose lovely bindis, ate delicious food, danced, got henna designs painted on their hands and danced even more! But most importantly, they made new friends! Mother Night Outs will continue at our new campus next year.

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FSAPS STUDENTS ENJOYS MUSIC CLUBS WITH MRS. PEACOCK

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Music and Drumming (3rd - 5th Grades)

During this semester Music & Drumming we have learned how people go to great lengths to connect with others through music whether cultural differences, religious beliefs, borders or physical boundaries. We have learned that those in countries not as rich as ours, make their own instruments out of recycled goods/garbage and play in an orchestra! We have composed and arranged our own music within different boundaries/guidelines decided upon as a team. We are also working on our OWN composition for a potential performance in the spring talent show!



Music and Movement (1&2 Grade)


“Feel the beat in your feet!” During this year in Music and Movement, students have enjoyed learning new dance steps from a variety of different styles of music. We are learning how to differentiate a variety of sounds we hear with respect to instruments and their respective families, musical genres with how they make us feel, and important musical figures. We LOVED our jazz unit back in February and always earn time at the end, to dance like “Mr. Bonjangles.” We have overall sharpened our skills with note reading, working as a team and creating rhythms/music both with our bodies, and different instruments.

SUPPORT FSA'S ACADEMIC TEAM BUY A STEAM SHIRT!

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What are the three best things about FSA?

  1. The STEAM curriculum

  2. The many academic teams

  3. The iPads for middle school students.


All three of these items are featured on the FSA Academic Teams T-shirt!


This soft 100% cotton gray t-shirt sports a white iPad with custom “app” icons touting FSA’s STEAM curriculum and its awesome academic teams!


The Science Olympiad Team is currently accepting orders for this limited edition shirt. Proceeds from shirt sales will help fund the Science Olympiad team's trip to the National Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska.


While this shirt is designed to be worn on FSA's STEAM Day on May 8, it can also be worn on any Friday with uniform pants or skirt both this year and next.


You'd pay over $25 for a stiff and uncomfortable uniform polo shirt. This soft, 100% comfy cotton t-shirt is a bargain at only $15!


To order, please complete the information below and return it to the front office with your payment (checks made payable to FSAPS.) Deadline for orders is Monday, April 27.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM FOR GLOBAL FINALS IN TENNESSEE

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Our DI teams need your help to send us to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN!

Beginning on Monday, we will begin the following fundraiser sales before school and during lunch:


Raffle Tickets!

Win a big basket full of goodies - winners will be drawn on Friday, May 1st

(one for Elementary, one for Middle)


Duct Tape Mr. Sener!

Add strips of duct tape to stick Mr. Sener to the wall the morning of STEAM day!

(discounted prices for signing up early!)

PRINCIPAL SENER’S NOTE: Why on the earth people would come up with such crazy ideas! Oh well, I accepted it since students advanced to Global Competition. But I can’t keep myself and wonder what happened to the noble idea of actually having a big delicious cake on the face. Are those good days gone long time ago? Maybe a cake after the tape and we call it Double Strike. Just thinking…. :)


Soak Mrs. Campbell with a Water Gun!

Firing squad style - during the Last Blast Carnival!

(discounted prices for signing up early!)


Spatter Paint Extravaganza!

Put on old clothes and spatter paint to your heart's content during the Last Blast Carnival!

(Sign up NOW and purchase a canvas and/or a commemorative T-shirt)



Flyers and T-shirt image are attached.


Thanks! :)

KINDERGARTEN SHOW AND TELL FUN!

Before leaving for Spring Break, the students in Ms. Fichter's and Ms. P's Kindergarten classes had a blast celebrating SPRING together with their outdoor Show-and-Tell. Students were able to bring their favorite outdoor toy to share with their Kindergarten friends. The students in these two classes showed off their scooter, bike, roller blade, basketball, and bubble blowing skills! The students had a great time sharing with their classmates, and teaching each other how to use their different outdoor toys. It was a great day to be in Kindergarten!

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SCHEDULE YOUR NEW CAMPUS VISIT!

Dear FSAPS Parents,


As you know our new campus is scheduled to be completed by early June 2015. Many families tour new campus on Saturdays. Our wonderful construction manager, Tony gives a guided tour to our families personally every Saturday. You are most welcome to bring your children to new campus tours as well. If interested, please contact Mr. Turan at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org. Our official opening ceremony for the new campus will be on Thursday, August 13 noon with the attendance of State Superintendent Richard Woods, the world's tallest man, and many other specials guests. It will be a great day for our students, teachers and parents.

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Becoming a Nationally Ranked School Through Partnerships!

FSAPS Vision Statement: Fulton Science Academy Private School envisions a pre-K through 12th grade nationally ranked and recognized school serving advanced and gifted student populations committed to academic success, civic responsibility, and high ethical values within a safe environment that celebrates diversity and is supported by the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders and the broader community.


Dear FSAPS Parents,


There are wonderful things happening at our school. The journey that we started three years ago with only 101 students and 15 faculty members in our first year as private school will continue with 360 students and 40 faculty members in our new campus next school year. This was possible thanks to our wonderful students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents.


Next year is a new beginning for us at our new campus. We have high goals for our students and for that it will help us tremendously if we work on creating partnerships not only with our stakeholders within our community but also with outside groups such as universities and industry representatives. We currently have some projects we are working on and you will be hearing more about them in the following months.


As part of these efforts, we would like to survey our parents and find out in which other ways and capacities they can offer support to our school. For this purpose, please tell us a little bit about yourself by filling out this survey. Each parent should fill out a separate survey.


Please click here to fill out the parent survey.


You help is greatly appreciated.


Sincerely,

Kenan Sener, Principal

Fulton Science Academy Private School

FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP

Only Two spots left in 2015 Summer Leadership Camp. The camp is open to students in 4th grade through 8th grade. If interested, please click here for detailed information and application form for 2015 FSAPS Summer Leadership Camp.

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SCHOOL UPDATE: CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS

I am pleased to share some exciting updates and changes that will be taking place as part of our continuous improvement efforts to better meet the needs of our students.

NEW CAMPUS

The construction of our new campus is expected to be completed in May of this year. Beginning this February, our students and parents are most welcome to tour the new campus on Saturdays. It is exciting to see the new campus construction. If you are interested in scheduling a tour on a certain Saturday, please send an e-mail to Mr. Turan at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

NEW FURNITURE

Thanks to some generous investors, we will be adding brand new furniture to our school next year. The new furnishings feature great quality and a sleek, modern look. Please see our selection of cafeteria chairs and tables for our new campus below.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT OUR NEW CAMPUS

About 9 years ago, we were one of the first schools in Georgia to fully equip all of our classes with SmartBoards. As we move to our new campus, we are again leading the way in classroom technology by upgrading our classrooms with active touch panels. In addition, we will be adding a class set of active tables to the elementary grades. Our students and teachers will love utilizing these new technologies in their classes. Please see more details below.


Please click here to watch a video about ActivPanel Touch.

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ON-LINE ASSESSMENT TOOL

Beginning this August, the majority of classroom assessments that students take in middle school grades will be completed on iPads and computers. By upgrading to a much faster internet connection at the new campus, on-line activities will be much smoother for our students and teachers. Through on-line assessments, students will be able to review both correct and missed questions. Parents will no longer need to request a copy of the test to go over with their child. Additionally, data analysis will be easier for our teachers enabling more prompt feedback to parents.

NEW LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM

We are well along in the process of selecting a new and more challenging language arts curriculum for our middle grades. Our new curriculum will be geared towards gifted education with strong writing, grammar, and reading components. We plan to announce our new curriculum to you in March.


With the separation of Social Studies and Language Arts teachers and the adoption of a new more rigorous language arts curriculum, we are building a very strong Language Arts Department for our precious students.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS

Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce


Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.


We will be announcing the new science textbooks and materials based on NGSS very soon. With our new chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories in the new campus, the new NGSS adopted Science Curriculum, and the addition of an assistant lab teacher our students can look forward to some highly engaging science lessons.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADES

As announced earlier, we will open our high school grades when we have close to 20 students capable of doing the rigorous course plan (Advanced Academics) designed for our high school program. While we do not know yet if we will have that many qualified students for this year, based on our analysis and the strengths of enrollment numbers, we should definitely have 9th grade next year.

MUSIC PROGRAM

FSA is taking a multi-step approach to building a strong music program. We plan to continue to offer private music lessons, which many of you have taken advantage of this school year. In our continued efforts to improve this program, we will be adding more instruments such as new pianos. Additionally, next year we will be offering our students Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Each will be offered twice a week from 4:30 to 5:30, so that they do not conflict with our academic teams, clubs, and sports. It is our intention that as we progress we will eventually add Band, Orchestra, and Chorus to our students’ daily school schedule to have further emphasis on music education. We are excited about the steps that we are taking next year to improve our music program and give our students more opportunities.

ATHLETIC PROGRAM

As you might already know, our new campus also includes a standard high school size gymnasium with 400 seating capacity and a standard size field for our students to play. Our families will observe a great increase in the athletics opportunities offered to our students next year. In our first year we will start with the following sports and grow each year from there.


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

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We are excited to announce a solid technology and engineering class with a strong curriculum for our elementary and middle grades next year. The program is called Project Lead The Way. This comprehensive program also includes robotics and will replace our current robotics class for elementary and middle grades. Project Lead The Way offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For more information, please visit: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs

COMPUTER CLASS

Since Project Lead The Way curriculum includes computer literacy, we are redesigning our computer classes for next year. Soon, we will share a computer class framework that shows specifically which skills are taught in each grade. The new computer education program will also include a strong coding component for each grade level.

IMPROVED CARPOOL DISMISSAL PROCESS WITH ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY

Our new campus is designed to make the dismissal process much easier for everyone. We will have two different areas from which students can be picked up, thereby speeding up the process significantly. In a few weeks the barcoded carpool system will begin and we will use an enhanced version of it at the new campus next year. We look forward to being able to provide a smoother pickup system for our students and parents.

EXTENDED SCHOOL SAFETY

Security is a priority at our new campus for the safety and well-being of our students. The campus has been designed with extra safety features built-in. Security cameras will be installed everywhere. Additionally, there is a secure front office buzzer system that will be continuously monitored and an electronic carded access entry system that will be used for other doors. We are working with local safety experts to make sure that our campus is as secure and safe as possible for our students.

INCREASE IN CLUB AND ACADEMIC TEAMS OFFERED

Naturally, with an increased number of students we will be able to offer more free after school clubs and academic team options.


After 13 years at our present location, we are looking forward to a wonderful inaugural year at our new campus. Next year will be AMAZING!

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