Sunshine STEM Academy Newsletter

February 1, 2016

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Message from Principal

Dear Sunshine Community,


I would like congratulate our Tech Fair Team for their performance in the regionals. Sunshine STEM Academy students received 1st place in 12 categories on Sunday. Keep up the great work!


We will initiate Coding Over Borders Project which is a Community Service program. With the support of our Technology department and students of Sunshine STEM Academy, we plan to build a Computer Lab for the schools of underprivileged areas in the state of Georgia. Please see more information about this project below.


The Math League Georgia level competition will be hosted at Sunshine STEM Academy on Sunday, March 27, 2016 for students in grades 3 through 6. You may find more information below.


Have a great week!


Sincerely,


Murat Cetin, Head of School

mcetin@SunshineSTEMacademy.org

Congratulations to Tech Fair Team!

Sunshine STEM Academy students received 1st Place in 12 Category in Regional Tech Fair Competition. Our winners will compete against 500+ regional winners in the State Level in Macon, on March 5th. Good Luck to our winners!


  • Audio Production: Shreya Sunil
  • Digital Photo Production: Rohan Vishnubothla & Ansh Shah
  • Game Design : Joshua Keselman & Ariana Islam
  • Graphic Design: Rohan Vishnubothla
  • Internet Applications: Viswas Sreenathan & Ahmet Cetin
  • Non-Multimedia Applications: Zain Syed
  • Robotics: Afaf Khurram
  • Tech Literacy Challenge: Ariana Islam
  • Video Production: Saachi Singh & Mohana Malapati
  • Internet Applications: Huseyin Cokavci
  • Tech Literacy Challenge: Joshua Keselman
  • Video Production: Varsha Sayana

Coding Over Borders: Community Service Project Initiated by Sunshine STEM Academy

With the support of the Technology department and students of Sunshine STEM Academy, we plan to build a Computer Lab for the schools of underprivileged areas in the state of Georgia, United States as well as other states/countries that are lesser privileged.


Sunshine STEM Academy students will build computers and deliver computers to the underprivileged schools during Spring Break. The Computer Lab will consist of 18 portable and low-cost computers.


Please visit http://codingoverborders.sunshinestem.org to learn more about Coding Over Borders Project.

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Sunshine STEM Academy Hosts Math League Contest on March 27

mathleague.org is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a math contest on Sunday Mar 27, 2016 for students in grades 3 through 6. Testing will consist of Sprint, Target, Number Sense, and Team rounds.


The contest will be held at Sunshine STEM Academy in Alpharetta, and the cost will be $15 per student. However, a discounted rate of $12 will apply to participants who prepay their registration fees online. The approximate schedule will be as follows:

  • 01:30 PM Check in
  • 02:00 PM Testing begins
  • 04:30 PM Break
  • 05:00 PM Tiebreakers and awards


Please note that at some of our larger contests (particularly in the Bay Area), the awards ceremony typically starts as much as half an hour later than listed. This is largely a function of how many students neglect to prepay their entry fees and must check in manually on site. By prepaying your entry fees you help us start earlier AND you don't run a risk of your registration being canceled if the contest reaches capacity. In situations where a contest sells out, some students who have not prepaid may be notified before the registration deadline that their registration has been canceled in order to make room for students who are prepared to prepay their registrations.


The contest is located at 1675 Hembree Rd. (Sunshine STEM Academy) in Alpharetta; a map and directions are available here.


Prizes will be given to the top students in each grade level, as well as to the top teams. Students are expected to bring their own pencils and calculators.


Every group of up to 12 students that registers for the contest must be accompanied by an adult sponsor who is willing to help proctor or grade tests (this sponsor should be designated on the registration form). Parents can register individual students and serve as sponsors if necessary, but we recommend that parents check to see if there is anyone else at the school who is planning to attend before registering an individual student.

Sunshine Math Challenge Question 1 will be released on Monday, Feb 1st at 7:00 PM

Sunshine STEM Academy is proud to sponsor an online Math Competition. All students in grades 1-5 are welcome to join this Math competition! Registration is FREE!

The first question will be released today (February 1st) at 7:00 PM. Register Now!


Each week on Monday at 7:00 PM, a new question will be released. Students must solve each problem every week when it’s released, and then enter the solution to the competition web site (http://mathchallenge.sunshinestem.org). The speed and accuracy is very important! Please check rules at http://mathchallenge.sunshinestem.org.


Students who are placed in top 10 (Hall of Fame) at the end of 7 weeks will be awarded with prizes.


Accept the challenge!

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Sunshine STEM Academy PVO Newsletter

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International Night - February 11th @ 6 PM

Sunshine STEM Academy is proud to host our annual International Night, February 11th from 6-8 PM. International Night is a celebration of the diversity in our students and staff. “Diversity” is defined as “variety”; from the United States to China, Sunshine embraces students of all different cultures into a welcoming academic and social environment.


During International Night, students will take a tour through the continents, stamping their passports along the way. Each continent will be represented by a different grade level. Our students and teachers have worked hard creating imaginative, dazzling displays with information and pictures on countries within their continents. At each station, authentic regional games will also be available with fun prizes provided by PVO.

To complement the displays, ethnic cuisine will also be served. Interested students can also participate in the Cultural Fashion Show and Dance Show. If you and your student are interested, please contact PVO.


We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating cultures from around the world. If you have any questions or suggestions for International Night, please contact Ms. Hewett at ahewett@sunshinestemacademy.org.

Enrollment for 2016-17 Begins

We are excited to share many wonderful aspects that make Sunshine STEM Academy an exceptional choice. Families will meet our team and learn about the school’s mission and philosophy, as well as, our academic and extra-curricular programs.


  • February 28th ; 2pm – 4pm: Open House

  • March 15: Application Deadline
  • April 30: Enrollment Deadline


School Tour Schedule: Tuesdays;

1:00 PM: School Tour
1:30 PM: School Presentation by the Administration


Please visit our Application Process page to learn more about Admission.

Inclement Winter Weather Conditions

As we are getting into that time of year when wintery precipitation can cause school cancellations or delayed school openings, we’d like to remind you to listen to local radio or TV stations for any advisements. Sunshine STEM Academy will communicate school closing, due to inclement winter weather via the email, web site and its social media channels.


Parents, please follow us on our social media for announcements.

Important Dates

Please see upcoming important days below. Please mark your calendar for our upcoming events.
  • February 1: Sunshine Math Challenge Question Release - Week 1
  • February 8: Sunshine Math Challenge Question Release - Week 2
  • February 11: International Night
  • February 20: Jr. FLL Robotics Scrimmage (Hosted by Sunshine STEM Academy)
  • February 28: Open House - 2 PM to 4 PM
  • March 27: Math League Competition (Hosted by Sunshine STEM Academy)
Coding is Fun! at Sunshine STEM Academy
Elizabeth Adefisan will represent our school in regionals.

Photo of the Week: Fun STEM Class with Boo Balloons!

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