Fulton Science Academy

High School Newsletter

WELCOME TO FSA'S FIRST HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER!

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

I'd like to welcome you to FSA's first ever high school Newsletter! We hope that this Newsletter will provide you all with the information you not only need, but want to know as well! This Newsletter is for our High School Students and their families to help filter through all of the information that goes out to everyone on a weekly basis and focus solely on our High School! To do this, we will need your help!


This will be a bi-weekly Newsletter dedicated to high school information! In order for our students to get the most out of this Newsletter and the information that we share, we believe that the students should be an integral part in the process. In order for this to happen, our High School Team will begin reaching out to our High School Students to assist in writing articles and sending information out to our current and prospective high school families! We look forward to hearing from all of you!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Welcome to our FIRST EVER High School Newsletter! We hope that you're all as excited as we are to be able to work with our high school students to put out this useful information every other week!


I do want to take a minute to remind our High School students to please check your emails on a daily basis! We will be sending out important information for all students to stay on top of.


We look forward to the future of this Newsletter and look forward to your collaboration on it!

Contact: yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 7th – 12th grade

hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

(678) 366-2555 ext:158


The Mission of the Fulton Science Academy Private School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive and developmental counseling program for all students. This program is designed to empower all students in mind, body, and spirit by promoting and supporting personal, social, emotional, and academic growth, and development.


Hey everyone! My name is Hibbah Agha and I am the High School Counselor for Fulton Science Academy! Feel free to visit me so we can all get to know each other! I'm here to help you with test taking strategies, coping mechanisms, be someone you can talk to, whatever you need!

What's in this Issue?

  • Monthly Calendar
  • It's Time to Re-Enroll
  • AP Capstone
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Varsity Basketball Senior Night is January 25th
  • The Mustang News Team (MNT)
  • High School Award Ceremony Picture Gallery
  • Poetry Out Loud Winner
  • Professional Speaker Series
  • Summer Plans??
  • Join FSAs New Pep Band and Pep Squad
  • Volunteer Opportunities at our Annual International Night
  • VEX Robotics
  • Volunteer Policy and Logs


AND MORE

JANUARY / FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Monday, January 21: MLK Day (NO SCHOOL)

Thursday, January 24: Professional Speaker Series Presents; Surya Ati, Junior Finance Major at Georgia State

Friday, January 25: Varsity Basketball Senior Night (6:00pm)

Saturday, January 26: Science Olympiad Invitational

Thursday, January 31: High School Presentation for Families

Thursday, February 7: First Annual GISA Robotics State Championship

Friday, February 8: Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Friday, February 15: Teacher Work Day (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, February 18: Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)

Saturday, February 23: Spelling / Math / Art Competition at FSA

Wednesday, February 27: Professional Speaker Series Presents; Mohammed Zaidi, oncology surgeon

IT'S TIME TO RE-ENROLL!

The new semester has begun and it is once again time to assess the number of students who plan to return to FSAPS next year. Re-enrollment contracts were issued in December. All families should have received the re-enrollment email with instructions on how to log in to the FSA Enrollment Management System to view and submit the contracts.

Please login at this link to view your child’s contract: https://fultonscienceacademy.myschoolapp.com/app/


Click on the Forgot login or First time logging in button if you have not yet used the new FSA Enrollment Management System. Once logged in, click on the yellow banner to view your child’s contract. All contracts and deposits will be submitted online.

Contracts can be viewed and then saved to be submitted at a later date. We encourage parents to view the contracts now to avoid any last minute problems or errors in February. If you have problems signing in or get any error messages while completing the contract, please contact Mrs. Walsh at pwalsh@fultonscienceacademy.org

Please be aware that priority re-enrollment for current FSA students will end on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. After this date, any remaining spots will be offered to new applicants and wait lists will be administered if necessary. Contact Mrs. Walsh if you have any questions or concerns.

Each year, our school continues to grow and thrive because of our incredible students. We hope your child will remain at FSAPS through his/her elementary and/or secondary school years. Thank you for being a part of the FSA family. You are an important part of our school’s journey.

Congrats to seniors who have started hearing back from colleges. We wish you luck!

AP CAPSTONE; WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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We are excited to say that Fulton Science Academy Private School has the opportunity to implement the AP Capstone Program in the 2019-2020 school year!


"AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research."


Participating in AP Capstone can help students:

  • Stand out to colleges in the application process.
  • Develop key academic skills they’ll use in college and beyond.
  • Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Earn college credit: Many colleges offer credit for qualifying scores.

AP Capstone Diploma™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.


AP Seminar and Research Certificate™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.


The application process will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AP CAPSTONE CLICK HERE

PEER TUTORING

Did you now that in the Monday Peer Tutoring Club, students have the option to tutor other students. If you're interested in being a tutor, reach out to Mr. Craig.

ccraig@fultonscienceacademy.org


Tutoring can also give you volunteer hours!

If you need a reminder of the Volunteer Hours Policy, you can read it at the bottom of this Newsletter!

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VARSITY BASKETBALL SENIOR NIGHT (JANUARY 25TH; 6:00pm)

Make sure you don't miss out on our Basketball Senior Night! Come out and join us for a fun night honoring our Varsity Seniors!

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THE MUSTANG NEWS TEAM (MNT) IS HERE!

High school students take on yet another challenge. Amidst busy academic and extra curricular personal schedules, a group of students have stepped up and they should be applauded. After a rigorous application and interview process the following students were selected for The first ever Mustang News Team.

Shivam J., Ashi J., Nicole D., Nikki Z., Erik A., Anatasia K., Vaani B., Somya B., Riya P., Abhiram C., Grace W., and Akshay M..


These outstanding students filled the following news team roles :

  • Producer
  • Assistant Producer
  • Camera Operator/Editor /Technical Director
  • Production
  • Anchor


Look out for exciting announcements, updates and news from the Mustang News Team (MNT). The students have been divided into two groups and are motivated in accepting the challenge and running with it. They even came up with their own team expectations to govern their performance, commitment and behavior.


If you have an idea for a story email fsanews@fultonscienceacademy.org and the producers will reach out to you!

MOCHA MY DAY TREATS STUDENTS TO AN EARLY MORNING SURPRISE!

Thank you so much to Ms. Agha and our high school team for organizing an early morning treat for our High School Students on Tuesday morning (1/15), and thank you to Mocha My Day for coming and making delicious coffee and smoothies for our students!

HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR HOMECOMING PICTURES?

If you haven't gotten your link to this year's Homecoming pictures, contact Ms. Agha so that she can send you the link!

hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

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THE MUSTANG SOCCER ASSOCIATION IS SELLING CHICK-FIL-A BREAKFAST AGAIN ON FRIDAY MORNINGS FOR 2nd SEMESTER

Don't miss out on a delicious breakfast on Friday mornings, while also helping out our Mustang Soccer Association!

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HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

CAMP? CLASSES? INTERNSHIP? JOB SHADOWING? TRAVEL?


IF YOU NEED HELP FIGURING OUT YOUR PLANS, COME SEE OUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR, MS. AGHA DURING YOUR FREE PERIOD!

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HIGH SCHOOL AWARD CEREMONY PICTURE GALLERY

CONGRATULATIONS TO AUBREY L. ON WINNING FSA'S FIRST EVER POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION

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Congratulations to FSA 10th Grader, Aubrey L. for winning FSA's first ever Poetry Out Loud Competition on Friday, January 11th! Students were joined by guest poets, Collin Kelley and John Carroll, who read their work as well. It was a fantastic event for everyone who attended and really inspired the students! Aubrey now goes on to compete in the next round! Thank you to Ms. Outler for organzing such a beutiful event!


"Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico."

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, you can visit https://www.poetryoutloud.org/about


Please enjoy the photo gallery below of FSA's first ever Poetry Out Loud Competition.

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PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER SERIES

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(RE-CAP AND WHAT'S TO COME)

On Tuesday, January 15th, high school students got back into the swing of things with a Speaker Series presentation by some of FSA's very own Faculty! Mr. Bray, Mr. Proctor, and Ms. Oliver spoke with the students about the college process and what to expect before and after leaving college. Ms. Oliver spoke of the presentation saying, "I live for things like that!" While Assistant Principal Mrs. Griffis said, [The students] were enthralled and your advice on the college process was fantastic!.


Make sure to join us for the next presentation on Thursday, January 24th beginning at 2:40pm. We will be joined by Surya Ati. Mr. Ati is currently a Junior Finance major at Georgia State. He has also been very successful at networking as a student from high school into college. He will speak with a focus on internships from the point of view of the student research, requirements, and application. At this time he also works in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business in their Dean's Office.

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JOIN FSA'S NEW PEP BAND & SQUAD!

6th-12th grade students are invited to join the FSA Pep Band and Pep Squad!


Students who play band instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion) in or out of the band classroom are eligible to participate in the Pep Band. We will be rehearsing popular stand tunes and pop songs to play at pep rallies, student functions, and some sporting events.

Students who do not play one of the aforementioned instruments are invited to participate in our Pep Squad! Pep Squad members will make posters, lead cheers and chants at school functions/sporting events/pep rallies, and help promote school spirit.

Pep Band & Pep Squad meets on Tuesdays during Middle and High club time.

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STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; FSA'S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!

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Be sure to save the date for this fun and educational event! High Schoolers can earn volunteer hours as well! Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!


Please contact Kavitha Joseph at fsaintlnight@gmail.com with any questions.

FSA MIDDLE & HIGH MATH-VEX ROBOTICS TEAMS AT THE WALKER TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY JAN 12TH

Our middle and high math-VEX Robotics teams were at the Walker School VEX Tournament on Jan 12th 2019.

Our Middle school math-VEX Robotics team (Richard Y., Kevin Y., Ishwar H., Eric Y.) placed 4th at skills challenge category among all middle schools participating at Vex Robotics tournaments in GA State so far in the year. Congrats to our team for their spectacular achievement!!


Qualification Match for Semi Finals

Our High school math-VEX Robotics team (WonJoon J., Wonsuk J., Minjun C.) played in one of the semi-final matches for the first time this year at the single elimination bracket tournament that took place in the afternoon of Saturday Jan 12th 2019. Go team 74047A!! You may watch part of the match that qualified our team to semi-finals below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpyEAtFAA40
I would like to thank each member of the middle and high math- VEX robotics teams for their passion and commitment. We have learned a lot as a team and had lots of fun!! The Middle school math- VEX robotics team placed 13th and the High school math-VEX Robotics team placed 15th out of 41 teams at the Walker Vex Qualification competition on Saturday Jan 12th 2019. Congratulations to both teams!! Keep up the good work!

#teamworkmakesthedreamwork #stem #futureengineers #loveofchallenge #loveofrobotics#problemsolving#nevergiveup #chaseyourdreams


Middle School Vex Robotics Autonomous

You may see how autonomous program of our middle school math-VEX Robotics team work by watching below video from Friday Jan 11th night workshop. Each match starts with a 15 second autonomous mode. Our team ends autonomous mode by parking at alliance platform successfully.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pM-bZuW7k

Tug-of-war Team 41314A

You may watch below Team 41314A (our middle school team) against a really strong team climbing up to the top of the platform and fighting for it during a qualification match on Saturday Jan 12th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-lTDX748Rk

Tug-of-war Team 74047A

Please see the amazing performance of Team 74047A (our high school team) at the Walker School Vex Robotics Tournament on Jan 12 2019 in below video: Team 74047A parks at the top of the platform and wins tug-of-war and earns 6 points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo5P2VaodDU
Congratulations to both Team 41314A and Team 74047A!! We are so proud of you!! We would like to thank to our parents! We couldn’t accomplish this without their support! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

VOLUNTEER HOURS POLICY & LOG DOWNLOAD

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Volunteer hours are a mandatory part of the FSA High School curriculum. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours to fulfill the volunteer hour requirement to qualify for graduation.

Volunteer Hours Tracking Process

  • High school students are required to submit their volunteer hours using volunteer hours log sheet.

  • The volunteer hours log sheet can be found on school website under counselor services menu.

  • Students can submit their log sheet throughout the semester to the school counselor as long as it contains a minimum of 10 hours.

**Exceptions can be made during finals week

  • Volunteer logs for each semester must be submitted no later than first Friday of December and first Friday of May to the counselor.

  • Counselors may or may not approve volunteer hours. Please refer to the acceptable volunteer hour guidelines for details.

  • Students will be informed of the volunteer hour log sheet approval decision by the counselor before the end of each semester.

  • School counselor will upload approved volunteer hour sheet to Naviance before the end of each semester.

  • Students are required to upload their approved volunteer hours to presidential service awards website within a week after receiving approval.

  • Students are required to have uploaded a minimum of 100 volunteer hours to presidential service website to fulfill the volunteer hour requirement.


Volunteer Hour Guidelines

Submitted volunteer hours will be approved by the counselor based on below criteria,


Acceptable Volunteer Hours

  • Volunteering with any agency, non-profit group, hospital, any religious place, student organization, civic group, community organization, etc.

  • Time that you spend planning or organizing a service event, drive, or fundraising for charities

  • Meeting that you attend in order to plan or organize a service event, learn about service opportunities, or learn community leadership skills that are outside the normal monthly meetings of the club or organization.

  • Service projects of school clubs, organizations, and teams

  • Time that you spend helping a member of the community excluding relatives

  • Any volunteer activity that is ten or more hours must be submitted along with a separate signed document as an evidence from the organization in addition to volunteer hours log sheet.

  • All service projects are subject to a maximum credit of 16 hours/day for any one event.


Unacceptable Volunteer Hours

  • Service for which you receive course credit, such as internships or class assignments.

  • Participating in “drives” where you drop off items for a collection

  • Participation in a school event or activity, such as rehearsing for performances, etc.

  • Time at conventions, mission or work trips when you are sleeping, attending social functions, eating, commuting, etc.

  • Court mandated community service or service mandated for a school disciplinary referral

  • Paid work of any kind or work for which you receive any kind of compensation

  • Hosting a foreign exchange student



Transfer Students

Transfer Students are required to meet the following criteria based on their entrance grade level to Fulton Science Academy.

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You can find a copy of the Volunteer Hours Log Sheet in your Naviance Account, as well as on your FSA connect account. If you would like to get a physical copy from the school, you can pick one up at the Front Desk.

CHECK OUT OUR SIDELINE STORE

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The site allows the user to select the item, color, logo, and team whether it be academic or athletic; even different sayings! The possibilities are endless! There is everything from cotton shirts to Dri-Fit Nike or UA workout shirts and so much more!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE

DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

TO PURCHASE AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR YEARBOOK:

Go to www.treering.com/validate

Enter your school's passcode: 1013541294622699


Regular Price: $29.50

Deadline: April 1

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2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

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