Fulton Science Academy High School

ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL

February 5, 2021

A Reminder from Dr. Sener; Head of School

Dear FSA Families,


We are on the last day of the Priority Re-enrollment Period! Re-enrollment contracts and deposits are due no later than tonight, February 5th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. After today, any remaining spaces will be offered to new students/families. Please be prompt in submitting the contracts and payments. At this time, for the 2020-2021 school, most grade levels from Pre-k to 11th grade are full. A number of our FSA families were put on the waitlists last year after they missed the re-enrollment deadline and lost their original spots to new families.


To access your child’s re-enrollment contract, please login in to https://fultonscienceacademy.myschoolapp.com/app/#login

Once again the deadline submitting the online re-enrollment contracts and deposits is tonight, February 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

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Today is the final day of National School Counseling week. The theme of the week is perseverance. When a situation demands you perform tasks requiring more skill than you have at the moment, you may feel like you’re in over your head. In the words of Tony Stark from the first Iron Man movie, “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.” Mustangs - think about one situation where you can persevere today. Always remember that you have what it takes.


Thank you to our amazing Counselors at FSA for all you do for your students and our families every day!


With gratitude,


Dr. Kenan Sener

Principal

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FSA's High School Counselors

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.

Mr. Michael M. Oz


School Counselor & College Guidance

moz@fultonscienceacademy.org

(678) 366-2555 ext:112

Last Names A - KI

Ms. Hibbah Agha


Professional School Counselor 9th – 12th grade

hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

(678) 366-2555 ext:158

Last Names KO - Z

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FSA'S HS COUNSELING DEPT.

Fulton Science Academy provides a comprehensive and developmental counseling program for students in all grade levels. This program is designed to meet student needs by promoting and supporting personal, social, emotional, and academic growth.

Learn More about our High School Program

In high school, students have the option of choosing either honors or AP classes. Our college counselor works closely with students to build their four-year plans and implement them successfully...

DON'T FORGET TO LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS


FSA uses X2VOL as a tool to record your community service hours. Whenever you complete any community service hours, please make sure to:


1. Complete community service hours

2. Enter these hours into your account at www.x2vol.com

3. Get them validated by the contact person of the service organization/program

4. If you do not have a contact person, please upload any proof of service (letters, photos, other evidence, e.g.)

5. Reach out to your counselor and we will approve your hours


If you cannot get it validated due to any reasons, still reach your counselor and we will work on it with you to validate them.

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Picture Options for Students who missed 1/29 and 1/30 picture days

We'd like to begin by taking the opportunity to thank all of our parents and students who participated in our picture days this past Friday and Saturday. Everyone did an amazing job following out protocols and procedures and helped us ensure this event was safe and successful. As promised, for anyone who was unable to attend, there are two remaining options for you to submit a picture of your student for the yearbook:


  1. Makeup Day is Friday, 2/19, from 10:00-6:00. This is a drop in event. Please enter the gym lobby and students will exit from the side gym door into the faculty parking lot. One parent may accompany. Please be sure to wear masks and maintain 6' safe spacing from all other parties.
  2. You may submit a photo of your student using the following form. Please complete one form per student. Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmepFJNriyayNKUi3BHV9VrL2fjvV2-lXOTkb5qp24Vuz1_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link


DEADLINE for ALL PICTURES is FEBRUARY 19th.


To Order Your Lifetouch Pictures Follow the Steps Below

  • Visit https://my.lifetouch.com
  • Enter your Picture Day ID : EVT3D9ZMK
  • Order your perfect package

FSA MISSION & VISION

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February / March Calendar

  • February 12 - Good Conduct Dress Down
  • February 15 - President's Day (No School)
  • February 16-19 - Career Week
  • March 1-5 - Read Across America Week
  • March 12 - Teacher Work Day (no school for students)

Career Week for High School Students | February 16 - 19

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WHAT's IN THIS ISSUE

  • FSA Annual Fundraising
  • Career Week
  • It's Time to Order Your Yearbook!
  • Congratulations to our four Governor's Honors Program Semifinalists
  • FSA Starts a New Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society)
  • ICYMI MNT From This Week
  • The FSA Middle School Student Council Invites You to Send A "ValenKind"
  • Virtual D.E.A.R. Day at FSA | High School Students are Invited to be Guest Readers for our Elementary Students
  • High School BETA Club Hosts Hygiene Care Drive during the month of February
  • Have you thought about enrolling in Dual Enrollment Courses?
  • Empower and inspire in your Mustang Talk, a spin on TED Talks!
  • UC Santa Barbara’s 2021 Pre-College Programs
  • And More!

FSA's Annual Fundraising | Our Goal is 100% Participation

This year our goal is to raise $200,000 with 100% participation from our families. Thanks to our generous families and community members, we have already raised $78,776 so far.


The funding from annual fundraising will be used for the third phase of our campus expansion, including the athletics field and arts center.


Please be reminded that any parent donating $1,000 or more will also earn a brick to be placed at our school entrance.


Please CLICK HERE to join our annual fundraising!


A heartfelt thank you for your support of our school. We are stronger together.

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It's time to order your yearbook

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To Order Your Yearbook:


Deadline to Order: March 23, 2021

Congratulations to our four Governor's Honors Program Semifinalists

Congratulations to our four Governor's Honors Program Semifinalists Ashi Jain, Richard Yu, Fatima Safdar, and Akshay Maharaj! These students have been invited to the next round of the program for interviews!


Areas of Recognition:

  • Akshay - Social Studies
  • Ashi- Language Arts
  • Richard- Math
  • Fatima- World Language concentration in Spanish
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"The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders." (https://gosa.georgia.gov/governors-honors-program)

Experience the Georgia Governor's Honors Program

FSA Starts a New Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society)

Students, do you excel in Spanish? Well, FSA is starting a new chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, a national honor society, which focuses on promoting continuous interest and academic excellence in the Spanish language. Every member should have taken a minimum of three semesters of Spanish and is required to maintain a "honor grade" or GPA of at least 3.5, which correlates with the Society's mission of high academic performance.

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Some advantages of joining the Society include learning through service, gaining exposure to new cultures, becoming more comfortable conversing in Spanish, and amping up your college resume! The club would entail volunteer opportunities, Spanish tutoring, cultural celebrations, and more. If interested, join the Google Classroom with the code zjdwepd and fill out the application form or see Señora Carmona for more information.


The membership dues are $25 and can be paid in cash or check for hybrid students and by Venmo or Paypal for virtual students. Dues include national membership, club t-shirt, and other chapter costs.

ICYMI: Mustang News from This Week

Mustang News; February 1, 2021
Mustang News; February 5, 2021

The FSA Middle School Student Council Invites You to Send A "ValenKind"

Your MS StuCo still wants to celebrate Valentine's Day the best way we can while being separated due to COVID! We thought a great way to do this would be to send out ValenKinds to anyone you'd like to thank for their friendship, kindness, or helpfulness, etc! With the google form below, you can request to send one to a student or faculty member at FSA by MS StuCo on your behalf!


We will be closing the form next Wednesday, Feb 10th at 4:10 so be sure to get your requests in soon!

Virtual D.E.A.R. Day at FSA | High School Students are Invited to be Guest Readers for our Elementary Students

We are excited to celebrate Read Across America Week in elementary at FSA. To finish out the week, we will have our annual D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) day on Friday, March 5th. We would love to make this day special for our students by having some guest readers join in on the fun! High School Students are also encouraged to participate if they are able! We also think our students would LOVE to see their familiar FSA faces for a read aloud and/or activity if you are interested. These read alouds would be done virtually. If you are interested and available, please sign up below!


Thank you for helping make this a memorable day for our students!

High School BETA Club Hosts Hygiene Care Drive during the month of February

This month, High School Beta club is hosting a hygiene care drive for those in need. Donations include
  • soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • shampoo
  • and more.
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For on campus students, a donation box can be located at the front lobby. For online students, donations can be made on one of the drop off dates that will be announced soon! Volunteers are also needed to create the different packages. Stay tuned to Mustang News and the school newsletters for more updates on this drive.

Have you thought about enrolling in Dual Enrollment Courses?

Dear FSA Students and Parents,


As we started planning next school year, it is a great time for our parents and students to start researching dual enrollment programs and colleges. Dual enrollment courses are the courses offered by colleges and provide the opportunity to get a taste of college courses while getting College and High School credits at the same time.


What are the similarities and differences between AP Courses and Dual Enrollment Courses: Both options provide the rigorous education that colleges look for. AP Courses are standardized high school courses that prepare students for the AP exams and reported weighted on the transcripts. Dual Enrollment courses are also weighted, but its rigor changes from one college to another. There are no standardized exams at the end of the semester and usually require a Final exam required by the professor and the college.


What is our recommendation? Since FSA offers most of the courses under the AP curriculum, colleges expect to see our students prioritizing AP courses when possible. We also would like our students to experience their first college-level courses while in high school to learn the college dynamics and understanding its culture. Please make your own research from the links below and feel free to reach your counselor, Ms. Agha, or myself for any questions or concerns.


Here are some resources for researching your options and funding information.


1. University System of Georgia Dual Enrollment information general page:

https://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/prospective_students/opportunities


2. University System of Georgia Dual Enrollment options and admission requirements from all different schools in the state of Georgia:

https://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/assets/student_affairs/documents/USG_DE_Admission_Requirements.pdf


3. GA Tech's Distance Math, Distance Computers, and Distance Science Programs:

https://admission.gatech.edu/dual-enrollment


4. Information on funding:

https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/


PS. We will also cover these topics during our College Prep hours in the upcoming weeks, stay tuned!


Sincerely,



Michael M. Oz

School Counselor & College Counselor

Empower and inspire in your Mustang Talk, a spin on TED Talks!

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Empower and inspire in your Mustang Talk, a spin on TED Talks!


This is your platform to share what 2020 taught you! Your talk is not limited to the pandemic, but your talk must tie into the theme somehow!


If you are a high school student interested in giving a Mustang Talk, fill out this form by

the extended application deadline, MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH. NO applications will be accepted after that! We encourage you all to apply so that we can hear your unique voices and perspectives! Be on the lookout for information from Ms. Oliver and Ms. Agha after the 25th regarding scheduling your round I speeches during club time!

Introducing Mustang Talks

Details:

  • There are three rounds:

    • Round I: Presentations to Ms. Agha and Ms. Oliver during club time in February (self-scheduled) for initial feedback.

    • Round II: Polished presentations to Ms. Agha and Ms. Oliver during club time in February (self-scheduled) for final practice and feedback

    • Round III: Live performance April 16th - time TBD

  • Theme: “2020 Taught Me”

  • Speech length: 5-10 minutes

  • Open to all high school students (virtual and in-person)!

Prizes:

  • 1st place: $300

  • 2nd place: $200

  • 3rd place: $100


This is an AMAZING chance to practice your public speaking skills, receive feedback and coaching, gain confidence, and reflect on 2020!


We are excited to hear from you!


Questions? Reach out to Ms. Oliver (joliver@fultonscienceacademy.org) or Ms. Agha (hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org)

START PLANNING YOUR SUMMER NOW

Don’t waste your summer! Start planning now about how you can increase your experience. Here’s my suggestion- if you have an area of interest, Google “precollege” and [your area of interest].

For example, a student said they were interested in neuroscience so we looked up “precollege neuroscience” and were able to identify several programs for her to consider. This may take some research but these programs can provide invaluable experience. Just to get you started, here’s a list you can start click through: High school students




If you have any questions about a summer program, reach out to the program first. If you are interested in talking about how it would fit with your college planning, feel free to involve your counselor in the conversation! With us living in a pandemic, please make sure you’re aware of costs, if it’s in-person or virtual, if there’s a back-up plan in case there’s a lock down, if credit would be awarded, and what is the commitment from you.

KSU Dual Enrollment Information Sessions

Sophomores and Juniors,


Take a look into the following event if you are interested in KSU dual enrollment. Let Mr. Oz and Ms. Agha know if you have any questions.


Kennesaw State Dual Enrollment Information Sessions:

If you are a rising Junior or Seniors and interested in the Kennesaw State Dual enrollment program for the summer, fall, or future term, KSU will be hosting spring information sessions via Zoom.


You may register for a session by going to https://visit.kennesaw.edu/special-events/index.php.

  • February 10,2021 at 6:00 pm
  • March 3,2021 at 6:00 pm


Here is more information about the program: https://admissions.kennesaw.edu/admissions-requirements/dual-enrollment.php

UC Santa Barbara’s 2021 Pre-College Programs

UC Santa Barbara is excited to offer two virtual Pre-College Programs for high school students, in grades 9–11, during Summer 2021! Our programs allow participants to dive deep into an interdisciplinary subject while discovering new knowledge through university-level research. These transformative summer experiences help students get ahead academically while honing skills that prepare them to excel in higher education. We invite your students to learn and grow in a diverse and supportive virtual environment at one of the top research institutions in the country.
Research Mentorship Program (RMP)
In this immersive six-week program, students participate in ongoing, university-level research projects in STEM, Humanities, or Social Sciences under the guidance of a mentor.

Program dates: June 20 – July 30, 2021
Application deadline: March 15, 2021
RMP Research Spotlight
Summer Research Academies (SRA)
In this dynamic four-week program, students are introduced to the research enterprise through project-based, directed research in STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences related fields. Students are admitted into one of the following research tracks based on their interests, and investigate a unique research question.

Track 1: Hacking the Simulation – Engineering the Circuits of the Brain
Track 2: Hindsight’s 2020 – Examining the Tumultuous Year That Changed the World
Track 3: Surfing the Stars – A Flight Into the Night Sky and Astrophysics
Track 4: Borders & Fences – International Laws, Economics, and Ethics of Global Migration
Track 5: Morphological Computation – Exploring Wearable Robots for the Post-pandemic Era
Track 6: The Power of Experts – How Science has Shaped Politics in Global Society
Track 7: Human-Computer Interaction – Perception and Correlation Development in Virtual Reality
Track 8: Virtual Connections – The Psychology of Human Behavior and Communication on Social Media
Track 9: Machine Intelligence – An Introduction to Optimization and Machine Learning

Program dates: June 27 – July 23, 2021
Application deadline: April 15, 2021
Please visit UC Santa Barbara’s Pre-College website to learn more about specific program eligibility and requirements, and to access the online applications. Students are admitted to both programs on a rolling basis.

To learn more about our programs, check out our digital brochure, or register for an upcoming counselor webinar here. We greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Student Services team at precollege@summer.ucsb.edu.

With gratitude,
UC Santa Barbara Pre-College Programs

FSA High School Student Ashi Jain Creates a Coloring Book to help the community destress!

I would like to share my project, which I have been engaging in since the start of the pandemic, with my school community. This project is meant to help my community destress and feel calmer as they color the uniquely-designed patterns in my coloring book.


I have designed coloring book pages and each page is specially created to encourage stress relief and can be used at any skill level. The designs are easy to color and will provide hours of fun and creative expression. These coloring pages will provide a way to release anxiety and will help ease stress through a fun and creative activity.


I have compiled all of these hand-drawn pages into a book called Color Me Happy. So far, I have distributed copies to various senior centers and recreation and community areas - locally and in other states - so that senior citizens, one of the groups largely affected by the isolation and stress effects of the pandemic, could feel boosted spirits, reduced stress, and could focus on being in the present. These isolated people could feel connected with their communities through art.


I would like to share my coloring book with my school community. I have recently added some holiday-themed coloring pages, which will boost the holiday spirit. I hope the students, faculty, and staff at our school will be energized and relieve some stress through this book. These pages are easily printable. Stay home, stay safe, be creative, and have a great holiday break!


This is the link to the coloring book: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YAatm7Zwa7_58DK0EmjpLklAeVk1ND0Q/view?usp=sharing


Here is a brief introduction of my book:

Color Me Happy is not just a coloring book. It is a pathway to inspiration, happiness, and creativity.


Coloring is one of the best ways to relieve stress and promote socialization. Coloring evokes feelings of peace, enjoyment and satisfaction. A brightly colored pencil along with a coloring page are just the right way to boost spirits, reduce stress, and help us focus on being in the present. Coloring pages are a fun challenge and something we can lose ourselves in.


Keeping this in mind, this book has been designed to induce positive feelings of energy and inspiration. I have hand-drawn every page intricately with your interests at heart. In this book, you will experience a garden of flowers, a tour of the seasons, a twinge of inspiration, a walk with nature, and much more! We hope you have a wonderful experience with Color Me Happy!


- Ashi Jain (11th grade)

GET YOUR VERY OWN FSA SPIRIT WEAR FROM OUR SIDELINE STORE!!

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FSA's Sideline store offers families the opportunity to show their school spirit at or away from school! You have the ability to fully customize your apparel and the site offers brands such as The North Face, Under Armor, Nike, and more!


Items include shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, performance wear, polos, pullovers, jackets, vests, headwear, bags, chairs, bibs, drinkware, knits, blankets, and more!!!


Check out the site today to get your very own customized FSA apparel!

How Does Aftercare Work for High School Students?

High School Families,


We would like to openly tell you that when more students stay for after school care, it will be harder for us to protect the safety of after school care students during the pandemic. Therefore, If your child is not staying for After-School Clubs or Tutoring, we strongly ask you to pick up your child between 3:16 pm and 3:40 pm.

If your child stays for After-School Clubs or Tutoring, please pick-up your child between 4:00 pm - 4:10 pm.


After school care begins at 4:10 pm and continues until 5:30 pm.


For those students who regularly use after school care, we recommend the monthly payment plan to save money. After school care fee is $20 per day for the monthly payment plan. If you are not interested in a monthly registration, you will indicate this on the form sent in your email. You will be charged $30 per day as you use after school care. After 5:30, the fee increases to $40, and $1 is added for each minute after 6:00. If a student is not taken by 7:00 pm, we will inform the local safety authorities for the safety of the student.


If your child will be joining after school care, you will follow the drive to pass the front of the school and park your car at the far end of the building. After parking your car, you will enter through the courtyard entrance. You will not come inside the school building. Please enter the courtyard, and knock on the door "L25" for Middle School and "HS Hangout" for High School students. The images below will help you to see where to park, enter the courtyard, and pick up your child. Please make sure to have your carpool card with you. Please make sure to be wearing a mask, and please maintain social distancing while traveling up the stairs to get your child. Once you have picked up your child, please exit from the same courtyard entrance.


Please note: families are not permitted to gather and remain in the courtyard area after picking up their children.

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"HS Hangout" for High School

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Please knock on the door and wait for an FSA faculty member to come to check out your child. Please have your carpool card available and ready, and please be wearing a mask during after school care pick-up.

FSA Social Media

1- FSA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

https://www.youtube.com/user/FultonScienceAcademy

If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you will receive notifications whenever we upload a new video.

2- FSA FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/FultonScienceAcademyPrivateSchool/


Many of you already follow our Facebook page. If you are not yet connected, please “Like" our Facebook page.

3- FSA INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/fultonscienceacademy/

We post lots of pictures on our Instagram account. You will enjoy seeing new pictures every day.

4- FSA LINKEDIN

https://www.linkedin.com/company/fulton-science-academy-private-school


So many of you have LinkedIn accounts. To get news about our school on LinkedIn, simply follow our schools’s LinkedIn page.

5 –FSA TWITTER

https://twitter.com/fsaprivate

Twitter is a great way to get updated about school. Simply follow our school on Twitter to get recent tweets from our school.

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