Fulton Science Academy

Week of March 30, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents.


Last week we have shared the great news that we are representing Georgia in three different national events this year. We have just received the great news this weekend that our Destination Imagine Team advanced to international level.


Congratulations are in order for our three Destination Imagination teams as all of our teams won awards at the DI Tournament this past Saturday. This is an exceptional performance, particularly for our first time!

FSAPS DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS ADVANCED TO NATIONALS!

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Golden Armour placed 1st in the Feary Tales challenge and our two Thespian Society teams, Narwalic Fantasy and Tremendous Turtles placed 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the Improv Games challenge.


Our first place winners are all invited to compete at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May; please wish them luck!


We would like to give a shout out to Mrs. Flowers, Mrs. Carmona, and Mrs. Pederson for supporting our teams and volunteering to be DI Appraisers; thank you for all that you do!

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Golden Armour - Feary Tales Challenge

Shriya Gupta

Esha Bhat

Neda Rehan

Maahi Jain

Shourya Jasti

Savannah Flowers

Shivani Naraharishetty

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Narwalic Fantasy - Improv Games Challenge

Keely Douglass

Landon Wade

Joe Pederson

Addie Hobbs

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Tremendous Turtles - Improv Games Challenge

Nishad Kute

Carmen Tello

Maggie Sutton


The fact that our team achieved this in our first year attending Destination Imagination is simply amazing! We are so proud of our students, teachers and parents. A small school with a BIG HEART for sure! Way to go!

Please see the wonderful recognition letter we received from State today here:


"Congratulations Rebecca Millar and the Fulton Science Academy DI Teams! Thank-you for your role Destination Imagination education this year. The skills these students have learned in DI will be evidenced in their future academic and career successes. Yes, they learned STEM + Arts + Service Learning (STEAMS). Yes, they learned 21st century skills. Yes, the DI Curriculum was connected to educational standards including Common Core. But, I am sure you discovered that DI is so much MORE! Our goal is to engage the Curiosity, Courage and Creativity of every participant so that they remain interested in the world around them, enjoy working together to Creatively solve challenges, and most importantly have the Courage to follow their passions and present their solutions to others. In a single year, your students have mastered skills that companies such as NASA, Disney, 3M, IBM and others have found lacking in their current talent pool. HR directors from many prestigious organizations attend Global Finals and they say DI kids are their future!


The Fulton Science Academy Teams ALL brought home trophies! This is amazing for any school, but especially considering this is Fulton Science Academy's first year of participation in Destination Imagination! You are invited to Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville! "


A big THANK YOU goes to our wonderful Destination Imagination Coach, Mrs. Rebecca Millar.


The success of our Destination Imagine Team was not the only great news we heard this past weekend. Once again we have many achievements to share with you this week. Please see them here:

FSAPS MODEL UNITED NATIONS TEAM STUDENTS WON FOUR AWARDS IN 2015 INTERNATIONAL MODEL UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK

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Members of the FSAPS Model United Nations team returned from their trip to New York City on Saturday. Representing the Uzbekistan, These students participated in the 10th Annual Global Classrooms UNA-USA International Middle School Model UN Conference, where they competed with over 1700 students from 13 countries.


Arriving in the city early, students braved the rain, wind, and even snow as they took in the many sites and shopping opportunities. This included the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, riding the subway.


The conference was opened with a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters before moving to several floors of the Grand Hyatt hotel next to Grand Central Station. During the trip, students had many opportunities to ride the subway to visit far-flung places in the city, such as Central Park, Times Square (awe-inspiring at night), and the Statue of Liberty, among others. For many, buying sacks of candy at the venerable FAO Schwarz, gaming at the World of Nintendo, and eating at the many different restaurants was as exciting the competition itself.

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The students had a great time participating in the conference, where they were split into various councils to discuss important issues facing the world today. During this time, students made friends with their peers from schools the US and around the world to present positions and resolutions to these issues.


This conference produced a terrific showing by FSAPS students in which several awards and honors were bestowed on our delegation.


In the World Health Organization, looking at ways to combat infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, Shreya Rekapalli and Aditi Tekkam were named Outstanding Delegation and also took the award for Best Position Paper. This is a terrific achievement, having one delegation win two awards at the same conference.

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In addition, two of our delegations received Honorable Mention for their work in their respective councils. Chloe Richardson and Sophie Chan, representatives of the UN Women organization dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women, specifically girls’ education and Sanjeev Uppaluri and Jaeden Amiri-Owens discussing Chemical and Waste Management in the UN Environmental Programme.



The team also had impressive results from Christina Wang and Kian Najaf, exploring ways to combat racism as part of the Third Committee of the General Assembly - Social, Humanitarian & Cultural as well as Sophie Richardson and Sparsh Kudrimoti who debated sustainable energy in the UN Development Program.



We are extremely proud of the hard work our students put into preparing for the conference and for their performance. These students were gracious, dignified, and represented FSAPS in the best possible light. Most of all each had a great experience and created memories that will last a lifetime.

FSAPS ROBOTICS TEAM WON 1ST PLACE IN 2015 FIRST ROBOTICS INVITATIONAL: FLL SCRIMMAGE AT THE WORLD CONGRESS CENTER!

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Last Friday, March 27, 2015, the FSA Robotics Team, Circuit Breakers competed at the FRC Invitational: FLL Scrimmage located at The Georgia World Congress Center. During the opening ceremony Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal & FLL Founder, Dean Kamen addressed the crowd. Oour team, Circuit Breakers, won 1st among the best robotics teams in State.


Our team includes Nicole Shariati, Eemil Harkonen, Elena Juarez, Mira Mutnick, Gwyn O’Sullivan, and Maryam Unal.


Congratulations to our wonderful students and coach Mr. Kaya for this wonderful achievement.


During the event, our students also had an opportunity to drive Army Robot Talon. TALON remotely operated vehicle is a small, tracked military robot designed for missions ranging from reconnaissance to combat.

WONDERFUL RESULTS IN MATH LEAGUE COMPETITION

2014-2015 GA Math League results are announced today afternoon!! J Congratulations to students and FSAPS Math Teachers!! J We are proud of our students!!


Team Placements in GA

8th grade Math League Team received 1st place in GA among 8th graders teams out of 38 schools participated!

Katherine Li

Charlie Furniss

Ananya Terala

Karuna Kumar

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7th grade Math League Team received 10th place in GA among 7th graders teams among 7th graders out of 39 schools participated!

Prajwal Vedula

Christina Wang

Andrew Schneider

Sophie Chan

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6th grade Math League Team received 8th place as a team in GA among 6th graders teams out of 36 schools participated!

Vishal Ram

Tyler Hecht

Mario Machado

Krishna Kumar

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Individual Placements in GA:

6th grade contest:

Vishal Ram received 4th place in GA among 6th graders! His score is 31/35.

8th grade contest:

Katherine Li received 1st place in GA among 8th graders! Her score is 35/35!! J

Charlie Furniss received 7th place in GA among 8th graders as a 7th grade student! His score is 33/35!

Ananya Terala & Karuna Kumar both received 8th place in GA among 8th graders! Both scored 32/35!

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FSAPS STUDENTS WON 2ND PLACE IN 2015 ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL WEB CHALLENGE COMPETITION

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We are very happy to announce that our web challenge team, NYAN, has been announced 2nd place winner in 2015 Web Challenge Competition at Atlanta Science Festival this weekend. Each student in the team also awarded with 400$ scholarship for secondary education. We congratulate our team members, Shreya REKAPALLI, Elaine WEN, Elena Juarez and their families for this great success!

Our students received lots of attention with their research, ideas and solutions.. One of the comments made at HowStuffWorks website about our student's work is as follows:

"Have you ever considered that the future of our food supply might be farming bugs? These middle schoolers did! Here’s their research and ideas on their website entry into the TAG-Ed WEBChallenge for the Atlanta Science Fair. Again, team NYAN (Not Your Average Ninjas) are middle school students!"

We, as FSAPS family, are very proud of NYAN team. Way to go!

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MIRA MUTNICK WON 2ND HONORS RIBBON IN STATE SCIENCE FAIR

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Congratulations to 8th grader, Mira Mutnick for winning 2nd Honors ribbon at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at UGA on Saturday, March 28. Way to go!

7TH GRADER, CHARLIE FURNISS IS THE 15TH GA MATHLETE!

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We have great news from GA State Mathcounts Competition that took place on March 23rd @ GATECH!!


One of our amazing students, Charlie Furniss, ranked as 15th GA Mathlete in GA State Mathcounts Competition out of 172 students participated from state of GA.


Only top 4 students are to represent GA in 2015 National Mathcounts Competiton. One of our amazing mathletes, Charlie Furniss, already set his goal to go to 2016 National Mathcounts Competition when he will be an 8th grade student.


FSA Private Math teachers and faculty are proud of Charlie Furniss!! J Way to go Charlie!!

IMPORTANT DATES

April 6 thru 10 - Spring Break

April 13 - All Custom Yearbook pages must have 'Print Ready' Clicked

April 14 - Parent Volunteer Organization Executive Board Meeting at 8:15am

April 15 - Math League Competition

April 16 - Academic Team Picnic

April 17 thru 19 - ITBS/SAT Cabin Camp

April 17 - Robotics Workshop

April 17 - Mother's Night Out

April 17 - 4th Quarter Progress Report

April 18 - GCTM's Middle School Math Competition

April 22 - Earth Day!

April 22 thru 28 - School-wide ITBS Testing

2015 FSAPS SPRING BOOK DRIVE & BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

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Thank you for making the Student Council/ PVO book drive a huge success! We have received over 2300 books! After spring break we begin the task of sorting books to place them in their new home of either the media center, reading room, classroom libraries or we will be offering them to our book drive partner Read-It-Again for credit towards more books for our libraries.


The competition was fierce with girls in the lead for the first week, then it toggled back in forth each day with the number of books donated mounting. It was an exciting competition and at the end of the day the girls won. The girls will be receiving ice cream sandwiches or fruit pops on Friday 4/3 at lunch time. The boys will have the option to buy a frozen treat for $2.00.


If you didn't get the opportunity to send in your gently used books don't worry we will do this again next year!

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PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN HANDS ON SCIENCE CLUB

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Pre-K and kindergarten Hands-On Science loves animals! We have had such a blast this semester talking about everything from skunks to lions, from peregrine falcons to chameleons! This past week, in honor of Character Dress Up Day, we talked about one of Mrs. Whitlock's favorite characters, the Very Hungry Caterpillar. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and then looked at the life cycle of caterpillars as they grow into a butterfly.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT ORGANIZED BY FSAPS ROBOTICS TEAM

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Dear Parents of Elementary Students,


FSAPS Robotics Team Circuit Breakers will host a “Parents Night Out” for families of students in Pre-K through 5th grade on Friday, April 17 from 5-10 pm. Students will be split into appropriate age groups for a variety of activities run by FSAPS faculty members who have volunteered for this event!


Each attending student will enjoy…

• A dinner of Papa John’s pizza, carrots, juice, applesauce, and a cookie.

• Explore FLL world with Legos appropriate for their age!

• Games and free playtime in the gym or on the playground.

• Enjoy the movie Big Hero 6

• Supervised center free play (grades Pre-K through 2nd grade) OR Board games/computer time (3nd-5th grade)


If you are interested, please sign-up on the link below NO LATER THAN 4 pm on Wednesday, April 15th. The cost is $25 for the first child from your family and $10 for each additional siblings. Payments can be made cash or check when you pick up your children at the end of the evening.


This money will go towards sponsoring our robotics team for the LEGOLAND® North American Championship trip.


www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0844AFAE22A3FB6-sign


Feel free to allow your child to bring a comfy sleeping bag or blanket for movie time. Kids can also bring snuggly PJ’s or comfortable clothes to change into. Don’t forget - they must bring appropriate clothes for the kids to be able to go outside and play!


Even if we do not have many children signed up, we will not cancel this event. Rest assured, “Parent’s Night Out” will go on!

ROBOTICS TEAM INVITES YOU ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

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On Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10am – 5pm,2nd through 5th grade students are invited to a Robotics Workshop. Students will work with our school’s FLL State Champions to build and program. At the end of the day, the students will have a Sumo Bot Tournament.

For your student to attend, the cost is $50. This money will go towards sponsoring our robotics team for the LEGOLAND® North American Championship trip. This is a first come first serve workshop, with a limited spots. Your students will benefit greatly from this once in a lifetime opportunity.


Student will practice EV3 Basic and Beyond Basics


EV3 Basic Configuration Blocks

Straight Move*

Curved Move*

Tank Move*

Move Object with Servo and mini Servomotor

Stop at line (Color or light sensor)*

Stop at angle (Gyro Sensor)

Stop at object (ultrasonic sensor)


Beyond Basic

Multi Tasking

Switches*

Loop*

Multi Switch

* They were taught these subjects at the first robotics workshop on March 14. These subjects will be reviewed for students who did not attend the last workshop.


If your son/daughter will attend please return attached consent form and payment before April 3, 2015 to Mr. Kaya. Do not forget first come first serve.


We will provide pizza and juice for lunch. Snacks will also be provided during breaks.

Sumo-bots. It is exactly what it sounds like; two robots in an arena, with the major purpose to knock the other robot out of the area. This is a competition revolving around power, programming, and building skills. It involves making sure your own robot has enough friction and protection to not be knocked out of the arena, while also making sure it has enough power to knock the other robot out. This helps students develop their programming and building skills.


Sumo-bot Competition Rules

Two self-controlled robots are placed in a ring. The robots try to avoid falling or being pushed out by the opponent robot. The first robot that touches outside of the ring loses the round. Once a robot wins two rounds, the team wins the match. Different robots compete one-on-one against each other throughout the contest. The robot that wins the most matches wins the contest.


Dimensions

Mini-class Sumo robots may be 25 centimeters (9.87 inches) or less in width and 25 centimeters (9.87 inches) or less in depth. There is no height limit! Once a round starts, the robot may twist, fall, or expand without size limits.


Harmless

At all times, robot behavior must be non-offensive, non-destructive, and non-harmful to humans, robots, and the facilities. During inspection (and at any time during the event), the judges may require safety changes or other modifications to meet the harmlessness requirement.


Contest Etiquette

Competitors and audience members are expected to remain polite, sportsmanlike, and considerate at all times. Good cheers, encouragement, and applause for all competitors are very much appreciated.


The Match

Here are the player responsibilities for the match:

1) Draw a start position card from the referee

2) Place the bot in the ring as directed by the referee

3) Press the start button on the bot when directed by the referee. After 5 seconds the bot may begin moving.

4) Move back at least 3 feet from the edge of the ring

5) Catch any bot that is out of the ring and turn it off

6) Place the bot back in a holding area between matches. A contestant may make adjustments between matches, but may not leave the holding area.


Basic Rules

Participants agree to the following basic rules:

1) One match will consist of three rounds, each round is a total of 2 minutes. The team who wins two rounds wins the match and advances in the bracket.

2) The match will be stopped and a rematch will ensue when it is apparent that neither bot is making any progress for duration of about 4 seconds as determined by the referee.

3) If a part on the bot comes off that is less than 15 grams, the round will continue.

4) A player has 30 seconds to correct a problem between rounds.

5) If a player utters inappropriate words, the referee may disqualify the contestant.

6) The referee has the final decision in a match.


Schedule

10:00-10:50 Programming Session1

10:50-11:00 Break

11:00-11:50 Programming Session2

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30- 1:20 Building Session 1

1:20-1:30 Break

1:30-2:20 Building Session 2

2:20-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Sumo bot Programming

3:30-4:30 Sumo Bot Competition

4:30-5:00 Cleaning up stations

Parents are welcome to watch The Sumo-Bot competition at 3:30 pm.

FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY 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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