Fulton Science Academy
INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER
Congratulations to all of you for another successful year at Fulton Science Academy Private School. Wow! What a year at our new campus! We are very proud that our students represented the State of Georgia in five different national and international events this year. We are definitely a small school with A BIG HEART!
We are pleased to inform you that we will have 460 students and 60 faculty members at our school next year. For the first time, we will also have two 9th grade classes at our school. In the next four years, our school will be serving pre-k through high school.
Our faculty is very thankful to our parents after a wonderful year. We have never seen such an amazing group of parents before. The events organized for our students by our Parent Volunteer Organization have surpassed all expectations. Without the support of our wonderful parents, our school wouldn't be this wonderful! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Please see the most recent news from the last week of school on this issue of the school newsletter. Please also expect a summer newsletter every Monday during summer holiday to help you prepare for next school year.
Have a wonderful summer!
Science Olympiad National Champions!
Congratulations to Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson for taking First Place in the Write It, Do It event at the National Science Olympiad Tournament held on May 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menominee, Wisconsin.
Write It, Do It is a technical writing event in which one team member is shown a 3-D structure composed of various materials and without touching the model must write a set of instructions on how to build it. The other team member is given these instructions and a set of unassembled materials to attempt to recreate the object as accurately as possible.
Science Olympiad Head Coach Gloria Stathos has been working with Mira on this event for the past three years and Sophie for two years. They began working as partners this year. “Write It, Do It is one of the more difficult events in ScienceOlympiad,” said Mrs. Stathos. “Students have no idea of the materials they will be given, have never seen the structure, and cannot touch the model to try and figure out how it is assembled. The structures at National Tournaments are notoriously complex and to place first is really a stellar accomplishment. For this event, both partners have to be at their best; you need both a good write and a good builder. Mira and Sophie were the perfect combination.”
In addition to being National Champions for Write It, Do It, Mira and Sophie were awarded third place medals for the Road Scholar event. Road Scholar is a mapping event, in which participants must be able to interpret and draw topographic, highway, and satellite maps. Mrs. Stathos also serves as coach for this event. “I’ve been coaching Road Scholar since 2003 and this was our first national medal for this event. Mira and Sophie really went above and beyond to prepare for this tournament and their hard work really paid off,” she said.
Fulton Science Academy Science Olympiad Team Places 25th at National Tournament in Wisconsin
Nineteen members of the Fulton Science Academy Science Olympiad Team traveled to Menomonie, Wisconsin for the 32nd Annual National Science Olympiad Tournament. Students, coaches and parents endured and 18-hour charter bus ride to travel to and from the tournament, but the effort was well worth it. The tournament was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stout and in addition to the competition, the school offered a variety of special STEM-themed events. Thursday evening was spent getting acclimated to the campus, meeting other Science Olympians, playing life-sized games, including Jenga, chess, Connect Four, Yahtzee, and Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and learning about exotic amphibians and reptiles. On Friday, students competed in several trial events and attended lectures on dairy science, the science of coffee, video game production, Babylonian Calculus, and a celebration of space movies. Some FSA students even had the opportunity to explore the cadaver lab!
Friday evening was the Opening Ceremonies beginning with the Parade of States. The FSA team’s theme was Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith with FSA students garbed in robes and armed with light sabers. Following the Opening Ceremonies, students met with other Science Olympians for a Swap Meet to trade items representing their team, hometown, or home state. Traditionally, each student’s goal is to come home with one of the cheeseheads worn by the Wisconsin teams. This year FSA students negotiated a team record five cheeseheads as the light sabers and robes were in high demand.
Saturday students awoke early to make final preparations for the competition. Students had been preparing for their events since September and were anxious to show their knowledge. FSA’s Rube-Goldberg device for Mission Possible performed flawlessly and Vihan Karnala and Andre Hamelberg were taken aside for an on-camera interview. The Air Trajectory device demonstrated by Christina Wang and Andre Hamelberg was able to make a “bucket shot” for extra points. While one of the Bottle Rockets launched by Andre Hamelberg and Jay Epstein misfired, the “egg passenger” survived without breaking. Overall, students found the tests challenging but enjoyable.
FSA students placed in the top twenty in 11 of the 23 events. Events and placements are as follows:
Write It, Do It – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson
Road Scholar – coached by Mrs. Stathos
3rd Place – Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson
Crave the Wave – coached by Mr. Kersey
7th Place – Vihan Karnala and Holden Watson
Experimental Design – coached by Mrs. Stathos and Simon Wang
11th Place – Mira Mutnick, Sophie Richardson, and Sruthi Chatrathi
Fossils – coached by Ms. Beres
12th Place – Will Mutsch and Jay Epstein
Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh
16th Place – Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson
Picture This – coached by Ms. Fichter
16th Place – Avinash Pratap and Christina Wang
Wind Power – coached by Mr. Wang
16th Place – Christina Wang and Vihan Karnala
Invasive Species – coached by Mrs. Butler
17th Place – Will Mutsch and Avinash Pratap
Disease Detectives – coached by Mrs. Bhatt and Ms. Chirumamilla
20th Place – Akash Bhatt and Sruthi Chatrathi
Mission Possible – coached by Mr. Kersey
20th Place – Andre Hamelberg and Vihan Karnala
FSA Robotics Team Won Strategy and Innovation Award in 2016 North American Lego League, California
Congratulations to our wonderful robotics team Syntax Error #5262 for their fantastic performance at First Lego League North American Open Championship!
Open Invitational Championships are by host invitation only due to limited capacity.
Generally, invited regions make this opportunity available to Champion’s Award winning teams from States Championship events.
Our Team, Syntax Error won the Strategy & Innovation Award among 72 teams all over the US championship award winner teams.
This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well- developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.
Syntax Error #5262 Team includes following students:
Congratulations to these wonderful students and our wonderful coach Mr. Kaya. Way to go!
FSA DESTINATION IMAGINATION STUDENTS HAD A BLAST AT 2016 DESTINATION IMAGINATION GLOBAL FINALS IN TENNESSEE
Three FSA Team enjoyed this wonderful experience and had a blast at the Global Finals.
A big thank you to all of our destination imagination students, parents and coaches for representing our school and our state at the global finals. What an honor!
Please see some amazing videos and pictures from 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals here:
LAST BLAST SPLASH WAS LOTS OF FUN!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST SCHOOLWIDE MAKER FAIRE WINNERS
STUDENTS HAVING A GREAT TIME AT FSA SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP
8TH GRADE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ENJOYED A GREAT MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPLETION CEREMONY
OUR 2ND SEMESTER VARIETY SHOW WAS LOTS OF FUN!
8TH GRADER, NADINE HADDAD WON THE DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION CITIZENSHIP AWARD
KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION CEREMONY
A Big Thank You to FSA ALUMNI Eemil Harkonen for His Wonderful Eagle Scout Service Project
The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.
FSA High School Uniforms
To set our high school students apart from the rest, we have some slight variations on the school uniform for them.
FSA will continue the partnership with Land’s End through the 2016-2017 school year to supply school uniforms. It is never too early to start thinking about the things you will need to start the new school year. Follow the link to start your uniform order today.
- High school students are asked to wear light blue or white button down oxford shirts with the school logo from Lands End
- Polos won’t be worn by high school students
- High school students have the option to purchase a red fleece and/or sweaters. These are only available for high school students, through Lands End
Attend School in Costa Rica - December 12-19, 2016
parents of rising 7th graders
All students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4). Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).
Please submit to the front desk before Fall semester begins. Thank you.
Bioignite Summer Camp
FSA SOCIAL MEDIA
We regularly update our accounts on social media. You may enjoy following our school on social media as well. Here are our links:
2- FSA FACEBOOK PAGE
Many of you are already following our Facebook page. If you are not yet following, all you need to do is to “Like" our Facebook page.
4- FSA LINKEDIN
So many of you have LinkedIn accounts. To get news about our school on LinkedIn, simply follow our schools’s LinkedIn page.
GREEN SCHOOL TIPS BY FSA ROBOTICS TEAM STUDENTS
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