Fulton Science Academy
ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP GIFTED SCHOOL
Week of September 3, 2018
Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,
I hope that you enjoyed your long weekend!
I want to begin this week's Newsletter by congratulating our Math Department Head and Head Math Olympiad Coach Mrs. Duzyol! She was honored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in August with the Edyth May Sliffe Award for distinguished mathematics teaching at the middle and high school levels. This national education award recognizes Mrs. Duzyol for her outstanding work to spark students’ interest in mathematics through participation in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions! Please be sure to read the full article below on this wonderful accomplishment! Again, congratulations Mrs. Duzyol.
Thank you to all of the parents who came to the Curriculum Nights last week! I hope that these nights were very helpful as you help your children navigate their way through this school year! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you have! Our Faculty and Staff are always happy to help in any way that they can!
Welcome Back Picnics
I want to remind everyone that our Welcome Back Picnics begin this week! These picnics are always so much fun and I know that our faculty looks forward to them every year! Some of our teachers have offered to prepare chicken, hotdogs, veggie options, and salad. Please read further below to see more information about these nights like what days your student's grade will have their picnic, what to bring, and times! I look forward to seeing everyone!
This Event is for Elementary Students Only
I also want to remind students and parents that this Friday, September 7th will be Grandparent's Day at FSA! We will be having a breakfast for our wonderful grandparents at 7:45 am in the FSA Cafeteria. Students are welcome to attend the breakfast with their grandparents.
Last Day to Submit Club Change / Request FormsLastly, this Friday, September 7th, is also the last day to submit club change / request forms for the 1st semester. Students will have the opportunity to select new clubs during the beginning of the second semester and will have the opportunity to fill out the form again beginning second semester. For more information on club changes and requests, please read the club change / request section further below.
FSA ONLINE STORE
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!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE
Be sure to check out the current promotion! Receive 15% off of Orders $75 or more! Promotion ends on September 29th at 11:59pm.
Use Code: FALL18
SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
Parents, you may use this link as a quick reference to your student's bell schedule.
Parents of Middle and High School Students, please remember that carpool for these students does not begin until 3:15. During the time between 2:36 - 3:15 students attend College Guidance and Enrichment. During this time, we even sometimes have professional speakers come and give presentations to our students.
FSA ATHLETICS BLOG
Be sure to keep up to date with what is going on with our Athletic Teams and in our Athletic Department! We are trying to grow our department and our sports programs and teams!
This blog is updated monthly
GOOD LUCK TO OUR LADY MUSTANGS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM THIS FRIDAY ON THEIR HOME GAME AGAINST THE COTTAGE SCHOOL!
The game begins at 5:00pm in our gym!
FSA MUSIC BLOG
Don't forget to take a look at our Music Blog to keep up to date with what your child is and will be doing in music this year at FSA! Most recently our teachers put out information on Zero Period, as well as class book information by instrument.
Also, be sure to read further below about auditioning for All State Band & Orchestra
MORE TO COME:The rest of this Newsletter contains a lot of very helpful information for the coming school year so please be sure to read through the whole thing very carefully. Further down you can see information on:
- September Calendar
- All State Band & Orchestra Auditions
- Professional Speakers Series Upcoming Dates
- Welcome Back Family Picnics
- Junior Beta Club Service Project
- Thank you to our Amazing School Counselors!
- Grandparents Breakfast
- Information about Smart Tuition
- School Medication Policy and F.A.Q.
With Warmest Regards,
quote of the week
RIVERS ALIVE EVENT
Our school will be participating in the Rivers Alive Rivers Cleanup Program, on Saturday, September 22nd. The event is held at Riverside Park from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. We would like to encourage our FSA students/ families to sign up using the below volunteer sign up form.
Please note the following instructions:
1. Assemble in the Riverside Park at 8:45 am.
2. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes.
3. Gloves, vests and trash bags will be provided.
4. You might want to bring insect repellant and/or sunscreen.
5. Water, light snacks, and coffee provided.
6. All trash collected is brought back to the park, if possible.
7. Bring the signed waiver form to the event on Saturday. (The form will be shared with you)
Address: 575 Riverside Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
For more questions, please contact Mrs. Selvakumar at email@example.com
***important MAP Testing Information***
Please be reminded that MAP Testing for Middle and High School students will take place during their content classes, i.e., on Math MAP Testing days, middle and high school students will take the MAP test in their math class, etc.
Wednesday, September 5: K - 1 Reading MAP Testing
Wednesday, September 5: 3rd - 8th ELA MAP Testing
Wednesday, September 5: Welcome Back Picnic, 3rd - 5th Grade (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
Thursday, September 6: 6th - 8th ELA MAP Testing
Thursday, September 6: K - 1 Math MAP Testing
Thursday, September 6: Welcome Back Picnic, Middle School (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
Thursday, September 6: Professional Speaker Series, Ms. Anna Ward (2:40pm - 3:15pm)
Thursday, September 6: Georgia State Dual Enrollment Speaker (3:20pm - 4:00pm)
Friday, September 7: K -1 Math MAP Testing
Friday, September 7: Grandparents Breakfast (7:45am)
Friday, September 7: Welcome Back Picnic, High School (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
Friday, September 7: Volleyball Game @ Home against The Cottage School (Varsity, 5:00pm)
Tuesday, September 11: Volleyball Game @ Home against Mill Springs (Varsity, 5:00pm)
Thursday, September 13: Volleyball Game Away against Cristo Rey, (Varsity, 5:30pm)
Friday, September 14: Good Conduct Dress Down Day
Friday, September 14: Northwestern University Visit (2:40pm - 3:15pm)
Monday, September 17: Admission Director - Mercer University Visit (2:40pm - 3:15pm)
Monday, September 17: Volleyball Game @ Home against Atlanta International (Middle School Team, 5:00pm)
Monday, September 17: Volleyball Game @ Home against ATL Girls Academy (Varsity Team, 6:00pm)
Tuesday, September 18: Volleyball Game @ Home against Brandon Hall (Varsity Team, 5:00pm)
Thursday, September 20: Volleyball Game @ Home against Dominion, (Middle School Team, 5:00pm / Varsity Team, 6:00pm)
Saturday, September 22: Rivers Alive in Roswell (More info to come)
Monday, September 24: Volleyball Game Away against Galloway ( Middle School Team, 4:00pm)
Wednesday, September 26: Volleyball Game Away against Holy Spirit Prep (Middle School Team, 5:00pm / Varsity Team, 6:00pm)
Welcome Back Family Picnics
Pre-K through 2nd Grade
Tuesday, September 4
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
3rd Grade through 5th Grade
Wednesday, September 5
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 6
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 7
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, our teachers will prepare delicious barbecue chicken, hot dogs, drinks, and salad.
We kindly ask parents to please bring fruits, desserts or side dishes.
We will have fun activities as well as delicious food; please plan to bring the whole family!
Please remember that
Middle and High School Students have College Guidance and Enrichment
from 2:40pm - 3:15pm.
It is very important that students do not miss this time of their school day.
Parents and High School Students, please remember that first dismissal for High School Students is not until 3:15. High School students should not walk out of the building for dismissal until 3:15pm.
If your child will be absent please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
on the morning of the absence.
For full attendance policies please see the student handbook.
FSA National Junior Beta Club Service Projects
The FSA Junior Beta Club gives gifted students an opportunity to provide the community with services that range from helping the underprivileged to cleaning up the environment. So far, our club has come up with great ideas to help. Each month, starting in September, we will have a service project to work on.
Our first service project for this year is "Blessings in a Backpack.”
We are collecting the following food items for children in need,
- Fruit Cups
- Single Serve Cereal boxes
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Canned Ravioli or Spaghetti
- Pudding Cups
Your donation is highly appreciated. We will be placing donation boxes around the school. There will be boxes on Elementary, Middle school and High school hallways, where students can donate the items. The school with the most food items will be rewarded! For more information, please check the FSA Beta Club Webpage https://fsabetaclub.weebly.com/
thank you to our amazing school counselors!
Our wonderful school counselors visited each teacher with a little sunshine to brighten their day last Wednesday! We adore our counselors and all of the hard work that they put into making everyone else's day a little brighter! Thank you Mrs. Cantrell and Ms. Agha!
Grandparents Breakfast at FSA (Elementary Only)
At Fulton Science Academy, we know the important role grandparents play in our student's lives. As such, we like inviting our grandparents to come and enjoy a special day here at FSA, along with their grandchildren.
(PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THIS EVENT IS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ONLY)
The purpose of this special program is three-fold:
- To honor grandparents;
- To give grandparents an opportunity to get more information about their grandchildren’s school; and
- To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
We encourage students, parents, and grandparents to come together to celebrate!
- Students who have grandparents attending the breakfast can join as well. All other students will be in their regular classes.
If your grandparent is planning to attend this event, please RSVP by noon on Thursday, September 6 using the the link below.https://goo.gl/forms/ggg59qRBYc1uFzV42
We are looking forward to hosting our grandparents on Friday!
professional Speaker Series 2018 - 2019 (Re-Cap & What's to come)
Ms. Katie Faussemagne, Senior Admission Director from GA Tech, visited our high school students on August 29th. She gave insight into a typical GA Tech student's life. She talked about the application process in detail and explained how GA Tech adopts a "holistic approach" during the admission process, by not only looking into a student's academic records, but also their passion and contribution to the community. She shared some successful GA Tech Alumni' stories and how they are impacting the society. Students were so inspired by the speech and interacted enthusiastically during the Q&A session!
Coming up this week, we will have a speaker come talk to us about Dual Enrollment. This Thursday, September 6th, Ms. LaSean Price will be here from Georgia State/Georgia Perimeter to talk about the program. She will be here at 3:20, which is the beginning of club time. We did this to make sure a larger audience can attend. If you need to be excused from your club that day, we will communicate that to staff in advance.
This meeting will cover what Dual Enrollment is, how it may benefit you, and how to apply (just to name a few items)
Just to summarize what Dual Enrollment is:
- College credit in high school for free (paid by the state)
- Double the credit in half the time (full year in HS = 1.0 credit, one semester in college = 1.0 credit)
- Guaranteed credit (as long as you pass the course, not like AP where you must meet a certain score on the exam)
- May provide a greater selection of courses to better suit your student’s needs
The deadline to apply for SPRING 2019 is November 1st, so we need to start planning now! I invite parents to attend as well to learn more about this program.
Dual Enrollment information: https://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/prospective_students/opportunities
**provides additional links with more information at the bottom of the page
Dual Enrollment Perimeter: https://perimeter.gsu.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment/
- Ms. Hibbah Agha, MS, LAPC
Professional School Counselor, 7th-12th grade
All State Band & All State Orchestra Auditions
FSAPS Tuition Information: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/tuition-information/
Smart Tuition is the tuition management system used by FSA. In addition to tuition, all incidental billing such as aftercare fees, sports and academic team fees, trips, etc., is also done through Smart Tuition. There is a $50 yearly fee for Smart Tuition.
If you have not set up your account or are having trouble setting up your account, please contact our Business Administrator Abdurrahim Kurt by phone or email.
Phone: (678) 366 - 2555 ext. 105
Club Change / Request Information (Last day to turn in change forms is this friday, september 7th)
We have had many students and parents with club selection and change questions.
If your student would like to change their club, they will need to fill out a "Club Request / Change Form (2018 - 2019)." These forms can be found at the front desk. Please keep in mind that you will need 1 form per club that you are wanting to change, i.e. if you want to change 3 clubs, you will need to fill out 3 forms.
Also, please keep in mind that club changes will only be approved if there is room in the club and if your student meets the necessary entrance requirements if there are any.
Steps to Follow on Club Change Form:
- Get approval signatures from BOTH club teachers (the one you are leaving and the one you are joining.)
- Get an approval signature from parent
- Return the Form to the Front Desk
- Only once you have been given your new club schedule, can you begin attending your new club
Please be reminded that if you registered for outside sponsored / paid clubs, your student's club schedule will not reflect these clubs. If you registered for Chess or Private Music Clubs, your child should attend this club on their scheduled day. Academic Teams required an Application that was due on Wednesday, August 8th. If you would like to join an Academic Team, please speak with the team's head coach about getting an application.
- Elementary Clubs start at 2:40pm and end at 3:15pm
- Middle & High School Clubs start at 3:20pm and end at 4:00pm
School Medicine Policy 2018 - 2019 (Includes FAQ)
Aspirin, Tylenol, Neosporin, and other patient over-the-counter drugs are not available through FSAPS. Should you wish for your child to have access to these medications, you must sign an
‘Authorization to Administer Medication Form’ and leave a supply with the front office.
The medication to be administered by designated school personnel must be sent directly from the pharmacy or physician’s office or brought to school by the student’s parent/guardian. The school must receive an ‘Authorization to Administer Medication Form’ signed by the student’s physician and/or parent/guardian.
The following information must be printed clearly on the medication container:
Name of the medication
Time the medication must be taken.
Bring in only the amount of medication that is needed for a school day. In the case of prolonged need, send in the amount for a clearly specified period. Written authorization to dispense medications shall be limited to two weeks unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. Medication shall only be dispensed out of its original container, which must be labeled with the child’s name. Extra medication will not be sent home with a student. All medication will be kept in a secure location in the clinic and/or front office.
- Does the school provide medications?
No. The school does not provide medication. The student's parent or guardian must bring the student's medicine to the front office or school clinic, along with an "Authorization to Give Medication" Form.
- May the parent/guardian bring and give medications to their student?
Yes, a parent/guardian may come to school and give their child medication. Parents should still follow the visitor sign in procedures.
- Where can I find Authorization Forms?
Authorization forms can be found at the front desk or school clinic.
- Why do I need a doctor's health care provider's note for adult strength over-the-counter medication when my health care provider has told me it is appropriate for my student's weight (or condition)?
The school nurse wants to protect your child and must follow guidelines for dosage recommended by the manufacturer.
- How do students get their medications during after school hours?
The principal, along with administration and the school nurse will determine by whom and how medication will be secured and administered during after school hours.
- Why do medications have to be in the original container?
The original container provides information from the manufacturer about over-the-counter medications, including the name of the medication, the proper dose, how the medication should be given, how often the medication should be given, possible side effects, and when the medication is no longer effective (an expiration date.)
The original prescription container includes the name of the medication, the patient's name, the prescribing licensed health care provider, the proper dose, how and when it should be given, when the medication expires, and the pharmacy where the medication was purchased. All of this information is necessary for the school nurse to administer medication in a safe manner.
- What if my child's medication or dosage changes?
Parents/Guardians must inform the school nurse of any medication changes. New medication or different doses will not be given unless the parent completes a new medication form. The information on the prescription bottle label must match the new consent form.
- Can my child take herbal medication at school?
No. Over-the-counter diet pills, vitamins, dietary supplements, including minerals or herbs will not be given.
- May my child carry cough drops at school?
No. Cough drops must be left in the clinic along with a completed "Authorization to Give Medication at School" Form.
- May my child carry over the counter medication at school?
No. It must be left in the clinic along with and "Authorization to Give Medication at School" Form.
- Can my child carry his/her Epipen, Insulin, or Asthma Inhaler at school?
Yes, students may carry inhalers and Epipens or insulin with a completed "Authorization to Carry Prescription Medication" Form. You can get this form from the school nurse.
- Why is there a place for the health care provider to sign the authorization form for my child to carry their inhaler/epipen at school?
The health care provider's signature indicates that your child has been instructed on the proper use of their inhaler/Epipen and that your child is responsible for administering it to himself/herself without supervision.
- Why do I have to have a prescription label on the inhaler/Epipen?
The prescription on the inhaler/epipen includes the child's name, how often it is to be used, and what dose is appropriate for your child. It is difficult to keep the label directly on the inhaler/epipen.
- If I give my child Tylenol for a fever, can I still send them to school?
If the fever is more than 100.9 degrees F before you give them Tylenol, then your child cannot come to school. Your child may return to school when his/her temperature is below 101 degrees F without Tylenol or any other fever reducing medication for 24 hours, if s/he feels well and is not showing signs of illness.
- If I give my child Tylenol for aches and pains can I still send them to school?
You child is welcome at school while taking Tylenol or any other over-the-counter medication for an injury, dental work, etc. However, if the medication is for a sore throat, earache or flu like symptoms, please keep them at home.
- Why can't I put medicine in my child's lunch box if he/she has to take medicine at lunch?
Medication in a lunch box could be lost or taken by another child. If a staff member found the medication it could be considered an illegal drug with consequences according to the Code of Conduct. Medications must be brought to the front office or school clinic by parents/guardians in the original and properly labeled container.
- If I treat my child for lice can I send them back to school the same day?
- Why do I have to bring in a box top to verify lice treatment?
- How much time do I have to get to the school if the nurse calls me to pick up my child because he/she is sick?
- How long will my child's over-the-counter medication be given at school?
- What happens to my child's medication at the end of the school year?
- May my child share over-the-counter medication with another student?
- Why should my child take the first dose of new medication at home?
steam day 2018
Spring 2018 STEAM Expo
last blast 2018
aftercare hours reminder
Parents, please be reminded that After - School Care is provided every day from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm for a fee of $15.00 per day or $200.00 for the month. We ask that parents pick up any remaining students by 6:00 pm, and no later, as the school closes at 6:00pm. Sometimes our Academic Teams will stay later, but these students are not considered to be in After-Care. There are also sometimes outside organizations that use our facility for sports events, so it may look like there are still plenty of people here, but these more often than not, do not include aftercare students. Thank you for your understanding.
Home Visits - A Fun Way to meet your teachers!
Home visits are a casual way for your child to spend time with his/her teacher in the comfort of their home. Teachers enjoy having a chance to see children in this comfortable environment, doing whatever makes them most happy and spend time with children and their parents outside of a regular school day.
Simply email email@example.com with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Ms. Unal will be in touch to confirm final details.
FSAConnect mobile App
We are happy to inform you that now you can check fsaconnect by mobile app.
Here is how you can access the app:
ITunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radix-mobile/id1159005166?mt=8
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radix.radixmobile
The links can also be found at the bottom of your connect page by the other social media links.
A pop-up banner will appear on top of the screen when users access the school connect on their mobile devices.
Site link: https://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org
Username: fsaconnect username
Password: fsaconnect password
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR REMIND, OUR SCHOOL NOTIFICATION APPlication
JOIN FSAPS REMIND HERE: https://www.remind.com/join/fsaps
We have created a remind account to keep our community informed and up-to-date with what is happening at our school.
By joining "FSAPS remind," you will receive messages via push notifications, SMS, or e-mail. We recommend SMS option for our families and students.
We will use this tool as an addition to other communication portals we use at our school to keep our families apprised of what's happening at Fulton Science Academy. Thank you.
FSA SOCIAL MEDIA
Please connect with us online and grow our social media following!
FSA is proud to be building a strong social media presence and we encourage you to follow us using one or more of the following links:
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.