Fulton Science Academy High School


WEEK OF October 7, 2019

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Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,

I hope that everyone had a restful, but also fun, fall break!

I along with some of our Admin Team and Department Heads, used this fall break to visit the beautiful country of South Korea. During the trip, we visited the five top schools in Korea to learn from their best practices.

We would like to thank Gyeonggi Science High School, Koren International School - Jeju, YoungHoon International Elemetary School, YoungHoon Internationa Middle School, and Korea Foreign School very much for their hospitality. We are very impressed with the quality of these schools. We will never forget their warm welcome.

It was amazing to see that Gyeonggi Science School even had two observataries and a special research center costing $25 million.

We presented our school to prospective families and we also took time to visit with the families of our Korean students currently attending FSA. Our admin team members and department chairs had an amazing time with the lovely parents of our wonderful Korean students in Seoul, South Korea. We love our families and look forward to many more trips like this in the future!

Lastly, please don't forget that we are hosting the STEAM Innovation Awards on October 25, 2019 at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta to celebrate the many successes of the school and to honor organizations that support STEAM education in the Atlanta area. Join us for an evening of excellence in STEAM education.

This will be a great inpirational event for our students and families. We have limited seating available and it is first come, first serve. To reserve your sport, please CLICK HERE.

To become a sponsor, please click here. More information about sponsorship opportunities are located below. Please direct all specific questions about sponsorship opportunities and general questions about the event to innovation@fultonscienceacademy.org

Have a great week!

With Warmest Regards,

Kenan Sener,



Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed your week off because it is time to get back to work! :)

Don't forget that the PSAT will be on October 16th for our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students!

Make sure you arrive to school on time and prepared! Also, there will be a career panel afterwards so make sure you stay for that!


Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 9th – 12th grade


(678) 366-2555 ext:158

Nov. 7th: SAT vs ACT Seminar
For parents and students, Time & Place TBD
During the seminar, families learn

  • the intricacies of each test
  • how they compare to one another
  • and how they are used by colleges

    ​Seminar will be presented by Infinity Learning Educational Services, LLC


Georgia Student Finance Commission Quarterly Newsletter

GSFC is one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. Founded in 1965 as the State Scholarship Commission, the agency’s primary function was to provide and service educational loans.

High School Counseling Website

https://fultonscienceacademycounseling.weebly.com/ - sharing as much as I can in one place!

Want to Meet with Me?

For appointments, please email Hibbah Agha with your availability. You will receive an email confirmation for your appointment date and time.

FSA's Mission & Vision


To establish an educational framework designed to achieve the highest academic results and instill enduring strength of character by leveraging innovation and STEAM curriculums for college preparedness and lifelong student success.


Fulton Science Academy Private School envisions to be a nationally ranked and recognized school for pre-K through 12th grade, serving advanced and gifted student populations committed to academic success, civic responsibility, global citizenship, and high ethical values within a safe environment that celebrates diversity and is nurtured by the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders and the broader community.

What's in this Issue?

  • Meet Your High School Student Council Executive Board
  • High School Career Panel; Oct. 16 | 1pm-3pm
  • Professional Speaker Series; Sean Reilly
  • Don't Miss Tryouts for FSA's Winter Sports Teams!
  • Rivers Alive Cleanup
  • Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival
  • and more!
Did you Miss Last Week's High School Newsletter?

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October Calendar

Monday, October 7: Professional Speaker; Sean Reilly for MS & HS, 8:50am - 9:25am

Friday, October 11:

  • 1st Grade Roswell Cultural Arts Center Field Trip
  • Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Monday, October 14: Senior FAFSA Workshop

Tuesday, October 15:

  • Junior Beta Induction Ceremony (4pm)
  • Senior Portraits
  • Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 16:

  • PSAT, 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • High School Career Panel, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, October 17:

  • High School Boston Trip Information Session (4:10 - 4:40)
  • High School Junior Night, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday, October 18: Student Ambassador Civic Dinner: Belonging

Monday, October 21:

  • High School College Trip, 8:00am - 4:00pm, (More Info to Come)

Wednesday, October 23: Unity Day

Friday, October 25:

  • STEAM Innovation Awards Evening (Fundraising Event)

Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1: Red Ribbon Week

Meet Your High School Student Council Executive Board

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President: Nicholas F.

Vice President: Akshay M.

VP of Public Relations: Somya B.

Secretary: Rohan M.

High School Career Panel; Oct. 16 | 1pm-3pm

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Meet the Panelists


Christian Dixon works for The Nielsen Company as an Account Manager within the Local TV Division. Christian helps manage one of the largest TV Station Groups in the USA. She has worked at Nielsen five years and has been in the media industry for nine. Her past experience includes work at Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and FOX Broadcasting.


Jon-Paul Croom is President of WellStar North Fulton Hospital. In his role, Croom oversees day-to-day operations at the hospital and works closely with the WellStar North Fulton team to grow services at the hospital and bring world-class healthcare to the North Fulton community.


Matthew Yarbrough is the current Chief of Staff for Georgia State House Representative Beth Moore in House District 95, which includes the cities of Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, Duluth, and Johns Creek. A Georgia native from Woodstock, Matthew holds Bachelors degrees in Political Science, International Affairs, and History


Jay Kallos joined Ashton Woods in 2006 as the Vice President of Architecture. Before this, he was the Director of New Project Development at John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, based in Atlanta, GA.


This year, we’re proud to announce our first HIGH SCHOOL ONLY trip! In order to make this successful, we will need maximum participation.

This year, we plan to go to Boston, MA for 4 days & 3 nights. There will be 4 individuals per room.

The price will depend on how many individuals sign up:

35+ individuals $1169 per person

30-34 $1199

25-29 $1249

*If less than 25 individuals sign up, we may need to change the initial plan or cancel all together

This price includes

-hotel security, 3 nights in a superior hotel, luxury motor coach with bathrooms, 5 meals on location (breakfast and dinner), all attraction and tour admission, licensed tour guide, accidental medical insurance, and round-trip airfare

A non-refundable deposit of $200 will be due by Oct 30.



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Professional Speaker Series; Sean Rielly

Middle and High School students were ahead of the game as they previewed the observation of World Mental Health Day every year on October 10th. This day is recognized by the World Federation for Mental Health.

Sean Reilly is a licensed therapist and he shared with students the importance of mental health awareness. He spoke to them about good anxiety vs bad anxiety. Mr. Reilly urged students to be aware of their surroundings, especially the people who are in it. Sharing with them that support, kindness and “being a friend” can make such a huge difference. He went on to share with students that there are four things they can do to have an impact on others around them. Make connections with each other, Ask about each other, Listen to each other and finally help lead them to a better situation. By practicing these simple steps you will be an agent of change and help in making the CALL - which means that you can help someone who might have too much going on, cope better.

Volleyball Senior Night

FSA's Volleyball Senior Night was a nail biter! While the girls played hard and defeated in the first set, they fell short in the 2nd and 3rd. Lots of faculty and students came out to support the team on their special night! Seniors Vaani B., Lizzie, S., and Pragya H. were honored before the start of the game and presented signed balls and flowers from Athletic Director, Alex Ayres. The girls played tremendously!

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Don't Miss Tryouts for FSA's Winter Sports Teams!

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If you have any questions or would like more details,

please email FSA Athletic Director Alex Ayres at



The date of the school wide science fair is going to be November 21st after school from 4:30 to about 5:30 pm (depending on number of participating students).

Paperwork WAS due 9/27, and if you want to participate in the science fair, you need to turn the appropriate paperwork in to your science teacher ASAP.

While the science fair will not be mandatory this year, please let your science teacher know if you would like to participate by September 27th so that the appropriate forms can be completed.

It is the responsibility of the student and the Adult Sponsor to evaluate the study to determine if the research will require forms and/or approval prior to experimentation, especially projects using human participants, vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous biological agents. Students are encouraged to consult with the local SRC/IRB to ensure they have followed all rules and completed all required forms. Failure to adhere to ISEF Rules & Guidelines may result in disqualification at any stage of the GSEF competition, including revocation of awards and honors.

Here is a helpful link showing you which forms need to be completed: https://ruleswizard.societyforscience.org/"

Rivers Alive Cleanup

For weeks Mustang news as well as various announcements and the schoolwide newsletter asked for volunteers to participate in the annual River’s Alive cleanup. The event on September 28th saw a good showing from FSA. A total of 24 participants from various grades took the plunge and joined in to help out mother nature in a bit of “house cleaning of sorts”. The event is hosted by Keep Roswell Beautiful and was at Riverside Park from 8:30-11:30am. FSA representatives divided into groups and cleaned different parts of the park, which included picking up trash along the river and roads as well as removing Privet - an invasive plant species.
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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards; HOW TO APPLY

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival

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2019 Cumming Greek Festival (www.cumminggreekfestival.com)

The times & Volunteer time slots are as follows:

Friday (Oct. 18),

  • 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • (5:00pm - 9pm)

Saturday (Oct. 19),

  • 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • (11:00am - 3:00pm; 3:00pm - 7:00pm; 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Sunday (Oct. 20),

  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • (12:00pm - 5:00pm)

If students are interested in signing up, please have their parents contact Laura Kefalas (LauraKefalas@gmail.com) or Jackie Klock (Klock5235@gmail.com)

Make Sure You Don't Miss Out On Chick Fil A THIS FRIDAY

MSA is in a new location. You can find them just outside the media center selling chick fil a breakfast items. The sales team wanted to increase their visibility to their customers and decided to move outside the cafeteria. Keep following the MSA fundraising drive for athletics as they will soon be making some big promotional announcements. But in the meantime $6 gets you a meal of a biscuit , drink and tate tots.

Every Friday you can make a biscuit purchase from the MSA for a chance to take home some cool stuff from Chick - Fil - A

Make sure to try out the new $6 Meal Deal!

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Want to Spend Spring Break in Switzerland & France???


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Performing and Visual Arts Fairs; search, connect, find

Search performing & Visual Arts Programs.

Connect with Colleges in Person.

Find You College Fit.

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Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 | 7pm - 9pm

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs link you to the top performing and visual arts institutions across the country.

Register for free at


2019 - 2020 Sports Teams Tryout Schedule

Students can also pick up one of these schedules from Coach Ayres in the Athletic Office.
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FSA Sideline Store; 20% off Back-to-School Essentials!

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The FSA Sideline Online Store 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! Get the perfect item to rep FSA whether outside of school or for Spirit Days!


2019 Volleyball Schedule

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2019 Cross Country Schedule

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Order Your Yearbook by September 30th to get 15% Off!

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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

Email: akurt@fultonscienceacademy.org

Home Visits; A Great Activity for Your Student, No Matter Their Grade Level!

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.

Here is some feedback from our parents:

  • “Early in the school year, a group of teachers took the time to come to our home to meet us and discuss the school program with us. That event brought us back to the time in which schooling was a true partnership between parent and teacher and reaffirmed in our minds that FSA truly cares about the development of our children”
  • “We even had two teachers visit us at our home. They were a pleasure to meet and we could clearly see how much they enjoy teaching students.”
  • “Thank you very much for your visit and the chocolates yesterday. We enjoyed having you over very much. I also want to thank you for turning math from the most complicated and somewhat scary subject into one of our most favorites.”
  • “We all enjoyed your visit last night to our home. It was such a pleasure to informally get to know both of you. My son thought it was really cool that two teachers came to his house. He talked about it the whole way to school this morning in carpool. Personally, I admire the dedication you both have for your jobs. It makes a big difference in a student’s attitude toward school. Your visit left no doubt in my mind that FSA was the right decision for my son.”
  • “I just wanted to write on behalf of my husband and I and thank you for visiting our child. He loved having you both come and visit. We appreciate the level of caring and attention that you have consistently shown our family. It is rare to see such a dedication from teachers for their jobs. We can tell that you love teaching and you care for our children. Thank you for visiting our child when he was not feeling well.”

How can I schedule a home visit?

Very simple.

To schedule a middle or high school school home visit: Simply email sduman@fultonscienceacademy.org with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Mr. Duman will be in touch to confirm final details.

Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends, except Sunday mornings. For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to homevisit@fultonscienceacademy.org

FSAConnect mobile App

Dear Parents,

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


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.

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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:



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



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



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



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



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