Fulton Science Academy
Week of March 9, 2015
Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents.
I would like to begin this newsletter by congratulating our students for their recent achievements.
17 FSAPS STUDENTS IN 7TH GRADE RECOGNIZED BY DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
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INVITATION TO DUKE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR SUMMER STUDIES
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INVITATION TO DUKE UNIVERSITY ACADEMY FOR SUMMER STUDIES
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Congratulations to all of these wonderful 7th graders and their parents for this wonderful achievement.
CONGRATULATIONS TO STATE TECHNOLOGY FAIR CHAMPIONS!
With more than 1000 students, State Tech Fair competition was amazing! Each of our students made great efforts at the competition and 6 FSAPS Projects received awards in their category. All projects completed by students were unique and students' excitement were worth seeing. We hope to see many more students competing in State Tech Fair in the years to come. Congratulations to all winners and their parents. Wonderful job!
1st Place in Digital Audio Production Category - Neharika Marupudi
1st Place in Project Programming Category - Rishan and Shivan Patel
2nd Place in Case Modification Category - Edgar Robitaille
2nd Place in Mobile Applications Design Category - Graham Allen
3rd Place in Animated Graphic Design Category - Gwen O'Sullivan
3rd Place in Digital Video Production - Shreya Puvvula and Shivani Naraharishetty
GREAT RESULTS IN STATE MODEL UNITED NATIONS
On March 4th and 5th the FSAPS Model UN team travelled to Savannah to take part in the 17th Annual Coastal Georgia Middle School Model United Nations Conference where they put in a strong showing among the many schools and students in attendance.
The FSAPS Model UN team brought home an honorable mention trophy for their performance in the competition. In addition, several students received individual awards for the outstanding representation of their respective countries.
Three students were given the distinguished delegate awards for their accomplishments, Kian Nijaf representing Bangladesh in the Human Rights Council as well as Shreya Rekapalli representing Cameroon and Chloe Richardson representing Cote d’Ivoire, both in the African Union.
Four students received honorable mention awards for their work in the conference. Jaeden Amiri-Owens (Azerbaijan) and Sophie Richardson (Cameroon) were singled out for their work in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as was Neharika Marupudi (Azerbaijan) in the Human Rights Council. In the General Assembly, representing the country of Cameroon, Vishal Balyan also received recognition for his work.
Congratulations to the entire team for the hard work they put into preparing and competing in the conference!
Elementary Science Olympiad Students Advance to State Competition!
The hard work of the Elementary Science Olympiad students paid off this past Saturday, March 7th at the State Qualifying Competition. Our Elementary Science Olympiad students completed against 17 other teams and placed 2nd Overall as a team earning themselves a spot in the State Competition in May!! Head Coaches Ms. Minor and Ms. P could not be more proud of our ESO students and how well they represented FSAPS at the competition. A huge thank you goes out toall of our coaches for their hard work and dedication, and a giant CONGRATULATIONS to all of the students on the Elementary Science Olympiad team! A special shout out as well to the following students for their individual awards:
Bridge Building - 3rd Place: Celil Teber and Fatima Safdar coached by Mrs. Ayer
Disease Detectives - 6th Place: Kavitha Kuppaswamy and Siyona Patel coached by Mrs. Daley and Ms. Doraiswami
Don't Bug Me - 2nd Place: Shreyan Ghelani and Amrita Kaur coached by Mrs. Ghelani
Elements Compounds Mixtures - 6th Place: Logan Kersey and Michael Rico coached by Mr. Kersey
Grasp a Graph - 5th Place: Damien Davis and Bhavin Shah coached by Ms. Minor
Leaf and Tree Finders - 3rd Place: Kavitha Kuppaswamy and Lakshya Jasti coached by Ms. Doraiswami
Mystery Architecture - 7th Place: Logan Kersey and Siddarth Yamujala coached by Ms. Ramsey
Paper Rockets - 4th Place: Anastasia Kefalas and Neel Bhatt coached by Mrs. Yamujala
Rock Hound - 2nd Place: Nick A. and Fatima Safdar coached by Ms. P
Simple Machines - 7th Place: Nick A. and Neel Bhatt coached by Mrs. Ayer
Starry Starry Night - 2nd Place: Siyona Patel and Lakshya Jasti coached by Mrs. Flowers
Straw Egg Drop - 8th Place: Celil Teber and Neel Bhatt coached by Ms. Ramsey
Which Way is North - 10th Place: Austin Gardner and Greyson Osekevage coached by Ms. Minor
Water Rockets - 1st Place: Austin Gardner and Greyson Osekavage coached by Mr. Kurt
Way to go ESO students and coaches... we are so proud of you and we wish you the best of luck at State in May!
GREAT RESULTS IN LANGUAGE OLYMPIADS!
This year semi finals of Language Olympiad was held in Jacksonville, Florida. Our students participated to English Olympiad, Spanish Olympiad and Turkish Olympiad in the categories of singing and poetry. We had the highest number of participants and got the chance of going for finals which is going to be on 16th of May, in Jacksonville. The students qualified for finals are as follows:
English Olympiad Singing Category - Margarette Sutton
Spanish Olympiad Singing Category - Carmen Tello
Turkish Olympiad Singing Category - Margarette Suttton
Turkish Olympiad Native Poetry Category - Bahriye Agu
Congratulations to all of these students for their spectacular performances.
Students also had some fun activities in jacksonville. They visited Authentic Old Jail & St. Augustine, played laser tag and enjoyed ice skating.
March 12 - Brain Awareness Workshop for 1st and 2nd Graders
March 13 - 3rd Quarter Report Card
March 13 - Pi day
March 15 - Open House for Prospective Families from 12:00PM to 2:00PM
March 16 - 20 Brick Campaign Dress Down Week for the Participants of the Campaign
March 20 - Elementary Field Trip to the Alliance Theatre - James and The Giant Peach
March 21 - State Chess Competition
March 21 - State Science Olympiad
March 23 - Georgia MathCounts Competition
March 23 - National Spanish Exam
March 25 thru 28 - 11th Annual Global Classrooms UNA-USA International Model UN Conference in New York, NY
March 26 - Book Character Dress Up Day
March 27 - Spirit Night - Join us at Read-It-Again - 4-8pm.
March 28 - Destination Imagination Tournament
THE GREAT MAIL RACE
As part of a social studies (U.S. geography) and language arts (letter writing) collaborative project, the fourth and fifth grade classes of FSAPS are participating in the national Great Mail Race! Each student wrote a friendly letter to one or more fourth or fifth grade classes in different states around the country. Students were assigned states via a raffle process, and each student wrote 2-4 letters to one school of their choice in each of their assigned states.
We will be keeping track of the replies we receive by pinning them onto a large map of the United States, and we hope to receive at least one reply from each of the fifty states before the school year ends!
FSAPS CELEBRATES Dr. SEUSS' BIRTHDAY!
This past Friday, March 6th FSAPS celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Every student from Pre-K through 8th grade entered the school to special surprises to celebrate the day. Thing 1 and Thing 2 greeted middle school students who dressed up with a hat, bow tie to decorate, and special treat (because you’re never too old for a little Seuss). Everyone who was dressed in black received a set of whiskers, red and white striped hat, and black nose on their faces to be “The Cat in the Hat.” By the end of 1st period we had an entire school of Cat in the Hats!!
Elementary students enjoyed an afternoon-long journey through the wonderfully wacky world of Dr. Seuss’ most famous stories. Students rotated through all the elementary classrooms, collecting Dr. Seuss themed prizes to put in their goodie bags, hearing a story, and then completing activities based on the book they just heard.
After listening to Bartholomew and the Oobleck, students used Elmer’s glue, Borax, food coloring, and water to concoct their own gooey Oobleck. The reading of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish preceded the measuring activity geared towards creating Dr. Seuss “Silly Soup.” The imaginative illustrations of The Lorax served as inspiration for some very creative art projects. The Foot Book got the students moving with some fun games inspired by this classic story. Finally, students enjoyed cooking projects and language arts activities following the story Green Eggs and Ham.
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE OLYMPIAD LOCK-IN
SPRING BOOK DRIVE & BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY
BOYS vs. GIRLS
Bring in gently used books from now till March 31st and put them in the bins in the front office. We are requesting books for adults and children such as; children's books, juvenile fiction, adult fiction, historical fiction, self-help, business books, cookbooks, etc. The winners will receive a frozen treat as their reward.
Anyone bringing in two or more books can participate in a literary character dress up day on Thursday March 26th.
Please make sure that your book character costume is approved by your Language Arts teacher.
Books will be used to stock our library shelves or used to trade in for more books through our partner Read-It-Again.
Spirit Night - Join us at Read-It-Again on Friday March 27th 4-8pm.
Shop a huge selection of new and used books and unique gifts. Proceeds will be used by FSAPS to purchase additional books for the school!
$1,033 COLLECTED FOR PENNIES FOR PATIENTS
FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP
The Affiliate Tournament for Destination Imagination teams is Saturday, March 28th. FSA has three teams competing, and they would like to invite everyone to attend! There will be vendors and concessions as well as a cake walk and many other activities taking place throughout the day.
If you would like to be an audience member and support our teams, please plan to arrive early as once the performance begins, the doors are closed and no one will be allowed in. Our teams and the times they will present their challenges:
The Tremendous Turtles - Improv Games - 1:15pm
Golden Armour - Feary Tales - 1:55pm
Narwalic Fantasy - Improv Games - 2:45pm
Please also consider staying or returning for the closing ceremonies at 4:30pm.
Parking will be a little tight, so please consider carpooling, and make sure to leave yourself time to park and find your way to the performance spaces!
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT - FRIDAY, MARCH 13
Dear Parents of Elementary Students,
Friday, March 13th from 5- 10 pm the Robotics Team Circuit Breakers will host a “Parents Night Out” for families of students in Pre-K through 5th grade. 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 play time 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, March 11th. The cost is $25 for the first child from your family and $10 for each additional sibling. Payments must be cash and can be paid to the attending teachers when you pick up your children at the end of the evening.
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 comfy clothes to change into. Don’t forget- they have to be warm enough 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!
SCHOOL UPDATE: CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS
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.
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 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.
- Cross Country
- Table Tennis
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
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
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!