Fulton Science Academy High School

ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL

WEEK OF September 2, 2019

high school newsletter

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,


I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!


I want to begin this week's newsletter by telling you that Fulton Science Academy is very excited to host 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.


To stay informed about the event and to be added to the invitation list, 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

Good luck to our Volleyball Team as they take on Notre Dame today and Cherokee (MS) and Atlanta Girls School (VG) tomorrow evening! The Varsity game tomorrow will be at home so be sure to come out and support the team! Our Cross Country team has their second meet of the season this week as well! On Saturday September 7th our Middle School Team will compete at Whitefield Academy! Come cheer our Mustangs on!


Also, don't forget that THIS SUNDAY we will be hosting a Grandparents Day Luncheon to celebrate our wonderful grandparents! Make sure you RSVP using the form below! We look forward to seeing you there!


Have a great week!


With Warmest Regards,


Kenan Sener,

Principal

Mr. Parlak's ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

I hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend!

Thank you to all of the families that came out to our High School Curriculum Night last Thursday! We hope that everyone got helpful and useful information not only from the student perspective, but for our parents as well. We are always here to answer any questions you may have.


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org

Ms. Agha's COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 9th – 12th grade

hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

(678) 366-2555 ext:158


PSAT 9th - 11th Grade

Save the Date: October 16th
Morning- 9th-11th grade will take the PSAT
Afternoon- Career Panel based on the professions you indicated!


Parents,

Make sure you check out the brief info below about our Parent Financial Planning Seminar coming up on September 12th! We hope to see you here! Let me know if you have any questions.


High School Counseling Website

https://fultonscienceacademycounseling.weebly.com/ - sharing as much as I can in one place! (UPDATES COMING SOON)


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

Mission

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.


Vision

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?

  • High School at FSA
  • Want to Spend Spring Break in Switzerland & France???
  • How Will I Pay for College and Other Parent Worries
  • Solar Car Club
  • 29th Annual Rivers Alive! Clean-Up Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Parent Financial Planning Seminar
  • INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS; HIRING ELECTRICIANS, APPRENTICES, & HELPERS
  • Did you Know FSA has a Fine Arts Newsletter?
  • YOUTH UNITED IS RECRUITING STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS!
  • University of Georgia’s Vet School for a Day (VSFD) 2019
  • Buzz on Biotechnology Save the Date
  • Come out for a Night of Fun at the First Mothers' Night Out of the School Year!
  • Steam Innovation Awards (SIA)
  • and more!
Did you Miss Last Week's High School Newsletter?

Click here to see last week's High School Newsletter and catch up!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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August / September Calendar

NEW PARENT BREAKFAST PRESENTED BY THE MSO

DATE CHANGE

The Date for the New Parent Breakfast Has Changed

The New Date is September 6th

8:30am

- watch your email for the Evite.

We are collecting old uniforms in good condition for resale. Please drop off at the front desk.

EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

September Calendar


Tuesday, September 3: Away Volleyball vs. ND; MS 4:30pm, VG 5:30pm

Wednesday, September 4: Away Volleyball Vs. Cherokee; MS 4:00pm, VG 5:00pm

Friday, September 6: New Parent Breakfast, 8:30am

Saturday, September 7: MS Cross Country Meet #2 @ Whitefield

Sunday, September 8: Grandparents Day, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday, September 9: Home Volleyball Game vs. Holy Spirit; MS 4:30pm, VG 5:30pm

Tuesday, September 10: Home Volleyball Game vs. Cornerstone; MS 4:30pm, VG 5:30pm

Wednesday, September 12:

  • Cross Country Meet #3 at Mill Springs
  • Away Volleyball vs Cristo Rey, VG 5:00pm
  • Parent Financial Planning Seminar (Informational Flier Below)

Thursday, September 13: Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Tuesday, September 17:

  • Home Volleyball vs. JFCA; MS 5:00pm
  • Away Volleyball vs ATL Girls 5:30pm
  • PreK - 2nd Grade Family Math Night (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

Thursday, September 19:

  • Home Volleyball Game vs Cherokee ; MS 4:30pm
  • Away Volleyball Game vs Dominion ; VG 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 24:

  • Away Volleyball Game vs Fideles: MS 4:30pm
  • Away Volleyball Game vs Johnson Ferry; MS 5:30pm
  • Home Volleyball Game vs Brandon Hall; VG 5:00pm

Wednesday, September 25: MS 4:30pm., VG 5:30pm

Thursday, September 26:

  • Cross Country Meet #4 at Mill Springs
  • Home Volleyball Game vs Notre Dame MS 4:30, VG 5:30pm

Saturday, September 28: Rivers Alive Clean up

September 30 - October 4: Fall Break NO SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL AT FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY



What’s new with high school?

Last year, we had about ~80 high school students and 8 seniors. This year, we have 114 high schoolers and 16 seniors. We are growing! Next year, we will have an entire high school area developed after the expansion.

How does my child receive classes?

Every year, we revisit the Credit Evaluation form which outlines the classes needed to take in order to graduate from FSA. In addition to the state of Georgia requirements, we keep our students on a path of rigor which will fulfill the HOPE and university requirements. Every year, the parent(s) and student(s) are invited to meet with the counselor to discuss classes, future classes, extracurriculars, service, and any other items that affect the students’ school success.


When we place students into classes, we take the following into consideration: previous courses and grades, MAP scores in math and reading/writing, PSAT Scores, AP exam scores, attitude and behaviors in class, and teacher observations. We aim to create schedules for students that will challenge them, but also allow them to thrive.


At FSA, we have high expectations for our students. While other schools may prepare their students for AP level work, we put an emphasis on the AP exam preparation as well. With the skills they develop here, the goal is to help them be successful in their future SAT, ACT, college acceptances, and professional endeavors.

How do we do it?

Along with the facilities we have in place, we also utilize a platform called Naviance. Your student has access to this profile. It enables your student(s) to build an online portfolio and even apply to colleges. If you would like a parent account, please email Ms. Agha.

Along with academic success, we encourage our students to be successful citizens. To graduate, our students require 100 hours of volunteering. The purpose of this is to make our students successful citizens of their community and continue to share their contributions as they progress into the real world. To track their volunteer hours, we use a portal called x2VOL.

When do we do it?

Built into the schedule, we have College Prep time. During that time, high school students will receive AP supplemental support, SAT prep, or college guidance time that may include college representatives and professional speakers from the community. Afterschool clubs are also built into the schedule to allow maximum involvement and tutoring time. For additional resources, visit

www.fultonscienceacademycounseling.weebly.com


If you have any concerns, please reach out to our high school team-

Mr. Yasin Parlak, High School Administrator yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org

Ms. Hibbah Agha, High School Counselor hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

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

MAKE SURE TO GRAB AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE FRONT DESK

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How Will I Pay for College and Other Parent Worries

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Earlier this year, we surveyed thousands of parents across the country to better understand what worries them most about the college planning process. Here are their top concerns:

1.The price tag

2.College match

3.Finding scholarships

4.Student loan debt

5.The SAT® and ACT®

6.Campus safety

7.Admissions options

8.Their child's newfound independence

9.The college application process

10.Financial aid


We pulled together key resources and information to help you navigate this journey to college. Visit the Parent Worry Index to learn more about how to address some of your concerns.

VIEW THE PARENT WORRY INDEX

Includes Helpful information on: The Price Tag, College Match, Finding Scholarships, Student Loan Debt, The SAT & ACT, Campus Safety, Admissions Options, Newfound Independence, Application Process, and Financial Aid

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Solar Car Club

FSA's Solar Car Club has been hard at work on their impressive solar car! The club hopes to join in the Solar Car challenge and attend the 2020 Closed Track Event at the Texas Motor Speedway with Qualifier. We will be sure to keep you updated on this new club at FSA! Good luck!


"The Solar Car Challenge is the top project-based STEM Initiative helping motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. In 1993, the Solar Car Team launched an education program to teach high school students how to build and safely race roadworthy solar cars. The Solar Education Program met this objective, and worked to provide curriculum materials, on-site visits, and workshop opportunities for high schools across the country. This program was designed to motivate students in the sciences, engineering, and technology. The end product of each two-year education cycle is the Solar Car Challenge: a closed-track event at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway, or a cross country race designed to give students an opportunity to display and drive their solar cars.

National sponsors for the Solar Car Challenge: Hunt Oil Company, Dell Computers, Green Mountain Energy, The Acclivus Corporation, Austin Energy, Earth Day Texas, Lockheed-Martin, and Texas Instruments. The Solar Car Challenge is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation." (http://www.solarcarchallenge.org/challenge/about.shtml)


Solar Car Challenge Website

Solar Racing History

Solar Car Media Page

29th Annual Rivers Alive! Clean-Up Saturday, September 28, 2019

We have officially signed up for the Rivers Alive Cleanup in Roswell on September 28th! There is a waiver posted at the bottom of this entry. Each volunteer has to complete the form and either bring it to Mrs. Beck, or bring it to the event! Students, this would be a fantastic opportunity to earn volunteer hours!



"Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program.

Georgia's 70,150 miles of streams and rivers need your help. Our waterways provide us with fresh drinking water, great recreational opportunities like canoeing and fishing, and they serve as a pleasant respite from our busy day to day lives. This is your opportunity to help protect one of our most precious resources. Help us clean our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands by joining in support of Rivers Alive." (https://riversalive.georgia.gov/about-rivers-alive)

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Parent Financial Planning Seminar

Parents, join us September 12th for an uncommon approach to financial decision making at our Parent Financial Planning Seminar.

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INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS; HIRING ELECTRICIANS, APPRENTICES, & HELPERS

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Did you Know FSA has a Fine Arts Newsletter?

Click Here to See the Most Recent Fine Arts Newsletter

If you are not receiving the Fine Arts Newsletter and would like to, please contact Mrs. Otim at kotim@fultonscienceacademy.org

YOUTH UNITED IS RECRUITING STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS!

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Do you know of any juniors or seniors looking for leadership development & service opportunities? Spread the word – Youth United (YU) is the place for them!


Youth United offers a unique opportunity for 16 selected students to participate in a cost-free program throughout the school year. These students will receive specialized sessions on topics ranging from public speaking to executive level guest speakers, and receive exclusive experiences like a behind-the-scenes tour at the State Capitol. The students will do a deep dive into what’s going on in their communities, as they are charged with planning and hosting innovative and high-impact service opportunities for students around Atlanta. It’s also a great way to knock out those volunteer hours! Through the program, students grow as leaders and as civil servants. This program is highly competitive and requires an essay and interview to apply.

The application can be found on our website, and it will be open until August 31st. Contact youthunited@unitedwayatlanta.org with any questions or student referrals!


Application: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/join-youth-united-board/

UPCOMING EVENTS


Student Volunteer Project - YU ANNUAL KICKOFF
Come pack 500 meals for kids in Atlanta! We’ll have a DJ, lunch, prizes, and surprises!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Location: Volga, 3855 Presidential Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30340

Sign up here: http://volunteer.unitedwayatlanta.org/need/detail/?need_id=451226


COLLEGE WORKSHOP

Get ready for all things college! We’ll have 1x1 strategy sessions, FAFSA workshops, a panel, and more!

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Location: CARE Innovation Hub, 151 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta, GA 31303

Sign up here: http://volunteer.unitedwayatlanta.org/need/detail/?need_id=452038

University of Georgia’s Vet School for a Day (VSFD) 2019

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University of Georgia’s Vet School for a Day (VSFD) 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This program is open to high school juniors and seniors from Georgia and South Carolina to educate students about some of the many career opportunities within the field of veterinary medicine. They will hear from veterinarians from UGA’s vet school, a guest speaker, and receive a tour of our teaching hospital.
The application for VSFD 2019 will be available on our website (https://vet.uga.edu/academic-affairs/vet-school-for-a-day) from Monday, August 5 until Monday, September 2. All application materials must be received by the September 2 deadline.


There is no cost to apply to or attend the program. For more information about Vet School for a Day, please inform your students to contact vetcamp@uga.edu.

Buzz on Biotechnology Save the Date

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SAVE THE DATE
Buzz on Biotechnology High School Open House
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience
Georgia Tech

An open house for high school students to come learn about the exciting and innovative world of bioengineering and bioscience through hands-on scientific demonstrations, seminars and tours of state-of-the-art laboratories...all hosted by Georgia Tech's biotech graduate students.
LEARN MORE**Complimentary registration required, opening August 2019!

Chick-Fil-A with the MSA is back!

Chick- Fil -A Friday is back! Two weeks in and the newly rebranded MSA is at it again, trying to help FSA Athletics with some student focused fundraising. The team formerly know as the Mustang Soccer Association has invented itself to the Mustang Sports Association. This way all the funds raised will go to the sports program as a whole. Last year the group raised $1000 from their fundraising efforts from the sale of Chick - Fil - A breakfast biscuits on Fridays. This academic year while not only will chicken biscuits be on sale, but they will also have a veggie option of tater tots, a healthy option of Greek yogurt Parfaits, and the combo meal that includes a drink. For the Parfaits and tater tots those are limited items so please be sure to let MS. Agha know if you would like one by Wednesday and she will let the team know when placing their order. MSA is also looking for new recruits as they would like to offer a delivery system to teachers who are in class already and can't make it to the cafeteria to make a purchase. High Schoolers check your inboxes for an application form. They are excited about raiding funds for FSA Sports and would like you to get on board as well! Be on the lookout for random prize drawing with CFA products as well.
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Come out for a NIght of Fun at the First Mothers' Night Out of the School Year!

On Friday, September 20th, we will host a MOTHERS' NIGHT OUT in the FSA Cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All our moms are invited to this unforgettable event.


The night will be packed with food, fun, music, dance and laughter! You may dress up in authentic Indian clothes. Take a break from your kids and husbands, enjoy Zumba, dance & laughter!


Bollywood Zumba starts at 6:30 p.m. led by a professional dancer – don’t miss out! Also, we will have a henna artist doing henna for your hands.


Please RSVP at http://evite.me/6pakM3A52y link here.


You may sign up for the potluck using the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAFA728A4FD0-mothers2


Sema Duzyol & Vaheeda Irshadullah

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!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE

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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SMART TUITION

SMART TUITION ACCOUNT

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

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.

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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:

1- FSA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

https://www.youtube.com/user/FultonScienceAcademy

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

2- FSA FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/FultonScienceAcademyPrivateSchool/


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

3- FSA INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/fultonscienceacademy/

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

4- FSA LINKEDIN

https://www.linkedin.com/company/fulton-science-academy-private-school


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

5 –FSA TWITTER

https://twitter.com/fsaprivate

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