Fulton Science Academy High School

ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL

WEEK OF February 19, 2019

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! I would like to begin this newsletter thanking one of the top gifted schools of South Korea, the Gyeonggi Science High School for the Gifted from Suwon, South Korea, who came and visited our school today! The School's representatives were welcomed by our adorable elementary school students with flowers and a warm greeting. They visited with us to get a first-hand look at FSA’s STEAM curriculum in action. We thank you for taking the time to travel so far and for giving us the opportunity to meet such wonderful people whose mission in life is to provide the best education possible for today's youth. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future!

Make sure you congratulate our High School History Bowl and Bee Team on their achievement of advancing to Nationals! To read more about their weekend at the competition, read further below.


I hope everyone enjoys their week!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Did you all have fun over the long weekend? I know I did! I just have a couple of reminders for you all:

  • Make sure that you fill out your electives choices if you haven't yet!
  • Make sure you fill out your course selections for next year and get those to Ms. Agha as soon as possible!


Contact: yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 7th – 12th grade

hagha@fultonscienceacademy.org

(678) 366-2555 ext:158



Hey everyone! The Character Ed Trait of this month is Compassion. Compassion, according to Merriam Webster, is "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it." Our student Nominees for Compassion are Akshay M., Anam F., and Youmna A. - as a reward they will get to read to the elementary students!

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?

  • FSA Five Year Strategic Plan
  • FSA High School History Bowl Team Advances to Nationals
  • 8th Grade AP Panel Led by FSA High School Students!
  • UNG National Leadership Conference
  • Youth Volunteer Opportunities at Atlanta History Center - Now Accepting Applications
  • FSA Honor Chorus Auditions!!
  • 2 Different Music Competitions for High School Students
  • AND MORE

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Wednesday, February 20: Class Picture Day PreK - 5th Grade ONLY

Wednesday, February 20: 8th Grade AP Panel Led by HS Students

Thursday, February 21: Emory University Visit

Monday, February 25: Texas A&M Visit with HS Study Hall Students

Wednesday, February 27: GA Aquarium Field Trip, 4th & 5th Grade

Wednesday, February 27: Professional Speaker Series Presents; Mohammed Zaidi, Oncology Surgeon

please note that dates are subject to change

FSA Five Year Strategic Plan

Click on the Picture Below to View FSA's Five Year Strategic Plan for the Future of our Amazing School!

FSA HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY BOWL TEAM ADVANCES TO NATIONALS!

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Over the weekend, FSA's High School History Team traveled to Calhoun High School where they qualified for the National High School History Team Bowl. FSA had the youngest team at the competition which included a 7th grader, 9th grader and 3 10th graders. They competed against mostly juniors and seniors. Also, FSA students Weston B. (7th grade) won second place and Aubrey L. (10th grade) won fourth place in the High School History Bee, which qualifies them for the National High School History Bee. Both of these National Tournaments will be held in Arlington, VA at the end of April.


FSA's team started their morning facing four veteran high school teams in four separate rounds. Only four high school teams with the highest scores from the preliminary four rounds advance to the championship rounds and the other teams are eliminated. FSA remained undefeated in the preliminary rounds, beating Rockmart HIgh School in the first round with a score of 240-160, Gordon Central High School in the second round with a score of 150-140 and tied Oak Mountain High School and Woodland High School in the third and fourth rounds. FSA seventh grader, Weston B., answered both tie breaker questions in the third and fourth rounds for the win, which qualified FSA to advance to the championship rounds.


The History Bee is an individual event instead of a team event. The four students with the highest total scores from the first four preliminary rounds advance to the History Bee Final Championships and the other students are eliminated. Weston B. and Aubrey L. made the final four cut to compete in the History Bee Finals which was held after the lunch break. Instead of taking a lunch, Weston and Aubrey took a geography quiz to qualify for the National Geography Olympiad. They will be notified of their exam results in a few days.


During the single elimination championship rounds, FSA's History Team faced Rockmart High School during the first match. FSA beat their team with a score of 140-100 after four rounds. For the final championship game, FSA competed against Oak Mountain, whom they had barely defeated in the preliminary rounds. Oak Mountain won first place and FSA won second place. The top two teams from this tournament advance to Nationals. Way to Go FSA!!


For more information about the national history bowl and history bee, please visit: https://www.historybowl.com

8th Grade AP Panel Led by FSA High School Students!

On Wednesday, our 8th Grade students will participate in a Q&A panel lead by our High School Students. This panel lead by HS students is being used to help 8th graders understand the expectations, benefits, and any other concerns related to taking an AP course. We look forward to hearing from our High School students and hearing any questions or concerns that our 8th grade students may have. We hope that this will be an informative session for everyone involved!
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UNG National Leadership Conference

UNG NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:

National Leadership Challenge weekend will occur from April 5 – April 7th. If students are interested in attending they can register at the following URL here: https://ung.edu/military-college-admissions/visit/nlc.php


If any of our students would like to attend, please either stop by my office and speak with me, or send me an email!


This is a great opportunity for students that are wanting to try out the Corps of Cadets or just want to have a weekend full of outdoor activities and leadership training!

Youth Volunteer Opportunities at Atlanta History Center - Now Accepting Applications

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The Atlanta History Center has a number of volunteer programs for youth – You can check out the programs and get some general information here: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/support/volunteer
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"Atlanta History Center has many areas available for volunteers to work with the public or behind-the-scenes, from special events to maintaining beautiful gardens to leading tours through our historic houses and exhibitions."


Some of these Volunteer Opportunities Include:


Youth Ambassadors:

(Application Deadline: March 1st)


Junior Interpreters:

(Application Deadline: March 1st)


Summer Camp Junior Counselors

(Application Deadline: May 10th)

FSA Honor Chorus Auditions!!

Auditions are open for our first annual FSA Honor Chorus! This group of talented singers will be performing at our first-ever high school graduation, the 8th grade graduation, and at the STEAM Awards Ceremony.


Please use the following Google form to submit your audition recording/video.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SvE1DHTqkIlSnQQzS8K-NqAb_wLsZAVTvh0gkEwlfLo/viewform?edit_requested=true


· Open to students in 3rd-12th grade.

· Priority will go to students who can attend all 3 events.

· Students currently in Mrs. Otim’s Chorus Club are automatically qualified, as long as they submit their Audition Google Form.


  • We will rehearse 2-3 times during school hours between March-May.
  • Deadline to audition is March 15th.



· Questions? Contact Mrs. Otim at kotim@fultonscienceacademy.org

College Fair 2019; Thursday February 28th

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WHEN: THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 28; 10AM - 3PM

WHERE: FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER

  • 141 PRYOR STREET, SW - ATLANTA, GA 30303

WHAT: See dozens of College representatives! Learn about schools and get all your questions answered!

CONTACT: To get more information, contact: jori.mann@fultoncountyga.gov or 404.612.5861

FSA HIGH SCHOOl STUDENTS TO VISIT EMORY UNIVERSITY

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High School students will have the opportunity to visit Emory University on Thursday, February 21st. There is no fee associated with this visit, but please make sure that you either bring a disposable lunch, or money to purchase a lunch while on campus. Students and accompanying faculty members will travel to and from Emory by bus.


If you have NOT turned in your permission form yet, they will NOT be accepted after Tuesday, February 19th.

music competitions for high school students

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Alma Mater Lyric Contest

Our first graduating class will be graduating in May, and it would be wonderful for them to have a song to remember their time at FSA.

  • Contest is open to students in 6th-12th grade.
  • Lyrics should be set to the tune, “Alma Mater”
  • Lyrics should represent FSA and what it means to be a Mustang.
  • Follow this link to hear an example.
  • Students should write at least 1 verse, but no more than 2 verses
  • Winner will receive $100 and also be known as the composer of the FSA Alma Mater for many years to come!
  • Submissions and questions may be sent to Mrs. Otim at kotim@fultonscienceacademy.org
  • Submissions are due by March 29th.
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2019 NAfME Student Composers Competition

2019 NAfME Student Composers Competition

Deadline: March 29th


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the Young Composers Concert. Teachers and students are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit compositions.



For K-12 applicants, Mrs. Otim can be your faculty sponsor for this contest. kotim@fultonscienceacademy.org



Follow this link for more details about how to enter.

MD Junior is Raising Awareness for the American Heart Association

February is American Heart month! One of our high school clubs, MD Junior, is selling socks and T-Shirts to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. T-Shirts are selling for $10 each and socks are selling for $4 each. We hope that all students, parents, and teachers will support MD Junior and their initiative. You can place an order by writing your name and order information on the sheet posted outside Ms. Oliver’s Chem Lab. You MUST order and hand in the total money to Ms. Oliver by Friday, February 22. If Ms. Oliver isn’t in her room, you can bring it to her later. We highly encourage you to support the endeavors of this club and support heart disease! #heartmonth

Sports Picture Day is Coming Up! Mark Your Calendars!

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We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our 1st Annual Sports Picture day on March 8th in our gym. The pictures will take place during school hours. This will be for all sports teams that participated in 2018-2019. If you are wanting to purchase online, the link is below.

FSA 10th GRADER ANAM F. BEGINS STUDENT LED BOOKDRIVE

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO DONATE! THE DONATION BOX HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FRONT LOBBY!!!


Spread the joy of reading!

Only 10% of young children in India have access to higher education. This is likely due to the lack of resources that they have. Fortunately, with your help we can change this. If you have any gently used/new books with reading levels ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, please donate it to the boxes set up around Fulton Science Academy Private School. The books will be sent to underdeveloped cities in India. Thank you for your donations!


For questions, please contact afatima@fultonscienceacademy.org

AP CAPSTONE; WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

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We are excited to say that Fulton Science Academy Private School has the opportunity to implement the AP Capstone Program in the 2019-2020 school year!


"AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research."


Participating in AP Capstone can help students:

  • Stand out to colleges in the application process.
  • Develop key academic skills they’ll use in college and beyond.
  • Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Earn college credit: Many colleges offer credit for qualifying scores.

AP Capstone Diploma™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.


AP Seminar and Research Certificate™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.


The application process will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AP CAPSTONE CLICK HERE

HOME VISITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?!

You've probably heard of Home Visits for Elementary and Middle School Students, but Home Visits for High Schoolers?!


Home visits are a casual way for your student to spend time with his/her teacher in the comfort of their home. Teachers enjoy having a chance to see their students in this comfortable environment, doing whatever makes them most happy and spend time with these students and their parents outside of a regular school day.


To schedule a home visit, simply email junal@fultonscienceacademy.org with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom. Ms. Unal will be in touch to confirm final details.

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STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; FSA'S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!

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FSA’s annual International Night will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 4-7pm! We take pride in the cultural diversity represented in our school, and our International Night is a great way to share and celebrate our various cultural traditions. Please read carefully because we need your help to make it possible!


The event this year will be the same as last year and we are recruiting families to contribute in various ways. Whether you would like to represent your country of origin or share what you’ve learned about other places while traveling abroad, we would be honored if you would share your experiences and insight with the FSA family. The opportunities to contribute include the following:


  • Manage a booth - This includes selecting a country to educate our families on the country and culture. You will be provided with tables and a tri-fold poster board to create a display showcasing your country’s heritage including relevant art, photos, traditional dress/costume, music, dance, food, souvenirs, games, etc. If more than one family volunteers to represent the same country, those families will collaborate to manage the booth. Any family managing a booth has an opportunity to be in the Parade of Nations. Details will follow once signed up.
  • Bring food and/or drink items indicative of a specific country - If you aren’t up for managing a booth,but are a good cook and want to share your culinary talents please let us know what items you would like to contribute for our food sampling.
  • Perform a talent representative of a country - Performances can be by our students, parents and/or others in the community. Examples include Irish or Indian dance, West African drumming, Capoeira, Salsa dance, singing, etc. Please note performances should be 3-5 minutes long.
  • General Assistance & Volunteering - If none of the above appeal to you, but you would like to help at the event, please sign up to serve as a general event volunteer. We also need help with set up and clean up, manning the passport and immigration booths, coordinating talent, and more.


Please click the link below to let us know how you would like to participate by April 1, 2019. Once we receive your Google Form response, we will reach out to you with additional details.


International Night Google Form Sign-up

Please contact Kavitha Joseph at fsaintlnight@gmail.com with any questions or concerns


Below is an example of a family representing Ireland. They included a board of information, food and drink samples, and even dressed like the Irish!

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WANT TO GET SOME COOL CUSTOMIZABLE FSA APPAREL AND MORE?

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CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT PROMOTION!

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 and so much more!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE

HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

CAMP? CLASSES? INTERNSHIP? JOB SHADOWING? TRAVEL?


IF YOU NEED HELP FIGURING OUT YOUR PLANS, COME SEE OUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR, MS. AGHA DURING YOUR FREE PERIOD!

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VOLUNTEER HOURS POLICY & LOG DOWNLOAD

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Volunteer hours are a mandatory part of the FSA High School curriculum. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours to fulfill the volunteer hour requirement to qualify for graduation.

Volunteer Hours Tracking Process

  • High school students are required to submit their volunteer hours using volunteer hours log sheet.

  • The volunteer hours log sheet can be found on school website under counselor services menu.

  • Students can submit their log sheet throughout the semester to the school counselor as long as it contains a minimum of 10 hours.

**Exceptions can be made during finals week

  • Volunteer logs for each semester must be submitted no later than first Friday of December and first Friday of May to the counselor.

  • Counselors may or may not approve volunteer hours. Please refer to the acceptable volunteer hour guidelines for details.

  • Students will be informed of the volunteer hour log sheet approval decision by the counselor before the end of each semester.

  • School counselor will upload approved volunteer hour sheet to Naviance before the end of each semester.

  • Students are required to upload their approved volunteer hours to presidential service awards website within a week after receiving approval.

  • Students are required to have uploaded a minimum of 100 volunteer hours to presidential service website to fulfill the volunteer hour requirement.


Volunteer Hour Guidelines

Submitted volunteer hours will be approved by the counselor based on below criteria,


Acceptable Volunteer Hours

  • Volunteering with any agency, non-profit group, hospital, any religious place, student organization, civic group, community organization, etc.

  • Time that you spend planning or organizing a service event, drive, or fundraising for charities

  • Meeting that you attend in order to plan or organize a service event, learn about service opportunities, or learn community leadership skills that are outside the normal monthly meetings of the club or organization.

  • Service projects of school clubs, organizations, and teams

  • Time that you spend helping a member of the community excluding relatives

  • Any volunteer activity that is ten or more hours must be submitted along with a separate signed document as an evidence from the organization in addition to volunteer hours log sheet.

  • All service projects are subject to a maximum credit of 16 hours/day for any one event.


Unacceptable Volunteer Hours

  • Service for which you receive course credit, such as internships or class assignments.

  • Participating in “drives” where you drop off items for a collection

  • Participation in a school event or activity, such as rehearsing for performances, etc.

  • Time at conventions, mission or work trips when you are sleeping, attending social functions, eating, commuting, etc.

  • Court mandated community service or service mandated for a school disciplinary referral

  • Paid work of any kind or work for which you receive any kind of compensation

  • Hosting a foreign exchange student



Transfer Students

Transfer Students are required to meet the following criteria based on their entrance grade level to Fulton Science Academy.

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You can find a copy of the Volunteer Hours Log Sheet in your Naviance Account, as well as on your FSA connect account. If you would like to get a physical copy from the school, you can pick one up at the Front Desk.

DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

TO PURCHASE AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR YEARBOOK:

Go to www.treering.com/validate

Enter your school's passcode: 1013541294622699


Regular Price: $29.50

Deadline: April 1

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2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

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