Fulton Science Academy

ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP GIFTED SCHOOL

Week of January 7, 2019


PRINCIPAL'S CORNER


Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Welcome back to school! I hope that everyone enjoyed their first day back and that everyone had a fantastic holiday break. It was great to see everyone again this morning during carpool! We got right back into the swing of things this week and jumped right back into clubs and STEAM. Please note that outside clubs are not starting again until next week.


I want to remind everyone that tomorrow, January 8th will begin our string of Award Ceremonies throughout the week.

During this ceremony we will distribute principal's honor roll and honor roll certificates to our students based on their first semester GPA's. All Award Ceremonies will take place in the cafeteria. Please note that the Elementary Award Ceremony will be split between two days. Please know that parents are invited to attend these Award Ceremonies! The dress code for students will be school uniform.

  • 1st - 3rd grade students will have their Award Ceremony on Tuesday, January 8th between 1:30pm - 2:20pm.
  • 4th and 5th grade will follow on January 9th from 1:30pm - 2:20pm.
  • Middle school students, (6th - 8th) will have their Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 10th between 1:30pm - 2:30pm.
  • High school students will have their Award Ceremony on Friday, January 11th between 2:30pm - 3:10pm.


Our school will hold its first-ever Poetry Out Loud competition this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Along with student performances, two Atlanta poets will read some of their work. This event is open to all students, parents, faculty, and staff members. It will be a literary event you won't want to miss! To learn more about this competition, please read further below.


Lastly, we have begun training our faculty on a research based social emotional learning program called Caring School Community last Friday with the help an outside expert, Dr. Mar Tavegia. Our professional developments will continue throughout second semester and this August we will begin implementing Caring School Community program every day for 15 minutes as part of the homeroom. To learn more about the Caring School Community program, please refer to it's section below. We are very excited about the opportunities that this program gives us for both our students and our faculty.


I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of their week! Be sure to read on so you don't miss a thing!

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.

With Warmest Regards,


Kenan Sener,

Principal

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Character Ed Trait of the Month: January (Perseverance)

The character trait for this month is: PERSEVERANCE

Elementary Student Council will be giving out tickets to classmates who show acts of perseverance;

-working hard, even when it's hard to work!

- not giving up or giving in

- encouraging others not to give up even when it's hard

- knowing it's going to be difficult, but showing determination in completing the task

January Calendar

Tuesday, January 8: 1st - 3rd Grade Award Ceremony (1:30 - 2:20)

Wednesday, January 9: School Wide Spelling Bee (1st & 2nd Periods)

Wednesday, January 9: 4th - 5th Grade Award Ceremony (1:30 - 2:20)

Thursday, January 10: Middle School Award Ceremony (6th - 8th Grade) (1:30 - 2:30)

Friday, January 11: High School Award Ceremony (9th - 12th Grade) (2:30 - 3:10)

Friday, January 11: Poetry Out Loud Competition (6:00 - 7:30)

Friday, January 11: Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Saturday, January 12: Chess Competition (8:00am - 3:00pm)

Monday, January 21: MLK Day (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, January 25: Center for Puppetry Arts: Paul Bunyan Tall Tales Field Trip (1st grade)

Saturday, January 26: Science Olympiad Invitational

Thursday, January 31: GA Aquarium Field Trip (4th and 5th grade)

SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE

Parents, you may use this link as a quick reference to your student's bell schedule.


2018 - 2019 FSA BELL SCHEDULE


Parents, please remember that 1st Period for Elementary Students begins at 7:40am and 1st Period for Middle and High School Students begins at 8:00am. Students should be IN CLASS by these times.

fsa annual fundraising

We are pleased to inform you that this year our annual campaign started really well. We have already raised $76,025 with the contributions from 41% of our families. We are also expecting an additional $5,000 match from donations. We are looking for 100% participation from our families to reach our $200,000 annual fundraising goal.


To contibute to our annual campaign, please visit: http://donate.fultonscienceacademy.org/donatetoday


Any family that donates $1,000 or more will also earn a brick for their name to be placed in front of the school.


Thank you for your support! #strongertogether

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZxbEohrQXE

FSA Math Team breaks its own record on AMC 8 Math Contest!

Fulton Science Academy participated in the AMC 8 Contest on Wednesday Nov 13th 2018; sixty FSA students competed in the contest that was administered at our campus.

The AMC 8 contest is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. AMC 8 contest is a math contest for students in 8th grade or below and it is administered at school campus.

In Nov 2018, 98,448 students, almost 100,000 students, in grades 8 or below participated in the AMC 8 Math Contest from 1,844 schools nationwide, including participation from some international schools worldwide. The Fulton Science Academy Middle School Math Team broke it's own record and placed in the top 5 schools and tied for 2nd place out of 1844 schools.

In the history of FSA, the best school score our team had was 66/75. Coach Duzyol added “We are thrilled to share the spectacular success of our math team!! This is the result of consistent hard work of our team during the last three years. Our team met during every possible break including winter break, thanksgiving break, spring break, and summer break, including consistent meetings during weeknights and continuous participation on local, regional, state, and national levels of tournaments on Saturdays for the last three years. Congratulations Math Mustangs!! We are so proud of you!!”

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The students listed below scored 19 or above and got in the top 1% nationally and are on Distinguished Honor Roll on the AMC 8 2018. There are, in total, 44 students with a perfect score of 25 among almost 100,000 students that participated in the AMC 8 contest. Special congratulations to Ethan G. (8th grader) and Kevin Y. (8th grader) for their perfect score.

We are thrilled with this result! Congrats Math Mustangs!! Keep up the good work!

  • Ethan G. (8th grader) – perfect score of 25
  • Kevin Y. (8th grader) – perfect score of 25
  • Richard Y. (8th grader) – with a score of 24
  • Nick A. (7th grader) – with a score of 20
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The students listed below scored 15 or above out of 25 questions and got in the top 5% nationally and earned the honor roll certificate. We have six students who are on honor roll on AMC 8 2018. Congrats to all!! We are so proud of you!!

  • Varun G. (4th grader)
  • Ethan M. (6th grader)
  • Richard K. (7th grader)
  • Ziqing (Lucas) H. (8th grader)
  • Fez P. (8th grader)
  • Howard X. (8th grader)


Students who are in grade 6 and below who scored over a 15 on the AMC 8 earned a certificate of achievement. We have two students who are on the achievement roll on the AMC 8 2018; Varun G. (4th grader) and Ethan M. (6th grader). Congrats to both Varun and Ethan! We are so proud of you!!

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If you would like to check AMC 8 Contest Reports, please use below link:

https://amc-reg.maa.org/reports/generalreports.aspx

poetry out loud competition; (January 11th 2019)

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FSA will hold its first ever Poetry Out Loud competition this Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 6:00pm.

Along with student performances, two Atlanta poets will read some of their work. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff members. It will be a literary event you won't want to miss!


Contact Ms. Outler with any questions you may have at:

koutler@fultonscienceacademy.org


"Welcome to Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico."


Learn more at:

https://www.poetryoutloud.org/

Mathcounts top ten at FSA

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The FSA MATHCOUNTS Team is getting ready for the Chapter MATHCOUNTS in February 2019.

On Thursday, November 29th, a schoolwide MATHCOUNTS competition was held at FSA for FSA Middle School Math Team students. The overall top 10 students from the FSA Math Team were selected based on results of the school-wide MATHCOUNTS competition. Every school independent from its size is allowed to take only 10 students to the Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition which will be held on Saturday, February 9th 2019.

Each of the 10 students listed below will represent FSA at the Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition in February and may advance to the next level & qualify to compete at the state level individually. The top 4 students formed our school team. Six of our students will be competing individually. Our students will continue to work hard to prepare for the upcoming Chapter competition in February 2019. Good luck to our students at Chapter MATHCOUNTS Tournament!

  • Richard Y. 8th grade – Team
  • Ethan G. 8th grade – Team
  • Kevin Y. 8th grade – Team
  • Nick A. 7th grade – Team
  • Richard K. – 7th grade
  • Pranav D. – 8th grade
  • Ethan M. – 6th grade
  • Howard X. – 8th grade
  • Ishwar H. – 8th grade
  • Lucas H. – 8th grade

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Caring School Community

The Caring School Community program is designed to help students become caring, responsible members of their school communities and, ultimately, to grow into humane, principled, and skilled citizens of a democratic society. It does so by:

  • Building caring relationships with and among students

  • Directly teaching social skills

  • Creating calm, orderly learning environments through the use of effective classroom management practices

  • Helping students acquire self-discipline through a caring and effective approach to discipline

    Self-awareness: Recognizing one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

    • Recognizing emotions and expressing them appropriately.

    • Cultivating positive emotions.

    • Reflecting on one’s own behavior.

    Self-management: Regulating one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward personal and academic goals.

    • Considering the effects of behavior and/or decisions on others.

    • Considering the natural consequences of actions.

    • Monitoring attention and refocusing when necessary.

    • Persevering through challenges.

    Social Awareness: Taking the perspective of and empathizing with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, understanding social and ethical norms for behavior, and recognizing family, school, and community resources and supports.

    • Seeking to understand others’ feelings and perspectives.

    • Expressing interest in and appreciation for others. • Include one another.

    Relationship Skills: Establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.

    • Listening to and sharing a partner’s thinking with the class.

    • Agreeing and disagreeing in a respectful way.

    • Speaking and acting in respectful, caring, friendly,

    and helpful ways.

    • Giving feedback in a helpful way.

    Responsible Decision-making: Making constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on the consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms; the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions; and the well-being of self and others.

    • Sharing the work and materials fairly.

    • Making fair decisions.

    • Considering how to make amends after causing harm.


Please see a picture from our training here

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Professional Speaker Series Continues into the 2nd Semester!

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Next week on Tuesday, the 15th, we will be continuing our Professional Speaker Series for the second semester. We will kick it off with some of our very own faculty (Mr. Proctor, Mr. Bray, Ms. Oliver) speaking with our high school students about the other side of the college experience and the expectations that come when you leave college, as well as preparation and sustaining momentum. Mr. Proctor, Mr. Bray, and Ms. Oliver will answer student questions after the presentation.

2019 - 2020 school year calendar

Please note that we have published our 2019 - 2020 Calendar on our School Website as well if you would like to print it.

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What is the New Name for the FSA Mustang?!

Thank you to everyone that submitted names for the FSA Mustang.

Now for the grand reveal…

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We’d like to introduce


Maverick the Mustang!


Maverick is defined in the dictionary as

"an unorthodox or independent-minded person

An Individualist, a free spirit –"


Please make sure to attend FSA Games and see Maverick in action!

Congratulations to Chess Atlanta Coach Carlos Perdomo!

Congratulations to Chess Atlanta Coach Carlos Perdomo on being invited to participate in 2 World Championship Chess Tournaments at the end of this month representing his country, Colombia! Our Chess students and families know how lucky they are to have such a coach like Mr. Perdomo! This is a wonderful accomplishment and we wish him the best of luck!


If you would like your student to register for the Spring Semester of Chess with Chess Atlanta, please use the link below!

https://www.chessatlanta.com/fomr

FSA Sideline Store Holiday Sale!

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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

Don't forget to purchase your yearbook

If you have purchased a yearbook through FSA before, please login to your TreeRing account and order for this coming year! If you are new to FSA please visit treering.com to make an account. The price of the yearbook is $29.50, and you may order a yearbook through mid-April.


Any questions can be directed to Haley Crockett at hcrockett@fultonscienceacademy.org.

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. Please see some pictures from our most recent home visit.

To schedule a home visit, simply email junal@fultonscienceacademy.org 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.

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

Attendance Matters!


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 attendance@fultonscienceacademy.org

on the morning of the absence.


For full attendance policies please see the student handbook.

School Medicine Policy 2018 - 2019 (Includes FAQ)

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS

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.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

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:

  • Student’s Name

  • Name of the medication

  • Dosage

  • 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.


Parents, please remind your students that if they are feeling unwell that they need to first visit the clinic and be assessed by our school nurse, who will then call you in the event that the student should go home. Students should not use their phones during the school day to contact parents.


FAQ:

  • 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?
Yes. Please bring your child free of live lice back to the school nurse to be rechecked.
  • Why do I have to bring in a box top to verify lice treatment?
A box top from the product provides the School Nurse with the treatment type that was used and confirms that treatment was provided for the child since a prescription is not necessary.
  • 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?
You, or a person you designate, should arrive within one hour of being called. Most school clinics have an area where your child can rest for a short period of time. If your child has a fever of 104 degrees F or higher, you, or a person you designate must arrive as soon as possible.
  • How long will my child's over-the-counter medication be given at school?
Over-the-counter medication may be given with the parent/guardian permission as needed throughout the school year. A health care provider's note is required for over-the-counter medication that is given for more than 10 consecutive school days.
  • What happens to my child's medication at the end of the school year?
All medications not picked up by parents/guardians by the last day of school will be destroyed.
  • May my child share over-the-counter medication with another student?
No. Students may not share any medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription. Doing so could be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could also result in the student losing his/her privilege of carrying medication on his/her person.
  • Why should my child take the first dose of new medication at home?
We want your student back to school as soon as possible after an illness, diagnosis, or medication change. It is for the safety of your student that you observe him/her for any unsuspected reactions to a new medication and report it to the prescribing licensed health care provider.

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.

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.

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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.

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Fulton Science Academy Private School

INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

Pre-K through High School