Fulton Science Academy high school
ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL
WEEK OF February 4, 2019
high school newsletter
We have a lot going on in this issue of the High School Newsletter so make sure to keep reading and take a look at the "What's in this Issue" section to see what is ahead.
Everyone have a great week!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
Hey guys! I hope you all had a fun weekend and that your Monday was as stress free as possible! As we are continuing into this semester, I really want to remind everyone, please be checking your emails on a regular basis. I know I say this all the time but there is a lot of important information that comes through on a daily basis. Make sure that if you plan to return to FSA next school year that you get your re-enrollment contracts in NO LATER than tomorrow, February 5th! I want to see everyone back next year or I'll miss you guys a lot! Feel free to come and see me or send me an email if you ever have any questions or concerns! See you all throughout the week!
Ms. Hibbah Agha
Professional School Counselor | 7th – 12th grade
(678) 366-2555 ext:158
The Mission of the Fulton Science Academy Private School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive and developmental counseling program for all students. This program is designed to empower all students in mind, body, and spirit by promoting and supporting personal, social, emotional, and academic growth, and development.
National School Counseling Week 2019 (#NSCW19) is Feb. 4–8, 2019. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s). Follow #NSCW19 on social media.
To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/nscw
What's in this Issue?
- The Mustang Players Present 'Stressed'
- High School Math-VEX Robotics Team 74047A at KSU VEX Robotics Tournament on January 19th
- IMPORTANT Announcement for High School Math Team Members
- Professional Speaker Series; WHY Do We Offer It? & a re-cap on Today's Presentation
- Student Led Junior Anatomy Club
- High School Students to Visit Emory University on February 21st
- The Mustang News Team is Getting Off the Ground
- Biscuits to Goal!
- Model UN Students Travel for the 48th Annual High School Model United Nations Competition
- AND MORE
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Thursday, February 7: First Annual GISA Robotics State Championship
Friday, February 8: Good Conduct Dress Down Day
Wednesday, February 13: Jr. Beta Valentine's Day Party at Assisted Living Home
Wednesday, February 13: High School Assembly (2:40 - 3:15)
Friday, February 15: Teacher Work Day (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, February 18: Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)
Thursday, February 21: Emory University Visit
Saturday, February 23: Spelling / Math / Art Competition at FSA
Wednesday, February 27: Professional Speaker Series Presents; Mohammed Zaidi, oncology surgeon
please note that dates are subject to change
IT'S TIME TO RE-ENROLL! TOMORROW FEBRUARY 5TH IS THE LAST DAY
The new semester has begun and it is once again time to assess the number of students who plan to return to FSAPS next year. Re-enrollment contracts were issued in December. All families should have received the re-enrollment email with instructions on how to log in to the FSA Enrollment Management System to view and submit the contracts.
Please login at this link to view your child’s contract: https://fultonscienceacademy.myschoolapp.com/app/
Click on the Forgot login or First time logging in button if you have not yet used the new FSA Enrollment Management System. Once logged in, click on the yellow banner to view your child’s contract. All contracts and deposits will be submitted online.
Contracts can be viewed and then saved to be submitted at a later date. We encourage parents to view the contracts now to avoid any last minute problems or errors in February. If you have problems signing in or get any error messages while completing the contract, please contact Mrs. Walsh at email@example.com
Please be aware that priority re-enrollment for current FSA students will end on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. After this date, any remaining spots will be offered to new applicants and wait lists will be administered if necessary. Contact Mrs. Walsh if you have any questions or concerns.
Each year, our school continues to grow and thrive because of our incredible students. We hope your child will remain at FSAPS through his/her elementary and/or secondary school years. Thank you for being a part of the FSA family. You are an important part of our school’s journey.
The Mustang Players Present 'Stressed'
Ms. Outler and the Mustang Players presented their production of “Stressed” on Friday, February 1st. Made up of all high schoolers, students portrayed typical societal stereotypes like the cool dude, the athlete, the A student, and the typical teenager.
Audience members got a chance to see what stress times 10 can look like and were engaged and connected to the characters on many levels.
We can’t wait to see the next production by our very own “Mustang Players”
High School Math-VEX Robotics Team 74047A at KSU VEX Robotics Tournament on January 19th
Our high school math-VEX Robotics team (WonJoon J., Wonsuk J., Minjun C.) played in one of the semi-final matches for the first time this year at the single elimination bracket tournament that took place in the afternoon of Saturday Jan 12th 2019. Go team 74047A!! You may watch part of the match that qualified our team to semi-finals below at the Walker School Tournament.
I would like to thank each member of high school math- VEX robotics teams for their passion and commitment. We have learned a lot as a team and had lots of fun!! J High school math-VEX Robotics team placed 15th out of 41 teams at the Walker Vex Qualification competition on Saturday Jan 12th 2019. Our team placed 9th out of 26 teams at the Kennesaw State University Vex Robotics Tournament on Saturday Jan 19th, 2019.
Please see amazing performance of Team 74047A (our high school team) at the Walker School Vex Robotics Tournament on Jan 12 2019 in below video: Team 74047A parks at the top of the platform and wins tug-of-war and earns 6 points.
Our team 74047A using the forklift arm they designed and built successfully to move the caps to the post during one of the matches at the Kennesaw State University Vex Tournament on Jan 19th, 2019. #futureengineers #loveoflearning
Congratulations to Team 74047A!! We are so proud of you!! We would like to thank to our parents! We couldn’t accomplish this without their support! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
IMPORTANT Announcement for High School Math Team Members
The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 10 math contest is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below can take the AMC 12.
· Please use below link to practice for AMC 10 and 12.
Please click on AMC 10 if you are 10th grade or younger and please click on AMC 12 if you are 11th or 12th grade student.
· AMC 10A/12A will be administered on Thursday, Feb 7th 2019 during 2nd & 3rd periods (9am -11 am) in Mrs. Duzyol’s classroom.
· AMC 10B/12B will also be administered at our school on February 13th, 2019 during 2nd and 3rd periods (9am -11 am) in Mrs. Duzyol’s classroom
· High School Math Team students are strongly encouraged to take both AMC contest A on February 7th and AMC Contest B on February 13th.
· Letter to parents
Please email Mrs. Duzyol if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER SERIES; WHy do we offer it?
Character | Inspire | Connect | Empathy | Bold
Last week we looked at what this program is, now let's take a look at WHY we have this incredible program
Why have this program
Why not ? What better way to connect student to reality when it comes to the ever changing job market, job roles, and companies. While academic is not an issue for FSA students, there is an emphasis not just on high GPA but also on producing a well rounded individual capable of navigating the the world after high school. While college exploration will be a given, the soft kills from professionalism and the dormant call to action for social awareness need to be revitalised. This program is whole heartedly geared towards helping students understand the importance of distinguishing themselves as they plan their path to college.
These presentations occur during one of the designated CERP periods during the week. Roughly, about 35 mins, students are required to attend as this is built in within their daily schedule. Attendance at these events which usually occur weekly, is just as important as if a student was attending class. Understanding the professional environment no longer starts in college. As the landscape changes the timeline is moving up and high school is where it all begins
Check back next issue to read about WHO participates in these sessions! Until then, read on to see what our students learned about during our most recent presentation today, February 4, 2019.
Today as we continued our Professional Speaker Series, some members of faculty shared some tips with students on how to develop habits in high school that could only lead to success for them on the path for college. Haley Crockett, Hibba Agha, Julianne Oliver shared some of their not so great habits that got them in hot water in their college preparation and during college. Procrastination came out on top and not having good time management as negative high school habits.
While they shared that practicing good self care now, can reduce stress later on, get a hobby and have a "bran break". Also committing to one event from your freshman to senior year during your high school path helps with your college essay, and also shows dedication which is a plus on your college application. They also concurred that getting to know your teacher via tutoring, getting clarification, and just establishing a relationship helps when you have to deal with college advisors and professors. Developing that relationship with your teacher also helps when it is time to get recommendations for your college application.
All three panelists urged students to "start figuring it out now" . rather than later...and ask for help!
The panel was moderated by Nick F. and the panelist were introduced by Charles B., both 11th grade students at FSA.
Student led Junior Anatomy Club
Jr. Anatomy club is a fun and functional club for elementary students in grades 3 to 5, where they get a positive and worthwhile first experience with the basics of human anatomy. Our body is like a magnificent mansion; to study it, we need to be like Alice in wonderland. In my club, we explore the secret chambers of the heart, climb the massive vertebrae, ride the roller coaster of intestines, and raft in the river of blood.
I have a passion for human anatomy and physiology. It started when I first learned what a cell is. The fact that there are over trillions of cells in our bodies not only shocked me but also sparked my curiosity. I became an avid follower of this subject. When given the opportunity to start a club, I planned the Jr. Anatomy club because I wanted to share my passion with other students. Through this club, I also received the chance to pursue my interest further.
Jr. Anatomy club has given me a great experience. Running the club has helped me learn to prioritize and manage time well. It gives me several opportunities to demonstrate my leadership and organizational skills. Constructing lesson plans every week and planning the ways to deliver them have instilled the values of commitment and responsibility. Anatomy is a difficult subject because students have to learn many new concepts and complex terminologies. I strive to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for students that will make learning both enjoyable and inspiring. To make the subject more engaging and fun for the elementary students, I have learned to creatively introduce a range of innovative and interactive approaches which are age-appropriate. My goal is to inspire my kids to be confident and to develop a lifelong love for anatomy.
I believe that anatomy is just not Gray, but a colorful, joyful understanding of a magnificent creation :).
- Ashi J.; FSA 9th Grader
To visit Ashi's club website, use the link below
Check back next week to read about our Karate Student led club that caters to 3rd - 5th grade students!
FSA HIGH SCHOOl STUDENTS TO VISIT EMORY UNIVERSITY
The Mustang News Team is Getting off the Ground
The Mustang News Team (MNT) are FSA high school students who are committed to getting the school’s daily announcements out in a visual format. With the students have some guidance they are heavily encouraged to be leaders and influencers. While there is a noon goal to get the announcements out it is a learning process and they are doing their best to work towards that. They are representative of the professionalism, skills and motivated students at FSA.
It is the team’s hope that soon Mustang News (MN) would be shown during class time especially in elementary. The team selection was based on interest and via an application process. However while some roles do require some prior knowledge, some are offering new information and the opportunity to improve on critical skills.
Team members are also learning how to think through daily schedules, evaluate what is working and what is not as well, how to add some flexibility to their roles. They are also experiencing how roles can change as needed. For example they have moved from coming in at 7:30 to record to 7:00 am and based on availability generated a roster. That way everyone does not have to be in at 7 am everyday.
Slowly but surely the team and their production is certainly gaining positive ground. Last week they came together to set up the green screen and lights for recording. They also also working out specific recurring templates to use, as well as brainstorming what they would like to see in the production. But most of all they are learning some of the tough lessons involved in working as a team to be successful. Look out for mose update on MNT and also tune in daily via FSA’s Youtube channel. Middle and High School students also get a direct delivery to their inbox.
Biscuits to Goal!
Everyone knows that FSA’s Mustang Soccer Association (MSA) has been selling chick fil a biscuits on Friday mornings since October, 2018. So far we are about 80 % to our goal of $700. You might be wondering where we got that number from and how the MSA came to be. What started out as a complaint about the soccer field got turned into a service project to raise funds to improve the existing soccer field at FSA. Mr.s Selvakumar last smeester told us to do something about it and we took our idea to Coach Ayers, and then to Mr. Sener and thus the formation of the MSA.
At first it seemed simple to sell biscuits to make our goal of $700. A figure based on research to get the field up to speed and keeping cost low. Every Friday the students and staff help us get closer to our goal. Right now we are in the documentation stage for our service project to submit to Ms. Agha. We have to show how our thinking through the project has changed so far, if we added or changed goals and how our roles as team members changed. We also have to track our expenses, income, and donations weekly.
Before we even started the sale of biscuits, we had to come up with a proposal to present to the Chick Fil A - Avalon Director or Events. She came to school for a meeting and we got to show her the field and share our goals with her. In turn, we negotiated to get the biscuits tax free because FSA is a non profit and CFA also gave us promotional items to giveaway. Check out our tracker located by the stairs to see how close we are to goal.
We still have a couple more weeks to go to make goal but we are getting there with your help. Once we make goal the next step will be to get work started on the soccer field. Thanks again and we will keep you posted on this project. Taemin K., Minjun C., Saahil M., Akshay M. #strongertogether
Model UN Students Travel for the 48th Annual High School Model United Nations Competition
The high school MUN team traveled to Georgia Southern University for the 48th annual High School Model UN. Team members left FSA on Wednesday January 30 and returned February 2, with sessions lasting way into the evening hours.
Model United Nations is a simulation of diplomacy and international relations. At this two day event, participants numbering over 400 from various high schools in GA, Florida and South Carolina. The student delegates were part of the simulated UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Human Rights Council. The delegates will caucus, debate world issues and write resolutions during the program, practicing skills in research, public speaking, engagement and networking skills.
FSA 10th GRADER ANAM F. BEGINS STUDENT LED BOOKDRIVE
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 email@example.com
AP CAPSTONE; WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
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!
HOME VISITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; FSA'S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!
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.
Please contact Kavitha Joseph at email@example.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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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!
VOLUNTEER HOURS POLICY & LOG DOWNLOAD
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 are required to meet the following criteria based on their entrance grade level to Fulton Science Academy.
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.