Fulton Science Academy High School


WEEK OF September 23, 2019

high school newsletter


Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

I am pleased to inform our community that our school has been named as "Best of the Best K-12 Private School" by Appen Media Group.

Congratulations to our wonderful students, faculty, parents, and larger community members for making FSA the school that we love. The award will be presented to FSA at a GALA event with the attendance of businesses from the North Atlanta area on October 24, 2019.

Way to go!

To see the full list of winners, please visit: https://www.northfulton.com/site/winners.html

Fall break is just around the corner, but don't forget that we will still have school all this week! This means that everyone should arrive on time and ready to learn! We're almost there! Can you believe that we are almost half way through this semester?!

Don't forget that the deadline to order your yearbook early and receive 15% off is on September 30th! Check out the flier for the school code and where to order if you haven't yet!

Lastly, Don't forget that we are hosting 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

Have a great week!

With Warmest Regards,

Kenan Sener,








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Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 9th – 12th grade


(678) 366-2555 ext:158

As a reminder, Senior night is this Thursday. Mr. Parlak & Ms. Agha will be presenting information to any senior students or parents that are interested in gathering additional information. The presentation is not required, but may prove to be very helpful.

New clubs to look out for:

***HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)

***Game Theory

***Advanced Math

***Chemistry Club

High school students are not required, but strongly encouraged to participate in clubs. If you’d still like to adjust your club schedule, please check with me!

Georgia Student Finance Commission Quarterly Newsletter

GSFC is one of the most successful state student aid operations in the nation. Founded in 1965 as the State Scholarship Commission, the agency’s primary function was to provide and service educational loans.

High School Counseling Website

https://fultonscienceacademycounseling.weebly.com/ - sharing as much as I can in one place!

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


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.


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?

  • Student Spotlight; Emerging Leaders Program
  • Student Spotlight; Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • FSA Mathletes compete at the North Fulton Math Tournament
  • FSA Hosts GISA World Language Workshop
  • 29th Annual Rivers Alive! Clean-Up Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival
  • Make Sure You Don't Miss Out On Chick Fil A THIS FRIDAY
  • and more!
Did you Miss Last Week's High School Newsletter?

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


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September Calendar


September Calendar

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
  • HS Senior Night; 5pm - 6pm
Saturday, September 28: Rivers Alive Clean up

September 30 - October 4: Fall Break NO SCHOOL

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October Calendar

Saturday, October 5: Cross Country Meet #5 at Cornerstone Prep

Monday, October 7: Professional Speaker; Sean Reilly for MS & HS, 8:50am - 9:25am

Friday, October 11: Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Monday, October 14: Senior FAFSA Workshop

Tuesday, October 15: Senior Portraits

Wednesday, October 16:

  • PSAT, 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • High School Career Panel, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, October 17: High School Junior Night, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Monday, October 21: High School College Trip, 8:00am - 4:00pm, (More Info to Come)

Friday, October 25: STEAM Innovation Awards Evening (Fundraising Event)

Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1: Red Ribbon Week

Student Spotlight; Emerging Leaders Program

We'd like to give a huge shout out to the following students for being accepted into the NFCC Emerging Leaders Program

  • Tejus Janakiraman
  • Vaani Balyan
  • Sanika Rane
  • Richard Yu
  • Abhiram Chennupati
  • Anam Fatima
  • Zeynep Koker
  • Akshay Maharaj
  • Kevin Yuan
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Pictured Back Row, Left to Right: Richard Yu, Kevin Yuan, Abhiram Chennupati, Akshay Maharaj

Pictured Front Row, Left to Right: Vaani Balyan, Zeynep koker, Anam Fatima

Not Pictured: Tejus Janakiraman, Sanika Rane

This is a great opportunity and it’s amazing to see how well represented FSA is within this student group. Last year, 2 of our students participated. In late spring 2020, they’ll open up the application again so keep an eye out for this if you’re interested!

Student Spotlight; Presidential Volunteer Service Award

FSA Senior Ife Babarinde has qualified for Silver for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award!

To qualify, he dedicated his time to volunteering and giving back to his community.

Did you know you could get recognized for volunteering? Did you know FSA is a Certifying Organization for the PVSA?

Log your hours in x2VOL, communicate with your counselor once you qualify, and get awarded! With that in mind, don’t forget to sign up for Rivers Alive! This organized service event will take place on Satuday, September 28th. You will need to complete a waiver in advance. Please contact Ms. Beck for more details and the waiver at kbeck@fultonscienceacademy.org.

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FSA Competes at the North Fulton Math Tournament with Spectacular Results

Academic team competitions are underway once again and the Ms. Duzyol and the mathletes are bringing home the trophies.

The first competition of the season saw twice as many schools and teams than last year but FSA held its own.

Here are the results from the North Fulton Math Tournament

  • 1st place for the Junior Varsity team with students up to 10th
  • 1st place for Varsity which included students up to 12th grade
  • With 4 students in the top 10 in Junior Varsity including 1st place individual
  • And 3 students in the top 10 in the Varsity division


This year, we’re proud to announce our first HIGH SCHOOL ONLY trip! In order to make this successful, we will need maximum participation.

This year, we plan to go to Boston, MA for 4 days & 3 nights. There will be 4 individuals per room.

The price will depend on how many individuals sign up:

35+ individuals $1169 per person

30-34 $1199

25-29 $1249

*If less than 25 individuals sign up, we may need to change the initial plan or cancel all together

This price includes

-hotel security, 3 nights in a superior hotel, luxury motor coach with bathrooms, 5 meals on location (breakfast and dinner), all attraction and tour admission, licensed tour guide, accidental medical insurance, and round-trip airfare

A non-refundable deposit of $200 will be due by Oct 30.



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FSA Hosts GISA World Language Workshop

FSA was host to some Georgia Independent School Association world languages teachers from other independent schools. Mrs. Carmona was selected to facilitate the three-hour workshop with the intention of opening up new spaces for world language teachers to connect and share. This type of workshop was a first for GISA.
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Science Fair for High School Students

REMINDER: All science fair paperwork is due by THIS Friday, September 27th for students wishing to participate in the Science Fair this year. Students can turn in their paperwork to Ms. Oliver or their science teacher. See Ms. Oliver if you are unsure about the paperwork you need to complete, and also utilize the rules wizard website here: https://ruleswizard.societyforscience.org/.This website will help students determine which paperwork to complete.

While the science fair will not be mandatory this year, please let your science teacher know if you would like to participate by September 27th so that the appropriate forms can be completed.

It is the responsibility of the student and the Adult Sponsor to evaluate the study to determine if the research will require forms and/or approval prior to experimentation, especially projects using human participants, vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous biological agents. Students are encouraged to consult with the local SRC/IRB to ensure they have followed all rules and completed all required forms. Failure to adhere to ISEF Rules & Guidelines may result in disqualification at any stage of the GSEF competition, including revocation of awards and honors.

Here is a helpful link showing you which forms need to be completed: https://ruleswizard.societyforscience.org/"

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!

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Mrs. Beck at kbeck@fultonscienceacademy.org

"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)

Test-Like Practice Without Test Day Pressure at Fulton Science Academy

Want to test drive the PSAT without the pressure of an official score?

Sign-up for Applerouth's full-length practice exam under test like conditions.

Afterwards, you will receive a comprehensive score report that identifies strengths and targets areas for improvement.

To register, go to www.applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code.Mock PSAT
October 5
9:00am - 12:30pm
Event Code: M366089

If this date doesn't work for you, Applerouth is offering mock tests and PSAT events September 21 - October 13. For more information, please visit applerouth.com/preprally.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival

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2019 Cumming Greek Festival (www.cumminggreekfestival.com)

The times & Volunteer time slots are as follows:

Friday (Oct. 18),

  • 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • (5:00pm - 9pm)

Saturday (Oct. 19),

  • 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • (11:00am - 3:00pm; 3:00pm - 7:00pm; 6:00pm - 9:00pm)

Sunday (Oct. 20),

  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • (12:00pm - 5:00pm)

If students are interested in signing up, please have their parents contact Laura Kefalas (LauraKefalas@gmail.com) or Jackie Klock (Klock5235@gmail.com)

Make Sure You Don't Miss Out On Chick Fil A THIS FRIDAY

MSA is in a new location. You can find them just outside the media center selling chick fil a breakfast items. The sales team wanted to increase their visibility to their customers and decided to move outside the cafeteria. Keep following the MSA fundraising drive for athletics as they will soon be making some big promotional announcements. But in the meantime $6 gets you a meal of a biscuit , drink and tate tots.

Every Friday you can make a biscuit purchase from the MSA for a chance to take home some cool stuff from Chick - Fil - A

Make sure to try out the new $6 Meal Deal!

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Ever wondered what happens after you hit 'submit' on your college applications? What really matters in the review process?

Beyond the Numbers: Breaking Down Highly Selective Admissions (Engineering), an interactive workshop designed by the Tufts University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, aims to show you what happens behind the scenes of a highly selective admissions process.

**Though this engineering version of the presentation will focus mainly on applications to the School of Engineering, much of the content will also be relevant for applicants to the School of Arts & Sciences.**

The program will highlight the following:

1. Academics and campus life at Tufts University

2. The different components of a college application and how those materials

are evaluated by selective admissions offices

3. Tips on successful essay writing and the impact of an application supplement

4. The role of recommendations and interviews in the process

5. A case study designed to resemble the admissions process, featuring five real applications from prior Tufts applicants

Check out the Beyond the Numbers near you!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Charles R. Drew Charter School

300 Eva Davis Way SE

Atlanta, GA 30317

RSVP: https://admissions.tufts.edu/visit/in-your-area

Tufts University Office of Undergraduate Admissions Bendetson Hall Medford, Massachusetts 02155-7057

617.627.3170 http://admissions.tufts.edu

A Message from Nurse Amy: Flu Season Reminders

With Flu Season already affecting people, take a look at the CDC's website for everything you need to know about the flu and flu season!


Upcoming Free Live Online Events; Applerouth

The testing landscape is complicated and constantly changing. We know you and your students have questions - and we’re here to help! Our founder, Dr. Jed Applerouth, will host online office hours on October 3rd at 8:00pm EDT. Come with your testing questions and "Ask Jed Anything!"

Jed Applerouth Office Hours

October 3rd at 8:00pm EDT

September 24th 7:00pm EDT / 4:00pm PDT
Mapping Out Your College Admissions Testing Plan
There is no one-size-fits all plan when it comes to taking college admissions tests. Join Dr. Jed Applerouth as he shares advice on mapping out an optimal testing timeline for your schedule. [Sign up]
October 2nd 7:00pm EDT / 4:00pm PDT
The Art of Motivation
How can you help light a motivational flame for your students? Join Dr. Jed Applerouth as his discusses the language of motivation, the varying motivational profiles of students, and techniques to help you be more effective with your motivationally challenged students.[Sign up]

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


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Performing and Visual Arts Fairs; search, connect, find

Search performing & Visual Arts Programs.

Connect with Colleges in Person.

Find You College Fit.

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Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 | 7pm - 9pm

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs link you to the top performing and visual arts institutions across the country.

Register for free at


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards; HOW TO APPLY

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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!


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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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


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:



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



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



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



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



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