Fulton Science Academy High School


WEEK OF April 8, 2019

high school newsletter


I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break Holiday!

I'd like to begin by congratulating our very first senior class here at FSA. Our school has come a long way and I'm so excited to have seen these students grow and learn while here at FSA. I am so impressed with where they are going in their lives. To read more about our first graduating class, please read further below.

I'd like to also congratulate one of our Sophomore Students, Holden W. on being accepted into the Governors Honors Program (GHP) this Summer! The GHP is a four week summer instructional program for intellectually gifted and artistically talented students of Georgia. To learn more about his acceptance, please read further below!

Before Spring Break, our Mustang Soccer Association Presented their Service Project wherein they sold Chick - Fil - A Biscuits along with other breakfast items every Friday morning. The team explained how they had to outline a proposal, network with Chik-Fil-A representatives, and put some serious work into bringing the school chicken biscuits on Fridays! It was very impressive to see just how much work these students put into this project, and their dedication to soccer and growing the program here at FSA. To learn more about their project, please read their section below.


Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

As we begin to approach the end of the school year, I want to take a minute and remind everyone about the final exemption policy.

Students taking a high school course are able to exempt up to two final exams per semester when they meet below requirement:

  • Not more than 3 absences in the class that they wish to be exempted

    • School approved absences will not be counted against the student, such as

      • Academic & athletic competitions

      • Death/loss - up to 3 days requirements:

      • Religious holidays

    • Being sick will not count as a school approved absence excuse towards final exam exemption

  • Must have a 95% or more in the class for which student is trying to exempt exam

    • Grade will be assessed as unweighted; weighted points for Honors and AP will not count towards final exam exemption

  • Must have no ISS, no OSS, and not more than two lunch detentions.

Make sure you get your finals exemption form signed. Feel free to come and see me if you have any questions.

Contact: yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org


Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 7th – 12th grade


(678) 366-2555 ext:158

The College Search Process: Where to Begin

How in the world do you begin planning for college? Well, the process begins NOW.

You want to start by assessing your options- where do you want to go to school?

You need to have at least 3 types of colleges: 1) Reach 2) Target and 3) Safety schools. The Reach schools are your more competitive schools, such as Ivy Leagues. The Target schools are the ones that your academic credentials fall within the average range. Safety schools are the ones you’re sure you’ll get into that you want as a backup plan.

When you’re logged into Naviance, scroll down on your dashboard until you see the Kaplan post. Kaplan and Naviance has teamed up to bring you LIVE instruction with interactive chats to explore some of the following areas: Social Emotional Learning, Interpersonal Skills, Academic Skills, Career Knowledge, College Knowledge, and Transition Skills. If you recognize an area you need some additional assistance and are struggling to coordinate a meeting with your counselor, here’s the next best thing.

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I love using Big Future by College Board to explore college options. It breaks it down by search options and may help you consider things you weren’t even thinking about before. For example, why does school size matter? Why does the location matter?

Back to Naviance-

If you go to Colleges -> Find your fit -> SuperMatch, you will find an awesome resource for narrowing down schools based on YOUR preferences.

As you’re finding colleges that look appealing to you, I recommend you save them to your Naviance portofolio under Colleges I’m Thinking About. This is not a quick nor easy decision, so start saving you choices to refer back to. As you do your research, your list will fluctuate.

**Side note, the school pays for you to use Naviance. While CollegeBoard is a free resource, Naviance is a resource we’re supplying just for our FSA kids.

“How can I visit all these colleges?” Well, maybe you don’t have to. In this age of technology, you can tour colleges virtually! Check out YouVisit College Tours to see what schools offer a virtual tour to start the process!

How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League

cool article that may help how you look at the admissions process

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?

  • Thomas Edgar Robitaille; Obituary
  • We are very Proud of our First Ever Graduating Class
  • FSA Sophomore Holden W. is a Governors Honors Program (GHP) Finalist
  • Mustang Soccer Association (MSA) Presents their service project!
  • Important updates from Georgia Tech Distance Dual Enrollment programs
  • Interested in Architecture? Want to see what the Georgia Tech architecture students have been up to?
  • Lost and Found Reminder
  • Save the Date for FSA's Athletic Banquet
  • Senior Letters
  • Would you like to be a part of the Mustang News Team?
  • x2vol; a new way for students to track their volunteer hours


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April Calendar

APRIL 2019

Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

Wednesday, April 10: LIU Presentation, (2:40pm - 3:15pm)

Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14: San Francisco Trip (8th - 12th Graders)

Friday, April 12: Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Saturday, April 13: Invitational Turkish Language Competition

Saturday, April 13: AP Mock Exams

  • 8:00am AP Lit Mock AP Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Physics AP Mock Exam

Sunday, April 14: AP Mock Exams

  • 8:00am AP Calc AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Stat AP Mock Exam

Monday, April 15: Tax Day

Wednesday, April 17: High School Professionalism Seminar, (2:30pm - 4:00pm)

Thursday, April 18: Elementary to Middle Transition Parent Meeting (Begins at 4:30pm)

Saturday, April 20: AP Mock Exams

  • 8:00am AP Calc AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Physics AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Stat AP Mock Exam

Sunday, April 21: Easter Sunday

Monday, April 22: Earth Day

Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28: NSF Contest

Saturday, April 27: AP Mock Exams

  • 8:00am AP Chem AP Mock Exam
  • 8:00am AP Lang AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Bio AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Physics AP Mock Exam

Sunday, April 28: International Night (4:00pm - 7:00pm)

Thomas Edgar Robitaille; Obituary

"Former FSA parent, Thomas Edgar Robitaille, 61 of Cumming Georgia passed away on March 31, 2019, while vacationing in Florida. Thomas was born in 1958 in Bridgeport Connecticut and was raised in Shelton Connecticut. As a young man, he enlisted in the US Army where he trained as a medic and EMT, and achieved the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged. After his service to the country, he attended the University of Bridgeport where he graduated near the top of his class with a BA in Biology. In his professional life working for Olin, Arch Chemicals and most recently, Lonza, he was granted several patents for his scientific work in the application of lasers and for novel uses of antimicrobial compounds for commercial and industrial use. Many of his applications can be found in common household items and footwear. Throughout his career he authored numerous technical papers, traveling the world to present them in international forums. His unique, incredible gift to elucidate the details of his technical prowess, so everyone could understand, was unparalleled. He was considered a leading expert in his field of science and made a significant contribution to the world at large.

In 1993, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Ying Li. Together they settled down in Georgia, where their cherished son Edgar Li was born in February of 2004. Thomas was a dedicated family man. His hobbies included keeping in touch with old friends, he was a gifted musician and enjoyed playing bluegrass music, collecting and restoring musical instruments, woodworking and fine photography. His extensive travels, both through work and with family, provided Tom with a unique opportunity to capture the far reaches of the world with his lens. He was an incredibly energetic (partly because of his love for coffee), fun-loving, and multi-talented man who loved his country, his family, and his friends.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy(Ying Li) Robitaille, and son, Edgar Li Robitaille, siblings Robert Robitaille and Mary Jane Robitaille.

He is preceded in death by his parents Edgar & Elizabeth Robitaille.

Funeral services will be in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10am. A reception will follow in the community room of the funeral home following the service and interment with Military Honors will be at 1:30pm at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA." (https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/?action=obituaries.obit_view&CFID=a710af34-67c5-4115-8b85-624ce85e60c3&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=6176655&fh_id=15600)


  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 150 Sawnee Dr.
    Cumming, Georgia 30040

Funeral Service:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 150 Sawnee Dr.
    Cumming, Georgia 30040

Graveside Service:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • 1:30 PM
  • 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr
    Canton, Georgia 30114

(If any students or faculty members wish to attend the service, it will be an excused absence.)

For more information, please visit:


We are very Proud of our First Ever Graduating Class

We would like to share some great news regarding the college acceptances of our first ever graduating class. Eight students are graduating from FSA this school year and almost all of our students got acceptance to the top 50 colleges in the United States.

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Here are the universities our students have been accepted to so far:

  • Brown University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Northwestern University
  • Boston University
  • Berkeley University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Penn State University
  • Boston University
  • Emory University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Miami
  • Ohio University
  • King's College in London
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Wisconsin University
  • University of Virginia
  • NC State University
  • Georgia State University Honors Program
  • University College London
  • Hampen-Sydney College
  • Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Stetson University

In other good news, we have 50% acceptance to Georgia Tech among our seniors. One of these acceptances is a direct acceptance and three of them are conditional acceptances. Conditional acceptance means that these students have guaranteed spot at Georgia Tech following year as long as they finish certain courses at another college and meet the GPA criteria during next school year.

Congratulations to our first ever graduating class, parents, and faculty members! Way to go!

fsa sophomore Holden W. is a Governors Honors Program (GHP) Finalist

GHP finalists have been announced and Holden W., one of our high school sophomore math team members, has been accepted into the Governors Honors Program - a four week summer instructional program for intellectually gifted and artistically talented students of Georgia.

Rising juniors or seniors of Georgia can be nominated by their teachers and apply to the program. Semifinalists are then invited for interviews and auditions. Congratulations to Holden! We are very proud of you! Holden was nominated to Governors Honors Program with a math focus. Coach Duzyol said "Not surprised a bit that Holden made it into GHP!"

Previously, Charlie F., one of our juniors on the high school math team, got in GHP last year as a rising junior student and attended the program in the Summer of 2018.

We are very proud of our math team students! Way to go Holden! We can't wait to hear about your experience!

Mustang Soccer Association (MSA) Presents their service project!

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The Mustang Soccer Association (MSA) showed FSA High School Students what went into their project besides just selling chicken biscuits! The team explained how they had to outline a proposal, network with Chik-Fil-A representatives, and put some serious work into bringing the school chicken biscuits on Fridays! Overall they said they had to be very flexible because their original ideas did not pan out and they learned hard lessons like having to advertise in order to raise sales and everything that goes into marketing a project like this. Their successful service project was rewarded with a giant check and World Cup soccer balls! The MSA successfully raised $964.99!

This experience presented them a successful service project that helped build on their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The FSA Mustang Soccer Association is made up by Taemin K. (10th), Saahil M. (9th), and Akshay M. (9th) and Minjun C. (9th)

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Important updates from Georgia Tech Distance Dual Enrollment programs

Distance Math Year One will be unchanged

  • Fall 2019: MATH 1554—Linear Algebra
  • Spring 2020: MATH 2551—Multivariable Calculus

The following program has a course change:

Distance Math Year Two

  • Fall 2019: MATH 3012--Applied Combinatorics
  • Spring 2020: MATH 2552—Differential Equations

The following programs will not be offered next year:

  • Distance Genetics
  • Distance Organic Chemistry

For More Information about Dual Enrollment at Georgia Tech, Click the Link Below:


Interested in Architecture? Want to see what the Georgia Tech architecture students have been up to?

Interested in Architecture? Want to see what the Georgia Tech architecture students have been up to?

Please join us as we celebrate the work of our architecture students in an all-school exhibition of the year's work. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for you to see and learn about the ambitious and accomplished work of our architecture students from our first year class to our graduate students. The work will be pinned up in the Hinman Building.

Georgia Tech School of Architecture

2019 End of Year Show

Saturday | April 27 | 5-7 pm

Hinman Research Building

Sign up here


Lost and Found Reminder

Students and Parents,

Since Spring Break was last week, we will hold off on donating items until the end of this week to make sure that everyone has a chance to come by and check lost and found.

FSA's Lost & Found is located in the back right corner of the cafeteria. There are many unclaimed items here in our Lost & Found. On the first of each month we will be donating all unclaimed items to goodwill or a charity, on the behalf of the school. Things seem to be accumulating without people missing or searching for them. We'd rather see them go to a place where people would actually need them.

Please note that items with student names on them have been separated and will not be donated, but if you believe that your child is missing an item, please have them thoroughly check our Lost & Found. Again, in 2 weeks, all unclaimed items without names WILL be donated.

Save the Date for FSA's Athletic Banquet

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Senior Letters

Within the school, we will offer students the chance to write their seniors a parting Senior Letter.

This opportunity is not exclusive to students and faculty as we want to extend this to outside individuals as well. Seniors letters will be distributed to the students in May before graduation.

Ms. Agha will have envelopes to place your letter if you need one.

To send a letter for your senior, you can give it to Ms. Agha or mail it to:

[Senior Name] - Senior Letter

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009

FSA Students Began their Spring Break Trip By Going to Europe!

FSA has successfully completed our first Europe Trip on Sunday. We visited four countries (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany) and eight cities (Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Heidelberg). Students and parents experienced European culture, enjoyed and learned while traveling new cities and countries. Some of the major locations were the Eifel Tower, Louvre Museum, Corpus Human Body Science Adventure, Boat Tour on Amsterdam Canals and Heidelberg Castle. We will continue organizing Europe Trips for our Student and Parents.

This Friday a number of our Students in 8th - 12th Grade, along with some of their parents and our faculty will make their way to San Francisco where they will visit places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Stanford University, Fisherman's Wharf, China Town and more!

Would you like to be a part of the Mustang News Team?

Mustang News is starting early to add the team for the next academic year. If you are a rising 9th and 10th grader and want to be part of the team, here's your chance. You will need to turn in a completed application with two teacher recommendations. You can pick up applications from the front desk.

The deadline to apply is April 16th. Once your application has been accepted you will be scheduled via email for an interview with the team leads. The goal is to have new members start shadowing the current team and learning the ropes so that they can hit the ground running in the Fall.

Questions: email fsanews@fultonscienceacademy.org with the subject MNT application. Don't wait, get your application in early as there are limited spots available.

Completed applications can be picked up & turned into the front desk.

x2vol; a new way for students to track their volunteer hours

Our school is now using x2VOL to track your service hours! x2VOL is an online platform that provides an easy way to log your service hours and find volunteer opportunities. Please follow the below instructions to register for the first time to begin logging your service hours.

Through this portal, we will be sharing volunteer opportunities and it allows for you to track your volunteer hours. No more paper logs needed!

I have imported all of our middle and high school students in the platform. To go ahead and get logged on, please visit the following video-

https://myintellivol.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2805684-how-do-i-register-or-join-x2vol-as-a-student- **This video gives great information on how this will work!

For my high school students using Naviance-

When you log on and are on your dashboard, you can scroll down and will see a button that says x2VOL. You can click that to access the portal as it is linked to your Naviance account!

Once everything is set up, you can login by simply visiting the x2VOL homepage.

Teachers and other organizations will begin posting volunteer opportunities on here as well. Make sure you use this portal to log your hours for the spring semester! If you have any questions, please come talk to me.

Ms. Agha; 7th - 12th Grade Counselor

International Night Updates You Should Know!

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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. As of now, we have Turkey, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Jamaica, Finland, Haiti, Russia, France, Vietnam, Iran, United States, South Korea, and Thailand. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL!

There are several ways that you can help and engage this year.

  1. Manage a booth for a specific country or region of a country showcasing the heritage
  2. Bring food and/or items for a specific country
  3. Perform a talent representative of a country whether it is a dance, song, poem, or playing an instrument
  4. General event volunteer-set up, clean up, manning passport and immigration booths

Please visit http://www.bit.ly/fsaintlnight2019 - International Night Google Form Sign-up to let us know how you would like to participate.

Once we receive your google form response, we will reach out to you with additional details. Please contact Kavitha Joseph at fsaintlnight@gmail.com with any questions.


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Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,

We are pleased to announce FSA's 4th Annual S.T.E..A.M. Video Contest.

EXCITING TIMES! Once again, we will have a Red Carpets Award Show on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 1:45pm with fun activities and surprises to celebrate our student's skills in different areas of movie making.


Want to Learn more about our NEW SAT Math & SAT Verbal Summer Camp?


SAT Verbal

Fulton Science Academy SAT Summer Camp is designed to help students prepare for the rigors of taking the SAT College Board test. We will identify and implement test taking strategies using prerequisite knowledge to increase student performance in the area of English Language Arts. This includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.

SAT Math

SAT Math camp is designed to prepare students for the math section of the SAT. Students will be trained on SAT Math concepts from pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry on top of exploring a systematic fashion of mastering techniques used on the SAT Math Exam. SAT Math Camp is envisioned to equip students with a variety of questioning styles seen on the SAT in addition to cultivate & strengthen their problem solving skills besides their math skills.


· Pencil and eraser

· Small binder

· Calculator (Scientific or preferably TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator

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June 10 - June 14 (SAT Math)

June 17 - June 21 (SAT Verbal)


Fulton Science Academy

3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Click the Below Link for Registration:


Camp fee: $750

Checks: Payable to Fulton Science Academy.

You can mail your checks to FSA at 3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Cash/Credit: You can stop by the front office for your payment.

3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Tel: 678 366 2555 ext:100

If you have any questions, please contact to Mr. Turan at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

"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."

Summer Camp Junior Counselors

(Application Deadline: May 10th)


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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.



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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!





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Go to www.treering.com/validate

Enter your school's passcode: 1013541294622699

Regular Price: $29.50

Deadline: April 15

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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 an elementary school 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.

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