Fulton Science Academy

WEEK OF september 7, 2015

Dear FSA Students, Faculty and Parents,

The first administration of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Testing will be over this Friday. We should be able to complete all make up tests by Tuesday. The MAP score reports will be distibuted to each student during 7th period to take home on Wednesday, September 16.


Those students who are interested in running for a student council position, please go over the student council information carefully. The detailed information will also be shared during homeroom with all students in 3rd grade through 8th grade tomorrow.


It will be on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. eastern time for the 7th Grade Talent Search Enrollment. Please see detailed info on this issue of FSA newsletter. You will also receive a detailed e-mail from us guiding you on how to register. So it is not a big problem, if you miss the webinar. However, it is certainly helpful.


Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. - Albert Einstein


September 9 - Summer Reading Dress Down Day eligible students only

September 9 - 7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search Webinar at 3:30PM

September 10 - Student Picture Day- wear red shirt

September 10 - Deadline to RSVP for National Grandparents Day - rcondon@fultonscienceacademy.org

September 13 - National Grandparents Day

September 14 thru September 17 - Student Council Candidates will complete their student council application forms and hand them in their homeroom teachers by September 17th. No late forms will be accepted. The homeroom teachers will notify students of their eligibility on September 18.

September 21 thru September 25 - Campaign week for student council candidates, this can include posters, discussions, and handouts in homeroom. (no candy)

September 23 - Written campaign speeches must be turned in to homeroom teachers for their approval.

September 28 (Monday) - Students will give their speeches in homeroom. Homeroom students will vote by secret ballot. Ballots will be collected and counted by homeroom teachers. Counted ballots and results should be handed in to administration clearly labeled. The validation of voting procedures and the announcement of the final Student Council representatives will be the same day.


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Dear 7th Grade Talent Search Educators and Parents:

Please join us on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. eastern time for the 7th Grade Talent Search Enrollment webinar. This webinar will last approximately one hour and cover the enrollment process for the 7th Grade Talent Search. Eligibility, fee grant enrollment, and payment are also addressed in this session. Join us and learn how to easily navigate the process!

This presentation is perfect for educators, as well as parents who have questions about the enrollment process and benefits provided by the 7th Grade Talent Search.

Webinars are live video presentations streamed over the Internet. During the presentation, you can type in questions or just listen.

The 7th Grade Talent Search Enrollment webinar is free and open to anyone who would like to participate, but you do need to register online. After you register, you will receive an email with the webinar link and instructions on how to log in to the presentation.

We hope you’ll join us for this dynamic presentation and discussion. If you can’t participate but have questions about Duke TIP, please contact us at 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.


Judy Elsey
Talent Search Manager


Student Picture Day

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Important Picture Day Information

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Please wear a RED shirt

Picture Day: Thursday, September 10
Picture Day ID: AG205297Q0

Picture Day is Thursday, September 10.

Last reminder to order before Picture Day.

Simply order at mylifetouch.com

  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online
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  • Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site

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We are organizing a special school tour and luncheon for grandparents of our students during National Grandparents Weekend on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

The day will begin at FSA at 1:00PM with a brief tour and be followed by a delicious luncheon at 1:20PM.

This day has a threefold purpose:

* To honor grandparents
* To give grandparents an opportunity to get more information about their grandchildren’s school
* To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer

All FSA students and parents are invited together with their grandparents to this program

If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Condon at rcondon@fultonscienceacademy.org by Thursday, September 10, 2015 and let us know how many will attend from your family.


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To provide a voice in promoting and enriching student activities and student life at school.


The student council will be comprised of elected homeroom representatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Act as the voice of the students to address any concerns or ideas they may have about FSAPS to the Administration.

2. Act as a liaison between the homeroom students they represent and the Student Council.

3. Organize and provide leadership for approved student activities.

4. Submit proposals to school administration for approval

5. Attend all Student Council meetings and represent their homeroom fairly and to the best of their ability.

6. Provide a weekly update to their homeroom about student council activity.


1. Candidate must have an 90 or above in all classes.

2. Candidate must not have any in-school or out-of-school suspension during the school year.

3. Candidate must be able to attend most 7:30am meetings

4. Any student who does not fairly represent their homeroom class may be removed and replaced at the discretion of the FSAPS faculty and administration.

5. Any student who, during the term of office, fails to meet the eligibility requirements due to academic or behavioral consequences may be removed and/or replaced.

2015-2016 Student Council Election Schedule:

September 14 – September 17

Candidates will complete their student council application forms and hand them in their homeroom teachers by September 17th. No late forms will be accepted. The homeroom teachers will notify students of their eligibility on September 18.

September 21 – September 25

Campaign week for student council candidates, this can include posters, discussions, and handouts in homeroom. (no candy)

September 23

Written campaign speeches must be turned in to homeroom teachers for their approval.

September 28 (Monday)

Students will give their speeches in homeroom. Homeroom students will vote by secret ballot. Ballots will be collected and counted by homeroom teachers. Counted ballots and results should be handed in to administration clearly labeled. The validation of voting procedures and the announcement of the final Student Council representatives will be the same day.

Representative Election Procedures:

1. Two students per homeroom (3rd grade thru 8th grade) will be elected to represent that homeroom in the student council.

2. Each candidate will prepare a written speech to be approved by his or her homeroom teacher. The speech should give their qualifications and interests as well as why they would be a great representative for that homeroom.

3. Each homeroom representative should create posters for their campaign. These should promote the candidate in positive way. They should accurately and fairly represent candidate. Campaign posters that are negative or that do not meet the approval of the FSAPS faculty and administration will be removed at their discretion.

4. Students will vote by secret ballot in homeroom on September 28. One student will get one vote. Homeroom teachers will then collect and tally the ballots. Homeroom teachers will NOT announce the winners until the ballots are validated.

5. Two students receiving the highest number of votes will be the homeroom representative.

6. All results must be approved by the FSAPS administration before they will be considered final.

For more information and application form, please visit: http://www.fultonscienceacademy.org/images//studentcouncil1516.pdf


There are students currently enrolled with life threatening nut allergies. While it would be wonderful to make the school entirely nut free, it would be difficult to ensure a 100% nut free environment. However, as a team we can help our students by reducing nuts in school lunches and in snacks whenever possible. We thank and appreciate all student and parental help with this.

A nut free table has been designated in the cafeteria for student use during lunch.


In the interest of all students safety you are respectfully reminded to complete a medical dispensation form for all medicines to be administered at school, including over the counter products such as Tylenol, Advil etc. All medicines need to be kept locked in the clinic area unless it is considered imperative that a student always has immediate access to a rescue device, such as an inhaler or epi pen (the medical dispensation form associated with a rescue device must also be on file in the clinic area).

Please email rcondon@fultonscienceacademy.org if you would like a form sent home with your child. Please note all prescribed medicine forms do need to be signed by a physician.


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Parents are welcome to bring treats to celebrate their child's birthday. Treats can be brought in during the lunch period time only and there must be enough for the whole class. Due to allergies all treats must be store bought with the list of ingredients attached to the packaging, they must be nut free, and if possible kosher. (Publix will make pre-ordered cupcakes kosher). There is a comprehensive description in the parent handbook.

PVO Membership

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The PVO would like to extend a big Thank You to all of our wonderful parents that have taken the time to complete the PVO registration form and for submitting your payment of the Activity Fee. If you were unable to complete either the registration or the payment during orientation day it's not too late, both can be completed online by using this link.


Alternatively you may drop off your check off at the front office during the week.

Please note that the registration and per Student Activity Fee are required for all families.

PVO Requests

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The Parent Volunteer Organization would like to invite you to lend a hand:

How would you like to share lunch with your student as well as 300 of their friends? We could use assistance in the FSAPS cafeteria from 10:10 - 1:25 pm. You would be assisting students and teachers by handing out lunches, napkins and cutlery, helping younger children with opening bottles and jars, and heating up lunches brought from home.

If you can assist for some or all of the lunch periods, please enter your name in the VolunteerSpot organizer. We have broken down the time into one-hour shifts for your convenience.


We are also working to organize the library. We need help this Saturday sorting through boxes of books and shelving as many as we can. We will meet at the media center at 11:00 AM on Saturday. Come join us if you can!

Spirit Wear

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All items already ordered should be delivered in about 2 weeks time. You will be notified when your items have arrived.

An additional spirit wear order will be placed in December.

Early Dismissal Procedure change

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Due to the increased size of the student body, there will no longer be early dismissal available between 3:00 and 3:30. If you need your children early, please plan of picking them up prior to 3:00 pm so that we can protect instructional time for our students. Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter.

If you need to take your child during club time 3:45-4:20 please consider taking them during first dismissal to avoid disruption.

2015-2016 Yearbook

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The students on the Yearbook Staff have already begun working on creating this year's book, and it is going to be FABULOUS! You're going to want one, so why not order now? :)

TreeRing offers one discount every year to the EARLY BIRDS! Order your yearbook BEFORE September 30th and get 15% off!

How do you order a yearbook?

If you missed the flyers given out during Orientation and Curriculum Night, please find them attached below! They will walk you through creating your account on TreeRing.com, linking your account with FSAPS and creating your own custom pages.

Yes! That's right! EVERY STUDENT has the option to have their very own custom pages printed in their yearbook at NO ADDITIONAL COST!

Simply log in to TreeRing.com, click on the custom pages and start editing and adding photos to your heart's content! Every student can be the star of their yearbook! When you're done, don't forget to click the PRINT READY button in the top right corner!

Not planning to purchase a yearbook this year? You and your student should still create an account, so you can view, share, and send pictures with others at FSA! TreeRing is like a social media page just for FSAPS! Students can sign their friend's virtual yearbooks, send bling and memories, share pictures and more!


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Model United Nations Team formed and prepares for first competition

The 2015-2016 FSAPS Model United Nations Team has been assembled and now numbers 32 students among its members. This year’s group has a solid mix of students from each of the middle grades and counts many returning veteran team members as well as eager new teammates. Along with these new students comes a new sponsor as Mrs. Campbell joins Ms. Pruett and Mr. Stiffler in running guiding team.

Already the team is preparing for its first competition. The team will be traveling to Statesboro, Georgia on November 5thand 6th to take part in the 34th annual Georgia Southern University Middle School Model United Nations Conference. Hundreds of students from around Georgia representing the 193 member states of the United Nations will descend on GSU to discuss solutions to real problems facing the world.

Our team has traditionally been very successful at this first competition of the year and they are excited to begin research into the countries they will represent and the issues they will debate.

We will be representing a diverse group of nations and interests at the GSU event:

· Bolivia

· Central African Republic

· Iran

· Oman

· Palestine

· Russian Federation

· South Africa

· Sudan

· Uruguay

· Zambia

Each of these will include two students in the General Assembly, while some will also have representatives serving on various councils such as the Security Council, Human Rights Council, African Union, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Students will be assigned a country to research with a partner or partners as we eagerly await the resolutions which will be discussed and debated at the competition.

With our increase in numbers and early start on research and preparation, the team has lofty goals for its first competition of the year. The goal remains the same: represent FSAPS and have fun while expanding our understanding of complex world events and seeking a peaceful solution to the world’s problems through diplomacy.

ESO Students are SO Excited for this Year!

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As the Elementary Science Olympiad team anxiously awaits the announcement of their competitive events for the year, they have been practicing some of the events from last year to get a feel for what ESO is all about. These students are learning what it means to be on a team, how to be a great team member, and how to work together to reach a common goal. These students (and their coaches) are so excited to see what this year has to offer for the ESO team. We can't wait to get to work!

Middle School Science Olympiad Request

Science Olympiad Team needs 2 liter carbonated soda bottles, emptied and rinsed out with the label intact for an upcoming event. Please drop them at the front desk. Thank you.
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Kindergarten Math Project

Last week in Mrs. James' class, the students practiced number sentences and explored with primary colors by using finger paint and their hands! The class first painted each hand a different primary color and filled in the beginning of their number sentence (1 hand + 1 hand). Then they mixed the colors in their hands and completed the number sentence (= 2 hands). Everyone did a wonderful job!

Mrs. Whitlock's Class has been busy

Mrs. Whitlock's first grade class has been practicing our Daily 5 routines for reading and language arts! In addition to whole group and small group lessons on phonics, reading strategies, grammar, and writing skills, students have a chance to read and write independently in comfy places around the room. We have worked to build up stamina and sustain interest during these times, and have had a lot of fun doing it!
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Creative Writing Club

Mrs. Houston's Second Grade Creative Writing Club meets on Mondays and Tuesdays. We have a special 7th grade helper on Tuesdays, Tyler Hecht, who loves to show students his own work, as well as help them brainstorm fun ideas for their writing tasks. This week our group met to learn how to write acrostic poems. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first letter of each sentence spell out a particular word or phrase when read vertically. We were inspired by the poem Siddarth Suresh wrote about Ms. P on his first day of Creative Writing. We came up with a variety of topics: Soccer, Dipping Dots, Family, and Chess, just to name a few. Some students wrote more than one poem and really had a great time being creative writers!
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Health IT Leadership Summit

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We would like to inform you about Health IT Challenge Innovation Award Competition supported by TAG-ed each year.

This competition is a great chance for students to create a mobile apps. and improve their computer and programming skills. It is time to show what really innovative mobile apps are.

Please check below flyer for details and contact Mr. Sanal at isanal@fultonscienceacademy.org if you have any questions.

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We have submitted a permit application to the city of Alpharetta today for our school playground. Please see a picture of the playground chosen by our teachers. We project that the permit process, shipment arrival and the installation will take about 2 and a half months. It will be a wonderful playground when the project is completed.

We have just ordered a divider for the gym. The divider will allow our students to use the gym for recess during rainy days even if there is a Physical Education class in the gym.

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We are pleased to inform you that we are in the process of building a green house for our school. we will assign an area of green house for each grade at our school. We hope to offer free a salad bar to our students directly from our green house. We have submitted our application to the city of Alpharetta and waiting for the permit to begin the construction of greenhouse.
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Redbird Advanced Learning is available to our students in K through 5th grade. Please use your FSAConnect username and password to reach Redbird. This year we have created the same username and the same password for all online resources so that you don't need to memorize different passwords.

Click here to access Redbird Advanced Learning.

Redbird Advanced Learning "The Future of Math"

Anime Weekend Atlanta Middle School Trip

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On Saturday, September 26th, interested Middle School students are invited to join in the celebration of Japanese animation, manga (comics), cosplay (costumes), and culture by attending Anime Weekend Atlanta. AWA is a four-day Japanese Animation and comics convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia. Parent carpooling and chaperones are being coordinated by Ms. Ashley Fichter. If you have a student that is interested in attending this trip, please e-mail afichter@fultonscienceacademy.org by this Friday, August 28th with your child’s name, grade, and age. The AWA Director of Registration that has worked with our Anime Club group for the last three years must have a rough estimate of our student participation and age ranges to be able to come up with a “membership” estimate. Please go to www.awa-con.com to learn more about this convention.


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Experience and research from all over the United States shows that the interaction with the student’s family at their home is a very effective way to help student’s academic and behavioral progress.

Here are some feedbacks 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.”

How can you schedule a home visit?

Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at junal@fultonscienceacademy.org and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.

For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to junal@fultonscienceacademy.org. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends except Sunday mornings.


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Being successful at school starts with arriving on time to school. Research all over the world shows that students who arrive school late are disadvantaged against other students in the school. This does not only reduce their chances of success but also disrupts their classmates as they interrupt the class at the beginning of school day. Therefore, let’s do our best to arrive school on time. This is vital for the success of all of our students.


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Please check this website for detailed information and registration to FSA Band and Orchestra Program:


Since we have after school clubs till 4:20pm, the band and orchestra will start at 4:30pm to avoid possible conflicts with academic teams and club studies. Please check actual days and times on the website - http://www.dolceensemble.com


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Developing Good Practice Techniques

In order to become a better musician, a student must learn “how” to practice. It is not only important that one learns the correct posture and hand position to use when playing their particular instrument, but also how to develop a strength and dexterity to gain a certain swiftness. This can only be achieved through daily, slow, relaxed and patient practice.

For information regarding the Private Music Lesson Program at FSA, please contact Melinda Hubbell at mhubbell@fultonscienceacademy.org We now offer instruction in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Saxophone, Accordion, Percussion, Brass, Banjo, Mandolin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute and more.

As an advocate of STEAM education, FSAPS offers private music lessons for students of the school. This individualized instruction includes studies in:

  • technique including scales, chords and arpeggios
  • practice methods
  • music theory and ear training
  • wide variety of repertoire including the masterworks

Please inquire if you do not see an instrument here that you are interested in learning how to play. Other instruments will be added upon demand. They are scheduled during recess and after school.

For more information, please visit: http://www.fultonscienceacademy.org/school-life/private-music-lessons


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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 be receiving 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 tools we use at our school.

If interested, please click here to follow the instructions.

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