Fulton Science Academy

ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP GIFTED SCHOOL

Week of October 7, 2019

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER


Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,


I hope that everyone had a restful, but also fun, fall break!


I along with some of our Admin Team and Department Heads, used this fall break to visit the beautiful country of South Korea. During the trip, we visited the five top schools in Korea to learn from their best practices.


We would like to thank Gyeonggi Science High School, Koren International School - Jeju, YoungHoon International Elemetary School, YoungHoon Internationa Middle School, and Korea Foreign School very much for their hospitality. We are very impressed with the quality of these schools. We will never forget their warm welcome.


It was amazing to see that Gyeonggi Science School even had two observataries and a special research center costing $25 million.


We presented our school to prospective families and we also took time to visit with the families of our Korean students currently attending FSA. Our admin team members and department chairs had an amazing time with the lovely parents of our wonderful Korean students in Seoul, South Korea. We love our families and look forward to many more trips like this in the future!


I would also like to thank all of our amazing 1st grade parents who, right before fall break, took the time to provide our faculty and staff with a delicious teacher luncheon! I know that our staff and faculty appreciate it so much and always look forward to those days.

open house; dec. 8th

We will have an Open House on Sunday, December 8th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm! There is more information to come, but be sure to save the date! We plan to work with student ambassadors who will be responsible for giving tours of the school as well on that day to prospective families.

STEAM Innovation Awards

Please 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.


This will be a great inpirational event for our students and families. We have limited seating available and it is first come, first serve. To reserve your sport, 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

With Warmest Regards,


Kenan Sener,

Principal

Did you miss the Newsletter before Fall Break?

CLICK THIS BUTTON TO SEE LAST WEEK'S NEWSLETTER AND CATCH UP

High School Newsletter; Week of October 7th

See what is going on in High School at FSA and check out the High School Counseling Website!

MSO CORNER

Thank you to all the first grade parent volunteers who helped us make the teacher’s luncheon such a huge success.


Please be aware that the Thanksgiving Dinner chairs will be having their first planning meeting on Tuesday, October 8th, at 8 am.

The second general body meeting for the MSO (Mustang Support Organization) will be held on Thursday, the 10th of October, at 4:30 pm. Child care will be provided for the duration.


Contact: mso@fultonscienceacademy.org

Thank you,
MSO board

What's in this Issue?

  • Volleyball Senior Night
  • FSA Cross Country Team Finishes Fall Break with 5th Meet of the Season; Heads to MS Championship this weekend
  • Don't Miss Tryouts for FSA's Winter Sports Teams!
  • Meet Your Grade Level Student Council Representatives
  • Rivers Alive Cleanup
  • SCIENCE FAIR FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH IS APPROACHING
  • 5th Grade End of Year Field Trip; US Space & Rocket Center (April 17 - 19)
  • Meet Your Grade Level Student Council Representatives
  • Professional Speaker Series; Sean Reilly
  • Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival
  • And More.............

Mission

To establish an educational framework designed to achieve the highest academic results and instill enduring strength of character by leveraging innovation and STEAM curriculums for college preparedness and lifelong student success.


Vision

Fulton Science Academy Private School envisions to be a nationally ranked and recognized school for pre-K through 12th grade, serving advanced and gifted student populations committed to academic success, civic responsibility, global citizenship, and high ethical values within a safe environment that celebrates diversity and is nurtured by the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders and the broader community.

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October Calendar

October Calendar



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

Friday, October 11:

  • 1st Grade Roswell Cultural Arts Center Field Trip
  • Good Conduct Dress Down Day

Monday, October 14: Senior FAFSA Workshop

Tuesday, October 15:

  • Junior Beta Induction Ceremony (4pm)
  • Senior Portraits
  • Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 16:

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

Thursday, October 17:

  • 2nd Grade Warbington Farms Field Trip
  • High School Boston Trip Information Session (4:10 - 4:40)
  • High School Junior Night, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday, October 18: Student Ambassador Civic Dinner: Belonging

Monday, October 21:

  • Middle School Field Trip to Mercedes Benz Stadium
  • High School College Trip, 8:00am - 4:00pm, (More Info to Come)

Tuesday, October 22: K - 2 Family Science Night

Wednesday, October 23: Unity Day

Thursday, October 24:

  • 4th Grade Atlanta Zoo Field Trip
  • 3rd - 5th Family Science Night, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Friday, October 25:

  • PreK & Kindergarten Art Barn Field Trip
  • STEAM Innovation Awards Evening (Fundraising Event)

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

You can also click here to view the monthly calendar

Did you can always view the monthly calendar on our website as well!?

RECAP on VOLLEYBALL SENIOR NIGHT & Middle School Volleyball Season Ends with Big improvements



FSA's Volleyball Senior Night was a nail biter! While the girls played hard and defeated in the first set, they fell short in the 2nd and 3rd. Lots of faculty and students came out to support the team on their special night! Seniors Vaani B., Lizzie, S., and Pragya H. were honored before the start of the game and presented signed balls and flowers from Athletic Director, Alex Ayres. The girls played tremendously!
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A Message from Coach Alan on the MS Season:

Hi everyone. I wanted to give everyone a quick end of season update.

We finished the season with 2 match wins vs 14 losses. Anyone who has watched this team knows the stats don't give the real picture, so let me give you the behind the scenes of what we saw.

Remember the first game of the season? Most of the girls couldn't get a serve over the net. Passes typically went over on the first touch and there were no hits. By the middle of the season most everyone could serve over the net and we were able to get three touches sometimes. The end of the season we saw every player was capable of getting a serve over the net. We were usually able to get at least two touches, if not three, and we had a few hits too! We saw the girls come together as a team going from sitting quietly on the bus, to having sing-a-longs. Our favorite part was seeing the smiles and them learn to enjoy the game, gain leadership skills and learn teamwork. We were very proud of the improvement the girls showed over the course of the season.

As we transition into the offseason we would like to encourage all to continue to play volleyball, basketball or any other activity to keep them motivated to return next season. All sports and/or athletic activities build on one another to help learn eye-hand coordination, strength and how to move in general.

We look forward to seeing everyone around campus and hopefully next year for volleyball as well. Open gyms for volleyball begin in July so watch for notifications about this. Go Mustangs!!!

FSA Cross Country Team Finishes Fall Break with 5th Meet of the Season; Heads to MS Championship this weekend

The FSA cross country team rounded out the season with the final meet on October 5th. The team had a steady showing for the season at all levels.


Members in both junior varsity and varsity have definitely go the mustang name out there.The combined team had a total of 52 students from 5th grade to 12th grade.

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Coach Tarik Uduk told Mustang News “ It shows great dedication for all of these students to show up to practice so early in the morning to run and become better athletes”. Students trained before school starting at 6:30am. For the meets they had to endure the hot and sunny days. FSA runners also stood out for their true sportsmanship by encouraging other teams at the meet and serving them water at the finish line. Coach Tarik said he is very proud of them for showing up and doing their best. In the final meet there were Mustangs placing in the top 10 in divisions with 50+ runners.


MS Girls:

  • Madison Debellis - 5th place
  • Meher Tucker - 7th place

MS Boys:

  • Advit Anand - 2nd place
  • Michael Rohman (5th grade) - 10th place


This Saturday our Middle School Team will compete in the Middle School Championships! Good Luck! Go Mustangs!

Don't Miss Tryouts for FSA's Winter Sports Teams!

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If you have any questions or would like more details,

please email FSA Athletic Director Alex Ayres at

aayres@fultonscienceacademy.org

Meet Your Grade Level Student Council Representatives

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Elementary School


President: Blake C.

Vice President: Samaira U.

Treasurer: Armaan P.

Secretary: Yunus K.

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Middle School


Saanvi M., Tanish K., Leia C., Marina C., Varsha S., Sanjana U., Varun S., Ameera I., Isra H., Vishruth A., Maniya D., Akram H., Zaviyar H., Ali M., Aanchal J., Aidan G., Logan S., Megan R., Mariam H., Akshay M., Hansika G., Sanjay T., Lina A., Adi A., Ariana P., Siddarth S.

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High School


President: Nicholas F.

Vice President: Akshay M.

VP of Public Relations: Somya B.

Secretary: Rohan M.

Rivers Alive Cleanup

For weeks Mustang news as well as various announcements and the schoolwide newsletter asked for volunteers to participate in the annual River’s Alive cleanup. The event on September 28th saw a good showing from FSA. A total of 24 participants from various grades took the plunge and joined in to help out mother nature in a bit of “house cleaning of sorts”. The event is hosted by Keep Roswell Beautiful and was at Riverside Park from 8:30-11:30am. FSA representatives divided into groups and cleaned different parts of the park, which included picking up trash along the river and roads as well as removing Privet - an invasive plant species.
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SCIENCE FAIR FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH IS APPROACHING

The date of the school wide science fair is going to be November 21st after school from 4:30 to about 5:30 pm (depending on number of participating students).

Paperwork WAS due 9/27, and if you want to participate in the science fair, you need to turn the appropriate paperwork in to your science teacher ASAP.



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/"

5th Grade End of Year Field Trip; US Space & Rocket Center (April 17 - 19)

Dear 5th grade families,


We will be having our first ever end of year 5th grade field trip this school year. We are excited to offer our students the opportunity to visit the US Space & Rocket Center located at 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 on Friday, April 17th - Sunday, Ap ril 19th .


We will leave FSA on Friday, April 17th at 9:30am. We will be returning to school on Sunday, April 19th around 4:30pm. We will be transported from FSA to the US Space & Rocket Center using a charter bus.


Students, FSA faculty and parent chaperones will stay on the space camp campus in their habitats for the weekend. These compressed sleeping quarters are designed to simulate life on the International Space Station! The price of this trip is $435 per student and includes travel, housing, and food. Refer to the application for specific payment deadlines. Students will experience the Space Pathfinders program at the US Space & Rocket Center.

Pathfinder® provides an exciting introduction to Space Camp® in three-day, two-night programs for groups.

Space Program Activities:

Build a model rocket, train like an astronaut and work in mission control or launch as part of the flight crew on a simulated space mission!

• Simulated Space Mission

• Five Degrees of Freedom Chair

• Multi-Axis Trainer

• Public Museum Simulators


Program activities are led by Camp staff. Adult chaperones participate in the program. FSA faculty & chaperones are responsible for student behavior and medications. The space camp clinic is staffed by nurses, and security is on watch 24-hours each day to assist guests.


The trip cost for students and parent chaperones is $435, which is all-inclusive.


INSTALLMENTS

$235 by December 6, 2019

$200 by January 10, 2020


Application deadline is November 7, 2019. $50 late application fee will apply after November 7. Please return your checks (payable to FSA) or cash along with this application form to the front office. Space is limited to 45 students and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Information on parent chaperones, medical forms, sample schedule, and more can be picked up from the front office in the full application package.

Professional Speaker Series; Sean Reilly

Middle and High School students were ahead of the game as they previewed the observation of World Mental Health Day every year on October 10th. This day is recognized by the World Federation for Mental Health.


Sean Reilly is a licensed therapist and he shared with students the importance of mental health awareness. He spoke to them about good anxiety vs bad anxiety. Mr. Reilly urged students to be aware of their surroundings, especially the people who are in it. Sharing with them that support, kindness and “being a friend” can make such a huge difference. He went on to share with students that there are four things they can do to have an impact on others around them. Make connections with each other, Ask about each other, Listen to each other and finally help lead them to a better situation. By practicing these simple steps you will be an agent of change and help in making the CALL - which means that you can help someone who might have too much going on, cope better.

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)

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

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Walton Elementary Math Fest Registration - Saturday, Oct 19th

We have an upcoming individual math contest for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students. Every FSA student interested in can participate at the Walton Elementary Math Fall Fest! You don’t have to be a part of math team in order to participate at this tournament.


Registration: Each student interested is asked to register independently and participate independently. Registration to this contest is online, please check the link below for more details.


You may also find sample contest questions in the link below:

https://www.waltonmathteam.com/elementary-mathfest

Red Ribbon Week will Begin October 28th!

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A Message From Nurse Amy; Keep Flu Free this Flu Season

Keep Flu Free This Season!

Check out the link for great information about preventing the Flu and the signs to look out for if you think you have it!

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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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Easy Supply List

Need a top up on your child’s school supplies but don’t have the time to run to the store? Here’s an option from one of FSA’s newest partners and it’s as easy as 123… just …


SEARCH: Go to www.easysupplylist.com and search for the school supply bundle you need.

BUY: Click on the item to checkout.

RECEIVE: Receive your package at school. NO Delays. NO needed follow-ups.


That’s how easy it is to get your school supplies. While it is a great service to use at the start of the school year, it is not limited to that time frame. Not only are you getting a tailor made service but you are also doing a good deed and giving back to FSA and another worthy cause with your purchase. As a percentage of sales will be donated back to FSA annually and The Joshua Bembo Project. A cause that supports research to fund inoperable brain tumors, www.joshuabembo.com / www.gcregistry.com

2019 - 2020 Sports & Try Out Schedule!

Students can also pick up one of these schedules from Coach Ayres in the Athletic Office.

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FSA Athletics Homepage

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE HOMEPAGE OF FSA ATHLETICS

FSA Sideline Store

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20% off $100 orders only applies to select product on BSN SPORTS Sideline Store.

Exclusions apply. Offer valid while supplies last.



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!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE

SMART TUITION

SMART TUITION ACCOUNT

FSAPS Tuition Information: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/tuition-information/

Smart Tuition is the tuition management system used by FSA. In addition to tuition, all incidental billing such as aftercare fees, sports and academic team fees, trips, etc., is also done through Smart Tuition. There is a $50 yearly fee for Smart Tuition.


If you have not set up your account or are having trouble setting up your account, please contact our Business Administrator Abdurrahim Kurt by phone or email.

Phone: (678) 366 - 2555 ext. 105

Email: akurt@fultonscienceacademy.org

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

FSAConnect mobile App

Dear Parents,


We are happy to inform you that now you can check fsaconnect by mobile app.

Here is how you can access the app:


ITunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radix-mobile/id1159005166?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radix.radixmobile


The links can also be found at the bottom of your connect page by the other social media links.

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A pop-up banner will appear on top of the screen when users access the school connect on their mobile devices.


Site link: https://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org

Username: fsaconnect username

Password: fsaconnect password

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR REMIND, OUR SCHOOL NOTIFICATION APPlication

JOIN FSAPS REMIND HERE: https://www.remind.com/join/fsaps


We have created a remind account to keep our community informed and up-to-date with what is happening at our school.


By joining "FSAPS remind," you will receive messages via push notifications, SMS, or e-mail. We recommend SMS option for our families and students.


We will use this tool as an addition to other communication portals we use at our school to keep our families apprised of what's happening at Fulton Science Academy. Thank you.

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FSA SOCIAL MEDIA

Please connect with us online and grow our social media following!


FSA is proud to be building a strong social media presence and we encourage you to follow us using one or more of the following links:

1- FSA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

https://www.youtube.com/user/FultonScienceAcademy

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

2- FSA FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/FultonScienceAcademyPrivateSchool/


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

3- FSA INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/fultonscienceacademy/

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

4- FSA LINKEDIN

https://www.linkedin.com/company/fulton-science-academy-private-school


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

5 –FSA TWITTER

https://twitter.com/fsaprivate

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

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Fulton Science Academy Private School

CHARACTER, EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

Pre-K through High School

Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival