Fulton Science Academy

Week of March 23, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents.


I would like to begin the newsletter by congratulating our students for their recent achievements. It is great to see that the hard work of our students, parents and teachers pay off.


Amazingly, our students will be representing the state of Georgia in three different national level competitions this year, in the next two months:


  • International Model United Nations - March 26 - 28 - New York - United Nations Building
  • North America First Lego League - May 15 - 17 - California
  • National Science Olympiad Tournament - May 16 - 17 - Nebraska


Way to go!

FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL TOURNAMENT!

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The Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team placed second in the State Tournament held at Lambert High School on Saturday, March 21. Their second place finish qualifies them to compete at the National Tournament to be held on May 16 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. FSAPS students placed first in nine of the 23 Science Olympiad events. “All told, we medaled in 17 events,” said head coach Pam Walsh. “At Regionals, we beat Dodgen Middle School by 8 points and today, Dodgen beat us by 8 points. It just shows how evenly matched these two team are. We’ll work hard to prepare for Nationals and will hopefully represent the state well. We’re honored and excited to attend such a prestigious competition.”


Individual awards were earned by the following students:


Bio Process Labcoached by Mrs. Uppaluri

1st Place – Araneesh Pratap & Elaine Wen


Bottle Rocketscoached by Mr. Seker

1st Place – Sarah Lucas & Andre Hamelberg


Bridgescoached by Mr. Seker

3rd Place – Faith Lucas & Sophie Richardson


Can’t Judge a Powdercoached by Ms. Lang

3rd Place – Soleil Moffitt & Sarah Lucas


Crave the Wavecoached by Mr. Wang

1st Place – Simon Wang & Brian Shoffeitt


Disease Detectivescoached by Mrs. Bhatt & Ms. Chirumamilla

3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt & Akash Bhatt


Elastic Launch Glidercoached by Mrs. Walsh

3rd Place – Karuna Kumar & Sophie Richardson


Entomologycoached by Mrs. Butler

1st Place – Faith Lucas & Elaine Wen


Experimental Designcoached by Mrs. Stathos

1st Place – Simon Wang, Mira Mutnick, & Ananya Terala


Fossilscoached by Ms. Beres

1st Place – Araneesh Pratap & Faith Lucas


Green Generationcoached by Ms. Larson

2nd Place – Faith Lucas & Elaine Wen


Meteorologycoached by Mrs. Walsh

1st Place – Araneesh Pratap & Ananya Terala


Picture Thiscoached by Ms. Fichter

3rd Place – Elaine Wen, Sarah Lucas, & Sanjeev Uppaluri


Road Scholarcoached by Mrs. Stathos

1st Place – Mira Mutnick & Karuna Kumar


Simple Machinescoached by Ms. Duzyol

1st Place – Araneesh Pratap & Brian Shoffeitt


Solar Systemcoached by Mrs. Walsh

2nd Place –Araneesh Pratap & Brian Shoffeitt


Write It, Do It coached by Mrs. Stathos

4th Place – Mira Mutnick & Karuna Kumar

CONGRATULATIONS TO FSAPS WEB CHALLENGERS

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We are pleased to announce that, FSAPS Web Challenge Team, NYAN, competing for the 2015 TAG-Ed, Atlanta Science Festival and How Stuff Works Middle School WEBChallenge Competition, has been chosen as one of the top four finalist this year.


Congratulations to Elaine WEN, Shreya REKAPALLI, Elena JUAREZ for their success! Team NYAN, family and friends are invited to the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo on Saturday, March 28th in Centennial Olympic Park where the grand prize will be announced through third place winners on stage. We wish them good luck!


Please click here to see our student's website.


We also have two honorable mention from our teams The Ultimate Trinity and Spoon Wolves.


The Ultimate Trinity - Andrew SCHNEIDER, Charlie FURNISS, Prajwal VEDULA

Spoon Wolves - Ananya TERALA, Chloe RICHARDSON, Gwyn O'SULLIVAN


Teams receiving honorable mention will have their content featured on a site hosted by our 2015 partner,HowStuffWorks.com. The content will be hosted for one year and will be linked to from the HowStuffWorks homepage which receives over 30 million visits every month! "


Please see the link here: http://howstuffwillwork.tumblr.com

GREAT RESULTS IN 2015 SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR

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The FSAPS Social Studies Department would like to congratulate several students for their strong showing at the West Metro Regional Social Studies Fair on Saturday, March 14th. Students from neighboring counties converged on Lake Ridge Elementary School in Clayton County to compete in the fair. FSAPS sent 3 projects representing various social science disciplines and were well-rewarded for their hard work.


Each of our three students received a ribbon for their projects at the fair:

6th grader Arul Selvakumar received a second place ribbon for his project, “What is the Threat of Trash Vortex from Oceanic Gyres to Humanity?”


Isabella Sims, a fellow 6th grader, received third place for her project, “America’s Horse: Identifying Reasons for the Recent Increase in ‘Unwanted’ Horses in the U.S.”

Sarah Ahmed, an 8th grader, also placed third with her project, “How Do Immigrants Affect the U.S. Economy?”


Thank you to all of the students and their teachers for making this year’s FSAPS Social Studies Fair a success. A lot of hard work went into these projects, and although only a few could progress to this level, we felt there were many deserving of the honor. We are very proud of all of our students that participated in the fair this year and are excited by this success at the regional level.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CHESS TEAM STUDENTS!

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Congratulations to FSA Chess Team students for their recent achievements at the state Level. Our middle school team won 4th place and elementary team won 9th place at the state.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CHESS TEAM STUDENTS

Katherine Li

Charlie Furniss

Vishal Balyan

Arul Selvakumar

Vishal Ram


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHESS TEAM STUDENTS

Pranav Devalapalli

Kai Robertson

Arnav Somaraju

Niyomi Shah

Bhavin Shah


Congratulations to these students, their parents and our coaches.. Way to go!

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IMPORTANT DATES

March 25 thru 28 - 11th Annual Global Classrooms UNA-USA International Model UN Conference in New York, NY

March 26 - Book Character Dress Up Day

March 27 - Spirit Night - Join us at Read-It-Again - 4-8pm

March 27 - First Robotics Challenge Invitation at Georgia Tech

March 28 - Destination Imagination Tournament

April 6 thru 10 - Spring Break

April 13 - All Custom Yearbook pages must have 'Print Ready' Clicked

April 14 - Parent Volunteer Organization Executive Board Meeting at 8:15am

April 15 - Math League Competition

April 16 - Academic Team Picnic

April 17 thru 19 - ITBS/SAT Cabin Camp

April 17 - Robotics Workshop

April 17 - Mother's Night Out

April 17 - 4th Quarter Progress Report

April 18 - GCTM's Middle School Math Competition

April 22 - Earth Day!

April 22 thru 28 - School-wide ITBS Testing

BALLOON ROCKET RACES IN KINDERGARTEN

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Newton’s Law of Action and Reaction states that when an object is pushed, it pushes back. Kindergarten students learned this firsthand by using a balloon, a straw, and a piece of string! The walls of the balloon push the air out as it opens. Likewise, when the balloon pushes against the air, the air pushes back. As a result the balloon travels along the string that it is attached to. Not only did this experiment demonstrate cause and effect, action and reaction, and involve gas (the state of matter we are currently studying)- it was tons of fun. Even our youngest students thrive on competition!

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH - THE MUSICAL FIELD TRIP

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On Friday, March 20th the Kindergarten - 5th Grade students traveled to the Alliance Theatre in downtown Atlanta to see James and the Giant Peach - The Musical. This was a fun musical based on the book written by Raold Dahl. It showed the story of a young English orphan beginning to image a bright future. He went on a journey in a larger-than-life enchanted peach. His companions were a zany bunch of insects brought to life by nimble actors. Out FSAPS students enjoyed the fun songs and silly characters during the performance. Our students were very well behaved and showed great theatre etiquette during the performance. It was a fun day for the FSAPS Elementary students!

1ST AND 2ND GRADERS ENJOYED BRAIN AWARENESS PRESENTATION

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1st and 2nd graders had a blast at the Brain Awareness presentation last week! Dr. Arielle Valdez began the presentation with a lesson about our five senses! She explained the process in which our brain reacts when our senses are activated. The students were instructed through a few experiments to test these sensory reactions in our brains. After our discussion, the students were allowed to touch and observe a REAL brain! This was an unforgettable experience!

SCHOOL-WIDE SOCCER TOURNAMENT

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Over that last couple of months students competed in a school wide indoor soccer tournament. The tournament was split into two divisions. One division was for the younger students (first-third grade) and the other was for the older students (fourth-eighth grade.)


Students had a great time competing for a cash prize. First place students received $20.00, second place received $15.00, and third place received $10.00. Students had to rally through 30 minutes of intense competition to advance to the next round.


4TH THROUGH 8TH GRADE STUDENT DIVISION

1st Place - The Fighting Phoenix - Ameiya Pednecker, Akash and Neel Bhatt, Andre Hamelberg, Charlie Furniss, and Edgar Robitaille.


2nd Place - The Shadow Crawlers - Tesneem Sherif, Sarah Ahmed, Chandler Davis, Spiros Kefalas, Shreya Rekapalli, and Ethan Moore


3rd Palce - Jamaican Heat - Amrita Kaur, Ethan and Austin Gardner, Nihal Singh, Vishal Balyan, and Muhammed Korucu

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FIRST THROUGH THIRD GRADE STUDENT DIVISION

1st Place - Manchester United - Karthik Kuppuswamy, Greg Bates III, Kai Robertson, Advit Anand, Bhavin Shah, and Shreyan Ghelani.


2nd Place - The Hurricanes - Kaya Eleren, Kerim Sener, Kemal Teber, Bati Uygunca, Chase Gonzalez, and Joshua Abbey.


3rd Place - Soccer Champions - Ahad Sayani, London Greene-Richards, Krish Patel, Langston Laifang, Eshaan Bidarakoppa, and Atila Uygunca.


Students had a great time working together as a team, learning sportsmanship, and having friendly competition.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB

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Ms. Ramsey's Creative Writing club has been loving their poetry study! The students started the unit by writing an Autobiographical Poem. These poems are posted outside Ms. Ramsey's classroom, so come take a sneak peak into what your child wrote about themselves! Additionally in our poetry unit, the students have written Cinquains and Haikus. Tomorrow we will be learn about Limericks. After the poetry unit, the students will transition into writing Mysteries. Here are some websites to help your child get creative in their writing!



  1. http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html
  2. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
  3. http://journalbuddies.com/creative-writing-2/creative-writing-prompts-fabulous-ideas/
  4. http://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/creative-writing-prompts.html

CMP SPEAKER SERIES HOSTED AN ARCHITECT

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Mike Riley, partner and vice president of Martin Riley Associates, spoke to our students during our College Mentorship Program. He shared his expertise in architecture and some of the many buildings he has helped develop. Mr. Riley received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and since then he has primarily coordinated multi-family and commercial projects. The students enjoyed learning more about what it takes to be a successful architect.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FSA THESPIAN SOCIETY STUDENTS FOR THEIR RECENT SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCES

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Fulton Science Academy's Thespian Troupe 89269 did exceptionally well in their individual events at the Junior Thespain Festival this past weekend in Nashville, TN. They scored 3's & 4's out of 4 in almost all categories across the board, which is a tremendous achievement for their first time!


Students had a great time, learned a lot, and are already planning their individual events for next year's festival!


Special congratulations to Chloe Richardson who, with a perfect score, was invited to perform her individual event in the showcase on the main stage! Less than 10% of the students attending the festival were given this honor.


Chloe performed two contrasting monologues: How I Got That Part by Robert Pridham and a selection from Shakespeare's Richard III


Please see Chloe's performance here:

http://youtu.be/VzaHx6CjTJ8

2015 GEORGIA DESTINATION IMAGINATION IS MARCH 28TH.

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The 2015 GA Destination Imagination Tournament is this Saturday, March 28th!

Everyone is invited to join us at Duluth High School to support our teams and watch their challenge presentations.


Please take a look at the GA DI Tournament program for more information.


We have 3 teams presenting challenges at the tournament:

Narwalic Fantasy - Improv Games Challenge - presents at 1:15pm

Golden Armour - Feary Tales Challenge - presents at 1:55pm

Tremendous Turtles - Improv Games Challenge - presents at 2:45pm


Please plan to arrive early and consider carpooling as parking will be a little tight.

Make sure to arrive at the performance area early to find a seat as they will not allow anyone to enter while the challenges are being presented.

In addition to all the challenges to watch, there will be exhibitors, vendors, concessions, a silent auction and a cake walk among other activities.

Please also stay or return for the closing ceremonies, so our teams will have plenty of voices cheering for them!

MARCH 17TH KINDERGARTEN MISCHIEF

March 17 morning was filled with mischief and fun for the kindergarteners. Pat the Leprechaun had visited both classrooms overnight and left more than a few surprises! The classrooms definitely looked a little more disheveled than usual and the kids had a great time cleaning up from that pesky leprechaun, but the best part was the riddle-filled scavenger hunt! Students solved clever riddles as a group and traveled around the school to try and find Pat’s pot o’ gold. Alas, he evaded us once again. However, great fun was had by all and the plastic coins we found were almost as exciting as the real thing!

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SPRING BOOK DRIVE & BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY

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BOYS vs. GIRLS

Bring in gently used books from now till March 31st and put them in the bins in the front office. We are requesting books for adults and children such as; children's books, juvenile fiction, adult fiction, historical fiction, self-help, business books, cookbooks, etc. The winners will receive a frozen treat as their reward.


Anyone bringing in two or more books can participate in a literary character dress up day on Thursday March 26th.


Please make sure that your book character costume is approved by your Language Arts teacher.


Books will be used to stock our library shelves or used to trade in for more books through our partner Read-It-Again.


Spirit Night - Join us at Read-It-Again on Friday March 27th 4-8pm.

Shop a huge selection of new and used books and unique gifts. Proceeds will be used by FSAPS to purchase additional books for the school!

FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP

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SCHOOL UPDATE: CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS

I am pleased to share some exciting updates and changes that will be taking place as part of our continuous improvement efforts to better meet the needs of our students.

NEW CAMPUS

The construction of our new campus is expected to be completed in May of this year. Beginning this February, our students and parents are most welcome to tour the new campus on Saturdays. It is exciting to see the new campus construction. If you are interested in scheduling a tour on a certain Saturday, please send an e-mail to Mr. Turan at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

NEW FURNITURE

Thanks to some generous investors, we will be adding brand new furniture to our school next year. The new furnishings feature great quality and a sleek, modern look. Please see our selection of cafeteria chairs and tables for our new campus below.
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NEW TECHNOLOGY AT OUR NEW CAMPUS

About 9 years ago, we were one of the first schools in Georgia to fully equip all of our classes with SmartBoards. As we move to our new campus, we are again leading the way in classroom technology by upgrading our classrooms with active touch panels. In addition, we will be adding a class set of active tables to the elementary grades. Our students and teachers will love utilizing these new technologies in their classes. Please see more details below.


Please click here to watch a video about ActivPanel Touch.

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ON-LINE ASSESSMENT TOOL

Beginning this August, the majority of classroom assessments that students take in middle school grades will be completed on iPads and computers. By upgrading to a much faster internet connection at the new campus, on-line activities will be much smoother for our students and teachers. Through on-line assessments, students will be able to review both correct and missed questions. Parents will no longer need to request a copy of the test to go over with their child. Additionally, data analysis will be easier for our teachers enabling more prompt feedback to parents.

NEW LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM

We are well along in the process of selecting a new and more challenging language arts curriculum for our middle grades. Our new curriculum will be geared towards gifted education with strong writing, grammar, and reading components. We plan to announce our new curriculum to you in March.


With the separation of Social Studies and Language Arts teachers and the adoption of a new more rigorous language arts curriculum, we are building a very strong Language Arts Department for our precious students.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS

Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce


Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.


We will be announcing the new science textbooks and materials based on NGSS very soon. With our new chemistry, physics, and biology laboratories in the new campus, the new NGSS adopted Science Curriculum, and the addition of an assistant lab teacher our students can look forward to some highly engaging science lessons.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADES

As announced earlier, we will open our high school grades when we have close to 20 students capable of doing the rigorous course plan (Advanced Academics) designed for our high school program. While we do not know yet if we will have that many qualified students for this year, based on our analysis and the strengths of enrollment numbers, we should definitely have 9th grade next year.

MUSIC PROGRAM

FSA is taking a multi-step approach to building a strong music program. We plan to continue to offer private music lessons, which many of you have taken advantage of this school year. In our continued efforts to improve this program, we will be adding more instruments such as new pianos. Additionally, next year we will be offering our students Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Each will be offered twice a week from 4:30 to 5:30, so that they do not conflict with our academic teams, clubs, and sports. It is our intention that as we progress we will eventually add Band, Orchestra, and Chorus to our students’ daily school schedule to have further emphasis on music education. We are excited about the steps that we are taking next year to improve our music program and give our students more opportunities.

ATHLETIC PROGRAM

As you might already know, our new campus also includes a standard high school size gymnasium with 400 seating capacity and a standard size field for our students to play. Our families will observe a great increase in the athletics opportunities offered to our students next year. In our first year we will start with the following sports and grow each year from there.


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

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We are excited to announce a solid technology and engineering class with a strong curriculum for our elementary and middle grades next year. The program is called Project Lead The Way. This comprehensive program also includes robotics and will replace our current robotics class for elementary and middle grades. Project Lead The Way offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For more information, please visit: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs

COMPUTER CLASS

Since Project Lead The Way curriculum includes computer literacy, we are redesigning our computer classes for next year. Soon, we will share a computer class framework that shows specifically which skills are taught in each grade. The new computer education program will also include a strong coding component for each grade level.

IMPROVED CARPOOL DISMISSAL PROCESS WITH ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY

Our new campus is designed to make the dismissal process much easier for everyone. We will have two different areas from which students can be picked up, thereby speeding up the process significantly. In a few weeks the barcoded carpool system will begin and we will use an enhanced version of it at the new campus next year. We look forward to being able to provide a smoother pickup system for our students and parents.

EXTENDED SCHOOL SAFETY

Security is a priority at our new campus for the safety and well-being of our students. The campus has been designed with extra safety features built-in. Security cameras will be installed everywhere. Additionally, there is a secure front office buzzer system that will be continuously monitored and an electronic carded access entry system that will be used for other doors. We are working with local safety experts to make sure that our campus is as secure and safe as possible for our students.

INCREASE IN CLUB AND ACADEMIC TEAMS OFFERED

Naturally, with an increased number of students we will be able to offer more free after school clubs and academic team options.


After 13 years at our present location, we are looking forward to a wonderful inaugural year at our new campus. Next year will be AMAZING!

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