Fulton Science Academy
INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER
Week of February 8, 2016
The Chronicles of One Friday Night at FSAPS
Why do students and teachers love FSAPS? We love it because you feel like you’re a part of something wonderful. Learning isn’t just something that takes place from 8 am until 4:20 pm. Learning happens on our campus every night, every weekend, and it’s an amazing feeling to be a part of it. You get to be here with the kids when they make new discoveries and build life-long friendships. On any given Friday night there are parents, teachers, and students of all ages inhabiting every part of the building.
This past Friday night the Drama Club was practicing for their upcoming performance, The Giver while FSAPS Moms and Female Teachers immersed themselves in Asian Culture by attending East Asian Mother’s Night in the Cafeteria. Students were playing soccer games with friends in the gym and almost all of the Academic Teams were out in full force- Destination Imagination, Science Olympiad, and the Robotics Team. Check out below for a few photos from all the fun this past Friday Night (February 5th)- and plan to stop by one Friday evening to join in the fun!
Math Olympiad Mustangs get 1st PLACE at JUNIOR VARSITY LEVEL.
Our legendary Math Team continues to win 1st place in different Math Tournaments. Today, eight of our students form our Math Olympiad Team competed at 2016 Woodstock High School Math Tournament and they won1st place as team at the junior varsity level.
Each member of our team showed a spectacular performance during the competition. Our middle school students competed against 10th graders and won 1st place as a team! Isn’t that amazing?
Congratulations to Holden Watson, Charlie Furniss, Vishaal Ram, Tyler Hecht, Andre Hamelberg, Sparsh Kudrimoti, Mario Machado, and George Wen for their achievement as a team.
FSAPS Mathletes also won the following individual placements in JV level:
Holden Watson – 1st place
Charlie Furniss – 3rd place
Vishaal Ram – 6th place
Tyler Hecht – 11th place
Andre Hamelberg – 13th place
Way to go!
Robotics Wins 2nd in State at UGA!
The FSA Elementary Chess Team Won Fulton County Championship and also 8th place overall at the Metro Atlanta State Qualification Tournament.
There were over 1000 players at this event. Chess has many levels of competitive play, with tournament sections often designated by school grade. While a tournament for individual competition may have sections organized by grade or US Chess Federation (USCF, see www.uschess.org for more information) rating, school team tournaments are structured by grade level. Typical team sections are: K-1 (Kindergarten & 1st graders), K-3 (may overlap with K-1 and, if so, would primarily have 2nd& 3rd graders), K-5 (stronger younger players, primarily 4th & 5th graders), K-8 (middle school), and K-12 (high school).
So, how does a school create and develop a chess team, particularly a strong, competitive team? While there is no pat formula, here are suggestions for building and developing a successful, long-term program culled from schools known for their award-winning chess teams.
One of the best experiences a child can have at school is to be part of a strong, enthusiastic school team. The most successful school chess teams have consistent parent involvement over consecutive school years. The best way to improve in chess is to play often with different people at equivalent or greater skill levels than oneself. If you’re fortunate to live in an area with frequent scholastic chess tournaments, take advantage of the bounty and encourage your child to play at least one a month. Kids love to be with their schoolmates as they “take on” kids from rival schools in the community, and oftentimes friendships will develop between chess kids who otherwise would have never met. Coordinating parental supervision and carpool duty is very helpful, as tournaments often span a full day and some run longer.
It may be a cliché, but teaching kids that sometimes it’s not just winning, but how one plays the game, is important for both individual character and team development. Applaud the kids’ best efforts and positive attitudes, and they will learn to support their teammates and feel more appreciated and confident in their own playing abilities. It’s not easy to shake an opponent’s hand after a loss, but a game well played can be respected in its own right. From time to time, a child should be reminded by a parent or respected teacher or coach that it’s more important in life to be considered a good, decent person than just a successful player. Remind the kids when they’re feeling dejected that they’ll “live to fight another day” and that they can take pride in playing better and better with every match, as they learn to examine their mistakes and understand how to improve their game.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 6TH GRADER, SHASHWAT BANSAL FOR WINNING 2ND PLACE IN STATEWIDE ATLANTIC INSTITUE ART AND ESSAY COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND
One of our 6th grade student, Shashwat Bansal won 2nd place at the middle school level category with his essay.
Way to go Shashwat! We are very proud of you.
Social Studies Winners Announced
We are proud to announce the winners of the 7th annual FSAPS school social studies fair which was held last week. The projects on display were selected from each social studies class and showed a wide range of subjects across the different social science disciplines.
Of those projects that made it to the school fair, a small number have been selected to represent FSAPS at the West Metro Regional Social Studies Fair this March:
All The Pretty Horses: The Truth About America’s Wild Horses
Isabella Sims (7th grade)
How Does Being Bullied As an Adolescent Affect People As Adults?
James Stevens (7th grade)
How Do Land Mass and Other Factors Affect GDP, and Vice Versa?
Giles Sukkert (7th grade)
Which Countries Are the Leaders In Food Sustainability?
Luke Westerfield (7th grade)
What is the Impact of the Film and Television Industry on Georgia’s Economy?
Sophie Richardson (8th grade)
How Has the Syrian Refugee Crisis Impacted Europe’s Economy?
Ananya Pottabhathini and Prajwal Vedula (8th grade)
On behalf of Ms. Pruett, and Mr. Stiffler, thank you to all of our students that worked hard all semester to participate in the Social Studies Fair. Congratulations to all of our students and best of luck to those that will participate in the regional fair!
Dismissal Procedure Reminder
Our carpool dismissal is going to take longer than public school dismissal, as we don't have buses, but it is still the most efficient way to get the most students out of the school the fastest. As such we ask that you use the carpool and do not expect to get your children from the lobby before carpool ends at 3:40 and 4:40 pm.
School policy is that students cannot be picked up between 3 and 3:30 pm, as students are still learning at this time and constant interruption prevents students focusing on their last class of the day.
Please plan on picking up before 3 pm for all outside appointments.
If there is a family emergency please call the Administration Team, Principal Sener, or Assistant Principals Turan and Campbell, who will authorise pick up of your child during our no pick up times.
Our Teachers also request NO PICKUPS during club time, again to avoid constant disruption as many of our students are preparing for their team competitions.
Teachers view clubs as an important enrichment to our day. They spend time planning for clubs as they do for regular classes.
Thank you for your consideration to our Teachers and Students.
ongoing - February 9-Soccer Tournament 1-8 grade- check game schedule
February 12- Valentines Day Dances, Elementary 1:30-2:30, Middle School 2:30-3:30- Dress Up day
February 15 - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
February 16- Spring Picture Day- Dress up for participants only
February 19- Good Conduct Dress Down Day
February 25 - Alliance Theater Trip The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Pre-K-5 Grade
February 26th and 27th 6 pm - Drama 101 presentation of " The Giver"
This week at FSA
Chinese New Year
Happy New Year!
School-Wide February Plank Challenge!
Ms. Shadburn has challenged all of FSAPS to a plank challenge! We are taking time each day in class to build our stamina in holding a plank. By the end of the month, we will be holding a plank for two and a half minutes! We're working to be the "Most Fit Class at FSA!" Our kids have LOVED it!
Last chance -Student Council Valentine Fundraiser
Student Council and Mrs. Carmona’s CMP/CE class are teaming up to sell valentines for the students to give to their friends or valentine.
What: A wrapped Cutie (mandarin orange) with a small candy and a valentine card.
Who: Anyone can purchase them for their friends or valentine.
When: Sales begin January 27th. The last day to purchase is February 9th. Valentines will be distributed on February 12th.
Where: Sales will take place in the cafeteria. Valentines will be distributed to student’s 1st period class.
Cost: $2.00 All proceeds will go to “Together We Learn – Juntos Aprendemos Community"-
Mission: Latino Network provides transformative opportunities, services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities
Valentines Dance THIS FRIDAY Volunteers needed!
Elementary School- 1:30-2:30 pm
Middle School- 2:30-3:30 pm
Please sign up using the following link : https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/918119612067
The soccer tournament was a huge success! The students had so much fun playing against each other. It was so nice to see the students having fun and cheering each other on. Not only did the students have fun, but they also raised 350 dollars for Special Olympics.
Championship games will be Tuesday, February 9th
Elementary: Team Vishnu R. vs. Team Bhavin
Middle: Team Saad vs. Team Akash
Kindergarten play soccer too!
PVO/Environmental Club Bulb fundraiser to support greenhouse
Dear FSA Parents & Supporters,
The Environmental Club invites you to support the schools up and coming greenhouses by buying flower bulbs for your own garden. Choose from colorful selection of gladiolus', Freesias, Lilies and more! They are guaranteed to grow and bloom! Everything will ship straight to your home and each package is distinctly labeled and includes planting and storage instructions. The bulb shipments start 3/15/16 in Georgia, but Dutch Mill Bulbs ships to all the contiguous 48 states, so share the link with family & friends!
Start date Dutch Mill Bulbs Fundraiser is February 6, 2016
Please submit all orders by May 6th, 2016
The custom link for Fulton Science Academy is
Thank you for your support! Let's spread the flower beauty around!
Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference 2016
Each year during the last weekend of January GMEA provides an In Service Conference for its members. Of the 2,700 teacher members, they usually have 1,100-1,200 of them present at this conference. Music teachers feel that the conference has great value for them. I had the opportunity to attend this conference.
GMEA offer more than 150 continuing education sessions in all areas of music instruction including general music, band, chorus, orchestra, piano, music technology, and music theory. The clinicians for these sessions include GMEA’s own members who share their expertise with their colleagues for no compensation while attending the conference at their own expense. They also bring in nationally known educators, conductors, and performers in all areas of music to discuss topics of importance to music teachers.
There are more than twenty musical performances during the conference by some of the best school bands, choruses and orchestras in our state as well as performances by the All College Chorus, High School Sight Reading Chorus and High School All State Jazz Ensemble. This gave me the opportunity to hear some of the best musical literature available, both old and new, and to observe some of the best practices in conducting and teaching.
The trade show features 150 exhibitors of school music merchandise, publications, instruments, uniforms, fund raising, and school travel opportunities, as well as college and university schools of music and summer music camps. It would not be possible for the teachers attending to have access to this amount of valuable information in one place anywhere else.
Unlike teachers of many other subjects, music teachers are responsible for generating their own teaching materials and, to some extent, their own curriculum. They are also responsible for purchasing instruments, music, supplies and uniforms for their programs. The sessions and concerts offered and the exhibits available to them here are an invaluable asset in doing this work that goes far beyond what is expected of teachers in other disciplines.
Georgia is known nationally for having some of the finest music programs anywhere. I believe this conference and the other opportunities that are made available to the music teachers and students of Georgia play a major part in sustaining this reputation.
Thank you for your continuing support of the music program, especially in these challenging economic times.
FSA Dad imparts knowledge to Earth Science class
On Wednesday and Thursday this past week my dad, Burton Dixon, visited our 7th period earth science class. My dad is a geologist and shared with us on Wednesday several of his favorite fossils from his personal collection. On Thursday my dad returned to our 7th period class with more rocks and even had a meteorite to show the class. He also suggested on Wednesday to my fellow classmates to bring in some of the rocks from their rock collection and several classmates did. We had a very good time talking and learning about rocks and fossils from a real geologist. What a good time by all!
Updated Locker Rules
Elementary Destination Imagination
Students involved in Elementary Destination Imagination are working hard completing their Central Challenges for the GA Regional Showcase that will be held here at FSAPS.
Two of our teams are working on the structural challenge, Musical Mashup. This involves designing and building a structure that supports weight and is a musical instrument. They must play a musical solo and tell a story with at least one musical character. All ideas and work must be done by team members only.
Four of our teams are working on the technical challenge, Pace of Change. These teams must design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation area, multiple times. They must also change the vehicle propulsion system and the vehicle movement method during the presentation, as well as present a story about change. All ideas and work must be done by team members only.
Thank you to all of the parents, of our team members, who have stepped forward to help the teams prepare. Without our wonderful parents, the teams would never be able to accomplish their challenges!
KINDERGARTEN HANDS ON SCIENCE CLUB
Hands on science by Mrs.Irshadullah is so much fun. Every week students do hands on activities and learn about science. Science is all around us everyday and the experiments promote learning and scientific awareness. The students have learned what happens when vinegar mixes with baking soda, how liquids have different densities, what happens when two primary colors mix. These are just to name a few. We can't wait for more experiments to do in upcoming weeks.
2nd Grade Creative Writing
Private Music Lessons- keep practicing
Tempo is the beat of a piece. Students can feel the steadiness of the music through: 1). One's own natural rhythm. 2). The use of a metronome (a device that sounds the beat for you). 3) Tapping your foot. 4) Counting the beats such as 1-and-2-and-3-and-4-and 4). Using words for different rhythms such as "walk" for a quarter note and "running" for eighth notes. All of these methods can aid students when trying to establish a steady tempo.
Reminder: Practice, Practice and more Practice!
Dear FSAPS Families,
We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Maker Faire at FSAPS this semester! A Maker Faire is the best Show (and Tell) on Earth! It is a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
All students are invited to create a project to display at our school Maker Faire to be held on our campus. We would like for students to submit project proposals to their Science teacher by Friday, February 5th.
Students who participate will earn 10 points extra credit added to a test in their Science class and a chance to win an exciting award and a cash prize!
· Elementary School:
LEGO sets, craft sets, and Snap Circuits
· Middle School:
1st Place - $100 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place - $75 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place $50 Amazon Gift Card
Is your child interested in participating? We hope so! Please do the following.....
1. Fill out the Maker Faire Project Proposal and turn it in to your Science teacher by Februrary 5th.
2. Use the Maker Project Packet attached to work on your project throughout the semester and bring it to school no later than Monday, April 25th.
PS: The project packet and the Proposal form can be downloaded from Mr. Turan’s Makers Faire email.
Student Council Soccer tournament fundraiser continues
Wow! What an exciting week for our soccer players! All teams have played their first game, and are now ready for the second week of the tournament!
Parents are welcome to watch the games, but for safety reasons we cannot have unaccompanied students in the gym at that time. Any unaccompanied child will be take to After Care.
A brief overview:
The soccer games will start at 4:35pm in the gym. All students on the playing teams for that day should change clothes before arriving to the gym to play their game. The dates are Monday, January 25th to Monday, February 8th. The tournament will span over two full weeks with the championship being on the Monday of the third week. As teams are eliminated, we will continue to share an updated schedule with you.
It will be a double elimination bracket with the games lasting 35 minutes with a 5 minute break between each 15 minute halves. There is 10 minutes scheduled between each game just in case students need more than 5 minutes to get to the second game, or if we have a tie, we can do PKs (penalty kicks) until we get a winner.
We look forward to the Finals this week!
Art Department needs scrap metal donations!
Plastic/shiny/metallic bits, foil, wire, old/broken clocks, watches, etc (stuff we can take apart and use the gears, springs, etc.)
3rd grade students will be making insect sculptures in the Steampunk design style.
Elementary Science Olympiad needs 2 litre bottles
BAND AND ORCHESTRA BEGINS AT 4TH GRADE NEXT YEAR
MORNING ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEOS
We now have daily morning announcement videos on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FultonScienceAcademy
Every morning students watch video announcement in their homeroom classes.
If you like, check them out everyday as you are available on our Youtube Channel.
If you subscribe to our Youtube channel, then you will be notified whenever a morning announcement video is uploaded or a new school video is uploaded. Please see a sample morning announcement video below.
2016 FSA Summer Leadership Camp
2016 FSA Summer Leadership Camp will take place May 28th through June 3rd , at Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The camp is open to 5th through 8th grade students and includes Daily Leadership Classes, outdoor & indoor activities such as Dollywood, Rafting, Go-Kart, Golf, Blaster boats, 5D Movie, City Tour... the cost is $500 (Tickets, Transportation and Meals included).
If you would like your child to attend the Leadership Camp please return the application form to the front office by Friday, February 5th, 2016. Please contact Mr.Turan if you have any questions at email@example.com
FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY 2016 SUMMER STEAM CAMP FOR ACADEMICALLY GIFTED
OPEN TO ALL GEORGIA GIFTED STUDENTS IN 1ST GRADE THROUGH 8TH GRADE.FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp provides fun hands-on activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to develop new skills, expand creative thinking, and foster team building and new friendships.
FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp is taught by an award winning staff, occurs in an easy two-weeks day camp format, and is designed to be both fun and full of learning!
Activities include Math Games, Hands-On Science Activities, Multi-Media Art Projects,
Robotics, Computer Programming, and 3D Animation.
Campers are divided into grade levels to better tailor activities, instruction,
supervision, and content for a more engaging and fun experience!
1ST SESSION: FROM JUNE 6, 2016 TO FRIDAY, JUNE 17 FOR 1O WEEK DAYS
2ND SESSION: FROM JUNE 20, 2016 TO FRIDAY, JULY 1 FOR 1O WEEK DAYS
Since both sessions are identical and will include same content, families may choose either of the dates to register based on their availability.
COST: $600 PER CAMPER FOR A SESSION
This amount includes all materials, instruction, lunch, and snacks.
Each student will be given a certificate for the successful completion of
FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp for the Academically Gifted
NJHS club is collecting Box Tops for Education for our school!
This semester the NJHS club is collecting Box Tops for Education for our school! For each Box Top collected, our school will receive 10¢. The homeroom that collects the most Box Tops between now and March 31st will receive a dress down day! Box Top Collection boxes will be located on the first and second floors in the school. In order for your Box Top submission to be counted for your homeroom, please write your homeroom teacher’s name on a bag and include your Box Tops in the bag before placing them in the collection box. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products to find them on, go to BTFE.com. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE ON GREEN HOUSE DESIGN PROCESS
As we informed you earlier we received an approval for the site plan for our green house from the city of Alpharetta. At this time we are in the process of completing the final design and a getting a building permit. Our green house will be 25 feet by 50 feet and include dedicated areas for each grade at our school. We are currently gathering information to make sure that we have the best possible designed green house for our purposes. We currently have four people in our team leading these efforts. We met this week and would like to ask our community to see if these is anyone else with the knowledge of green houses and would like to be part of the design process. If interested in providing your input, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Kelley Utterback at email@example.com. Thank you.
Alliance Theatre Field Trip Pre-k-5 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
FSAPS elementary students (Pre K - 5th grade) will be heading on a field trip on February 25th to see the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at the Alliance Theatre!
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is based on the beloved novel by C.S. Lewis. This magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time.
For Your information
Uniform and locker Reminder
A reminder that all non-uniform jackets need to be taken off and left in lockers or cubbies after arriving at school. Jackets should be worn for outside recess, but must be returned to lockers or cubbies after that. Wearing a non-uniform jacket during class is a violation of the dress code, which results in conduct points.
Also, all lockers should be clean of papers and objects on the outside, except for the good luck messages for academic team competitions. All birthday congratulations may be displayed for one week.
On Going Programs
ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN - OUR GOAL IS 100% PARTICIPATION
Dear FSA Families,
Our Annual Giving Campaign is well on its way and we would like for you to be a part of the giving. Our goal is 100% participation.
Please note that you may donate at any amount level. It is more important that you participate.
Please find the details here: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/giving-back/
Thank you for all you do.
Six Flags Read to Succeed
If your child is in kindergarten through 6th grade, they are invited to participate in Six Flags' Read to Succeed Program! It is a fun incentive to get kids to read. Students need to record and log their reading over the next few months. If they submit a log with 6 hours of reading on it by Wednesday, February 24, 2016, they will receive one free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia!
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate
- Review the reading log provided by your child's language arts teacher. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads
- Your child must complete 6 hours (360 minutes) of recreational reading
- Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of reading has been completed
- Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count!
- Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult - you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.
- Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her language arts teacher by Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Your child's teacher will submit your child's information and minutes read.
- Late entries will NOT be accepted
New Uniform Items available through Landsend.com
- Long sleeved polo shirts in red, white or navy, with school logo
- Raincoat in navy with logo
Go direct to landsend.com and select FSA school, or use this link
Get my kidz shuttle
The special group rate will be for the following areas: Cumming, Suwanee, Duluth, Alpharetta
Please contact Get My Kidz Shuttle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-357-6797
Our website is www.getmykidzshuttle.com
Year Book Update
To purchase and CUSTOMIZE your yearbook, go to: www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter the FSAPS passcode: 1013541294622699
Even if you do not plan to purchase a yearbook this year, please create an account. You may use the same account every year, and you will be able to share photos online within the FSAPS family (and help contribute pictures to the yearbook!).
If you already have an account, please make sure that it is linked up with this year's yearbook!
WTCafe is proud to be the Fulton Science Academy lunch provider!
Wholesome Tummies is a locally owned franchise, providing only the highest quality, freshest lunches.
Our foods are all - natural and never contain any high fructose corn syrup, unnatural trans fats, artificial colors, flavors or added nitrates. The menu is also 100% "nut-free" with offering of gluten-free and vegetarian items.
You can order your all-natural entrees directly from our website at www.WTCAFE.com. Order 36 hours before the meal to get all of the menu options or as late as 8am the same morning for a vegetarian pasta! Entrees are pre-ordered and delivered to school daily in time for lunch. Students can choose 2 sides on site from a variety of fresh, in-season fruits, salads and veggies and a selection of healthy, all-natural snacks.
FSA BAND & ORCHESTRA PROGRAM
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
FSA SOCIAL MEDIA
We regularly update our accounts on social media. You may enjoy following our school on social media as well. Here are our links:
2- FSA FACEBOOK PAGE
Many of you are already following our Facebook page. If you are not yet following, all you need to do is to “Like" our Facebook page.
4- FSA LINKEDIN
So many of you have LinkedIn accounts. To get news about our school on LinkedIn, simply follow our schools’s LinkedIn page.
GREEN SCHOOL TIPS BY FSA ROBOTICS TEAM STUDENTS
SIGN UP FOR REMIND!
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.