Fulton Science Academy
ACCREDITED AND STEM CERTIFIED COLLEGE PREP GIFTED SCHOOL
Week of September 24, 2018
Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,
I hope that everyone had a restful weekend!
I want to begin this Newsletter by reminding everyone that we are still conducting our Coins for a Cure Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Awareness! Thank you to our NHS for doing such a great job hosting the event this year! Everyone, there is still time to donate and speak with your students more about the importance of this cause.
I want to continue by congratulating one of our Seniors', Vishal B. on being recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar! This is a wonderful achievement that only 3.3% out of the 1.5 million high school students that take the PSAT each year, achieve. Way to go Vishal! We are all very proud of you! You can read more about this wonderful achievement below!
I also want to wish good luck to 2 of our sports teams on their games and meets this week! Good luck to our Middle School Girls Volleyball Team on their game tonight against Galloway! Both the Middle School Team and Varsity Team will compete on the 26th at Holy Spirit Prep in two separate games. I also want to wish our Cross Country Team good luck on their upcoming meet this Saturday, September 29th, at Rock Springs Academy! I know our teams will do amazing and I am excitedly awaiting all of the results!
Over the weekend, many of our students participated in the Rivers Alive Cleanup Program! Be sure to read more about this program and see pictures from this weekend!
Student Council Voting for the 2018 - 2019 Student Council will be this week! I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the creativity and intelligence coming forth in our students as they have campaigned over the last week. The campaign posters that the students have made are so impressive and pointed! Please enjoy a few of these pictures of some of our precious students' campaign posters! Good luck to everyone running!
***CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO LEARN MORE***
MORE TO COME:
- September Calendar
- September Spirit Night THIS THURSDAY
- PSAT Practice at FSA
- Eat Smart; Be Smart: A schoolwide Breakfast Buffet with MD Junior
- Columbus Day Chess Camp
- Student Congressional Award Information
- Professional Speakers Series
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
- FSA Career Fair on Oct. 10th!
- Junior Beta Club Service Project (Blessings in a Backpack)
- NJHS Umbrella Project
- Rivers Alive Photo Gallery
- Student Volunteer Opportunities at the Cumming Greek Festival
- AND MORE!
With Warmest Regards,
quote of the week
September / October Calendar
Monday, September 24: Volleyball Game Away against Galloway ( Middle School Team, 4:00pm)
Monday, September 24: Professional Speaker Visit from NFCC (Begins at 2:30)
Tuesday, September 25: Student Council Voting Day
Wednesday, September 26: Volleyball Game Away against Holy Spirit Prep (Middle School Team, 5:00pm / Varsity Team, 6:00pm)
Thursday, September 27: Teacher Appreciation Lunch (Prek - Kindergarten)
Thursday, September 27: Spirit Night Fundraising at Main Event in Alpharetta (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
Saturday, September 29: PSAT Practice (9:00am - 12:30pm) (See Below for Details)
Saturday, September 29: XC Meet @ Rock Springs Academy (7:30am - 11:30am)
Wednesday, October 3: Middle School Volleyball Game @ Home vs. Galloway (Game begins at 5:00pm)
Friday, October 5: Teacher Work Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
Monday, October 8: Columbus Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF OR STUDENTS)
Tuesday, October 9: Varsity Volleyball Game Away vs. Notre Dame
Wednesday, October 10: High School Career Fair
Wednesday, October 10: PSAT/NMSQT 9th - 11th Grade
Thursday, October 11: Warbington Farms Field Trip (2nd Grade)
Thursday, October 11: Varsity Volleyball Game, Away @ Dominion
Friday, October 12: Field Trip to Piedmont Park (5th Grade)
Friday, October 12: Professional Speaker Series Presents Leslie Badger (2:40 - 3:15)
Tuesday, October 16: Picture Retake Day
MORE TO COME
SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
Parents, you may use this link as a quick reference to your student's bell schedule.
FSA Senior Vishal B. recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar
Upcoming presentation for rising 9th grade students
Student Congressional Award
The Program Page for the Student Congressional Award reads, "The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all youth regardless of ability, circumstance, or socioeconomic status. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.
Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge."
To learn more about the award and to find out how to register, be sure to visit the Congressional Award Website using the link below:
eat smart, be smart: A schoolwide breakfast buffet with mdjunior club!
Please RSVP using the google form link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0iJGmketqbVnzlfWejt-nhWkI5x3BRR4RlSDhXMwA1W9YUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.
FSA Students & Families Participated in Rivers Alive - 2018 over the weekend
professional Speaker Series 2018 - 2019 (Re-Cap & What's to come)
To see more information on Seasonal Programs through the NFCC: Back to School Drive, Warm Coat Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Senior Basket Drive, Sponsored Family Program, and so much more, be sure to visit:
To see more information about Volunteer Opportunities you can visit:
- Please Note: Children ages 13-15 can volunteer with an adult. Children under the age of 13 cannot volunteer
Again, for more detailed information on how you can volunteer, be sure to visit the link above, or you can contact Sharla Calloway, Director of Volunteer Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-387-4471
Duke University will be visiting fsa: Thursday, October 4 (2:40pm)
High Schoolers', Make sure you don't miss this amazing opportunity! Mark your Calendars!
**1st annual Volleyball Senior Night**
Be sure to come out and support our Senior Chloe R.! Also, don't forget to wear PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
September Spirit Night At Main Event (Thursday, Sept. 27th: 4pm - 7pm)
September Spirit Night
Fulton Science Academy
Location: 10700 Davis Dr. Alpharetta GA, 30009
Teachers, Students, Families come out for spirit night, have fun with your friends. Place your receipts in the container on the table and 20% of all proceeds go to FSAPS!!
"Columbus Day 2-Day Chess Camp" October 5 and 8, 2018; 2-day or 1-day options
Join Grandmaster Ben Finegold and other top instructors for a one or two-day camp that will include morning lessons alternating with casual play, and a fun tournament in the afternoon. The camp is for all levels of chess experience and kids will be divided into groups/sections based on age and chess strength.
Camp runs from 9AM -4PM. There will be three classes in the morning, 45 min each, and an unrated tournament in the afternoon (12:45PM - 3:45PM), in sections, based on rating/age. Pizza will be provided for lunch (Noon - 12:45PM) and snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon.
Drop-off is from 8AM-9AM. The Camp is for kids aged 5-14. The Tournament is Unrated.
Campers can come October 5, October 8, or both days!
- Both Days (October 5 & October 8) $150 if aid by October 4. $175 at site.
- One Day (October 5 OR October 8) $85 if paid by October 4. $100 at site
(Register 8AM - 9AM)
$15 discount for each additional sibling. Additional 3% discount for CCSCATL members.
Aftercare available for $10/child until 5:30PM
CONTACT / REGISTER:
Pre-Register by phone, at the Chess Center, or Online:
Call (678) 628-5615 or email email@example.com for more details.
To see a list of all our tournaments and classes visit:
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Are you in Grades 5-12 making a difference in your community? Here is your chance: Prudential Service Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principles (NASSP) to encourage volunteerism among middle/high school students. The student with high volunteer hours in each school goes to State level, and the top state level winner in middle/high school level will receive an award of $1000, a silver medallion and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. At the National level, top 10 students will be named America's Youth Volunteers of the year and receive several honors and merit awards.
Apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:
Check for your eligibility and apply online https://spirit.prudential.com/awards/how-to-apply
The last date for submitting the online application is 11/06/2018. We recognize Top 3 students in middle and high school separately and the students with highest amount of hours in both categories will participate at the State level. If selected at the state level, they have a chance to win a trip to Washington DC to compete at the National level.
If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Devi Selvakumar firstname.lastname@example.org
Get READY for your PSAT Test- Practice Without Test Day Pressure at Fulton Science Academy
When: Sep.29,2018, 9am-12:30pm
Where: FSA Cafeteria
Applerouth Tutoring services is helping FSA students to take Full-length proctored tests, to experience the PSAT, without the pressure of an official score. Afterwards, a comprehensive score report will help you target areas for improvement and plan for your real test accordingly.
To register, go to www.applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code : M317198
Please check Interconnect - Announcements under FSAConnect for various updates from FSA-College/Career Center:
- Upcoming events
- Volunteering opportunities- Sign up
- Universities visiting Atlanta
- Downloadable forms
- Important information for HS students
Fulton Science Academy to host Career Fair October 10th!
Dear Hight School Students,
We will have a Career Fair on Oct.10th from 1pm-4pm. We will have events including the career showcase, Exhibitors, Mock Interview, Panel discussion and financial planning. Make use of the best opportunity offered right in our school!
In order to make the event beneficial to everybody, we would like to get your input before the career fair. Please take some time and fill up this google form:
Let's work on this together and make the event successful!
If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Selvakumar at:
FSA CARES for a cure is back again for the 2018 -2019 school year!
The Fulton Science Academy chapter of National Honor Society is hosting the school’s third annual fundraiser for Coins for a Cure. Coins for a Cure was founded in 2014 to raise money into treatment and research for childhood cancer. A nationwide drive to promote the cause is taking place this September. Last year, we broke our record and raised eight thousand dollars. As we have more students this year, we are hoping to break this record. Students are invited to bring in any amount of money that they are willing to donate. Throughout the month, we will have special days such as Dress like a Pirate day for students who donate. We look forward to a fun, fulfilling month of generosity and charity. #FSACARES
"COINS FOR A CURE!" is a month-long fundraising initiative that will benefit children's cancer research and the well-deserved local charity, CURE.
Currently, our school lobby is a sea of yellow, including 12 festive yellow jars that symbolize CURE's signature color. These jars are waiting to be filled with coins! Each jar represents a grade. The final count will tallied for each grade at the end of the month!
To invite some well-spirited competition, the grade that fills their jar with the most money will win a prize at the end of the month. Classes in grades Pre-K -- 5th will compete for prizes as well as classes in 6th grade - high school.
By reaching out into our neighborhoods and local communities, we achieve more than just a higher total for charity... we have the opportunity to show the community what wonderful, service-minded students we have at FSA.
All of the time spent raising money for this cause will count towards service hours for your child! In order to be successful, the kids need the full support of the parents and faculty! Room parents, please reach out to your teachers and ask how you can help. Teachers, please take some time to discuss with your student and ask them for their ideas.
Please send any photos you take of your children supporting CURE through their philanthropic efforts to email@example.com so that we can share these images with CURE and some of the local families whose children are fighting cancer right now.
1st Middle School Field Trip of the Year (Fernbank museum, Tuesday Oct. 9th)
NJHS - umbrella project
The National Junior Honors Society is an organization created to recognize students with outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. In NJHS, the students do various projects to help the community, and during the next month, we want to help people stay dry. Winter is coming, and with it, rain. People need umbrellas, and we think you can help. Starting today, NJHS students will be going around classrooms, collecting any extra umbrellas you might have laying around at home. At the end of this campaign, we will donate them to the Drake House, an organization that helps families in need. It offers housing and support programs to help people get back on their feet.
Thanks for your help.
The FSA NJHS
FSA National Junior Beta Club Service Projects
The FSA Junior Beta Club gives gifted students an opportunity to provide the community with services that range from helping the underprivileged to cleaning up the environment. So far, our club has come up with great ideas to help. Each month, starting in September, we will have a service project to work on.
Our first service project for this year is "Blessings in a Backpack.”
We are collecting the following food items for children in need,
- Fruit Cups
- Single Serve Cereal boxes
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Canned Ravioli or Spaghetti
- Pudding Cups
Your donation is highly appreciated. We will be placing donation boxes around the school. There will be boxes on Elementary, Middle school and High school hallways, where students can donate the items. The school with the most food items will be rewarded! For more information, please check the FSA Beta Club Webpage https://fsabetaclub.weebly.com/
student volunteer opportunities at the cumming greek festival
"It's that time of year again, the annual Greek Festival will be held on Oct. 19, 20, 21 this year (www.cumminggreekfestival.com/). In the past, academic clubs have sold baked goods, toys & candy. Please have any club leads contact me directly (LauraKefalas@gmail.com)
We would like to invite FSA high school students to sign up for volunteer hours at the 2018 Cumming Greek Festival. Shifts are in 4 hour rotations, and we are always in need of volunteers to work in the Kids Area, and Food line (no cooking involved, just serving food as needed). Please ask HS students, or their parents, to email me directly (LauraKefalas@gmail.com)"
2018 Cumming Greek Fest Chair
(& MSO Board member)
HOME VISITS - A FUN WAY TO MEET YOUR TEACHERS!
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. Please see some pictures from our most recent home visit.
To schedule a home visit, simply email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Below is a gallery from one of our recent home visits.
Upcoming elementary Field Trips (Sept. - Nov.)
The Art Barn
PreK & Kindergarten
Piedmont Park Conservatory
The Phantom Toll Booth at Cobb Energy Center
Diamond Dell Gem Mining (In House Field Trip)
Kindergarten & 3rd
Center for Puppetry Arts: Peter Pan
FSA Sideline Store
The site allows the user to select the item, color, logo, and team whether it be academic or athletic; even different sayings! The possibilities are endless! There is everything from cotton shirts to Dri-Fit Nike or UA workout shirts!
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR SIDELINE STORE
Be sure to check out the current promotion! Receive 15% off of Orders $75 or more! Promotion ends on September 29th at 11:59pm.
Use Code: FALL18
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
Please remember that
Middle and High School Students have College Guidance and Enrichment
from 2:40pm - 3:15pm.
It is very important that students do not miss this time of their school day.
Parents and High School Students, please remember that first dismissal for High School Students is not until 3:15. High School students should not walk out of the building for dismissal until 3:15pm.
If your child will be absent please send an email to email@example.com
on the morning of the absence.
For full attendance policies please see the student handbook.
in case of inclement weather / Cyber School Days
School may be cancelled due to weather conditions. There are many factors that are taken into consideration when making the decision to close. First and foremost is safety, the ability to remove snow and/or ice at the school, or other conditions that could pose a danger to the children, staff, or facility. In the event that FSAPS is closed or delays its opening, the school will place the notice on the local television and radio stations Channel 2 and WSB. If school is closed due to weather conditions, the decision will usually be made by the principal before 6:30 A.M. and announced on local television and radio stations. FSAPS’s first concern is for the safety of our students. We understand that our students live in a wide range of areas. Although FSAPS may be open during inclement weather, it may be unsafe for some of our students to attend. For instance, if a student lives in North Forsyth, then that area may have extreme ice even though the FSAPS location does not or a student’s driveway may be steep and shaded so the sun does not melt the ice until several hours after school starts. Please note that in these circumstances parents need to call the school and report their circumstances, so that the student’s tardy (if they delay coming in) or absence due to severe or unsafe weather conditions will be excused. (Student Handbook, pg's 13 - 14)
Cyber School Days:
If school is closed due to inclement weather, we may implement a Cyber School Day. This would require the students to have access to the internet for retrieving online schoolwork and communication with their teacher(s). Participation in a Cyber School Day through approved completion of schoolwork will be considered a day of attendance. (Student Handbook, pg's 13 - 14)
School closings announced during the school day:
If FSAPS is closing due to weather conditions during the school day, FSAPS will call and/or email all parents to pick up their students. We will announce this at FSAPS, via email message, signage, and on the local news stations, as well. FSAPS will remain at the school until all students are safely picked up or other arrangements are made with the parents. For all weather related issues, periodically check the news for weather related closings/delays or call and speak with the Front Office. If possible, the FSAPS website will also indicate the closing notice and we will attempt to email all students. (Student Handbook, pg's 13 - 14)
School Medicine Policy 2018 - 2019 (Includes FAQ)
Aspirin, Tylenol, Neosporin, and other patient over-the-counter drugs are not available through FSAPS. Should you wish for your child to have access to these medications, you must sign an
‘Authorization to Administer Medication Form’ and leave a supply with the front office.
The medication to be administered by designated school personnel must be sent directly from the pharmacy or physician’s office or brought to school by the student’s parent/guardian. The school must receive an ‘Authorization to Administer Medication Form’ signed by the student’s physician and/or parent/guardian.
The following information must be printed clearly on the medication container:
Name of the medication
Time the medication must be taken.
Bring in only the amount of medication that is needed for a school day. In the case of prolonged need, send in the amount for a clearly specified period. Written authorization to dispense medications shall be limited to two weeks unless otherwise prescribed by a physician. Medication shall only be dispensed out of its original container, which must be labeled with the child’s name. Extra medication will not be sent home with a student. All medication will be kept in a secure location in the clinic and/or front office.
Parents, please remind your students that if they are feeling unwell that they need to first visit the clinic and be assessed by our school nurse, who will then call you in the event that the student should go home. Students should not use their phones during the school day to contact parents.
- Does the school provide medications?
No. The school does not provide medication. The student's parent or guardian must bring the student's medicine to the front office or school clinic, along with an "Authorization to Give Medication" Form.
- May the parent/guardian bring and give medications to their student?
Yes, a parent/guardian may come to school and give their child medication. Parents should still follow the visitor sign in procedures.
- Where can I find Authorization Forms?
Authorization forms can be found at the front desk or school clinic.
- Why do I need a doctor's health care provider's note for adult strength over-the-counter medication when my health care provider has told me it is appropriate for my student's weight (or condition)?
The school nurse wants to protect your child and must follow guidelines for dosage recommended by the manufacturer.
- How do students get their medications during after school hours?
The principal, along with administration and the school nurse will determine by whom and how medication will be secured and administered during after school hours.
- Why do medications have to be in the original container?
The original container provides information from the manufacturer about over-the-counter medications, including the name of the medication, the proper dose, how the medication should be given, how often the medication should be given, possible side effects, and when the medication is no longer effective (an expiration date.)
The original prescription container includes the name of the medication, the patient's name, the prescribing licensed health care provider, the proper dose, how and when it should be given, when the medication expires, and the pharmacy where the medication was purchased. All of this information is necessary for the school nurse to administer medication in a safe manner.
- What if my child's medication or dosage changes?
Parents/Guardians must inform the school nurse of any medication changes. New medication or different doses will not be given unless the parent completes a new medication form. The information on the prescription bottle label must match the new consent form.
- Can my child take herbal medication at school?
No. Over-the-counter diet pills, vitamins, dietary supplements, including minerals or herbs will not be given.
- May my child carry cough drops at school?
No. Cough-drops must be left in the clinic along with a completed "Authorization to Give Medication at School" Form.
- May my child carry over the counter medication at school?
No. It must be left in the clinic along with and "Authorization to Give Medication at School" Form.
- Can my child carry his/her Epipen, Insulin, or Asthma Inhaler at school?
Yes, students may carry inhalers and Epipens or insulin with a completed "Authorization to Carry Prescription Medication" Form. You can get this form from the school nurse.
- Why is there a place for the health care provider to sign the authorization form for my child to carry their inhaler/epipen at school?
The health care provider's signature indicates that your child has been instructed on the proper use of their inhaler/Epipen and that your child is responsible for administering it to himself/herself without supervision.
- Why do I have to have a prescription label on the inhaler/Epipen?
The prescription on the inhaler/epipen includes the child's name, how often it is to be used, and what dose is appropriate for your child. It is difficult to keep the label directly on the inhaler/epipen.
- If I give my child Tylenol for a fever, can I still send them to school?
If the fever is more than 100.9 degrees F before you give them Tylenol, then your child cannot come to school. Your child may return to school when his/her temperature is below 101 degrees F without Tylenol or any other fever reducing medication for 24 hours, if s/he feels well and is not showing signs of illness.
- If I give my child Tylenol for aches and pains can I still send them to school?
You child is welcome at school while taking Tylenol or any other over-the-counter medication for an injury, dental work, etc. However, if the medication is for a sore throat, earache or flu like symptoms, please keep them at home.
- Why can't I put medicine in my child's lunch box if he/she has to take medicine at lunch?
Medication in a lunch box could be lost or taken by another child. If a staff member found the medication it could be considered an illegal drug with consequences according to the Code of Conduct. Medications must be brought to the front office or school clinic by parents/guardians in the original and properly labeled container.
- If I treat my child for lice can I send them back to school the same day?
- Why do I have to bring in a box top to verify lice treatment?
- How much time do I have to get to the school if the nurse calls me to pick up my child because he/she is sick?
- How long will my child's over-the-counter medication be given at school?
- What happens to my child's medication at the end of the school year?
- May my child share over-the-counter medication with another student?
- Why should my child take the first dose of new medication at home?
aftercare hours reminder
Parents, please be reminded that After - School Care is provided every day from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm for a fee of $15.00 per day or $200.00 for the month. We ask that parents pick up any remaining students by 6:00 pm, and no later, as the school closes at 6:00pm. Sometimes our Academic Teams will stay later, but these students are not considered to be in After-Care. There are also sometimes outside organizations that use our facility for sports events, so it may look like there are still plenty of people here, but these more often than not, do not include aftercare students. Thank you for your understanding.
steam day 2018
Spring 2018 STEAM Expo
last blast 2018
FSAConnect mobile App
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.
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.
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:
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.