FSA students competed at the regional tech fair competition on Sunday, january 26, 2014 and 23 projects won 1st place. Congratulations to all of these students and their parents. We wish them good luck at the state technology fair. 

These students are:  

Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Multimedia Applications (3,4)
3rd & 4th Grade
1st Place
Technology Literacy Challenge(3,4)
3rd & 4th Grade
1st Place
Case Modification (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Digital Photography(5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Mobile Apps Design (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Multimedia Applications (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Non-Multimedia Applications (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Project Programming (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Robotics (5,6) 
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Technology Literacy Challenge(5,6)
5th & 6th Grade
1st Place
Animated Graphic Design (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Jay Lee 
Case Modification (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Digital Photography (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Game Design (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Hardware (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Mobile Apps Design (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Multimedia Applications (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Non-Animated Graphic Design (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Yusuf Emre 
Non-Multimedia Applications (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Project Programming (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Robotics (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Technology Literacy Challenge(7,8)
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place
Web 2.0 Internet Applications (7,8) 
7th & 8th Grade
1st Place

Fulton Science Academy Private School Wins Big in Science Olympiad Tourney

In a record-breaking performance, Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Teams took first, second, and third places at the Science Olympiad Middle School Regional Tournament held at the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus on Saturday, February 15. FSA 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students won gold medals in 18 of the 23 events covering earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.  The 41 team members won a total of 107 medals.  “Our students worked incredibly hard preparing for this tournament,” said head coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos. “We started in August. Each event meets at least an hour a week after school or on weekends and each student participates in three to six events. A lot of our parents help out as well, so it’s a big commitment for the entire family.” The school now qualifies to send one team of fifteen students to the state tournament to be held March 22 at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. “Under Science Olympiad rules, only one team from each school can advance to state,” explained Pam Walsh.

Events in which the school did particularly well include Boomilever (a balsa building/engineering event), Disease Detectives (epidemiology), Dynamic Planet (glaciers and climate change), Entomology (insects), Experimental Design, Helicopters, Road Scholar (map interpretation), Rotor Egg Drop (a balsa building/engineering event), and Sounds of Music (physics of sound and instrument construction).
The team will now focus on the finer details in preparing for the state tournament. “Our goal is to qualify for the National Tournament by placing first or second at state,” said Gloria Stathos. “Georgia has some really strong teams and every year the competition gets tougher.”

Here are the results for each event:

Anatomy – coached by Mrs. Ambari
1st Place – Hasan Unal and Araneesh Pratap
3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppalari and Prajwal Vedula
Boomilever – coached by Mr. Seker
2nd  Place Sule Anik and Faith Lucas
3rd  Place Soleil Moffitt and Susanne Deeb
4th  Place Nadine Haddad and Christina Wang
Can’t Judge a Powder – coached by Dr. Kasani
2nd Place – Vikram Ruppa-Kasani and Hasan Unal
3rd Place – Sarah Lucas and Soleil Moffitt
Crime Busters – coached by Dr. Kasani
2nd Place – Vikram Ruppa-Kasani and Hasan Unal
Disease Detectives – coached by Mrs. Lewis
1st Place — Nadir Lewis and Brian Shoffeitt
2nd Place – Akash Bhatt and Prajwal Vedula
3rd Place – Sarah Lucas and Katherine Li
Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place — Aditya Choudhari and Jean Moorman
3rd Place – Maryam Unal and Callie Webster
4th Place – Matthew Stafford and Christina Wang
Entomology – coached by Mrs. Butler
1st Place – Faith Lucas and Aditya Choudhari
2nd Place – Nadia Yanasak and Maya Shoffeitt
4th Place – Susanne Deeb and Ivo Bakovic
Experimental Design – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Maryam Unal, Jennifer Near and Sophie Richardson
2nd Place – Simon Wang, Sule Anik, and Mira Mutnick
4th Place – Matthew Stafford, Akash Bhatt, and Nadine Haddad
Helicopters – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Faith Lucas and Nadir Lewis
2nd Place – Susanne Deeb and Jennifer Near
Heredity – coached by Ms. Doraiswami
1st Place – Araneesh Pratap and Karuna Kumar
4th Place – Sruthi Chatrathi and Aditi Tekkam
Meteorology – coached by Mr. Ambardekar
1st Place – Neel Ambardekar and Sule Anik
2nd Place – Ananya Terala and Sruthi Chatrathi
Metric Mastery – coached by Ms. Fichter
3rd  Place – Vikram Ruppa-Kasani and Elaine Wen
Road Scholar – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Neel Ambardekar and Mira Mutnick
2nd Place – Sophie Richardson and Sruthi Chatrathi
3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Shivani Naraharishetty
Robo-Cross – coached by Mr. Kaya
1st Place – Yusuf Tas
4th Place – Hasan Unal
Rocks and Minerals – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Jean Moorman
3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Nadia Yanasak
Rotor Egg Drop – coached by Mr. Seker
1st Place – Sule Anik and Elaine Wen
2nd Place – Maryam Unal and Aditi Tekkam
4th Place – Shreya Puvvula and Shivani Naraharishetty
Shock Value – coached by Mr. Wang
1st Place – Simon Wang and Brian Shoffeitt
2nd  Place – Julian Hamelberg and Yusuf Tas
Simple Machines – coached by Mr.& Mrs. Shoffeitt
1st Place – Jean Moorman and Brian Shoffeitt
2nd Place – Julian Hamelberg and Jennifer Near
Solar System – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Aditya Choudhari and Araneesh Pratap
2nd Place –Julian Hamelberg and Yusuf Tas
Sounds of Music – coached by Mr. Yanasak
1st Place – Katherine Li and Ananya Terala
2nd Place – Mira Mutnick and Faith Lucas
Water Quality – coached by Mrs. Butler
1st Place – Vikram Ruppa-Kasani and Elaine Wen
2nd Place – Susanne Deeb and Jennifer Near
4th Place – Matthew Stafford and Akash Bhatt
Wheeled Vehicle – coached by Mr. Seker
1st Place – Sarah Lucas and Soleil Moffitt
3rd Place – Akash Bhatt and Andre Hamelberg
Write It, Do It – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Karuna Kumar and Mira Mutnick
4th Place – Katherine Li and Sophie Richardson


Apparently, not all students are taking time off from their studies. At least, this is certainly not the case for students at Fulton Science Academy Private School.

After FSAPS had canceled school several times this year due to inclement weather conditions, Principal Kenan Sener at Fulton Science Academy Private School sent an e-mail to the FSAPS community and announced FSAPS Cyber School Days for Tuesday through Thursday. In his proactive e-mail to the FSAPS community on Monday, he said that “Based on the current weather forecast, we predict that schools will probably be closed for two or three days starting tomorrow (Tuesday). We cannot afford to miss any more school days. Therefore, we are announcing FSAPS Cyber School Days in case schools are closed.”

What is a FSAPS Cyber School Day REALLY??? It is not much different from students taking on-line classes or from those participating in a home school program. On Monday, students were instructed to take all books, folders, and their iPads home in preparation for the possibility that FSAPS would need to cancel school due to inclement weather conditions and that their students would be required to work from home. During their students’ inclement weather days off, FSA Private School teachers assigned work to their students through the internet using e-mails and the school’s customized FSAConnect software. Teachers used creative ways to communicate the material such as YouTube videos, Prezi, and PowerPoint presentations, as well as, uploading documents and worksheets to FSAConnect. FSA Private School students were asked to complete a total of six (6) hours of work each day covering the subjects of Math, Science, Reading, Social Studies, Language Arts, Foreign language and thirty (30) minutes of Physical Exercise. The FSA Private School teachers made themselves available to students through FSAConnect and sent immediate responses to their questions, as well as, further explanations on-line to their parents via email. FSA Private School students and parents will sign and complete a FSAPS Cyber School Day form for each day communicating to the school that they have completed six (6) hours of work on each inclement weather school day. The tools that FSA Private School utilizes including a customized, real-time, on-line communication and progress monitoring program called FSAConnect and the program whereby FSA Private School provides iPads to all its 6th through 8th grade students makes this program both accessible and achievable.

Principal Sener said that the feedback from families was great. Here are a few of them:

“Love it!” – Lisa Machado, 5th Grade Parent

“Neel was super excited to start his work. You rock! Mr. Adams” – Achal Bhatt, 3rd and 6th Grade Parent

“I am loving Cyber School as a parent. It keeps the kids busy and learning school work even though school is out for three days. Thank you for thinking of the idea and kudos on getting the Governing Board to agree to it and mobilizing teachers to have everything ready in the short space of barely a day.” – Anupa Doraiswami, 6th & 8th Grade Parent

“Hats off to FSA. I respect greatly and admire your decision for this week. Thank you for everything you do for our student” – Deepa Muraldhar, 8th Grade Parent

Principal Sener said that ” Fulton Science Academy Private School will be sending a survey to all stakeholders next week to get further feedback and suggestions regarding the format and implementation of our Cyber School Days, so that we may continue to develop and improve the Cyber School Day program for use in the future when extraordinary circumstances may arise and result in the need to cancel on-campus classes.

FSA Private School Board Member, Angela Lassetter, said ” As 91 counties are under a Georgia State of Emergency declaration, I believe that this is a very proactive approach to balance the need for meeting our annual instructional day requirement, while providing for the safety of our staff and students. It is, also, providential that our customized online communication/student progress monitoring tool, FSAConnect, can support this practice and it furthers our mission of a STEAM school by incorporating technology into our curriculum in an innovative and creative manner. I applaud our school leadership for putting our staffs’ and students’ safety first and doing so in an innovative manner that will protect the integrity of our instructional calendar and provide for the continued learning momentum of our students.

Above is a picture of 3rd grader, Neel Bhatt working at home and completing Cyber School Day work.

Spanish Class Enjoyed Their Trip to El PORTON

Eight graders at Fulton Science Academy Private School enjoyed their field trip to the Mexican restaurant, EL PORTON, where they connected the classroom learning with an outside social learning experience.

Spanish teacher Mrs. Adkins said “We enjoy engaging students in meaningful tasks within and outside the classroom.”

The students ordered their food in Spanish, interacted with the waiters in Spanish, enjoyed the cultural atmosphere and finally asked for their bill in Spanish and paid. Mrs. Adkins received compliments from the restaurant staff for her students’ Spanish language skills. It was a great day for everyone.

FSA School-wide Art Contest was Fun!

FSA 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students created some great artwork last semester for the school wide Art Contest. Those who entered their artwork in the official contest, we wish you all the best of luck! As promised, the results for the class-wide contest are in! Our panel of teachers have chosen the top three projects in each class and as well as a selection of honorable mentions.  
Congratulations to the following students:
Please stop by the art room this week to claim your prizes!
6th Grade:
1st – Sophie Chan
2nd – Christina Wang
3rd – Shivani Naraharishetty
7th Grade:
1st – Elaine Wen
2nd – Mira Mutnick
3rd – Gwyn O’Sullivan
8th Grade:
1st – Sule Anik
2nd – Brian Shoffeit
3rd – Alice Qiao
Honorable Mentions:
Afia Altaf
Nadia Yanasak
Nadir Lewis
Araneesh Pratap
Soliel Moffit
Katherine Li
Ananya Terala


We’ve been together for 100 days,
Learning and growing in so many ways,
We’ve come together to sing and say,
Happy, Happy, 100th Day! 

Thursday, January 23rd marked the 100th day of school for all students. First grade celebrated the 100th day in a mighty big way!! Students demonstrated they are now 100 days smarter by applying mathematical concepts and skills through a variety of activities. Just to name a few, first grade estimated how many times they could jump in 100 seconds; used sparkly glitter and colorful paper to make 100 day crowns, hats, and glasses; identified several words that rhyme with the word hundred (This is harder than it sounds!); demonstrated how many ways the number 100 can be represented; gobbled down 100 different snacks; counted 100 super cool Pokémon figures, and the list goes on! As you can see from our smiling faces, the 100th day of school was 100 times the fun!!