FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY PRIVATE SCHOOL’S CREATIVE SOLUTION TO SNOW DAYS

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

FIRST GRADE STUDENTS WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL

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!!