FSA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BECOME RESEARCHERS DURING CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER FIELD TRIP

On their last field trip of the year, middle school students conducted field base experiences to gather data and information about water quality in our area.  They participated in Project H2O, A Study of Water (Water Quality & Watershed Study) at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Students faced real world experiences in hands-on pond comparisons on the grounds of CNC. Students conducted biological assessments of the water quality by sampling macroinvertebrates as bioindicators.  Macroinvertebrates are organisms without backbones, which are visible to the eye without the aid of a microscope.  Examples of aquatic macroinvertebrates include insects in their larval or nymph form, crayfish, clams, snails, and worms. 
They also conducted chemical testing using test kits to measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, nitrate, phosphate, and turbidity levels. Through discussion with naturalists, students began to understand how land use, pollution, and the importance of maintaining good water quality in the Chattahoochee River watershed are important.
This was a great opportunity for our students to see the scientific method in action, perform hands on data collection, analyze data collected by each small group, and to discuss what that data may have revealed. 
It was also a great day for students to relax outdoors and enjoy a picnic lunch.  Each group had a chance to visit with a raptor such as a red-shouldered hawk and to take a short nature walk to see various birds such as a pair of bald eagles.  We all enjoyed the beautiful weather and the nature all around us!  

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOYED THEIR FIELD TRIP TO THE TELLUS SCIENCE MUSEUM

On Monday, May 12th Kindergarten through 5th grade students went on a field trip to the Tellus Science Museum as an extension of our science instruction here at FSAPS.  Students took part in a 2 hour long program directly based on Georgia Performance Standards for Science and chosen specifically for their grade level. Each program involved four rotations which include a lab, an activity, an in-depth exploration of one gallery, and a stop in the museum store.
Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade were able to show how much they learned during our recent unit on Forces during the program “Magnet Mania.”  2nd-3rd grade students answered the question “What is a fossil?” during the program “Fossiliferous.” Students learned how a fossil forms and discussed factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms.   Do you have aspirations to be an explorer, a geographer, an astronomer or a doctor? With these careers in mind, students in 4th-5th grade identified which inventions in the Science in Motion gallery will be most useful to them!  They took a tour of the solar system in the planetarium show “Oasis in Space” and their lab will examined an Earth-Moon model and reinforced why the Moon has phases and where to locate the Moon in the night sky.  
After the programs, students enjoyed a picnic lunch in a large, outdoor pavilion and then headed back inside to do some exploring on their own.  We participated in gem mining, were paleontologists in the fossil dig area, and enjoyed all four of the galleries.  We can’t wait to go back next year!

FSA Students Enjoyed Earth Balloon

The earth balloon was at FSA during STEM day. Students  had a chance to get inside the balloon as well. A big thank you goes to FSA PVO parents, Mrs. Doraiswami and Mrs. Howard for organizing this wonderful event for our students.
What is Earth Baloon?
The Earth Balloon is intended to make the Educational Programs of Keep Roswell Beautiful much more effective. Students enter the 22′ (6.7m) diameter Earth Balloon through an entrance in the Pacific Ocean to learn about rain forests, the ring of fire, time zones, population clusters, migration, man’s impact on the earth, and endless other topics. 


Elementary Science Olympiad Lock-In was Fun

Students competing in the Elementary Science Olympiad competition on May 17th stayed overnight at school this past Friday to prepare! Our goal for the evening was to practice… practice…. practice to get ready for the state competition. Our evening started with some delicious snacks to get our brains working. After snacks, we jumped right into practicing for the big competition. Students rotated between study groups with their coaches, study buddy groups with their event partner, and study sessions in the computer lab. Science Olympiad coaches were SO impressed with how hard students were working and how dedicated they were to practicing for their events. Around 7:30, students took a break to enjoy pizza, ice cream, and some time outside to ‘cool down’ from their study sessions. After some fun time outside all together, students got comfortable in their pajamas and we continued with our study sessions until almost 10pm! After a half hour of getting out our energy in the gym… the girls enjoyed a movie in Ms.Przedpelski’s classroom before eventually falling asleep, and the boys enjoyed a movie in Ms. Fichter’s classroom before they fell asleep. On Saturday morning, Mrs. Stathos came bright and early with a delicious breakfast, and parents came to retrieve their Science Olympiad competitors! Overall, the students and coaches had a great time preparing for the competition and enjoying some team bonding time as a group. 


2nd Place in 2014 National Spanish Poster Contest

We are pleased to inform that after winning 1st place at the state level, Brian Shoffeitt’s poster competed at the national level and won 2nd place in 2014 National Spanish Poster Contest organized by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Congratulations to Brian, his parents, and FSA Spanish and Art teachers Mrs. Adkins and Mrs. Millar for this wonderful achievement.
Please click here for the results:

CONGRATULATIONS TO 8th GRADER ARANEESH PRATAP FOR HIS QUALIFICATION TO NATIONAL HISTORY BEE

The Regional History Bee was held on April 29 at River Trail Middle School. There were 130 competitors in all from the Atlanta Region. Chloe Richardson, Sanjeev Uppaluri, Brian Shoffeitt & Araneesh Pratap represented our school. Students went through 3 rounds, each with 30 questions. The top scorers move on to compete in the National History Bee Competition. Questions were quite complex and difficult, and covered a range of topics from World History to US History and from Ancient to Modern Times. 8th grader, Araneesh Pratap qualified to compete in the National History Bee to be held June 6-8 in downtown Atlanta. Congratulations to Aranneesh, his parents and FSA teachers for this great result! Good luck at the National competition.