FSAPS 7th grader, Charlie Furniss received third place based on his performance in the individual written test at Columbia High School Math QUIZ Bowl on Saturday Oct 4th. At this competition, no teams were placed and only the best three individual performances were rewarded and Charlie is one of them. Congratulations to Charlie for this great accomplishment! Please see some pictures from Saturday below.
On Tuesday, October 7th the Kindergarten students in Ms. Fichter and Ms. P’s class experienced their very first Kindergarten Career Day as an extension of their Social Studies unit. Many of our Kindergarten parents visited during Career Day to tell students about their jobs, answer questions the students had about their careers, and even included the Kindergarteners in some interactive activities to learn about their jobs! Our students heard from different doctors and were able to use real stethoscopes! They were given the chance to play on an iPad on an App created by one of our parents. They became computer programmers by giving two of our parents specific directions about how to make a sandwich… much like creating detailed and specific instructions for a computer program! They learned about Computer Programming, The Weather Channel, creators of different iPad applications, an attorney, a Radio Engineer for AT&T, and the Nurse profession. The students were so excited to hear about the many different career opportunities represented by our Kindergarten parents, and were so curious about what each of the positions entailed. A giant THANK YOU to the parents who volunteered their time to share with our students… they had a fantastic time learning about the many different career opportunities in the world!
Tech Fair teams are doing great!! In Tech Fair competition, there are 16 categories and one of them is just added to the list this week by competition administration. The project categories are: 3D Modeling, Animated Graphic Design, Case Modification, Digital photography, Digital Video production, Game Design, Hardware, Individual/Team Programming, Mobile Apps, Multimedia Applications, Non-Animated Graphic Design, Non-Multimedia Applications, Project Programming, Robotics, Technology Literacy Challenge, Web 2.0 Internet Applications, Digital Audio Production.
We have 43 students in 3rd grade through 8th grader who compete in these categories this year. 34 projects will be submitted to the competition this year. Students have started their projects by choosing their categories.
Please note that Regional Tech Fair competition will be on February, 1st, 2015. . As the time approaches, students need to work on their project even harder. That is why there is going to be a Tech Fair Camp on November 7th, and we strongly suggest that students participate to this camp (5th to 8th graders). The camp details were emailed to all tech fair students earlier. Please contact Mr. Sanal (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and questions.
Future City Team had a wonderful camp last weekend. Students enjoyed the great study environment and worked on the virtual cities that they created for the competition.Students created their virtual cities using SimCity software. Final version of their Future City project is to reflect progress 150 years into the future and should have a population of 60,000 people at least.The software game is a wonderful opportunity for students to see how a city is run and all the things involved in development of a city.
Students also worked on their essay that is addressing this year’s theme of “Feeding Future Cities.” According to the this year’s theme students are to choose one vegetable and one protein and design a way to grow enough of each within their future city limits to feed their citizens. After searching through websites students learned a lot about nutrition values of various vegetables,many farming techniques,problems humankind facing as the world population is growing and solutions for them.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade students had such a wonderful time at Berry Patch Farms last Friday! The students had a blast riding the hay ride, picking pumpkins, and taking fun fall pictures. The students were especially excited to try the homemade apple cider and observe the farm animals. Once the students were given lunch, the elementary teachers and parent volunteers set up fall centers for the students. The students rotated to each center where they heard fall stories, learned how to line dance, had their faces painted, and made a fall craft. What a great day for FSA!
In Pre-K, we have been reading a story entitled Tasting Time on Harmony Street and have learned that your culture consists of the things you do, believe, wear and even the food that you eat. We all have a unique culture that we share with the world. Last Friday, our students came to school dressed in their native attire and brought a dish to share with our class that represented their culture. For Show-N-Tell, we shared items from our countries, we created flags and had lots of fun! In addition, we had a special collaborative lesson with our Turkish teacher.
FSA PS Math Olympiad Team had an Amazing Cabin Camp on Saturday, October 11th! J
Students solved AMC 8 released questions & SAT Math Questions with the guidance of Mrs. Duzyol. The students presented their solutions to AMC 8 questions on individual dry erase boards and Mrs. Duzyol demonstrated a visual and hands-on proof for Triangle-Inequality theorem. The students were able to show-off what they learned during a concluding mini-competition. Students not only fine-tuned their mathematical abilities but their athleticism by taking a break to play soccer and basketball every once in a while. Overall, the campers enjoyed a fun-filled and challenging get-away weekend.