MATHCOUNTS TEAM WON 1ST PLACE AS A TEAM

MATHCOUNTS TEAM WON 1ST PLACE AS A TEAM & ADVANCED TO STATE LEVEL
LIST OF STUDENTS ATTENDED REGIONAL MATHCOUNTS
Charlie Furniss
Holden Watson
Tyler Hecht
Vishaal Ram
George Wen
Prajwal Vedula
Arul Selvakumar
Sparsh Kudrimoti
Andre Hamelberg
Mario Machado
We congratulate of the above students for their hard work and achievements. Once again, our team won 1st place as a team and four of our students (Holden Watson, Charlie Furniss, Vishaal Ram, and Tyler Hecht) advanced to the state level.
Each member of the qualifying team above will compete at the individual level and also will compete as a team at the state level. We are very proud of our students, they did a spectacular job last Friday!!
Congratulations also go to Holden for his first place individual award.
GO Math Mustangs!!
STATE Mathcounts Competition is on March 21st at GaTech.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department. With competitions taking place in over 500 local chapters.
The Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students will engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

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1st Place in Fulton County Science Fair

Congratulations to Arul Selvakumar for his 1st place award in the Fulton County Science and Engineering Fair on February 20.

Arul’s project “What is the effect of gut microbiome in improving neurological conditions” was selected to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair.

Arul was also nominated for the Broadcom Masters Program. This program is the preeminent national middle school science and engineering competition in the United States and the world. Now in its fifth year, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) inspires middle school students from all walks of life to pursue math and science throughout high school, opening doors to exciting university and career choices in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.




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SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM ADVANCED TO STATE FINALS

The Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team brought home the second place trophy from the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament held on Saturday, February 13 at the University of North Georgia in Oakwood. Fifteen teams competed in the tournament, including FSA’s perennial rival Dodgen Middle School from Marietta, who scored eight fewer points than FSA to capture the first place title. FSA team members earned over 70 medals at the competition, with each of the 30 team members contributing at least one medal-winning performance.

Head Coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were pleased with the team’s performance. “Our students put in long hours to prepare for this tournament,” said Pam Walsh. “We hold both week night and weekend practices at this time of year.” Gloria Stathos said, “We’re especially proud of our B team who placed third in the tournament. Unfortunately, tournament rules only allow one team from each school to be awarded a trophy and move on to the State Tournament, so even though they performed better than other schools, they will not be able to compete. But, on the other hand, our future looks very bright as many of these team members are 6th and 7th graders and will be back to compete with us next year.”




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THE CHRONICLES OF ONE FRIDAY NIGHT AT FSAPS

Why do students and teachers love FSAPS? We love it because you feel like you’re a part of something wonderful. Learning isn’t just something that takes place from 8 am until 4:20 pm. Learning happens on our campus every night, every weekend, and it’s an amazing feeling to be a part of it. You get to be here with the kids when they make new discoveries and build life-long friendships. On any given Friday night there are parents, teachers, and students of all ages inhabiting every part of the building.

This past Friday night the Drama Club was practicing for their upcoming performance, The Giver while FSAPS Moms and Female Teachers immersed themselves in Asian Culture by attending East Asian Mother’s Night in the Cafeteria. Students were playing soccer games with friends in the gym and almost all of the Academic Teams were out in full force- Destination Imagination, Science Olympiad, and the Robotics Team. Check out below for a few photos from all the fun this past Friday Night (February 5th)- and plan to stop by one Friday evening to join in the fun!

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ELEMENTARY DESTINATION IMAGINATION

Students involved in Elementary Destination Imagination are working hard completing their Central Challenges for the GA Regional Showcase that will be held here at FSAPS.

Two of our teams are working on the structural challenge, Musical Mashup. This involves designing and building a structure that supports weight and is a musical instrument. They must play a musical solo and tell a story with at least one musical character. All ideas and work must be done by team members only.

Four of our teams are working on the technical challenge, Pace of Change. These teams must design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation area, multiple times. They must also change the vehicle propulsion system and the vehicle movement method during the presentation, as well as present a story about change. All ideas and work must be done by team members only.

Thank you to all of the parents, of our team members, who have stepped forward to help the teams prepare. Without our wonderful parents, the teams would never be able to accomplish their challenges!

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THE FSA ELEMENTARY CHESS TEAM WON FULTON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

THE FSA ELEMENTARY CHESS TEAM WON FULTON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP AND ADVANCED TO STATE FINALS 
There were over 1000 players at this event. Chess has many levels of competitive play, with tournament sections often designated by school grade. While a tournament for individual competition may have sections organized by grade or US Chess Federation (USCF, see www.uschess.orgfor more information) rating, school team tournaments are structured by grade level. Typical team sections are: K-1 (Kindergarten & 1st graders), K-3 (may overlap with K-1 and, if so, would primarily have 2nd& 3rd graders), K-5 (stronger younger players, primarily 4th & 5th graders), K-8 (middle school), and K-12 (high school).



So, how does a school create and develop a chess team, particularly a strong, competitive team? While there is no pat formula, here are suggestions for building and developing a successful, long-term program culled from schools known for their award-winning chess teams.
One of the best experiences a child can have at school is to be part of a strong, enthusiastic school team. The most successful school chess teams have consistent parent involvement over consecutive school years. The best way to improve in chess is to play often with different people at equivalent or greater skill levels than oneself. If you’re fortunate to live in an area with frequent scholastic chess tournaments, take advantage of the bounty and encourage your child to play at least one a month. Kids love to be with their schoolmates as they “take on” kids from rival schools in the community, and oftentimes friendships will develop between chess kids who otherwise would have never met. Coordinating parental supervision and carpool duty is very helpful, as tournaments often span a full day and some run longer.
It may be a cliché, but teaching kids that sometimes it’s not just winning, but how one plays the game, is important for both individual character and team development. Applaud the kids’ best efforts and positive attitudes, and they will learn to support their teammates and feel more appreciated and confident in their own playing abilities. It’s not easy to shake an opponent’s hand after a loss, but a game well played can be respected in its own right. From time to time, a child should be reminded by a parent or respected teacher or coach that it’s more important in life to be considered a good, decent person than just a successful player. Remind the kids when they’re feeling dejected that they’ll “live to fight another day” and that they can take pride in playing better and better with every match, as they learn to examine their mistakes and understand how to improve their game.

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