MS. LARSON CHOSEN AS STAR TEACHER

Congratulations to 7th grade Life Science Teacher Gabrielle Larson for being selected as STAR Teacher by former FSA student Siri Choragudi. Siri, a senior at Chattahoochee High School, graduated from FSA Charter Middle School in 2012. She earned the distinction of STAR Student by having the highest SAT score on a single test among her Chattahoochee classmates. Each STAR Student may select a STAR Teacher for having made the “most significant contribution to the STAR Student’s scholastic development.” Siri was in Ms. Larson’s 9th Grade Honors Biology class at Chattahoochee before Ms. Larson retired from Fulton County Schools and began teaching part-time at FSA. It was former FSA students like Siri that sparked her interest in teaching at FSA.

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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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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 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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CONGRATULATIONS TO 6TH GRADER, SHASHWAT BANSAL

CONGRATULATIONS TO 6TH GRADER, SHASHWAT BANSAL FOR WINNING 2ND PLACE IN STATEWIDE ATLANTIC INSTITUE ART AND ESSAY COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND

Our school hosted the award ceremony for 2016 Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Award Ceremony this weekend. It was a great event. There were many talented students from all around the state with their winning art and essays
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One of our 6th grade student, Shashwat Bansal won 2nd place at the middle school level category with his essay.
Way to go Shashwat! We are very proud of you.

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