The third, fourth, and fifth grade classes had a superb time visiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center for their first field trip of the 2014-2015 school year! Each of the classes was taken on their own guided tour by a Naturalist who helped them stock up on interactive science facts pertinent to their different grade levels. Students saw various bird species, including owls, hawks, falcons, and even an eagle! They also saw frogs, turtles, and a beaver’s dam! Each class also had a close encounter with one of the center’s animal residents! The students all enjoyed a group lunch on the pavilion near the lake, and they concluded their visit with an exploration of the Discovery Center.

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FSAPS Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will be heading to see Farmer Sue and her fabulous Art Barn on Friday, November 7th. All the kids will go on a hayride, watch a cool video on sheering sheep, have a picnic lunch, and create a painting in the Art Barn! However, the BEST part about visiting the Art Barn is learning about and interacting with all of the rescued animals on the farm. From baby chicks to donkeys, this farm has friendly animals in all shapes and sizes!

Information and permission forms will home tomorrow to all Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade families. The permission form and $20 payment to go on this trip are due to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday, November 4th. Questions or desire to be a chaperone? Please contact Ms. Ashley Fichter at afichter@fultonscienceacademy.org

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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!

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This past Saturday, the FSAPS Anime Club students traveled to the AWA convention in Atlanta. Students and chaperones participated in workshops, selected to attend various panel presentations of interest, and watched shows where artists used Anime as a springboard for dramatic, visual, and/or musical interpretation.

Some of the favorites were “Aerial Anime” where acrobats performed famous Anime scenes on silk, “Shakespeare as told by Anime” where actors dressed as Anime characters reenacted famous Shakespeare scenes, and the ever-popular panel “Pokemon Vs. Digimon.” The great debate continues! We are already pumped for next year’s AWA convention. Only 362 more days to go…

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On Saturday, September 27th, the FSAPS Anime Club will traveling to Anime Weekend Atlanta.  AWA is a three-day Japanese Animation and comics convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.  While most of the Anime Club members plan to attend this full-day field trip, there may be other Middle School students who are interested in attending as well. All interested 6th – 8th grade students are welcome to accompany the Anime Club on this field trip.   Parent carpooling and chaperones will be coordinated by Ms. Ashley Fichter. We will meet at FSAPS at 8:30 am and return by 10:00 pm.   If you are interested in more information about this trip, please e-mail afichter@fultonscienceacademy.org.  Anime Club students can look forward to information and permission forms coming home in hard copy and through e-mail tomorrow.  Additional permission forms for this trip are available in the front office and are due NO LATER than Wednesday, September 24th at 5:00 pm.  Please go to www.awa-con.com to learn more about this convention.

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FSAPS students attended Washington, D.C. between May 1st and May 6th. It was an action packed trip with so much to do and see! A great time was had by all! We had perfect weather, which was wonderful considering all the walking we had to do!

We visited several museums including; The Natural History Museum, The American History Museum, 2 Air and Space museums,The National Geographic Explorer’s Hall, and The Newseum. 

We tried to catch a glimpse of The President at The White House and viewed The National Archives. 

We were able to see the breathtaking memorials of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and the WWII Memorial. 

We also toured Mt. Vernon, the beautiful home of George Washington. One of the highlights of the trip was that some of our students were chosen to participate in a wreath laying ceremony on his tomb… a very special honor indeed. 

We witnessed the Changing of the Guards at Arlington National Cemetery and saw JFK’s eternal flame. 

We visited the National Zoo and the adorable pandas, and had a special tour of the U.S. Capitol. 

A BIG thank you to our organizers! Go Educational Tours was a wonderful company to work with as well!

Pictures from our trip and the video from Mt. Vernon is on Facebook at Go Educational Tours.


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!  


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’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders enjoyed a day full of excitement in downtown Atlanta on Friday, April 18th. Despite the rainy weather, our students were able to learn all about the incredible process of making the news, and were even able to watch a live broadcast! After the tour, we walked over to enjoy a ride on Skyview Atlanta. Many students (and teachers) conquered their fear of heights and were able to spot many important landmarks of Atlanta! What a fun day full of memories!


Members of the FSAPS Model United Nations team returned from their trip to New York City on Saturday.  Representing the African nation of Gabon, These students participated in the International Middle School Model UN Conference, where they competed with 2000 students from over 100 schools, many of which were from other countries.

Students arrived in the city early in order to take in the many sites and shopping opportunities.  Fortunately, the projected snow veered away and the wind and chill were kept at bay by the sheer excitement of exploring the city.

The conference was opened with a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters before moving to several floors of the Grand Hyatt hotel next to Grand Central Station.  During the trip, students had many opportunities to ride the subway to visit far-flung places in the city, such as Central Park, Times Square (awe-inspiring at night), and the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, among others.  For many, buying sacks of candy at the venerable FAO Schwarz and New York memorabilia was as exciting the competition itself.

The students had a great time participating in the conference, where they were split into various councils to discuss important issues facing the world today.  During this time, students made friends with their peers from schools the US and around the world to present positions and resolutions to these issues.

This conference produced our best showing in the international competition, where half of the team received awards.  Clair Merideth-Webb and Phillip Trainor received the gavel for being the best delegation in the United Nations Environmental Programme where they discussed the protection and conservation of the arctic.  Chloe Richardson and Katherine Li received honorable mention for their work in the World Health Organization “establishing a universal action plan for the zombie pandemic.”  Finally, Shreya Rekapalli received special recognition in her council, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.  The other team members, Aditya Choudhari, Omar Kayali, Sid Marupudi, 
Vikram Ruppa-Kasani, and Josh White were all equally productive members of their respective councils.

We are extremely proud of the hard work our students put into preparing for the conference and for their performance.  These students were gracious, dignified, and represented FSAPS in the best possible light.  Most of all, each had a great experience and created memories that will last a lifetime.