1ST GRADE STUDENTS ENJOYED TELLUS MUSEUM VISIT

First grade students had a terrific time at the Galactic Weather exhibit of the Tellus Science Museum! Students have been studying weather at FSA, and this was a perfect hands-on review for us! We explored weather instruments, discussed types of clouds, and talked about weather on other planets. Students were also able to explore a few of the museum galleries!

The pictures below show students experimenting with the effects of different mirrors, using weather instruments, and using a cloud viewer.

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SCIENCE OLYMPIAD ENTOMOLOGY TEAM FIELD TRIP TO UGH

On Saturday, November 8th Science Olympiad Entomology students Katherine Li, Sarah Lucas, Soleil Moffit, and Isabella Sims along with coaches Mrs. Stathos, Mrs. Butler, and parent driver Malisa Sims visited the UGA entomology department. Entomology is the study of insects and we were out for an education!

Several UGA undergrad students were there to greet us and introduced us to some live insects. They then introduced us to Nancy Miorelli, a graduate student in entomology. We learned that Nancy had taught several classes including Entomology for Teachers, Forensic Entomology, as well as the Ecuador Term Abroad-Insect Natural History & Plant Biology. It was wonderful to have access to a scientist so knowledgeable and passionate about her subject!

She began our adventure by bringing out various bug collections and even allowing us to view the insects under special microscopes while she explained how to identify them and how they impact our lives. We got a short course in forensic entomology and how scientists use insects that inhabit decomposing remains to aid legal investigations. Very interesting! We then explored mouth parts, leg, antennae, and wing adaptations, adaptations to different environments, and how insects mimic both other insects and the environment.

We would like to give a big FSA thank you to Nancy Miorelli for sharing her knowledge and time with us and to parent Malisa Sims for driving.fsa science olypiad entomology

CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINES MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD TRIP

Our middle school students had the opportunity to step back in to history, 1828. We visited the gold mines in Dahlonega, Georgia. Twenty years before the 1849 Gold Rush, gold was discovered there. The students were able to see where it all happened, deep underground. Students also had the opportunity to pan for gold and some gems for themselves. We all walked away a little richer.

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ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOYED CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER FIELD TRIP

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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KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 2ND GRADE ART BARN FIELD TRIP – NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014

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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FSAPS STUDENTS LOVED BERRY PATCH FARMS TRIP

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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ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA FIELD TRIP WAS FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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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