Looking for Sport Coaches

Dear Students, Faculty and Parents,

As you might already know, our school will be attending sport tournaments next year as part of the Georgia Independent School Association.
We have registered to following categories for 2016 – 2017 school year:
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
Cross Country
Students in 8th grade and up will be able to attend these events.
Next year we will have about 60 students in 8th grade and about 25 students (projected number, current enrollment is 16) in 9th grade. 
We are now searching coaches for our basketball, volleyball and soccer teams. If you know of any good coaches, please ask them to contact me at ksener@fultonscienceacademy.org

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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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This semester Mrs. Houston’s Creative Writing Club is really trying to utilize and expand upon the skills second graders are learning in their homeroom writing class. Students are learning ways to improve writing compare/contrast compositions and friendly letters by reviewing organizational skills for pre-writing and how to evaluate a rough draft. Over the next few months, students will also be able to request certain writing topics for club time, as well as choose their own styles of writing during free-write.

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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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On Wednesday and Thursday this past week my dad, Burton Dixon, visited our 7th period earth science class. My dad is a geologist and shared with us on Wednesday several of his favorite fossils from his personal collection. On Thursday my dad returned to our 7th period class with more rocks and even had a meteorite to show the class. He also suggested on Wednesday to my fellow classmates to bring in some of the rocks from their rock collection and several classmates did. We had a very good time talking and learning about rocks and fossils from a real geologist. What a good time by all!

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We are proud to announce the winners of the 7th annual FSAPS school social studies fair which was held last week. The projects on display were selected from each social studies class and showed a wide range of subjects across the different social science disciplines.

Of those projects that made it to the school fair, a small number have been selected to represent FSAPS at the West Metro Regional Social Studies Fair this March:

All The Pretty Horses: The Truth About America’s Wild Horses
Isabella Sims (7th grade)

How Does Being Bullied As an Adolescent Affect People As Adults?
James Stevens (7th grade)

How Do Land Mass and Other Factors Affect GDP, and Vice Versa?
Giles Sukkert (7th grade)

Which Countries Are the Leaders In Food Sustainability?
Luke Westerfield (7th grade)

What is the Impact of the Film and Television Industry on Georgia’s Economy?
Sophie Richardson (8th grade)

How Has the Syrian Refugee Crisis Impacted Europe’s Economy?
Ananya Pottabhathini and Prajwal Vedula (8th grade)

On behalf of Ms. Pruett, and Mr. Stiffler, thank you to all of our students that worked hard all semester to participate in the Social Studies Fair. Congratulations to all of our students and best of luck to those that will participate in the regional fair!

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The FSAPS Social Studies Department held its 13th annual school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee on Wednesday, January 27th. We had a number of qualifiers for the Bee representing students in the 4th through 8th grades, which moved through several preliminary rounds before settling on our finalists.

The championship round was the most heated, taking five rounds before 7th grader Arul Selvakumar eventually prevailed over the other competitors.

Arul cruised through the preliminary and championship rounds faced off against 6th grader Nishanth Arumugam in the final round. In the finals, Arul kept up his momentum by answering each of his questions correct missing none throughout the entire competition from the class bee through to his eventual championship-winning answer.

Arul will complete a qualifying test for the chance to represent FSAPS in the state Geography Bee this April and potentially to the national championship in Washington DC in May.

Thanks again to all of our competitors and good luck to Arul!

1st Place: 7th grader Arul Selvakumar

2nd Place: 6th grader Nishanth Arumugam

3rd Place: 8th grader Nishad Kute

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All Turkish Class 8th graders and most of the 7th Grade students who are taking Turkish Class have participated in the Page Program at the Georgia Capitol on the day of Turkish-American Friendship Day, Wednesday, January 27th. The students paged for Senator Michael Williams, Representative Virgil Fludd and Representative Valerie Clark.

“‘The Georgia House of Senate and Representatives’ Page Program’ is an exclusive opportunity offered to Georgia’s students to visit the State Capitol and serve the members of the House of Representatives and Senators. This program has become an essential part of the services provided to both the legislators and the public.”

It was a great experience for the students who attended. They got a certificate afterwards and 6 hours public service volunteer hours as well. There will be another opportunity for The Page Program soon.

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100th Day Celebrations

As most classes do across the nation, our students celebrated the 100th Day of School after counting and tracking each day all school year! To prepare for this upcoming event, the Kindergarten students learned important facts and skills pertaining to 100. The celebration of 100 days in kindergarten was first introduced in the 1981- 82 Newsletter of the Center for Innovation in Education. Today, the sheer quantity of 100th Day related books, activities, and merchandise is mind-boggling. It’s tempting to try and do everything 100-related, and our kindergarteners would claim we probably did! January 27th was a fun-filled day of hands-on activities, games, tasty treats, and lots of parent volunteers who joined us to share in the celebration.

The 100th day is not just about math. This easily becomes a cross-curricular celebration. Students worked in small groups to write 100 words for a class display. After we collected 100 words, students worked in teams to alphabetize them. We wrote and illustrated about what we will look like when we are 100 using our individually aged photos from an aging application as inspiration, and wrote a sentence about what our “100” turned into! Some of our most popular events included a “zero” eating contest, creating “Derdnuh” (10 each of 10 different snacks), creating necklaces of 100 beads, and working in teams to build a tower of 100 solo cups!

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Students had a great time these past two weeks researching an animal with their group members and creating an informational poster to display all of their information.Our students REALLY took off when allowed to be creative, choosing their own animal, using the media center computers to gather information, and work together on their poster display. It was very impressive watching the students use the facts and information they chose to share, as well as how each student became an expert about their particular animal and the life cycle of that animal!

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