On March 4th and 5th, the FSAPS Model UN team travelled to Savannah to take part in the 18th Annual Coastal Georgia Middle School Model United Nations Conference where they put in a strong showing among the many schools and students in attendance.

The FSAPS Model UN team was awarded the Distinguished Delegate trophy for their performance in the competition. In addition, several students received individual awards for the outstanding representation of their respective countries.
Sophie Richardson was named Distinguished Delegate for her representation of New Zealand in the Security Council where Kian Nijaf was given Honorable Mention representing Senegal.

African Union members Saad Maan (Republic of Congo) and Sanjeev Uppaluri (Somalia) were awarded as well, with both receiving Honorable Mention.

The Human Rights Council saw three students win awards with Krishna Patel (Estonia) being named Outstanding Delegate. Sidharth Thatipamula (Somalia) named Distinguished Delegate while Sparsh Kudrimoti (Saudi Arabia) and Maggie Sutton (Japan) received Honorable Mention.

In the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, several students won honors: Arham Alam was named Distinguished Delegate representing Bahrain and Radeen Dixon, Nadine Haddad, and Prajwal Vedula were given Honorable Mention awards for their representation of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Saudi Arabia, respectfully.

Finally, FSAPS had great success in the General Assembly with three teams receiving recognition. Peyton Leonard and Armana Patel (Azerbaijan) as well as Mario Machado and Anthony Miramontes (Panama) were given Honorable Mention. Neharika Marupudi and Meghana Raj (Saudi Arabia) won Distinguished Delegation.

The 15 individual awards are the most the team has ever brought home. Congratulations to the entire team for the hard work they put into preparing and competing in the conference!

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Elementary Science Olympiad Late Night Study Session

Our Elementary Science Olympiad students studied hard this past Friday preparing for their regional qualifying competition. Students enjoyed being at school after dark while they practiced…. tested…. and studied for their different science olympiad events.

Our team of 20 students heads to our first competition of the year on Saturday! If you see one of our ESO competitors in the hallway…. make sure you wish them luck for our upcoming competition! They have been working very hard. We really hope we will do well and advance to State!

A special shout out to our parent coaches… you guys ROCK! We are so lucky to have you this year helping to make our ESO year a great one. Thanks for all you do.

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FSAPS Elementary students visited the Alliance Theatre this past Thursday, February 25th. They were transported through theatre to the magical land of Narnia while watching the play The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe! This play is based on the books The Chronicles of Narnia and tells a story of 4 siblings that travel through their wardrobe into a new land. Students loved watching the actors in this land of Narnia as they encountered new creatures, and faced many adventures. In the land of Narnia, we watched as The White Witch attempted to take control of the entire land. The strong and magical lion, Aslan, helped the siblings defeat the white witch and rule the land of Narnia where all the creatures were happy! The stage props, lighting, and being able to sit in the balcony of the theatre made this experience extra special for our elementary students! After the show, we enjoyed a quick snack and juice before heading back to school. The students loved talking about their favorite parts of the play on their way back to school. It was a great day for our elementary students!

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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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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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Students in 2nd grade are learning all about Economics during our unit in Social Studies. Throughout the week, students were challenged with a variety of real-world application of their economics concepts. One of the favorites was a visit to the Mall of Econ-O-Mania! Students were given $300.00 to spend…. but $200.00 MUST be spent on items that they need in order to live. Working with their partners, students loved the challenge of reaching their $300.00 spending limit and choosing items that they really wanted to buy!

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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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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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