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Thursday, September 22, 2016

NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART LAB EQUIPMENT COMING TO FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY

The middle and high school science departments will receive an abundance of new laboratory research equipment in the coming weeks. This brand new equipment will greatly enhance the classroom experience, preparing students for the college level and beyond.
Labs will be furnished with college-level basics like heated stir plates, scientific scales, refrigerated storage, and biohazard safety equipment. The upper level high school courses will also be working with advanced equipment such as DNA gel electrophoresis apparatus', carbon dioxide gas probes, and laboratory grade glassware.
"The opportunities that equipment like this provide are something most students typically don't experience until college," said AP Bio Professor Blake Shealy. "I am so happy that FSA supports our desire as teachers to engage our students in a way that is unlike anywhere else!"
Equipment is expected to arrive within the next week or so.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fulton Science Academy End of Year Field Trip to New York



Fulton Science Academy Private School is planning an end of year trip to New York, April 27-30, 2017. This trip, which is applicable to students in grades 6-10, has limited space and registrations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Application forms were sent home with students; duplicate copies can be obtained at the front desk. Some of the locations planned for the trip include: the Brooklyn Bridge Walk, Rockefeller Center, Cruise Tour/Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, Battery Park, The National Museum of Mathematics, Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Ellis Island, Central Park and the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

To register, please complete the application form sent home with students and return it with your non-refundandable deposit no later than Wednesday, October 5. Thank you.

Monday, September 19, 2016

FRIENDLY FSA PIRATES SAIL INTO CAMPUS TODAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CURE

Today was a record-breaking day at FSA as students raised $1,832 to help support Children's Cancer Research! Hundreds of of teachers and faculty arrived on campus this morning carrying $5 donations and dressed like pirates to celebrate "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." This day, which is recognized globally as an opportunity to do good things, seemed like a great chance to give our month-long fundraiser a fun and spirited nudge, and our students and faculty didn't disappoint.

Since September 1, 2016, our school has raised more than $5,000!

We would like to thank the parent volunteers who coordinated this fun day and have done so much to support our school. We would also like to congratulate the students who have worked tirelessly all month to raise money to help fund childhood cancer research.

Our fundraising efforts will conclude on Wednesday, September 28, and we will celebrate with a school-wide pep rally on Thursday, September 29 at 2 p.m. Due to space limitations, the rally will be for students and faculty only. We appreciate your kindness and understanding.











2nd Grade Teachers as Pirates

Ahoy, Mateys! Second Grade Fulton Science Academy teachers, here, checking in to say "GREAT SHIP, LADS!" Today, our students raised more than $1,500 to support CURE, a local charity focused on finding a cure for childhood cancer. Fundraising efforts coincided with "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" a day that focuses upon doing good deeds for others. Since September 1, Fulton Science Academy students have raised more than $5,000 to help fund medical research to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Parents, faculty and students have pulled together to make this the largest fundraiser in the school's 15 year history. "Great ship (er, job), kids!" Way to go. We are so proud of you!



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Fulton Science Academy Announces Open Registration for 2016 Water Tower Competition Middle School Students in Fulton County Encouraged to Enroll Before October 14 Deadline The registration is open for the 2016 Model Water Tower Competition, the first-ever contest of its type in Fulton County. The competition provides middle school aged students with a fun-filled, science-oriented contest that aims to introduce them to engineering and the water profession. The competition is being co-presented by Fulton Science Academy, Fulton County Public Works, and Alpharetta Public Works. Any child in grades 6-8 who resides or attends school in Fulton County is eligible to participate, but pre-registration is required before October 14. Students who attend school (including homeschool) in Fulton County are invited to participate. Registration Links follow: Team Registration link: http://ift.tt/2cy4hFZ Individual Registration link: http://ift.tt/2d5NtLI The Model Water Tower Competition requires students to design and build a water tower with specific size and height requirements. The models are judged based on 3 categories: hydraulic efficiency, structural efficiency, and design ingenuity/interview presentation. Grand prizes will be awarded to the “Top 3 Overall Models.” Specific scoring factors and project requirements can be found online. Students may work individually or as a team, with up to four students. (Please note: prizes must be shared between team members.) While the individual or student teams must build the models, parents are encouraged to coach and mentor their student through the design and build phase of the water tower model. The judging will take place on December 15, 2016 at the Fulton Science Academy Private School, starting at 10:00 am. For more information, including design requirements, please click here. #fsacares


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Friday, September 16, 2016

FSA Alma Mater - A Message from Dr. Hawk #fsacares Dear FSA Students, Parents, and Faculty: It has come to my attention that our school would benefit from an official school-wide "saying/school song” – an Alma Mater! I would love to write a musical piece that corresponds with a meaningful message that the FSA family will appreciate. We also want to create a song that students will be able to recall for many years to come! I seek the creativity of the entire FSA community in this endeavor, please. Whether you’re a talented songwriter, a poet, a creative writer, or a simple doodler, I would love to see your work and encourage you to please share your thoughts and feedback with me. Moving forward, we are looking for your thoughts and experiences about our school, ideally written in a poetic form. For example, what does FSA stand for? Why are we proud to be here? Why do we do what we do at FSA? What are our goals? Where do we see our future? Togetherness, hard work, perseverance…Can you sing STEAM? These are a few starting points to get you thinking. Please send all words of art to: ehawk@fultonscienceacademy.org and we’ll go from there. A collaboration between artists is really fun and reaps great personal reward. Additionally, the author of the selected submission(s) will be awarded with a $250 cash prize. Your contributions are paving the way for a brighter musical future here at FSA. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school. We appreciate you greatly! Dr. Eric Hawk FSA Music Department Chair


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INTRODUCING OUR SCHOOL HASHTAG #fsacares For quite some time, we have discussed a desire to create a school-wide hashtag that reflects our school and our core values. We are happy to announce our new hashtag today. At FSA, we believe that everything begins with tenets of caring, kindness and compassion. From that foundation, other virtues such as handwork, professionalism, perseverance, altruism, etc., can be built. It is for this reason that we have chosen #fsacares as our school hashtag for the 2016-2017 school year. Caring is a broad word that applies to many different environments, including academics. At Fulton Science Academy... We care about our students and faculty… We care about academics… We care about the well-being of everyone here… We care about the community outside of our school walls... We care about anyone, at any time, who needs a helping hand… At FSA, we care about everyone, everyday…. We care, therefore we are successful…


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#fsacares SERVICE LEARNING CLUB TAKES ON ADDITIONAL CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS A small group of dedicated middle school students are working to develop a plan for an Environmental Improvement Service Learning Project with Ms. Rodgers. Students have spent the first couple of weeks of our club time brainstorming about what we could do to make an impact in our community that would utilize our specific knowledge and talents. Sometimes the answer is right in your own backyard! And students decided this is one of those times. Our new campus is such a wonderful place! It is an important part of our own sense of community. We would like to help make it more beautiful and useful for the FSAPS family. This will be the focus of our service learning this year. This week, students took a walk around the campus for the purpose of examining the condition of the outside areas. Next, club members will discuss their findings and begin planning how they can best help make our campus a place where we can all learn and thrive. Service Learning Club members can’t wait to get started!


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Thursday, September 15, 2016