Monday, April 17, 2017

Fulton Science Academy Elementary Science Olympiad 1st Place

Fulton Science Academy Elementary Science Olympiad 1st Place


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fulton Science Academy Pre-k Thru 3rd Grade Visited The Atlanta Botanical Garden

Pre- K thru 3rd grade FSA students had a wonderful trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens last week! Students were given an educational tour of the rain forest and desert exhibits where they able to learn about all kinds of unique plants and animals. 

This was especially exciting for 2nd grade as they were able to connect classroom learning of a frog's life cycle to that of the Poison Dart Frogs' in the exhibit. They also observed up close how plants adapt and defend themselves in different environments. Lunch was enjoyed in beautiful Piedmont Park as we were fortunate and missed the rain showers. Students' afternoons ended strolling through the colorful tulips and checking out the new children's exhibit in the gardens!

Fulton Science Academy Third Grade Market Day

Third-grade students engaged in a simulated market during Market Day. This STEAM-based project incorporated what students had learned in Social Studies about free market economics, as well as math and art skills. Students were given the task of choosing a product or service to sell, determining how much supply to create based on predicted demand, styling an advertisement to attract a target audience, and researching how to run a real business. This project was a tremendous success as students experienced real-world applications!

Not only did the third graders get to buy and sell from each other, but drew in crowds of parents, teachers, and even our middle and high school students! With an increase in demand, many students sold out of their one-of-a-kind products! Students sold everything from massages, to advice, sweet treats, slime, photo frames, and sports memorabilia. According to Rylar C., "Placement is everything when it comes to how much money you will get!" Thank you to all our teachers, staff, students, and parents for their participation and support!

Fulton Science Academy Middle School Model UN In New York

Members of Fulton Science Academy's Middle School Model UN team headed to the Big Apple this week to participate in a huge national competition. Bringing together hundreds of students from around the world, Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

The trip came on the heels of many months of preparation for our students. We are so happy that they had a chance to participate in this experience and are very impressed by their efforts!

Fulton Science Academy High School History Academic Team Will Compete at the National

On March 18, two members of the FSA High School History Academic Team traveled to Newnan High School to compete in the 2017 Georgia State Championship History Bee and Bowl. Qualifying tests for the US Geography Olympiad and the US History Bowl were given at this event as well.

FSA team members, Sanjeev U. and Chloe R. participated. Sanjeev placed 2nd by taking the US Geography Olympiad Qualifying Test and is qualified to participate at nationals. Chloe took the US history qualifying test and her score qualifies her for competing in that event at nationals. As a team, they finished 3rd in the Junior Varsity Division of the History Bowl. This qualifies them to participate in the National History Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 21-23.

Congratulations to these hard-working, dedicated history students. As you will see below, lots of preparation and fast fingers can often mean the difference in results. Our new History Academic Team formed in January and students are already very competitive in the state level competition. They and other team mates will now be preparing for the national competition, so be sure and wish them good luck.

Fulton Science Academy Eighth Grader Places Second in State Science Fair

Congratulations to FSA eighth grader, Arul S., who had an amazing day today at the State Science Fair. Arul won both a Second Honors Category Award, as well as a special award, the 2nd Place Merial Biotechnology Award, for his project that addressed the impact of Gaba Enriched Food on Autism Spectrum Disorders. To achieve such an honor among so many compelling projects speaks volumes about Arul's very strong work ethic...we are so honored to have this incredible student as an FSA Mustang. Congratulations, Arul!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fulton Science Academy Destination Imagination Team Is Going Global

Congratulations to members of FSA's Destination Imagination Team. This year, we are delighted to report that three teams have advanced to globals at the University of Tennessee in May! Way to go, kids! 

1st place in the Service Learning Challenge  Middle School Level

  • Isra, Tanmaya, & Sanika (not pictured)

1st place in the Fine Arts challenge High School Level

  • Amisha, Katarina & Zeynep 

1st place in the Improv Challenge High School Level

  • Chloe & FSA Alum, Joe

Rising Stars teams (K-2nd):

This is a non-competitive level, but all teams really earned their participation medals! This is the first time that FSA has had teams participate at the Rising Stars Level, and we had four!

Students did an absolutely fantastic job developing very creative presentations using simple and complex machines to help 'Save the Day!'
  • Eagles - Nathan, Collin, Rafi, Nandika, Minia & Shuban
  • Magical Marshmallows - Akhil, Samaira, Kovid & Amrit
  • Creative Instincts - Anish, Aryan, Anya, & Arush
  • Perfect & Beautiful - Semra, Meliha, Sheza, & Isabella
Middle school teams:

  • Lightening Ladies - Kubra, Karina, Sarayu, Suhani, & Hannah, won 2nd place in 'Vanished!' challenge, Fine Arts category. They also won the coveted Renaissance Award!
  • MI-7 - Janon, Gavin, Sana, Amrita, Anastasia, Spiros, & Grace, won 2nd place in 'Top Secret' challenge, Scientific category.

Elementary school teams (3rd-5th):
  • DI Daredevils - Tanish, Aman, Vishnu A., Vishnu R., & Neal won 2nd place in '3-Peat' challenge, Improv category.
  • Vanishing Victors - Amal, Brinda, Sanjana, & Sarah R. won 2nd place in 'Vanished!' challenge, Fine Arts category.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Green Girls - Lina & Khadija placed 4th in their category.
  • Building Bash - Myles, Sam, Akarsh, Raj, Varun, Satvik, & Kerim placed 5th in their category.
  • Color Wizards - April, Medha, & Miriam placed 9th in their category.
  • Men in Black - Vishruth, Aaditya, Abhinav, Siddarth, Atharv, & Khalil placed 10th in their category.
  • Cool Producers - Anna, Meher, Baasel, & Sohum placed 13th in their category.
For Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution, Performance

TEAM LIGHTNING LADIES won the Renaissance Award (one of just 3 special awards given out)
"On our journey we sometimes encounter exceptional travelers who entertain and enlighten us along the way. The Renaissance Award recognizes those among us who demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions or outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance. While the destination is creativity, these fellow travelers make the journey itself memorable."

Fulton Science Academy Wins At State Chess Tournament

FSA's K-1 Chess Team won FIRST PLACE during the state chess tournament yesterday! Additionally, the K-3 chess team was a co-champion for first place with three other teams and finished in third place using a tie breaker! K-5 also won third place. Wow!

K-1 Team - clear first winning all their matches. State Champions!

  • Vehbi C., Christopher G., Aaron L., Omer O., Kovid P.

K-3 Team - tied for first place with 3 more teams, all the teams are Co- Champions

  • Mateo G., Lucas M., Noah M., Dheemant P., Darsh P.C., Daaniyal R., Varun S., Taran S., Archer W.

K-5 Team - tied for second place, getting the 3rd place trophy on tiebreaks

  • Ipsita B., Huseyin C., Tejash G., Myles M., Satvik O., Varsha S., Bhavin S.

The school's chess program, led by International Chess Master, Carlos Perdomo, supports a love of chess for children beginning as early as Kindergarten. In addition to coaching FSA students, Coach Carlos founded Chess Atlanta and has led University teams to great victories, including Emory's prior triumphs over Stanford, Duke, and Yale.

To learn more about Chess Atlanta, please click here:

Fulton Science Academy High School Science Olympiad At State

Fulton Science Academy competed in its first Division C State Science Olympiad Tournament and it was a great experience!

Fulton Science Academy students competed in the Division C Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted by Emory University last Saturday. Twenty-four of the state’s top teams qualified for the tournament based on the results of eight Regional Tournaments.

“Since this is the first year we have had a high school, this was the first year we’ve competed in Division C,” explained head coach Pam Walsh. “Science Olympiad rules allow Division C teams to have 15 members, seven of whom can be twelfth graders. Because our school is so small, we requested special permission from the State Director to include a couple of eighth graders on our team.”

With both Destination Imagination and the Math Team competing this weekend, even with two eighth-graders, FSA managed to put together a team of eleven students. Chloe R. spent the morning competing in Science Olympiad and after two events left to compete in Destination Imagination. Nevertheless, with some students competing by themselves (most events allow a team of two students) the team managed to participate in all twenty-three events. What incredible perseverance our students demonstrated!

“We had two goals for this first year,” explained head Coach Gloria Stathos. “First, we wanted to compete in all twenty-three events and second, we wanted to qualify for the state tournament. Qualifying was no easy task as there were 143 teams in the state. To place 18th in the state at this tournament was quite an accomplishment for our first year.”

“We are very proud of our students,” said Building Events coach Yasin Parlak. “We had a number of events in which we finished in the top ten. Next year we will have a more experienced team and our placement should improve. ”

The following students finished in the top ten in their events:

3rd Place Hovercraft – Vishal and Tushar (pictured)

6th Place Microbe Mission – Ethan and Sanjeev

7th Place Anatomy and Physiology – Ethan and Sanjeev

8th Place Rocks and Minerals – Nicholas and Sanjeev

9th Place Towers – Maahi and Bahriye

9th Place Ecology – Nicholas and Chaitanya

Thank you to all of our students, parents, and coaches for all of your efforts, not only this weekend but every weekend!

Fulton Science Academy Mathletes Win Varsity Level Tournament

Congratulations to FSA's Mathletes who today clinched FIRST place in the Varsity Math Competition hosted by Westlake High School. Under the tutelage of Coach Sema Duzyol, team members continue to deliver impressive results throughout the region. Their smiles say it all; hard work really does pay off in the long game!

Congratulations for placing in the Top 10 individually

2nd Place- Vishaal R

4th Place- Charlie F

Other team members include Peyton L and Tyler H.

"Our team was comprised of one 9th grader and three 8th graders, so the results are particularly impressive for a varsity level competition that is typically made up of 11th and 12th graders," said coach Duzyol.

Way to go, guys!!!

Fulton Science Academy Blank Family Foundation Visits FSA

On Thursday, March 23, Fulton Science Academy proudly hosted Ms. Ayana Gabriel, Program Officer from the Arthur Blank Family Foundation in charge of the foundation's portfolio of STEAM funding. The purpose of Ms. Gabriel's visit was to tour the school, learn more about our short and long term vision, and discuss possible collaborative projects between the two organizations.

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. One strategic funding initiative is their emphasis on the expansion of STEAM education in the greater Atlanta area, including the Pipeline Project.

Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested nearly $10 million into efforts to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods on the west side of Atlanta. To further its work in additional areas of need, the Foundation has created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a $15 million long-term commitment to invest in catalytic projects that will ignite positive change and transform both people and place in Atlanta’s Westside communities.

Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the Foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $300 million to various charitable organizations.

Fulton Science Academy Students Raise More Than $1,500 For ST. Baldrick's Foundation

We are happy to say that FSA raised $1,584 for the 
St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Our student council members did a great job motivating their peers to raise money for such an important cause. The student council members shared information with their homerooms and encouraged everyone to purchase St. Baldrick’s shirts and to donate money to the cause, which aims to eradicate childhood cancer.

As promised, if the school raised $1,500 or more, Mr. Parlak agreed to shave his head. Please stay tuned for more details on this event!

You can learn more about this organization as well as continue to donate online. Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success!

Fulton Science Academy Supports Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra Concert

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Hawk, FSA Music Teacher, and Conductor of the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, on a very successful inaugural concert at Alpharetta First United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 18. Several orchestra students attended the event, assisting as ushers. It was a lovely evening!