Wednesday, January 28, 2015


On Saturday, January 24, the Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team competed in the Dodgen Invitational, one of the premiere Science Olympiad competitions with teams from five states. FSAPS placed a close second to Piedmont IB School from Charlotte, North Carolina, who finished ninth at Science Olympiad Nationals last year. FSAPS Team members medaled in 19 of the 23 events, demonstrating great consistency. Head coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were proud of the team’s performance. “This was definitely our hardest competition to date and our students really performed well,” said Mrs. Walsh.

Individual awards were earned by the following students:

Air Trajectorycoached by Ms. Tang
3rd Place – Simon Wang and Akash Bhatt

Anatomycoached by Ms Doraiswami
4th Place –Araneesh Pratap and Sanjeev Uppaluri

Bio Process Labcoached by Mrs. Uppaluri
2nd Place – Elaine Wen and Araneesh Pratap

Bottle Rocketscoached by Mr. Seker
4th Place – Andre Hamelberg and Akash Bhatt

Can’t Judge a Powdercoached by Ms. Lang
4th Place – Hasan Unal and Sarah Lucas

Crave the Wavecoached by Mr. Wang
1st Place – Simon Wang and Brian Shoffeitt

Crime Busterscoached by Ms. Lang
1st Place – Sarah Lucas and Hasan Unal

Disease Detectivescoached by Mrs. Bhatt and Ms. Chirumamilla
3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Akash Bhatt

Dynamic Planetcoached by Mrs. Walsh
4th Place – Mira Mutnick and Sanjeev Uppaluri

Elastic Launch Glidercoached by Mrs. Walsh
3rd Place – Karuna Kumar and Andre Hamelberg

Entomologycoached by Mrs. Butler
2nd Place – Isabella Sims and Madeline Dressel

Experimental Designcoached by Mrs. Stathos
2nd Place – Simon Wang, Mira Mutnick, and Ananya Terala

Fossilscoached by Ms. Beres
1st Place – Araneesh Pratap and Faith Lucas

Green Generationcoached by Ms. Larson
2nd Place – Faith Lucas and Elaine Wen

Meteorologycoached by Mrs. Walsh
3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Ananya Terala

Road Scholarcoached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Mira Mutnick and Karuna Kumar

Simple Machinescoached by Mrs. Duzyol
3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Araneesh Pratap

Solar Systemcoached by Mrs. Walsh
3rd Place –Brian Shoffeitt and Araneesh Pratap

Write It, Do Itcoached by Mrs. Stathos
2nd Place – Mira Mutnick and Karuna Kumar


On Saturday, January 24, the Fulton Science Academy Future City Team competed in Future City Competition at Southern Polytechnic State University. They won four awards including one of the seven special awards “Team of the year”. Even though it was the first experience for our teachers and students of Future City, they are off to a wonderful start!
FSA team took months to plan and build their city. Before the final judging on Saturday, team was required to prepare 5 components for the competition. The competition components are as follows:

1- Research Essay: Students do a wide research on a predetermined concept and write an essay. This year’s theme was to choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within the future city borders to feed all of the citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city’s size and location, students must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients. Our team developed a futuristic farming method called SEAS (Smart Efficient Aquaponics System). Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.
Below is a paragraph from our research essay describing what the SEAS is and how it works.

‘‘The initial SEAS design consisted of a large steel cylindrical structure containing an aquaponics farm inside. To this, numerous large fish tanks were added as well as trays where watercress is produced. The SEAS is extremely efficient. All required energy is produced by a solar panel on top. Sensors collect data such as temperature, humidity, light levels and carbon dioxide levels which can be monitored remotely. The collected data is evaluated by SEAS software and can be sent to remote devices. Automatic shades control the amount of light entering the structure to regulate temperatures depending on the weather and time of day. Insulation can also be deployed to protect the fish and crops during winter months.’’

2- Virtual City: Students use SimCity software to design a city that progresses into the future.

3 - City Narrative: Students write a narrative (maximum 500 words) describing their future city’s key features and design attributes. The purpose of the City Narrative is to give the judges a quick overview of the future city’s infrastructure and its public services.

4- 3D Model: Students build a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials that has at least one moving part. The model does not need to be an exact building-by-building duplication of the virtual design. Rather, the purpose of the model is to give a three-dimensional, creative representation of an area that best represents the team’s vision of their future city.

5- Presentation: Students give a 7 minute presentation discussing features of their future city followed by a 5 - 8 minute question and answer period from the judges (overall time will not exceed 15 minutes). Be sure to check with your Regional Coordinator for exact competition times.

All future city students worked cooperatively for months focusing on different components of the competition. They worked at cabin camps, stayed for after school meetings and participated home tutoring sessions. All of their effort paid off! They won “Team of the Year Award” , “Most Innovative Construction Techniques Award”, “Accessible City” and “Excellence in the use of Building Materials Award”.

Congratulations to all team members!!!
Amisha Darji
Luke Westerfield
Kian Najaf
Shourya Jasti
Sparsh Kudrimoti
Akash Bhatt
Rithvik Konda
Ananya Pottabhathini
Mr. Tuzen and Mr. Kurt


Terry Porter, Environmental Educator for the City of Alpharetta, visited our 6th grade Earth Science class this past Friday, January 23rd. Mrs. Porter brought in the Water Treatment Interactive Model. Mrs. Porter led students through a variety of hands-on experiments to better understand the stages of cleaning water for human use. Students joined to the activity and did the steps all together. It was fun to see the water color changes from brown to clear! Thank you Mrs. Porter


Please click here for detailed information and application form for 2015 FSAPS Summer Leadership Camp.


On Friday January 16th the FSAPS Anime Club had a Lock-In as an opportunity for students to collaborate with others who are fans of the Anime art form and interested in both traditional and pop Japanese culture. The Lock-In began at 4:30 pm with attendees perusing a menu to order Hibachi dinners and contribute thoughts on our sushi selections. Students then engaged in playing card and board games, created geisha bookmarks using origami paper, learned some simple brushstroke techniques to create their own bamboo paintings, and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We may have watched a little Anime as well J The almost all night long event (students took a break in the wee hours of the morning to grab a quick nap) concluded with a breakfast of eggs, fruit, doughnut holes, and Ramen noodles (yes, Ramen).

A big thank you to Mr. Tuzen and Mrs. Unal for helping this event run so smoothly.


Our Kindergarten students had such a great time celebrating our 100th Day of School this past Thursday, January 22nd. We started the day by sharing the 100th Day Poster Creations. We are so impressed with all of our 100th Day Poster Projects. Kindergarten students were SO creative and we can tell that they worked extremely hard. We enjoyed sharing each project and they are now displayed in the hallway for all of FSAPS to see! Our celebration continued with creating our 100th Day punch (with 100 cherries!), and our 100 pieces of paper challenge between two teams. After lunch, students rotated to eight different centers to celebrate the 100th Day. Students were able to create a necklace with 100 beads counting by tens, each student saw and wrote about themselves as old men and old women with the help of technology, they created a picture using the number 1-0-0 and wrote about their creation, they made a commemorative magnet to show they are 100 days smarter, students participated in a 100 cup building challenge, students competed against each other in a 'zero eating' donut contest, each class wrote 100 words together, and everyone enjoyed a snack called "Derdnuh" which included 100 pieces of snack. We ended the day by counting back from 100 and enjoying silly string on the playground! Students left with a 100 balloon and a giant smile on their face! It was such a fun day.

A big thank you to all of our parent volunteers and parents who donated items to help make this a special day! The teachers in Kindergarten appreciate you :-)


It's finally official! FSA has proudly chartered International Thespian Society Troupe #879769

Please join the Thespians in the cafeteria this Friday after school for the first annual Thespian induction ceremony recognizing those students who have demonstrated commitment to excellence in the theatre arts.

Several of our Thespians will be attending the Junior Thespian Festival in Nashville, TN March 19th-21st, please wish them luck on their individual performances!

Our Destination Imagination team Golden Armour has been working hard on the D.I. Feary Tale Challenge. Please wish them luck as they present their challenge at the Regional Showcase February 21st and the Affiliate Tournament on March 28th!

The Thespian Society will form two teams to take on the D.I. Improv Challenge, so please wish them luck as well!

We will have a joint Thespian Society and Destination Imagination lock-in Friday, February 6th for all teams to have some extra time to work together on their respective challenges.
The Thespian Society will be attending the Family Improv Comedy by The Basement Theatre on Friday, January 30th at 8pm. If you would like to join us, please email Mrs. Millar by end of day Wednesday - if you would like to carpool, please meet at FSA by 7pm.


The due date for returning the form for membership has been extended to Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

VERY IMPORTANT: Students do not need to attend meetings during club time on Thursdays to be a member.

We will have our first official meeting at 7:30am on Wednesday, January 28.

Our Induction Ceremony will be held in the cafeteria on February 5, 2015 at 6:00pm


So far this school year, our Instruments of the World students have learned about different places of the world and how their music and instruments represent a variety of elements in their culture. We have learned how people go to great lengths to connect with others through music whether cultural differences, religious beliefs, borders or physical boundaries. We have learned that those in countries not as rich as ours, make their own instruments out of recycled goods/garbage and play in an orchestra! We have composed and arranged our own music within different boundaries/guidelines decided upon as a team. Our favorite thing to do is learn new rhythms and beats with different percussion equipment trying to recreate those in the different areas of the world. Below you can see our latest project, creating working musical instruments made from recycled materials from our school.


Tournament`s Rules:
· Games will begin at 4:30pm. Semi-finals and Finals will begin at 3:30pm.
· Each half will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes break.
· Each team will have 5 students in game and 1 substitute.
· Aggressive game will not be tolerated and the opposing team will receive a free.
· For yellow card, player will have 2 minutes time out.
· For red card, player will miss next game.
· Each team should include at least 2 elementary students.
· No corner kick
· If soccer ball goes out over the end line, regardless of who it is out on, the side goal keeper gets to start with the ball.
· A kickoff from the center mark starts play at the beginning of each half and after every goal. A player who starts play may not play the ball again until another plays the ball.
· Winning team move on to the next game; a tie will be won in a 5 minutes “sudden-death” overtime period.
· Each player must wear shin guards and indoor footwear.

· 1st Place Team: $120 Gift Card ($20 per student)
· 2nd Place Team: $90 Gift Card ($15 per student)
· 3rd Place Team: $60 Gift Card ($10 per student)

Monday, January 26, 2015


The Parent Volunteer Organization and Student Council of Fulton Science Academy Private School invites you to become a permanent part of the newly constructed school by purchasing a commemorative brick for the new school entrance way. This is a great way for students to be remembered even after they graduate, or for a family to leave a lasting legacy at Fulton Science Academy Private School!

Our target is to raise $250,000. Your brick purchase will support a general fund to help pay for much-needed necessities such as new lockers, security cameras, new library furniture, gym bleachers and other items to improve and enhance our school.


Commemorative bricks are a great way to thank your favorite teacher or support your loved ones. Your brick could be engraved with your family name, a student name or name of an alumni. Engraved bricks make a wonderful way for grandparents and relatives to contribute to the school as well.

All proceeds benefit FSAPS students, staff and school. The FSAPS is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contribution may be tax deductible. All orders are due by Feb 25, 2015. FSAPS administration has the final right to approve names/messages on bricks.

There are three donation amount for brick purchase. All bricks are 4x8 and can include three lines of text up to 18 characters per line.


GREAT NEWS! We are pleased to inform you that Team Circuit Breakers competed in First Lego League Super Regional this past Saturday and advanced to State Championship.

Team Circuit Breakers also won "Mechanical Design Award".

Mechanical Design award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions.

Team Circuit Breakers will compete on Saturday Feb. 7, 2015 at the Miller Learning Center on the UGA Campus in Athens.

Team Circuit Breakers include Eemil Harkonen, Elena Juarez, Gwyneth O'Sullivan, Mira Mutnick, Maryam Unal and Nicole Shariati. We wish these students success at the State Level.


Our second team, Lego Knights, won Strategy and Innovation Award in Super Regional this past Saturday.

Strategy and Innovation Award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well- developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.

Team Lego Knights includes Calum O’Sullivan, Sruthi Chatrathi,Andre Hamelberg,Saad Maan,Shivani Naraharishetty,Shreya Puvvula,Joseph Pederson and Landon Wade.

Congratulations to all of these wonderful students. Way to go!


On Monday, January 19, 2015 Fulton Science Academy Chess Team students competed at Martin Luther King Jr. Chess Tournament and won 3rd place as a team at the middle school level.

Students in K-5 division also have done a great job considering most of them were actually 2nd and 3rd graders.

Middle School team includes Charlie Furniss, Vishaal Ram, Vihan Karnala, Arul Selvakumar, Vishal Balyan, Tyler Hecht, Katherine Li, Sanjeev Uppaluri and Rithvik Konda.

Elementary team includes Pranav Devalapalli, Niyomi Shah, Bhavin Shah, Karthik Kuppuswamy, Kai Robertson, Arnav Somaraju and Tejash Gupta.

Congratulations to FSA Chess Team students, their parents and and our chess coaches for tis recent achievement. Way to go!


FSAPS students recently competed in two different school-wide bees, the spelling bee and the National Geographic Bee. The spelling bee took place on Thursday, January 15th with the geography bee following the next day.

In the spelling bee, two winners were taken from each language arts class to compete in the school bee. These students represented all classes in 4th through 8th grades. After a marathon bee, three finalists remained and eventually a winner emerged, 6th grader Arul Selvakumar. Arul will represent FSAPS in the local spelling bee next month.

After the excitement of the spelling bee students had to regroup and switch subjects to participate in the 12th annual school geography bee. In a contest that lasted through several rounds, two finalists faced off. Amazingly, Arul, the winner of the school spelling bee the day before, came out on top once again! Arul will complete a qualifying exam for the opportunity to represent FSAPS at the state National Geographic Bee on March 27th.
This is the third year in a row that a student has won both the spelling and geography bee. Arul was able to unseat the reigning champion who had won both in the two previous years.

Spelling Bee winners:
1st Place: Arul Selvakumar (6th grade)
2nd Place; Sanjeev Uppaluri (7th grade)
3rd Place: Fatima Safdar (5th grade)

National Geographic Bee winners:
1st Place: Arul Selvakumar (6th grade)
2nd Place: Neel Bhatt (4th grade)
3rd Place: Nishad Kute (7th grade)

Congratulations to all of the students that competed in the class and school bees this year.

Above is a picture of 6th grader, Arul Selvakumar.


Today, we had a unique learning experience in our 6th grade classes. Alabama Museum of Natural History (AMNH ) visited the 6th Grade Earth Science Class virtually. AMNH offers a variety of in-school programs such as fossil history, watershed education, and rocks and minerals. It was a distance visit via Skype to talk about fossils. Museum experts presented materials and interacted with students through a digital presentation. They showed pieces from their collection as well as their work environment. Students were able to ask their questions and learn more about what does being a paleontologist mean and what s/he does. It was a great day. We are looking forward to host them again!


At FSAPS, we love to host leaders of community and experts from different fields for our students. Today, we hosted an amazing software developer, Mr. Pratik Patel. Mr/ Patel is also one of our 6th grade parents. After the presentation, there was also a Q&A session. We thank Mr. Patel very much for the wonderful presentation today.

Pratik Patel is the CTO of Atlanta based TripLingo ( He wrote the first book on 'enterprise Java' in 1996, “Java Database Programming with JDBC.” He has also spoken at various conferences and participates in several local tech groups and startup groups. He's in the startup world now and hacks iOS, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Rails, and ….. well everything except Perl.

Pratik's specialty is in large-scale applications for mission-critical and mobile applications use. He has designed and built applications in the retail, health care, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik holds a master's in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.


“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” — Maya Angelou

Hi Parents,

Please help us celebrate the rich and amazingly diverse cultural heritage of our student body by sharing a favorite family dish with your child's classmates on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00. You can RSVP using the link below:

The Fulton Science Academy Private School celebration will include more than food. We would like to showcase the abilities of our talented students in our talent show. You can sign up for a 15 minute time slot using the link below. Time slots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so be sure to reserve your spot early.

We will also have tables setup for those who would like to bring in any cultural artifacts. These artifacts can be from other countries which you have lived. If you would like to share information about your country and your artifacts. You can sign up for a spot using the link below.

Beside the amazing food, performances and artifacts, there will also be face painting for $1, an around the world game for $1, and a free photo booth. We are looking forward to seeing you. Don’t forget to wear your native costume!

FSAPS Parent Volunteer Organization


Dear Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that our school continues to grow. We currently have 271 students. Based on current applications and enrollments, the enrollment projections for next school year indicate that we will have over 350 students in our new campus.

For the first time, we will have two classes in each elementary grade next year. As we only have two classes dedicated for each elementary grades in the new campus, we expect that we will have a waiting list for elementary grades very soon.

Additionally, for the first time next year, we expect to have four 6th grade classes. Considering we already have two 5th grade classes, this is only natural at this point. We have dedicated four classes for each middle school grade in the new campus and we are excited to be able to start our first year in the new campus with what we have targeted. Having four classes in the middle grades is ideal as it will allow our middle school teachers to specialize on one subject in a certain grade.

As a result of the increase in student enrollment, we will be adding new classrooms, extra-curricular teachers, and support personnel.

The sooner we start hiring, the higher quality personnel we will be recruiting. We have already hired a wonderful teacher/administrator from FSA High School, Mrs. Kelly Rodgers.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Certified Pre-K Teacher
Certified Kindergarten Teacher
Certified 3rd Grade Teacher
Certified Elementary Grades Math Teacher
Certified Elementary Grades Science Teacher
Certified Middle School Math Teacher
Certified 8th Grade Physical Science Teacher
Three Certified Language Arts Teachers with Masters – Thanks to increased enrollments, we are now able to have separate teachers for our Language Arts and Social Studies classes.
Certified Counselor
Athletic Director

If you know of great teacher(s), please pass this message to them and encourage them to contact me with their resumes.

Thank you for all you do for our school.


We would like to inform you that FSAPS Physical Education Department is organizing a school-wide soccer tournament for our students.=

It is open to all students from 4th to 8th grade. If you wish to join, please return registration from to Mrs. Trotter by the end of January 23rd. Create your own team, however, if you do not have a team, see Mrs. Trotter and you will be placed on a team.

Tournament`s Rules:
· Games will begin at 4:30pm. Semi-finals and Finals will begin at 3:30pm.
· Each half will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes break.
· Each team will have 5 students in game and 1 substitute.
· Aggressive game will not be tolerated and the opposing team will receive a free.
· For yellow card, player will have 2 minutes time out.
· For red card, player will miss next game.
· Each team should include at least 2 elementary students.
· No corner kick
· If soccer ball goes out over the end line, regardless of who it is out on, the side goal keeper gets to start with the ball.
· A kickoff from the center mark starts play at the beginning of each half and after every goal. A player who starts play may not play the ball again until another plays the ball.
· Winning team move on to the next game; a tie will be won in a 5 minutes “sudden-death” overtime period.
· Each player must wear shin guards and indoor footwear.

· 1st Place Team: $120 Gift Card ($20 per student)
· 2nd Place Team: $90 Gift Card ($15 per student)
· 3rd Place Team: $60 Gift Card ($10 per student)

$ 12 per team: $ 2 per person.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Trotter at

Sunday, January 25, 2015


The Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team travelled to its first out of state tournament of the season, competing in the Friendship Christian Invitational in Lebanon, Tennessee this past Saturday, January 10, 2015. The team left school on Friday morning and headed to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville where they participated in the “Amazing Reactions” program demonstrating many exciting (and sometimes explosive!) chemical reactions. Afterwards, students explored the museum including the Adventure Tower, Body Quest, and Space Chase exhibits.

The competition began early Saturday morning with students unpacking and calibrating their building devices and making last-minute tournament preparations. After six intense hours of testing-taking and device-testing it was all over and students and coaches anxiously awaited the awards ceremony.

Although there was tough competition with teams from three states and several nationally-ranked teams, Fulton Science Academy students were called up for honors in 21 of the 23 events and was awarded the 1st place team trophy.

Head Coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were thrilled with the team’s performance. “Out of state tournaments are always a challenge,” said Mrs. Walsh. “Students and coaches really have to work hard prepare. Packing up building devices for travel is tricky as they tend to be somewhat fragile. All in all our kids did great and had a wonderful time.”
Individual awards were earned by the following students:

Air Trajectory – coached by Ms. Tang
3rd Place – Simon Wang and Andre Hamelberg
4th Place – Christina Wang and Soleil Moffitt

Anatomy – coached by Ms. Doraiswami
2nd Place –Araneesh Pratap and Sanjeev Uppaluri
5th Place – Prajwal Vedula and Sruthi Chatrathi
6th Place – Meghana Raj and Krishna Kumar

Bio Process Lab – coached by Mrs. Uppaluri
1st Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Araneesh Pratap
4th Place – Sparsh Kudrimoti and Ameiya Pednekar

Bottle Rockets – coached by Mr. Seker
1st Place – Prajwal Vedula and Akash Bhatt
2nd Place – Faris Unal and Karen Pederson

Bridges – coached by Mr. Seker
1st Place – Faith Lucas and Sophie Richardson
3rd Place – Ameya Rekapalli and Madeline Dressel
4th Place – Sparsh Kudrimoti and Ameiya Pednekar

Can’t Judge a Powder – coached by Ms. Lang
1st Place – Anjali Botcha and Shivani Naraharishetty
6th Place – Soleil Moffitt and Christina Wang

Crave the Wave – coached by Mr. Wang
4th Place – Simon Wang and Brian Shoffeitt

Crime Busters – coached by Ms. Lang
1st Place – Sarah Lucas and Hasan Unal
3rd Place – Maryam Unal and Meghana Raj

Disease Detectives – coached by Mrs. Bhatt and Ms. Chirumamilla
2nd Place – Akash Bhatt and Prajwal Vedula
3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Sarah Lucas
5th Place – Neha Marupudi and Bella Sims

Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson
3rd Place – Akash Bhatt and Chance Crigler

Elastic Launch Glider – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Karuna Kumar and Sophie Richardson
3rd Place – Ameya Rekapalli and Christina Wang

Entomology – coached by Mrs. Butler
1st Place – Faith Lucas and Elaine Wen
5th Place – Soleil Moffitt and Madeline Dressel
6th Place – Bella Sims

Experimental Design – coached by Mrs. Stathos
3rd Place – Simon Wang, Mira Mutnick, and Ananya Terala
Fossils – coached by Ms. Beres
3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Faith Lucas
5th Place – Karen Pederson and Bella Sims

Green Generation – coached by Ms. Larson
5th Place – Soleil Moffitt and Christina Wang
6th Place –Faith Lucas and Elaine Wen

Meteorology – coached by Mrs. Walsh
4th Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Ananya Terala

Picture This – coached by Ms. Fichter
2nd Place – Christina Wang, Soleil Moffitt, and Avinash Pratap
6th Place – Elaine Wen, Ananya Terala, and Sarah Lucas

Robo-Cross – coached by Mr. Kaya
4th Place – Mira Mutnick and Andre Hamelberg

Simple Machines – coached by Ms. Duzyol
1st Place – Karuna Kumar and Araneesh Pratap
2nd Place – Ananya Pottabhathini and Avinash Pratap

Solar System – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place –Brian Shoffeitt and Araneesh Pratap
4th Place – Karthikeya Sriamagiri and Rithvik Konda
6th Place – Chance Crigler and Akash Bhatt

Wheeled Vehicle – coached by Mr. Seker
5th Place – Andre Hamelberg and Elaine Wen
6th Place – Akash Bhatt and Sruthi Chatrathi


Once again Math Department has excellent news to share with FSAPS community.
Nationwide AMC 8 Math Competition results are just back! 7th grader, Charlie Furniss is the best performer in our school by scoring 24 correct answers out of 25 questions. With this score Charlie is placed in top 1% nationwide! Additionally, 7 FSAPS students placed in top 5% nationwide! These students are Ananya Terala, Katherine Li, Mira Mutnick, Tyler Hecht, Vishal Ram, Kalissa Greene, Karuna Kumar.

Way to go MathMagicians! Please congratulate these students as you see them at the school for their great performance at AMC 8 Math Competition!


All Elementary students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade enjoyed an action-packed day of winter crafts, games, activities, prizes, and treats on Thursday, December 18th during the 3rd Annual FSAPS Elementary Winter Celebration! Students rotated among seven different themed classrooms such as “The Gingerbread House Room,” “Club Penguin,” "The Science of Snow," and “The Snowman Room.” Students had fun going penguin game stations including penguin bowling and musical penguins for prizes, hearing holiday stories, and playing “Pass-The-Present.” Students created edible snow globes, played “Pin-The-Nose on the Snowman,” and even got to take a little bit of snow home with them from this special day. Overall, the students and parent volunteers had a joyful, festive time celebrating the season together! A big thanks to all of our parents who donated their time or materials, we appreciate you.


Elementary school science fair winners

1st Grade Science Fair Winner - Khalil Simon - "Air Purifier"
2nd Grade Science Fair Winner - Karthik Kuppuswamy - "The Inclined Plane"
3rd Grade Science Fair Winner - Graham Allen - "Boiling Time for Different Sugars"
4th Grade Science Fair Winner - Siyona Patel, Sarayu Reddy, Lakshya Jasti - "Does Music Affect Heart Rate?"
5th Grade Science Fair Winner - Aaron Weinberg - "How Does Coke Affect Meat?"

Middle school science fair winners

1st Place - Mira Mutnick - "What is the effect of age on the fears a person has?"
2nd Place - Arul Selvakumar - "Can the Carcinogen-free Bioplastic Emulate Synthetic Plastic?
3rd Place - Akash Bhatt - "What is the effect of genre of music on concentration?"

The first and second place winners have been invited to participate in the Fulton County Science and Engineering Fair on January 31.


A big THANK YOU goes to Mrs. Peacock and Mrs. Millar for organizing such a wonderful 1st Semester Talent Show for all students. The performances were wonderful.

Elementary school winners

1st Place - Michael Rico
2nd Place - Edgar Robataille
3rd Place - Yousuf Mirza

Middle school winners

1st Place - Manasvi Gaddam
2nd Place - Ananya Terala
3rd Place - Chloe Richardson, Addington Hobbs, and Maggie Sutton


1st grade through 3rd grade highest GPA winners

1st Place - Karthik Kuppuswamy
2nd Place - Rylar Copa
3rd Place - Kai Robertson

4th grade through 5th grade highest GPA winners

1st Place - Neel Bhatt
2nd Place - Kavitha Kuppuswamy
3rd Place - Siyona Patel

6th grade through 8th grade highest GPA winners

1st Place - Mira Mutnick
2nd Place - Elaine Wen
3rd Place - Madeline Dressel


Our faculty members have begun to visit our new campus in small groups this past week. Beginning February the new campus may also be toured by our parents on Saturdays. We we will send you an e-mail and explain how you can schedule your tour.

The great news is that the campus construction is 10 days ahead of schedule as of today and will be completed sometime in May 2015. Hopefully, we will start moving our class furnitures and start decorating our classes at the end of May, 2015.

After 13 years in our current facility, these are such exciting times for our FSA community. :)

For those of you wondering, our new address will be:
3035 Fanfare Lane
Alpharetta GA 30009