FAST Celebrates Veterans Day

ROSWELL, GA – Students and staff at Fulton Academy of Science and Technology (FAST) celebrated Veterans Day by welcoming three veterans in the FAST community to share their experiences in the armed forces.  Air Force Major Richard Underwood, Army Sergeant First Class Donny Edwards, and Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jerry Godoy presented to FAST 3rd through 8th graders some of their powerful memories, why they joined the military, and why they chose to enlist in their particular branch.  

Major Underwood is married to 5th-grade teacher Renee Underwood, who also has a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines; Sergeant Edwards is the father of FAST 6th grader, Idara, and has a son currently serving in the U.S. Army; and Lance Corporal Godoy’s daughter Sydney is a FAST 5th grader.  

In addition to the assemblies, students in all grades learned about Veterans Day in their classrooms and wrote letters to veterans and active military personnel to thank them for their service and bravery.  The letters will be mailed to a variety of locations with packages sent through Operation Gratitude (www.operationgratitude.com).  

“FAST has a responsibility to teach its students the meaning of Veterans Day and the importance of military service to our country.  We are proud of all the active and retired military personnel with ties to our community and are pleased to celebrate them today,” said Mr. Stan Beiner, principal of FAST.

At 11:11 am, everyone at FAST also stood for a moment of respect four our veterans and the Battle Hymn of the Republic was played over the school’s PA system.  The school honored 52 student and staff sibling, parent, and grandparent veterans or active servicepeople in total on their main office entry display monitor throughout the day.  

About FAST Charter School 

FAST is a Fulton County public charter school serving grades K-8.  FAST emphasizes innovation and STEM by offering science daily with the hands-on FOSS Science curriculum, Singapore Math for its math curriculum, and a unique Innovation Hour/Passion Hour program in all grades.  FAST is located in Roswell, GA and is open to all residents of the Fulton County School District.

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FAST Charter School Sets Key Dates for 2020-2021 Admissions Season

ROSWELL, GA – Families interested in admission at Fulton Academy of Science and Technology (FAST) for the 2020-2021 school year are now able to sign up for campus tours and information sessions.  The lottery application window will open on January 1, 2019 and close on February 5, 2019. The lottery will take place on February 14, 2019.

FAST’s mission is to provide an education based on design thinking and problem-solving with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to K-8 children in the diverse Fulton County community. FAST’s goal is to prepare children in a way that provides them a foundation to be creative innovators and problem solvers so they are prepared for success and leadership in our rapidly changing world. With the diverse demographics of our existing community serving as the background theme for academics, children will develop the foundations for learning and thinking that prepares them for success in post-secondary education and careers.

Tours will begin with a presentation by the FAST administration at 8:00am on the following dates: October 30th, November 6th and 20th, December 11th, and January 15th and 29th.  Interested families are asked to sign up at the school’s website, www.fastk8.org, or call 678-321-1100 for a tour.  

FAST is also offering two in-depth information sessions on December 10 and January 11.  These sessions will give parents a closer look at FAST’s philosophy and curriculum and will include time for questions and answers with Principal Stan Beiner.  The sign-up for the information sessions is also on the school’s website.  

According to Principal Stan Beiner, “There are several different reasons why people choose FAST.  Our focus is on teaching children how to think. That doesn’t sound different from other schools except for the fact that our schedule is actually designed to support this process. We are also far more diverse than most schools found in Fulton County and we celebrate each group’s uniqueness as well as the many more values that bind us.

And finally, our charter positions us to be open to change that is not dependent on a time table.  FAST is a vibrant place which I loved as a teacher and I continue to value as its principal.”

FAST opened its doors in 2016 and now serves almost 600 students in grades K-8.  FAST is a public charter school and is located in Roswell, GA. The only eligibility requirement for students is that they live within the Fulton County Schools district.  

 

About FAST Charter School 

FAST is a Fulton County public charter school serving grades K-8.  FAST emphasizes innovation and STEM by offering science daily with the hands-on FOSS Science curriculum, Singapore Math for its math curriculum, and a unique Innovation Hour/Passion Hour program in all grades.  FAST is located in Roswell, GA and is open to all residents of the Fulton County Schools district.

FAST Charter School Collects Donations for Hurricane Relief

FAST Student Council member, Tripp Wilkinson (right), helps collect donated items for victims of Hurricane Dorian from fellow student Cynthia Kasiviswanathan.

ROSWELL, GA – Last week, students at Fulton Academy of Science and Technology (FAST) collected donations for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. FAST student council members helped collect items donated by parents in the morning carpool line. All donations will join a larger shipment of donated disaster relief items from around Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Over a three-day period, newly elected FAST Student Council members arrived at school early to collect donated items from parents dropping off their children in the morning carpool line. Donations included over 200 canned goods, fans, cleaning and school supplies, personal hygiene items, and other food products. Donated items were delivered to Caring for Others on Monday and will be part of a larger shipment of disaster relief that will head for the Bahamas on Friday, September 27th. In total, the students collected 50 boxes of items to be donated.

Stan Beiner, principal of FAST Charter School said, “Our student council took the lead which was a source of pride. Seeing them taking on this community service project gives us a glimpse of what our next generation is capable of doing. They get it.”

FAST is the highest-rated middle school in Fulton County Schools with a CCRPI score of 93.7.

About FAST Charter School FAST is a Fulton County public charter school serving grades K-8. FAST emphasizes innovation and STEM by offering science daily with the hands-on FOSS Science curriculum, Singapore Math for its math curriculum, and a unique Innovation Hour/Passion Hour program in all grades. FAST is located in Roswell, GA and is open to all residents of Fulton County.