Upper School Blog, Week of 10/1


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:



New Faculty Introduction: Mr. Hudson


By Hannah Harden 9th & Maddy Richards 9th

As the school year kicks off, one of the most exciting moments is getting to know the new teachers at The First Academy. One teacher in particular that caught our attention for his outstanding teaching is Mr. Hudson. Hudson grew up in Minnesota, in a town about 30 miles North of Minneapolis. He has an impressive history of jobs featuring working at Wells Fargo for the past 5 years. Teaching history is right up his alley as he states, “I’ve always enjoyed history. U.S. History was always my favorite class. I also have a degree in Bible, which is why the religions course fits in so well, and having worked for Wells Fargo for the last five years, the finance course is also a good fit for me.” The majority of students have fallen in love with Mr. Hudson’s teaching because as he says, “I’ve always enjoyed working with students. I’ve been a youth group leader for about ten years, and was on staff at two different churches as a youth pastor and youth worship director, and I’ve been leading worship since college.” Believe it or not, Mr. Hudson still has time in his busy schedule to pursue hobbies, including working out and exploring his musical talents. He says, “I play the guitar and piano. I’m a wannabe rockstar.” A person’s favorite sports team tells a lot about them, and Mr. Hudson is an avid fan of the New York Yankees. “I’d watch every single game if I could. I also still love my Minnesota Vikings and I have to mention the North Carolina Tarheels basketball team too. ” As you can see, Mr. Hudson is not only a teacher, but a very cool person. If you see him in the hallway make sure to say hi.

National Honor Society Induction


Pictured – NHS Officers: Treasurer Shelby Morrow, Secretary Jessica Pearce, President Rachel Abbott and Vice President Julia New; Sam Abbad and Joey Hartman receive their certificates

Congratulations to our 11th & 12th grade students who were inducted into the National Honor Society last Thursday. Current 10th grade students have not missed this opportunity; 10th and 11th graders who meet the requirements will receive an email from Ms. Damron in the spring. After they apply and are granted admittance, they will be inducted next fall as 11th and 12th graders.

11th Grade

Robert Alvarez
Samantha Ayers
Caitlin Barker
Noelle Barrera
Morgan Baxendale
Morgan Bisienere
Robert Carpenter
Tanner Carr
Hannah Rose Cash
Edward Cofrancesco
Lauren Connell
Nicole Cyr
Jasmine Dakhil
Jackson Davis
Donald Dvorak
Grace Ebbesmeyer
Leah Eckhoff
Grace Galloway
Natalie Geigel
Michael Gonzalez
Chelsea Han
Brooke Harden
Bailey Higgins
Kyle Holden
Maxwell Ivey
Jasmine Kang
Jaclynn Kelly
Cassi Kuck
Carlin Magee
John McCarus
Grace McGowan
Ana Medina
Jessica Meena
A. Michael
Emelyn Moffitt
Hamilton Murrah
Maxwell Norton
Natasha Ortiz
Brady Parham
Annalise Rabito
Sage Ramsammy
Tylor Rapport
Thomas Rhodes
Brooke Richards
Fiorella Rodriguez
Emily Schaag
Cade Siebecker
Allison Smith
Jacob Spragg
Sarah Spraggins
Gregory Summers
Devyn Taht
Lars Toenges
Brendan Torres
Chloe Tower
Olivia Tracy
Bethany Tyre
Ryan Weems
Terry Xiao
Kelsey Zeng
Jacob Zigan
Delaney Zizmer

12th Grade

Salam Abbad
Joseph Hartman
Jason Helgeson
Kalie Kern
Brian Lyu
Rachel Moore
Samuel Phipps
Daniel West
Lindsey Williams
Jared Wilson


Upper School Homecoming Dress Up Days

Start planning your costumes now!

October 7: A Night at the Academy/Movie Day

October 8: Throwback Thursday

October 13: Dynamic Duo Day

October 14: Regular school uniforms

October 15: Inanimate Object Day

October 16: Spirit Wear/Homecoming t-shirt

Raw Footage

Check out this week’s Raw Footage.

Middle School/Upper School Carline Update

MS/US Traffic Map

Middle/Upper School: To provide a more efficient arrival and dismissal time for Middle & Upper School students, please pull up to the second yellow line to begin drop off and pick up between the hours of 7:30am – 7:50am and 2:50pm – 3:25pm (2:10pm – 2:45pm on Wednesdays). Students must be dropped off and picked up between the two yellow lines. See attached MS/US traffic map. Remember, students are not permitted in the building until 7:30am.

Save the Date – Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 in the gym lobby. Students who have not had their picture taken or wish to have their picture retaken should report to the gym lobby at the designated Upper School time.


Community Service Project

Do you know someone who is adopted? God states in His Word that we are to care for orphans, widows, and refugees, protect the defenseless, provide justice, and care for the poor. Bethany Christian Services serves children who would not otherwise have a family; birth parents who have no one to support them; and refugees who need help and hope.
Join us October 29th from 3:30-5:30 in the Ceramics Room (US 116) to make Gingerbread Houses to support this ministry! Students will receive 2 hours of community service.

For information, contact Mrs. Collins:

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, & Yale Information Session in Orlando

Are you interested in applying to these top schools? Plan to attend this information session in October.

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
7499 Augusta National Dr
Orlando, FL 32822
United States

Admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Dr. Holter, a Yale graduate, will also be present. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Attendance-Parent Notes

For the safety of our students, we cannot accept handwritten notes to excuse students or allow them to leave class early. For all attendance concerns, please email Ellen Stewart at Thanks for your help in keeping our students safe.