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Middle School Blog, Week of March 30th

APRIL  DATES

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for March/April.
Mar 30             MS Chapel 9:30am-10:15am Faith Hall Guest Speaker- Dr. Lerner
April 4              Parent Association Meeting 8:15am Faith Hall 301
April 6              MS Chapel 9:30am-10:15am Faith Hall 8th Grade Student Led
April 6              MS/US Open House, 8:30am
April 6              Light It Up Blue! Autism Awareness-Everyone Wear Blue
April 10-13       Standardized Assessments
April 11             Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting Black Box 3:30-4:00pm
April 13            Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting Black Box 3:30-4:00pm
April 14 &17     No School Easter Break
April 18            Classes Resume/ Alternative Lunch
April 18:           Parent University-Digital Citizenship-Field House, 8:15am

RECOGNITION

 

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival logo

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Park Student Art Show!
We proudly took home five awards, including the “Best in Show” which is phenomenal considering we were in competition with over 20 other public and private schools.
The winners are:

Sophia Borrero, Award of Excellence, “Bastet” Repousse

Faith McCray, Award of Excellence, “Two face” Painting

Blake Harrington, Honorable Mention,  “Anubis” Repousse

Vanessa Murray, Honorable Mention, Boxer” Ceramics Plaque

Lauren Spalding, BEST of SHOW, “Praying Mantis” Relief Print

 

Lauren Spalding

 

NEW THIS WEEK

Light It Up Blue

The First Hope of The First Academy is committed to bringing awareness of individuals with Autism to our school community. Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story was recently shared with TFA families and reminds us of the important work done at The First Academy every day.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Please support your fellow Royals by wearing BLUE on Thursday, April 6th. All TFA divisions, including The Extended Educational Programs, are invited to participate in this special awareness.

To view Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story please visit https://vimeo.com/207645865.

For additional resources please visit http://autismspeaks.org/.

REMINDERS

Save The Date

8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 18th
9:30am-10:30am Faith Hall

Celebration includes:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Disney Dreamer and Doer
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition

Please make sure to mark your calendars for this very important date.

Box Tops for Education

We are actively collecting Box Tops at the Middle School front desk.    This program will help our school earn money, but more importantly help teach our students how joining forces with each other can accomplish great things.  This project allows our children to choose service before self and participation as a way of life.  No need to trim anything neatly, just tear them off and turn them into the collection bucket located at the middle school front desk.

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, the attendance clerk for both the Upper and Middle School divisions. All Middle School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime when they arrive at school.  You may contact Ms. Maxime concerning your student being tardy or absent at (407)206-8630 or email her at msattendance@thefirstacademy.org.

E.C.H.O.…..E.C.H.O.!

E.C.H.O. stands for Every Child Has an Opportunity! It’s your student’s opportunity to grow and provides a home base for communicating here in the Magnificent Middle School! E.C.H.O. is your key (Did you hear that E.C.H.O.?) to communicating with your Magnificent Middle School Scholar. Let me E.C.H.O. that! It is your key (E.C.H.O) to communicating with your Middle School Scholar!

Here are the ABC’s of how E.C.H.O. can serve you and your student:

  1. Ask your student WHO their E.C.H.O. teacher is. That is vital information; let me encourage you to let that name E.C.H.O. in your mind. It will serve you well all year!
  2. Make-up work or testing can easily be arranged and completed during your student’s E.C.H.O. class.
  3. Inclement weather dismissal is always done through E.C.H.O. class.

7th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

8th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

Severe Weather Inside Dismissal

-Students are dismissed from 7th period to ECHO classrooms
-Students without signed parent permission slips are dismissed when a parent visits the lobby to pick them up. MS Office will contact ECHO classroom teacher.
Students with signed parent permission slips are dismissed
Student shows text from parent stating location of parent on TFA campus
Parent emails ECHO teacher stating their arrival and location on TFA campus

Start and Dismissal Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:50am-3:15pm
Wednesday: 7:50am-2:40pm

Gluten Free Options Available in the Cafeteria

Students with gluten sensitivities have a few options in our cafeteria. Please ask for Chef Jaime, Greg, or Emily for assistance. Options include gluten free pasta available daily as well as grab and go salads, grilled chicken and hamburger patties. There are also a few items on the menu that can be tailored to be gluten free.

Dress Code

  • Only Dennis or Sunshine uniform tops and bottoms are acceptable.
  • Female skirts, skorts, and shorts must rest below mid-thigh while seated.
  • Male shorts must be an appropriate length
  • Skirts, skorts, and shorts may not be hemmed to an inappropriate length.
  • Students must wear flat, closed-toed, closed heeled shoes (heels, platform shoes, boots, sandals, etc., are not permitted).

Our goal with the uniform policy is for students to maintain a professional look while at school. We appreciate your understanding and partnership.

 New Uniform Item Available

Want to stand out from the crowd? Dress blazers are now available for all 6th-12th-grade students (male & female). Step up your wardrobe game and come to school dressed to impress! Blazers can be purchased in person at the Dennis Uniform Store (1101 N. Keller Road, Suite G-3 , Orlando, FL 32810) or online here: http://www.dennisuniform.com/ONLStore/d-store-home.asp?pageitem=12&pagenumber=1&gn=2&sc=ETF&dis=20851816