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Middle School Blog, Week of November 3rd

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DATES

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for November.
Nov 4           No School- Student Holiday- Teacher Professional Development Day
Nov 8           Election Day- Please make sure to VOTE!
Nov 9           MS/US Veterans Day Assembly- 10am Faith Hall
Nov 9           Alternative Lunch- Ordering due Monday November 7th
Nov15-18     8th Grade PAL DC Trip
Nov22-26    Thanksgiving Break- No School

THINKS & THOUGHTS

 “I follow 3 rules: do the right thing, do the best you can, always show people you care.”
                                                                                                                 –Lou Holtz

RECOGNITION

The JV Royal Sapphires led their peers in worship during Middle School chapel last week.  The song performed was “Holy Spirit” by Francesca Battistelli.  Coach Leslie Scott teaches the team to honor God through dance.  Psalm 150

JV Sapphires

JV Sapphires

The pictures below  are of 8th grade students working on a reaction rate lab. They are determining how temperature affects the movement of particles and how fast they react with other substances. They are producing an imovie to relate their scientific findings.

8th science lab

8th science lab

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NEW THIS WEEK

RightNow Media

We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive, video library called RightNow Media.  It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.

Every Upper School student and their families should have received an official invitation email from RightNow Media which includes FREE access to their content.  Once you receive the email, simply click the link, sign up for an account, and you’re all set to explore more than 12,000 videos.

We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family.  Check out the link below for a sample of the content. Thank you for partnering with us!

View the Sample Now!

REMINDERS

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 thing.  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 in to 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 new 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.Middle School Attendance

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