Middle School Newsletter, Week of 10/1

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for October.
October 6: AR 1st Quarter Deadline
October 6: Parent Association Meeting
October 8: MS Chapel- Chris Bacon
October 8: Duke TiP Reception
October 9: End of 1st Quarter – Early Dismissal 12:15
October 12: Student Holiday
Oct 13-16: Homecoming Week
October 14: Standardized Assessments
October 15: MS Chapel- Abby Johnson


A Note from Dr. Luci Higgins
“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.” -Helen Hayes


Last week during chapel the students were treated to a performance by our own Middle School Ensemble. Special thank you to their director Mrs. Cheryl Bynum- great job ladies!!!!!!!


Our speaker for chapel was former 7th grade bible teacher Pastor Jeff Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald is now serving as the college pastor at High Point Church. The students were so excited to have Mr. Fitz back and were blessed to hear as he shared about Godly character.



The MS SGA set the creation of the MS Banner in motion! Both 7th and 8th graders competed to design this year’s banner by turning in sketches that were due Friday, September 25th. The SGA officers voted and awarded the winning design to 7th grader Tiffany Rojas. Banner designing and painting will begin immediately! Students may sign up, (five per day) to work after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm on the following days:
Thursday, October 1
Friday, October 2
Monday, October 5
Tuesday, October 6
Thursday, October 8

Middle School Dress Up Days

Tuesday, October 13th- Team Jersey: Favorite College Team- t-shirts, jerseys. Wear with jeans or uniform bottoms.

Wednesday, October 14th- regular uniform day.

Thursday, October 15th- Wacky Wig and Hat Day: Wear a hat or wig and a TFA t-shirt with jeans or uniform bottom.

Friday, October 16th- Homecoming Day. Students may wear jeans and a 2015 Homecoming t-shirt, a TFA T-shirt or a uniform shirt.


Standardized Assessments
Wednesday October 14th is standardized assessments for our Middle School scholars. Our 7th graders will take the ERB test while our 8th graders will take the PSAT. Here are a couple helpful reminders for testing:
Get a good night’s rest
Eat a healthy breakfast
Be on time to school
Drink lots of water
Bring 2 sharpened #2 pencils
Bring your calculator ( iPad and iPhone calculators will not be permitted)
Important note- Testing will be during Homecoming week – students are to dress in TFA Uniforms for Standardized Assessments.


MS Chapel
Join us for our wonderful weekly Middle School Chapel. Abby Johnson the Girl’s Minister of First Orlando will be sharing with our students about “Kindness”. Chapel begins at 9:30am in Henry Chapel.


Middle School Football
GO ROYALS!!!!! Come out and support your MS Royals Football team as they face Central Florida Christian Academy home this week on Thursday 10/1 at 6:00pm. Come out and support your ROYALS as they defend their conference title!!!!!

2015 TFA MS Football schedule
Week 1 TFA vs TP Aug. 27 away 4:30- “W”
Week 2 TFA vs FA Sept. 3 home 6:00-”W”
Week 3 TFA vs CFCA Sept. 10 away 4:30-”W”
Week 4 TFA vs FA Sept. 17 away 4:30-”W”
Week 5 TFA vs TP Sept. 24 home 6:00-”W”
Week 6 TFA vs CFCA Oct 1 home 6:00


MS Chapel
First Orlando Student Middle School Pastor Brandon Farris will be leading our weekly chapel. He will be speaking to our magnificent scholars on LOVE. Join us in Henry Chapel on 10/1 starting at 9:30am.


MS Chapel
Join us for our weekly Middle School Chapel in Henry Chapel starting at 9:30am on 10/8. Our guest speaker will be First Orlando’s Student Pastor Chris Bacon. Pastor Chris will be challenging our students on “Effective Quiet Times”.


Duke TiP Reception
7th Grade students who qualified for the Duke TiP program will be recognized in a celebration on Thursday, October 8th beginning at 1:45pm in the First Orlando Student Center. Parents are welcome.


Middle School/Upper School Carline
Right Lane is for drop off and pick up–Left Lane is for Leaving

All cars are expected to pull up to the designated area (on the Student Center side ) of the drive thru lane (we will utilize the entire loop). This will enable us to stack many more cars and get them off of the tennis area and JYP/PSAC roadways.
To facilitate student safety, we will only permit drop off and pick up from the right lane. The left lane is for leaving.

*The only exception for not pulling through all the way to the designated point would be on bad weather days.


AR Deadline
First quarter AR deadline is Tuesday October 6th.


PA Meeting
Join other TFA parents for our monthly Parent Association Meeting on 10/6 at 8:15am in the Student Center. We will meet as a school wide group then break out into our divisions. Hope to see you there!


End of 1st Quarter
Friday October 9th is the last day of the first quarter! Early Dismissal will be at 12:15pm.


Student Holiday
Enjoy a student holiday on Monday October 12th – 2nd Quarter will begin October 13th.