Middle School Newsletter, Week of 11/5

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for November/December.

November 6: No School- Professional Development/FCIS Convention for TFA Faculty
November 8: TFA Open House
November 10-13: 8th Grade PAL- DC Trip
November 12: No Chapel
November 19: MS Chapel
Nov 23-27: Thanksgiving Break MS Office Closed
December 1: PA Meeting
December 2: Launch 2020- Rising 9th Students
December 3: Launch 2020- Rising 9th Parents
December 4: Middle School Haiti Boxes Due
December 7 & 8: Haiti Box Packing/Sorting


Thinks & Thoughts – Dr. Luci Higgins
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can so show to man or beast, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”- E’tienne de Grellet du Mabillier


The 7th Grade Students worked their critical thinking skills as they created replicas of the Coliseum in Rome using sugar cubes. They could not use glue or anything else to hold it together-only their engineering and design skills


MS Chapel
Join us for our Middle School weekly chapel beginning at 9:30am in Henry Chapel. Our guest speaker will be Pastor JD Cope of First Orlando. We will also be treated to the wonderful worship of the TFA Sapphires. We hope to see you there.


Thanksgiving Break
Enjoy a wonderful week with family and friends as TFA will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving 11/23-11/127. Happy Thanksgiving!


Parent Association Meeting
The December PA Meeting will be held in Faith Hall 301 beginning at 8:15am on 12/1. Please join us to learn more about upcoming events at The First Academy.


Launch 2020- Rising 9th Grade Student Event
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, all 8th grade students will attend the Rising 9th Grade Student Event-Launch 2020 (your child’s graduating year) during middle school lunch. We’re excited to share information about your child’s transition from Middle to Upper School. Your 8th graders will get to participate in an interactive game and hear valuable information from our Upper School administrators and guidance team.

Chick-fil-a sandwiches will be provided for lunch; we encourage students with allergies to bring their own lunches.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Gooseman: or 407.206.8659.


Launch 2020- Rising 9th Grade Parent Event
We look forward to partnering with you as your son/daughter begins his/her transition to the Upper School at The First Academy!

Please save the date below and join us for an informative event called Launch 2020 (your student’s graduation year!). Launch 2020 will help you learn more about our Upper School and all that it has to offer as your son/daughter prepares for college. Each year since TFA’s first graduating class in 1994, 100% of our students have been accepted to multiple colleges of their choice. The Class of 2015 was awarded $17.2M in scholarship offers as well!

When: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: Speakers begin at 1:30pm. Event concludes at 2:30pm.
Where: Begins in the Upper School

Agenda: Insightful information will be shared by the US Principal, Directors of Christian Leadership, Guidance and College Placement, US Students and a Parent. Then, student-led tours will take you to through the Upper School to learn about 9th grade classes with a curriculum overview by the respective teachers.


Haiti Boxes Deadline
the MS deadline for the Haiti Shoebox drive is December 4th. Our wonderful PA MS Parents will be packing and sorting boxes on Monday/Tuesday 12/7 & 12/8.


No School/Teacher Professional Development
Students will enjoy a long weekend on 11/6th-11/8th. Our faculty will be attending the FCIS Convention for Professionals Development.


TFA Open House
Invite neighbors and friends to our first TFA Open House of the 2015-2016 school year – November 8th from 2pm-4pm.


8th Grade PAL DC Trip
November 10th-13th many of our 8th graders will be travelling with faculty and staff to Washington DC for our Patriotism and Leadership trip.


November 12th we will NOT be having our weekly Chapel due to the DC Trip.


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.