Middle School Newsletter, Week of 3/19

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss.
March 19th: MS Chapel – Guest Speaker Jimmy Knott
March 25th: 8th Grade Maturity Conference
March 25th: 7th Grade Step-up to Leadership Luncheon
March 28th: Spring Break Begins
April 5th: Easter Sunday
April 6th: Last Day of Spring Break
April 7th: School Resumes


Happy 1 Year Birthday to the TFA’s Marvelous Middle School Building!

It is hard to believe that last year on March 18th we officially opened the door to this incredible innovative learning space!

We spent the day celebrating with thankfulness, active learning and free Royal Recharge snacks

Happy Birthday Middle School!



7th Grade Science





Finally the long awaited, highly anticipated frog dissection day arrived. Even our “faint of heart”, who had long planned to be absent for the dissection, arrived eager to get going. They squealed, they shrieked, they laughed and some named their frogs, (George was popular) There were many students who dissected with the precision of surgeons others tentatively explored the frogs anatomy.
At the end of the day the frog dissection was a great, fun, learning experience for all our students. It will not soon be forgotten.
“What did the frog wear to the Prom……………… a jumper of course” Thank you for that joke Isabel”.
Bette Gordon


Spring Break 2015
All of TFA will enjoy spring break during March 28th-April 6th. The Middles School offices will be closed during Spring Break.


Library March Madness
Good Morning, lower school and middle school! We have completed three rounds with only two to go! The students love coming in to check their results on our board! Thank you for your encouragement.

Congratulations to the following classes who won their brackets for round three and earned a spirit wear day for this Thursday, March 19th!

Mrs. Fox’s SMU Mustangs
Mrs. Williams’ UNI Panthers
Mrs. Dowling’s Arkansas Razorbacks
Mrs. Lamp’s Dayton Flyers
Mrs. Agan’s Ohio State Buckeyes
Mrs. Smith’s Murray State Racers
Mrs. Bell’s Butler Bulldogs
Mrs. Camblin’s Kentucky Wildcats
Mrs. Dvorak’s Oklahoma Sooners
Mr. Morrow’s Louisville Cardinals
Mr. R’s Kansas Jayhawks
Mrs. Parmer’s Wichita State Shockers
Mrs. Render’s Utah Utes
Mrs. Rymer’s Villanova Wildcats
Mrs. Englund’s Fighting Irish

Round Four began this morning! To see the final numbers from round three and to see this week’s matchups, visit the March Madness Reading Tournament section on the TFA library’s webpage.

The following classes have a bye week:
Lawson, Hurlebaus, Requejo

Happy Reading!


Middle School Chapel
Join us on March 19th as we welcome back Pastor Jimmy Knott as he completes Part II of his Leadership Series. MS Chapel begins at 9:35 am at First Orlando’s Henry Chapel.


7th Grade Step-up to Leadership Luncheon
On Wednesday, March 25th the Middle School will host its inaugural 7th Grade Step-Up to Leadership Luncheon. Guest speaker John Evans will present a motivational message to the 7th grade scholars during this special “Lunch and Listen”.
All students will be provided Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Please note: in the case of food allergies or food sensitivities, please send in a lunch for your student.


8th Grade Maturity Conference
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, our marvelous 8th grade scholars have the tremendous opportunity to participate in the annual 8th Grade Maturity Conference. This student-centered conference is specifically designed for the eighth grade students’ developmental stage and will challenge and inspire them to live a life that honors our Lord. Students will be provided with information and encouragement on making positive life choices that correlate with a Christian worldview by First Baptist Orlando’s Student Ministry Staff and Dr. Tamberly McCarus.
Chick-fil-A will be served for lunch. Please note: in the case of food allergies or food sensitivities, please send in a lunch for your student.


8th Grade Celebration Chapel
The First Academy Magnificent National Blue Ribbon
Middle School Celebrates 8th Grade!

When: Thursday, May 14th
9:35 – 10:20 am
Faith Hall Stage Side

Celebrations include:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble, TFA Glee Club and Royal Steel
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition


Camp Orlando – June 5th-9th Southeastern University
Camp Orlando is the First Orlando Student Ministry’s annual summer camp. This year, Middle School and Upper School will be together for Camp Orlando, though most activities will take place separately. Camp Orlando 2015 will feature Stuart Hall (camp speaker), Unhindered (camp worship band) and A.C. Sanford (camp emcee). The theme for Camp Orlando 2015 is UNITED: though each of us is uniquely different, we are UNITED in grace and mission. This will be a week that students will not want to miss!
For more information or to register online, visit


Health Clinic Reminders
*some reminders from the Parent-Student Handbook
·Please keep your children home if they are sick. They may return once they have been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, or fever (p. 66)
·Students are NOT to transport medications to or from school. Parents must deliver the medications to the Clinic Aide and fill out the appropriate form(s) (p. 67)
·The clinics do not administer medication unless it has been provided by the parents (p. 67)
·Services provided by the clinics include first aid, managing medical emergencies, and monitoring ill students until a parent arrives to pick them up. If your child needs a medical evaluation, please take them to their pediatrician (p. 66)