Middle School Newsletter, Week of 3/5

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss.
March 5th & 6th: MS WrAP Testing
March 5th: No Chapel
March 11th: Rising 8th Grade DC Fall 2015 Interest Mtg
March 11th: AR Deadline (3rd Quarter)
March 13th: End of 3rd Quarter- Early Dismissal 12:15pm
March 16th: 4th Quarter Begins
March 25th: 8th Grade Maturity Conference
March 28th: Spring Break Begins


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.” -I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

“Think left and think right
And think low and think high.
Oh, the THINKS you can think up
If only you try!” –Oh the Thinks You Can Think!”

“So you see!
There’s no end
To the things you might know,
Depending how far beyond Zebra you go!” –On Beyond Zebra

I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. It focuses on dealing with problems and the importance of confronting them.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” –James 1:2

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss - THING 1 & THING 2 - Dr. Higgins








































Last Saturday, The First Academy sent four Steel Drum bands to Gainesville, to perform in the Steel Drum Festival sponsored by the Florida Music Educators’ Association. Two of these bands were representing the Middle School. Both groups played extremely well and both groups received SUPERIOR ratings! Congratulations Royal Steel!!

James McKey
Steel Band Director


Eighth grade Bible students were incredibly blessed on Wednesday to have Pastor Jimmy Knott teach them about their “Unique Design”. Prior to his coming, students have been busy completing surveys and assessments on their personalities, love languages and spiritual gifts. Pastor Knott utilized his spiritual gift of “teaching” to help our students realize how God has uniquely equipped each of us serve each other and honor God. What an excellent way to prepare our students to become powerful and effective Christian leaders!


8th Grade Maturity Conference
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, our marvelous 8th grade scholars have the tremendous opportunity to participate in our annual 8th Grade Maturity Conference that will challenge and inspire them to live a life of purity. 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.


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


How Well Do We Write?
The Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
(Spring 2015)

On Thursday March 5th and Friday, March 6th TFA students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). Students ARE permitted to utilize dictionaries & thesauruses during the 2-day writing assessment.

Materials needed for the WrAP:
a) 2 sharpened #2 pencils & 2 ink pens (blue/black)
b) Thesaurus (can be electronic)
c) Dictionary (can be electronic)
d) 4-5 pages of loose leaf notebook paper
*electronic spellers (ie: Franklin) are not permitted

Students in Grades 7-8 will be provided with 50 minutes for the standardized assessment
– Day 1: Thinking Map & Rough Draft
– Day 2: Final Draft


March 11th- Calling all Rising 8th Grade Families
Come and hear exciting information about next year’s Patriotism and American Leadership (PAL) trip to Washington DC! We are already planning a wonderful and transformative experience for your student. Important information about registering for the trip will be distributed during this meeting. We will meet in the TFA Black Box on Wednesday March 11th from 3-3:30pm.


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


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)