Middle School Newsletter, Week of 5/14

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss as we finish the year strong.
May 15th: AR Deadline
May 22nd: 2nd Semester Student Achievement Awards/Dance
May 22nd: End of 2nd Semester
May 22nd: Early Dismissal 12:15pm


Wednesday begins the final eight days of our 2014-15 exciting educational journey of academic exploration. We have encouraged the scholars to not simply memorize facts, formulas and dates– we have provided them the opportunity to intellectually wrestle with the deeper questions of why and how the facts, formulas and procedures work.
We will continue to gently guide this synergetic community of active learners as we work diligently to clear the path to a strong finish.
“So encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
(1Thess. 5:11)
Thinks and Thoughts,
Dr. Luci Higgins


The National Day of Prayer featured Lydia, Cooper, and Claire leading the Middle Schoolers in a time of worship and prayer before school.


AR Deadline
This Friday May 15th is the final day of AR for the 2014-15 school year. Please make sure to have all quizzes completed by 3:30pm in the library.


2nd Semester Student Achievement Awards
Join us May 22nd as we celebrate our 2nd Semester Student Achievement Awards beginning at 9:45am in the First Orlando Student Center. Our celebration continues at 11am as our students finish the year strong njoying our Middle School Summer Dance. Students will be dismissed from the Student Center at 12:15pm.


Summer AR testing information:
AR will be turned off beginning Monday, May 18th. It will be turned back on for summer testing on Monday, June 1st. Beginning June 1st, students may come on campus to take AR tests on Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM on their iDevices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) through the Accelerated Reader app. Students must be on campus and logged on to the TFA Guest wifi during the designated times in order for the AR app to work. The library will not be open for testing, but there will be iPads available in the lower school lobby for students to use if they don’t have their own device. All AR testing done during the summer will count toward the 1st quarter AR goal for the 2015-2016 school year.


Library Announcements:
All library books are due by Friday, May 15th.
The library will be closed for inventory, including before and after school, the week of May 18th-May 22nd. Thank you for your understanding!


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