Middle School Newsletter, Week of 5/7

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 7th: MS Chapel 7th Grade Led
May 7th: Rising 7th Student Meeting
May 11th: Middle School Cheer Tryouts
May 13th: Sapphires Auditions
May 13th: 2nd Semester MS Art Show
May 14th: 8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 15th: AR Deadline
May 22nd: 2nd Semester Student Achievement Awards/Dance
May 22nd: End of 2nd Semester – Early Dismissal 12:15pm


“May your greatest achievements be in front of you and may you always
Finish Strong.”


8th Grade students had a blast on Friday getting some hands on experience with the laws of Physics. The students were able to ride and experience motion, speed, friction, acceleration, potential and kinetic energy as they enjoyed their afternoon on the most amazing water slides around!



The 7th Graders had an excellent Educational Extension at Sea World on Friday, May 1st. The highlights included: seeing how dolphins are trained, feeding stingrays, learning about penguins, eating their favorite foods, enjoying time with friends, hanging with their teachers, and riding some rides.
It was a blast!!!!

MS10 MS5 MS6 MS7


New This Week
Middle School Art Show
Please join us in attending the Semester Two Middle School Art Show
Grades: 6 Ceramics through 7th & 8th in the : Boyd-Moline Library/Media Center from Wednesday, May 13th, through Monday, May 18th.
The student work is outstanding with a wide range of 2/D Drawing, Painting, Prints and 3/D Ceramics.
Their effort would be encouraged by your viewing!



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!


May 7th MS Chapel/ Welcome Rising 7th Grade Students
Dr. Higgins will be welcoming and meeting with our Rising 7th Grade Students this Thursday after our MS 7th Grade Student Led Chapel that starts in Henry Chapel at 9:35am.


Middle School Spring Football
Middle school spring football began this week on Monday , May 4th. If your son is still considering playing fall football next school year then he should participate in our spring football practices. It’s not too late, come on out and join us!

During Spring Football the boys start learning our playbook both on the offensive and defensive side of the football. It is not a conditioning type practice.


Middle School Cheer Tryouts
Middle School Cheer tryouts will be held in the TFA gym beginning May 11th. Below is the schedule for the week.

5/11 – 3:30-5:30
5/12 – 3:30-5:00 – will let out early for people who need to go to banquet
5/13 – 3:00-5:00
5/14 – 3:30 tryouts will begin
5/15 – after school those who tried out will have information given to them regarding the season


Sapphires Auditions
Rising 6th through 12th Grade Girls!!!
The Royal Sapphires auditions are Wednesday, May 13th, from 3:00-4:30 in E2-225. The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at Fall events such as Football games, Pep Rallies, parades, and Chapels. The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to witness the gospel outside TFA in the community Wear dance attire and come prepared to move! Some Dance experience is recommended. For more info: Contact Mrs. Collins or Mrs. Scott


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


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.


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