Middle School Newsletter, Week of Feb. 25

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for February/March.
February 24-26: Alternative Lunch
February 25: MS/US Chapel
March 1: PA Meetings
March 3-4: WrAP Testing
March 8: AR Deadline
March 9: 8th Grd Maturity Day
March 11: End of 3rd Quarter/Early Release 12:15pm


“Only those who risk going too far; can possibly find out how far one can go.”
-T.S. Eliot


These princesses don’t sweat – they sparkle!!!!!!
Congratulations to our own Dr. Luci Higgins for finishing the Glass Slipper Challenge with her daughters at Disney this past Saturday. Joining Dr. Higgins on Sunday for the Disney Princess ½ Marathon were Tonya Roskaft and Kate Keyes also of The First Academy. Way to go Doc!!!!!

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MS PA Meeting
Join other MS parents for our monthly PA Meeting on Tuesday March 1st. We will be meeting at 8:15am in Faith Hall 301. Hope to see you there!


AR Deadline
March 8th is our 3rd Quarter AR Deadline- finish strong and reach your goal!!!! Way to go scholars!!!!!


3rd Quarter Ends/Early Dismissal
Friday March 11th is the last day of our 3rd Quarter! Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm on that day!!!! Finish STRONG!!!!


The First Academy’s 8th Grade Maturity Conference
On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 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 Dr. Tamberly McCarus, First Baptist Orlando’s Student Ministry Staff, and The First Academy Staff.


MS Chapel
The MS students will join our Upper School chapel in the First Orlando Student Center this Thursday February 25th. We will be welcoming Lance Millsaps- former TFA student/faculty/chaplain. Chapel will begin at 9:28am. Our next MS Chapel will be March 17th in Faith Hall.


WrAP Testing
How Well Do We Write?
The Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
(Spring 2016)

On Thursday March 3th and Friday, March 4th TFA students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). Students ARE permitted to utilize dictionaries and 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 3-12 will be provided with 90 minutes for the standardized assessment.
Day 1: Thinking Map and Rough Draft
Day 2: Final Draft


8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 19th
9:30am-10:30am Faith Hall

Celebration includes:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble and Royal Steel
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition

Purchase Your Yearbook Today
Your 2015-2016 TFA Legacy Yearbook is almost complete! Hurry while supplies last and purchase your book today at As always, our book covers Lower, Middle, and Upper School students.


New Uniform Item Available
Want to stand out from the crowd? Dress blazers are now available for all 6th-12th grade students (male & female). Step up your wardrobe game and come to school dressed to impress! Blazers can be purchased in person at the Dennis Uniform Store (1101 N. Keller Road, Suite G-3 , Orlando, FL 32810) or online here: