Middle School Newsletter, Week of Jan. 14

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for January/February.
January 14: MS Chapel 9:30am Faith Hall
January 18: Student Holiday/Professional Development Faculty
January 21: MS Chapel 9:30 am Henry Chapel
January 28: MS Celebration of Theatrical Arts Seussical Jr. Preview
January 28-30: Seussical Jr. MS Production Opens
February 3-5: Seussical Jr. MS Production


Thinks & Thoughts – Dr. Luci Higgins
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13)

Colonel Jackson Jeb Seims considers all Americans to be his friends.

Not of all us can be heroes. Some of us were designed to stand on the curb and cheer for them.
Last Friday I received one of my greatest blessings: I was able to watch and cheer my little brother become a Colonel in the United States Army.

When my brother and I were growing up, our grandpa made us memorize the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Neither embraced this task with eager enthusiasm, yet as we moved throughout our lives, we both realize that storing this combination of words and punctuation in our minds was a tremendous gift from him. As with all wonderful gifts, I felt that I needed to share it with all of you.

Pictured : Dr. Luci Higgins and her brother Colonel Jackson Jeb Seims


IF by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


MS Geography Bee Winners

The First round of the 2016 National Geographic Bee was held today in the TFA Library between the qualifiers from grades 6-8. Each qualifier earned $20 for making it to the first round of the Bee.

Congratulations to our runner-up Austin Cherichella. He earned an additionally $50 for being the runner-up. Special congratulations go to our Geography Bee winner Alan Chen. He earned an additional $100 for being the winner!! Alan will now take a test to qualify for the Florida State Championship in March at Jacksonville University.


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:


MS Chapel
Join us for our weekly Middle School Chapel this week January 21st in Henry Chapel beginning at 9:30am. We will be welcoming our guest speaker- Chris Bacon from First Baptist Orlando Student Ministry.


Seussical Jr. MS Fine Arts Production
The First Academy presents its MS production of Seussical Jr. Seussical Jr. tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Performance dates are January 28th -30th, February 4th – 5th at 7:00 and a student matinee on February 3rd at 3:00. Don’t miss this talented cast bring Dr. Seuss’ classic characters to life!


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.