Upper School Blog, Week of 11/12


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:


Amanda Johns selected to FMEA All-Stage High School Honor Band


Congratulations to Amanda Johns for being selected to the 2016 FMEA All-State High School Honor Band.

Royal Marching Band Earns Superior Rating


Congratulations to the Royal Marching Band on their Superior Rating at Florida Bandmasters Association Marching MPA!


Royal Sapphires Perform at House of Hope

The Varsity Royal Sapphires ended their season with an outreach to the House of Hope, a non-denominational, not-for-profit, Christ-centered residential program offering hope to hurting teens ages 13-17. Early in the season, Sapphire Angel Collins, Coaches Leslie Scott and Cynthia Collins, along with girls from Celebration Ministries, inc. (directed by Cynthia Collins) and Aloma Praise Dancers (directed by Leslie Scott) met with HOH residents  to share studies on prayer and worship, and form relationships through fellowship and testimonies. The season ended with the Sapphires joining Celebration and Aloma in an evening of worship with HOH residents modeled after the New Testament church. Girls from all 4 groups took turns offering dances and dramas in worship, along with a foot washing which included parents. Angel Collins, Natalie Douglas, and Brooke Hill witnessed through personal testimony, touching hearts and bringing many to tears. The evening ended with prayer, hugs, and tears, and signing of the ‘We are One’ T-shirt given to each resident to symbolize the relationships formed through the season. Praise Him with DANCING! Psalm 150…


Haiti Shoebox Drive

Each year The First Academy students, families and staff raise hope and help for Haiti. Show your support this year by filling a box!

Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack the shoeboxes. Click here to sign up.

Important change: In lieu of sending in checks or money with your shoeboxes, please use this formstack to pay for shipping costs for each shoebox ($7 per box). Donations are also welcomed. Click here to submit payment.

Upper School shoeboxes are due on December 4. Remember, National Honor Society members are required to submit 2 boxes as part of the service requirement to maintain membership each school year.

Upper School Ceramics Raku Firing


Pictured: a student participating in last year’s raku firing

TFA is on fire again! On November 13, students from the Ceramics program will experience the RAKU firing process on campus! Ceramics III, IV, and AP Ceramics students will perform this pottery firing process throughout the school day, while Ceramics I, II, and Middle School Ceramics classes will join during their class periods to watch.

Raku is a pottery technique originating in 16th century Japan. Rather than loading glazed pottery into our TFA electric kilns to cure the surface at 2000 degrees for 24 hours, the Raku process uses an actual 30 minute flash fire process! Similar to original pottery firing techniques in Biblical times using large underground wood-fed pit fires, Raku employs propane gas to bring the pottery to near 2000 degrees rather quickly. Tune in for an update soon!

Annual Guidance Meeting

The annual Henry Chapel Guidance Meetings for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are scheduled for Wednesday, November 18.  In this meeting, all attendees will hear important college information from four different institutions. The four representatives are from Grove City College, University of Central Florida, Auburn University & Palm Beach Atlantic University. In addition, Dr. Natalie Holter will give a presentation on SAT/ACT Test Preparation, and a member of the TFA Guidance team will cover various college and academic updates.

Specific meeting times for each grade level meeting are noted below.  All meetings will be held at Henry Chapel.

While students are required to attend, parents are also strongly encouraged to come!  We hope to see you there!

11th: 9:00 – 10:00

10th: 10:30 – 11:30

9th: 12:00 – 1:00

Cafe on the Rock Schedule

Upper School students are permitted to order lunch from Cafe on the Rock according to this schedule:

Seniors: Mondays and Tuesdays

Juniors: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Sophomores: 1st and 3rd Fridays

Freshmen: 2nd and 4th Fridays

Students are required to order online here before 10:00am: