Upper School Blog, Week of 11/19


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


Ceramics Students Participate in Raku Firing

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The Upper School raku firing was a success! Students explored the ancient raku process with some modern day twists (like propane!). Each pot that came out of the kiln into the reduction was an exciting new creation awaiting reveal. Oohs and ahhhs were shared as different glaze effects developed. Along with the learning and creating, students enjoyed some other traditions connected with fire… such as grilling out burgers and s’mores!


Community Service Opportunity

Babysitters needed! On December 5, First Orlando His Kids Ministry is hosting a foster parents’ day out at the Student Center from 8:00am-12:30pm. Volunteers are needed to help babysit and entertain foster kids of all ages, ranging from infants to high schoolers. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit your information here:
All volunteers must register ahead of time; if you do not register ahead of time, you will not be able to volunteer.
Please note that a background check will be completed on all volunteers age 18 and older.


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.

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: