Upper School Blog, Week of 2/25


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


Boys Basketball State Final Four Team

Congratulations to the boys basketball team who defeated Providence Academy in the Regional Final to advance to the State Final Four. The team traveled to the Lakeland on February 23 and suffered a tough loss against Westminster Academy in the State Semifinal. Although they didn’t advance to the State Championship game, we are still proud of them!

Cole DenBesten, Rahsaan Lewis, Greg Summers, Daniel West, Adam Edwards, Isaiah Richardson, Jonah Baker, Elijah Jordan, Anthony Delgado, Cal Guenther, Malik William, and Chaundee Brown Jr


Senior Girls Self Defense Class

We are hosting a one hour self-defense class on April 20th and May 11th.  There are two time slots available each day and only 15 spots for each class.  Sign up today by using the form stack below!  The cost is only $25. Last year was our first year to hold the class. Our lead instructor was TFA mom and OPD Officer Karen Long. Since that first class Officer Long passed away with cancer. Beginning this year we have decided to honor her by naming the class in her memory.

Corporal and Master Police Officer Kevlon Kirkpatrick from the Orlando Police Department assisted Officer Long last year and will once again  help introduce you to life-saving techniques useful in your everyday life. Learning self-defense is not something that should be optional, it could potentially save you! Come on out and learn how to defend yourself, things to look out for, and how to avoid negative situations.

Follow this link to register:

WrAP Testing

WrAP Testing for grades 3-11 will take place next Thursday and Friday, March 3-4. Testing will be held at the start of the each school day so please make sure that your student gets to school on time (7:50am). Upper School students will report to A period on Thursday and Friday; after attendance and morning announcements, students will report to testing rooms based on grade level and last name. Seniors will report to classrooms to work on senior thesis. All room assignments are posted outside Mr. Rose’s office downstairs.

Each student should bring sharpened #2 pencils and loose leaf paper and is permitted to bring a dictionary and/or thesaurus (iPads and iPhones are permitted to be used as a dictionary and/or thesaurus). Please note there will be no make-up days for students who are absent.


New Front Desk Receptionist/Attendance Clerk

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Erin Blackwell as our new front desk receptionist. Stop by and welcome her the next time you’re in Upper School. Please direct all attendance emails to her:

Mrs. Ellen Stewart will remain in Upper School to support our college advisors in the guidance office.

Yearbook Order Reminder

Time is running out to get your Legacy Yearbook. Get a piece of TFA 2016 memories while supplies last. The last date to purchase online is March 18th. Go to to buy one today! Remember this book is for ALL students, including Lower, Middle, and Upper School. The yearbook team thanks you for all your support.

National Honor Society Applications

Applications have been sent to qualifying 10th and 11th graders via email (the email was also sent to parents of qualifying students). The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, March 4. Please remember to turn in your application by March 4; applications submitted after the due date will not be considered for acceptance.

Students who are accepted into NHS will be inducted next fall.

9th Grade SCAN Meetings

TFA US College Advisors will start scheduling individual 9th grade students for SCAN (Student, College, Academic, & Naviance) meetings to review our graduation requirements, college-preparation plans, and students’ PSAT results. Parents who have missed the SCAN meetings in the Fall semester are strongly encouraged to join. Meetings will be scheduled during free/elective periods, so please look out for your College Advisor’s email in regards to the meeting!

Central Florida College Fair

Come and meet with College Representatives from over 130 colleges and universities! This college fair is only open to private high school students in Central Florida.

Hosted by the Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors

Saturday, February 27, 2016
at University of Central Florida
Student Union
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32816
11 am-1:30 pm