Upper School Blog, Week of 2/4


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


Humanities Scholar Bowl Finalists Announced

The Social Science Department is pleased to announce the Third Annual Walter Meloon Humanities Scholar Bowl Finalists: Melanie Pearce (Sophomore), Evan Stone (Junior), Olivia Tracy (Junior), and Lexi Berger (Senior).

The Humanities Scholar Bowl will take place March 31st during an Upper School assembly.  It is a game show style competition.  The scholarships & awards include a $3,000 Scholarship to the first place student & $600 cash prize, a $2,000 Scholarship to the second place student & $300 cash prize, and a $1,000 Scholarship to the third place student & $100 cash prize.

Congratulations, Finalists!


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

Winter Sports Compete in District & Regional Play

Congrats to our athletic teams who have been on to the playoffs! Mark your calendar to attend these games and show your support for our athletes.

Varsity Boys Soccer

Varsity Girls Basketball

Varsity Boys Basketball


TFA Students Support Trinity Prep’s John Michael Night

John Michael Night, a senior at Trinity Prep, was a star athlete who had committed to Mercer University to play lacrosse. While he sat in class taking an exam before Christmas break, he began to experience pain and knew something wasn’t right. The pain resulted from a stroke that left him unable to move anything but his eyes. The condition, called locked-in syndrome, left him paralyzed, although he has full brain function and is completely aware of what is going on around him. Read more about his story here:

Our boys lacrosse team will travel to Trinity Prep for their first match of the season on Monday, February 8 at 6pm. Upper School students are planning to rally around Trinity Prep and honor John Michael in a special way by wearing shirts specially designed with his number. Students must sign up ahead of time through their mentor groups in order to get a shirt. All students and parents are encouraged to attend the game and show our support for John Michael and his teammates.

Varsity Boys Lacrosse

TFA vs. Trinity Prep

Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:00pm

At Trinity Prep: 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792

Reminder – Lunch Deliveries

We are unable to have students or parents order lunch and have it delivered to the Upper School front desk. To protect academic time, we cannot call students out of class to sign receipts, nor can we sign receipts on behalf of you. If your student forgets their lunch, feel free to drop off a lunch in the front office.

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.

Tardy Policy Reminder

From the Parent-Student Handbook: Grades 7-12 – The seventh and subsequent tardy to the first period of the day during a semester, will result in discipline consequences regardless of the reason (page 36).

With the beginning of the second semester, tardies are reset to zero and students do not face discipline until the 7th tardy. Please reserve these for emergencies and make every effort to be in class by 7:50am.