Upper School Blog, Week of 3/31


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


Band Students Compete at FBA State Level

While most students were enjoying spring break, several of our band students were competing at the Florida Bandmasters Association State Competition. These students had to earn high enough scores at the district competition to qualify for state. Their hard work paid off, and they did a great job representing The First Academy.

Jack Elkins, 9th grade – Excellent, Piano Solo
Amanda Johns, 12th grade – Excellent, Clarinet Solo
Jacob McKey, 9th grade – Superior, Trumpet Solo
Natalie Wong, 10th grade – Excellent, Clarinet Solo


Save the Date – End of Year Events

US & Senior Award Ceremony – Wednesday, April 20, 9:00am – Faith Hall

Senior Brick Laying Ceremony – Wednesday, April 27, 8:15am – US Parking Lot

Rising Senior Parent Meeting (at least one parent is required to attend) – Saturday, May 14, 9:00am – Student Center

Senior Step Up – Monday, May 16, 7:00am – Faith Hall Parking Lot

Graduation Ceremony – Friday, May 20, 6:45pm – First Baptist Orlando Worship Center

MS/US Chorus Concert – Cinemagic

Tickets are now on sale for “Cinemagic,” a fun show presented by the middle and upper school music department featuring all of your favorite songs from iconic movies!  Come experience these movie moments on stage, as they are brought to life by our student performers.  Enjoy the magic of movies such as “Rocky,” “James Bond,” “Titanic,” “Ghostbusters,” a variety of Disney classics, and many more.  This show includes performances by Middle School Ensemble, Upper School Chorus, Upper School Musical Theatre, and various soloists and small ensembles.  This is a fully staged production with many exciting effects and surprises; you do not want to miss this one night event!

“Cinemagic” will take place on Tuesday, April 19th in the Student Center at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased at for $10.  This show is open seating, and doors will open at 6:30pm.

For questions, please email Cheryl Bynum at


Class of 2017 (Junior Class) Parents – Coffee with College Advisors

With the Senior year for your students right around the corner, come grab some coffee and ask questions in preparation for college applications!  TFA Upper School College Advisors will be available on Thursday, March 31st and April 7th at 8 a.m in the library.  Please sign up for either of the dates:

We will be meeting with students in the English classrooms in April.

West Point Admissions Information Meeting

Students in grades 9-11 who are interested in West Point United States Military Academy are invited to attend an information meeting.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:00pm

US Army Reserve Center: 9500 Armed Forces Reserve Drive, Orlando, FL 32827

Please RSVP to with your name, email address, phone number and how many will be attending.

Visual Art Student Work on Display

The Visual Art Department will be representing The First Academy at The Windermere Festival Among the Lakes, April 1-3, in the OUC Building on Lake Down. Come support the “silent performers” of Mrs. Gegerson, Mrs. Collins, and Ms. Duresky!

Junior/Senior Prom 2016

You’re invited! The junior class welcomes all juniors and seniors to The First Academy’s 2016 Prom, The Forbidden Forest, Where Time Stands Still.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:30pm

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort: 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830

Purchase tickets here:

Girls Self Defense Class

*Now open to grades 9th-12th*

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: