Upper School Blog, Week of 5/5


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


National Merit Qualifiers


Congratulations to our National Merit Qualifiers: Caitlin Barker, Jessica Meena, and Hamilton Murrah. Of the 1.5 million juniors who took the PSAT last fall, these students were selected among the top 50,000 Selection Index scores. In September, students will be notified if they are Commended or move on to the next round as Semifinalists. More info:


First Orlando – Class of 2016 Recognition

The Class of 2016 will be honored at First Orlando on Sunday, May 15 at 9:45am in Faith Hall Lakeside. All graduating seniors and their families are invited to breakfast (free for student, $5 for each additional guest). Seniors who wish to have their picture included in the handout must go to the Student Center to have their picture taken on Sunday, May 1 anytime between 9:30am-12:00pm. Click here for more details: FBCO Class of 2016 Recognition

For more information, contact Catherine de Armas:

Spring Art Exhibit

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Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Gegerson’s students prepared and participated in the TFA Fall Visual Art Exhibit in the library last week. They also hosted a Lemonade Reception where visitors joined them at the exhibit to view and discuss their work. At this reception, Mrs. Collins’ Ceramics I students enjoyed Lemonade from their own homemade Ceramic mugs! They learned how to make these mugs food safe by using special glazes and processes.

These Upper School Visual Art Students learned how to host and develop a community exhibit, fulfilling several key points from the State Standards of curriculum for Visual Art. They exercised critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve aesthetic spacial relationships to provide an attractive public display for visitors.

Library Announcement

All library books are due back to the library by Friday, May 20th.  Thank you for your consideration.

Summer AR Testing

Accelerated Reader will be turned off on Monday, May 23rd to allow time to set up the 2016-2017 school year.  Summer AR testing will become available beginning Monday, June 6th.  The library will not be open for testing over the summer, but students may take tests on iDevices via the AR app Monday through Friday from 9 AM-3 PM.  If students don’t have their own iDevices, there will be iPads available for AR testing in the Lower School lobby.  Students must be on campus logged on to either the TFA Guest or TFA wifi to take AR tests.   All tests taken during the summer will apply toward the first quarter goal of the 2016-2017 school year.  For further information, please click here: 2016 Summer AR Directions


AP Exam Reminders – May 2016

With your AP Exams starting next week, please be sure to plan accordingly!

Plastic Bottle Cap Collection

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Our Upper School AP Environmental Science students have been invited by Sea Life Aquarium (at Orlando 360 on I-Drive) to construct a small mural made of bottle caps that will be displayed by their education department. Sea Life Aquarium is actively involved in turtle rescue and beach clean-up efforts so this a great joint effort. Thousands of sea birds, turtles and other marine organisms die because they swallow bottle caps and other pieces of plastic that clog their digestive system and leach toxins into their bodies, so we are excited about having the student body join in this educational effort by contributing caps to our collection.

In order to create this mural (see attached picture), the AP Environmental Science students NEED HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS OF EVERY COLOR no more than 2″ across. Please make sure the lids are clean of all food particles.

These plastic lids can include those from all types of beverage containers (including the paper containers with plastic spouts), condiment lids (ketchup, squeeze mayo etc), flimsy caps from spray cans such as PAM or hairspray, lotion caps, pull up liquid detergent style caps, oval stick deodorant lids, and even spray nozzles (the small ones like spray paint). We especially need blues, greens, reds, yellows and oranges, but all the other colors will allow us more variety in our coral reef. If it is a cap that is around 2 inches, it has to be flimsy enough so we can cut it (laundry caps are too thick to do this).

All lids can dropped off in Mrs. Wasylik’s classroom, US room 231, by Friday, May 6.

Thanks for your help!

-Mrs. Wasylik and the AP Environmental Science students

Save the Date – End of Year Events

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