Upper School Blog, Week of 9/24


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



Live Mannequin Exhibit

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Last week, our AP Studio Art 3D students participated in a Live Mannequin Exhibit, under the direction of Cynthia Collins.  The AP class has been creating fabulous 3D Art sculptures this year, including wearable art, which was displayed as live sculpture by other students chosen to model. The event was held during Upper School Royal Recharge in the Gym courtyard. It was an escape into the Art culture dimension, as students, parents, faculty, and staff took a few moments of their busy day to stroll through the live sculpture!

Christian College Fair

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The 2015 Christian College fair was a great success with over 120 TFA and non-TFA students and families visiting with representatives from amazing Christian colleges and universities from around the country. Brittany Matheson, TFA Class of 2008, represented Liberty University, sharing her positive experience attending a Christian university for her undergraduate studies.  Thank you to all the student and parent volunteers who made this college fair a successful one! This event is held annually in Faith Hall, so watch for next year’s date to be released.


Homecoming T-shirt 2015

Homecoming t-shirts may be purchased online at

Available in sizes Youth Small – Adult 3XL for $15

Order deadline is Friday, September 25!

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, & Yale Information Session in Orlando

Are you interested in applying to these top schools? Plan to attend this information session in October.

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
7499 Augusta National Dr
Orlando, FL 32822
United States

Admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Dr. Holter, a Yale graduate, will also be present. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Raw Footage

Check out this week’s Raw Footage.

Community Service Project

Do you know someone who is adopted? God states in His Word that we are to care for orphans, widows, and refugees, protect the defenseless, provide justice, and care for the poor. Bethany Christian Services serves children who would not otherwise have a family; birth parents who have no one to support them; and refugees who need help and hope.
Join us October 29th from 3:30-5:30 in the Ceramics Room (US 116) to make Gingerbread Houses to support this ministry! Students will receive 2 hours of community service.
For information, contact Mrs. Collins:

Alternative Lunch – Friday, October 2

The First Academy will be having an alternative lunch on Friday, October 2, 2015. The Upper School Royal House is offering an alternative lunch for students in Grades 5-12 as well as faculty and staff to purchase that day. The Upper School Royal House is offering a Chick-fil-a meal for $5.50 that includes:

1 Chick-fil-a sandwich



Extra Chick-fil-a sandwiches will be available for an additional $3.50.

To order, please visit Please submit your order by Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 3:00pm.

Once your order has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and an email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food will be distributed in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium lobby.

If you do not wish to order Chick-fil-a, please bring a packed lunch from home.


Attendance-Parent Notes

For the safety of our students, we cannot accept handwritten notes to excuse students or allow them to leave class early. For all attendance concerns, please email Ellen Stewart at Thanks for your help in keeping our students safe.

Middle School/Upper School Carline

Right Lane is for drop off and pick up-Left Lane is for Leaving

All cars MUST pull up to the designated area (on the Student Center side) of the drive thru lane (we will utilize the entire loop). This will enable us to stack many more cars and get them off of the tennis area and JYP/PSAC roadways.

We will only permit drop off and pick up from the right lane. The left lane is for leaving.

The only exception pulling all the way to the designated point would be bad weather days.

Order New Student ID Cards

US students are required to carry their ID card (prox card) at all times. Prox cards are used to enter the building and purchase lunch. Can’t find your card? Click here to order a new prox card.