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Upper School Blog, Week of March 30th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR MARCH

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

RECOGNITION

State Thespian Festival

Our students from Thespian Troupe 5165 represented us at the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa March 15-18. These students competed at the district level, and the top 6 scorers earning Superior ratings continued on to the State level. Congratulations to these students!

Mackenzie W. – Superior, Monologue

Hannah Rose C. – Superior, Solo Musical

Bekka H. – Excellent, Costume Design

Brady P. – Excellent, Publicity Design

Abby B. & Emelyn M. – Excellent, Duet Musical

Enzo B. – Excellent, Monologue

Band State Solo & Ensemble

While we were on Spring Break, many of our Fine Arts students were competing at various events. Our band students competed at State Solo & Ensemble last week. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and achievement!

Superior with Distinction

Jack E. & Elliot M. – Mallet duet

Guilherme S. – Snare drum solo

Elliot M. – Marimba solo

Superior

Jacob M. – Trumpet solo

Olivia T. – Flute solo

Jacob Z. – French horn solo

Excellent

Natalie W. – Clarinet solo

Mark L. – Piano solo

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

Jiuwell - Tibetan Smile Syliva's art piec

Congratulations to Jiuwel S. (11th), who received a second place Award of Distinction 2D for her colored pencil ‘Tibetan Smile’, and Sylvia L. (9th), who received a second place Award of Distinction 3D for her composite dish ‘Dead Leaf’ at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 2017!

AP Computer Science Students Compete at Programming Competition

AP Computer Science students compete at the UCF programming competition. Computer programming competition at UCF

Jessica M, Grace M, Caitlin B, UCF’s Knightro, Brennen F, Scotty M, and Rafael O.

Mr. Harrison’s AP Computer Science students competed in a high school programming tournament on March 16th at UCF. The students showed great improvement from last year, and the juniors look forward to returning next year to compete again. More info here.

NEW THIS WEEK

Upper School Students Spread Encouragement to Millennia Elementary Students

US students donate to Millennia Elem students.

TFA Upper School students and faculty donated items for the 3rd graders of Millennia Elementary School to encourage them as they take their first Florida Standards Assessments!  Millennia Elementary School is a Title I school that our students have partnered within the last year to provide food donations to help those in need.

Thank you to our Juniors, Jessica L, Annie M, and Maclay R. for taking charge of this great opportunity to serve those in our community!

Library Closure

The library will be closed for CTP-4 testing from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Monday, April 10th-Thursday, April 13th.  Thank you for your understanding.

West Point Admissions Information Meeting

West Point logo

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00pm

Country Club of Orlando – 1601 Country Club Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

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

Help answer questions such as:

Is West Point and the Army for me?

Why a Service Academy and the Army?

Who do I contact?

How do I apply?

Where do I start?

Light It Up Blue

The First Hope of The First Academy is committed to bringing awareness of individuals with Autism to our school community. Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story was recently shared with TFA families and reminds us of the important work done at The First Academy everyday.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Please support your fellow Royals by wearing BLUE on Thursday, April 6th. All TFA divisions, including The Extended Educational Programs, are invited to participate in this special awareness.

To view Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story please visit https://vimeo.com/207645865.

For additional resources please visit http://autismspeaks.org/.

REMINDERS

Prom – Fire & Ice

Juniors and Seniors are invited to Prom 2017, Fire & Ice!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress at 1 Grand Cypress Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836

Tickets can be purchased here: https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/upper/student-life/dances/

Please remember that if you plan to bring a guest who is not a current TFA student, they must currently be in high school or a TFA alum. You must fill out the Outside Guest form that you can download from the above link.

All dresses (including TFA students and outside guests) must be submitted for approval using this link: https://docs.google.com/a/thefirstacademy.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGovfVnPfvQqzuSj2J5-fpSvbNVDhExtBcVPofigQGEJWq7w/viewform?c=0&w=1