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Upper School Blog, Week of November 10th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR NOVEMBER

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

RECOGNITION

Students sign their letters of intent.

Students sign their letters of intent. Families and friends pray over the students.

National Signing Day

On Wednesday during Royal Recharge, eight of our student athletes signed their letters of intent to play sports at Division I schools. We are proud of these students and their accomplishments in athletics and in the classroom. Families and friends also had the opportunity to pray over the students.
Morgan Baxendale – Golf, Vanderbilt University
Chaundee Brown Jr. – Basketball, Wake Forest University
Cash Case – Baseball, Notre Dame University
Brynna Deluzio – Volleyball, University of Colorado
Elijah Jordan – Basketball, University of New Hampshire
Kelsey Zeng – Golf, Stanford University
Malik William – Basketball, Clemson University
Brooke Richards – Lacrosse, East Carolina University

NEW THIS WEEK

Bishop Wiggins spoke during Mr. Kowars' AP Lit classes.

Bishop Wiggins Speaks in Mr. Kowars’ Classes

Bishop Allen Wiggins, a member of the TFA school board and pastor at Hope Church, taught Mr. Kowars’ AP Language and Composition classes last Thursday. He spoke to the students about Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
The students were greatly impacted by his visit, and even took the time to write letters thanking Bishop Wiggins for his visit and sharing ways that his talk had touched their lives.

11th Grade Guidance Meeting

The junior class met with representatives from several colleges to discuss the admissions process.

TFA’s Class of 2018 had a chance to learn more about the college admissions process and important to-do’s for the school year.  Thank you to the College Guidance Department, Florida Southern College and the University of Alabama for sharing great information!  For more information on the college planning, click here to view the College Newsletter.

MS/US Choral Concert – Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth concert poster

Join us for a special Christmas music event that celebrates the birth of Christ and offers peace and hope for everyone.  Featuring Christmas songs from a variety of cultures, this concert will promote unity and harmony during this special season.  Come enjoy music from students in our Middle and Upper School music programs for a night you will not forget! Click here to purchase tickets.

US Chapel Recap – November 3

By Kyle H., Chaplain

Last week in chapel was a joyfully empowering one. The morning began with passionate worship praising Jesus for his unrelenting faithfulness. There is something so igniting to a Believer when joined in community with fellow high schoolers in the midst of a similar time in life. Throwing all worry and busyness aside, I was encouraged to slow down and thank Jesus for who He is and HIS plan for my day.

Transitioning to the message, we began a new series called Through Your Eyes, where a teacher will share their journey in life and how God changed them. David Oliver spoke this week on his journey through life and encouraged everyone to seek Jesus above all else. Coach Oliver expounded on how his great success in sports therapy with the Olympics and Orlando Magic was not enough to satisfy him. The moment he realized his need for Jesus everything changed and now he is teaching and coaching at TFA with a redefined purpose and even greater success through a heavenly lens. This chapel, I was thoroughly encouraged to push through my week and seek Jesus above all else!

REMINDERS

RightNow Media

We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive video library called RightNow Media.  It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.

The best part is that every TFA family can access this service for FREE!  If you haven’t already received your invitation to register please let us know you’d like to get your FREE access by sending an email to rightnowmedia@thefirstacademy.org.

We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family.  Check out the link below for a sample of the content.  Thank you for partnering with us!

Click here to watch: It Starts At Home

No Shave November

No Shave November logo

During November, students can purchase a No Shave November wristband for $15.00 and let their beads grow all month to help support local cancer research. In addition, sponsors may join in on the fun by sponsoring their favorite guy at $10.00 each. This is a great way for everyone to get involved and support male cancer research. Awards will be given for the Best Student Beard and Most Sponsored Beard. The two winning students will be allowed to keep their beards through the end of the semester!

Faculty can participate too. Students can sponsor their favorite teacher for $10.00 each. The faculty member with the most sponsors will be awarded a donut part for him and his sponsors during Royal Recharge.

Wristbands can be purchased from Mrs. Penny (US room 110).

US Shoebox Collection for New Missions

Shoebox collection for New Missions in Haiti

Upper School is aiming for 5 boxes per mentor group.

Upper School Attendance

All emails regarding attendance can be sent to our receptionist, Lyn Maxime, at usattendance@thefirstacademy.org. If your student is arriving late, will be dismissed early or absent from school, please email Lyn at usattendance@thefirstacademy.org.

Upcoming College Visits

University Representatives from all over the country will be traveling to TFA to visit our 11th and 12th-grade students starting this month! College visits will be posted on Naviance, and students must sign up in Family Connection in order to attend. Meetings will be held during Upper School lunch, and the representatives will give a presentation in a teacher’s classroom, then take the time to answer any questions from students. Juniors and Seniors, be sure to sign up! Please, note, students must bring their own lunch.
Upcoming Visits
Friday, November 11
Mississippi College
Friday, December 9
Manhattanville College