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Upper School Blog, Week of November 17th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

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

RECOGNITION

Volleyball Wins State Championship

The volleyball team won the state championship.

Congratulations to the girls volleyball team who won the FHSAA 4A State Championship! The Lady Royals defeated The Benjamin School in 3 games. Read more here: Orlando Sentinel – The First Academy seizes sixth state volleyball title

Humanities Scholar Bowl Round 2 Finalists

Congratulations to the following students who are advancing in the Humanities Scholar Bowl Competition. After phase 2 in January, four students will be selected to advance to the final round, a game show style competition that will take place on Thursday, March 30.

Finalists will compete for these scholarships and awards:

1st place: $3,000 scholarship & $600 cash prize

2nd place: $2,000 scholarship & $300 cash prize

3rd place: $1,000 scholarship & $100 cash prize

12th Grade

Samantha A.

Caitlin B.

Jessica M.

Christina O.

Evan S.

Sarah Beth S.

Olivia T.

11th Grade

Melanie P.

Gabe P.

10th Grade

Caleb G.

NEW THIS WEEK

The Royal Marching Band performed in the Veterans Day parade.

Royal Marching Band Performs in Orlando Veterans Day Parade

Congratulations to the Royal Marching Band, the Royal Guard and the Royal Sapphires who combined to present a strong performance at the downtown Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday.  The performance was well received along the parade route and also included a feature presentation at the reviewing stand of God Bless America.

Fine Arts students pictured with Stephen Schwartz. Fine Arts students in Jupiter, FL to attend a workshop.

Performing Arts Students Attend Workshop with Broadway Composer

Choir students took a field trip to Jupiter, FL this past weekend to attend a workshop with Stephen Schwartz, the world-renowned musical composer who wrote Broadway favorites like Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Pocahontas, and Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not only did they attend a concert that evening, but all students were able to join him for a special master class during the day. A once in a lifetime opportunity!

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: Trader

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 party for him and his sponsors during Royal Recharge.

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

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, December 9
Manhattanville College