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Upper School Blog, Week of Oct. 13th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER

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

NEW THIS WEEK

US Fall Musical – Cinderella

Come experience TFA‘s enchanted version of Cinderella, presented by our Upper School performers.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 7th for $15 each and can be purchased HERE. Premium tickets are available for $30 for the Saturday show, which includes your ticket for show admission and a tea Party with Cinderella, the Prince, and friends! The pre-show tea party (5pm) is sure to excite and will feature tea and pastries, cast meet and greet, photograph with Cinderella, and a special souvenir. The show runs October 27th-29th at 7pm nightly, with the pre-show tea party at 5pm on Saturday.

Please direct any ticketing questions to cherylbynum@thefirstacademy.org.

REMINDERS

PSAT Testing – Wednesday, October 19

All of our 8th and 9th graders will be taking the PSAT8/9. For more information regarding this test, please visit the following link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test

All of our 10th and 11th graders will be taking the standard PSAT/NMSQT. For more information regarding this test, please visit the following link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test

Here are some important reminders and tips to get ready for test day on Wednesday, October 19th:

  • Graphing and Scientific calculators are recommended for the test. A list of prohibited electronics for test day can be found at this link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/taking-the-tests/test-day-checklist/approved-calculators

  • Bring two sharpened #2 pencils for the test, an approved calculator, and your best effort!

  • Students will be given all important information such as ID numbers on test day.

  • Here is a list of what NOT to bring on test day-

    • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content

    • Protractors, compasses, rulers

    • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils

    • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

    • Dictionaries or other books. There are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language.

  • Food and drinks, including bottled water, unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities.

The PSAT is a practice test for the official SAT. Please be aware that the PSAT does carry other special significance. The following things are important for each parent and student to know about the PSAT:

  • For Juniors, PSAT scores are used to determine all National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists.

  • For ALL students, the PSAT score is used in conjunction with teacher recommendations for placement in Honors and AP level courses for the following school year.

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, October 14th

Samford University

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Monday, October 17th

Covenant College

Vanderbilt University

Thursday, October 20th

Queens University of Charlotte