Upper School Blog, Week of Sept. 8th


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


US Student-Led Prayer & Worship

Upper School students leading worship in the Alumni Commons

Students and faculty are invited to join us for student-led prayer & worship each Friday morning at 7:15am in the Alumni Commons. This has become a special time of praying over our school and ending the week in worship.


Homecoming Theme Announced

Hoco Music Fest-Big 5 House Leaders pose in costume Hoco Music Fest-Take me to a music festival banner and flower decorations Hoco Music Fest-front desk banner & decorations Hoco Music Fest-signs Hoco Music Fest-teepee decorations Hoco Music Fest-students announce homecoming theme Hoco Music Fest-leaders handing out wristbands

By Chelsea H.

This past Tuesday, the Big 5 (house leaders) welcomed back students from their long weekend with the Homecoming theme announcement!  The Homecoming theme for this year is “Hoco Music & Dance Fest.”  Bailey, Chelsea, Hamilton, Cassi and Caitlin spent their Labor Day at TFA decorating the lobby, and they each donned Music Fest themed apparel as they greeted students and gave out wristbands that served as invites. After weeks of developing and brainstorming this theme, the Big 5 were ecstatic to finally share the theme with the rest of the school, which was met with an overall positive reaction from the student body. Mark your calendars! US Homecoming is Saturday, October 8 at 7:30pm in the Student Center.

Picture Day – Tues, Sept 13

This coming Tuesday, September 13th is Picture Day. Upper School students are taking pictures in grade order beginning at 11:30am and will continue through 3:00pm (see attached schedule). Students will report to the gym at their assigned time.

Dress Code Reminders

Ordering Pictures

Order forms were given to students today (Friday). You may also use your credit card to order by following the instructions below:


New Upper School Receptionist

Please help us welcome Lynouse “Lyn” Maxime, our new Upper School Receptionist. Lyn is a proud graduate of Florida State University and Kaplan University; she also has a son in TK here at The First Academy. We are excited to have her on our team.

Please direct all attendance emails to Lyn at

Parent Association Uniform Resale

The next uniform resale is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20 from 7:30am-9:30am in the First Baptist Orlando Student Center, room 112.

Important Update Regarding our Uniform Exchange Policy: The Parent Association sponsored uniform exchange ministry has been a tremendous blessing to our TFA family. Thank you for participating! Because students must wear Dennis Uniform pieces exclusively in 2017-18, Sunshine Uniform pieces will not be accepted for an exchange credit this year. We welcome donations of used Sunshine pieces, but cannot offer an exchange credit as these items will be phased out completely in 2017-18. We will, however, be offering normal exchange credits for Dennis Uniform pieces. This will help us increase our supply of Dennis Uniforms and enable us to continue our ministry. Thank you for supporting the uniform exchange.

Parent/Teacher Conferences on September 21

On September 21, US students are dismissed at 12:15pm. This allows time for parents to meet with teachers in the afternoon. Conferences are only set up at the request of either the parent or the teacher; if you feel the need to meet with your student’s teachers, please reach out to them directly to schedule a meeting on September 21.

Upper School Severe Weather Dismissal Form

As a reminder, students are not permitted to leave at dismissal while we are under a lightning alert unless they have a form on file. Click here to download the form: US Severe Weather Dismissal Permission Form

This form is only sufficient for dismissal time (TVA, early dismissal seniors, early dismissal for an appointment or another reason with parent permission, and everyone else at normal dismissal time). If we are under lightning alert throughout the day, students will still be held in the building until the lightning alert clears.

Thanks for your understanding as we aim to keep our students safe.

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
Mississippi State University – Sept. 8, 12:50pm – US room 110
University of Pennsylvania – Sept. 8, 7:00pm – Lake Highland Prep
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sept. 13, 6:30pm – Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center Ballroom
Rollins College – Sept. 15, 12:50pm – US room 110
University of Florida – Sept. 16, 12:50pm – US room 137

Save the Date – Christian College Fair


Cafe on the Rock Student Ordering Schedule

US students can order from Cafe on the Rock according to the following schedule:

Monday: Seniors

Tuesday: Seniors

Wednesday: Juniors

Thursday: Sophomores

Friday: Freshmen

Students may not eat in the Cafe on the Rock area unless accompanied by an adult. Orders must be placed by 10am using this link: