Upper School Newsletter, Week of 1/22


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


Congratulations to our 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

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Congratulations to our top academic seniors! Abigail Starcher was named as the 2015 Valedictorian, and Abigail Brady was named as the 2015 Salutatorian. Pictured: Abigail Brady (left) & Abigail Starcher (right)

US Students Compete in Jr Water Ski World Championships in Lima, Peru

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Congratulations to 9th graders Anna Gay and Diego Font who competed in the Jr Water Ski World Championships January 8-11. Anna won the gold medal in girls’ tricks, and Diego placed 9th in boys’ slalom. Click here for more info about their accomplishments.


Raw Footage

Check out this week’s Raw Footage!

Shrek Jr., The Musical

The First Academy Middle School proudly presents Shrek Jr., The Musical! All shows will be held in the Black Box Theatre, which is located on the second floor of the TFA Middle School. To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Show times and dates for Shrek Jr., The Musical are as followed:
February 5 at 7:00p.m.
February 6 at 7:00p.m.
February 7 at 3:00p.m. (Matinee)
February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
February 12 at 7:00p.m.
February 13 at 7:00 p.m.

There will also be a student only matinee on February 11 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for this performance will be $5 with student ID. Ticket sales will occur just prior to show time (no online or presales for this performance).

Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Upper School reception desk beginning 30 minutes prior to each show. All ticket sales are final. If you have any questions, please direct them to

SGA Students Meet with Ritz-Carlton Staff

A team from the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes came to visit TFA on Wednesday, January 14 during lunch time. They were looking for a “focus group” of young teens to view a presentation and provide feedback on a new teen space they have recently been developing in hopes to expand their clientele. TFA’s Student Government students were chosen for the task and provided the Ritz-Carlton with valuable pointers and advice to help them gain some vision with their project. This is yet another way our students have gained exposure of the world around them in preparation for a life as a Christian leader.

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Parenting Seminar

Summit Church is hosting a parenting seminar with Dr. Kara E. Powell, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and author of Sticky Faith, Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids. The Fuller Youth Institute followed 500+ high school seniors through their first three years of college in order to understand how churches and families can better help faith “stick” after graduation. Sign up for this valuable seminar here.


Guidance Update

Students and parents received an email on Tuesday, January 20 with instructions for 2015-2016 course requests. Please refer to your email for more information. Students have until Tuesday, January 27 to submit course requests.

Spirit Wear (January 12th-23rd)

Students may wear Spirit Wear in celebration of re-enrollment Monday, January 12th – Friday, January 23rd. Please make sure students adhere to the Spirit Wear dress code guidelines found in the Parent Student Handbook.


Reminder from the Parent-Student Handbook: School uniform and school-approved outerwear must be worn on campus at all times. In the case of cold weather, winter coats may be worn outside the school buildings. During extreme cold weather, the school will notify students and parents of Spirit Wear dress. Girls may not wear sweat pants, warm ups, etc. under skirts.

TFA outerwear is available for purchase in the TFA School Store.