Upper School Newsletter, Week of 1/29


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


Poetry Out Loud

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Twenty one Upper School students competed in the 6th annual recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, on January 22. These students were selected as finalists within their English classes. After the first round, the results were tallied and five finalists were selected. The students recited a second memorized poem before the final results were released. McKenzie McNeil, our winner, will go on to compete at the state level on February 28 in Tallahassee.

1st Place:  McKenzie McNeil (11th Grade)

2nd Place:  Natalie Douglas (11th Grade)

3rd Place:  Deacon Schrimsher (12th Grade)

4th Place:  Emma Ausen (10th Grade)

5th Place:  Cameron Keller (11th Grade)

Mr. Adams selected as an AP reader











We are proud to announce that one of our Upper School teachers was selected by College Board as an AP reader. Mr. Matt Adams, AP Psychology and AP Human Geography teacher, will meet with hundreds of teachers from around the world this summer to score the written portion of the AP Human Geography exam. Graders are selected through an application process that uses past success and experience with the material to identify the most qualified teachers for this position. This is the first time a TFA teacher has been selected as an AP reader. Congratulations on this great achievement! Read more info about the AP reader process here.


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 7:00pm
February 6 at 7:00pm
February 7 at 3:00pm (Matinee)
February 7 at 7:00pm
February 12 at 7:00pm
February 13 at 7:00pm

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

2015-2016 Course Requests

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.


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.