Upper School Newsletter, Week of 3/12


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


McKenzie McNeil earns 5th place in State Poetry Out Loud Competition


Congratulations to McKenzie McNeil for placing fifth in the Florida Poetry Out Loud state competition held on February 28, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. McKenzie, a junior, won the TFA school competition held on January 8th, 2015.

This is the first time that a TFA student has placed in the top ten in school history. McKenzie performed her first two poems flawlessly and was selected to move on to the final round of ten competitors from the state. There is no classification based on school size, which makes this accomplishment even more impressive. When the final results were tabulated McKenzie finished in fifth place.

We are proud of McKenzie and all of the students that participate in Poetry Out Loud! Well done!


Ceramics students participate in Raku firing

Advanced Ceramics students had a great time firing their work and learning about the Raku process. Mrs. Collins and Mr. Hensley discussed firing variables and how to manipulate them to experiment for different outcomes. After they produced dozens of beautiful works, they enjoyed grilling out burgers and roasting marshmallows for s’mores! Next year they are hoping for cooler weather to Raku fire.

AP Lit students create storybooks for Lower School students

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Pictured: Senior AP Lit students read to Mrs. Fox’s class

The AP Lit seniors made storybooks based on the novel we just finished and read them to various Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classes today. The students enjoyed boiling down the essence of the novel into a good moral for the lower school students to take away.

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Health Clinic Reminders

Some gentle reminders from the Parent-Student Handbook: