Upper School Newsletter, Week of May 14


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


Thespian Troupe 5165 Inductions & US Theatre Awards

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Congratulations to the new thespians of Troupe 5165!

Halie Barcott
Austin Billhime
Ethan Billhime
Jackson Davis
Natalie Geigel
Bekka Herdy
Peyton Hopkins
Andrew Langford
Emelyn Moffitt
Madison Pollock
Emily Schaag
Cooper Tesch
Lars Toenges
Bethany Tyre
Madison VandenBrekel
Carolina Watlington


Theatre students also voted on the end of year awards; we recognized this all star cast, chosen by their peers.

Best Actor: Luke Derderian – Jesus, Godspell

Best Actress: McKenzie McNeil – Raja, I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Best Supporting Actor: Drew Goin – Chester, Promedy

Best Supporting Actress (tie): Charli Higgins – Stephanie, Promedy & Cecily Pigeon, The Odd Couple; Bethany Tyre – Doris, Promedy

Outstanding Tech: Olivia Bennington – Makeup Design, Godspell & The Odd Couple

Melissa Slade – National Merit Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Melissa Slade in the Class of 2015 for becoming the National Merit Scholarship Winner!  This distinction is only earned by 7,600 students of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT annually. All winners of the Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.  Academic records, test scores, and and recommendations are evaluated along with the student written essay.  Melissa has been recognized as one of the nation’s academically talented students and will be attending University of South Carolina-Columbia with this amazing scholarship opportunity!


Reminder: US Final Exam Schedule & Sign Out Procedures

Tuesday, May 19
9:00am – 11:00am: English
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Science

Wednesday, May 20
9:00am – 11:00am: Math

Thursday, May 21
9:00am – 11:00am: Social Studies
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Foreign Language

Friday, May 22 – 12:15pm dismissal
9:-00am – 11:00am: Electives & Make Up Exams

Students will only be required to be present for exams, although study halls will be made available during regular school hours. If a student is not taking an exam, then they must be in a study hall if they are on campus. In order for students to sign out when they are finished with exams, parents must sign the permission slip and turn in to Ms. Kim Conde at the front desk. Emails and phone calls will not be sufficient to sign out; we must have a permission slip on file.

All exams will be administered in the US building in various classrooms. The dress code will be spirit wear, to include standard uniform footwear and belts.  Students need to arrive at their exam 10 minutes prior to the start.

Please note that Upper School students who remain on campus will be eating from 11:30am-12:30pm in Faith Hall, and the lunchroom will close promptly at 12:30pm Tuesday-Thursday.


Yearbooks for Sale


Extra yearbooks are available to purchase from Ms. Conde in the Upper School lobby. The cost is $100, and cash or checks are acceptable. Pictured: Upper School students enjoyed looking through the new yearbook and getting friends’ signatures during lunch last week.

Library Announcements

All library books are due by Friday, May 15th. The library will be closed for inventory, including before and after school, the week of May 18th-May 22nd.  Thank you for your understanding!

Summer AR Testing Information

AR will be turned off beginning Monday, May 18th.  It will be turned back on for summer testing on Monday, June 1st.  Beginning June 1st, students may come on campus to take AR tests on Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM on their iDevices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) through the Accelerated Reader app.  Students must be on campus and logged on to the TFA Guest wifi during the designated times in order for the AR app to work. The library will not be open for testing, but there will be iPads available in the lower school lobby for students to use if they don’t have their own device.  All AR testing done during the summer will count toward the 1st quarter AR goal for the 2015-2016 school year.

2015 AP Exam Schedule

Graduation – May 16

Please join us for graduation ceremony.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10:00am – seniors arrive by 8:45am

Calvary Assembly – 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789

Lifetouch photographers will be available in the lobby of the Worship Center to take photos of graduates and their families beginning at 7:30am and after the ceremony until 1:30pm.

Senior Step Up – May 18

Juniors are invited to meet in the parking lot by Faith Hall (Bruton Blvd. side of the property) on Monday, May 18 at 7:00am. Parents will provide a tailgate style breakfast. Bring streamers, car paint, etc. to decorate your vehicle. Senior t-shirts will be handed out at this time. Our new seniors will then caravan (carefully) around campus on Loop Road. You will then park and go into the Student Center for a brief meeting before going to class.

Camp Orlando

Camp Orlando is First Orlando Student Ministry’s annual summer camp. This year, junior high and high school will be together for Camp Orlando, though most activities will take place separately. Camp Orlando 2015 will feature Stuart Hall (camp speaker), Unhindered (camp worship band) and A.C. Sanford (camp emcee). The theme for Camp Orlando 2015 is UNITED: though each of us is uniquely different, we are UNITED in grace and mission. This will be a week that students will not want to miss!

For more information or to register online, visit