Upper School Newsletter, Week of April 30


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


Humanities Scholar Bowl Finalists


The First Academy Upper School showcased the Second-Annual Humanities Scholar Bowl Thursday, April 23rd.  This competition features a game show style presentation of questions ranging from AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP European History, AP US History and AP US Government.  The brilliant finalists included Lexi Berger (11th), Andrew Miller (12th), Brittany Smith (12th), and Scout Westerskov (12th).  Congratulations to Lexi Berger for Honorable Mention, followed by Scout Westerskov who took third place and received a $1,000 Scholarship and $100 cash prize.  Andrew Miller placed second and received the $2,000 Scholarship and $300 cash prize.  And, the grand prize belongs to Brittany Smith who earned the $3,000 Scholarship and $600 cash prize.  The Social Sciences Department is very proud of all of the finalists who participated this year.

1st Place Blue Ribbon – Adrie Young


Congrats to Adrie Young, Senior, who earned the Blue Ribbon First Place for High School division at the Windermere Rotary Art exhibit! Judges applauded the craftsmanship and use of color and texture for her ‘red ceramic dish.’ Thanks, Adrie, for representing The First Academy with your God-given artistic abilities!


Raw Footage

Check out this week’s Raw Footage!

Digital Cinema Students Tour Full Sail


Students in Mrs. Morabito’s Digital Cinema classes had the opportunity to tour Full Sail University‘s state of the art campus. Stops on the tour included the backlot used for filming, recording facilities, and art studios.

US Visual Art Lemonade Reception


Meet the Artists of The First Academy’s
Spring Visual Art Exhibit 2015
On MONDAY, May 4th
In the TFA Library

Ceramics II, III, IV, AP Exhibit is open
NOW through May 5th
In the TFA Library
7:30am until 3:45 pm
Ceramics I will have their mugs at the Exhibit on May 4th!

Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Gegerson’s students are learning to host and develop a community exhibit, fulfilling several key points from the Florida State Sunshine Standards of curriculum for Visual Art. They exercised critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve aesthetic spacial relationships to provide an attractive public display for visitors. Visual artists are the ‘silent performers’ who receive their ‘applause’ through a viewers’ time spent looking at their piece.

Mrs. Collins’ Ceramics I students will be drinking their Lemonade from their own homemade Ceramic mugs! They learned how to make these mugs food safe by using special glazes and processes.

For more information, please contact:  (407) 206-8774 Or (407) 206-8741

National Day of Prayer

The 2015 National Day of Prayer is May 7! SGA will lead prayer before every class for specific topics relating to current events in the world.

Royal Sapphires Auditions


ATTENTION rising 6th through 12th Grade Girls!!!

The Royal Sapphires auditions are Wednesday, May 13th, from 3:00-4:30 in E2-225.  The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at Fall events such as Football games, Pep Rallies, parades, and Chapels. The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to witness the gospel outside TFA in the community. Wear dance attire and come prepared to move! Some dance experience is recommended. For more info, contact Mrs. Collins or Mrs. Scott.

Wounded Warrior Service Project

The Wounded Warrior Club, along with students from our baseball, football and lacrosse teams, served four Wounded Warrior families last Saturday in Oakland. Our team is pictured with United States Marine Corporal CJ Barnes and his family.


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 on the mezzanine level 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). 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.

Upper School Final Exam Schedule

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. 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.

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