Upper School Newsletter, Week of May 7


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


Royals Track and Field Competes at State

Last week, the Royals and Lady Royals Track and Field Teams competed at the FHSAA 1A State Championship in Jacksonville, Florida. Congratulations to our top 5 finishers!

Boys 4x100M Relay-State Champions
Chadwick Word, Gerrell Dickson, Luke Stokes, Sevyn Banks
Boys 4x400M Relay-State Runner Up
Gerrell Dickson, Jonathan Griffin-Heard, Marcellis Boyd, Jahquez Durham
Teahna Daniels (12th)
100M Dash-State Champion
200M Dash-State Champion
Jahquez Durham (11th)
100M Dash-3rd place
200M Dash-2nd place
Jonathan Griffin-Heard (10th)
110M Hurdles-5th place
300M Hurdles-5th place
Lindsey Strube (12th)
High Jump-4th place
Vic Thomas (12th)
Discus Throw-3rd place
Armand Woodley (12th)
Pole Vault-2nd place
Allen Wiggins (11th)
Shot Put-State Champion


US Visual Arts Spring Exhibit

The Upper School Visual Art students enjoyed presenting their annual spring exhibit in the Library.

Kaleb Scott (12th)


Jayleen DaSilva (12th)


Natalie Douglas (11th)


Dajanique Hinton (11th)


Jaclynn Kelly (10th)


Devyn Taht (10th)


Zoe Yuan (12th)


Grace Galloway (10th)


Madison Zizmer (12th)


Ceramics I students with their food-safe mugs

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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.

Senior-led Chapel

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The theme of this year’s senior chapel was “Unmasked.” Our senior class wanted to be vulnerable with the rest of the high school as we know that being real is difficult. After worshipping together, over 30 seniors chose to be vulnerable through sharing their cardboard testimony. On one side of the cardboard we wrote something we struggle with when we aren’t relying on the Lord. On the other side we shared how Christ has redeemed us from that struggle. It was amazing to watch the courage of our peers, as they were willing to take off their masks and share what the Lord has done in their lives. Over 50 seniors then spread around the room, paired up with a junior and prayed over them for their upcoming year. It was such an encouragement and blessing for everyone to see how unifying vulnerability can be. The senior class verse of the year is Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free…” We know that true freedom is only found in Christ and trusting Him in who He has made us to be. ~ The Senior Class of 2015

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.


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.

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