Upper School Newsletter, Week of May 21


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


Daniel & Esther Awards

The Daniel and Esther Awards are presented to one male and one female student at graduation. These students are selected by faculty members because they fully embody the Mission of The First Academy. The Daniel and Esther Awards are the most prestigious awards given to students graduating from The First Academy.

Congratulations to the 2015 Daniel and Esther Winners, Victor Thomas and Abigail Brady.

Visual Art Awards

Congratulations to Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Gegerson’s students for their accomplishments in the 2015 K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition! The following students were chosen from over 1,300 entries throughout Florida, with 135 teachers from 120 schools. Works that received Awards of Excellence will be shown at the 2015 FAEA Conference in Naples, as well as on the FAEA website for the following year.

Award of Excellence
Emmaline Pinckney-Ceramics
Leah Li-Drawing/Painting

Award of Merit

Drawing and Painting students:
Samantha Ayers
Brooke Hill
Nicole Lincoln
Melissa Slade

Lexi Berger
Natalie Douglas
Alie Hartnett
Carly Melnick
Jordan Rapport


Have a great summer!

Please remember to check the website for the Back to School Packet, summer reading assignments and AP class assignments.


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.

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