IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER
Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:
- October 2: Alternative lunch
- October 5: Powder Puff Game – PSAC, 6:30pm-8:00pm
- October 8: US Chapel – Optional Worship – Student Center, 9:27am
- October 9: Early Dismissal – 12:15pm; end of 1st quarter
- October 12: No School – Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development
- October 13: Homecoming Week
- October 14: PSAT Testing, grades 8-11 – MS/US building, 7:50am
- JUNIORS: Class Rings – Student Center, 11:00am
- SENIORS: Cap & Gown Group Picture – Henry Chapel, 8:00am
- Graduation Announcements – Student Center, 9:00am
- Senior Thesis Project – Student Center, 10:00am-12:15pm
- US House Competition
- October 15: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:27am
- October 16: Homecoming Football Game – PSAC, 7:00pm; Homecoming Court – PSAC, Halftime
- October 17: Homecoming Dance – Student Center, 7:30pm
- October 21: US Chapel – Special Event: Jim Munroe, MAZE – Worship Center, 9:55am
- October 22-24: US Fall Play, Dearly Departed – MS Black Box Theatre, 7:00pm
- October 6: Lynn University – US Lobby, before school
- October 6: Lenoir-Rhyne University – US Lobby, after school
- October 7: Birmingham-Southern College – Gym Lobby, recharge
- October 7: Stetson University – US Lobby, after school
- October 8: University of Massachusetts Amherst – US Lobby, before school
- October 8: Samford University – Gym Lobby, recharge
- October 9: University of Connecticut – US Lobby, before school
- October 9: College of Charleston – US Lobby, after school
- October 13: Wofford College – US Lobby, after school
- October 20: Baylor University – US Lobby, after school
- October 29: Florida Southern College – US Lobby, after school
- November 3: Fashion Institute of Technology – Gym Lobby, recharge
New Faculty Introduction: Mr. Hudson
By Hannah Harden 9th & Maddy Richards 9th
As the school year kicks off, one of the most exciting moments is getting to know the new teachers at The First Academy. One teacher in particular that caught our attention for his outstanding teaching is Mr. Hudson. Hudson grew up in Minnesota, in a town about 30 miles North of Minneapolis. He has an impressive history of jobs featuring working at Wells Fargo for the past 5 years. Teaching history is right up his alley as he states, “I’ve always enjoyed history. U.S. History was always my favorite class. I also have a degree in Bible, which is why the religions course fits in so well, and having worked for Wells Fargo for the last five years, the finance course is also a good fit for me.” The majority of students have fallen in love with Mr. Hudson’s teaching because as he says, “I’ve always enjoyed working with students. I’ve been a youth group leader for about ten years, and was on staff at two different churches as a youth pastor and youth worship director, and I’ve been leading worship since college.” Believe it or not, Mr. Hudson still has time in his busy schedule to pursue hobbies, including working out and exploring his musical talents. He says, “I play the guitar and piano. I’m a wannabe rockstar.” A person’s favorite sports team tells a lot about them, and Mr. Hudson is an avid fan of the New York Yankees. “I’d watch every single game if I could. I also still love my Minnesota Vikings and I have to mention the North Carolina Tarheels basketball team too. ” As you can see, Mr. Hudson is not only a teacher, but a very cool person. If you see him in the hallway make sure to say hi.
National Honor Society Induction
Pictured – NHS Officers: Treasurer Shelby Morrow, Secretary Jessica Pearce, President Rachel Abbott and Vice President Julia New; Sam Abbad and Joey Hartman receive their certificates
Congratulations to our 11th & 12th grade students who were inducted into the National Honor Society last Thursday. Current 10th grade students have not missed this opportunity; 10th and 11th graders who meet the requirements will receive an email from Ms. Damron in the spring. After they apply and are granted admittance, they will be inducted next fall as 11th and 12th graders.
Hannah Rose Cash
NEW THIS WEEK
Upper School Homecoming Dress Up Days
Start planning your costumes now!
October 7: A Night at the Academy/Movie Day
October 8: Throwback Thursday
October 13: Dynamic Duo Day
October 14: Regular school uniforms
October 15: Inanimate Object Day
October 16: Spirit Wear/Homecoming t-shirt
Check out this week’s Raw Footage.
Middle School/Upper School Carline Update
Middle/Upper School: To provide a more efficient arrival and dismissal time for Middle & Upper School students, please pull up to the second yellow line to begin drop off and pick up between the hours of 7:30am – 7:50am and 2:50pm – 3:25pm (2:10pm – 2:45pm on Wednesdays). Students must be dropped off and picked up between the two yellow lines. See attached MS/US traffic map. Remember, students are not permitted in the building until 7:30am.
Save the Date – Picture Retakes
Picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 in the gym lobby. Students who have not had their picture taken or wish to have their picture retaken should report to the gym lobby at the designated Upper School time.
Community Service Project
For information, contact Mrs. Collins: CynthiaCollins@thefirstacademy.org
Harvard, Princeton, UVA, & Yale Information Session in Orlando
Are you interested in applying to these top schools? Plan to attend this information session in October.
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside
7499 Augusta National Dr
Orlando, FL 32822
Admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Dr. Holter, a Yale graduate, will also be present. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
For the safety of our students, we cannot accept handwritten notes to excuse students or allow them to leave class early. For all attendance concerns, please email Ellen Stewart at email@example.com. Thanks for your help in keeping our students safe.