Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for January & February.

Feb 2-3            MS Musical “Lion King Jr.”- 7pm BlackBox
Feb 2                MS Chapel- 9:30am Faith Hall- Dr. Kyle Barrett
Feb 7                Parent Association Mtg- 8:15am FH 3rd Floor
Feb 9               MS Chapel- 9:30am Henry Chapel- Brandon Farris
Feb 9-10         Alternative Lunch
Feb 16             MS/US Chapel- 9:30am Worship Center- Dr. David Uth


The Junior Varsity Royal Sapphires lead worship through dance to ‘Holy Spirit’ by Francesca Battistelli at First Baptist of Orlando services last weekend. These ladies are not ‘performers’. Coach Leslie Scott teaches her team to use the gift of dance to honor God. For services, they are being trained as worship leaders, going first into His presence so that others may join them.  On the football field, they lead their peers to a different kind of victory! Keep an eye out for the Varsity Sapphires sharing at FBCO in a few weeks…
Praise Him with DANCING! Psalms 150


Alternative Lunch


We will be having an alternative lunches on Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th. The Junior Class is offering an alternative lunch for students in grades 57-12 and faculty to purchase those days.  Kindergarten through 4th grade will have separate arrangements and will need to check with their teachers for information.

Thursday’s lunch will be a Chick-fil-A Sandwich with chips & a water for $5.50. Extra Sandwich for $3.50. Friday’s lunch will be two slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a water for $5.00. Extra slice for $2.00.

To order, please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/   to order this lunch if interested. Please submit your order by Tuesday, February 7th at 3pm.

 When you submit your order, you should receive a confirmation page. You may need to scroll back to the top if your screen goes blank. You should also receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food distribution will be in the gym lobby.

Please remember that if you don’t like this option then you are welcome to bring something from home.

 Lion King Jr.


MS presents “Lion King Jr.”The First Academy proudly brings Disney’s “The Lion King Jr”. The show features an incredibly talented cast.  “The Lion King Jr” is a lively adaptation of the Broadway musical based on Disney’s beloved 1994 animated film. This is the tale of Simba (Elvis Requejo), a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands with his friend, Nala (Isabella Reed & Ava Wilson), and the journey he takes as he comes of age and fights a formidable enemy to fulfill his destiny to be king.  The show features a wide-ranging cast of well-known characters, including the majestic Mufasa (Benny Englund), the cruel Scar (Kinsey Campbell), beloved comedic duo of Timon & Pumbaa (Cydni Dariso & Hannah Brady), this vibrant show brings traditional African styles & rhythms to life.

“The Lion King Jr” is a story of love and redemption that captivates its audience through spirited and dynamic singing and dancing – combined with heaps of laughter and vivid dramatics.  The importance of family, friendship, and courage is explored with humor and emotion in this entertaining and electrifying musical.  “The Lion King Jr” is perfect for families with children of all ages.  Evening performances take place January 26th – 28th, and February 2nd – 3rd at 7:00 pm.  There will also be a student matinee performance on February 1st at 3:00.   Tickets are available  at www.thefirstacademy.org.


Box Tops for Education

We are actively collecting Box Tops at the Middle School front desk.    This program will help our school earn money, but more importantly help teach our students how joining forces with each other can accomplish great things.  This project allows our children to choose service before self and participation as a way of life.  No need to trim anything neatly, just tear them off and turn them into the collection bucket located at the middle school front desk.


All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, the  attendance clerk for both the Upper and Middle School divisions. All Middle School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime when they arrive at school.  You may contact Ms. Maxime concerning your student being tardy or absent at (407)206-8630 or email her at msattendance@thefirstacademy.org.


E.C.H.O. stands for Every Child Has an Opportunity! It’s your student’s opportunity to grow and provides a home base for communicating here in the Magnificent Middle School! E.C.H.O. is your key (Did you hear that E.C.H.O.?) to communicating with your Magnificent Middle School Scholar. Let me E.C.H.O. that! It is your key (E.C.H.O) to communicating with your Middle School Scholar!

Here are the ABC’s of how E.C.H.O. can serve you and your student:

  1. Ask your student WHO their E.C.H.O. teacher is. That is vital information; let me encourage you to let that name E.C.H.O. in your mind. It will serve you well all year!
  2. Make-up work or testing can easily be arranged and completed during your student’s E.C.H.O. class.
  3. Inclement weather dismissal is always done through E.C.H.O. class.

7th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

  • Dana Menz Room 156
  • Jeff Rossemiessl Room 160
  • Bette Gordon Room 153
  • Becky Render Room 158
  • 7th Bible- Room 162

8th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

  • Lindsey Hurlebaus Room 246
  • James Grosshans Room 248
  • Christy Requejo Room 259
  • Yvonne England Room 250
  • Shannon Rymer Room 252

Severe Weather Inside Dismissal

-Students are dismissed from 7th period to ECHO classrooms
-Students without signed parent permission slips are dismissed when a parent visits the lobby to pick them up. MS Office will contact ECHO classroom teacher.
Students with signed parent permission slips are dismissed
Student shows text from parent stating location of parent on TFA campus
Parent emails ECHO teacher stating their arrival and location on TFA campus

Start and Dismissal Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:50am-3:15pm
Wednesday: 7:50am-2:40pm

Gluten Free Options Available in the Cafeteria

Students with gluten sensitivities have a few options in our cafeteria. Please ask for Chef Jaime, Greg, or Emily for assistance. Options include gluten free pasta available daily as well as grab and go salads, grilled chicken and hamburger patties. There are also a few items on the menu that can be tailored to be gluten free.

Dress Code

  • Only Dennis or Sunshine uniform tops and bottoms are acceptable.
  • Female skirts, skorts, and shorts must rest below mid-thigh while seated.
  • Male shorts must be an appropriate length
  • Skirts, skorts, and shorts may not be hemmed to an inappropriate length.
  • Students must wear flat, closed-toed, closed heeled shoes (heels, platform shoes, boots, sandals, etc., are not permitted).

Our goal with the uniform policy is for students to maintain a professional look while at school. We appreciate your understanding and partnership.

 New Uniform Item Available

Want to stand out from the crowd? Dress blazers are now available for all 6th-12th-grade students (male & female). Step up your wardrobe game and come to school dressed to impress! Blazers can be purchased in person at the Dennis Uniform Store (1101 N. Keller Road, Suite G-3 , Orlando, FL 32810) or online here: http://www.dennisuniform.com/ONLStore/d-store-home.asp?pageitem=12&pagenumber=1&gn=2&sc=ETF&dis=20851816