Middle School Blog; Week of January 26th


Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for January & February.
Jan 26             MS Chapel- 9:30am FH- Speaker Keith Tower
Jan 26-28       MS Musical “Lion King Jr.”-  7pm BlackBox
Feb 1                MS Educational Extension Trip- “Hidden Figures”- info below
Feb 1                MS Musical “Lion King Jr.”- 3pm BlackBox Student Matinee
Feb 2-3            MS Musical “Lion King Jr.”- 7pm BlackBox
Feb 7                Parent Association Mtg- 8:15am FH 3rd Floor
Feb 9               MS Chapel- 9:30am Henry Chapel- Brandon Farris
Feb 16             MS Chapel- 9:30am Worship Center- Combined US Chapel



“The more our Magnificent Middle School Scholars celebrate their learning, perseverance, collaboration and creativity within themselves and others,

the more they will have to celebrate.” -Dr. Higgins


Dear Middle School Parents:


We are extremely proud of our middle school students. They have demonstrated a sincere desire to take personal responsibility for their learning and to encourage one another in their quest for knowledge throughout this school year.

To celebrate this outstanding community of learners, Mrs. Rymer (8th Grade Team Leader and Biblical Studies Chair), Mr. Rossmeissl (7th Grade Team Leader and History Chair) and I have planned a school-wide Educational Extension Activity to further the understanding of Science, Mathematics, History and Community Building.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the entire Middle School will be provided the opportunity to view the movie, Hidden Figures, at 10:00 am at the AMC Universal Cineplex 20.  Activity fees will cover the cost for the movie, bus fees, and each student will receive $5 towards concessions (students are encouraged to bring additional money). Upon returning to TFA campus, lunch provided to students in ECHO classes.

Hidden Figures was chosen for its exemplary and historically based coverage of the following components and events in America during the 1960s:

To understand more about the movie Hidden Figures, here is a link to Focus on The Family’s Plugged In movie review.

Hidden Figures Movie Review

We cordially invite parents to join us at the theatre. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the box office.

-Dr. Luci Higgins




Saturday January 21st- some of our magnificent MS Students took the SAT as a part of the Duke TiP program.   Students were greeted and encouraged by MS Assistant Principal Chris Mayberry.    Our students gathered with Mr. Mayberry to pray prior to the start of their test.  Way to go ROYALS!


MS Duke TiP students taking the SAT at Dr. Phillips



New Items

Lion King Jr Play Theatre Theater

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


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


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:

8th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

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: