Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for April/May.

April 28        MS Steel Drum Concert  6:30pm Alumni Commons
April 29        MS Chapel Faith Hall 9:30 am- Pastor Jimmy Knott
May   3          Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting 3:25pm MS Room 246
May 3-6        Alternative Lunch
May   5          Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting 3:25pm MS Room 162
May 10-16    MS Art Show – TFA Library
May 19          8th Grade Celebration Chapel 9:30 am Faith Hall
May 24          MS End of Year Celebration 1:30pm Student Center

Thinks & Thoughts

“Do you want to be safe & good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”                      -Jimmy Johnson


Middle School Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Mrs. Erin Blackwell our  US receptionist and  the attendance clerk for both the Upper and Middle School divisions. You may contact Mrs. Blackwell concerning your student being tardy or absent at (407)206-8630 or email her at erinblackwell@thefirstacademy.org


8th grade students had the opportunity to teach in History class this week. Groups selected sections from chapter 18 and 19 in their books, created lesson plans and review activities for the class. Well done students!




This week is all about speed in science. The 8th graders have been working tirelessly on modifying their pine cars to make them faster or slower. I’m thrilled to see the ingenuity taking form as they speed on down the road.
Congratulations to Hunter Strayhorn for the fastest overall time of .4 seconds, and Nick Setsma for the overall slowest time of 7.9 seconds.

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New Items

Alternative Lunch May 3-6

The First Academy will have alternative lunch Tuesday May 3rd thru Friday May 6th.  The Junior Class is offering an alternative lunch choice each of those days for students 5-12.   To order,please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/.  Please submit your orders by Monday May 2nd by 9:00am.

Once your order has been submitted you will receive a confirmation page and an email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment.  You do have the option of ordering for multiple students.  Food will be distributed in the Gym lobby.


Art Show

You are invited to view our TFA middle school  Second Semester Art Show
May 10-16 at the Boyd-Moline Library
It’s an impressive collection of 2/D and 3/D work personally selected by our aspiring artist and represents their best work of the semester.  Our “silent performers”  have really excelled and are excited to have you support their efforts!


8th Grade Celebration Chapel

8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 19th
9:30am-10:30am Faith Hall

Celebration includes:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble and Royal Steel
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition

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