Middle School Newsletter, Week of 4/16

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss as we finish the year strong.
April 16th: MS Chapel – JD Cope
April 23rd: MS Chapel – 7th Grade Student
April 27th-30th: Standardized Assessment
April 28th: Rising 8th Grade Mtg
April 30th: Rising 7th Grade Mtg
May 1st: 7th Grade Science Educational Extension Trip
May 1st: DC Registration /1st Payment
May 7th: MS Chapel – Matt Adams
May 14th: 8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 22nd: End Year Awards/Spring Dance


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

12 artistic works from our Middle School artists will be on display this weekend at the Rotary Club’s Student Annual Art Show on Friday, April 17th from 5pm to 9pm during Springfest 2015 at the The Pines at Windermere.

The art show provided the opportunity for the TFA Middle School to submit 6 entries for 2-Dimensional Art Forms category and 6 entries for 3-Dimensional Art Forms category.

2-Dimensional Art
Sarah Lau
Christie Simaan
Sandy Hanna
Ashley Chase
Ryan Oliver
Angel Han

3-Dimensional Art
Carter Davis
Kiana Bennett
Kate Lewe
Caleb Gordon
McKenzie VandenBrekel
Ashley Chase


The 8th graders are excited to be racing their Pine Cars this week. The students used generic pine cars to take initial trials and calculate speed and acceleration of their cars. They were then given the chance to take them home and modify their cars either to go slower or faster, working specifically on changing weight placement and friction for their cars.
What came back were some of the most tricked out imaginative and road worthy cars I’ve ever seen.
Using their newly modified cars they graphed and analyzed their modified cars performance allowing them to conclude just what they should do for the ultimate race off.
Blood Sweat and Tears were poured into each car making for a great day of learning!!!

PineRacer2 PineRacer


The 7th Grade Students and Faculty will be embark on the Life Science Educational Extension Activity at Seaworld on Friday, May 1st.

Mr. R sent an informational email with an attached a flier with more details (featuring magnificent middle school student artwork) and a permission form.

Please return signed permission forms to Mr. R by Monday, April 20th. If your student will not be attending, please write on the permission form that your student will not be attending.


MS Chapel
4/16-Join us on April 16th for our Middle School Chapel. We will welcome guest Speaker and First Orlando Student Pastor JD Cope. Chapel begins at 9:35am- 10:20am in First Orlando’s Henry Chapel.

4/23- Join us as our Spectacular Seventh graders as they lead our Middle School Chapel. Chapel will be in First Orlando’s Henry Chapel at 9:35am-10:20am.

5/7- Join us as we welcome TFA Upper School Advanced Placement Social Sciences Instructor, Matt Adams as he shares with our magnificent middle schoolers. Chapel begins at 9:35am-10:20 am in First Orlando’s Henry Chapel.


Uniform Resale
We need your gently used uniforms. If you would like to donate uniforms donations boxes will be available at any school front desk April 20th-24th.

2 Uniform Sales Dates!!
Student Center- Room 112
Monday afternoon April 27th – 2:00-4:00PM
Tuesday morning April 28th – 7:45-9:30AM
Any questions please call or email
Louise Walsh


Standardized Assessment
The spring standardized assessment: ERB-CTP 4 (7th)/Terra Nova (8th) is just a few weeks away. While your child cannot “study” for these tests, you can make certain preparations to help your student do his or her very best.

If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for the following test dates:
Middle School: April 27th , 28th, 29th and 30th
Achievement Test: ERB-CTP 4 (7th) Terra Nova (8th)
Cognitive Assessment: (7th-8th)

We understand that illness and other circumstances may arise. Please schedule all trips and appointments around these dates. No make-ups will be scheduled.

The scores from the standardized assessments do not impact report card grades; yet they will be utilized in making data-driven decisions. Eligibility to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (T.I.P.) is based on the scores of specific subtests on the standardized assessments. The cognitive and achievement scores are used in the evaluation process that determines 7th-8th grade honors course placement. Additionally, the assessment data is analyzed in the evaluation of the curriculum and instructional design.

For specific questions regarding the assessments please contact the Curriculum/Schedule Specialist- Lisa Bacon or the Administrative Assistant- Ruth Anne Davis at (407)206-8651.


Rising Meetings
Rising 8th Grade- April 28th in our TFA Black Box 3:30-4:15pm
Rising 7th Grade- April 30th in our TFA Black Box 3:30-4:15pm

8th Grade Celebration Chapel
The First Academy Magnificent National Blue Ribbon Middle School Celebrates 8th Grade!
When: Thursday, May 14th
9:35 – 10:20 am
Faith Hall Stage Side

Celebrations include:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble, TFA Glee Club and Royal Steel
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition


Camp Orlando – June 5th-9th Southeastern University
Camp Orlando is the First Orlando Student Ministry’s annual summer camp. This year, Middle School and Upper 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

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