Middle School Newsletter, Week of 4/23

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 27th-30th: Standardized Assessments
April 28th: Rising 8th Grade Mtg
April 28th: MS/US Fine Arts Concert
April 30th: Rising 7th Grade Mtg
April 30th: MS/US Steel Drum Concert
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


“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – G. Halas

It is amazing that our outstanding academic school year will only last for one more month. On May 22nd the Middle School Scholars will complete their thirty-six weeks of intellectual strengthening and conditioning. I will continue to encourage each learner to finish with excellence and to embrace a sense of pride in their academic accomplishments.


Windermere Art Show
MacKenzie VandenBrekel


First place 3/D at Windermere middle school Art Showcase Blue Ribbon and $100 prize.


Luke Carter


Third place 3/D Windermere middle school art show. Large Mouth Bass.


Science Dupont Challenge
In January the 8th grade students entered the Dupont Challenge essay competition and wrote essays on 3 different world problems (Hunger, Energy Supply and Protection), and how with the use of science they could help solve one of these major issues facing our world today. The challenge received over 9,000 entries into the competition and the entries were judged by Dupont officials, and the winners were announced recently.
For the third year in a row The First Academy has had students place in the top 20 for this competition!

Congratulations to our top 20 honorable mention winners this year Spencer Williams with his essay on “Health Bit” a medical bracelet to help monitor heart changes, and Lily Baker with her essay “Purifying the World” with her invention of a straw that purifies drinking water.


Congrats to Spencer and Lily!!!!!


MS/US Band and Chorus Fine Arts Concert
Join us for an amazing evening with the “Arts” on April 28th from 7pm-9pm in First Orlando’s Faith Hall. We will enjoy an evening of performances from various choirs and bands here at The First Academy.


MS/US Steel Drum Fine Arts Concert

Join us for a wonderful night listening the amazing sounds of our Steel Drum bands. The concert will be 7pm-9pm on May 30th.


MS 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 next week. 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


7th Grade Science Educational Extension Trip
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).


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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