Middle School Newsletter, Week of Mar. 3

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for March.
● March 3-4: WrAP Testing
● March 3: No MS Chapel
● March 8: AR Deadline
● March 9: 8th Grd Maturity Day
● March 10: No MS Chapel
● March 11: End of 3rd Quarter/Early Release 12:15pm
● March 17: MS Chapel 9:30am
● March 17: Rising 8th PAL DC Parent Mtg
● March 19-28: Spring Break
● March 29: Classes Resume

“The pen is mightier than the sword” were first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu.

On Saturday, February 27th, TFA sent 5 Steel Drum bands to a Steel Drum competition on the University of Florida campus. Three of the groups were made up entirely of middle school students. A fourth group is an US class with 7 MS students. These 4 bands each received SUPERIOR ratings. The 5th band (which meets one day a week) also had MS representation! And they received an Excellent rating!
Well done and Congratulations!! -James McKey-Director

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MS Chapel
Join us for our weekly MS Chapel Thursday March 17th in Faith Hall beginning at 9:30am. Our new US worship band will be leading our students in worship. Dr. Higgins will be our chapel speaker and sharing her message- “Taking the Helm”

Rising 8th PAL-DC Mtg
Calling all Rising 8th Grade Parents!

There will be an informational meeting regarding next year’s PAL DC trip on March 17 at 3:30 pm in the Library/Media Center. Valuable information will be shared about the trip, including how to register your student, payment due dates, as well as current 8th grade parents sharing their thoughts about their student’s experience on this year’s trip.

We encourage you to join us!

Spring Break
March 19-28 is Spring Break for The First Academy. School offices will be closed during that time. Classes will resume on Tuesday March 29th. Have a wonderful break TFA!

WrAP Testing
How Well Do We Write?
The Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
(Spring 2016)

On Thursday March 3th and Friday, March 4th TFA students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). Students ARE permitted to utilize dictionaries and thesauruses during the 2-day writing assessment.

Materials needed for the WrAP:
a) 2 sharpened #2 pencils & 2 ink pens (blue/black)
b) Thesaurus (can be electronic)
c) Dictionary (can be electronic)
d) 4-5 pages of loose leaf notebook paper
*electronic spellers (ie: Franklin) are not permitted

Students in Grades 3-12 will be provided with 90 minutes for the standardized assessment.
-Day 1: Thinking Map and Rough Draft
-Day 2: Final Draft

AR Deadline
March 8th is our 3rd Quarter AR Deadline- finish strong and reach your goal!!!! Way to go scholars!!!!!

The First Academy’s 8th Grade Maturity Conference
On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, our marvelous 8th grade scholars have the tremendous opportunity to participate in our annual 8th Grade Maturity Conference that will challenge and inspire them to live a life of purity. Students will be provided with information and encouragement on making positive life choices that correlate with a Christian worldview by Dr. Tamberly McCarus, First Baptist Orlando’s Student Ministry Staff, and The First Academy Staff.

3rd Quarter Ends/Early Dismissal
Friday March 11th is the last day of our 3rd Quarter! Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm on that day!!!! Finish STRONG!!!!

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

Purchase Your Yearbook Today
Your 2015-2016 TFA Legacy Yearbook is almost complete! Last 2 weeks to order while supplies last so purchase your book today at As always, our book covers Lower, Middle, and Upper School students.

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:

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