The Classical School Blog, Week of April 20th


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

A Message from Sarah Donovan, Principal of Extended Educational Programs


We are so blessed with the best teachers and staff at The First Hope and The Classical School. They are strong of heart and mind with a love for Christ in all they do for our students and families. We are honored to announce two team members of each program who have been chosen by both their colleagues and parents for exemplifying the highest level of dedication as Living Curriculum!.
Congratulations to…
Mrs. Kathy Truex, Kindergarten Teacher, as our TCS Christian Educator of the Year 2016
Mrs. Danette Kelly, Program Assistant, as our TCS Christian Staff Member of the Year 2016
TCS Christian Educator of the Year is Mrs. Kathy Truex.  
Mr. Matt Buchanan, PE Teacher, as The First Hope Christian Educator of the Year 2016
Ms. Tierra Brown, Paraprofessional, as The First Hope Christian Staff Member of the Year 2016
TFH Christian Educator of the Year is Matt Buchanan.TFA Paraprofessional of the year is Tierra Brown.Matt Buchanan and Tierra Brown - award winners for Educator of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year.


A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

Each year, TCS celebrates our student athletes who are moving on to the next stage in their athletic careers to play at the collegiate level.  This year we were able to celebrate the signings of two letters of intent!

Nick Mackedon will be playing baseball at Trinity Baptist College and Melisa Mason will be a part of North Greenville University’s track and cheer teams in the fall.

Congratulations on your amazing achievements, Nick and Melisa!

Two seniors, Nick and Melisa, both singed National Letters of Intent to participate in a collegiate sport. Two seniors, Nick and Melisa, both singed National Letters of Intent to participate in a collegiate sport.



Ciara Ceballos

One of our Senior Spotlight students this week is Ciara Ceballos, who started at TCS in the 3rd grade. Her parents chose TCS for Ciara to receive a quality education, along with being taught from a Christian perspective. Ciara was previously involved in the TCS yearbook in her sophomore and junior years. She also enjoys writing in her free time, whether it is poetry or short stories and has written some beautiful pieces. Ciara has been accepted to all of the colleges to which she has applied to, which includes University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Stetson University, and Liberty University, and she has decided to attend UCF. While she currently does not have a particular major to focus on yet, she is considering creative writing, though she recognizes that this could change in the future! Ciara has been offered over $90,000 in scholarships between her various schools. While Ciara says that she likes all of her teachers at TCS, her favorites have been Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Joynes. She appreciates the creativity in both of these individuals and loves the way they care about their students and how they desire for their students to succeed in life and in the classroom. Ciara feels that TCS has shown her that she still needs to put God first in her life, even once she leaves high school, and she feels that it has prepared her to defend her faith once she gets out in the world. In Ciara’s words, “being a student at TCS means you strive to live the life God wants you to live and always finish strong in whatever you do in life”. Ciara has been gifted with being able to bring words to life, and we at TCS know that she will continue to use this to bless others and bring glory to Him.

Photo of TCS Senior Ciara C.

Melisa Mason

Our other  Senior Spotlight student this week is Melisa Mason, who started at TCS in the 5th grade. Her parents originally chose our school because of the flexible schedule for gymnastics, but once her gymnastics career ended, her family loved TCS so much that they stayed. Melisa and her family know that the teachers are here because they want to be, and the class sizes are small, making the instruction so much more personal. Melisa’s activities include gymnastics for 8 years, which earned her 8th in the nation for Trampoline and 10th in the nation for Power Tumbling. She has also cheered and run track with TFA for two years; she will be continuing to compete in both of these sports in college. Melisa’s dream since she was a child was to attend North Greenville University in South Carolina, where she was accepted and will be attending there in the fall. NGU has awarded Melisa an academic scholarship, an athletic scholarship for cheer and track, an alumni’s child scholarship, and a pastor’s child scholarship.  She plans to major in psychology and then continue on to get a Masters degree in counseling. She then hopes to one day be a family or marriage counselor. Two of Melisa’s favorite teachers have been Mrs. Tower and Mrs. Crosby, who she credits both for having helped grow her in her walk with Christ, along with her academic knowledge. As Melisa spent a large portion of her growing up time here at TCS, she credits our school for helping to develop her leadership skills, and she feels this has prepared her for the future. We look forward to cheering her on her athletic and academic endeavors at North Greenville University!

Photo of TCS Senior Melisa M.



Weightlifting State Championship

TCS Junior Jackson participated in the FHSAA Weightlifting State Championship last weekend and placed 11th in his class. Congratulations Jackson!

Jackson T. participated in state weightlifting championship.


Math Olympics

We are proud of all of our Math Olympic students who went to the ACSI District event on Friday, April 7th, and we wish to extend a special congratulations to our TCS students who are District finalists!!!

Sarah S., 1st place (3rd grade)
Travis F., 5th place (5th grade)
Kristina D.- 2nd place (7th grade)
Nicholas R., 4th place (8th grade)
Great Job Math Olympians!
Students who participated in Math Olympics. Students who participated in Math Olympics.


Parent Appreciation Breakfast

All parents are invited to attend our Parent Appreciation Breakfast on May 4th, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., in E-2, Room 225. Mrs. Tricia Whitaker, wife of Dr. Steve Whitaker, TFA mom, and homeschooling mom, will be sharing a brief word of encouragement to our parents, and breakfast will be served. Please email Dannette to RSVP or if you have any questions (


Schedule for Next Week

Please see email communications for the schedule for next week. Students in K – 8th grade will be dismissed on Tuesday (and Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m. It is a regular dismissal time for high school students on Tuesday. On Thursday, ALL students will be dismissed at noon.



Calendar Adjustments for May

Please see previous email communications regarding some changes in our schedule for several school days in May.


Terra Nova 3 Testing

As we approach our Terra Nova 3 (TN3) standardized testing for this year, we wanted to send out some info regarding these days.

  • Thursday, April 20, is the practice test for TN3. Please have your student present by 7:55. We will resume our regular scheduled classes at  9:30. Basic students should be picked up in the lobby at that time.
  • The mandatory testing dates for students in grades K – 8 are Tuesday, April 25, Wednesday, April  26, and Thursday, April 27. Please make sure your child is here by 7:55 each morning. Dismissal for Tuesday and Wednesday will be at 1:30 pm and dismissal for Thursday will be at noon.
  • Students may bring a healthy snack and lunch each day.
  • Late students will not be admitted into their testing class until the next subtest that morning. There are no make-ups for these tests.
  • Students should have multiple sharped #2 pencils. Students may NOT use mechanical pencils.
  • Students in 3rd – 8th grades have the option of bringing a calculator for the math section. All math problems on the tests can be calculated without a calculator.  The calculator may not be on a phone, tablet, or computer. It also may not be a scientific or graphing calculator.
  • Students may wear Spirit Wear (TFA shirts/jeans). Jeans may not have rips or tears in them. It is also recommended that students bring a jacket.

Royal Sapphire Auditions

Attention 5th-11th grade girls!

Royal Sapphires Auditions will be held on Monday, May 1st  from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Faith Hall, 3rd Floor, Room CF. The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at football games, pep rallies, parades, & chapels. The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to witness the gospel in the community.

Wear dance attire and come prepared to move! Some Dance experience is recommended.

For more info: Contact: Mrs. Collins – US116 or Mrs. Scott-

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