The Classical School Blog, Week of April 27th


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

TEEP’s Royal Reach Referral Program for all Extended Educational Programs is a great way for us to celebrate current families who refer their friends and extended family for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Here’s how it works: When a student applies and successfully enrolls with any Extended Educational Program, the referring family receives a $150 per child in all age and grade levels at TFA’s Preschool, The Classical School (TCS), and The First Hope. The applicant must name you as their referring family on the student application. Every year, close to 80% of our new families enroll at The First Academy due to a current teacher, staff member, or TFA family recommending our school. We know that a recommendation from YOU carries much more credibility than any print ad can say, and we are grateful!

Please help remind your friends to apply early and save their spot for 2017 – 2018! Together we can experience what makes our Extended Educational Programs of The First Academy so special and bring additional mission-appropriate families to share in the excitement of TFA’s Extended Educational Programs.

For more information on TFA’s Extended Educational Programs, please visit the links below:

The First Academy Preschool (Ages 8 Weeks- 3 Years Old)

The Classical School of The First Academy (Kindergarten-12th Grade)

The First Hope of The First Academy (PreK- 12th Grade)



A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

We are proud to announce our 2017-2018 elected Student Government Association members!  The SGA represents our students in several ways, such as creating activities, running our Royal Recharge store, and serving others.  In addition to this, we are grateful for Janae, Sydney, Samuel, and Melisa in their faithful service as the 2016-2017 SGA.


2017-2018 SGA

President:  Jackson Toth

Vice President:  Amandagrace Schiano

Treasurer:  Nicole Ploch

Secretary:  Maddie Spurr

Chaplin:  Kasey Preisser

Photo of current and incoming SGA officers.



Gabe Michaelis

One of our Senior Spotlights this week is Gabe Michaelis. Gabe was new to TCS this year, and his mom wanted him to have a change of school (his younger brother, Daniel, has been part of The First Hope for the last several years). Gabe spends a lot of his time working at a part-time job and also participates in youth group at his church. Gabe plans to attend Valencia upon graduation, and while he isn’t sure what he wants to study yet, he hopes to get his Associate of Arts degree and then have more of an idea of what major to pursue. Gabe feels that being at TCS has shown him the importance of prayer, and says Mrs. Mayberry is one of his favorite teachers, because she is nice and doesn’t put added stress in his life. TCS has enjoyed having Gabe apart of our family this year, and we look forward to cheering him on in his future endeavors!

Photo of Senior Gabe M.


Brooke Pickens

Our other Senior Spotlight is Brooke Pickens, who is one of our 13 year Seniors! Brooke originally started at TFA in the Transitional Kindergarten program and then transferred to TCS for high school. Her parents originally chose TFA for the Christ-centered program and for being a school known to value students. Brooke’s extracurricular activities include varsity cheerleader during her Junior year; she also loves riding and caring for horses. Brooke plans to attend the University of Central Florida and would like to study Criminal Justice. During her time at TCS, Brooke says that one of her favorite teachers has been Mrs. Mayberry, who has helped Brooke not to stress throughout the college process and aided in giving Brooke hope for her college future. In Brooke’s words, she states that TFA  “has taught me to always rely on God for the important things in life and always stay true to him.” After having seen Brooke grow up here at TFA, we are excited for her as she takes the next steps for her future!

Photo of TCS Senior Brooke P.



Senior Presentations

Last Tuesday and Thursday, all TCS Seniors showcased their Senior Project. Each student used their Apologetics paper to create a slide presentation, which was then presented to the high school students and teachers. Seniors chose a worldview to research and then showed how this worldview related to the student’s personal worldview, and how this non-Christian worldview could be refuted. Thank you to Mrs. Crawford for spearheading this event – our Seniors did a fabulous job with these presentations!




Lunch & Learn – Alex Chediak Parent Event

Author Alex Chediak will be speaking at a Lunch & Learn for parents, hosted by TFA. All TFA parents are invited (TCS included)!

Thursday, May 11 at 12:00pm

Student Center

$10 per person – includes lunch – Click here to sign up!




Senior Lunch

All Seniors are invited to a luncheon with Mrs. Mayberry, Mr. Fana and Mrs. Donovan. The luncheon will be held on Friday, May 5th, at Olive Garden (Millenia location) at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Mrs. Kelly by May 3rd.

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 (

Calendar Adjustments for May

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

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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