The Classical School Blog, Week of April 6th


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

The First Hope of The First Academy is committed to bringing awareness of individuals with Autism to our school community. Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story was recently shared with TFA families and reminds us of the important work done at The First Academy everyday.

April is Autism Awareness Month. All TFA students, faculty, and staff were invited to ‘Light It Up Blue’ to support their fellow Royals by wearing BLUE on Thursday, April 6th. ‘Light It Up Blue’ is an initiative to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder. Thank you to everyone for participating in such a special awareness!
To view Standing Tall: The Koby Morgan Story please visit
For additional resources please visit
My School Lights it up Blue for Autism.


A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

Do you follow TCS on social media?  We would love for you to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ us on Instagram and Facebook!  On these pages, you will see us showcase different students and some of the incredible events that happen at TCS.  In addition to that, feel free to ‘share’ anything we post to spread the good news of TCS!


The links below will take you to our Instagram and Facebook pages.



Social media images, instagram and Facebook.



Gatlin Thornton

This week’s spotlight is on Gatlin Thornton, who first came to TCS as a Sophomore. The flexible schedule that TCS provides enabled Gatlin to pursue her dreams in music with the extra time. Gatlin is involved in music and church – she plays guitar and piano, sings and writes songs. She created her first EP last year (11th grade), and this year she is in a music duo called St. Valley. They play shows in various venues and will soon be releasing a single and be filming a music video. Belmont University, Samford University, and Dallas Baptist University were some of the schools she applied and was accepted to, but Belmont is where she has decided to attend in the fall. Gatlin was accepted into the songwriting program there, and she hopes to use this  degree to become a worship pastor. She has received an academic scholarship from Belmont and has applied to her church’s Heart of the City Foundation scholarship. Gatlin’s favorite teacher at TCS was Mrs. Grant, who taught Gatlin math in both 10th and 11th grade. Gatlin says that Mrs. Grant truly showed that she cared about Gatlin and helped Gatlin enjoy math.

Gatlin says that being a student at TCS has given her the opportunity to finish her high school education, along with starting her career. She feels the school has supported her in her dreams, while still assuming the role of pushing her towards learning in a God centered environment. She also says that TCS has provided a community of believers that surround and support her, so meshing that she desires for her life after graduation. Gatlin states that TCS has “given me the opportunity to fulfill the calling God has put on my life starting at the age of 15”. We can’t wait to see how Gatlin will use the talents God has given her to honor him in full-time ministry!

Photo of TCS senior Gatlin Thornton.



High School Bible

High school students applied the Spiritual Discipline of Evangelism by doing a mock evangelism. Miss Grace Crosby portrayed actual people she has witnessed to. Students both volunteered and were chosen to participate in trying to lead Miss Grace Crosby’s portrayals to Christ. Some students went above the challenge, and shared their testimonies or personal experiences impromptu were: Nick H., Kasey P. and Jackson T. Here are some photos of a few students that participated.

Students participating in a mock evangelism. Students participating in a mock evangelism. Students participating in a mock evangelism.


3rd Grade

Last week 3rd grade made fresh lemonade! In science, they have been studying the states of matter and made lemonade to demonstrate a “solution”. The class broke up into teams to practice a real life “distribution of labor” (to practice a Social Studies skill.). One team juiced lemons, one team measured sugar, one team prepared cups, and one team served classmates!
TCS 3rd grade students make lemonade.



National Christian High School Choir

The National Christian High School Choir is a combination of students from Christian high schools from all over the country, and they perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City every other year. For the past 10 years, Mr. Don Baker, TFA staff member, has had the privilege of serving as the piano accompanist for this choir. He would like to help coordinate a group of students to sing at the program on Monday, April 23, 2018. This will be for students in high school for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email Mr. Baker at for more information.



Rising Grade Level Parent Meetings

One of the strongest features of our program is the natural collaboration between the school classroom and home classroom. In order to gain a glimpse at the year ahead, we have scheduled ‘Rising Grade Level Meetings’. The goal of these meetings is for you to have the opportunity to meet your student’s teacher and get an overview of the year ahead. These will be held in the classrooms and you will attend in your child’s grade level for next year. The schedule is listed below and also on our TCS calendar.
  • Rising 3rd Grade Meeting Tuesday, April 11th @ 7:30-7:55am with Mrs. Emily Morrill
  • Rising 4th Grade Meeting Tuesday, April 11th @ 7:30-7:55am with Mrs. Sherry Parrish
  • Rising 5th Grade Meeting Thursday, April 13th @ 7:30-7:55am with Mrs. Robyn Whipple
  • Rising 6th Grade Meeting Thursday, April 13th @ 7:30-7:55am with Mrs. Becky Mayberry & Mrs. Michelle Mason

Library Closure

The library will be closed for CTP-4 testing from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Monday, April 10th-Thursday, April 13th.  Thank you for your understanding.

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