The Classical School Blog, Week of February 9th


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

Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has collaborated with local school districts to identify and recognize young people who have demonstrated excellence in their schools and communities. Disney Dreamer and Doers are celebrated for the many ways they are engaged in taking positive action to improve their communities, homes, and schools. This year TCS and The First Hope students will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Disney Dreamer and Doer. TCS families, please check your email for further information. The First Hope families, please contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information. We are very excited for the inaugural year of TCS and The First Hope students being self-nominated for this special award!

A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

Spoiler Alert!  The New England Patriots were victorious in Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons.  Whether or not your find yourself a fan of the Patriots or not, you must recognize that fact that they overcame a 25 point deficit to win the game in overtime.  I would like to say that their steady plotting for 60 minutes – showing perseverance through adversity – led to their fifth Super Bowl title.  Yes, we could even say that the Falcons, although they started off strong, folded when they needed it most.

During this season of the school year, parents, students, and even teachers fall weary and can begin to lose their sight of the end goal.  This is the time to finish strong – running through the finish line with all of your might!  Spring Break is just around the corner.  There will be much time to rest at that time.  Until then, don’t give up.




Samuel Lowry

This week’s spotlight is on Senior Samuel Lowry. If you’ve been around for awhile, then you’ve surely seen Samuel wandering the halls of TCS or the church. Samuel started at TFA in Kindergarten and then came to TCS in 7th grade. His parents wanted him to be apart of a Christ-centered school, and they attribute it to being completely from God in how Samuel ended up at TCS. Samuel spends a lot of his time serving at First Orlando, including leading a small group for the Children’s Ministry. He is also currently a Connections Intern with the church. Last year he was Chaplain for our SGA, and this year he is SGA Vice-President. Boy Scouts has also played an important role in his life – this year Samuel will be receiving his Eagle rank before graduating high school! Looking ahead to the future, Samuel has applied and been accepted to Liberty University Online and World of Life Bible Institute. Samuel has a jump start on his college through the several classes he has already taken through Liberty’s Dual Enrollment Program. He plans to continue on with Liberty Online and major in Business Administration with International Business Cognate and minor in Church Ministries. Eventually Samuel would like to own and run a multi-cultural business while continuing to grow in his ministry work. Samuel has applied for several scholarships, including FBO Seminary Scholarship, the Hispanic Scholarship fund, and Teen’s Awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease.

There have been many TCS teachers who have made a difference in Samuel’s life, and he had a hard time narrowing the list down, but a few of those teachers are Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Joynes, Mrs. Dickerson, Miss Crosby and Mrs. Crawford. Samuel says TCS has helped him shine as a person, student, and follower of Christ, and having the time flexibility has provided him opportunities to be able to work and volunteer at church. This schedule has helped prepare him for his next step in life – college! To Samuel and his parents, being a student at TCS has meant being part of a family with one goal: to experience the glory of God within educational growth.

Photo of TCS senior Samuel L.



Spiritual Formation

In Miss Crosby’s High School Spiritual Formation class, students were guided into a time of Christian Meditation. Students quieted themselves before the Lord, emptied anything that was not of God, and spiritually cleaned house (heart). Students created a space to partner with the Holy Spirit to guide them into their Christian Meditation. They also chose several verses to meditate on. They read through the passages differently several times to emphasize certain words, then wrote the passage in their own words to make it more personal. Then they prayed through the passages and, using their imagination, visualized the passage happening to them. Overall, there was positive feedback from the students and most agreed that they liked the experience.

TCS high school students participation in meditation/reflection during their Spiritual Formation class. TCS high school students participation in meditation/reflection during their Spiritual Formation class.


High School Chapel

Last Thursday, TCS high school students had an awesome chapel with guest speaker Keith Tower, pastor of High Point Church in Ocoee and husband of TCS teacher Mrs. Tower.


Keith Tower speaks to TCS students during chapel.


4th Grade Science Lab

Students in Mrs. Parrish’s 4th grade class did an exciting in class, learning how bird beaks differ.


TCS 4th grade students study bird beaks.   TCS 4th grade students study bird beaks.   TCS 4th grade students study bird beaks.



Valentine’s Attire

On Tuesday, February 14th, students may wear Valentine themed or colored shirts and jeans. Jeans must not have tears, and all other dress codes apply. This alternative dress day will be held in place of a Spirit wear this month.



Cold Weather School Attire

As a reminder, in cases of extremely cold weather, TCS will send out an email letting students and parents know that students may wear jeans. Please don’t assume that we will have alternative wear unless you receive an email from us.

TCS Wax Museum

On March 2nd, TCS will host the first ever Wax Museum. This will be held on the 2nd floor of E-2, from 9 am – 11 am. More details will be coming soon on this!

TCS and TFH Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Parents: Please click here to see how you can volunteer around TCS and TFH. We are so thankful for our parent volunteers and appreciate any help you can provide!

High School Volunteer Hours

High School students need 75 or 100 hours to qualify for Bright Futures scholarships, depending on which type of scholarship the student qualifies for. Students should go here to print the form. Please do not submit the online form, as this will go to TFA Upper School. Please print the PDF version and then turn in to Mrs. Mayberry.

College Acceptance

Seniors: Please remember to keep Mrs. Mayberry updated with your college acceptances via email. We want to celebrate with you!


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