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Upper School Blog, Week of 12/3

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR DECEMBER

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

RECOGNITION

Thespians Earn Best in Show & Superior Ratings

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Congratulations to the Thespians of Troupe 5165. They competed at districts November 19-21 at Dr. Phillips High School, earning many Superior and Excellent ratings, as well as one Best in Show. Students will move on to compete at the state level in March.

BEST IN SHOW – MONOLOGUE
McKenzie McNeil

SUPERIOR – MONOLOGUE
Caleb Gordon
McKenzie McNeil

SUPERIOR – SOLO MUSICAL THEATRE
Bailey Higgins
McKenzie McNeil

SUPERIOR – DUET MUSICAL THEATRE
Bailey Higgins
Charli Higgins

SUPERIOR – LARGE GROUP MUSICAL
Halie Barcott
Gabby Barton
Abby Bowen
Claire Derderian
Alexis Hopkins
Katelynd Jones
Chloe Tower
Bethany Tyre

SUPERIOR – COSTUME DESIGN
Bekka Herdy

SUPERIOR – PUBLICITY DIRECTION
Julia Crawford
Brady Parham

SUPERIOR – TECH ONE ACT (12 ANGRY JURORS)
Jake Haskell
Alexis Hopkins
Cameron Keller
Conner Logan
Peyton Neilson
Cole O’Brian
Maddy Pollock
Madison VandenBrekel
Carolina Watlington
Jordan Williams

NEW THIS WEEK

You are invited to a Hot Cocoa Reception!

Meet the Artists of TFA’s Fall Visual Art Exhibit 2015
Throughout the school day on Friday, December 4th in the Library

The exhibit is open during school hours Wednesday, December 2 through Monday, December 7. Reception is Friday only.

Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Gegerson’s students are learning to host and develop a community exhibit, fulfilling several key points from the Florida State Sunshine Standards of curriculum for Visual Art. They exercised critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve aesthetic spacial relationships to provide an attractive public display for visitors. Visual artists are the ‘silent performers’ who receive their ‘applause’ through a viewers’ time spent looking at their piece.

Mrs.Collins’ Ceramics I students will be drinking their Hot Cocoa from their own homemade Ceramic mugs! They learned how to make these mugs food safe by using special glazes and processes.

JOIN US!

Give Week

Join The First Academy in finishing the Rise Campaign for the new TFA Field House! We will host our Give Week December 7-11, focusing on completing our goals of 100% TFA family participation and $10.5 million raised for the new facility. If you have not already participated in the campaign, Give Week is a great time to jump on board! In support of the campaign and Give Week, students can dress up following these guidelines next week:

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – College/Pro Team

Wednesday – Yellow/Gold

Thursday – Sports hero/coach

Friday – TFA spirit wear

Mark your calendars today for Give Week!

REMINDERS

Community Service Opportunity

Babysitters needed! On December 5, First Orlando His Kids Ministry is hosting a foster parents’ day out at the Student Center from 8:00am-12:30pm. Volunteers are needed to help babysit and entertain foster kids of all ages, ranging from infants to high schoolers. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit your information here: https://firstorlando.wufoo.com/forms/foster-parent-day-out-volunteer-registration/
All volunteers must register ahead of time; if you do not register ahead of time, you will not be able to volunteer.
Please note that a background check will be completed on all volunteers age 18 and older.

Haiti Shoebox Drive

Each year The First Academy students, families and staff raise hope and help for Haiti. Show your support this year by filling a box!

Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack the shoeboxes. Click here to sign up.

Important change: In lieu of sending in checks or money with your shoeboxes, please use this formstack to pay for shipping costs for each shoebox ($7 per box). Donations are also welcomed. Click here to submit payment.

Upper School shoeboxes are due on December 4. Remember, National Honor Society members are required to submit 2 boxes as part of the service requirement to maintain membership each school year.

Cafe on the Rock Schedule

Upper School students are permitted to order lunch from Cafe on the Rock according to this schedule:

Seniors: Mondays and Tuesdays

Juniors: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Sophomores: 1st and 3rd Fridays

Freshmen: 2nd and 4th Fridays

Students are required to order online here before 10:00am: https://www.orderstart.com/cafeontherock