IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR FEBRUARY
Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:
- February 11-12: NO SCHOOL – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
- February 15: NO SCHOOL – Student/Teacher Holiday – President’s Day
- February 18: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:28am
- February 18: Senior Recharge – Alumni Commons, 10:35am
- February 18-22: Fine Arts NYC trip
- February 21: Admissions Open House – 2:00pm-4:00pm
- February 23: Parent Association Uniform Resale – Gym Lobby, 8:00am-9:30am
- February 24-26: Alternative lunch – click here to place your order: https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/
- February 25: US Chapel – Student Center, 9:28am
- February 26: Senior Ski Trip Parent & Chaperone Meeting – Student Center, 7:30am
- February 27: Central Florida College Fair – UCF Student Union, 11:00am-1:30pm
- February 27: Sadie Hawkins Dance – TFA Gym, 7:00pm
Shakespeare Competition Finalist Announced
Congratulations to senior Drew Wehry, who won our school’s Shakespeare Competition. According to the English-Speaking Union of the United States, students in the competition “read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: at the school, community and national levels. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year.”
Drew will compete against local schools at the end of February. Break a leg, Drew!
US Students Earn 1st Place in Envirothon
TFA’s AP Environmental Science students competed in the Regional Envirothon at Leu Gardens. Over 200 students from 4 counties had to answer over 100 questions at 5 different science stations covering Aquatics, Forestry, Invasive Species, Soil and Wildlife. TFA had three teams and one of them took 1st and the other 2 tied for 2nd beating schools like Bishop Moore, West Orange, Dr. Phillips and Freedom High School. Congratulations to these students!
NEW THIS WEEK
Alternative Lunch Feb. 24-26
National Honor Society Applications
Applications have been sent to qualifying 10th and 11th graders via email (the email was also sent to parents of qualifying students). The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, March 4. Please remember to turn in your application by March 4; applications submitted after the due date will not be considered for acceptance.
Students who are accepted into NHS will be inducted next fall.
9th Grade SCAN Meetings
TFA US College Advisors will start scheduling individual 9th grade students for SCAN (Student, College, Academic, & Naviance) meetings to review our graduation requirements, college-preparation plans, and students’ PSAT results. Parents who have missed the SCAN meetings in the Fall semester are strongly encouraged to join. Meetings will be scheduled during free/elective periods, so please look out for your College Advisor’s email in regards to the meeting!
Central Florida College Fair
Come and meet with College Representatives from over 130 colleges and universities! This college fair is only open to private high school students in Central Florida.
Hosted by the Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors
Reminder – Lunch Deliveries
We are unable to have students or parents order lunch and have it delivered to the Upper School front desk. To protect academic time, we cannot call students out of class to sign receipts, nor can we sign receipts on behalf of you. If your student forgets their lunch, feel free to drop off a lunch in the front office.
Purchase Your Yearbook Today
Your 2015-2016 TFA Legacy Yearbook is almost complete! Hurry while supplies last and purchase your book today at www.jostens.com. As always, our book covers Lower, Middle, and Upper School students.
Tardy Policy Reminder
From the Parent-Student Handbook: Grades 7-12 – The seventh and subsequent tardy to the first period of the day during a semester, will result in discipline consequences regardless of the reason (page 36).
With the beginning of the second semester, tardies are reset to zero and students do not face discipline until the 7th tardy. Please reserve these for emergencies and make every effort to be in class by 7:50am.