A Message from the Board of Trustees

Dear Frederica Family,

The Head of School position was highlighted in the Southern Teachers Agency weekly job posting email on Friday. Job seekers from around the country, as well as those who post jobs with Southern Teachers, will see this posting. Click HERE to read the posting. The position profile will also be posted on NAIS, SAIS and GISA websites which reach across all of the professional organizations affiliated with a quality independent school leader and educator.
Greer Brown, Search Committee Chair, and I join with the other members of the Search Committee in expressing our appreciation to everyone who participated in the Listening Sessions with a special thank you to Valerie Hepburn, our facilitator, for sharing her time and talent once more for the benefit of Frederica Academy. This job description reflects that valuable input. In addition to helping promote the position externally, it will also help guide the Search Committee in what our community is looking for in our next leader.

This is an exciting time for Frederica Academy as we look forward to meeting candidates and bringing the finalists on campus. As a reminder, you will have the opportunity to meet the finalists. Please look for updates in future Sunday emails about these opportunities. We anticipate this taking place sometime in December before school adjourns for the Christmas holiday, so please stay tuned.  
We also ask that you refer any possible candidates that you or your friends, family and colleagues may be aware of to Greer.  If you know of an outstanding leader that you believe could be a good fit for our school, please let Greer know at your earliest convenience. 
I have enjoyed my conversations with many in the Frederica family and look forward to many more. It is Annual Fund season, and I ask you to consider making a gift early this year so that we can demonstrate the great support our school receives each year from our wonderful parents. You will soon receive information about this year's Annual Fund campaign.

I remain grateful to and in awe of Ellen Fleming for her outstanding leadership and commitment to our school.   


Frederica Academy Board of Trustees Chair

This Week at Frederica Academy

Monday -
Lunch Menu Click HERE to view Cafeteria Lunch Menu (Grades 1-12).
Click HERE to view Cafeteria Lunch Menu (Grades PK + K)
Click HERE to download PK + K Lunch Order Form

ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)
Click HERE for more information about ERB  + FA Testing.

9:00 AM Presbyterian College Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in Gym

1:05 PM
Valdosta State University Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center 

Morning ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

All Day Middle School + Upper School Adjusted Schedule
(40-Minute Classes)

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Make-Up Yearbook Headshot Picture Day
Knights Reading Room (Media Center)
Click HERE for Order Form

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
October Teacher Luncheon in Gym Lobby

Tuesday 1:05 PM Birmingham-Southern College Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

2:20 PM Upper School Gathering Place Advisory Assembly in the Gym

Morning ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM First Grade Field Trip to 

1:05 PM Upper School FCA October Leaders' Lunch Meeting
Mrs. Graham's Room

4:00 PM Deadline to Register for November 14 Flue Vaccine Clinic

4:00 PM Deadline to Submit Medical Information for Carpe Vitam Trips

Morning ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

All Day
Gym Closed (Floor Re-Surfacing)

10:45 AM - 12:30 PM Kindergarten Field Trip to UMC Pumpkin Patch

1:05 PM Junior Class Homecoming Pizza + Menchies Celebration

1:05 PM University of Alabama Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

Evening Q1 Report Cards Posted

5:00 PM Middle + Upper School Faculty Pre-Conference Dinner
Hamilton Hall (Sponsored by FA Parent Association)

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30 PM
Golden Isles FCA "Fields of Faith" at Glynn County Stadium

All Day
Gym Closed (Floor Re-Surfacing)

Friday All Day Lower School + Middle School Not in Session (No Students)

Friday All Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences (All Divisions)

8:30 AM
Grades 9-11

9:00 AM
Grade 12
Upper School Half-Day Session (Noon Dismissal)
    • Click HERE and HERE for more information.
  • Senior Health Seminar Day - Terry Thomas Room
Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

FA October Testing Information


FA families who live on the north end of Saint Simons Island should anticipate experiencing a longer commute to school this week. On Saturday, The Brunswick News reported the following:  "Frederica Road on St. Simons will be reduced to one lane next week while Georgia Power works on a major utility pole along the road. Georgia Power trucks will be working on the pole from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Sylvan Drive and Market Street from Monday through Friday, according to a county news release. A portion of the south-bound lane on Frederica in front of Taylor House Interiors will be closed. Traffic will be rerouted to the center turn lane to accommodate a Georgia Power truck. People seeking more information can call 912-554-7111.

It is very important that all students in Grades 2-7 arrive on time so that they will be in attendance when ERB testing begins.

As a college preparatory, independent school, Frederica Academy is not mandated to administer specific state or federal standardized tests; therefore, we do not teach to a particular test. We employ a comprehensive approach to assessing each student's educational journey and focus on tests which allow us to better understand every student as a learner as well as how our students compare to students at other independent schools. In Grades 8-11, we administer tests which help us better prepare our students for the SAT and ACT.

October is a very important testing month at Frederica Academy. Please note that no homework will be assigned during testing.

While there is no direct preparation for these types of tests, Frederica Academy recommends the following:
  • Have your child present at school on the days of testing;
  • Encourage a relaxed evening prior to testing, along with a good night's rest, and a normal, balanced breakfast; and, finally,
  • Arrive at school on time and unhurried - which is a great start to any day!
Click HERE for more information.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up Link

Click HERE to sign up for a Middle School or Upper School Parent-Teacher Conference on the evening of Thursday, October 19.

Click HERE to sign up for a Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School Parent-Teacher Conference during the day on Friday, October 20.

Yearbook News + Updates

Make-Up Picture Day (Tuesday, October 17) :  Students who missed Yearbook Picture Day or were not satisfied with their photos, should plan to have their pictures taken in the Knights Reading Room on Tuesday morning starting at 8:00 a.m. Students who plan to have their photo re-shot should return their original photo packet when they arrive to have their photo taken. Students in Grades 2-7 who will be taking the ERB exam on Tuesday should have their photos taken between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Group photos not taken on Club Picture Day will be scheduled and announced between 11:30 a.m. and Noon. Click HERE for Yearbook Pictures Order Form.

Yearbook Page Sponsorships:  FA families and local businesses interested in sponsoring a page in this year's yearbook, should click HERE for the sponsorship form. The sponsorship entails that on the page of the sponsor's choice (based on availability at the time of submitting the form), the yearbook page will read "Page provided by _____ ." For example, if your child is in the first grade, you can sponsor his or her class page, and your family's name or your business name will be printed at the bottom of the First Grade page. You can sponsor sports and events pages as well.

Senior Ads: Senior parents please click HERE for information about ordering senior portraits and senior ads for the yearbook.

MS Carpe Vitam Medication Information

As a reminder, if your student will need to take daily medication on the  Carpe  Vitam trip, please contact the school nurse so we can set up a  medicine administration plan. Please do this by October 18. School policy does not allow students to carry  medications on their person unless prior arrangements have been made with the School Nurse.

Click HERE to email Nurse Byers.

November 14 Flu Vaccine Clinic Registration

Our Flu Vaccine Clinic will be on Tuesday, November 14. Students will get their vaccine during Middle School and Upper School lunch periods. Lower School students will be escorted from their classrooms to the clinic during the day.

Parents who have not yet registered their children have until Wednesday, October 18, to register. FA faculty and staff who missed the earlier adult flu vaccine clinic must also register by October 18 if they want to get the vaccine on November 14.

Steps to register your child for the flu vaccination:
  1. Click HERE to read CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) and HERE to read letter from Dr. Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District.
  2. Click HERE to access and complete form for each child. Every question must be completed (incomplete forms will not be accepted).
  3. Make a copy of your insurance card and include with form. If you do not have insurance, indicate accordingly on the form.
  4. Please return completed consent form and insurance card copy to Nurse Byers before October 18.
Click HERE to contact Nurse Byers should you have questions.

Parent Association Poinsettia + Greenery Sale

Parent Association has launched its annual Poinsettia + Christmas Greenery Sale. Please make sure you place orders before the October 31 Deadline.

Click HERE to access the order form.

National Merit Scholarship Commended Student

Constance Sullivan, a member of the Class of 2018, has been named a Commended Student as part of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).
Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT, the qualifying test used for program entry.
Over 1.6 million students took the PSAT last October. Constance is one of 34,000 students nationwide who took the test and earned this distinction.
"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for the NMSP. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success." 

Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia Teen Board

Frederica Academy students involved with the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia Teen Board recently sponsored a very successful dog and cat food drive in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. For more information about this new FA club, please contact Gigi Gerhart or Sara Seckinger.

Lower School student Ashlyn Casgar was eager to support the food drive.

FA Photos of the Week

Click HERE to view photos taken throughout the week involving FA students. Highlights include photos from the following events: Middle School Computer Science Class, Second Grade Math challenges, Upper School Community Service Project (freshmen and seniors), Upper School Academic Head of School and AP Scholars Assembly, Middle School Head of School Academic Assembly, Fifth Grade Grammar Surgery, and Senior National Honor Society members volunteering at the Very Special Arts Day.

Middle School REACH Students of the Month

L-R: Max Crusan, Sixth Grade, Taniyah Battle, Seventh Grade; and Fina Dooley, Eighth Grade.

Upper School Service Leadership Project

While sophomores and juniors were taking the PSAT exam last Wednesday, freshmen and seniors joined Communities in Schools at Risley Annex to help pack bags for their Backpack Buddies program. The bags contained meals for students in need.

Middle School Computer Science Class

The Middle School Computer Science class wrapped up the Nine Weeks period with a 3D design project where students were challenged to design a keychain that represents something about Frederica Academy. They used a CAD program to design in 3D, and then the keychains were printed with our 3D printer. Everyone did an excellent job showing their creativity and skills. 

Fifth Grade Grammar Surgery

Last Monday, Fifth Grade students were surprised to discover they would be performing surgery. Grammar surgery required students to use skills learned in previous weeks, to save their paper patients. The students were required to cut out specific parts of speech and then glue them to their distressed patients. Once all patients' lives were safe, the Fifth Graders were required to put their grammar skills to the test through a computer game called Extreme Sentence Surgeons.

Fourth Grade Test Prep Photos

Click HERE to access photos taken by Mrs. Squire which will provide Fourth Grade parents with a glimpse of what test prep looks like at FA. The first few images show students studying for a social studies test about the southeast. The last few images show students reviewing properties of multiplication.

Third Grade Book Reports

On Friday, third graders presented their book reports during class. Students were able to design a poster, decorate a book jacket or dress as a character from the book. They had a great time learning from one another.

Click HERE to view all of the photos of their presentations.

Second Grade Math Challenges

Second Graders enjoyed stretching their visual thinking by using the Q-bitz puzzles during math last week. Wells Dixon challenged himself by working on multiple puzzles at one time.

Second Grade Celebrity Reader

Second graders were treated to a VERY special guest reader last week. Sophie McGlaughlin, STAR student in Mrs. Schneider's class, invited Mrs. Floyd to read to the class (her last group of first graders before retiring this summer). The secret couldn't be kept, but everyone was thrilled to spend time with a special teacher and friend!

Pre-K Welcomes Third Grade Mentors

Third grade students, Kyler and Nora, earned a "Help Pre-K Pass" in math class for collecting 25 tickets for their great math efforts and behavior. Mrs. Jobe invited the girls to the Pre-K lunch time to help assist students as needed, as well as to model nice lunch table manners.  The girls enjoyed their time with the Pre-K students, and Pre-K loved having them in their class too! That's what we call a WIN-WIN!

Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader

Last week's Pre-K Mystery Reader was Mr. Taylor Childers, husband of PK teacher Allie Childers. He read the very super silly book How To Dress A Dragon which the children loved! 

October + November Special Event Calendar

October 23-26 Middle School Carpe Vitam Trips

October 25 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony (Upper School Dress-Up Day)
Upper School Assembly in Gym between 9:50 AM and 10:30 AM

October 25
TENTATIVESenior Class Photo at 10:30 AM

October 25
Upper School FCA October General Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room

October 26 Second + Third Grade Field Trip to Ritz Theatre (Mr. Popper's Penguins)
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

October 27 Middle School Post Carpe Vitam School Holiday (MS Not in Session)

October 27
Lower + Upper School Spirit Day (PINK-OUT)
October 27
Lower School Coastfest Art Contest Awards Ceremony
Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:10 AM

October 27 Pre-K Fall Festival on Sea Island Green between 9:15 AM and 11:30 AM

October 27
FA Hosts First-Round of State Football Playoffs at 7:30 PM
PINK-OUT in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 28
ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

October 31
Deadline to Order Parent Association Poinsettias + Christmas Greenery
Click HERE for the order form.

October 31 Upper School Student Council Halloween Costume Contest during Lunch

November 1
Kindergarten Field Trip to Brunswick Fair at 8:30 AM

November 1 Middle School FCA Lunch Meeting in Coach Derrick's Classroom

November 1
School-Wide Faculty Meeting at 4:00 PM

November 3-5 RSM Uniform Distribution + Training at Frederica Academy (Gym + Hamilton Hall)

November 3 Middle School Halloween Dance in Hamilton Hall at 7:00 PM

November 4 SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

November 8
PROBE College Fair at Brunswick High School  at 9:00 AM

November 8 Auburn University Admission Representative in Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

November 9 Second Grade Pirate Day

November 9
Oglethorpe University Admission Representative at Nash Academic Center at 1:00 PM

November 9 Glynn County Teacher of the Year Banquet at Sea Palms (Evening)
Congratulations, Mr. Willis!

November 9 Sophomore College Night in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

November 10 Q2 Progress Report Period Ends

November 10 Veteran's Day Assembly in the Gym at 9:50 AM

November 14 November Teacher Luncheon in Gym Lobby between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

November 14 Flu Vaccine Clinic in Athletic Conference Room between Noon and 2:00 PM

November 14
RSM Whiffle Ball Classic at Frederica Academy Baseball Complex  at 5:00 PM

November 15
Upper School FCA November Leaders' Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room

November 16 First Grade Traditional Thanksgiving Feast at Epworth at 11:00 AM

November 16 Diamond Club Oyster Roast at 6:00 PM

November 16-19
November 17
Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:10 AM
Fourth Grade Performs Aloha! Aloha!

November 17 Q2 Progress Reports Posted (Evening)

November 18
GreyKnights Chess Tournament at Frederica Academy between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM

November 18
RSM Classic Concert at SSI Airport featuring Country Star  Jake Owen

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

November 21 Middle School Lip Sync Contest during MS Lunch

November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 22 Alumni Oyster Roast at Gnat's Landing at 7:00 PM

November 29
Upper School FCA November General Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room

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2017-2018 Master Calendar Updates

To offset some of the school days lost to Hurricane Irma, we've made the following adjustments to the 2017-2018 Master Calendar. Click HERE to access and download the REVISED 2017-2018 Master Calendar.
  • Wednesday, December 20 - School will be in session on Wednesday, December 20. It will be a half day for all divisions. Lower School will adjourn following the traditional Giving Tree program. It will be the last day of exams for Middle School and Upper School students. Friday, December 15, will be the last exam review day and exams will take place on December 18, 19, and 20. Thursday, December 21, will be a Teacher Work Day.
  • Wednesday, January 3 - The Second Semester will start on Wednesday, January 3, instead of Thursday, January 4. All students and teachers will return on January 3.
  • Friday, February 16 - School will be in session on Friday, February 16. We will observe Presidents' Day as a school holiday on Monday, February 19.


2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

Click HERE to  access
and  download the
Frederica Academy
2017-2018  School Year