A Message from the College Counseling Center

Dear Frederica Families,

October is an exciting month for Upper School students. The College Counseling Office is rarely quiet this time of year, as seniors are diligently working on applications, finishing essays, studying for their final round of standardized tests, and patiently waiting for the release of application decisions. With half of this year's senior class applying to at least one school by the October 15th Early Action deadline, the Class of 2018 has set more than just the record of being the largest graduating class in Frederica Academy's history.
Several offers have been made to students in the Class of 2018 for admission and/or athletics, including offers from Auburn University, Davidson College, Michigan State University, the University of Mississippi, and Villanova University. This gives reason to celebrate and be excited for what the rest of the application season has in store for our forty-seven seniors. 
October is also an exciting time for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Corn Hall. On October 11th, sophomores and juniors sat for the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT Exam while seniors worked on resumes, applications, and listened to a member of the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program, Paige Larson, talk about the "do's and don'ts" of college interviews. 
This past Friday, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors took the PreACT, allowing them to get a firsthand look at what they can expect to see on future ACT Exams. Taking the PSAT and PreACT are essential in helping Frederica students prepare for official SAT and ACT exams. These practice assessments are one of many reasons we believe the average SAT and ACT scores of our students exceed global, national, state, and local averages. Click HERE to access this year's school profile that contains averages from the Class of 2017, as well as the 2017 Advanced Placement score summary.

While our students patiently await the results of both practice assessments, they will be exploring Naviance, the comprehensive web-based college counseling program Upper School students use to build their activity resume, explore careers, and search college admission criteria.
The excitement will certainly not end at the close of October, as November promises to be another much anticipated month.  With many Early Action and Early Decision college application deadlines, the Brunswick PROBE Fair, release of October 15th deadline admission decisions, and several exciting college visits on our campus, college is at the forefront of our students' minds.


Frederica Academy Upper School Counselor and Director of College Placement

This Week at Frederica Academy

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

Monday -

All Day Middle School Carpe Vitam

All Day Gym Closed (floor resurfacing.)

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Student Assembly
Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center)

All Day Upper School Dress-Up Day

9:50 AM National Honor Society Induction in the Gym

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

Afternoon Sixth Grade Returns from SC Carpe Vitam Trip

Morning Sixth Grade Carpe Vitam Epworth Program + Pizza Lunch

10:30 AM Second Grade + Third Grade Field Trip to Ritz Theatre
Mr. Popper's Penguins

Sixth Grade Dismissal

Late Afternoon Seventh Grade Returns from Carpe Vitam

Late Evening Eighth Grade Returns from Carpe Vitam

All Day School-Wide Spirit Day (Pink-Out!)

All Day Middle School Not in Session

Friday 8:00 AM
Fathers, Faith + Frederica in Athletic Conference Room

8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall
CoastFest Art Winner Awards

9:15 AM Pre-K Fall Festival on the Sea Island Green

Friday 7:30 PM FA Hosts Tiftarea in First Round of State Football Play-Off Games
Click HERE to access GISA AAA Playoff Brackets
REMINDER:  GISA requires all spectators to pay at gate.  ($8 / $5)
Breast Cancer Prevention + Awareness Pink-Out Game

Saturday Morning
ACT at Glynn Academy

A Message from the FA Arts Center

Hello Frederica Families,

The FA Fine Arts Department is humming with activity from Lower School Music, Middle School Band Classes, Art, and Upper School Jam Band. Our music classes are growing! Our students are reading music and getting much better with the instruments they have chosen. Click HERE to read a few fun facts about how a music educational program affects students.

I am excited about our Fine Arts Program. We love all of our excellent students. Call anytime if you should have any questions.
In Your Service,
Christopher Smith
Director of Fine Arts

Middle School Guitar Club Meeting (10.31.17)

Middle School Guitar Club
Informational Meeting

Middle School
Academic Center

Tuesday, October 31
3:30 PM

Click HERE for more information.

Upper School Rotary Speech Contest

The St Simons Island Rotary is hosting its annual speech contest this fall. First place wins $1,000! Any student interested in competing should see Mrs. Nevins.

Lower School Storybook Character Parade

Tuesday, October 31, is Lower School Storybook Character Day. All Lower School students (PK-5) will parade through campus on this special day dressed as their favorite storybook characters. Students will line up starting at 10:10 a.m. so that the parade can start promptly at 10:15 a.m.

Parents are welcome to join us on campus for the parade!

Parent Association Poinsettia + Greenery Sale

Only one more week to purchase 
Poinsettia + Christmas Greenery items.

Click HERE to access the order form.

Congratulations, FA Model Arab League Honorees!

Several members of the Frederica Academy Model U.N. team recently attended a Model Arab League competition hosted by Georgia Southern University.

L-R:  Sean Toomey, Outstanding Delegate and Tony Award (the Conference's top award); Alastair Campbell, Outstanding Delegate; Mackenzie Morgan, Honorable Mention; Will Grimm, Honorable Mention; and Reese Brown, Distinguished Delegate.

Emily Harrison - Rotary Student of the Month

Emily Harrison was recognized as the October Rotary Student of the Month last week. Emily selected Mrs. Bradford as the teacher to accompany her to the luncheon. They were joined by Emily's parents, Angela and Kent Harrison.

Upper School Gathering Place Advisory Assembly

On Tuesday, October 17th, the Gathering Place kicked off its Upper School Advisory Program with an assembly featuring Frank Reynoso, Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Regional Inner City Coordinator in New York. Mr. Reynoso spoke to the students about the importance of making smart choices and the potential consequences of making poor decisions as teenagers.

Mr. Reynoso was joined by Lucas Ramirez, Executive Director of the Gathering Place (GP), Dana Haza, GP Director of Development, and Madison Roan. Ms. Roan has a Psychology degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and has been hired by the Gathering Place to work full-time with Frederica's Advisory Program. We are grateful for the Gathering Place's support and partnership, and we look forward to Ms. Roan's day-to-day involvement working with our Upper School students.

Humane Society of South Coastal GA Food Drive

Upper School students Sara Seckinger and Gigi Gerhart coordinated a food drive in support of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia ( HSSCG) in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Their efforts generated nearly 200 pounds of dog and cat food and "tons" of towels for HSSCG. Well done, Sara and Gigi!

Tenth Grade Board Game Project ... A Novel Idea

Who doesn't like a board game? Mrs. Walbridge's 10th Grade World Literature classes recently developed a board game based on the Hermann Hesse novel Siddhartha. The board games demonstrated the students understanding of the plot, themes, conflicts, and characters in the novel, and they followed the characters search for enlightenment. Some of the games involved chance while others focused on a series of specific obstacles the players had to overcome to reach enlightenment.

Steve Jobe Represents FA at Kiwanis Club

Click HERE to view high-res version.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for winning this year's Homecoming + Spirit Week competition.  The Juniors celebrated with a Pizza + Menchie's Party on Thursday.  Thank you, Coach O'Sullivan for delivering the Menchie's frozen yogurt!

Lower School Collaborative Art Project

Lower School students participated in a collaborative project where each student designed a feather that was used to form a set of wings. Students took pictures with their masterpiece after it was completed.

Click HERE to see and download more "Wing" photos.

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Kindergarten enjoyed a fun field trip to the St. Simons United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch on Friday.  The outing corresponds with learning about the Lower School garden and the Kindergarten program's emphasis on pumpkins!  What a fun ending to a great week!

Click HERE to see more photos.

Maddie Veal Reads to Second Grade Class

Senior Maddie Veal visited the Lower School last week to read to the Second Grade class.

Third Grade Jubilee School Pen Pal Project

Third Grade students wrote pen pal letters to students at our Sister School in Haiti last week. Mrs. Barrow will deliver the letters when she visits the Jubilee School next month. She will also share a video of our students writing their letters during her visit.

This week, Mrs. Barrow is collecting items for her upcoming trip. If you are interested in supporting students at the Jubilee School, please drop off the following items in the Media Center no later than Monday, October 30:
  • Luggage (Checked Bag size) to be used to carry supplies to Haiti
  • Radios
  • Children's books with cassette tapes of CDs (in English)
  • Small toys or hard candy for the prize box
  • Children's books in French
For more information, please click HERE to email Dottie Barrow.  Thank you!

Thank You, First and Eleventh Grade Parents!

Thank you First Grade and Eleventh Grade parents for sponsoring this month's Appreciation Luncheon. Special appreciation goes to Becky Derrick and Dana Carter for coordinating their respective parent groups.

GIBC Ballet + Art Exhibition (Tuesday Night)

November Special Event Calendar

October 30
Deadline to donate items for the Jubilee School in Haiti

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

October 31
Lower School (PK-5) Storybook Character Halloween Parade at 10:15 AM

October 31 Upper School Student Council Halloween Costume Contest during Lunch

October 31
Middle School Guitar Club Meeting in the MS Academic Center at 3:30 PM
Click HERE for more information.

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
Thomas Hogan NCAA Signing Ceremony in the Gym Lobby at 1:00 PM

November 8 Auburn University Admission Representative in Nash Academic Center at 1:15 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

November 21
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