School will be in session on Monday, October 9.

A Message from Miss Fleming

Dear Frederica Family,

It was a glorious week as we celebrated Homecoming in all three divisions last week. The fun continued over the weekend as students, parents, faculty, and alumni repeated stories about their favorite Homecoming memories. Seeing pure joy on the faces of our Lower School students as they watched the school's inaugural football Homecoming parade was a highlight for me. You could see in their eyes a fascination with our Upper School students and a desire to one day be able to ride on an antique fire truck, convertible, or float while others cheer for them. The parade brought our community together in a magical and heart-warming way.

Our Homecoming experiences and memories would not have been possible without the imagination and tireless efforts of our Student Council leaders and advisors, the dedication and generosity of many families, the support and cooperation of our classroom teachers, the patience and understanding of our coaches, and, most importantly, the commitment and attitude of our students who universally embraced the week-long celebration.

Another highlight on Friday was the honor I had when I announced at the pep rally our 2017 Teacher of the Year:  Tom Willis.

Mr. Willis attended Frederica Academy for thirteen years before graduating in 1986. He returned to teach in 1993 after receiving a bachelor's degree in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech and a master's degree in Secondary Science Education from Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Willis teaches several Upper School science classes and coaches the Upper School Science Team.  The strongest endorsements for Mr. Willis being named this year's Teacher of the Year come from his students:
  • "Mr. Willis has one of the most interesting styles of teaching that I have come across in my education."
  • "I love coming into class and reading the 'joke of the day' on his board."
  • "While he does a great job teaching the material, he also teaches the importance of putting in work outside the classroom in order to be successful."
  • "He teaches us to never take ourselves too seriously."
  • "He challenges us and helps us to succeed."
  • "He has an extensive knowledge of music and has been known to start a sing-along - he is actually not a terrible singer!"
Please click HERE to read additional testimonials from young alumni about Mr. Willis which were included in a recent profile about him.

In addition to being a respected classroom teacher in our community, Mr. Willis has a national reputation as an accomplished educator and effective trainer. He has served as an AP Exam Reader for nearly two decades. Mr. Willis became a College Board Consultant seven years ago and now trains AP Readers throughout the country and around the world. This past year, he trained readers in China and Germany.

Mr. Willis is also known as Coach Willis and has been equally successful in helping shape lifelong learners through his work outside the classroom. He has served as the varsity golf coach since 1993. He holds the distinction of having coached more consecutive state championships than any other high school coach in Georgia. The last time one of his golf teams did not win state was when this year's seniors were in first grade. That makes ten consecutive state golf titles!

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Willis on being named Frederica Academy's Teacher of the Year. Mr. Willis will be honored at the Glynn County Teacher of the Year Banquet sponsored by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce on November 9.


Ellen E. Fleming
Interim Head of School

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)

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Senior National Honors Society Members at Very Special Arts

10:00 AM Middle School Assembly in the Terry Thomas Room
Program:  Head of School Honors Assembly

Middle School + Upper School Assembly Schedules (45-Minute Classes)

9:50 AM
Upper School Assembly in the Gym
Program:  Head of School Honors + AP Scholars Assembly

After School No Upper School Homework on Tuesday night due to PSAT Testing.

ALL DAY Upper School "Dress Down" Day

8:15 AM
PSAT 8/9 Testing (Grade 8)

8:15 AM
Grades 9-11 Report to Advisory

8:30 AM
PSAT Testing (Grades 10-11)

Wednesday 8:45 AM Freshman Service Leadership program at Communities in School

Senior Community Service Project (8:30 AM - 9:30 AM)
Senior College Counseling Seminar (9:45 AM - Noon)

Wednesday Noon Upper School Dismissal

ALL DAY Videographer on Campus

1:05 PM
Hampden-Sydney College Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

ALL DAY End of Academic First Quarter

ALL DAY Videographer on Campus

8:00 AM Fathers, Faith, and Frederica in the Athletic Conference Room

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting

Model Arab League Event at Georgia Southern University

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Head of School Honors Assemblies

Middle School
Head of School Honors

Monday at 10:00 AM
Terry Thomas Room

Upper School
Head of School Honors +
AP Scholars Assembly

Tuesday at 9:50 AM

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.

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.

Frederica Academy Crowns Homecoming Royalty

Santana Clark
2017 Homecoming King

Piper O'Quinn
2017 Homecoming Queen

COMING SOON:  More photos of the 2017 Homecoming Court taken on Friday night.

Inaugural Football Homecoming Parade

Click HERE to view and download photos taken during the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.

MS Homecoming Connor Landis Assembly

Homecoming Week for the Middle School focused on raising awareness for childhood cancer. Tuesday's dress theme was "Gold Day." To coincide with the week's theme, Cindy and Mark Landis spoke at the Middle School Assembly about their late daughter, Connor Landis, who passed away from a brain tumor.  They shared stories of Connor's fearless and positive approach to life and thanked the FA students for all of their hard work to raise awareness and funds for those who need it. They finished the assembly by recognizing all of the recipients of the Connor Landis scholarship.

Pre-Kindergarten Field Trip to SSI Fire Station

After learning all about fire safety this week, the Pre-K class and parent chaperones visited the Glynn County Fire Station 2 for an up-close look at its amazing facility and brand new fire truck!

Click HERE to view and download photos from their visit.

Second Grade STAR Students

Second grade STAR students Jack Dorminy and Grayson Fitzjurls enjoyed having their sisters, Maggie and Mary Ford, visit as guest readers. Both fourth grade girls enjoyed being back in their second grade classroom and sharing memories they had.

October Special Events Calendar

October 16-19 ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

October 16 Presbyterian College Admission Representative at FA Nash Academic Center at 9:00 AM

October 16
Valdosta State Admission Representative at FA Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

October 17
MS + US Adjusted Schedule (40-Minute Classes)

October 17
Yearbook Make-Up Picture Day (Headshots)

October 17
Teacher Luncheon in Gym Lobby between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

October 17
Birmingham Southern Admission Representative
FA Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

October 17 Upper School Gathering Place Assembly in Gym at 2:20 PM

October 18 First Grade Field Trip to Poppell Farms

October 18
Senior Class Photo at Sea Island at 3:30 PM

October 19-23 Gym Closed - Floor Resurfacing

October 19
Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip at 10:45 a.m.

October 19
University of Alabama Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

October 19 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening Option)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 19
Golden Isles FCA "Fields of Faith" Event at Glynn County Stadium at 6:30 PM

October 20 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Day Option)

October 20 Lower School Parent-Teacher Conference Day

October 20 Lower School + Middle School Not in Session (No Students on Campus)

October 20
Upper School Half-Day Session (Noon Dismissal):
  • Pre-ACT (Grades 9-11)
  • Senior Health Seminar Day
October 21 GreyKnight Chess Association Tournament at Frederica Academy
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Hamilton Hall)

October 23-26 Middle School Carpe Vitam Trips

October 25 National Honors Society Induction Ceremony (Upper School Dress-Up Day)

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
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 Upper School Student Council Halloween Costume Contest during Lunch

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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.
  • Monday, October 9 - School will be in session on Columbus Day.
  • 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.

We've made some additional calendar adjustments to optimize classroom learning and student assessments. For example:

  • Thursday, October 19 - We will offer evening sign-ups for Middle School and Upper School parents as an alternative option to parent-teacher conferences taking place on Friday, October 20.
  • Friday, October 20 - Lower School and Middle School students will not attend school on Friday, October 20, in order for teachers to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Upper School students will be in session until noon on Friday, October 20. Students in Grades 9-11 will take the Pre-ACT and students in Grade 12 will attend the Senior Health Seminar.
2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

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