A Message from the Head of School

Dear Families,

On the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, I added to my deep basket of blessings a visit that Laura Nevins, Brad Hutcherson, and I were privileged to have with several of our young alums who are still in college.

The reason for the visit was to hear about how Frederica Academy had or had not prepared them for college. The group of ten were at various stages of college competition and represented private/public and in-state/out-of-state universities. Not only was their intense loyalty to their college choice apparent, but each exhibited a deep appreciation for their Frederica Academy experience.

They agreed that they were definitely prepared for the work load and had developed the necessary management skills. Essay writing and research skills were comparatively excellent for all as was their use of the MLA Citation System. More experience with APA writing style and format for papers would be useful for some. It was also suggested that occasionally working backwards on math problems could be helpful. Taking more daily quizzes in certain classes would "keep them on their toes."

Group work seems to be fundamental to many classes and "the more projects the better."  Group presentations and the abilities to condense information and communicate well are assets.  Advanced Placement classes help establish what to expect and all should be working from a syllabus on a daily basis. Troublesome for all, and maybe disconcerting, was class registration. Some have discovered that helping each other learn helps them learn. This might suggest that maybe all older students might do well to work or take a class "teaching" in one of the Academic Centers.

All in all, I was thrilled with what they shared: their thoughtful remarks and suggestions, their superb manners and ability to speak well, but most of all the description of Frederica Academy as a "family" that taught them much more than facts. All ages mix, cheer for each other and share a bond with fellow students, teachers and building community. This special time certainly filled me with a very grateful heart for FA families here before, now and those to come.

I am pleased to share this experience with you.

Warmest regards,

Interim Head of School

This Week at Frederica Academy

Lunch Periods 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

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center


10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

12:10 PM Middle School Math Team Practice in the Academic Center

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM Middle School Jingle Bell Music Rehearsal in Parker Music Room

9:10 AM - 12:10 PM Eighth Grade Field Trip to see A Christmas Carol performed at the Ritz Theatre

Tuesday 10:00 AM Senior Class College Meeting in Nash Academic Center

12:10 PM Middle School Sports Club Meeting in Mrs. Walbridge's Room

6:00 PM College Financial Aid Night in Hamilton Hall

10:00 AM Middle School Assembly in the Terry Thomas Room

12:10 PM Middle School Science Team practice in Mr. Titter's Room

Wednesday 4:00 PM Faculty + Staff Meeting in Hamilton Hall

10:00 AM Middle School Airplane Club meeting in Mr. Connolly's Room

12:10 PM Middle School Math Team Practice in C-6

1:05 PM NCAA Eligibility Registration Workshop in Athletic Conference Room

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Model UN Club Meeting in Room F-8

Thursday 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center

5:30 PM Lower School students in Grades 1-5 assemble in classrooms

Thursday 5:30 PM Sneak Preview with Santa Claus in Hamilton Hall
(Santa photo opportunity for Infants and children younger than first grade)

5:45 PM Pre-Concert Music performed by Middle School Band in Gym

Thursday 6:00 PM Jingle Bell Musical Celebration in Gym

6:45 PM Christmas Tree Lighting at Corn Hall Steps

Thursday 6:50 PM Photos with Santa in Hamilton Hall
Cookies and Milk on the Sea Island Green

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

8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall

12:10 PM Middle School Military History Club meeting in Coach Derrick's Room

ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

Parent Volunteers Needed

Parents, please click HERE to email Brooke Ackerman if you would be willing to bake or donate cookies on Thursday morning for the Jingle Bell celebration on Thursday night or if you would be available to help decorate the campus this week for Christmas.  Thank you!

Middle + Upper School Exam Schedules

Click HERE for Middle School Exam schedule.

Click HERE for Upper School Exam schedule.

TUESDAY - FA College Financial Aid Night

College Financial Aid Night will take place in Hamilton Hall on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m.

A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will share information on the HOPE Scholarship and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

All Upper School students and parents are invited and encouraged to attend. 

A Message from the Music Department

Dear Frederica Family,
We are excited about the upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 7th. The Middle School Band has been working hard over the last semester to learn new instruments and learn to read music. You are in for a real treat when they will begin their performance in the gym at 5:45 p.m. and will finish in time for the 6:00 p.m. program. I am so proud of each student. You are encouraged to cheer and clap after each piece. Your Middle School student can easily be a part of the Band next semester.

When the program has finished and you are making your way to the Christmas Tree outside Corn Hall, you will be greeted with the smooth jazz sounds of the Upper School Ensemble. Their music is all original arrangements with each student designing and working through each song. Jazz has been a strong influence with this year's arrangements. This next semester, we dive deeply into musical college prep, theory, and performance dynamics. We hope your Upper School student will bring their instrument and be a part of the Upper School Ensemble.

We are seeing the Music and Fine Arts Department grow in so many exciting ways with a three-year vision that will build one of the finest Music and Arts Programs in our area.

From all of the Fine Arts Department Staff to your family, we thank you for the honor to serve you and your family at Frederica Academy.
Merry Christmas,
Christopher Smith
Director of Fine Arts

THURSDAY - FA Jingle Bell Celebration

5:30 PM Lower School students in Grades 1-5 assemble in classrooms

5:30 PM Sneak Preview with Santa Claus in Hamilton Hall
(Santa photo opportunity for Infants and children younger than first grade)

5:45 PM Pre-Concert Music performed by Middle School Band in Gym

6:00 PM Jingle Bell Musical Celebration in Gym

6:45 PM Christmas Tree Lighting at Corn Hall Steps

6:50 PM Photos with Santa in Hamilton Hall
Cookies and Milk on the Sea Island Green

Lower School parents (Grades 1-5), please click HERE to access the song lyrics for the December 7 music program. Students are encouraged to practice at home to prepare for their performance.

For more information, please click HERE to contact Phoebe Shelton, Lower School Music Teacher.

ALL WEEK - FA Hour of Code

Frederica Academy will participate in the Hour of Code again this year the entire week of December 4th. This is a global movement reaching millions of students in over 180 countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Click HERE for more information.

ALL WEEK - FA Media Center Book Fair

The FA Book Fair will take place in the Media Center on December 4-8 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

In addition, the book fair will be open on December 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the Jingle Bell Celebration.

Students will visit the Book Fair with their class to shop and create a wish list that will go home with your child. Parents are welcome to shop any time that the book fair is open.

Approximately 20% of the gross proceeds from the book fair go to the library. Thank you for your support!

Lower School Giving Tree Program (December 20)

The Lower School is gearing up to participate in Frederica Academy's annual Giving Tree program! This is when Lower School families help local service organizations by providing a gift for a child in need. The Giving Tree program will be on December 20th, the morning of our last day of school before the Christmas break. The organizations we will be working with include:  Communities in Schools, Amity House, Coastal Coalition for Children, Safe Harbor, and Morningstar. We look forward to helping others have a Merry Christmas!

For more information, please click HERE to email Catherine Squire.

Sixth Grade Launches Odyssey of the Mind

On Friday, Sixth Grade students participated in Frederica Academy's first-ever Odyssey of The Mind program.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Students select a problem, create a solution, and then bring their solution to competition against other teams in their age category. Students work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of a coach. Under the program, teams:
  • Create solutions to long-term problems over a period of months;
  • Come up with all the ideas and do all the work on their solutions themselves;
  • Work within the cost limit stated in the problem;
  • Have eight minutes to present their long-term problem solution in competition;
  • Are scored for creativity in categories specific to each problem and for meeting the requirements of the problem; and
  • Must also solve a spontaneous problem on the day of competition.
The combined long-term score, the style score and the spontaneous score determines a team's standing in competition. Teams must abide by the general rules in the Program Guide, the limitation in the problems, and any problem clarifications issued during the year that pertain to their selected problem.

Participation in FA's Odyssey of the Mind program is open to all 6th Grade students, but it is different than other extracurricular activities that they may have participated in previously. Students will create teams of 5-7 members who will be led by a coach. They will work together to create a skit to solve their problem while also creating their own costumes, set, and props.
This year's regional competition date is March 24, 2018, at Hawkinsville High School in Hawkinsville, GA. Click HERE for more information about the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind program.

Click HERE to email Phoebe Shelton, FA's Odyssey of the Mind program coordinator, should you have questions.

Thank you, Beimler Family!

Many thanks to the Beimler Family for assembling and donating new, sturdy, "awesome" soccer goals for the Terry Thomas Playground!

Nutcracker Performance at FA

The Golden Isles Ballet Company performed excerpts from The Nutcracker in the gym on Friday in front of Lower and Middle School students.

Click HERE to see photos.

Middle School Community Service

Middle School students in the community service course went to the Southeast Health Georgia System nursing home to help decorate the facility for the holidays and spend time with the residents. 

Middle School students also worked on a Blessings in a Backpack project last week.

Middle School Assembly Visiting Artist

Mark Wentz is a renaissance man. He can do the following, in no particular order: b low glass, w eld, f orge, c arve, s culpt, b uild, p aint, b e a cool dad, and w restle (he went to Kent State University on a wrestling scholarship).

Last week, Mr. Wentz spoke to the Middle School students about his interests and why it is so important to explore your passions in life.

Click HERE to learn more about Mr. Wentz's background and HERE to learn more about his artwork.

Fourth Grade Beginning Strings Program

In September, the 4th and 5th grade classes participated in the StringOn! Program sponsored by the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. During this week-long class, students learned about the parts of the violin and began learning to play. It was a very exciting week and all of the students had a lot of fun.  Frederica Academy has again partnered with GIYO, and I am excited to add violin to our 4th grade music curriculum!

Students will learn about taking care of their own instrument, become fluent in reading music, understand and apply essential music vocabulary, and experience playing in an ensemble. We had our first lesson last Wednesday, and they showed me that they haven't forgotten what they learned in September! We had a lot of fun reviewing the parts of the instruments, the string names, and have begun learning our first song!
- Phoebe Shelton, Lower School Music Teacher

Collaborative Learning (4th + 8th Grade Students)

Fourth Grade students joined the Eighth Grade Computer Science Class in the MakerSpace last week to help prepare for this week's Hour of Code activities. These students will meet again together this week for the Hour of Code lesson.

Fourth Grade Symmetry Lesson

On Friday, Fourth Grade students worked on a hands-on symmetry project.  Students developed their own designs; some were abstract images and others represented actual objects.  Photos were taken of all of the designs and will be analyzed by the students to identify geometric shapes and the numbers of all of the shapes in each design.

Second Grade Lunar Lesson

Mrs. Albright's Second Grade science classes learned about the different phases of the moon last week.  Students used Oreo cookies to create the phases of the moon out of the frosting and then arranged the phases of the moon in order.

Second Grade Guest Reader

Turner Rentz's grandmother, Dr. Marsha Certain, was the guest reader in Second Grade last week.

Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader

This week's Mystery Reader in Pre-K was Abby Jane Johnson's Nana, Carol Barclay. Mrs. Barclay read The Littlest Christmas Star by Brandi Dougherty and brought homemade sugar cookie stars for Abby Jane to share with her classmates and teachers.

The Grinch (December 9-10)

Good Luck
FA Grinch Cast!

Kyler Alexander
Mary Wallace Champion
Payton Cochran
Mary Ford Fitzjurls
Allie Meacom
Madysson Patron
Emerson Pickens
Payton Topp
Anna Claire Tronolone
Ellie Tronolone
Kate Walker

Click HERE for more
information about
The Grinch
and the
Jill Stanford
Dance Center.

Seventh Annual Toy Drive

GIYO + Symphonette Chamber Ensembles


Frederica Academy,  the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and the Symphonette
Chamber Ensemble cordially invite you, your
family and your friends to attend a free holiday
performance by the ensembles 
at The Lodge
at Sea Island Golf Club  on St. Simons Island, on
Thursday, December 21, at 7:00 pm 

December Special Event Calendar

December 11-15 Middle School + Upper School Science Fair

December 13
Pre-K Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

December 13
Middle School FCA Meeting during lunch
Featured Speaker:  Lucas Ramirez, Executive Director of the Gathering Place

December 14 First Grade Field Trip to Jekyll Island
Depart FA at 8:30 AM; Depart Jekyll to FA at 12:15 PM

December 14 Middle School Locker Cleanout Day

December 14 Pre-K Christmas Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

December 14 Third + Fourth Grade It's A Wonderful Life performance at the Ritz Theatre

December 14
Science Fair Award Presentations at 10:00 AM

December 14
Juniors vs. Seniors Powderpuff Game + Bonfire at 6:30 PM

December 15
There will NOT be a Lower School Morning Meeting on December 15

December 15
Kindergarten sings Christmas Carols at the Benton House at 10:00 AM

December 15 Annual Fund Benefield Society Party hosted by Abigail + Steve Hoover

December 18 Middle + Upper School Exams (English) / Early Dismissal

December 19 Middle + Upper School Exams (Math) / Early Dismissal

December 19
Kindergarten  Polar Express + PJ's + Hot Chocolate Celebration

December 20 Middle + Upper School Exams (Foreign Language) / Early Dismissal

December 20 Lower School Giving Tree Ceremony in Hamilton Hall

December 20 Lower School Noon Dismissal

December 21
Teacher and Staff Work Day - No Students

December 21
GIYO and Symphonette Chamber Ensembles Christmas Performance
The Lodge at 7:00 PM (free admission)

December 21 -
January 2

Student Christmas Holiday Break

December 22 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

December 27-29 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

December 29 First Semester + Q2 Report Cards Posted

January 2 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

January 3 First Day of Second Semester

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2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

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

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.