A Message from the Frederica Academy Board Chair

Dear FA Families,

The extension of our search for the next Head of School (HOS) for Frederica Academy was formally announced Friday on Southern Teachers Agency's (STA) email communication that reaches over 35,000 educators each Friday afternoon. Click HERE to see the posting. Our STA contact, Jamie Estes, recently met with the HOS Search Committee and had an extensive tour of our campus which included meetings with Miss Fleming, the Leadership Team and other key faculty in order to further strengthen our connections and their knowledge of our school and its attributes. We continue to welcome leads or recommendations from our stakeholders, so it is not too late to share any thoughts or information that you might have to Greer Brown, our Search Committee Chair. Please click HERE to email Greer if you have any thought or comments about the HOS Search.  
We remain grateful to Ellen Fleming for agreeing to continue as our Head of School for the next school year. The Board has been so impressed with the demonstration of her professionalism and commitment to making Frederica Academy the best it can be.  As you complete your reenrollment for next year, please do not hesitate to reach out to Division Directors and Miss Fleming for any questions that you may have.  
Open House was a great success. Thank you to Helen Rentz, our indefatigable admissions director, and our outstanding Student Ambassadors for their excellent tours and hospitality. Much of the success was also due to the efforts of the enthusiastic parents who showed up to tell their Frederica stories. In our community, enrollment is an ongoing process, and we all are a part of that team. We are excited about our New Knight Family Referral Program and believe this reinforces the idea that we are all ambassadors for our school and need to get the good word out!

If you are interested in hosting a group in your home for further education about what Frederica offers or would like to further support the Admission Office, please click HERE to contact Helen Rentz. Miss Fleming and I would be happy to address any group that would like to talk more about our school. The best admission contribution that you can make is for you to tell your story to someone else and bring them to Frederica Academy to see the school in action. Thank you, in advance, for your support in this ongoing effort.
And, finally, Derby Day is coming!  This is always a great event. I hope you will choose to be a sponsor this year and join the Board and me at the Derby Day Patron Party which Elizabeth and Trey Brunson have so kindly offered to host in their new home on Thursday, April 19th. And, of course, we look forward to seeing you at Derby Day on Saturday, May 5th.
Every day at Frederica Academy offers something exciting and interesting to behold and springtime provides an excess of riches with academic competitions and awards, arts and athletic endeavors, and the day-to-day activities in our classrooms.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have anything you would like to discuss.
Warmest regards,

Frederica Academy Board of Trustees Chair

This Week at Frederica Academy

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

Monday All Day Fourth Grade Rockin' + Readin'

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

Tuesday All Day First Grade Rockin' + Readin'

Wednesday All Day Second Grade Rockin' + Readin'

Wednesday 10:30 AM Fourth Grade Field Trip to  Epworth Tabby House 

Thursday All Day Third Grade Rockin' + Readin'

Thursday All Day 20th Annual Coastal Georgia Center Middle School Model United Nations
Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah

Thursday 8:15 AM Parent Association Meeting in Hamilton Hall

Thursday 1:05 PM Upper School FCA Speaker in Mrs. Graham's Room during lunch period

Thursday 3:00 PM Deadline for Seniors to submit St. Simons Rotary Club Scholarship Applications
Click HERE for more information and application form.

Friday All Day Fifth Grade Rockin' + Readin'

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

8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall

Parent Association Meeting - Thursday at 8:15 AM

Parent Association Meeting

Thursday, March 1
8:15 AM
Hamilton Hall

BoxTop Collection
The Spring Collection Deadline for BoxTops is March 27.
Please turn BoxTops into your child's teacher, to the
collection box in the Front Office, or at the
Parent Association meeting on Thursday morning.

Used Uniform Sale and Donation Collection
Please bring your used uniform donations to the
meeting or drop them off in the collection bin outside
Happy Hallway.  We will have uniforms available
for purchase during and after the meeting.

2018-2019 Student Re-Enrollment

As a reminder, families should complete the re-enrollment process for the 2018-2019 school year before the  March 5 deadline .

If you need assistance completing the process online or would prefer to receive a printed, hard-copy contract, please click  HERE to email Helen Rentz.  Mrs. Rentz can also be reached at (912) 638-9981 Ext. 106.

Online Enrollment Steps:

Note:  If you already have established your account with RenWeb (the same system used for checking grades) you may proceed to Step B.
Step A - To initiate the process, you must first create an online account using the following instructions:
  1. Please click the following link: RenWeb Parent Portal New Account
  2. Enter your email address in the email field (please list the email account which you used to receive this email).
  3. Click the Create Account button. You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link which will allow you to create your username and password. For security purposes the link will only remain active for 6 hours.
  4. Please click on the link in the email. A change/create password screen will open. You may use the default username provided, or create a new username. Then type in your desired password into the password field and confirm Field.  Passwords must be alphanumeric and contain at least six characters.
  5. Click on the Save Username and/or Password button. Close the window.
 Step B - Once you have created an account, proceed to the Parent Web Portal by completing the following steps:
  1. Click HERE to log in the Parent RenWeb Portal with your username and password.
  2. Once logged in, click on the Family Information button in the left menu.
  3. Click on the Enrollment/Re-enrollment button.
  4. The Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your child(ren).
  5. Please complete each section of the form.  Your information will be saved if you need to stop and return later.
Thank you.

Lower School March 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Lower School (Grades 1-5) will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday, March 16. Please sign up for your conference(s) at your earliest convenience.

School will not be in session for Lower School students (including PK and K) on conference day.
Lower School parents will meet jointly with their respective grade-level teachers. Parents are invited to drop off Lower School students in the Lower School Art Room (Administration Building - Fifth Grade hall) while they are meeting with their teachers. Lower School Specialists will lead this childcare service.
Please click on the links below to schedule your conference:

Middle School March 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Frederica Academy will host Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday, March 16. Middle School parents can select which teachers they want to meet with on March 16. School will not be in session on conference day.

Middle School History
Brandon Derrick
Alyce Dillon

Middle School Language (Spanish + Latin)
Alexis Chandler-Garrett

Middle School Math
Wendy Chapman
Shelley Forrester

Middle School English
Greg Connolly
Kaitlyn Cenicola (Wilson Reading System)

Middle School Science
Curtis Titter
Ashley Zimmermann

Middle School Arts
Laura Edenfield
Chris Smith

NOTE:  Schedules are being finalized for teachers who have missing links. Links will soon be shared.

Please click HERE to contact Ashley Lavallee should you need assistance signing up for a Middle School conference.

Upper School March 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Frederica Academy will host Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday, March 16. Upper School parents can select which teachers they want to meet with on March 16. School will not be in session on conference day.

Click on the following links to schedule a conference:

Please click  HERE  to contact  Ashley Lavallee  should you need assistance signing up for an Upper School conference.

Saint Simons Island Rotary Scholarship

Seniors interested in applying for the Saint Simons Island Rotary Scholarship should click HERE for more information or to access the online form (Microsoft Word document). Applications must be typed.

The deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteen Program

The Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteen Program is for teenagers, 14 through 18 years old, who enjoy helping others and want to learn more about health care and volunteerism. Applicants must be in good academic standing, capable of maintaining confidentiality, reliable, responsible and trustworthy. 
Volunteens can be found volunteering in many departments throughout the Health System performing light clerical tasks and providing assistance to team members, patients, and guests. Volunteering is a great way for students to explore healthcare careers as well as earn the volunteer hours required for many college and scholarship applications.

Volunteen  Program Requirements:
  • Be 14 to 18 years old and enrolled in high school
  • Be able to commit to at least 20 service hours annually
  • Attend one or more interviews
  • Have parental consent
  • Attend volunteer orientation
  • Complete the tuberculosis screening requirement conducted by the Health System
For the summer session, Volunteen applications must be received by April 1.

Click HERE to download details and the application. Applications are also available in the College Counseling Center.

30th Annual Invitational GSU Mathematics Tournament

Twenty-nine  FA Middle and Upper School students traveled with Mrs. Toomey, Mrs. Boatright, and Mrs. Graham to Georgia Southern University on Saturday for the all-day  30th Annual Invitational Georgia Southern Mathematics Tournament . The morning session of the tournament was a multiple choice test which students took individually. During the afternoon session, students worked with a teammate to cipher free response math questions.

Although FA didn't come home with a team award this year, the following students placed in the Top 20 for their results on the multiple choice portion of the day's tournament.
Varsity: Sara Seckinger (16th place).

Junior Varsity:  Adam Elsharkawi (6th Place);  Sam Clark (8th Place);  Garrett Squire (15th Place);  David Weaver (17th Place); and  Josie Leavy (20th Place)
We are very proud of these mathletes and thank all the students for giving up an entire Saturday to compete at this math tournament for Fredericia. Go  Math Knights!

MS Science Bowl Team Places at State Contest

On Saturday, the Middle School Science Bowl Team competed at the Georgia Science Bowl competition at Georgia Southern - Armstrong campus in Savannah. The team qualified to compete at the state event at a regional contest earlier this month.

Team members consisting of Spencer Sullivan (captain), Roy Boyd, Ryann HankeyAndrew Kaminer, and  Riley Turner, answered science-based trivia questions as they competed against other state regional qualifiers in a double-elimination contest. Each round the FA team participated in was closely contested. As the dust settled, the FA Middle School Science Team outlasted the majority of contenders by finishing in Third Place at the state competition. This is a great academic accomplishment for these students! Please help support our science bowl team by congratulating these outstanding students. They all worked very hard on this accomplishment.

Frederica Academy's Upper School team also advanced to the Georgia Science Bowl but did not place on Saturday. We extend our congratulations to them for qualifying for the Georgia Science Bowl.

Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy.

Rotary Student of the Month
John Mitchell Brock was honored last Thursday as the February Rotary Student of the Month.

John Mitchell selected  Mrs. Julie Boatright  to accompany him. They were joined by  Mrs. Laura Nevins  and John Mitchell's parents,  Detra and Mitch Brock '86 .

FA Upper School - The Gathering Place Partnership
The Gathering Place, The GP, is taking Frederica Academy by storm.  Madison Roan, a native to Texas, is on campus every day offering friendship and mentoring support to our Upper School students. With the support of the entire GP staff, these relationships are growing through quarterly Upper School assemblies, ninth and tenth grade weekly advisory meetings, and drop-in visits to her office on the second floor of Corn Hall.

With a vision to provide opportunities to discuss and exemplify good decision making and optimizing a student's gifts and potential. The GP has coordinated quarterly school assemblies.

On Wednesday, February 21, The GP brought in Ann Bosarge from The Chapel.  After playing a hilarious game the students were presented with four different limiting decision-making approaches and then it was changed to four optimal strategies to sound decision making.

On March 14, FA alumni parent Judge Alex Atwood, Glynn County Magistrate Court, is speaking at the Assembly.  John Blankenship, Discipleship Minister at The Community Church, is speaking to the Upper School student body in April.

Weekly, when assemblies are not held, the entire GP staff works with different ninth and tenth grade classes on different topics that have included helping students identify their strengths, managing healthy friendships, and confronting daily choices.

It is Madison's desire to befriend and support Frederica's students. She is at the school each day from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. You can drop in or make an appointment. She can often be seen at various school sporting and other extracurricular events. Click HERE to email Madison for more information or to schedule a time to meet with her.  

Computer Science Students Activate  MakerSpace

Upper Scho ol Computer Science students are learning about circuits using breadboards and soldering. They are using that knowledge to design and create robots, speaker/amplifiers, light cubes and LED lights on engraved acrylic projects. The process allows for designing, testing and making adjustments as needed.

We are unleashing students to move away from a culture of only consuming technology to one of creators using technology. The 3D printers are also part of this project as students are able to design the trim, housing for electronics or any little part needed for their project.

Middle School students are also actively using the MakerSpace for hands-on learning.

Lower School Students Love to Read

Dear Lower School Families,

It is very exciting to be at a wonderful school that values enriching experiences for children and that promotes self-confidence and a love of learning for its students.

One of the ways we encourage this is through our comprehensive reading programs. We develop strong and independent readers and critical thinkers who develop a love for reading by having fun while doing it.

For example, we have planned some exciting initiatives to encourage reading at all grade levels in our Lower School this week. We are bringing back a classic tradition at Frederica Academy: Rockin' and Readin.' Our Lower School students in Grades 1-5 will sign up for thirty-minute sessions to read one of their favorite books while rocking on the front porch of our administration building. Please join us as students sip lemonade and enjoy a good book on our beautiful campus! Here is the schedule: Monday (Fourth Grade); Tuesday (First Grade); Wednesday (Second Grade); Thursday (Third Grade); and Friday (Fifth Grade).

This week is also the birth week of Dr. Seuss. Our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students will honor Dr. Seuss each day with special themes as they read his books in their classrooms. Here are the daily themes: Monday (Silly Hat Day); Tuesday (Crazy Sock Day); Wednesday (Wacky Wednesday); Thursday (Crazy Hair Day); and Friday (Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day).

We will continue to seek new ways to get excited about reading through innovative activities as well as expand our many current offerings including our mystery and special guest reader programs and our reading buddy and mentor programs.

We asked our Lower School students why they like to read. Here are a few of their answers:
  • "I like to read things like mythology because it is adventurous and exciting." -- Robert Stephens (Fifth Grade)
  • "I like to read because I like to think about kids in different situations than mine." -- Ellie Tronolone (Fifth Grade)
  • "I like to read because the story takes you on an adventure. I like books the most when the author makes it feel like you're in the book with the characters." -- Mary Ford Fitzjurls (4th Grade)
  • "I like to read because when I get carried away in a book it feels like I'm on an adventure." -- Kingston Blogg (4th Grade)
  • "I love reading because it makes me feel like I am actually doing what I am reading. It's like going on a magical adventure."   -- Ella Barker (3rd Grade)
  • "I like to read because books are fun. I like to pretend I am in the stories." -- Wells Dixon (2nd Grade)
  • "I like to read because I can learn stuff. Some books are funny and I like that." -- Turner Rentz (2nd Grade)
  • " I love reading because books can be so interesting." -- Sam Dillion (1st Grade)
  • "I love reading because it is fun and I get to learn about new characters." -- Jake Posavetz (1st Grade)
It is indeed an exciting time to be a Frederica Academy Knight as we foster a love for learning and help create so many wonderful adventures for all of our imaginative young learners. 


Lower School Director

FA Good News Club Featured in The Brunswick News

Click HERE to read an article which appeared in The Brunswick News last week regarding Frederica Academy's Good News Club.

FA GrayKnight Chess Association Tournament Winners

The GrayKnight Chess Association hosted a tournament at Frederica Academy last Saturday. Several FA Lower School students participated in the tournament.

(L-R): Caleb Swann; Sophie McGlaughlin, Primary First Place Winner; Amelia McGlaughlin, Elementary First Place Winner; John Jeffrey Simmons, Primary Second Place Winner; Maggie Dorminy; Jack Dorminy; and Henry Dorminy. Not pictured: Patrick Dunn and Thomas Sams.

The next tournament will take place at Frederica Academy on Saturday, May 12.  Click HERE for more information.

Third Grade U.S. Presidents Research Project

Third Grade enjoyed completing research projects on the U.S. Presidents. Each child selected a President to research and create a presentation to share with the rest of the class. They had a great time learning about our country's leaders.

Click HERE to see more photos.

Kindergarten Special Guest Reader

Kindergarten continues to be blessed with special guest readers! Last week, students enjoyed two fun books read by Dexter's Mom, Leigh Ann BarkerIt is always a great story time day in Kindergarten!

Pre-Kindergarten New Playground Excitement

Pre-K students are enjoying their new playground.  Chris Dalton and  Dan Jonas spent several several weeks constructing the new outdoor learning and recreation center before turning it over to the wonderful Hands on Frederica volunteers for finishing touches ... and eventually the Pre-K teachers for student enjoyment.

The FA community and future FA Little Knights remain grateful to the donors who funded the Pre-K indoor and outdoor renovation projects. Donors include:  Laura and Greer Brown; Abigail and Steve Hoover; Kim and Zach Johnson; Melissa and Bob Kent; Pat and Noel Osteen; Lauren and Sean Simmons; and Ruth and Keith Stephenson.

Click HERE to see more photos of the playground in active use.

Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader

Harriett Cathey's mom, Erica Cathey, was Friday's Mystery Reader in Pre-K. Mrs. Cathey is a First Grade teacher at FA. She read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Thank You, Fifth + Eleventh Grade Parents!

Special appreciation to the Fifth Grade and Eleventh Grade parents and volunteers who provided the amazing lunch last week for faculty and staff!

March 2018 Calendar

March 5-9
Upper School 2018-2019 Course Registration

March 7
Vince Vawter and Jim Wann Campus Visit.  Click HERE for details.

March 7
Louisiana State University Admission Recruiter at Nash Academic Center during US Lunch

March 7 Faculty + Staff Meeting in the Shuman Conference Room at 4:00 PM

March 9
Q3 Progress Period Ends

March 10 SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

March 13 Second Grade Breakfast with Moms in classrooms at 8:00 AM

March 14 Faculty + Staff Appreciation Luncheon in Gym Lobby between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Thank you, Fourth Grade + Sixth Grade Parents!

March 15 Brunswick Rotary Student of the Month Luncheon

March 15 Kindergarten Leprechaun Visit

March 15 Eighth Grade Moving Up Night at 6:00 PM

March 15
Q3 Report Cards Posted

March 16 School NOT in Session:  Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 17
Frederica Academy Spring Open House

March 20
GISA AAA State Literary Meet at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia

March 20 + 22 National Spanish Exam 

March 24

March 27
BoxTops Collection Deadline

March 29 Pre-K Easter Egg Hunt

March 29 Divisional Field Days 

March 30 School Holiday in observance of Good Friday 

April 2-6
Spring Break 

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