A Message from the Head of School

Dear Frederica Academy Community,
We are blessed to have committed faculty and staff who are constantly seeking advice on best practices for a safe and inclusive educational environment. We have crisis plans (e.g. fire drills, tornado drills, etc.) for possible interruptions on our campus that are practiced by all of our community each month. In April, we will conduct our "intruder on campus" lockdown drill. To avoid any possible worries your child or you might have when we run this drill, we will notify you in advance.
A few days ago we invited the Glynn County Police officials responsible for our part of the island to visit our campus to familiarize themselves with our community and crisis plan procedures.  Bob Egger, our lead Security officer; Chris Dalton, our Director of Facilities; and Mike Temple, our Upper School Director, toured the campus and buildings seeking insight on how best to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus in the event of a situation.
This partnership with local public safety officials and first responders will enhance our commitment to creating a safe and secure environment that is essential for the education for all who spend their days at Frederica Academy. The officers assigned to our part of the island will be consistent and, therefore, will be more of a presence during our school year. We welcome and appreciate their willingness to help us consistently improve on crisis plans and communication.  
As the group walked around our beautiful campus, Lt. Ricky Evans asked important questions about campus access and sign-in procedures so that he could understand our unique place on the island.  We seek to be warm and inviting, but there is collective agreement we need to secure parts of our campus that have traditionally been used by island residents.
Accordingly, we must close the access points to our campus by sidewalks near Georgia Power and Sea Island Road across from the first entrance to Epworth. We realize these sidewalks have been used by some of our students; however, there are still sidewalks on Demere Road and Sea Island Road leading to the front entrance of the school.  While biking and walking to school from close neighborhoods is a plus for many, we must advise pedestrians and cyclists who cross Sea Island Road to use extreme caution as there is no crosswalk at this point and the travel across the road is very dangerous.
We recommend all students travel to school by the safest means possible. Frederica Academy understandably assumes no liability or responsibility for injuries, damages or claims incurred by anyone crossing Sea Island Road or Demere Road on foot or bicycle. We hope in the future that Glynn County will install a crosswalk at the first entrance to Epworth but until then we must do all we can to notify and protect our students from potential danger. For example, we ask all drivers to pay special attention to student pedestrians or cyclists as they are entering or leaving the front gate.
Again, we thank the Glynn County Police Department's Island Division for their commitment to our school, community and campus safety.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
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 ( PK and K )
Click HERE to download PK + K Lunch Order Form

Monday ALL DAY Upper School Spring Spirit Week Daily Theme:  Mathletes vs. Athletes

Middle School and Upper School May Court Balloting

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

Monday 6:00 PM Varsity Girls Basketball Banquet in Hamilton Hall

Tuesday ALL DAY Upper School Spring Spirit Week Daily Theme:  Tacky Tourists

Tuesday 7:30 AM Middle School Faculty Meeting - "Start with Why"

Tuesday 9:00 AM Fourth Grade Field Trip to Epworth Tabby Cabin

Tuesday 9:30 AM Lower School (Grades 1-4) Up with People Performance in Hamilton Hall

Tuesday 9:30 AM Fifth Grade Move Up Day in Middle School

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

Tuesday 4:00 PM Deadline to Cast Ballot for Upper School May Court Representatives

Tuesday 4:00 PM Derby Day Merchandise Order Form 

Wednesday ALL DAY Upper School Spring Spirit Week Daily Theme:  March Madness

Rising Ninth Grade Course Sign-Up

Wednesday 9:30 - 11:30 AM First Grade Easter Egg Roll on the Sea Island Green

Wednesday 10:00 AM May Court Fittings (contact:  Brooke Ackerman)

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kindergarten Easter Lunch and Celebration in Classroom

Wednesday 1:05 PM Upper School FCA Easter Lunch Celebration in Mrs. Graham's Room

Wednesday 1:30 PM (1st Grade)
2:00 PM (2nd Grade)

Special Guest Reader:  Mrs. Charlotte Floyd Gore
Wednesday 3:00 PM Good News Club Finale in Hamilton Hall (last meeting of the school year)

Wednesday 3:30 PM
Senior MOAA Scholarship Application Deadline

Wednesday 4:00 PM Faculty Department Meetings

Wednesday 7:00 PM Up with People Performance at Brunswick High School
Click HERE to email Chris Smith if you are interested in complimentary tickets.

Thursday 11:30 AM Pre-Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt + Picnic (Pre-K Playground)

Thursday 8:30 AM Upper School Field Day (Early Dismissal - Approx. 11:30 AM)

Thursday 9:00 AM Middle School Field Day (Noon Dismissal)

Thursday 11:00 AM Lower School (K-5) Field Day + Complimentary Pizza Lunch

Friday ALL DAY School Holiday in observance of Good Easter Friday

April 2-6 ALL WEEK Spring Break

A Message from the Director of College Placement

ACT News

SAT News

ACT has released its new website to
help students prepare for the ACT.
The site is ACT Academy

It is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help students master the skills they need to improve their ACT scores.  It provides test questions, videos, and full length practice assessments.  Student can store their PreACT and ACT scores in their ACT Academy account and will received customized practice questions from the program.

The registration deadline for the
May 5th SAT + SAT Subject Tests  is
Friday, April 6th!

Click HERE to register.
Studying will help better prepare students for the test and increase scores!

Click HERE to look at Khan Academy's
free test prep resources for the SAT.
Click HERE to learn more about
SAT Subject Tests!

Up With People @ FA - TUESDAY

A few cast members from the internationally renowned group Up with People will perform for Frederica Academy Lower School students (Grades 1-4) on campus on Tuesday, March 27,  between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Up With People @ Brunswick High - WEDNESDAY

The entire Up with People cast will perform for the Golden Isles community on Wednesday, March 28 , at Brunswick High School. Click HERE for concert details or HERE for more information about Up with People and their Golden Isles visit.

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets to the March 28 performance at Brunswick High School for FA students. Click HERE to email Chris Smith, FA Arts Director, if you are interested in a complimentary ticket provided by the Up with People sponsors. First Come. First Served.

Derby Day Merchandise Order Deadline:  TUESDAY

17th Annual Derby Day
Commemorative Merchandise

Click HERE to download Order Form

Order Form Deadline:
Tuesday, March 27

Derby Day T-Shirt Days:
April 13, April 20, and May 4

Derby Day Raffle

1 Ticket: $100
3 Tickets: $300
8 Tickets: $500
20 Tickets: $1,000 (Best Value)
Winning bidder responsible for tax, tag, and title

Click   HERE to purchase tickets online.

Tickets purchased online will immediately be placed into the drawing with  name and contact number included on stub.

17th Annual
Derby Day Sponsorships

Click HERE for Sponsor Form

Click HERE to sponsor online

Lower School Field Day - THURSDAY

Lower School Field Day for Grades K-5 will take place on Thursday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  It will culminate with a complimentary pizza party.

Click HERE for more information.

Please click HERE to sign up to serve as a parent volunteer at Lower School Field Day. Volunteers are still needed!

Click HERE to email Coach Sarah Helder for more information.

Middle School Field Day - THURSDAY

Middle School Student Council has worked hard this year helping organize the Middle School Field Day which will take place on Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m.

Middle School will dismiss on Thursday at noon.

Upper School Field Day Team Colors  - THURSDAY


Good Friday School Holiday - FRIDAY

Frederica Academy Spring Break:  APRIL 2 - 6

Athletic PPE Forms (
APRIL 11)  
Screenings (APRIL 25)

All 6th through 12th grade students need to have a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE) for each new school year. This is required due to the rigorous activity expected by our physical education, athletic, and field trip programs.
As a school service, t he FA Athletic Department and Southeast Georgia Health System conduct on-campus PPE's for current students in grades 5 through 11 during the month of April each year.  Once complete, each student will be covered to participate in school and sports for the entire upcoming school year. We are very fortunate to have community volunteers provide this service for a $10 donation to the Booster Club.
The PPE's for the 2018-2019 school year will be held in the gym on April 25, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.

If you would like your student to have the exam done at school, please click HERE to print the packet of forms.  Parents should complete  pages 1-5 and return the entire seven-page packet to school no later than April 11, 2018. Please turn in complete paperwork to Coach Zimmermann or to Nurse Byers. The $10 fee will be added to the student's account as the paperwork is submitted. Turning in forms by April 11 allows us to do pre-screening (Height and weight, vision screenings, etc.) before the PPE event.

If you prefer to have the exam done by your family physician, please click HERE for a form packet. Parents should complete pages 1-5. Take the entire seven-page packet to your doctor and return to school when the exam is complete. 

Junior Class Boston Butt Fundraiser - APRIL 28

Junior Class
Boston Butt Fundraiser

Saturday, April 28
10:30 AM - Noon

Administration Building

Southern Soul Boston Butts
$35 Each

Click HERE to order one TODAY!

Proceeds Benefit Junior-Senior Prom

Alastair Campbell - District Speech Contest Winner

Alastair Campbell competed in the Rotary Eastern Zone High School Speech Contest on Saturday. There were thirteen students competing from high schools throughout southeast Georgia. Alastair was named Second Place Winner for his speech on Making a Difference, the Rotary President's theme for the year!

Alastair's grandmother, Kay Kay, accompanied Laura Nevins and him to the contest.

FA Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to State Finals

On Saturday, Frederica Academy had three Sixth Grade teams participate in the South Georgia Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Hawkinsville, Georgia. These teams have been working very hard over the past several months to create solutions to their chosen problems. They have worked together to problem solve; choreograph dances; and create scenery, props, costumes, and skits.

We are incredibly proud of all of the participating students for their wonderful work yesterday. The group had a lot of fun and a great time at Frederica Academy's first-ever Odyssey of the Mind competition.

All of the teams did an extraordinary job and two of the teams placed second in their respective divisions and have advanced to the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind State Finals which will take place at Columbus State University on April 7.

Well done, FA Odyssey of the Mind Knights!

Eighth Grade Literature (Romeo + Juliet)

What a month our 8th graders have had in English! While many were reluctant to read Shakespeare, we are ending our unit on Romeo and Juliet with a new-found love of his stories and language. Over the last month, our 8th graders immersed themselves in Shakespeare Verona, Italy, as we read Romeo and Juliet, and they have loved (most) every minute of it! As the unit began, we divided into "families" that represented the Capulets and the Montagues.  As we read the play, students competed as a family in games and contests and decorated their "houses" with quotes, pictures, and words that they connected to the play.  We discussed motivations, argued with the characters' logic and decisions, and questioned why the tragedy happened. We relished in the bittersweet end of the feud and understood the gravity of the consequences for each character's actions in the play. Our unit culminates with a written analysis of the play as well as a pizza party to celebrate the peace and harmony that now exists between the families.

Click HERE to see and download more photos.

Fourth Grade Field Trip to SSI Lighthouse

Fourth Grade had a delightful day at the St Simons Lighthouse Museum learning about the history of the lighthouse and as well as Saint Simons Island. The 129-step-climb to the top of the lighthouse is always as invigorating as it is exhausting. The weather held out for us, so we enjoyed a picnic, and a game of telephone, in the gazebo by the ocean. Many thanks to our parent chaperones and drivers who made the trip possible.

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during our field trip.

- Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Squire

Kindergarten Special Guest Readers

Kindergarten was doubly blessed this past Thursday by having TWO special guest readers!  

Wyatt Whitlow, Wylder's brother, came to share Eric Carle's Hello, Red Fox.  In this colorful tale, the audience is asked to focus on one picture for ten seconds and then to look at a blank page for the image to reappear in complementary colors. It was a unique experience for the class!  We appreciated it so much that we kept it in the classroom to retry the visual experiments!

Mrs. Jane Buckley, Garrett's grandmother, brought in another fun book. It was titled H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet by Brad Herzog. This story goes through the alphabet explaining different components of the game of baseball, related trivia, or historical facts. Mrs. Buckley elaborated on each letter to further explain the meaning of words such as grand slam or Wrigley Field. Being that it is t-ball and baseball season at the moment, this book was literally a huge hit!

Pre-K Mystery Reader - Laura Brown

Joe Brown's mother, Laura Brown, was the Mystery Reader in Pre-K this week.  She read My Garden by Kevin Henkes.

2018 Special Calendar Items

April 2-6
Spring Break 

April 7
Georgia Odyssey of the Mind State Finals at Columbus State University

April 9
Varsity Tennis Region Tournament

April 9
May Court Photo Shoot at 3:30 PM

April 10
Rising Ninth Grade Moving Up Day

April 11
Fifth Grade Play Dress Rehearsal in Hamilton Hall at 8:45 AM

April 11 NHS Special Olympics Community Service Project  at Glynn Middle (8:30 AM - Noon)

April 12 Fifth Grade PlayWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Hamilton Hall at 7:00 PM

April 13
Derby Day T-Shirt Day

April 13
Lower School Morning Meeting - April Birthday Celebrations

April 13 FA Board of Visitors Meeting (9:00 AM - Noon)

April 13 Upper School Talent Show in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

April 13
Krazy Kindergarten Kamp Out for Relay for Life in Kindergarten Classroom (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

April 14 ACT Exam at FA

April 16-17
GISA AAA State Individual Tennis Tournament in Macon

April 18 MS + US Assembly Schedule (45-minute classes); Upper School Gathering Place Assembly

April 18
GISA 2AAA Region  Track Meet at Georgia Southern University

April 18-20 Fifth Grade Ebenezer Trip

April 19
Faculty + Staff Appreciation Luncheon in Gym Lobby
Thank you, Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Third Grade Parents!

April 19 Brunswick Rotary Student of the Month at the Brunswick Country Club

April 19
Derby Day Patron Party at the home of Elizabeth and Trey Brunson (7:00 PM)

April 20
Derby Day T-Shirt Day

April 20 Glynn County Relay for Life at Golden Isles Church of God

April 21 FA Junior-Senior Prom

April 23
GISA AAA State Golf Tournament at Sapelo Hammock

April 24
GISA AAA State Team Tennis Tournament in Macon

April 25
PPE Screenings in Gym Lobby (Rising 6th - 12th Grade students) between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

April 25
Q4 Progress Reports Posted

April 26-28
GISA AAA State Track Meet in Albany

April 27 Upper School Honors Day

April 27
Grandparents Day + May Day Celebration
Click HERE for Lower School May Day Information.

April 27 School-Wide Early Dismissal (11:30 AM)

April 27 AP Mock Exams (1:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
World History - 10th Grade; US History - 11th Grade; and Literature - 12th Grade

April 28
Junior Class Southern Soul Boston Butt Fundraiser (10:30 AM - Noon Pick-Up)

April 28
Admission Prospect Event hosted by Laura and Greer Brown

May 1 AP Exam Pre-Administration Session

May 2 Faculty Meeting at 4:00 PM in Hamilton Hall

May 4 Derby Day T-Shirt Day

May 5 17th Annual Derby Day at Sea Island Retreat Clubhouse

May 5 SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

May 7 AP Chemistry Exam (morning)
AP Psychology Exam (afternoon)

May 7 Middle School Band Spring Concert

May 8 Teacher Appreciation Day

May 8 AP Spanish Exam (morning)
AP Physics Exam (afternoon)

May 9 AP English Literature and Composition Exam (morning)

May 9
Upper School Faculty Meeting at 4:00 PM

May 10
Kindergarten End-of-Year Program at 8:30 AM

May 10 AP US Government and Politics Exam (morning)

May 10 Pre-K Mothers Day Tea at 8:30 AM

May 11 AP US History Exam (morning)

May 11 Lower School Morning Meeting (June Birthday celebration)

May 11 Yearbook Dedication and Closing Ceremony Assembly at 2:30 PM

May 14 Senior Exam Review

May 14 AP Biology Exam (morning)

May 15 AP Calculus AB/BC Exam (morning)

May 15 Senior Exams (Math + English)

May 16 Senior Exams (Science + History)

May 16 AP English Language and Composition Exam (morning)

May 16
Pre-Kindergarten End-of-Year Program DRESS REHEARSAL at 8:30 AM

May 17
Fourth Grade Field Trip to Cumberland Island

May 17 AP Comparative Government Exam (morning)
AP World History Exam (morning)
AP Statistics Exam (afternoon)

May 17 Senior Make-Up Exams

May 17 Pre-Kindergarten End-of-Year Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

May 17 Baccalaureate Practice at 4:00 PM

May 18 Lower School Morning Meeting (July Birthday celebration)

May 18 FA Graduation Practice at Corn Hall at 2:00 PM

May 18
Class of 2018 Alumni Office Refreshments on Sea Island Green at 2:30 PM

May 18 Baccalaureate at Epworth at 6:00 PM

May 18
GISA AAA State Soccer Semi-Finals at Mercer University

May 19 Class of 2018 Graduation

May 19
GISA AAA State Soccer Finals at Mercer University

May 22
Fifth Grade Wax Museum

May 22/23 Pre-Kindergarten Splash Day

May 22 Middle School + Upper School MATH Exams

May 23 Middle School + Upper School SCIENCE Exams

May 24 Kindergarten Beach Trip

May 24 Lower School Hot Dog Lunch + Talent Show

May 24
Middle School + Upper School History Exams

May 25 Lower School Closing Ceremony at Epworth (morning)

May 25 Middle School Closing Ceremony at Epworth (afternoon)

May 25 AP Make-Up Exams (AP Spanish + Literature + Comparative Government)

May 26 GISA AAA State Baseball Finals

May 29-30 Teacher Post-Planning

May 29 - June 1
Faculty Orton-Gillingham Training Workshop

May 30
Faculty + Staff End-of-Year Luncheon hosted by Parent Association

June 2
SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

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