This Week at Frederica Academy

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

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

Monday 5:30 PM Lower School Parent Association Parent Get Together at Echo (King + Prince)

Tuesday ALL DAY GISA AAA State Team Tennis Tournament in Macon (John Drew Smith Center)
Click HERE for brackets.

Tuesday 8:15 AM AP Spanish Mock Exam in the Shuman Conference Room
NOTE:  Extended Time Exam in US Offices (Corn Hall)

Wednesday 8:15 AM AP Chemistry Mock Exam in the Shuman Conference Room
NOTE:  Extended Time Exam in US Offices (Corn Hall)

Wednesday 1:05 PM Upper School FCA Leaders lunch meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room

Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PPE Athletic Screenings for Rising Grades 6-12 in Gym Lobby

Wednesday 5:00 PM Q4 Progress Reports Posted

Thursday ALL DAY
GISA AAA State Track Meet in Albany (Hugh Mills Stadium)

Friday ALL DAY GISA AAA State Track Meet in Albany

Friday Morning School-Wide Dress-Up Day
Click HERE for Lower School attire.
Middle School and Upper School:  Coat + Tie; Dresses appropriate for church.

Friday 8:30 AM - 9:40 AM Upper School Honors Day Ceremony in the Gym
NOTE: The program will start promptly with the first awarded presented at 8:30 a.m.

Friday 10:00 AM May Day + Grandparents Day Program on the Sea Island Green
Click HERE for Lower School information.

Friday 11:00 AM Lower School Classroom Visits

Friday 11:30 AM
School-Wide Dismissal

Friday 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Extended Day (students should bring sack lunch and water bottle; "play" clothes)

Friday 1:30 PM AP Mock Exams in Corn Hall
World History (10th Grade); US History (11th Grade); Literature (12th Grade)

Saturday ALL DAY GISA AAA State Track Meet

Saturday 10:30 AM - Noon Boston Butt Fundraiser Pick-Up Operation in front of Administration Building

Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Student Council Car Wash at Island Car Wash (2801 Demere)

Sunday 4:00 PM Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Spring Concert at GA Auditorium
"An International Tour" ... Free Student Admission; Adults - $5

New Lower School Head Announcement

Dear Frederica Families,

As previously communicated, Julie Ackerman will retire at the end of this school year having served with great distinction as our Lower School Head and, prior to this role, as our Director of Admission. We will miss Mrs. Ackerman dearly, but we will forever be grateful for her willingness to lead our Lower School the past two years. We know her days will soon be filled with adventurous travel and endless joy as she spends more time with her family.

I am pleased to announce that Rebecca (Becky) Roberts Pruitt will become our next Lower School Head, effective July 1, 2018.

Rebecca Pruitt
Mrs. Pruitt is a native of Douglas, Georgia, and grew up vacationing in the Golden Isles. In recent years, she has spent much time visiting her parents who have a home on Jekyll Island. She shared with us that she has long admired our school having researched it with frequent visits to our campus while spending time with her parents as well as extensive website and testimonial exploration in order to learn more about our school's mission. Mrs. Pruitt  has done her homework well and is already quite knowledgeable about Frederica Academy and our amazing community.

Rebecca Pruitt is a highly regarded, decorated, and seasoned educational leader. She has served in a variety of significant administrator roles in the Atlanta Public Schools system for the past fifteen years. For nine years, she was the Principal at Morningside Elementary before being recruited for special assignments at Warren T. Jackson and Sutton Middle Schools. More recently, Mrs. Pruitt has helped lead Parkside Elementary and Sarah Smith Elementary. These schools feed students into the most distinguished independent and private schools in Atlanta; therefore, Mrs. Pruitt is very familiar with independent school cultures, curricula, expectations, and pedagogy best practices. She was deliberate in seeking a position at a PK-12 college preparatory school as she and her family explored a move to the Georgia coast.

Those who had a chance to meet Mrs. Pruitt during her campus visits seemed extraordinarily impressed with her credentials as a teacher, organizational leader, instructional leader, stakeholder collaborator, researcher, and as a lifelong learner. She spoke with great knowledge, clarity, and passion about her extensive experience and her love for children and working with others who share her conviction for changing young lives.

All of our favorable impressions of Mrs. Pruitt were validated by her references as well as many of my Atlanta contacts who all spoke glowingly of Mrs. Pruitt's three-decades career as a teacher and educational leader in the Atlanta area. We also heard favorable feedback from members of our parent community who had direct or indirect knowledge or experience working with Mrs. Pruitt.

Mrs. Pruitt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from The University of Georgia, and a certification in Educational Leadership. She will be joined by her daughter, Ruby George, and her husband, Booker, when they arrive from Buckhead in July. Ruby George will be a member of Frederica Academy's Class of 2024 and recently spent a day as a shadow visitor in sixth grade.

Mrs. Pruitt wrote yesterday that she wants our community to know the she is excited to join the Frederica team. She added, "I look forward to being a part of each Lower School child's educational journey. My hope is that each student will leave the Lower School with a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge, and the ability to spread kindness every day."

We will honor and celebrate Mrs. Ackerman's many lasting accomplishments as we prepare for Mrs. Pruitt's arrival this summer. In the meantime, our immediate priority is making sure we optimize every student experience between now and then. We look forward to the many wonderful traditions and opportunities that all of our students will experience in the coming days and weeks. I am pleased to share all of this with you as we, together, make many more glorious Frederica Academy memories.

Warmest regards,

Ellen E. Fleming
Head of School

A Message from the Director of College Placement

Coast to Coast College Tour is a unique program featuring the  University of California, Berkeley;  Dartmouth College; Northwestern University; Princeton University; and Vanderbilt University.

Admissions representatives from the five schools will offer a brief slide presentation and answer questions about their holistic admissions process.

DATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION:: Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia  31401

Click HERE to register.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins should you have questions.

Pre-K Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Pre-K teachers are hosting parent conferences on April 30 and May 1, 3, 7, 8, and 14.

Click HERE to access the sign-up link in order to schedule a conference.

Lower School Parent Get Together - MONDAY

In lieu of its April monthly meeting in Hamilton Hall, Parent Association is hosting late afternoon parent get togethers for each division.  A great time was had by Middle School and Upper School parents and administrators who recently attended their respective Parent Get Togethers. Lower School parents should plan to attend their get together on Monday, April 23.

Lower School

Monday, April 23
5:30 PM

Echo Restaurant
The King and Prince Resort

Click HERE to RSVP

Athletic PPE 
Screenings - WEDNESDAY

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, Wednesday, 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. We are providing pre-screening during PE and lunch periods for students who have submitted their forms.  Please turn in completed 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 early 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. 

FA School-Wide Dress-Up Day - FRIDAY

Friday is a school-wide "Dress-Up" Day for all students, faculty, and staff.

Upper School Honors Day - FRIDAY

Middle School and Upper School students will attend the Upper School Honors Day program in the Gym on Friday. Parents, grandparents, and special friends are invited to attend.

Please note that the program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

May Day + Grandparents Day Celebrations - FRIDAY

Grandparents + May Day Celebration
Friday, April 27, 2018

   8:30 AM      Upper School Honors Day

   9:30 AM      Button + Fan Distribution

 10:00 AM      May Day Program at Sea Island Green

 11:00 AM      Lower School Classroom Visits

 11:30 AM      School-Wide Early Dismissal

The May Day program includes prayer, musical performance, a traditional May Pole ceremony, the presentation of the
May Day Court, and the Crowning of the May Day Queen.

Lower School Extended Day - FRIDAY

The Lower School Extended Day program will be open on Friday, April 27, following the events of Grandparents Day. Click HERE for more information regarding lunch arrangements since Hamilton Hall will not be operating food service that day.

Upper School Fundraisers - SATURDAY

Student Council Car Wash
Saturday, April 28
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Island Car Wash
2801 Demere Road

$10 per car
Tipping Allowed

Junior Class Boston Butt Sale
Saturday, April 28
10:30 AM - Noon

Administration Building
Click HERE to Pre-Order

$35 Southern Soul Boston Butts
Payments Accepted at Pick-Up

Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Spring Concert - SUNDAY

Dear Fellow Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

It's an "International Tour!", and the members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra (GIYO) want you and your family to come along! Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

You will have the privilege to witness some of Golden Isles' best young classical musicians perform pieces from various origins, including Egyptian, Hungarian, and French.

Please make plans to join us.

- Evyn Lundy and Zhane Waye

Frederica Academy Relay for Life Team Exceeds Goal!

Due to the immense generosity of our students and their families and friends, the Frederica Academy Green Team, raised over $3,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society as part of this year's Golden Isles Relay for Life.

Thank you, Mrs. Squire, for helping organizing our team.

A Message from the FA Finance Director

Dear Frederica Families,

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month?

As many of us have recently completed our annual tax returns, now is a good time to reflect on the importance of financial education. Good financial habits, like so many other important skills our children are learning should begin early so they can begin to grasp and practice them early in life.

Students in each division are learning lessons on economic principles such as needs vs. wants, saving and spending, scarcity, productive resources, delayed gratification, opportunity cost and entrepreneurship. Activities including reading stories, analyzing bar graphs, creating their own products, and playing financial Jeopardy game.

Faculty and staff participated as well with shared tips on organizing personal financial information and even taking a financial literacy quiz.

If you are looking for resources on talking to your kids about money, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Money as You Grow is a great place to start. Click HERE to access it.


Carole Melvin, Director of Finance and Operations

Editor's Note:  In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, Mrs. Melvin taught Fourth Grade students about how our economy works. The students learned all about producers, consumers, and productive resources. Following Mrs. Melvin's lesson, the students created their own products, discussing how they would be produced and where they would be sold.

Mrs. Melvin worked with all of the teachers in Lower School to create a lesson plan which spans K-5.  Click HERE to access Mrs. Melvin's lesson plan.

Mrs. Melvin also spoke with the faculty and staff about National Financial Literacy Month and provided follow-up materials to help getting everyone organized with respect to their personal finances.

Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia T-Shirts

The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia Teen Board is selling t-shirts commemorating its first anniversary.

Click HERE to order a t-shirt online.  Buy one today!  The more we buy, the more affordable they are priced!

Click HERE to email Sara Seckinger if you have questions or call Sara at (912) 230-2410 for more information.

A Message from the FA Music Department

The Middle School Band with have its Spring Concert in the Terry Thomas Room on Monday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. Our Middle School musicians have worked very hard to bring you amazing music featuring the whole band, and respective selections by the Flute  and Saxophone Sections. Madison Morgan, on Trumpet, will play a solo along with the piano.

We are truly honored to have the Fourth Grade Violins join us, under the direction of Phoebe Shelton, to perform two pieces with the Middle School Band. 
To be able to visualize these two groups together represents our vision of where we are headed in the Music Department in a couple of years. The Music Program is growing, and we are having lots of fun getting there.

Pictured above is the Middle School Band Ensemble after it recently performed for the Board of Visitors. Thank you, parents, for your steadfast support for a truly great musical year!
Christopher Smith
Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Rotary Student of the Month - Reese Brown

Reese Brown was honored at last week's Brunswick Rotary meeting as Frederica Academy's Rotary Student of the Month. Reese's parents Debbie and Brad Brown were in attendance, as was Mr. Steve Jobe

Upper School Gathering Place Assembly

Jon Blakenship, the Discipleship Pastor at the St. Simons Community Church, was the speaker at the Gathering Place assembly last week. Jon spoke about the importance of family and friends as we all battle the storms in our lives.

Macall Dyer + Lee Norton Crowned FA Prom Royalty

Macall Dyer was crowned Prom Queen and Lee Norton was crowned Prom King at last night's Junior-Senior Prom.

Click HERE to see more photos taken during the Prom.

Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Assembly

On Wednesday, April 18th, the Middle School students spent their assembly time learning about Odyssey of the Mind. Odyssey of the Mind is new to the Frederica Academy Middle School this year. It is a student-driven program that prepares students to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box."  The 6th Grade students shared video clips and photos of their experiences from attending the 2018 Georgia Regional and State Odyssey of the Mind competitions. They then led a spontaneous problem solving activity with 7th and 8th grade students. Everyone was very excited to participate and they are looking forward to what this program will bring next year!

Well Done, Whitmarsh Tennant!

Whitmarsh Tennant went above and beyond the call of a student and a citizen last week.  He knew that I had spoken to his Dad about my plans to train teachers in a program called "Stop the Bleed"-- a national initiative to incorporate treatment of severe bleeding into First Aid programs.

Whitmarsh made me arm "models" that we can use for practice.  He made them beautifully and quickly, and presented them with a generous and humble spirit.  He has a knack for knowing what needs to be done, and a lovely attitude about helping others.

Deirdre H Byers RN BSN
School Nurse
Frederica Academy
200 Murray Way
Saint Simons Island GA 31522
912 638 9981 x 492

Lower School Salutes Joe Levitan

Senior Joe Levitan can often be found in Hamilton Hall entertaining Lower School student teachers and students during his free period. Joe is an accomplished pianist and talented vocalist who enjoys performing. The students and teachers love listening to him perform and are grateful for the initiative he took by sharing his talents with them.

Second Graders Work on Derby Day Class Project

Second Grade students worked on their Derby Day class project last week.

Kindergarten Guest Reader

Kindergarten was blessed in a BIG way on Friday! First grader Eli Brock came to share How I Became a Pirate with the class. He read this silly tale about a little boy's encounters with pirates exceptionally well, including words or phrases like "arrrrrgggg!" and "shiver me timbers."   We are so very proud of Eli's terrific listening and behavior in class that allowed him to choose a special privilege to enjoy. We are blessed beyond measure that he chose to read to our class as his reward. Way to go, Eli!

- Mrs. Manor  

Local Dentist Has Appointment with FA Pre-K

Dr Whatley Pediatric Dentistry visited the Pre-K class last Monday with a super fun and very entertaining educational presentation about the importance of dental health. 

Pre-K Mystery Reader:  Miss Fleming + Lizzy

Miss Fleming was last week's Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader. She brought her dog Lizzy to visit with the class. Miss Fleming read They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel. 

Thank you, Kindergarten + 2nd Grade + 3rd Grade Parents!

2018 Special Calendar Items

April 30
GISA AAA State Golf Tournament at Sapelo Hammock

April 11
Second Grade Susan Shipman Bee Visit at 9:00 AM

April 30
Soccer Senior Night

May 1 AP Exam Pre-Administration Session in Hamilton Hall at 9:50 AM

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

May 3
National Day of Prayer

May 4 Derby Day T-Shirt Day

May 4
Lower School Morning Meeting at 8:10 AM
May Birthday Celebration + Second Grade Oh, the Places You'll Go! Performance

May 5 17th Annual Derby Day at Sea Island Retreat Clubhouse at 5:00 PM

May 5 SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

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

May 7 Middle School Band Spring Concert in Hamilton Hall

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 12
GrayKnight Chess Association Tournament and Chess Lecture + Exhibition

May 13 Mother's Day

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 16
Hall of Presidents Wax Museum at 2:00 PM

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 21
Third Grade Pizza Box Portfolio in Shuman Conference Room at 2:00 PM

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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2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

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2018 FA Summer Programs

Summer Programs Contact:
Upper School College Counseling Center Resources
2017-2018 College
Counseling Handbook
Summer 2018
Enrichment Catalog
Naviance Family

Frederica Academy
School Profile
Laura Nevins'
Email Address

Fall 2018 CCGA Dual Enrollment Information

Click HERE to access the FA Fall 2018 CCGA Dual Enrollment Course List.

Click HERE to access FA Dual Enrollment Application which includes details regarding eligibility requirements.  The deadline to submit completed applications is Friday, May 18.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins should you have questions.

17th Annual Derby Day Information

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