A Message from the Head of School

Dear Frederica Families,
I have always aspired and tried to work purposefully to be a lifelong learner. Because we seek this for our students, I expect this of myself and those charged with developing our children inside and outside the classroom. I believe we all learned much this year about ourselves and each other. As students faced new challenges and opportunities, they consistently demonstrated great passion, curiosity, resiliency, character, spirit, empathy, achievement, and, when needed most, humor. I am so proud of our entire community for the remarkable year we experienced together. I certainly learned many valuable lessons.
As I watched our first graders walk out of the gym with our seniors on their last day on campus as Frederica students, I was reminded how quickly time can pass. I have such clear memories of many of those seniors having Mrs. Floyd as their teacher when they were in first grade eleven years ago. I so enjoyed looking out my office window as they would wave at me as they passed by the administration building each day. I now have wonderful new memories of these students visiting my office in Corn Hall ... or watching them study together in the Nash Center ... or compete together in the gym or elsewhere.  It will be fun to watch our newest alumni thrive in college next year as we continue to maximize the potential of each current student and prepare him or her for college and adult life through the development of mind, body, and spirit.
I am so blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to spend this past year at a school I cherish and with children I adore and colleagues with whom I hold in high regard. I loved reconnecting with former students and getting to meet, nurture, and mentor the students who enrolled during my seven-year retirement. Frederica Academy is indeed a special place and community, and I am so thankful to be a part of it.
May your summer be filled with much joy and laughter ... and, hopefully, it will start with the school's first-ever state baseball championship title later today. Go FA Diamond Knights!

Ellen E. Fleming
Head of School

What's Happening at Frederica Academy This Summer?

TODAY 1:00 PM GISA AAA State Championship FINAL Baseball Game
FA vs. Trinity Christian Sharpsburg
Mercer University in Macon
Claude Smith Field at OrthoGeorgia Park Stadium
Click HERE for directions to the stadiu.
Click HERE to access the GISA livestream of the game.

May 28 ALL DAY Memorial Day - FA Campus Closed

May 29-31 ALL DAY Teacher Post Planning

May 29 -
June 1

Orton-Gillingham Professional Development Training Workshop
Shuman Conference Room
May 29 9:30 AM 2018-2019 Master Calendar Planning Meeting in Athletic Conference Room

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

June 2
SAT Exam at Frederica Academy (Corn Hall)

June 5 Evening Second Semester + Q4 Report Cards Posted

July TBD TBD FA Booster Club Golf Tournament

July 17-19 ALL DAY GISA Coaches Clinic at Frederica Academy

August 4 Morning Football + Cheerleading Picture Day

August 6-7 ALL DAY New Teacher + Staff Orientation

August 8-14 ALL DAY Teacher Pre-Planning

August 13 6:00 PM New Parent Orientation

August 14 4:30 PM Lower School Sneak Preview

August 14 5:00 PM Back-to-School Barbeque

August 15 ALL DAY First Day of School for 2018-2019 School Year

FA to Play for State Baseball Title Today at 1:00 PM

Frederica Academy will play for the school's first-ever state baseball championship title at Mercer University today at 1:00 p.m.

Click HERE for directions to the game.

Click HERE to follow the game via GISA's livestream.

Editori's Note:  The following is an online article posted by The Brunswick News last night.

Knights force decisive Game 3 in state championship

Frederica Academy's baseball team celebrates during Game 2 Saturday in Macon.
Provided photo/William L. Hanley III

After losing the first game in the three-game GISA Class 3-A state baseball championship game 5-0, Frederica Academy's bats came alive in the must-win second game Saturday with a 13-5 win over Trinity Christian, Sharpsburg.

The win forces a deciding game at 1 p.m. Sunday to determine the state championship.

The Knights fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first on a two-run double by Henry Jamieson.

Trinity added two more runs in the second to retake the lead 4-2.

Knights coach Greg Roberts made a pitching change to Nic Dixon with one out in the third inning. Dixon held Trinity to one more run the rest of the game.

The Knights offense exploded in the fourth inning with five runs to take a 7-4 lead. They added six more runs in the fifth inning, topped off with a two-RBI triple by Jamieson to make the lead 13-4.

The Lions earned a run in the final inning to end the game 13-5.

Before the second game, Roberts told his players there is nothing they cannot overcome and told them to play the way they have all season.

"I just wanted to keep the tempo up and play at our pace," he said. "We needed to find a way to get runs and put the pressure on them. This group is relentless with this kind of stuff."

We Salute Our FA Lower School Retirees!

Miss Fleming recognized and honored our beloved retiring Lower School educators at the Lower School Closing Ceremony on Friday.

As previously announced, Julie Ackerman will retire at the end of June after being associated with Frederica Academy for nearly two decades as a parent, volunteer leader, and school administrator. She was appointed Admission Director in 2010 and transitioned into her current role as Lower School Director in 2016. Click HERE to read Mrs. Ackerman's retirement announcement and HERE to read about her successor.

Leigh Lane is retiring as our Lower School Art teacher after teaching for the past 43 years in Glynn County. Mrs. Lane taught in the Glynn County School System for thirty years before assuming her teaching position at Frederica Academy nearly 13 years ago. Upon her retirement, Mrs. Lane looks forward to spending time with her new grandson and other family members when she is not travelling with Doug, her husband.

Jan Payne has taught Fourth Grade at Frederica Academy for the past 19 years. She was a teacher at other schools in Georgia and Virginia before moving to Saint Simons Island. In retirement, Mrs. Payne plans to travel and spend time with family ... especially her granddaughters. She will start by accompanying her husband, Dwight, on a work trip to Malaysia before touring several other countries in Southeast Asia. When not travelling and spending time with family, Mrs. Payne has offered to be on call when the school needs a substitute teacher.

We extend our deepest appreciation and best wishes to Mrs. Ackerman, Mrs. Lane, and Mrs. Payne as they transition into their retirement lives.

Frederica Academy Summer Hours

Frederica Academy's administrative offices will be open during the summer each weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with the following exceptions: Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) and July 2-6 in observance of the week of July 4th.

MS + US 1:1 Book Swap Deadline - MAY 30

Middle + Upper School
1-for-1 Book Swap
May 30 Deadline
Turn in your textbooks to the Academic
Center to  receive credit(s) for the
2018-2019 Book Swap.
Pick-up for next year's textbooks will
occur in late July.  

Textbooks must be scheduled for usage in the  2018-2019 school year to earn "credit" for a book.  The "Book Swap" is a one-for-one and first-come, first-serve program.

Summer Reading (Grades PK-12)

Summer Reading for students enrolled in 2018-2019 will be posted on the school's website on Tuesday, May 29. An email with Summer Reading links will be sent that day.

2018 FA Summer Programs - REGISTER TODAY!

Summer Programs Contact:

The Story of the Presidents Course

Mr. Jobe is offering a course ( The Story of the Presidents) for rising students in Grades 9-12 which, if successfully completed, will give students a .5 Social Studies Credit.

It will take place weekdays between June 11 and June 29 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.).

The course takes a historical perspective at the American Presidency. During the three weeks, students will examine the powers of the office, its place in the American imagination, and the achievements of the most significant presidents. Structured chronologically, the course emphasizes the growth and transformation of the office and how it has come to assume its dominant place in the political landscape. Individual presidents are studied to understand not only their own times but also relevant issues with which they are associated. 

Click HERE to email Mr. Jobe if you have questions.

Click HERE to register for the course.

Writer's Workshop (July 9-27)

Upper School English Teacher and English Department Chair Nikki Walbridge is offering a Writer's Workshop on weekdays between July 9 and July 27. Students who complete the workshop will receive a .5 Upper School academic elective credit.

Workshop participants will learn and practice the writing process; study model texts and writers; and review grammar foundational SAT/ACT Writing Section skills.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Walbridge if you have questions.

Click HERE to register for the workshop.

Middle School Readiness Camp (July 30 - August 2)

Middle School and Upper School English Teacher and English Department Chair Nikki Walbridge is offering a Middle School Readiness Camp on July 30, 31, and August 1 and 2 between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

The workship will cover note taking, binder organization, time management, navigating the social side of Middle School, homework space, and writing readiness.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Walbridge if you have questions.

Click HERE to register for the camp.

ACT Prep Course (AUGUST 8-10)

Students interested in enrolling in the August 8-10, 2018, ACT Prep Course should sign up at their earliest convenience in order to ensure that there is enough participants for the course to be offered at Frederica Academy.

Click HERE for more information about the course and to read bios for the course instructors.

The prep course will take place in the Knights Reading Room in the Media Center between 9:00 a.m. and Noon on August 8, 9, and 10.  The cost is $315 per student.

In  addition to the three-day classroom sessions, the program includes a two-hour skype session prior to the ACT exam on September 8, 2018.

Click HERE to email Laura Nevins to sign up for the course.

Back-to-School Clothing Drive - SUMMER

This summer, while you are cleaning out the clothes your children have outgrown (again), please consider bagging them and putting them aside for Frederica Academy's Back-to-School Clothing Drive. Bookbags, shoes, and belts are always in high demand. This drive is held in August and provides clothing to several children's service organizations in our area.  We take items for all ages and sizes.

Last year, we provided clothing to Safe Harbor, Communities in Schools, and Morningstar. The staff at Safe Harbor report that the clothes they get from this drive are of high quality, and their residents wear them with confidence. The drive is coordinated by Frederica's Community Service Club and helps to kick off a great year of giving back!  
Thanks for helping us have another super successful clothing drive.  More details will follow in future emails, but feel free to contact Catherine Squire at catherinesquire@fredericaacademy.org if any immediate questions arise.  

Spotlight:  Students Explore Frankenstein Themes

Click HERE to read a feature in The Brunswick News on Thursday spotlighting our Tenth Grade Frankenstein English projects.


Upper School Ensemble Concert

The Upper School Ensemble showcased its talent at a rousing concert in the Terry Thomas Room on the evening of the last day of school. The crowd loved their energy and their outstanding performances. Well done, Upper School musicians and vocalists.

Middle School Closing Ceremony

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during the Middle School Closing Ceremony on Friday.

Lower School Closing Ceremony

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during the Lower School Closing Ceremony.

Lower School Talent Show

Frederica's Got Talent!

Lower School students amazed their parents and peers at the annual year-end Talent Show on Thursday.

Click HERE to see and download more photos.

Fourth Grade Cumberland Island Field Trip

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during the Fourth Grade field trip to Cumberland Island.

Third Grade Pizza Box Portfolios

The Third Grade Pizza Box Portfolio is a collection of our Third Graders' work throughout the school year.  Students decorated pizza boxes to hold the projects, writing samples, and special assignments they worked on during the year. They shared their collections with their parents at  a year-end celebration last Monday.

Click HERE to see more photos.

Second Grade Math Certificates

Second Grade students celebrated their hard work on mastering the basic math facts this year by receiving certificates of completion. Students were encouraged to race themselves and rocket through the fact groups. Second graders had the opportunity to work on addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. Congratulations to our Fact Masters!

Second Grade Bowling Extravaganza at Strike Zone

First Grade Jekyll Island Field Trip

Click HERE to see photos taken during the First Grade Field Trip to Jekyll Island.

Kindergarten Beach Trip

Click HERE to see and download Kindergarten Beach Trip photos.

Pre-Kindergarten + 8th Grade Book Buddies

Members of the Eighth Grade Spanish Class wrote and illustrated books in Spanish for their final project of the year. Eighth graders had the opportunity to share their stories with the Pre-K class.

Pre-Kindergarten Splash Day

Pre-Kindergarten Last Day of School

Below:  Harper Lavallee shows off the Pre-K last-day-of-school project on the new playground.

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2018-2019 FA Master School Calendar

Click HERE to  access
and  download the
Frederica Academy
School Year

Rising Seventh Grade Immunizations (Action Required)

Georgia state law stipulates that seventh graders are issued a new immunization certificate (GA form 3231) before the first day of school. This review ensures that each seventh grader has all the required school immunizations, including tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningococcal vaccines.
Please call your pediatrician or the Health Department soon.  They will determine what vaccines are required, make an appointment if needed, and issue a new form 3231. This should be done before August 15, 2018.

Please click HERE to email Nurse Byers should you have questions.

PPE Screenings Grades 5-11 (Action Required)

All new and returning students in Grade 5-11 must have an annual pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) screening.  The PPE screening can be performed  by your family physician or at an immediate or urgent care center.  There is no need to wait for a physician appointment, as most immediate care centers will provide the exam.  The FA form packet must be used to document the completed exam. Please click HERE for forms.  The parent completes and signs pages 1 through 5, including page 5 and the medical professional completes and signs pages 6 and 7.  Upon completion, please return to school to the attention of the school nurse, no later than May 30.  Please understand that your student will not be allowed to attend Carpe Vitam, any athletic practice, camp, scrimmage, game, or other physical activity, etc. without a 2018-2019 PPE on file with the school nurse. Thank you for your attention to this matter.