This Week at Frederica Academy

Lunch Menu Click HERE to view cafeteria lunch menu (Grades 1-12).
Click HERE to view cafeteria lunch menu (Grades PK + K)

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Good News Club Training in the Shuman Conference Room

10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

1:05 PM NCAA Eligibility Center Registration in the Athletic Conference Room

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Parent HOS Listening Session in the Arts Center (2nd Floor)

Q1 Progress Reports Posted

8:15 AM - 12:30 PM Yearbook Bucket Shot (8:15 a.m.) + Club/Grade Group Photos
Click HERE for schedule.

10:00 AM Middle School Visiting Author Program:  Lauren Wolk
Terry Thomas Room in the Arts Center (2nd Floor)

Tuesday 1:05 PM University of West Georgia Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NOTE:  Parents are welcome to visit clinic.  See below for details.

Wednesday 1:05 PM College Application Workshop in the College Counseling Center

1:05 PM Upper School FCA Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's classroom

6:00 PM Middle School Carpe Vitam Parent Night:
  • Sixth Grade (Hamilton Hall)
  • Seventh Grade (Shuman Conference Room - Media Center)
  • Eighth Grade (MS Academic Center)
8:00 AM Fathers, Faith, and Frederica in the Athletic Conference Room

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting

Friday 1:05 PM Wofford College Admission Representative
Nash Academic Center

1:05 PM - 3:00 PM Josten's Representative on Campus working with Yearbook Staff

8:30 PM - 11:00 PM Upper School Homecoming Dance

A Message from The Arts Center

Dear Frederica Academy Community,

Hello! My name is Christopher Smith, and I am the new Director of Fine Arts at Frederica Academy. I am so excited about our wonderful students and the many goals we have set for our Music Program this year.

Click HERE to see more photos taken during the GIYO StringsOn! Program.

Our friends from the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra (GIYO) came to Frederica Academy for the StringsOn! Program this past week. They worked with our Fourth and Fifth Grade students and introduced them to the joy of playing the violin.  On the last day, some even played the Cello and Double Bass. They were so excited! And so were we. We are thrilled to have GIYO involved on our campus. We are currently in discussions with GIYO representatives regarding a more expansive, year-round Strings program for our Lower School with hopes to expand it to the Middle School next year.

We have quite an impressive Fine Arts Facility with plenty of room to grow. I have shared a vision with our Administration that will take three years for us to accomplish. With a little hard work, we can certainly do it. Imagine if you will, a full Symphonic Band Program with strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. Out of this full band, we can create a Jazz Band, string quartets, and many performance options. We have already brought the instruments out for our 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders, and they are excelling in their music. They are already reading music, and making almost the right notes on their horns. Sometimes it is very challenging, but we are having so much fun!

I truly believe that we can all work together to bring to the Golden Isles the sound of music from our students at Frederica Academy. It will take a little time, but our amazing students can be the best.  Please click HERE to email me should you want to get together to talk about a shared vision for our music program or if you have instruments you would like to donate to the school.  We are in the process of creating a wish-list of items we need and would certainly welcome financial or in-kind donations to help us continue to grow our music program.

Finally, I am so honored to be a part of your child's life. It is a joy to watch our students discover music and focus on music reading. We have a wonderful adventure ahead of us all. I do look forward to meeting you soon.
Director of Fine Arts

Monday Good News Club Training Session

Parents, grandparents and Upper School students (Juniors and Seniors) interested in serving as a volunteer for the new Lower School Good News Club should attend a mandatory training session on Monday, September 25, in the Shuman Conference Room (Media Center) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Click  HERE to contact our program coordinator, Katie Widener, with any questions.

Monday Head of School Listening Sessions

Dear Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

For those of you who were not able to attend one of the Head of School Search Committee Listening Sessions held last Thursday, we urge you to attend a session on Monday afternoon. There is a faculty/staff session (4:00 p.m.) and a parent session (5:30 p.m.).

The dialogue on Thursday was so valuable to inform the Search Committee about what is really important for our school, and we would like to hear from more voices. Gaining an understanding of what you believe are the desirable characteristics of our school and community will help us "sell" Frederica to prospective candidates. We also want to hear what desirable characteristics you think we should be looking for in our next Head of School. Your input is critical to our success in the search; therefore, we ask you to take the time to participate and share your opinions.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the following sessions on Monday:

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Faculty + Staff Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center - Second Floor)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Parents Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center - Second Floor)
We are extraordinarily grateful to Dr. Valerie Hepburn for facilitating each session.

If you are not able to attend, you are welcome to provide input via email. Please click HERE to send us your comments.
Thank you for your support and thank you for being a part of our Frederica community.
Sandi Channell, Frederica Academy Board Chair
Greer Brown, Frederica Academy Board Vice Chair and Head of School Search Committee Chair

Tuesday Author Visit - Lauren Wolk

Please join us as we welcome author of Wolf HollowLauren Wolkto Frederica Academy on Tuesday, September 26th.  She will discuss her novel, which all Middle School students read this summer, as well as the writing process.  Parents and community members are welcomed to attend sessions between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and between 10:00 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.

Below is her complete schedule while she is on campus:

8:30 AM - 9:05 AM Shuman Conference Room (Media Center)

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Shuman Conference Room (Media Center) - PARENTS ARE INVITED!

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center) - PARENTS ARE INVITED!

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Shuman Conference Room (Media Center)

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Shuman Conference Room (Media Center)

For more information about Ms. Wolk's visit, please click HERE to email Mrs. Walbridge.

Tuesday Adult Flu Vaccine Clinic

Nurse Byers is hosting a Flu Vaccine Clinic for teachers, staff, spouses, and parents on Tuesday, September 26, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. It will take place in Nurse Byers' office in the Lower School building.

Rite Aid will file insurance if applicable.  Please bring insurance card and form of identification.

Click HERE to access the form.  Participants can complete the form in advance or upon arrival on Tuesday afternoon.

Click HERE to email Nurse Byers for more information.

Thursday MS Carpe Vitam Parent Meeting

Dear Middle School Parents,

Frederica Academy is thrilled to offer our Middle School students the Carpe Vitam program once again this school year. Middle School will not be in session the week of October 23 - 27, 2017, in order to give us the ability to take learning out of the classroom and into the world.
We will host a Carpe Vitam Parent Information Night on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  The following class trip representatives will provide program information (including permission forms) and will answer questions you may have regarding each experience.  Please see below for guidance as to where your grade meeting will be located. 

Grade Meeting Location Destination Trip Coordinators


Hamilton Hall

Johns Island, South Carolina

Seventh Shuman Room (Media Center)
Cleveland, South Carolina

Eighth MS Academic Center
Washington, D.C.

Please feel free to contact any of the trip coordinators if you are unable to attend.
The English translation of the Latin term "Carpe Vitam" is "seize the life" and that is exactly what we intend students to do on these trips!


Frederica Academy Middle School Director

2017 Homecoming T-Shirt Order Forms

Click HERE to download this year's Homecoming T-Shirt Order Form. Completed forms with payments are due on Thursday, September 28.

Upper School students should click HERE if they are interested in ordering the official commemorative 2017 Upper School Homecoming T-Shirt which commemorates this year's Upper School Homecoming theme:  Space Jam 2017.

Homecoming Week will take place next week.  It kicks off with the Upper School Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 30, at 8:30 p.m.  A communication will be sent this week with more information regarding all of the Homecoming events, theme days, and activities.

Lower School Good News Club Starting Soon!

Frederica Academy's Good News Club, a new interdenominational afterschool program for students in 1st-5th grade, will begin Wednesday, October 4. The Club will meet from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday that school is in session through March 27, 2018. A registration form will be sent home with students on Monday, September 25. Please return by Monday, October 2, to ensure your child's participation. There is no cost for students. You may also click HERE to download and print the registration form.
Parents, grandparents and Upper School students (Juniors and Seniors) interested in volunteering should attend the training session taking place on Monday, September 25, in the Shuman Conference Room (Media Center) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Click HERE to contact our program coordinator, Katie Widener, with any questions.

Rotary Student of the Month:  George Poulakis

George Poulakis was honored last week as the September Rotary Student of the Month. George selected Mrs. Boatright to join him for the luncheon. He is pictured with his mother, Olympia Poulakis, and Mrs. Boatright.  Congratulations, George!

FA Photo of the Week

Click HERE to see more photos taken during the Lower School Game Day Super Salad Bowl Challenge!

Pre-K Mystery Reader:  Amanda Duffey

This week's Mystery Reader for Pre-K was Amanda Duffey, mother of Kendall (and Payton in 2nd grade). She read Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are.


KGIB School Recycling Challenge

Frederica Academy is participating in the Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) School Recycling Challenge. Collection boxes will be available on campus for the following items:
  • Cereal Bags
  • Writing Items (Pens, Markers, Highlighters, etc.)
  • Oral Care Products
Last year, Frederica Academy participated in the challenge and won Third Place. Our prize was a Recycling Container.

October Special Events Calendar


October 4 College Application Workshop in College Counseling Center during US Lunch

October 4 Upper School Homecoming Cook-Out + Class Projects Night at 6:00 PM

October 5
Exploring College Options in Jacksonville (Hyatt Regency Riverfront) at 7:00 PM
Colleges:  Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania
Click HERE for more information and to register.

October 6 FA School-Wide Spirit Day

October 6 Southern Methodist University Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 11:30 AM

October 6 Homecoming Parade at 2:30 PM

October 6
Homecoming Pep Rally at 3:00 PM

October 6
Lower School Dismissal at 3:15 PM

October 6 MS + US Dismissal at 3:40 PM

October 6 Homecoming Football Game vs. Bulloch Academy at 7:30 PM

October 7 SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

October 9 Upper School Academic Recognition Assembly in Gym at 9:50 a.m.

October 10
Middle School Academic Recognition Assembly in Terry Thomas Room at 10:00 a.m.

October 11 PSAT Exam (Grades 8, 10, 11) - Morning

October 11 Freshman Service Leadership Day - Morning

October 11 Senior College Counseling Seminar - Morning

October 11 Upper School Noon Dismissal

October 12-13 Videographer on Campus

October 13 End of First Quarter

October 14 Model Arab League Competition at Georgia Southern University

October 14
Jacksonville College Fair

October 16-19 ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

October 16 Presbyterian College Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 9:00 AM

October 17
Yearbook Make-Up Picture Day (Headshots)

October 18 First Grade Field Trip to Poppell Farms

October 19-23 Gym Closed - Floor Resurfacing

October 19 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening Option)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 20 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Day Option)

October 20 Lower School Parent-Teacher Conference Day

October 20 Lower School + Middle School Not in Session (No Students on Campus)

October 20
Upper School Half-Day Session (Noon Dismissal):
  • Pre-ACT (Grades 9-11)
  • Senior Health Seminar Day
October 21 GreyKnight Chess Association Tournament at Frederica Academy
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Hamilton Hall)

October 23-26 Middle School Carpe Vitam Trips

October 25 National Honors Society Induction Ceremony (Upper School Dress-Up Day)

October 26 Second + Third Grade Field Trip to Ritz Theatre (Mr. Popper's Penguins)
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

October 27 Middle School Post Carpe Vitam School Holiday (MS Not in Session)

October 28
ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

October 31 Upper School Student Council Halloween Costume Contest during Lunch

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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.
  • Monday, October 9 - School will be in session on Columbus Day.
  • 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.

We've made some additional calendar adjustments to optimize classroom learning and student assessments. For example:

  • Thursday, October 19 - We will offer evening sign-ups for Middle School and Upper School parents as an alternative option to parent-teacher conferences taking place on Friday, October 20.
  • Friday, October 20 - Lower School and Middle School students will not attend school on Friday, October 20, in order for teachers to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Upper School students will be in session until noon on Friday, October 20. Students in Grades 9-11 will take the Pre-ACT and students in Grade 12 will attend the Senior Health Seminar.
2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

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