Head of School Message
Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear FA Families,

Emerson’s quote is both right to the heart of experiential education and authentic learning and an essential principle in how we construct and execute school at FA. Reading and studying what is written in books and listening to people with more information or a different perspective are both critical pathways along the way to how one acquires knowledge and wisdom; that is undeniable. But learning is also doing, and actively being involved in one’s education allows one to comprehend more deeply, retain with more understanding, and apply more relevantly information and ways of thinking than by more passive means.

Within this past week, I attended an Upper School performance of Mamma Mia, viewed the numerous exhibits on display for Middle School and Upper School Science Fair projects, saw Fourth Grade students head out on their archeological dig at Fort Frederica and the follow-up lab the next day and the Fifth Grade participate in a retreat at Ebenezer, and was on the sideline for several Varsity and Middle School athletic contests. Learning one’s lines and lyrics and actually delivering them in concert with others in front of a live audience is “doing” education at the highest tier. So is constructing an original hypothesis, performing an extended experiment and controlling the variables, analyzing the results, and forming a conclusion. Ditto for the dig and the lab, the retreat, and any and all of the sporting events previously mentioned. Regardless of the particular venue, assignment, or competition, “living” one's educational experiences… being fully and actively immersed… most often yields the most satisfying and productive results.

Two key differentiators of healthy schools are knowing what to teach and knowing how to teach it... whether one is in a classroom or a lab, front and center on the stage, a retreat, or running on a playing field. FA represents a traditional liberal arts education with an eye towards relevancy in the modern world and a focus on cultivating a skill set and a mindset that allows our graduates to thrive in the colleges of their choice and beyond. FA also represents a school that is highly interested in exploring how curriculum can be most effectively delivered and that exploration, more often than not, leads to a pedagogy that is founded on the active participation of the learner. Circling back around to Emerson’s quote, an institutional goal for FA is to animate learning and, in doing so, engage every student, in all venues, to ”live their learning” to the fullest.


Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week at FA

Science Fair Displays
Grades 7 & 8
Gym Lobby

Monday @ 10:00 AM
US Assembly (Gym)
Science Fair Awards

Monday @ 3:30 PM
Varsity Tennis @ Bulloch Academy
Dismissal @ 12:30 PM

Varsity Soccer
@ Trinity Christian (Dublin)
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM
Dismissal @ 10:30 AM

Monday @ 5:30 PM
Varsity Baseball
@ Bulloch Academy
Dismissal @ 1:30 PM

Tuesday @ 7:15 AM
MS Faculty Meeting

Tuesday @ 9:45 AM
Fire Drill
New Location: Practice Field

Tuesday @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Tennis @ Retreat
vs. Trinity Christian

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
MS Golf @ Southbridge
vs. Coastal Academy + Savannah Christian
Dismiss @ 1:00 PM

Varsity Soccer @ Home
vs. Robert Toombs
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday - All Day
US Photojournalism Field Trip
White Oak (Yulee, FL)

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
US Advisory
Worry-Free Wednesday

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
MS Golf @ Sapelo Hammock
vs. Blessed Sacrament + St. James
Dismiss @ 2:00 PM

Wednesday @ 4:30 PM
MS Baseball
@ Robert Toombs

Wednesday @ 4:30 PM
MS Track @ Brunswick High
Depart @ 3:30 PM

Thursday (4:00 PM + 6:30 PM)
Varsity Baseball Doubleheader
@ Home vs. Bulloch

Varsity Soccer @ Robert Toombs
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM

Friday @ 8:10 AM
LS Morning Meeting

April 4-8
Spring Break
Mark your calendars! Upcoming Dates:

  • April 13th - FA PA Members Meeting in Shuman Conference Room

  • April 20th (7:45 AM - 9:15 AM) - Recycled Uniform Sale - clean out your closets and donate before the sale! Donation bin located outside Happy Hall.

Volunteer: We are looking to build out our board and committees for the 2022-23 school year. We are seeking volunteers in all areas! Options include but are not limited to PA Board positions, New Family Committee, Trunk or Treat Planning, Parent Socials, Recycled Uniform Sales, Grade Reps, Communications, Teacher Appreciation and even Last Minute Volunteers! Complete job descriptions are in the volunteer form. If you know that you would like to have a leadership position, you are not sure what you want to do or how best to get involved, please contact Meredith Flagstad. To sign up, please click here to fill out our Volunteer Interest form, and we will be in touch!
Knights Table Menu
Lower School Announcement
Science Fair Displays (Grades 7+8)
FA Soccer Senior Night
FA Spring Break
APRIL 27 (5:00 - 7:00 PM)
PPE Night (Grades 4-11)
Lower School Grandparents Day
FA Red Cross Blood Drive
Bravissimo, Mamma Mia Cast + Crew!
It’s a hit! For three performances, Mamma Mia! The Broadway Musical, graced the Hamilton Hall stage. Fifteen Middle and Upper School performers as well as seven backstage crew and technical students were involved in bringing the story to life. Bravo and Brava to the cast and crew, and a round of applause for the Fine Arts teachers Dr. Tess Nielsen, Dr. Jordan Taylor, Ms. Catherine Davis, and Ms. Tracey Wagner, who all played a role in the production. Standing ovations all around!
National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month, and FA Health and Wellness Club members visited Lower School classes and Middle School advisories to have fun and share nutrition information. Lower School students played nutrition games and read books on nutrition, while Middle School students learned how to read a nutrition label and about the importance of a good balance in a daily diet. Club members love interacting with the other divisions of school and engaging in important health topics!
Fifth Grade Ebenezer Trip
Ebenezer Alive!

The English translation of the Latin term "Carpe Vitam" is "seize the life," which is precisely what Fifth Grade students did at Ebenezer Alive last week. It was an opportunity for Fifth Grade teachers to take learning outside of their classrooms and for their students to develop a bond that would not usually happen in the traditional setting of Benefield Hall.
While enhancing their knowledge of Georgia history and ecology, the Ebenezer experience helps students develop a mutual acceptance and trust with one another. It also allows students to take responsibility for themselves (e.g., making choices, keeping up with their belongings, caring for themselves and others, participating in activities, managing their emotions, etc.). The Ebenezer trip allows students to grow in mutual respect for one another through team-building exercises and extended time together. Manhunt at night with all your school friends is so much and the cherry on top of a great three-day shared experience.
Fourth Grade Archaelogy
Fourth Grade spent two exciting and informative days digging for and analyzing artifacts from Fort Frederica last week. The students were led by a wonderful park ranger, Ellen Provenzano, who helps children learn the proper way to excavate a dig site and how to clean the artifacts. The day after visiting and digging at Fort Frederica, students spent time on campus in a lab setting learning about the colonial residents by examining the pipe stems, ceramics, glass, and metals the colonists left behind. This is a wonderful way for the Fourth Grade students to culminate their exploration of colonial times and local history.
Pre-K Mystery Reader
Last week's Pre-K Mystery Reader was Libby Flanagan's mother, Lakyn Flanagan. She read Morris Goes to School, by Bernard Wiseman and brought gumdrops for everyone to enjoy!
April Events
April 4-8
Spring Break

April 11
Varsity Tennis Region Tournament
College of Coastal Georgia

April 12
Varsity Golf Region Tournament
Forrest Heights Country Club

April 13
Varsity Region Track Meet
Georgia Southern University

April 13
Summer CCGA Dual Enrollment

April 14 or 21
FA Fine Arts Hall of Fame
Ralston Fine Arts Center

April 15
School Holiday (Good Friday)

April 18
Varsity Tennis
GISA State Tournament
Individuals (Macon)

April 18
Varsity Golf
Region Tournament

April 20
MS Visiting Author

April 20
Recycled Uniform Sale
Gym Lobby

April 20
Fourth Grade Field Trip
World War II Home Front Museum

April 21
Progress Reports Posted
Quarter 4

April 21
Second Grade
Mom's Breakfast

April 21
MS + US Spring Concert
Senior Showcase

April 22
Relay for Life Event
Health + Wellness Club

April 23
Junior-Senior Prom

April 25
Varsity Golf
GISA State Tournament
Lake Oconee

April 26
Class of 2022
College T-Shirt Day

April 27
Varsity Tennis
GISA State Tournament
Teams (Macon)

April 27
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PPE Night (Gym)

April 28
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Board of Visitors Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

April 28
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FA Benefactors Reception
Elizabeth + Daniel Veal's Residence

April 29
Grandparents Day
May Day
Upper School Honors Day

April 30
Red Cross Blood Drive
Health + Wellness Club
20th Annual FA Derby Day
There are two ways to access the Derby Day website.
1. Text FADerby to 76278.
If you registered for Derby Day last year, you may be automatically logged-in once you access the site. Click on the "Home" tab, and you will be off to the races! If you forgot your log-in credentials, you can click "forgot password." We encourage all patrons to "allow" text messages when enrolling because this will allow us to keep you updated as May 7 draws nearer.
Please note that when you receive a link via text or email from GiveSmart, it is a link that is personalized for you. Do not share this link with friends because it will be tied to your personal account and your corresponding payment information.

Please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions, and stay tuned for information regarding this year's raffle item!
Brad Hutcherson
Director of Development
Frederica Academy
FA Athletics
2022 FA Summer Programs
2022-2023 School Uniforms
Given supply chain and embroidery delays, Frederica Academy encourages FA families to order uniforms now for the 2022-2023 school year. Uniforms will be required for all students in Grades PK-11 next year
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