Head of School Message

"Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all."
Alexander the Great

Dear FA Families,

In schools sometimes there can be a tendency to group the members of a certain grade by class, as in the Third Grade class or the Junior class. Various dynamics and even personalities within a class can dominate and shape the culture within a class or at least influence certain segments of a class. Truth is those dynamics can turn out to be both positive or negative, and our goal as adult leaders within the school is to recognize these influences early on and reinforce the positive and eliminate the negative.

This year, largely as a result of all of the Covid-related restrictions inhibiting the gathering in larger groups, most class meetings are held virtually; and the tendency at least in the Upper School is to see groups as more multi-age and activity oriented as in the drama or music productions or the athletic teams rather than as grade-level class groupings. More importantly, at least for me, the Covid ground rules for the year have caused me to spend less time thinking about individual students as members of a certain class and more time simply seeing, interacting, and appreciating them as individuals.

In that light, I have come to especially appreciate and respect each and every member of this year’s senior class, all of whom graduated yesterday morning. To a person, each student’s journey through Upper School has been unique, and each has demonstrated a goodness and strength about them that is admirable. Each has made his/her own contribution to their friend groups, their classes, their teams, their interest groups, each has unearthed and/or carved out their own pathway through these years; and the school has been ably led and inspired by the efforts and accomplishments of these seniors. Individuals in this class have served as the formal leaders of almost every activity here at school and countless more times they have served as unofficial or informal leaders, modeling for others how to wear that mantel of leadership with humility and honor. In all of the major student-led organizations on campus including Student Council, the Honor Council, all fine arts productions and sports teams, and major service efforts, members of the Class of 2021 have distinguished themselves.

One of the most effective and powerful advertisements for our school in the community is our students … how they present themselves, how they get along with others, how thoughtfully they set goals and how hard and smart they work towards those goals .. and that is especially true for our graduates. Alexander’s maxim rings home. Those traits all reflect both on the graduates as individuals and on the school environment in which they have been raised.

I am extremely proud of and thankful for all of the members of this Class of 2021. Individually they have distinguished themselves time and again in an array of arenas, and they have left a positive legacy in their wake. On behalf of the teachers and staff who have worked with and supported each and every one of them over their time at FA and who consider them friends, we wish them all the best in this next chapter of their lives and beyond.


Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week at FA

Monday - Thursday
MS + US Exam Review

Monday @ 8:00 AM
AP Comparative Government Exam
AP Computer Science Principles Exam

Monday @ Noon
AP Statistics Exam

Monday @ 4:00 PM
MS Faculty Meeting
Hamilton Hall

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Sea Island Green
Menchie's (Thank you, Coach O'Sullivan!)
Cupcakes (Thank you, FA Booster Club!)

Tuesday @ 12:00 PM
AP English Literature Exam (Digital)

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
AP Computer Science A (Digital)

Thursday @ 8:30 AM
First Grade EOY Field Trip

Thursday @ 8:45 AM
Second Grade Beach Trip

Thursday @ 12:00 PM
AP World History Exam (Digital)

Friday @ 9:00 AM
MS + US History Exams
Post-Exam Early Dismissal
May Day 2021
Virginia Anne Tennant was crowned the 2021 May Queen on Friday. She was escorted by Garrett Squire.
Knights Table Menu
US Exam Schedule
Monday is the last day of on-campus AP Exams. Several rooms in Corn Hall as well as the Shuman Conference Room in the Been Library will be used for testing. Help in keeping the halls and shared spaces in these areas quiet will be greatly appreciated.
Digital AP Exam Schedule
Varsity Spring Sports Celebration
LS Talent Show Deadline
This year, the Lower School Talent Show will be virtual. Students are invited to take a picture (paintings, sculptures, or other artwork) or video of their talent and send it to Mrs. Rolland to be included in a video on the last day of school. Talent videos should be less than one minute in length. After the hot dog party on May 25th, students will watch the video with their classmates in their classrooms.
Videos and pictures are due to Mrs. Rolland on Thursday, May 20, by the end of the day.
Library Book Deadline
All library books are due this Friday. There is a $15 fee for books not returned before the deadline.
MAY 24
Fourth Grade Colonial Day
Fourth Grade is hosting a Colonial Day Festival on Monday, May 24, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the completion of its Colonial lessons this spring.
MAY 25
Lower School KiX
KiX will NOT be offered on Tuesday, May 25, which is the last day of Lower School classes.
MAY 26
Closing Ceremonies
St. Simons Presbyterian Church has kindly agreed to let FA use its sanctuary for our Closing Ceremonies on Wednesday, May 26.

Each ceremony will be limited to the students and their families for the following grade levels:

  • Fourth Grade (9:00 AM)
  • Fifth Grade (10:00 AM)
  • Eighth Grade (11:00 AM)
Governor's Honors Program
Last week, State Senator Sheila McNeill stopped by the Upper School to present Andrew Kaminer with a certificate from the Georgia Senate for being selected to participate in this summer's Governor's Honors Program. Congratulations, Andrew!
Red Cross Scholarship
Recently, the FA Health and Wellness Club hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Because the club surpassed the goal set for units of blood collected, one senior became eligible for a $250 Red Cross Scholarship to be provided to the college of his or her choice. The Red Cross Blood Drive High School Scholarship Program rewards schools and students for the outstanding contributions they make to the local blood supply. The amount of scholarship money received is based upon the number of donors at the blood drives in which the students help plan and operate. 

Three seniors met the qualifications for the scholarship: Lauren Jobe, Maddison Moore, and Luke Veal. These three students earned the qualifications for the Level 1 Red Cross Leadership Program.  

Maddison was the student whose name was drawn from the three qualifying seniors. Maddison has served as the Health and Wellness Club president this year and has also co-chaired several projects within the club. Maddison will enter the freshman class of the University of Alabama in the fall.  

Congratulations to Maddison on her achievements this year and to all of the blood drive volunteers for making this year's event so successful!
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines
In response to the CDC's approval of the emergency administration of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 and over, several FA students received their first vaccination last week. This is a two-dose vaccine spaced three weeks apart.

For more information, please contact Nurse Pope.
MS Powder Puff Game
Before the early dismissal on Friday, Middle School Student Council sponsored a Powder Puff Game.
LS Kayak Club Photos
May 24-28 Calendar

May 24 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US Math Exams
Early Dismissal

May 24 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Second Grade EOY Party
Island Cinemas + Mallery Park

May 24 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Fourth Grade Colonial Day Festival

May 25
Last Day of Lower School (PK-Third Grade)

May 25
Lower School KiX will NOT be offered.

May 25 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US English Exams
Early Dismissal

May 26
MS + US Make-Up Exam Day

May 26 @ 9:00 AM
Fourth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 26 @ 10:00 AM
Fifth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 26 @ 11:00 AM
Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 27-28
Teacher Post Planning
FA Summer Programs
FA Social Media
FA Quick Links