Head of School Message
Dear FA Families,

There are more than a few ”thank you’s” to be doled out within this community for any and all of the successes that we, as a school, have experienced this school year. Today this email focuses on two organizations … The Parent Association and the Booster Club … each having been instrumental in supporting teachers, coaches, programs, and the overall morale of the school. These two groups, comprised of dozens of parent volunteers and led by exceptionally capable and committed Presidents Martha Eckert and Elizabeth Brunson, have spearheaded efforts throughout the year to coordinate and bolster a wide variety of programs and projects essential to our school. We pay special tribute today, and all year long, to the work that these two organizations have done this year.

Parent volunteers provide the driving engine in so many activities at FA. Most schools have a plethora of well-intended parents who would like to help but simply can’t or don’t find the time or energy to actually come over to campus and volunteer. That is not the case at Frederica. All those parents who staff the ticket and concession booths for athletic events, organize and host faculty and student appreciation gestures, contact speakers and support parent education activities, and raise funds for school initiatives … all of these FA parents actually raise their hands to volunteer, carve out the necessary hours, and show up time and again to ensure that important events at school that require more than school personnel leadership go off as planned.

The Parent Association is led by Martha, Meredith Flagstad, Megan Helms, and Erika Speight and bolstered by a dynamic team of grade representatives (Kimbrough Haverstock, Zareen Kobaisy, Valerie Dunn, Kim Johnson, Amanda Byrd, Katie Widener, Brooke Walker, Leigh Ann Barker, Susan Dunn, Marnee Byrd, Julie Najawicz, Margot McMinn, Barry Kaminer, and Kristen Moore). To all those parent volunteers who provided an especially festive week for faculty and staff this past week for Teacher Appreciation Week and who have been selflessly volunteering all year long … thank you.

To Elizabeth and her Booster Club Executive Committee of Walt Perez, Zack Veal, Alisha Seymour, and Ron Harrison and her Booster Club Board of Paula Baker, Detra Brock, Caroline Champion, Erin Dyer, Mark Fritchman, John McKeown, Ed Reilly, Meredith Reilly, Jenny Thompson, and Catherine Veal … thank you. Last week's PPE night was a great example of your dedication and collaborative spirit as you teamed with the Athletic Department, Nurse Pope, and our strategic partners at Southeast Georgia Health System to prepare our Middle and Upper School student-athletes for the 2021-2022 school year.

And thank you to all those families and friends who generously supported the Booster Club this year by joining the organization even though there was a restrictive home attendance policy as a result of COVID-19. Your loyalty and commitment to support our student athletes in these unprecedented times are both appreciated and commendable.


Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week at FA

TODAY @ 3:00 PM
Coastal Symphony of Georgia Concert
Sea Island Green
Ticket Holders Only

TODAY @ 8:00 PM
Derby Day Online Auction Ends


Middle School Carpe Vitam
  • Sixth Grade @ New Ebenezer (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Seventh Grade @ Honey Creek (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Seventh Grade aboard the Lady Jane (Thursday)
  • Eighth Grade @ St. Augustine/Orlando (Monday-Thursday)

Monday @ 8:00 AM
AP US Government Exam

Monday @ 10:00
Upper School Advisory

Monday @ 4:00 PM
MS Faculty Meeting
Hamilton Hall

Monday @ 4:00 PM + 6:00 PM
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament
First Round Doubleheader @ Pinewood
Click here for bracket.
Dismissal @ 12:00 PM
Depart @ 12:30 PM
Admission: $10 (Adults); $8 (Students)

Monday @ 4:00 PM
GISA AAA Girls State Soccer Tournament
First Round
FA @ Home vs. Gatewood
Click here for bracket.
Admission: $10 (Adults); $8 (Students)

Monday @ 6:30 PM
GISA AAA Boys State Soccer Tournament
First Round
FA @ Home vs. The Cottage School
Click here for bracket.
Admission: $10 (Adults); $8 (Students)

Tuesday @ 8:00 AM
AP Calculus AB/BC Exams

Tuesday @ 8:00 AM
Second Grade Moms Breakfast
Sea Island Green Tent

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Assembly

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
Department Chair Meeting

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
Tennis Team Departs to Macon
GISA AAA State Tennis Team Tournament

GISA AAA State Tennis Team Tournament
John Drew Smith Tennis Center
Click here for bracket.

Wednesday @ 8:00 AM
AP English Literature Exam

Wednesday @ Noon
AP Physics Exam

Thursday @ 8:00 AM
AP US History Exam

Thursday @ 1:00 PM
US Student Council Meeting

MS Post Carpe Vitam Student Holiday

Friday @ 8:00 AM
AP Chemistry Exam

Friday @ 8:15 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
Soccer/Football Bleachers + Field
Mr. Roberts' Class

Friday @ 8:30 AM
PK Mother's Day Tea
Athletic Tent

Friday @ 10:30 AM
Class of 2021 Group Graduation Photo
Gowns - No Caps
Under the Oak (Corn Hall)

Friday @ 11:00 AM
Senior Meeting

Friday @ 11:30 AM
Senior Lunch
La Plancha Taco Stand
Athletic Tent

Friday @ 11:30 AM
Senior Baccalaureate Video Recordings
Outside of Benefield Hall

Friday + Saturday
Second Round
(If FA beats Pinewood in First Round)
@ Winner of Creekside Christian vs. Southland

Friday or Saturday
GISA AAA State Soccer Tournaments
Second Round
(If FA Girls and/or Boys win on Monday)

Saturday (Morning)
SAT Exam @ GA
Class of 2021 Awards
Class of 2021
University of Virginia
Class of 2025
Class of 2021
Washington and Lee
Class of 2025
Class of 2021
STAR Student
Duke University
Class of 2025
James chose Mrs. Walbridge to be this year's STAR Teacher.
Sarzier Named Georgia Scholar
Last Thursday, Frederica Academy received a notification that Sarah Sarzier is one of only 323 graduating seniors from across Georgia to be recognized as a 2021 Georgia Scholar. Congratulations, Sarah!

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
These students have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; performed excellently in all courses; successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and have assumed roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
“As a state, we can all draw inspiration from the resilience and determination of the class of 2021,” State School Superintendent Richards Woods stated in the announcement. “Like their counterparts in the class of 2020, they dealt with the sudden shutdown of in-person schooling in March of last year. Then they persevered through a school year that was, of necessity, unlike any we have ever seen before – and still, they found a way to excel. I am extremely proud of each 2021 Georgia Scholar and can’t wait to see what this outstanding group of students accomplishes.”
The Georgia Scholar program is managed by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state.
Knights Table Menus
SAT + ACT Deadlines
The regular registration
deadline for the June 5th
SAT is Thursday, May 6th!
Frederica Academy will be open as a testing center for the
June 5th SAT.
The regular registration
deadline for the June 12th
ACT is Friday, May 7th!
Frederica Academy will not be open as a testing center for the
June 12th ACT.
Senior Service Cord Deadline
Graduating seniors, it is time to think back on the volunteer opportunities you've taken advantage of in high school. Please fill out the Class of 2021 Service Cord Application. The online application is due Thursday, May 6. This is a firm deadline; no exceptions.
MAY 14
May Day Ceremony
May Day Celebration
Friday, May 14
2:00 PM
Sea Island Green

The program will include:
2021 May Court (Grades 6-12)
Musical Performance (3rd Grade)
May Pole Dance (4th + 5th Grade Girls)
May Pole Escorts (4th + 5th Grade Boys)

Upper School Dismissal @ Noon
Middle School Dismissal @ 12:15 PM
Lower School Dismissal (1-5) @ 3:00 PM

All FA students and families are invited to attend.
MAY 14
MS Powder Puff Game
The Middle School Student Council is sponsoring a Powder Puff football game during the last period (11:35 a.m. on Friday, May 14. Middle School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. that day.
MAY 17-21
Library Book-Return Deadline
All library books are due the week of May 17th. There is a $15 fee for books not returned by May 25th. Thank you for your help!
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)

Additional details regarding each ceremony will soon be shared with these parents.
Georgetown Online Program
SGHS Teen Volunteer Program
Due to COVID-19, Southeast Georgia Health System will not be offering on-campus volunteer opportunities this summer. Instead, it has created service kits that students can complete at home to earn twenty hours of volunteer service. Space is limited in the program. Applicants must be in good academic standing, reliable, responsible, and trustworthy.
Applications are due by May 14.
FA Students Earn Trip to DC
Carter Jules and Parker Schoenauer, both juniors at Frederica Academy, were recently awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a week-long seminar next summer. They won the Colonial Dames Essay Contest based on the topic, “The Electoral College was established in the U.S. Constitution as the election process for the President and Vice President. Support retaining the Electoral College, or propose and support another system to operate in its place.” Carter and Parker are following in the footsteps of Sara Seckinger '19, Ryan McHugh '19, Constance Sullivan '18 and Christian Sullivan '16 for earning this distinguished honor.
Now in its 39th year, the National essay contest sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America generously provides scholarships for students from across the United States to attend the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar in Washington, D.C.
These students will have the opportunity to meet US Senators and Representatives, attend committee hearings, listen to guest speakers on the branches of government, work in model committees with other delegates, and enjoy Washingtons top historical and educational exhibits. The National Society of Colonial Dames, corporate societies, endowments, and individual Dame members contribute funds, approximately $1,600 per winner for the project and trip. 
FA Writers Honored
Rebekah Brooks and Sarah Sarzier were honored for their exceptional writing skills at a dinner last week.

The dinner took place at Marsh's Edge, which, along with its parent company Senior Living Communities, annually sponsors The Silver Pen Award essay competition.

The contest is open to area high school seniors. Sarah placed second and Rebekah placed third. They received scholarship awards for their writing achievements.

Congratulations, Rebekah and Sarah!
SSI Rotary Scholarship
James Cruikshank will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Saint Simons Island Rotary Club this week. Congratulations, James!
New Student Council Leaders
Upper School students elected their Student Council officers and grade representatives for the 2021-2022 school year. Incoming freshmen will elect their representatives at the beginning of the school year. Congratulations to the following student leaders:
Vice President
Class of 2023 Representative
Class of 2023 Representative
Class of 2024 Representative
Class of 2024 Representative
Class of 2024 Representative
New Honor Council Leaders
Upper School students elected their Honor Council officers and grade representatives for the 2021-2022 school year. Incoming freshmen will elect their representatives at the beginning of the school year. Congratulations to the following student leaders:
Vice President
Class of 2022 Representative
Class of 2023 Representative
Class of 2024 Representative
Visiting Artist Student Panels
Kevin and Britney Bongang, the 2020-2021 Ellen E. Fleming Visiting Artists, returned to campus last week to celebrate the installation of the five fabulous art panels they helped create in collaboration with FA students from across all three divisions.

They were hosted by members of the FA Fine Arts Department and joined by members of the Ellen E. Fleming Visiting Artist Committee and a delegation of student artists who helped with the paintings.

Please visit the outdoor gallery wall, which is located on the northern exterior side of the Been Library near the entrance of the Terry Thomas Playground.
FA Campus Blood Drive
The FA Health and Wellness Club hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, April 30. The need for blood is critical right now. Throughout the past few months, students met with the district blood program coordinator for the American Red Cross to determine how to have the most successful blood drive possible.

The student blood drive leader team set the goal as thirty units of donated blood. This alone would be a record set at FA for blood donations. The students educated, held sign-up sessions, and helped RAPIDPASS donors. Over forty Health and Wellness Club members volunteered to make the drive successful, and we are so proud of their commitment to serving our community and the health and well-being of others! One donation can save three lives.

Our total number of donations was thirty-four, which exceeded our goal! Because of meeting our goal, one senior student who donated will be awarded a $250 Red Cross scholarship. This drawing will take place next week! Everyone who donated will receive a ten dollar Amazon gift card.

A special thanks to our hard-working student blood drive leaders - Zoe Linert, Chandler Sitz, Cammie Pope, Josie Brock, and Helen Arline. We are grateful to Greta Johnston for meeting with the Red Cross while many of us were out with Covid! Thomas Veal and Zoe Linert secured a donation of seventy-five gourmet doughnuts from Dulce Dough and this was very popular with the donors and volunteers! Thanks to Joshua Manning and Zoe Linert for staying the course of the entire drive and working so hard to help those who were shaky after donating. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all of the donors! Even if you were unable to give this time, we appreciate your willingness to try to make a blood donation! Not only did we have a record number of total donors, but we also had a record number of first-time donors!

Congratulations to our students! Once again, you set the bar very high. We are so happy to be your Faculty Advisors!

Nurse Pope and Mr. Riggs
Bravo, MS Playwrights!
Congratulations to seventh graders Amelia McGlaughlin and Elizabeth Temple (pictured above in the foreground holding their award folders), grand prize winners of the 2021 Eugenia Price-Joyce Blackburn Young Playwrights' Award. On Wednesday April 28, their play, "A Game of Witches and Rubies," was performed by Brunswick High School Theater students at the historic Ritz Theatre. After the production, the students received their certificates and split the $500 cash prize. Brava, playwrights!
MS Spanish: Body Biographies
Over the last month, Middle School Spanish students have been reading Pobre Ana by Blaine Ray aloud in class. Pobre Ana is about a girl who is unhappy with her life in America. She only wants money, new clothes, and a new car. After a summer in Mexico, Ana learns to appreciate what she has and focus on friends and family rather than materialistic items. She makes a lot of friends and practices her Spanish before returning back to the states. Once back home Ana is a new person with a better understanding of herself. As their final demonstration for this unit, the students created a body biography showing Ana's character development throughout the book. The groups were required to use direct and indirect quotes and symbols, cite their sources, and use imagery to show Ana's change. Students worked really hard in class to make these awesome pieces of work! 
War of 1812 Escape Room
Eighth Grade students unlocked clues to help James Madison convince Congress to declare war last week!
Congrats, Ellie McRae!
Congratulations to FA Third Grade Ellie McRae! She was a Grand Prize winner in a state-wide art contest sponsored by the Georgia Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island.

A panel of judges selected artwork from six Third Grade students to enter into the competition. In addition to Ellie, the artists included Blake Carter, Beau Dart, Louise Evans, CeCe Green, and Miles Rentz. Click HERE to see their outstanding artwork. In addition to their artwork, each contestant submitted a short video outlining the importance of protecting Diamondback Terrapins.

In its continued effort to provide an engaging science education program, the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island sponsors a Student Journal Art Contest each year. The contest is open to students in grades K-12. Our students competed in the category for Grades 3-5. The theme of this year’s art contest was Safety for Diamondback Terrapins, which are a species of turtle that inhabit the salt and brackish water marshes.
LS Morning Meeting
Mrs. Myles' Fifth Grade class led last week's Lower School Morning Meeting. Mr. Roberts' class will lead this week's outdoor meeting.
Fourth Grade Field Trip
Fourth Grade students and their teachers and parent volunteers enjoyed visiting the World War II Home Front Museum on Friday. The visit to this wonderful museum at the Old Coast Guard Station was a wonderful way to wrap up this year's Fourth Grade local history field trip program. The students learned about Glynn County's involvement in the war effort during WWII, plus they got the opportunity to practice plane spotting, Liberty ship building and purchasing groceries with ration card points. This experience dovetailed beautifully with their curriculum exploring many facets of the Revolutionary War. One interesting fact we learned was that 18 out of 99 Liberty ships built in Brunswick were named after black servicemen. 
Third Grade Wit + Wisdom
As part of the Third Grade Wit and Wisdom curriculum, students were provided with immigrant story cards. These story cards contained an immigrant's identity such as a name, country of origin and reason for coming to America. Students gathered evidence and recorded immigrants' experiences and reasons for leaving their homelands.

Students mixed and mingled with one another introducing themselves as they "arrived on Ellis Island." This information was used later in the week as students created a written narrative as an immigrant, traveling to the United States.
Second Grade Digestive System
The Second Grade has been learning about the Digestive System in its current reading Module. Students have been learning about the organs involved in digestion, the path that food travels through in our body during digestion, and the importance of having good nutrients in our food. Students cut out a life-size outline of their body and placed some of the digestive system organs onto the outline. A very special thank you to Cammie Pope, Holly Lewis, and Grant Offner who are students in the Health and Wellness Club who helped trace the Second Grade students.
FA Kayak Club
Lower School's first-ever after-school Kayak Club is a huge hit with its adventure-seeking participants.

In a related development, FA Summer Programs is excited to announce that it is offering a second Kayak and Fishing Summer Camp. It is for campers in Grades 3-8 and will be offered July 19-22 (Monday-Thursday) between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Click HERE to register.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Frederica Academy's teachers and staff were very grateful for everything the Parent Association and its parent leaders and volunteers did throughout last week to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
FA May Events
May 10 @ 8:00 AM
AP World History Exam

May 10 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 11 @ 8:00 AM
AP Spanish Exam

May 11 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 12 @ 8:00 AM
AP English Language Exam

May 12 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 12 @ 4:00 PM
Graduation Practice
Sea Island Green

May 13 @ 6:00 PM
Class of 2021
Baccalaureate Ceremony
Community Church (St. Simons Campus)
2700 Frederica Road
By Invitation Only (Limited Seating)

May 14 @ 8:00 AM
AP Biology Exam

May 14 @ 8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
Soccer/Football Bleachers + Field
Mrs. Squire's Class

May 14 @ 11:35 AM
MS Student Council
Powder Puff Game

May 14 @ Noon
US Student Dismissal

May 14 @ 12:15 PM
MS Student Dismissal

May 14 @ 2:00 PM
May Day Ceremony
Sea Island Green
May Court (10 Representatives + Escorts in Grades 6-12)
May Pole Program (Grades 4+5)
Music Program (Grade 3)

May 14
GISA AAA State Soccer Semi-Finals
Mercer University

May 14+15
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament

May 15 @ 8:30 AM
Class of 2021
Graduation Ceremony
Sea Island Green
By Invitation Only (Limited Seating)
Livestream Available

May 15
GISA AAA State Soccer Finals
Mercer University

May 17 @ 8:00 AM
AP Comparative Government Exam
AP Computer Science Principles Exam

May 17 @ Noon
AP Statistics Exam

May 17-20
MS + US Exam Reviews

May 18
AP Computer Science Exam

May 20 @ 8:45 AM
Second Grade Beach Trip

May 21 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US History Exams
Early Dismissal

May 21+22
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament
Championship Series
Mercer University

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

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

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 Summer Programs is excited to announce that it is offering a second Kayak and Fishing Summer Camp. It is for campers in Grades 3-8 and will be offered July 19-22 (Monday-Thursday) between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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