Head of School Message
Dear FA Families,

The faculty and staff participated in what I hope will prove to be a valuable exercise during this year’s pre-planning time. As a collection of 70-plus individuals, we were asked to individually identify a dozen or so attributes that we want and expect to see in an FA graduate. When each of us had created our list, we were grouped into heterogeneous pods of six people, across divisions and across disciplines.

Within those groups we shared our individual lists and spoke on behalf of why each of us selected the traits that we did. Then we were asked to discuss and build consensus within the group regarding the most important dozen of those traits.

The following day we all reviewed the “most important“ lists from each of the eleven groups. Those rankings were compiled into a final draft list, which was shared again, and we were all invited one last time to respond to that list. In the end, the following attributes were deemed as the most important and impactful characteristics of an FA graduate. In ranked order:

  • Honorable
  • Strong Communicator
  • Respectful
  • Compassionate
  • Resilient
  • College Prepared
  • Problem Solver
  • Globally Minded
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Well Rounded
  • Disciplined
  • Responsible
  • Adaptable
  • Committed to a Healthy Lifestyle

For certain, there were other important traits identified and discussed, and this is not intended to be an exhaustive profile, but it does signal to ourselves and to others what we value most in our students and in our educational experience.

Now that we have identified the attributes, the work of crafting a school-wide culture that supports the development of these traits commences. If young people are expected to acquire these traits and inculcate them into their core being, we, as a school, need to prioritize the teaching, modeling, and reinforcing of these traits in our classes and in our relationships. Students who are with us from 4-18 years old or any portion of that fourteen-year time span, and spend the bulk of their waking hours in school and/or on school-related tasks, deserve to be immersed in an environment that nourishes those high-priority attributes. To the heart of the matter, how effective we are at constructing that focused culture defines the FA experience and proves the worth of our school.

In the end, I have asked teachers and coaches at all grade levels to begin to think about how they might integrate lessons on these attributes into their curriculum and specifically into their writing assignments. Each month the school will highlight one or two attributes; we will begin with “honorable” in September.

Our core business is helping parents to raise quality human beings – helping students more fully develop in mind, body, and spirit. Identifying these traits gives us a bit more of a specific target to aim for, and by sharing the list with you now, allows us all to work together towards a common goal more effectively.


Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week at FA

Parent Volunteers Needed:

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Assembly
FA Gymnasium

Monday @ 1:10 PM
Georgia Tech Virtual Visit
College Counseling Center

Monday @ 3:30 PM
MS + US STEM Club Meeting
Mrs. Bradford's Classroom (CH-209)

Monday @ 4:00 PM
Middle School Volleyball
@ Home vs. Heritage Christian

Monday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball
@ Home vs. Heritage Christian

Monday @ 6:00 PM
Lower School Parent Curriculum Night

Tuesday @ 7:30 AM
Middle School Faculty Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Assembly
FA Gymnasium

Tuesday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball
@ Home vs. Memorial

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Advisory

Wednesday @ 1:05 PM
Georgia College
College Counseling Center

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
Upper School Faculty Meeting

Wednesday @ 5:00 PM
Middle School Volleyball Jamboree
Glynn Middle
Depart @ 3:30 PM

Thursday (8:15 AM - Noon)
FA Gymnasium

Thursday @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Advisory

Thursday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball
@ St. Andrew's
Dismiss @ 1:30 PM
Depart @ 1:45 PM

Thursday @ 6:00 PM

School-Wide FA Spirit Day

Friday @ 8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting

Friday @ 7:30 PM
Varsity Football Home Opener
vs. Valwood
Student Section: Hawaiian Night!

SAT Exam at FA

Saturday @ 10:30 AM
Middle School Football
@ Savannah Country Day
Parent Volunteers Needed
The Booster Club needs volunteers to assist with gate and concession operations at the Middle School Volleyball Game on Monday and the Varsity Football Game on Friday night. Please click on the buttons below to sign up to help. Detra Brock has already secured volunteers for this week's home varsity volleyball games. Thank you!
FA Counseling Corner
Dear FA Students and Parents,

The start of the new school year is exciting for most students and adults. But it also prompts a spike in anxiety.

Many people get nervous when big transitions occur but they can also trigger some of us to feel more intense feelings like insecurity, panic, distress, and anxiety. Parents feel the pain, too. Please don't suffer in silence. Strength is handling what we can on our own, knowing when we need help and asking for help when we need it.

I am here to help. Please just email or call me to make an appointment. Resources are available.

Rachael D. Lee, M.A, LPC, NCC
School Counselor (K-12th)
Assistant Middle School Director
Middle School Cheerleading Coach
912-638-9981 ext. 746
Knights Table Menu
FA Parent Association

We are actively building out committees and planning for a fun year! We can still use your help! Please sign up here to get involved.

Please follow us on instagram to see what the Parent Association and our amazing volunteers are up to to help FA and its students.

Harris Teeter - Together in Education

One easy way to support the Parent Association is to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Frederica Academy. We receive a percentage of your total sale every time you shop, but the link must be confirmed each year. If you haven't done it yet this year or need to sign up, simply click on the link below and follow the instructions to ensure you are supporting Frederica Academy. This will only take one minute!

  1. Click the button below.
  2. Click link to your school.
  3. Sign into Harris Teeter online using your own email and password (new parents should simply create an account).
  4. Scroll down to find the link to school option
  5. Search for Frederica Academy and then select it, then confirm.

That's it! Your small effort will go a long way!
LS Parent Curriculum Night
On Monday, August 23, Lower School teachers will host PARENTS in their classroom for this year's Parent Curriculum Night. Each grade level will host two thirty-minute sessions. To manage the number of people attending each session, we ask that families attend the session identified below.

  • Families with last names beginning with letter A-H should attend Session 1 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Families with last names beginning with letter I-Z should attend Session 2 at 6:40 p.m.

  • Families with more than one child in Lower School should attend the youngest child’s class during Session 1 at 6:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
FA COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Frederica Academy is partnering with the Coastal Community Health Clinic to host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in the FA Gymnasium on Thursday between 8:15 a.m. and Noon.

The clinic will be open to FA students (12 and older), parents, staff, and community members who would like to receive the vaccination. Students under 18 who participate in the clinic will receive the Pfizer vaccination. Anyone 18 or older will have the option of the Pfizer (two shots), Moderna (two shots), or Johnson and Johnson (one shot) vaccines.

Click HERE for more information and to sign up for the clinic.
MS PARENT Curriculum Night
School-Wide Spirit Day
Varsity Football Season Opener
LANDS' END Sale Ends
Health + Wellness Club Project
The FA Health and Wellness Club has adopted the Respiratory Therapy Department at Southeast Georgia Health System as one of its community projects this year. With the current surge of Covid cases, these SGHS workers are overwhelmed and overextended. The respiratory therapists see all Covid patients as well as all other respiratory-related cases.  

Club members are organizing and assembling goody baskets and cards for this team and will be delivering them this week. If you would like to contribute, please let me know. The staff is always on the move and quick energy foods and drinks are appreciated. So is candy! Also, if you want to just give a few dollars to this project, you can make a donation to Nurse Pope or Mr. Riggs.

We are looking forward to a great year of helping improve the minds, bodies, and spirits of those in our community who need our assistance. Please let me know if you have any questions.


FA Health and Wellness Club
2021-2022 Thespian Officers
Madison Morgan - President
Evan Moitoso - Vice-President
Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Thespian Honor Society Officers Troupe #8989.

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts.
Jax Grotz - Secretary-Treasurer
Paul Kaselak - Arts Liaison
GISA One-Act Musical Cast
Case Harrison
Wyatt Whitlow
Announcing the Cast of {title of show}, GISA 1-Act Musical

[title of show] is a Tony-nominated and Obie-Award winning comedy musical, with music by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The story depicts the writer and the composer, and their two actress friends, as they create a show for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. 


Case Harrison, as "Jeff Bowen," the composer
Wyatt Whitlow, as "Hunter Bell, the writer
Lea Maye Smith, as "Susan Blackwell," the actress
Laila Gilbert, as "Heidi Blickenstaff," the actress

STAGE MANAGER: Sydney Carroll

The play premieres Thursday October 28 at the GISA 1-Act Regional Festival at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia. 
Lea Maye Smith
Laila Gilbert
Sydney Carroll
US Retreat Photos
MS Golden Spike Award
Taylor Lennon has received the inaugural Golden Spike Award.

The Golden Spike Award is an award specifically given to a Middle School teacher. This award recognizes outstanding work, commitment, positive attitude, leadership, and teamwork. The award pays homage to a specific moment in history when the Union Pacific Railroad met with the Central Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah, completing the first transcontinental rail. To commemorate this historic occasion a golden spike was driven into the ground. Just like Middle School, the golden spike is the link binding together the achievement and growth of students.

Congratulations, Mr. Lennon.

The Golden Spike Award will be awarded to an outstanding teacher each month.
Seventh Grade History
Seventh Grade students in Mrs. Smith's class jumped into world history by acting like archaeologists searching for clues to the past by dissecting owl pellets. Students discovered skulls, claws, and bones. They are now prepared for Chapter 1, the Origins of Civilization.
Fifth Grade Scavenger Hunt
In preparation for their study of Georgia, Fifth Grade students participated in a scavenger hunt for landforms and regional features of the US last week.
LS Morning Meeting Photos
Second Grade Readers
Our Second Grade readers explored the different texts they will be reading in their first Wit & Wisdom Module. They noticed and wondered about each text. The students will be focusing on how change impacts people and nature in this Module. They are excited to read many new texts, to discuss the information they learn from them, and then to write about it!
Kindergarten STEM Photos
PK Mystery Reader
Mrs. Pruitt was the Pre-K Mystery Reader on Friday. She read two books: "Rainbow Fish" and "My Brave Year of Firsts."
FA Fall Athletic Schedules
September Calendar
August 30 @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Club Assembly

August 30 @ 6:00 PM
US Parent Curriculum Night

September 1 @ 3:30 PM
Faculty + Staff Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

September 1 @ 6:00 PM
Senior Parent College Night

September 2
Yearbook Picture Day
Shuman Conference Room

September 2 @ 10:00 AM
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

September 6
School Holiday (Labor Day)

September 9
US Drop/Add Deadline

September 9
Q1 Progress Period Ends

September 9 @ 6:00 PM
New Family Meet + Greet
Hosted by: FA Parent Association

September 10
Pep Rally Schedule (45-Minute Classes)

September 10 @ 2:20 PM
School-Wide Pep Rally
Football Bleachers

September 11
ACT Exam at FA

September 12
FA Parent Association
Poinsettia + Greenery Sale Begins

September 13-16
ERB Testing (Grades 5-7)

September 14-16
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

September 14 @ 9:50 PM
First + Last Ceremony
First Grade + Seniors
Students + Parents

September 14 @ 3:45 PM
Middle School Soccer Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

September 16 @ 10:00 AM
University of Miami

September 18
FA Cross Country Invitational

September 20 @ 1:00 PM
Lehigh University

September 21
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

September 23 @ 6:30 PM
FA Board of Visitors Reception

September 24 @ 8:30 AM
FA Board of Visitors Meeting

September 29 @ 1:00 PM
Wofford College

September 30 @ TBD
Senior Group + Superlative Photos

September 30 @ 6:00 PM
Upper School Parent Social
Hosted by: FA Parent Association
FA Social Media