A Message from the Fine Arts Department
Dear FA Families,

Creativity flourishes when imaginative and critical thinking form new and meaningful ideas. Often connected with problem-solving, creativity can be driven by a sense of purpose. At Frederica Academy, the fine arts program focuses on creativity training because developing a young person’s creativity has never been as important as it is today.

In the Lower School, Mrs. Reagan Rafaelle brightens the musical lives of our youngest students, while Mrs. Mandy Etheredge’s influence in the art room nurtures the seeds of creativity. In the Middle School, it's a joy to teach alongside Dr. Jordan Taylor, as we build the band, chorus, and orchestra ensembles. Mrs. Laura Edenfield continues to inspire her Upper and Middle School visual arts students with a wide range of studio projects and art history classes.

Creative Media is the most quickly evolving fine arts area at Frederica. Working in creative media combines artistic ideas with digital design tools. Dr. Taylor expertly guides his Audio Tech students in digital recording, and I love challenging my Digital Media students to write scripts and produce short films. Mr. Taylor Lenon incorporates all manner of photography and graphic design in his teaching, and Mr. Caleb Shorthouse and Mr. Hogan Dyer continue to lead the Yearbook students in beautifully-produced publications. This year, we launch a Literary Magazine, also incorporating digital design. In this manner, many students express creativity in the digital realm, through photography, video, livestreaming, and graphic design using Apple products and the Adobe Creative Cloud platform.

Such artistic flourishing includes the willingness and ability to engage students in today's complicated world as they exercise their creativity. While imaginative thought might traditionally be associated with the arts, it is equally important for innovating in science, technology, engineering and math. Important creativity skills include listening, observation and empathy as well as experimentation, collaboration and analysis – skills from humanities and science. In a post-Covid society, our school can produce young people who take on cross-functional roles and possess technical, social and analytic skills, all requiring advanced creativity. Naturally, creativity training builds a bridge between the humanities and science.

This week, The Upper School Popular Music Ensemble (PME), under the direction of Dr. Jordan Taylor, embarks on a trip to The Loft Recording Studio at Columbus State University. The band will record several songs in the studio.

On Friday, October 1st, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Popular Music Ensemble, Knightingales Vocal Ensemble, and Thespian Troupe perform at the Ritz Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Please come and hear our fantastic ensembles and see a sneak-peek of the hilarious 1-Act Play called {Title of Show}. At 7:00 p.m. that same evening, Designer DeLeon Peacock presents a Wearable Art Fashion Show, featuring several of our Upper School students as models! These events, sponsored by Brunswick First Friday, are free, family-appropriate, and open to the public.

Regarding future performance events, I’m pleased to announce the return of the Visiting Artist program, in conjunction with our inaugural Fine Arts Hall of Fame induction, in February 2022. To view the complete list of events, please visit the Fine Arts homepage.

Unwavering resilience, combined with creativity, is the hallmark of the Frederica experience. This year, we have an opportunity to be really creative by reimagining all that is possible. With every action and word, we affirm that what our students create is valid and important.

Tess Nielsen, DMA
Fine Arts Director
Office: 912-638-9981
Cell: 912-540-0308 
This Week at FA


This Week
MS Student Council
Election Speeches

Monday @ 10:00 AM
US Academic Achievement Assembly

Monday @ 4:00 PM
MS Tennis @ Glynn Middle

Tuesday @ 7:30 AM
MS Faculty Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

Tuesday (Morning)
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
MS Head of School Award Ceremony
FA Gymnasium

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Senior Class College Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

Tuesday @ 1:05 PM
US Service Council Meeting
Mrs. Walbridge's Classroom

Tuesday @ 3:20 PM
Technology Club Meeting

Tuesday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball @ Home
vs. Valwood
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Wednesday @ 8:00 AM
FA Parent Association Meeting
Shuman Conference Room
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Wednesday (Morning)
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

Wednesday @ 1:05 PM
US Finance + Investment Club Meeting
Mr. Willis' Classroom

Thursday (Morning)
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
MS Tennis vs. St. Francis
@ Glynn Academy

Thursday @ 8:15 AM
Shuman Conference Room

Thursday (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Covid Vaccine Clinic
(First + Second Shots Available)
FA Gymnasium

Thursday @ 5:00 PM
MS Football @ Bethesda Academy
in Savannah

Thursday @ 5:00 PM
MS Cross Country @ Blythe Island

Thursday Evening
FA Board of Visitors Reception

Friday Morning
FA Board of Visitors Meeting

Friday @ 7:30 PM
Varsity Football @ Long Country

Friday + Saturday
US Popular Music Ensemble
Field Trip
The Loft Recording Studio
Columbus State University
Knights Table Menu
FA Parent Association News
FA Parents, please join us for our fall FA Parents Association meeting!

  • September 22, at 8:15 a.m., in the Shuman Conference Room of the Been Library

  • Featuring a brief State of the School by Scott Hutchinson and Mike Temple

  • Masks required

  • Livestream option available (link below) 

Due to time constraints, we will not be able to host a live Q&A. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting or if there's anything you would like the PA to address, please submit your questions in advance.
FA Online Spirit Store
Cross Country - NEW
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September 23 Deadline
Swimming - NEW
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September 25 Deadline
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ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)
This week, Lower School will administer a paper and pencil standardized test called the ERB (officially known as the Comprehensive Testing Program - CTP). Students in Second, Third, and Fourth Grades will be assessed in the areas of reading, vocabulary, and mathematics. Testing will occur the first two hours each day, starting Tuesday morning and concluding for the week on Thursday.
We have several objectives in administering the ERB.

  • Because it is used by many independent schools, we are able to gain a comparative picture of the strength of our programs in relation to the top 20% of schools nationally and internationally, which take the ERB.

  • This test also gives us a comprehensive view of each student. It is both an Achievement Test-measuring mastery of skill and knowledge acquired directly from classroom instruction in reading, math, and vocabulary; as well as a Reasoning Test which gives us an understanding of a student's facility with subtle, abstract relationships expressed in words or numbers.

  • By administering the ERB in September and analyzing the results shortly thereafter we are able to guide your child and enhance our curriculum to benefit his or her experience within the same school year. Results are sent to parents, and teachers are available to discuss these results with you early in the second semester.

Please remember that a single standardized test is simply a snapshot of your child's ability at one point in time. Click HERE for more information about this assessment.

Please click HERE to email Mrs. Pruitt should you have questions or want more information
MONDAY @ 10:00 AM
US Assembly
TUESDAY @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Assembly
TUESDAY @ 10:00 AM
Senior Class Meeting
Parent Association Meeting
THURSDAY (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Covid Vaccine Clinic
FA First Friday Performance
The Upper School band, Popular Music Ensemble (PME), led by Dr. Taylor, and members of the Thespians Troupe, led by Dr. Nielsen, will perform at the Ritz Theatre as a part of Brunswick First Fridays. The student show begins at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., DeLeon Peacock, Designer, and Harlan Hambright, Author, will present a fashion show and book signing. Our Upper School students will appear as models, and the audience is invited to stay for their presentation as well.
First + Last Photos
Last week, Upper School Student Council President Charlie Runyan welcomed First Grade and Senior parents to this year's traditional First + Last Ceremony, where members of the Class of 2022 escorted our First Grade students to and from the ceremony in the gym so they could be individually introduced to the audience.

As part of the tradition, seniors proudly displayed the poster collages their parents made to honor their childhood and FA journeys.
Congrats, Carley Blogg!
Carley Blogg was honored at last week's 9/11 Remembrance Assembly for winning the Veterans of Foreign Wars' District 7 (South Georgia) Patriot's Pen Essay Award. Carley's essay was selected the top essay from among 235 local entries and more than 1,000 essays submitted at the district level.

Congratulations, Carley!
Middle School Design Class
The Middle School Design Class has been working on understanding camera settings, experimenting with lenses, and editing photos.
Fourth Grade Designers
Fourth Grade students worked on collaborative 3D forest scenes in art class last week.
Third Grade Dolphin Tour
Third Grade students have been studying the sea as a part of their first Wit and Wisdom module. To “dive deeper,” students, teachers, and parent chaperones took a dolphin tour with Cap Fendig on Friday and were able to see many dolphins.
Third Grade Shaving Cream
Third Grade students have also been hard at work learning their multiplication facts. What better way is there to practice these facts than to write them in shaving cream? Students got messy but proved they knew their 0, 1, 5, 9, and 10 facts.
Second Grade Stars
Last week's Second Grade Star Students were Olivia McRae and Shoshin Bovinet. They did a wonderful job presenting their decorated All About Me Star posters and interviewing each other. Olivia invited her mom, Tania McRae to be her guest reader and Shoshin invited his mom, Stacy Bovinet to be his. Olivia and Shoshin did a fantastic job getting things rolling as the first pair of Star students for the year!
First Grade STEM Challenge
On Friday, First Grade students participated in a STEM challenge to build a rake to move apples. They worked with a partner to design, draw, and build a rake. Students had to move paper apples across the floor. They enjoyed cheering on their classmates as they tested their designs. 
Kindergarten STEM
Kindergarten Chicka Chicka Boom Boom STEM Activity
Pre-K Mystery Reader
Last week’s Pre-K Mystery Reader was Virginia Lavin! She read Can You Make a Scary Face?, by Jan Thomas. Virginia is in Fifth Grade and returned to Happy Hall to read to her little brother's class. Wally was very excited to share the stage with his big sister.
FA Fall Athletic Schedules
September + October Calendar
September 27 @ 8:15 AM
Shuman Conference Room

September 28
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

September 29 @ 8:15 AM
Shuman Conference Room

September 29 @ 1:00 PM
Wofford College

September 30 @ TBD
Senior Group + Superlative Photos

October 1 @ 10:00 AM
Fleming Hall Dedication
Middle School Lawn

October 1 (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
MS + US Music Performance @ 4:00 PM
First Friday
Downtown Brunswick (Ritz Theatre)

October 2
SAT Exam @ FA

October 2 (Noon - 5:00 PM)
Mobile Blood Drive
FA Campus
Middle School Parking Lot

October 5 @ 6:00 PM
Hamilton Landing Homeowners' Association Meeting

October 6 @ 3:30 PM
All-School Faculty + Staff Meeting

October 6 @ 6:00 PM
College Financial Aid Night

October 8
End of First Quarter

October 8
FA Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Honored
Halftime of FA vs. Memorial Day Football Game

October 8
Varsity Football SGHS "Pink-Out" Game

October 9 @ 6:30 PM
FA Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Invitation Only

October 11
School Holiday - Fall Break

October 12-17
Gym Closed (Floor Refinishing)

October 13
Upper School Noon Dismissal

October 14
School Photo Retakes
(Make-Up Day)

October 15
Senior Knight
Varsity Football (Before game vs. Bulloch Academy)
Varsity Cheerleading (Halftime)
Varsity Cross Country (Halftime)

October 18
First Quarter Grades Posted

October 19
National Honor Society Assembly
Special MS + US Assembly Schedule

October 21-22
Parent Association Recycled Uniform Sales

October 21
Second Grade Pirate Day

October 21
MS + US Author Visit

October 21
Teacher + Staff Luncheon
Thank you, FA Parent Association!

October 21 (Evening Option)
MS + US Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 22
Parent-Teacher Conferences (PK-12)
No School for Students

October 23
ACT Exam @ FA

October 25-29
Homecoming Week

October 28
GISA AAA Regional One-Act Play Festival

October 29
Varsity Football Homecoming Game
vs. Pinewood Christian
Homecoming Court @ Halftime

November 1
Lower School Storybook Character Day
Parade @ 8:00 AM
FA Social Media