August 28, 2017
My transition from student to support staff has been amazing. Being able to put my skills to use in the field and in life in general has changed me for the better. I have observed leaders’ strengths and also weaknesses and how their different styles of leading affect the group dynamic and environment in general. A specific strength I observed was while hiking Pinecobble with a BA group. A girl fell and hit her knee and was quite nervous. One of the leaders walked over to her and did a breathing exercise with her that was amazingly calming even for me to watch. I’d never seen someone so calming and helpful before in a situation like that. I’ve been aware of my voice during my time with the groups and leaders. I’ve been aware of how and when to share my ideas and also when to sit back and observe. I’ve felt extremely comfortable with talking through situations with leaders and students alike, whereas before my AKL trip, I would not have been.
From golf courses to law courses, this scholar athlete has set her sight on a legal career. Mary Ellen Shuman, graduate of the Frederica Academy class of 2013, has been accepted into and plans to attend the University of Georgia School of Law this fall. After spending four years on the University’s golf team and earning her degree in finance from the Terry College of Business, she is ready to take on a new challenge.
When asked how her experience at Frederica Academy prepared her for college and law school, Mary Ellen responded “I feel like they really go hand in hand. I was clearly prepared for college after graduating from Frederica. I learned the importance of building relationships with teachers and the discipline of knowing how to sit down and study.” Now, her only concern is adjusting to the different teaching style. Her finance courses were mainly lectures; however, in law school theclasses are much more discussion based. To prepare for the LSAT, she took a month-long prep course that was three hours long, three nights a week. The course was taught by a third-year law student, which Mary Ellen said was really helpful. She commented that, “He took time to answer all of our questions about the law school, even if it was as simple as what people wear to class.” Currently, Mary Ellen is back at Frederica Academy interning with the accounting department for summer 2017.
Megan Trowbridge, a rising eighth grader at Frederica Academy, is showing her love for philanthropy early on. After noticing a homeless man in need, Megan decided to take action and created her Compassion Project, raising a total of $405.00. Here is what Megan had to tell us about her experience working on the project.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the Compassion Project. How did you come up with the idea for it?
A: My original idea was to give a three-wheeled bike to a homeless man outside of Walgreens that had trouble walking around, but by the time I was able to raise the money, I stopped seeing him by Walgreens.
Q: Why did you choose to donate to the Memory Matters house?
A: My family is passionate about helping those with memory issues. My parents own BrightStar Care and have many patients with memory issues. My mom is also the president of the board for Memory Matters, which is where I got the idea to donate a fish tank for their sunroom and art supplies. I wanted to give something to Memory Matters that could be enjoyed by the people who visit there.
Q: How did you go about raising money for the Compassion Project?
A: We raised money at school by sponsoring dress down days and setting up donation boxes around campus. A lot of the money I raised came from a raffle with a FA swag bag donated by the Booster Club. The bag had a t-shirt, a Yeti cup, a hat, and some other things.
Q: What are some valuable lessons you've learned throughout this project?
William Brock returned from his time in Washington, D.C., more energized than when he left. A rising sophomore at Frederica Academy, William jumped at the opportunity to serve with twenty other high school age youth from Wesley United Methodist Church. The mission trip this year would take the group to the nation’s capital, serving children and the homeless.
Hardly a summer vacation, William and his fellow volunteers slept on the floor of a church and waited in line for showers. Days would be divided between a vacation Bible school type experience and service opportunities. The program, hosted by a D.C. church, is one that engages different youth groups all summer. Each week, a new group arrives to serve and operates out of the church.
Time spent with children each day consisted of singing worship songs, arts and crafts projects, Bible study sessions, and group games with a spiritual theme. When asked what was the most rewarding part of the experience for him, William responded that “Just seeing the kids’ faces when we said we were going to play with them.” He added, “I expected to go and just help a few kids, but I came away with lifelong connections. Some even found me on Instagram. I expected to change a kid’s life, but they changed mine.”
The two primary service opportunities that the group supported were at the D.C. Central Kitchen and Thrive DC. At D.C. Central Kitchen, William’s primary responsibilities were in food preparation. While there, the kitchen was feeding over 5,000 people a day. William spent his time preparing 440 pieces of chicken for the next day’s meals. The program at Thrive DC provides the homeless community with toiletries, socks, shoes, sandals, laundry opportunities, and a chance to shower. Clients come in three days a week to pick up grocery bags full of food.
Kate Walbridge, a rising eighth grader at Frederica Academy, has a career path in mind, and she is using summer 2017 as the first step to reach her goal. Twice a week, Kate can be found at the Island Animal Hospital on Saint Simons Island where she spends time learning about her passion, veterinary medicine. As a volunteer, her responsibilities range from doing laundry, to cleaning kennels, to operating machinery, to running bloodwork, and to supporting staff. On occasion, Kate also has the opportunity to observe surgeries.
Typically a quiet young woman, Kate’s enthusiasm for becoming a vet seems to bring out another side to her. After frequent visits to the Island Animal Hospital with her family dog, Kate became familiar with the staff and knew that this was an opportunity she wanted to seize. Traci Crankshaw, hospital manager, said that the hospital does not typically have volunteers, especially ones as young as Kate. Thinking back on their email correspondence, Traci recalls being shocked to learn of Kate’s age because her emails had been so thoughtful and well written. When asked how she attained the position, Kate smiled out of the corner of her mouth and said, “I guess I was kind of persistent.” And it is evident that her persistence is paying off as Kate already has plans for future summers to gain more experience. According to Dr. Jaclyn Luckstone, it is this kind of hands-on training that will one day set Kate apart from her classmates. “In my experience at vet school, the people who become the best vets are those who had a lot of experience,” commented Dr. Luckstone.
Kate’s favorite aspect of volunteering at the hospital is experiencing the many situations that arise and learning how to diagnose different issues. While rewarding and fun, Kate admits there are sacrifices that come with this opportunity. She said that “friends are going places, but I have a responsibility here. But, I feel like it’s worth it.” This awareness and maturity on Kate’s part are positioning her for future success. Maybe one day her classmates will be bringing their pets to see Dr. Walbridge.
I am pleased to announce that Nikki Walbridge, our very talented and dedicated Middle School and Upper School English Teacher and English Department Chair, is the 2016 Frederica Academy Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Walbridge is a master teacher whose inventive and student-centered teaching serves as a model for us all.
Nikki Walbridge is in the tenth year of her teaching career and her third year as a member of the Frederica Academy faculty. Having worked as an online and in-person tutor for many years while her children were young, Mrs. Walbridge served as a tutor for several Frederica students before returning fulltime to the classroom in 2014.
Mrs. Walbridge has pioneered many new programs for her students and has assumed significant leadership roles for important school initiatives during the past three years.
In 2015, Mrs. Walbridge served as the architect and committee chair for the school's Frederica Promise and was a valuable consultant to the Board of Trustees as it developed a new Strategic Plan and value proposition doctrine earlier this year.
In September 2016, Mrs. Walbridge hosted critically-acclaimed author Vince Vawter for a day-long visit to our campus. Mr. Vawter opened the day with a Middle School assembly and then met with several English and Literature classes to discuss his book, Paperboy. Mr. Vawter's visit was a huge success because Mrs. Walbridge had the passion and vision to engineer the opportunity and because she planned every detail of his time on campus with great precision. This initiative was an extension of several other programs Mrs. Walbridge has created to help champion and promote reading in the Middle School.
Mrs. Walbridge has also utilized her keen organizational skills and joy for experiential learning to organize and execute our eighth grade Carpe Vitam trip to Washington, D.C., over the past three years. In doing so, she has become quite an expert on the history and landmarks of our nation's capital and adolescent travel needs.
Although Mrs. Walbridge's talents and attributes are vast, they all embrace her unwavering commitment to making Frederica Academy a better school for our students and our families. Mrs. Walbridge has earned a reputation for being available for her students and for being the consummate team player with respect to helping her colleagues whenever needed. She not only helped write the Frederica Promise, she brings it to life through her selfless words and deeds.
Mrs. Walbridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Florida and a teaching certificate from the Mercer University Graduate School of Education. She is married to Greg Walbridge, and they have two children enrolled at Frederica Academy: Kate (Class of 2022) and Trey (Class of 2025). Gus, their yellow lab, completes the Walbridge family.
When not teaching and planning, Mrs. Walbridge enjoys riding bikes around St. Simons as well as cooking, writing, reading, and traveling and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Walbridge will be recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce this evening. The annual event recognizes and honors the Teachers of the Year from the twenty-six public, private, and independent schools in Glynn County.
One teacher will be named the Glynn County Teacher of the Year during tonight's dinner at the Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center. Although Mrs. Walbridge and the other non-public school teachers are not eligible for the county award, we are grateful to be included in tonight's program and are proud to spotlight Mrs. Walbridge's impressive accomplishments as a Frederica Academy teacher. We are also pleased to be able to showcase her extraordinary educational and professional background.
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Walbridge on being named this year's Frederica Academy Teacher of the Year. We are indeed grateful for her many lasting contributions as a tireless educator and life-long learner.
John T. Thomas
Head of School
|Jack Byrnes||Nic Dixon||Whitney Ponsell|
|Sara Gierc||Macall Dyer||George Poulakis|
|Tony Heyward||Emily Harrison||Anna Jane Powell
|Aubrey Maulden||Thomas Hogan||Matthew Runyan|
|Sam Thomas||Joe Levitan||Arden Simmons
|Bennett Ward||Shawn McElroy||Curran Squire
|Maddie Anderson||Ally Meacom||Ryan Steilen|
|Jenifer Arellano-Mendoza||Trevor Moores||Adrienne Stubbs
|Abby Brock||Sam Morales||Constance Sullivan
|John Mitchell Brock||Jake Myers||Maddie Veal
|Reese Brown||Piper O’Quinn||Hannah Yarborough|
Newberry Award winning author, Vince Vawter, visited Frederica Academy to discuss his novel Paperboy, the summer reading selection, with each grade. Introduced by Jane Fraser, President of The Stuttering Foundation of America, Mr. Vawter discussed the details and humanized having a stutter in both past and present day America. Each grade level had breakout time with Mr. Vawter, allowing them to bond as a grade and have an in depth discussion with a professional author.
On Friday, August 26th, Upper School students participated in Upper School Retreat Day. On a joint retreat, our Freshman and Seniors participated in team building activities at the Epworth Ropes Course. It's always great to see the leaders of our Upper School build relationships with the new freshman.
Sophomores participated in a Communities in Schools project at Borroughs-Molette Elementary School in Brunswick, helping organize lunches and other administrative duties for the school.
Our Juniors went on an kayaking excursion, creating unforgettable memories all the while. It's always great to be a Frederica Knight and this year is no different!
Friday, October 2, 2015 - The fifth grade recently plunged into the lemonade business and has been working hard, learning how to squeeze a profit from their venture. Before opening their retail outlet, “The Lemonade Shack”, they spent considerable time researching every aspect of their business, from the history of lemonade, to understanding the difference between gross and net profits.
Early in their research, they discovered that lemons are fairly expensive, so they approached a group of investors; Head of School, John Thomas; Director of Lower School, Annmarie Torres; Interim Director of Middle School, Jay St. John; and Director of Upper School, Mike Temple; for the capital they needed to get started.
They made a business plan, performed taste tests and even set up their business for Saturday sales, to test the market. It has been a project that they’ve explored from every angle. On Friday, they received recognition from Chick-fil-A, which makes thousands of gallons of lemonade annually for thirsty customers. Each student was given a “stress squeeze” lemon, fresh lemonade to drink, a gift card for an iced lemonade and a visit by the Chik-fil-A cow. For the hard-working students, it was a pretty sweet way to celebrate their business!
Carson MacLeod Honorable Mention
Elijah Falken Honorable Mention
Fortune Hicks Honorable Mention
Gigi Cate 2nd Place Ribbon
Jacob Gordon Honorable Mention
John Jeffrey Simmons Honorable Mention
JT Holmes Honorable Mention
Libby Certain Honorable Mention
Madison Brown Honorable Mention
Amelia McGlaughlin 1st Place Ribbon
David Beimler Honorable Mention
Keegan Mathis Honorable Mention
Mary Ford Fitzjurls Honorable Mention
Matthew Kuchar Honorable Mention
Patrick Dunn Honorable Mention
Bo Holmes Honorable Mention
Emily Wyrick Honorable Mention
Harrison Wetzler Honorable Mention
Jackson Byrd 1st Place Ribbon
Maidee Brown Honorable Mention
Mavry Driggers 3 Honorable Mention
McKenzie Brown Honorable Mention
Mitchell Peck Honorable Mention
Patrick Mitchell Honorable Mention
Philip Fairman Honorable Mention
Zane Blackmon Honorable Mention
Alex Peterlin Honorable Mention
Briley Johnson 1st Place Ribbon
Catherine Murphy Honorable Mention
Francie Frazier Honorable Mention
Gillian Sullivan Honorable Mention
Jonas Coyle Honorable Mention
Kirkland Cannon Honorable Mention
Maddie Baldwin 2nd Place Ribbon
Mila McClendon Honorable Mention
Mildred Reeves Honorable Mention
Alexandra Murphy Honorable Mention
Brooks Smith Honorable Mention
Chip LeRoux Honorable Mention
Emerson Lewis Honorable Mention
Henry Beimler Honorable Mention
Prestley Wetzler Grand Prize Elementary Division
Thomas Mitchell Honorable Mention
Walker Larkin Honorable Mention
Whitmarsh Tennant Honorable Mention
In addition to his administrator responsibilities, Mr. Plough will function as the Department Chair of the Arts Department and will teach Middle and Upper School courses in theater and drama as well as Upper School courses in audio and video production, broadcast journalism, and film. He will also work closely with FA Friends of the Arts parent leaders to build stakeholder and community support for our Arts programs.
Mr. Plough has served as Theater Director at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, for the past three years. Darlington is a coeducational day and boarding school with an enrollment of approximately 800 students in grades pre-K to 12. During his tenure at Darlington, Mr. Plough directed original work, Shakespeare, large-scale musicals, comedy, drama, and children's theatre; cultivated student writers through a writers' afterschool workshop; created and taught new courses in video production and broadcast journalism; introduced a media literacy component into the theatre and drama curriculum; created an annual film festival for students to write, shoot, and edit a film over the course of one weekend; and helped lead and promote Rumpus, Darlington's annual signature student life event.
Mr. Plough was an immensely popular teacher and Arts leader at Darlington. In recognition of his outstanding service, he received several prestigious awards including the Brown Faculty Award, the House Senate Faculty Award, and the Woods Fellowship Award. A prolific video blogger, Mr. Plough frequently used social media to promote Rumpus and other Darlington cultural events. Click here to watch a video which showcases his talent and demonstrates his broad appeal to young people.
Prior to assuming his position at Darlington, Mr. Plough taught at the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies and has worked professionally in regional theater, television, and film as writer, director, and actor. Mr. Plough holds a B.A. in Electronic Communications and Multimedia from Assumption College, and an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. He also studied Performance and Dramatic Media at The University of Georgia.
Mr. Plough played and coached college basketball and continues to love sports. He spends his free time swimming, listening to audio books, and playing with his two chocolate labs (Beans and Pajamas).
|Middle||Houston Lake Country Club, Perry||June 1||Scoring/Pairings|
|Atlanta North||Governors Towne Club, Acworth||June 1||Scoring/Pairings|
|Northwest||Fields Ferry Golf Club, Calhoun||June 8||Scoring/Pairings|
|Southeast||Savannah Quarters CC, Pooler||June 15||Scoring/Pairings|
|Northeast||Lane Creek Golf Club, Bishop||June 15||Scoring/Pairings|
|East||West Lake Country Club, Augusta||June 15||Scoring/Pairings|
|West||Green Island Country Club, Columbus||June 16||Scoring/Pairings|
|Atlanta East||Cherokee Run Golf Club, Conyers||June 22||Scoring/Pairings|
|Atlanta South||Newnan Country Club||June 22||Scoring/Pairings|
|Southwest||Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta||June 25||Scoring/Pairings|
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Dear Frederica Friends,
Moving is always a challenge. Months of anticipation and projection of what will go where and how life will be in a place where we are not yet is at once chaotic and clarifying. In moving, I have relearned that my family (including dogs), a t-shirt and shorts, comfortable shoes, and bath towel are pretty much sufficient basic necessities. And on this island, air conditioning is really helpful too.
Today, July 1, is moving day for me at Frederica Academy. The boxes, books, and pictures are going with me to Corn Hall. That is where I choose to locate my office: among students and faculty who are part of the lifeblood of the school. Offices are great for private meetings and important reflection, but classrooms, games, performances, and community events are truly where Frederica Academy lives and thrives. Corn Hall may be a home base, but there is a large playing field of activity to attend and support.
Frederica Academy is on the move along with me. We are transitioning from an energetic and transformative interim period to new leadership and programming. I will elaborate on our many initiatives and enhancements in subsequent communications, but for now, I express gratitude and excitement to lead a great and talented team of administrators, faculty, and staff. Mr. St. John will remain a colleague, and he has become a good friend. He, too, has made a move to a new home which is located in the Benefield Hall Middle School Building.
Moving is always a challenge, and our (I can say that now) school is kinetic in preparation for the most important year for the school: the one coming up. We will remain mission focused, developing mind, body, and spirit, with a dogged quest for excellence that is unique and important.
I am grateful for the welcome we have received. We are humbled to be among you. I am excited to be on the move with Frederica Academy. It is a great day to be a Knight.
I look forward to getting to know you in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, please reach out to me if you think I can be of assistance to you or your family.
Very truly yours,
The next afternoon, at the conclusion of a long rehearsal of their upcoming play, “Beauty and the Beast”, Chef Sarah presented an entire table of beet-centric treats to the fifth graders. By then, they were especially hungry and ready for a pick-me-up, but listened patiently, as she explained the cooking process, which involved roasting, skinning and pureeing the beets, and then mixing them with the other ingredients of the smoothie and brownie recipes.
Finally, it was time to taste their harvest. Cups and straws in hand, the class sipped the smoothies. “Hey this is good!” and “I can taste the beets, but they’re good!” were two immediate responses. Then they tried the beet brownies. “They taste like chocolate cake!” and “I can’t even tell there are beets in here!” they exclaimed. It was a toss-up as to which beet treat the children liked best, but the overall sentiment was that both beet brownies and beet smoothies were extremely tasty and the children were very appreciative of Chef Sarah’s great work in the kitchen.
The satisfaction of growing a crop and then actually eating the results of that work is an ongoing lesson for all the Lower School students at Frederica Academy. The organic garden has been, and will continue to be, a living classroom, where students learn about the environment, cultivation, hard work and the joy tasting the fruits of their labors.
On March 17, twenty-one Frederica Academy school winners in the research paper and website categories attended the National History Day Regional Competition, sponsored by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Students are interviewed about their research projects by a panel of experts during the course of the competition and regional winners are selected to attend the state contest.
National History Day is a year-long academic program designed to engage middle and high school students in extensive primary and secondary research on historically significant topics of interest. Over 600,000 students from around the world compete in National History Day contests each year. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the school, regional, and state levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
In the fall semester, Mrs. Mullis' ninth grade Ancient History students developed entries for the research paper contest. This year's students were asked to select a topic interesting to them in ancient history before 1500 C.E., based on the contest theme of "Leadership and Legacy in History." The Frederica Academy school winners in the paper category, and their research topics were:
|Hannibal: The Man Who Almost Conquered Rome||John Mitchell Brock|
|The Leadership and Legacy of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian||
|The Travels and Influences of Marco Polo||Emma Cheripka|
|The Legacy of Aristotle||MacCall Dyer|
|The Success and Leadership of Julius Caesar||Jacob Myers|
|The Success and Leadership of Julius Caesar||Piper O'Quinn|
|Leadership and Legacy of Alexander the Great||George Poulakis|
|Joan of Arc: An Angel of Action||Constance Sullivan|
Regional winners in the paper competition invited to compete in the state competition are Emily Harrison, First Place; Reese Brown, Second Place; and Piper O'Quinn, Third Place.
In the spring semester, Ancient History students developed entries for the website contest. This year's students were asked to select a topic interesting to them from any time period, based on the contest theme of "Leadership and Legacy in History. "The Frederica Academy school winners in the website category, and their research topics were:
Anne Frank Curran Squire and Maddie Veal
Arnold Palmer Thomas Hogan, Gray Johnston, and Sam Morales
Nelson Mandela Kailey Baez, Ansley Haulbrook, and Hannah Yarborough
Elvis Presley Joe Levitan, Chappy Rowland, and Ryan Steilen
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Chandler Kicklighter
Women's Rights Taylor Crawford, Cameron McClellan, and Trevor Moores
Chandler Kicklighter received first place in the individual website category. In the group category, first place went to Curran Squire and Maddie Veal, second place to Joe Levitan, Chappy Rowland, and Ryan Steilen, and third place to Thomas Hogan, Gray Johnston, and Sam Morales. These students will proceed to the state competition in the website category.
Congratulations to all of these history scholars on their achievements!
I enjoy going out to yard sales looking at the all the bric-a-brac that is for sale. I always stop by the books looking for a book to read. My yard sale book find this summer was, “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother” by James McBride. The title intrigued me because as a chemist, I know the color of water is colorless. The book was the fascinating story of James McBride’s mother’s life. Ruth McBride Jordan’s life journey deals with racism, religious conflict and the struggles of raising twelve children of mixed race. It was a great book that I happened to find at yard sale. - Lori Tigani
The competition included 16 teams from local schools including Frederica Academy, Brunswick High, Glynn Academy, and Wayne County schools. The competition consisted of a written test, followed by a buzzer competition. The Frederica B Team, which consisted only of freshman and sophomores, won the written test. The Frederica A Team won the buzzer competition which was a four round single elimination tournament. The overall champion was decided by the written test winner versus the buzzer competition winner in a final lightning round buzzer competition. The Frederica A Team won that match and was determined the overall winner. It was a great day for the school and for these kids who have been practicing during lunch on Mondays since the beginning of the school year.
February 12, 2015 It was a bright crisp morning on Thursday, February 12th, and just the right kind of day for Jan Payne to lead Suzanne Rackley’s and her own fourth grade students, up the road to Darien and back in time, as they visited historic Fort King George on the banks of the Altamaha River.
The students and their chaperones were warmly greeted by Park Ranger Jason Baker, who was dressed from head to foot in the uniform of an 18th century British soldier. He led them to the Visitors’ Center, where they watched a brief film that detailed the history of Fort King George, from the time of the Guale Indians, until its demise in 1736. Following that, the students were invited to explore the exhibits in the museum.
Next, it was off to the recreated cypress blockhouse, to get a feel for what life must’ve been like for the British soldiers at Fort King George nearly three hundred years ago. Ranger Baker, in his role as a soldier, vividly described everything from the miserable living conditions in the mosquito-infested marshes, to the mechanics of loading a musket. He pointed out the view from the blockhouse window, which still encompasses both Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island, and the students could then understand the strategic importance of this fort that overlooked the mighty Altamaha and its tributaries.
On-site lessons like this give Frederica’s Fourth Grade classes a sense of their place in the ever-unfolding history of life. The rich heritage and unique environment of coastal Georgia and the southeastern United States, provide a classroom unparalleled in diversity and opportunities for students to learn from the past and carry those lessons into the future.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 It was a big weekend for Middle School students as they represented Frederica Academy from one side of the state to the other.
In Alpharetta, Alexandra Sheffield, Georgia Waters and Catherine Benefield gathered with other members of GISA choruses from all over the state, for the annual performance of the 2015 GISA All-Select Middle School Chorus.
The GISA had invited all of the independent schools to nominate students to participate in this select chorus, comprised of students from each of these schools. In many cases this was the first time that many students were given the opportunity to sing in such a large choral ensemble. The presiding choral director, Dr. Patrick Freer, chose five musical selections, which the students prepared for at their individual schools with their music teachers, before joining together for the final rehearsals and performance at King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, on Saturday night. Frederica Academy is proud to have such exceptional students as Alexandra, Georgia and Catherine represent our school in such a noteworthy event.
Meanwhile, in Savannah, the Middle School Science Bowl Team traveled to the 2015 Sub-regional Science Bowl tournament, held at Armstrong State University. There, Team A, made up of Alastair Campbell, William Brock, Michael Mitchell, Garrett Squire and David Weaver, won First Place for the Georgia Southeast Region. Team B, consisting of Sara Seckinger, Britton Sullivan, Josie Leavy and Worth Pickens placed in the final four.
Team A will now move on to the Georgia State Science Bowl, which will take place on February 28, 2015. Congratulations to Alastair, William, Michael, Garrett and David for the hard work that went into their victory at the Sub-regional event and best wishes from Frederica Academy for success at the next level of this prestigious, US Department of Energy sponsored tournament.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Frederica Middle School students represented their school well in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. This year’s topic “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” captured the imaginations of Alastair Campbell, Virginia Anne Tennant, Cate Seymour and Cason Cavalier and gave them the motivation to create award-winning compositions. At the awards ceremony held at the First Presbyterian Church on Thursday afternoon, Virginia Anne, Cate and Cason swept the Sixth Grade category, winning first, second and third place, respectively. Alastair triumphed in the Eighth Grade, as the first place winner in that group. The first place winners for each grade then read their thoughtful and well-crafted essays, which were very well received by the audience.
More than just a creative writing exercise, the DAR American History Essay Contest demands extensive research and meticulous attention to details. The judging criteria for the essays include historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, originality, interest, spelling and punctuation, grammar and bibliography. A winning composition represents a considerable investment of time and energy by each entrant.That is why, when it was announced that Alastair Campbell’s First Place Eighth Grade essay had not only won for the Fort Frederica Chapter of the DAR, but for the entire state of Georgia, tremendous applause erupted. Alastair will receive a silver medal and go on to represent Georgia at the US southeast regional level. Frederica Academy proudly salutes this tremendous achievement by Alastair and wishes him all the best in the national competition!
To read more about the DAR American History Essay Contest, click here.
January 22, 2015 – The school day started extra early on Thursday for Frederica’s fourth graders, their teachers and parent chaperones, as they gathered at 6:30 am, in preparation for their field trip to St. Augustine. They boarded the bus and headed south for the two hour journey to the historic city, to further their studies of Spanish colonial history, the Timucua Indian culture, and one of the southeastern United States’ most fascinating animals, the American alligator.
Upon their arrival in St. Augustine, the children visited Fort Menendez, at the Old Florida Museum, where they participated in a variety of historically accurate activities, like dipping candles, making a wattle fence and playing the games favored by Spanish colonial children of the late 16th century. They also learned about the Timucua people who inhabited the region before the arrival of the Europeans.
After lunch, a visit to the imposing Castillo De San Marcos National Monument was on the agenda. There the students observed, first-hand, the oldest masonry fortress in the United States, constructed of coquina limestone in the bastion system of fortification. At the completion of the walking tour of the fort, the classes boarded a tram for a tour of the city of St. Augustine. This driving tour allowed the students to see many of the famous churches, houses and fortifications in and around the town, while listening to a fact-filled narration by the tour guide.
The final experience of the day for the fourth graders was a trip to the Alligator Farm, which has been a Florida attraction for over 100 years. Now an accredited member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the facility is dedicated to education and conservation. It is also home to multiple species of birds, mammals and reptiles, including the local top predator, the alligator. The students enjoyed seeing the many exotic creatures, while learning about their history and habitats.
Then it was time to head back to Frederica Academy, to rest from the long journey and reflect on the interesting events and discoveries of the day. The next journey back in time for the fourth grade will be a trip to Ft. King George in February. Stayed tuned for more of their adventures!
There was measurable tension at the STEM Club Meeting on Monday afternoon, but not between the club members. Rather, teams of students had carefully built tension into small catapults, to see who had harnessed enough potential energy to release the winning missile, in the STEM Club Meeting Unofficial Catapult Contest.
The contestants lined up at the end of the upstairs hallway in Corn Hall and took turns projecting Reese’s peanut butter cups as far as their devices would hurl them. The results varied widely, but the clear winner was the catapult operated by Nick Noltes, which sent its load of candy skittering to the opposite end of the building. Though Nick’s plastic spoon, rubber band and wooden stick contraption claimed victory for the day, the contest ended on a sweet note for all, as the participants ate up the chocolate and peanut butter ammunition.
After conducting a nation-wide search, the Head of School Search Committee unanimously proposed and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved hiring John Taliaferro Thomas to be Frederica Academy's next Head of School. Mr. Thomas has accepted the position and will start in his new role on .
John Thomas is currently the Head of School at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee, and has served in this role for the past seven years. Mr. Thomas has earned a widely-touted reputation at St. Andrew's-Sewanee for elevating student achievement, academic innovation, and enrollment, while improving the school's fiscal health, fundraising success, facilities, technology, educational support services, extracurricular/arts activities, athletic programs, and the overall student experience. He is held in high regard for achieving this success through his ability to build and lead a solid team of administrators and educators.
Mr. Thomas' stakeholder community speaks fondly of him as being a dynamic, collaborative, thoughtful leader who is driven by a steadfast commitment to be a lifelong learner and educator. He has
an acute passion for working with children, which is guided by his faith, the love of his family and a determination to heal, engage, enrich and enhance the mind, body and spirit of each young life and adult touched by his service and leadership. Mr. Thomas has a distinguished record in this regard as a teacher, a coach, and an
administrator during his stellar career.
Prior to leading the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Mr. Thomas spent nearly nine years as the Chaplain at the St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, while also serving as an Adjunct Associate at St. Columbia's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He also served in clergy roles at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Florida, and St. David's Episcopal Church in Ashburn, Virginia.
Mr. Thomas is a native Georgian having graduated from Athens Academy before receiving a B.A. in English Literature from The University of the South in Sewanee and a Masters of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Janice, have three children: Emily, a sophomore at Elon; Lucas, a sophomore at The University of the South; and Sam, a sophomore in high school at St. Andrew's-Sewanee.
Frederica Academy has hired Jay St. John to serve as Interim Head of School, effective immediately. Mr. St. John will work closely with school administrators to ensure that Frederica Academy continues its commitment to excellence in all aspects of serving its mission during the second semester. His extensive experience having served in two highly successful interim roles and a career of serving as a Head of School for nearly three decades gives us great confidence that he is the right leader to help manage the day-to-day operations of the school until Mr. Thomas assumes his responsibilities in July. Mr. St. John will work closely with Mr. Thomas over the next few months and continuing through July to ensure a smooth transition in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mr. St. John was the Interim Head of School at Houston Academy in Dothan, Alabama, in 2012-2013 and the Interim Head of School at Episcopal Day School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, before becoming its Head of School for seven years (2005-2012). He also served as a Head of School at The O'Neal School in North Carolina (5 years), the University School of Nova Southeastern University in Florida (5 years), and the Trinity Preparatory School in Florida (6 years).
A graduate of the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey, Mr. St. John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University.
Mr. St. John will be joined by his wife, Beth, while he serves as Interim Head of School between now and .
As Frederica Academy's fall semester winds down in December, with the conclusion of courses, followed by semester tests and final exams, the holiday season begins in earnest. Classes devoted to studying cultural celebrations like Hanukkah and Christmas in Latin America, along with special field trips, decorating contests, class parties and musical performances, add to the holiday spirit throughout the entire school. However, all the festivities never obscure the real meaning of the season for the students - giving to others with an open heart.
One of the most eagerly awaited holiday traditions at Frederica Academy is the annual Lower School Giving Tree Ceremony. This year, on the last day of school before Christmas break, the Lower School students gathered in Hamilton Hall, bringing gifts they had specially chosen, for children and babies in the community, who are in need. The community groups who received the FA children’s offerings were Babies Can't Wait, Coastal Coalition for Children – the Healthy Families Program, Safe Harbor and the Glynn Community Crisis Center. Frederica's children brought their gifts with the hopes that they could make other children's Christmases a little happier and a little brighter.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and joy and peace to all in the New Year!
Over the weekend of December 12 - 14, the United States Chess Federation National K-12 Grade Championship was held in Orlando, Florida. It is one of the two most prestigious scholastic chess tournaments yearly, bringing the best chess players from across the U.S. to square off for the coveted title of Grade Level National Champion for their particular grade. In the 5th grade section, there were 187 of the top competitors. Frederica Academy’s Adam Elsharkawi entered the tournament ranked 41st. He played opponents from New York, Virginia, Florida, Arizona and Kansas in a total of 7 rounds, with each round lasting 3+ hours.
Tuesday - December 9, 2014 Frederica Academy is participating in a global campaign called "Hour of Code." This project was launched in 2013 and is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science in more schools, with a vision that every student in every school worldwide should have an opportunity to learn computer programming. Experts predict that over the next ten years, there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science and only about 400,000 graduates that will qualify for those jobs. That's a shortage of a million people!
We are proud to be a part of this campaign. The official dates of Hour of Code are December 8-14. The seventh grade Computer Science class has already started and will devote two weeks to computer programming. On Monday and Tuesday, a group of these seventh graders, along with Technology Coordinator, Dottie Barrow, began working with students in the first grade. The first graders caught on quickly and with some guidance from their Middle School mentors, they bounded through the levels of the code teaching program. First Grade teacher Jennifer Waters was thrilled to see her class so enthusiastic about learning the basics of coding. "When my students leave at the end of each day, they have to tell me one special thing about their day before they leave. They ALL said 'learning to code!!!!!'."
If you would like to try it, follow this link: hourofcode Watch the short 1-2 minute videos (from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other major names in computer programming) with explanations of new steps in coding as you progress through the sequence.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – At 4:30 p.m., a phalanx of Crock Pots stood ready for the 8th Annual “Soup for the Soul” in Hamilton Hall. This traditional fund-raiser was sponsored by the Middle School Student Council and Service Council, to raise funds for Manna House, which serves meals to homeless and impoverished residents in Brunswick. All Frederica families were invited to participate in this “Souper” meal and the dining hall bustled with activity all evening. Over $700.00 was raised, as participants made generous donations for their delicious bowls of soups and chilis.
Many thanks to all who made this event such a success!
December 4, 2014 - The greens were hung, the decorations in place, rehearsals were completed, and Santa was in his chair. It was time for the Annual Frederica Academy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to begin!
December 1, 2014 – Once again the Frederica Academy Seventh Grade class has created a product to sell, to benefit our sister school, the Jubilee School, in Haiti. This time, the technology and art classes have combined forces and fabricated colorful ceramic tile magnets, just in time for Christmas. They are individually hand crafted, available in an assortment of colors and cost $3.00 each. Students will be selling the magnets during the Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center all week, at home basketball games and at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Music Program on Thursday, December 4th, starting at 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get your stocking stuffers and help the Seventh Grade help Haiti!
On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, fifteen intrepid little souls, dressed in traditional Pilgrim and Native American garb, set forth from Frederica Academy and landed at the historic Tabby House, at Epworth by the Sea, to take part in their annual Thanksgiving Feast. There, they were greeting by Governor Bradford (played by John Beimler) and the ceremonies and festivities began.
This First Grade Thanksgiving reenactment began over 20 years ago and has occurred at Epworth for 15 years. Each year, First Grade students begin the study of Thanksgiving by investigating all of the early European settlements in the New World, including Plymouth and Jamestown. Within their studies, students learn about the local colonial connections of our area. Students plant the Three Sisters (squash, corn and beans) in the school garden and our school chef prepares their produce for them to enjoy at the feast. By dressing as Pilgrims and Indians and learning their individual stories, students are able to "live" as those individuals and truly feel as if they have stepped back in history.
To see the First Grade Reenactment story in the Brunswick News, click here.
Taylor, surrounded by her family, signs the document.
Thanksgiving celebrations began early Tuesday morning at Frederica Academy, when the Kindergarten presented their fall play, "The ABCs of Thanksgiving".
In a lively romp through the alphabet, punctuated by several charming tunes, the children assigned each letter with a particular significance related to Thanksgiving. Dressed in costumes they had made themselves, they delivered small messages like, "J is for Join", "U is for Us" and "D is for Dinner" which added up to one big message of welcome and thankfulness. Each child then gave his or her personal reasons for being thankful, which ranged from "Everything!" to "My beautiful hair!"
At the conclusion of their tribute to Thanksgiving through the alphabet, they hosted a Thanksgiving brunch in the Kindergarten classroom for family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
November 11, 2014 – Veterans’ Day was celebrated at Frederica Academy on Tuesday morning, at an assembly for the entire school, held in the gym. The speakers for the day included Middle School English teacher Melinda White, Fifth Grade teacher Melanie Howell and U.S. Army Sargent John Lovell.
Mrs. White and Mrs. Howell spoke movingly about growing up in military households, with fathers who were often away for extended deployments and who frequently faced great danger.
As a young child, Mrs. White didn’t understand the risks her fighter pilot father regularly took in his missions. It was only when she grew older that she recognized the peril involved in piloting jets off and on Navy aircraft carriers. She knew that despite the hardships her family endured because of her father’s commitment to the Armed Forces, the work he did to protect his country was worth the sacrifice.
Mrs. Howell’s father served a tour of duty in Vietnam, at the height of the war, and sustained considerable injuries in combat. Mrs. Howell shared a letter he wrote home to his parents from the military hospital, trying to assure them that he was really all right, despite the shrapnel in his head and both legs. The young man’s poignant words, which painted a frightening picture of what it was like to live through an ambush, were as affecting to hear at the morning assembly, as they were when the letter was first opened over forty years ago.
Sargent John Lovell, of the U. S. Army Airborne Rangers, Special Ops, was the final speaker of the morning. He briefly detailed his time spent in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, but mainly focused on telling his young audience what they should be doing with their lives now, to prepare them for what lies ahead. He emphasized the importance of being physically fit, well educated and always willing to learn more. In his time as a trainer for the elite Airborne Rangers, he found that the soldiers who arrived the most physically and mentally prepared, but still with a measure of humility and a willingness to be taught, became the best warriors. Sargent Lovell did not glamorize war though. He pointedly told the audience that it’s a terrible business and that it took his strong Christian faith to get him through the dark days in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the conclusion of the touching and thought-provoking presentations, the Fifth Grade Chorus sang two songs, the first; a sweet tribute to all who have served their country called, "Thank You Soldiers" and the second; a rousing rendition of "God Bless America".
Frederica Academy hosted the 2014 Joust in the South Swim Meet on Saturday. With 189 swimmers from 11 GISA and GHSA schools competing in what was a cold and blustery day, the Frederica Academy Knights Varsity Girls won the high point GISA team award while Taylor McMinn was the Varsity Girls individual high point winner and John McMinn was the Junior Varsity Boys individual high point winner.
THE FA KNIGHTS Varsity Girls 200 yard Medley Relay Team of Lexi Harmon, Taylor McMinn, Emily Parks and Amelia Ham placed first overall. Taylor McMinn won both the Girls 200 Free and 100 Breast, Amelia Ham placed first in the 200IM and second in the 100 Free, Emily Parks placed second in the 100 Fly and third in the 500 Free and Lexi Harmon placed second in the 50 Free and fourth in the 100 Backstroke. Katherine Parks placed ninth in both the 200 Free and 100 Backstroke events. These Varsity Girls achieved nine GISA state qualifying times.
For the Junior Varsity Girls, Kate Worthley placed third in the 100IM and seventh in the 50 Breast, achieving 2 state qualifying times. Caroline Lokey swam in her very first swim meet ever on her 12th birthday!
For the Junior Varsity Boys, John McMinn won both the 100 Free and 50 Breast, achieving 2 state qualifying times.
The FA KNIGHTS Swim team wishes to thank all the volunteers that helped them run this meet including many students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and trustees. It could not have run so smoothly without their help and support. In addition, we had many visiting volunteer officials. CONGRATULATIONS to all swimmers and schools who participated! These swimmer athletes demonstrated great sportsmanship and team spirit during tough swimming conditions!
November 6, 2014 - When you live on a barrier island in Georgia, that’s less than 30 miles away from another barrier island named for the notorious pirate, Blackbeard, it comes in pretty handy to know a thing or two about pirates. That’s just what the second graders in Mrs. Sucilsky’s and Mrs. Schneider’s classes have been studying for the last few weeks, and on Thursday, the stories, lessons and research culminated in the annual full-blown Second Grade Pirate Day.
Dressed from head to toe in clothes that would make Captain Hook proud, the students participated in a wide variety of pirate-themed activities, with the highlight of the day being the capturing of Head of School, Greg Griffeth and Lower Head of School, Annmarie Torres. The young scallywags surprised Mr. Griffeth and Mrs. Torres and demanded that stories be read and ransom be given in the form of loot. From there the motley crew went on to sack Business Manager Mitzi Gregg’s office and terrorize the first grade.
All this looting and pillaging made the mob of marauders work up a healthy appetite, so a hearty lunch was provided by pirate parent volunteers, who looked to be enjoying the day as much as their children. “Twas a good day to be a pirate at Frederica Academy. Rrrrrr!”
October 20, 2014 - It’s not uncommon to see visitors on the sidelines at Frederica Varsity Football team practices, but yesterday, as the sun set, a visitor who has cast one of the greatest shadows in the history of the NFL stood quietly by the field, observing the action. The incomparable Jim Brown, storied running back for the Cleveland Browns and St. Simons Island native, had come to give the young Knights some words of encouragement and advice. The coaches called for a break and the players scrambled to take a knee and listen to what the living legend had to say.
In a soft but powerful voice, Mr. Brown emphasized the importance of playing with great determination - despite the odds, playing intelligently and playing with dignity and respect for fellow teammates. Citing his years of being pummeled by defensive lines that specifically targeted him, he told the boys that he never gave up, never quit working and always gave everything he had to the game. He encouraged them to do the same and to listen to the coaches who are trying hard to steer them to victory, both on the field and off of it.
He then welcomed questions from the players and the coaches and didn’t pull any punches in giving them direct and honest answers. Gracious to the end, he kindly met the players individually and posed for photographs. It was a football practice that all involved will never forget.
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Frederica Academy's preschoolers knew they were in for a special day when they arrived at their classroom and found it filled with set-ups for all kinds of exciting fall activities. With the help of parents and grown-up friends, the children bobbed for apples, strung beads to make fall necklaces, decorated autumn cookies, rolled up apple turnovers, painted picture frames with beautiful fall colors, played candy corn hopscotch and bingo, bowled with pumpkins, created a special bag for all their goodies and went on a nature scavenger hunt. Fall has officially arrived at Frederica!
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - There could not have been a more glorious morning on St. Simons Island for a benefit race than this past Saturday. Well before the 8:30 AM start time, students, parents, teachers, local citizens and even an entire training class of United States Capitol Police, from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, gathered at the Coast Guard Station, for the first Run for Jubilee 5K Walk/Run. Frederica Academy Cross Country Varsity and Middle School team members participated, along with many FA faculty and family members. After an amazingly short interval, the participants completed the 3.1 mile course in the East Beach area, with Frederica coach Christy Barrow coming in fourth in the race and first for all female runners. All participants were awarded hand-crafted medals, created by the women of Jubilee, particularly for this event. In this race, everyone was a winner!
The seventh grade class members present the proceeds from their bracelet sales to Mr. Emory Wilson, who will take the funds to the Jubilee School for construction of playground equipment.
From Dottie Barrow:
Thanks so much to everyone who supported our business/fundraising venture for Jubilee School. We raised $1,000 for the school with our bracelet sales. They will use $700 for a piece of equipment for their playground. After doing the school physicals this year, they determined that many of the children had below normal upper body strength, so our money will be used to build a spider monkey bar to help with this. This will be built locally by a Haitian man. We presented the money today to Mr. Emory Wilson, who will be going to Haiti this month. The $300 that we have left will be used to purchase a basketball hoop, basketballs, nets, and a ball pump here (can't get this in Haiti). We will send it with the next group that travels to Haiti.
Our next product that we will sell will be refrigerator/locker magnets that are being made in art class.
Thanks again for your support!
September 23, 2014 - A rainy Tuesday morning at Frederica Academy was brightened considerably by the induction of sixteen shining lights into the National Honor Society. All are fine scholars and leaders among their peers. They pledge to continue to give their best, both to their school and to the world at large. Congratulations all!
On Saturday, October 4th, the Frederica Academy Cross Country Knights will put their best feet forward in the Run for Jubilee 5K Run/Walk. The proceeds from this race will go to Jubilee Kids, Inc. which supports our sister school, the Jubilee School (Academie la Saline) and the Nutrition Program in Jubilee Blanc, Haiti. The walk/run starts at 8:30 AM at the Maritime Center, at 4201 First Street in Saint Simons. For more information about Jubilee Kids, Inc. click here. For race information and to register, click here.
September 15-20, 2014 Creativity and a keen sense of competition were on display during the week leading up to Homecoming at Frederica Academy. Upper School students went all-out for the themed dress-up days, dazzling the rest of the school with elaborate costumes and props for Neon Day, Favorite Celebration Day, Patriotic Day and Beach Day. At the end of the week, the Seniors narrowly beat the Freshmen for the Class With the Best-Dressed Spirit. Friday's pep rally brought everything to an exciting and loud conclusion, as the cheer squads got the whole school up and cheering while the Varsity football team members were introduced. Then the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors launched into some highly entertaining and raucous lip-sync skits, in yet another competition for the class with the most spirit. This time, the winners were the Sophomores, whose show ended with a knock-out performance by Nick Fraser, lip-syncing to "Con te Partiro". It brought the entire audience to its feet, roaring with approval. Finally, the Most Spirited Student Awards went to Ansley Haulbrook '18, R'Nelle Collins 17', Manning Mercer '16 and Caroline Worthy '15, who worked hard to keep their fellow classmates up and enthusiastic all week.
August 13, 2014 marked the beginning of a brand new school year at Frederica Academy. Younger children slowly let loose of their parents' hands and walked into their classrooms, middle school students consulted complex schedules and searched for lockers, and upper school students assumed their new places for another year's worth of assemblies, leaving the front row of honor to the Senior Class of 2015. Whether it was moving to a new classroom, a new school, or being entirely new to Frederica Academy, the first week was filled with exciting changes for everybody.
August 12, 2014 - Loud thunderclaps signaled the beginning of the annual Back-to-School Barbecue on Tuesday evening at Frederica Academy. Stalwart students, parents, families and faculty were not fazed in the least by the typical, soggy August weather, and greeted each other excitedly, as they gathered for the traditional repast of barbecue, grilled chicken, delicious sides and some mighty tasty desserts. Many little Knights and the bigger ones, as well, went home well-fed and ready to head back to school in the morning, for the beginning of another great year at Frederica.
July 28, 2014 - It may be pushing 97 degrees on St. Simons, and feeling like 104 degrees with the humidity, but the Frederica Football Knights continue to soldier away in daily morning practices, preparing for the upcoming 2014 football season. With only a month to go until the first kick-off against St. Andrew's School in Savannah, Coach Brandon Derrick and his dedicated coaching staff are getting the players in great shape for the third season of FA Football. If you would like to show your support for the Knights this fall, by placing an ad in the Fall Sports Program, please contact Julie Hancock for more information. Go Knights!
August 1, 2014 – It wasn't the usual morning of learning formations and running plays for the Frederica football players on Friday. Instead, the Knights left their home field to work as volunteers at the Children in Action Summer Football Camp, at the North Glynn Recreation Complex. There, they helped coach a large and lively group of 7 to 12 year old boys, as they ran, jumped, passed and kicked their way through the morning.
C.I.A. Sports Club’s Summer Outreach is a recreational ministry that offers free sports camps to local children. The club’s stated mission is to “utilize sports and physical activities as an outreach to children, youth and adults, to build character, excellence, and teamwork. By increasing physical activity, as a team, our programs put into action the gospel of Jesus Christ through relationship building, character building, and one-on-one interactions with participants during practice, game and devotion times.” For more information about C.I.A. Sports Club, click here.
Frederica Academy is pleased to announce a Sister School relationship with the Jubilee School (Academie la Saline) in Jubilee Blanc, Haiti, for the upcoming school year.
The Jubilee School was founded in 2009 by missionaries and teachers from southeast Georgia. The School's mission is to nourish the bodies, minds and souls of the children of Jubilee Blanc. Jubilee Kids is the non-profit organization that provides support and manages the funding for the School and Jubilee Nutrition Program, which provides the students' meals.
Jubilee Kids is based in Brunswick and receives support from local churches, businesses and individuals.
Our Sister School partnership with Jubilee formalizes a relationship that started in 2012, when Frederica Academy helped establish the Jubilee School library by furnishing it with equipment and supplies. This past year, Frederica second grade students enjoyed a year of connecting with their second grade counterparts at the Jubilee School. The students exchanged pen-pal letters and videos that traveled back and forth with mission teams originating from Brunswick. Click here and here to watch videos that illustrate this student-centered partnership.
Dottie Barrow, Frederica Academy Technology Director, has agreed to represent our school on the Jubilee Kids' Board of Directors. Dottie was instrumental in establishing our relationship with the Jubilee School and has participated in several mission trips to Haiti to visit the school since it was established.
Click here to watch a video about the school and here to learn more about the Jubilee Kids organization.
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Frederica Academy has offered to help provide school uniforms for students for the upcoming year. Students wear green shirts (with or without collars) and khaki bottoms. These items can be dropped off at the Frederica Academy Media Center during our summer school hours. Click here to learn more about the uniform program or here to email Dottie should you have questions or need more information. If you prefer to make an online donation, click here to access the Jubilee Kids' online giving program.
The school year ended with celebrations, graduations, and recognition of a job well done by the students in the lower school. Special awards were given to students who had demonstrated exemplary citizenship, unique talents and superior academic achievement.
As the sun grew warmer and the days stretched longer, Frederica students ran, jumped, laughed, sang, and studied their way to the end of the school year.
Later that morning, fourth graders prepared for a feast when Restaurante Delicioso opened for business in Roxana Bush's Lower School Spanish classroom. For months, the students had been learning the names of all sorts of foods in Spanish and on Friday, they were required to put that knowledge to the test. In order to eat, they had to order their meals entirely in Spanish. Thanks to all they had learned from “Chef” Bush, no one went hungry.
April 22 – A welcome dose of sunshine and a soft, cool breeze heralded the start of a particularly beautiful Earth Day at Frederica Academy. Throughout the school, students engaged all kinds of activities involving math, poetry, writing, art, science, reading and even digging in the dirt, to get a better appreciation of their wonderful home planet. The beautiful flower garden, planted by the second grade, will be a vivid reminder of the splendors of nature, for all of Frederica's students, teachers, and visitors to enjoy, for months to come.
It’s not a phrase one often hears from nine-year-olds, but on Wednesday in Hamilton Hall, children were clamoring for their greens. That’s because the fourth-graders in Mrs. Payne's and Mrs. Waters' classes had harvested the kale and collards from their garden on Tuesday, and given the produce to Chef Sarah Horne-Cox to create something special. Chef Sarah rose to the challenge with two mouthwatering dishes, Collard Green Flatbread Pizza and Kale Chips with Creamy Hummus.
The students enjoyed the tasty final products of their “Farm to Table” study and were especially partial to the crunchy kale chips. If you would like to try these dishes at home, click here for Chef Sarah’s Kale Chips recipe and here for her Collard Green Flatbread Pizza recipe.
The March Madness Challenge served as the tip-off to multiple other projects during the month of March. The students traveled to Magnolia Manor where they used balloons to lead an exercise program with the patrons. The students then walked the halls of Magnolia Manor engaging patrons in friendly conversation before leaving for the day. The students also traveled to the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia to tour the facility and learn about caring for animals. This trip opened the students' eyes to the various needs of dogs and cats in the Brunswick community. A possible pet food drive was suggested as they brainstormed ways that Frederica could help the community. Finally, the students served on campus by visiting the Pre-Kindergarten room during lunchtime. Students enjoyed reading to the children, helping prepare lunches, and escorting them to car pool.
All three instruments are steel six string guitars, crafted by Mr. Hasty from a wide variety of specialty woods including American quilted maple, walnut, Sitka spruce, western red cedar, cocobola, Indian rosewood, African ebony, holly, Adirondack spruce, canary wood and mahogany. The fretted fingerboards are embellished with beautiful mother of pearl inlays. To learn more about Mike Hasty and his work in building custom guitars, please visit http://hastyguitars.com
Peterson then proceeded to tell his story of growing up with a debilitating speech impediment which his dedicated parents would not allow to hinder his path, even when he, himself, felt defeated by it. Their insistence that he never give up, pushed him to work hard in everything he did, be it speech therapy, school work or football practice. Peterson reminded students that at this point in their lives, they must always remember that, “Mom and Dad know best!” He said that without the value his parents inculcated in him, that working relentlessly was necessary to achieve any worthy goal, he would have never become an award winning football player nor, more importantly, a person with impaired speech who could give hope and encouragement to others with disabilities.
A special Student Assembly, "SteerSmart", took place on Thursday, February 20, in Hamilton Hall. Lauren Winborne, mother of six and founder of SteerSmart, presented a session to the entire Upper School. The SteerSmart program teaches teens and new drivers about the risks of the road, focusing on decisions and consequences. For more information, go to www.SteerSmart.org.
Members from the Coastal Georgia Youth Symphony performed for the 2nd through 5th grade students on Tuesday, November 26. Some of the songs included Over the Rainbow, String a Song of Christmas, and Georgia on My Mind. Ted Davis, Maddie Myers, Emma Thomas, Margaret Spiers, and Crystal Murphy represented Frederica Academy.