April 12, 2019, Foundation Academy hosted a second Athletic Signing Day for seniors Ian F, Andrew J, and Dylan P.
Ian F signed with Lewis University for golf. He wants to pursue aviation, and Lewis University gives him the opportunity to keep playing golf and study his passion. Andrew J signed with Liberty University for football. Andrew is excited to play for Liberty, and is looking forward to also pursing his passion while there, which is leading worship. Dylan P signed with Ave Maria University for football. Dylan’s senior year was his first year ever on the football field, and he is looking forward to continue this new passion at the next level!
We are so excited for these senior athletes and the incredible opportunities they have earned! We cannot wait to hear of your successes at the next level!
Click below for a gallery of images from Foundation Academy’s second Athletic Signing Day for 2019.
Mrs. Waters’ 6th-grade science classes are participating in an international research study called “Tomatosphere”. You can learn about the program by clicking here!
Mrs. Waters applied to First Seed and received packets of tomato seeds. One package flew on the International Space Station and one has always been on Earth. The science classes are studying the germination and growth of the seeds to determine if the time in space impacts the seeds and plants.
The investigation began in mid March, and data was collected daily. Results were reported right before Spring Break began. This is a blind study, so Mrs. Waters’ class is anxious to find out which packet went to space and to be able to review the data collected by other classrooms. Check back after the break for pictures and the results of the experiment!
Last month, Chase R. and Austin T. experienced another Adventure Outing with Mrs. Whitehead and Mrs. Reynolds for the 3rd year in a row. The adventure began with lunch at Chick-Fil-A, then an intense putting competition at the Orlando Putting Edge with 18 holes on a brilliantly colored undersea black light course. After all that fun they headed over to Jeremiah’s Italian Ice for a refreshing and flavorful treat. The Adventure Outing with Mrs. Whitehead and Mrs. Reynolds is always a fan-favorite silent auction item at our annual Fall Festival!
Mrs. Higgs’ 6th grade Language Arts classes have studied, learned, and applied their knowledge of figurative language! In February, 6th grade students completed group projects in class. Mrs. Higgs, who is always creative in her bulletin board designs, has displayed the group projects in the 6th grade hallway for the month of March.
We love the creative ideas our teachers have to engage students and help them apply what they’re learning!
Mrs. Higgs bulletin board featuring 6th grade Figurative Language projects.
Our first Coffee with Pastor Ken was on Wednesday, March 25, and was well received by all in attendance. He shared memorable analogies on “Perspective” as well as some great advice on including our teens in the decision making process as we parent with intention. We look forward to continuing this series with Pastor Ken on navigating the teen years. The next coffee will be held Wednesday, April 24. You can RSVP by clicking here! We hope to see you then!
The 9th Annual Legacy Golf Tournament took place on March 25, 2019, at West Orange Country Club. The weather was perfect for a day of golf! Many laughs were had on the famous ‘skirt hole’ where golfers can purchase the opportunity to hit from the ladies’ tee, but must wear a skirt to do so. Great fun! Everyone had a wonderful time on the green, and are already anticipating next year’s tournament! Thank you to all of our sponsors, and to our amazing group of volunteers. Enjoy the gallery below of photos submitted from the event.
During the month of March, Lower School Chapels focused on the theme of “MADE.” We are made in God’s image, each unique with individual gifts and talents. Special guest speakers included Pastors Ben Markham, Zach Stoner, and Jarian Felton, and we also had Upper School Praise Band lead worship one week!
Pastor Markham taught on how humility is important in recognizing the individual talents and gifts that God gave to us. We are to always boast in His power working through us, not take all the credit for ourselves.
Pastor Stoner presented a message on individuality and how God wants us to look at what really matters. He used the story of David being selected by God to be the next King of Israel. While men look at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Pastor Felton taught on how Jesus brings together all of our individual talents and gifts for one purpose: to bring glory to God and point people to Him. While our gifts and talents may look and sound different, we can all stand together as one proclaiming the name of Jesus through our uniqueness!
Each week, our Lower School Chapel is streamed on Facebook Live for families to tune in! Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook so you’ll be notified each week of when Chapel begins!
Thank you to our March guest speakers. May we always remember that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God! Please enjoy the gallery below of photos from March Chapel.
Community Helper Visits First Grade – March 25, 2019
First Grade just finished learning about bones and are now starting a unit on Community Helpers. Dr. Mike McCleary, from Orlando Orthopaedic Center, visited Foundation Academy to teach the students about his job as a community helper. He talked about what bones are, muscles and joints, how bones protect, and healthy bones and muscles. We also learned what happens if a bones breaks. The students even got to see Dr. McCleary put a cast on a student!
Thank you, Dr. McCleary, for coming to our first grade class to teach us about your job as a community helper! Enjoy some photos of his visit below.
With the announcement of expansion during the 2019 State of the Academy, many students were wondering what that was going to look like for them. During the month of February, Mr. Buckles, President of Foundation Academy, joined with Upper School faculty to find the best way to help our students learn about the Upper Campus Expansion.
Mr. Buckles spent several days visiting all of the science classes in order to reach as many students as possible. He explained the planned expansion to the students, breaking down the steps from idea to final product. Students were intrigued by the design and permitting processes, environmental studies, and approval meetings that all have to happen before Foundation Academy even breaks ground!
For our high school students, Mr. Buckles was able to help them understand the process by relating it to them preparing for college. First, you have an idea of what you want to do. Second, you search for the college that will give you the right schooling. Third, you see what is necessary to apply for your desired schools and take tests to help your chances. Fourth, you take the test scores and your transcript and apply to your chosen colleges. You wait to be accepted. After receiving an acceptance letter, going through orientation, and signing up for classes, you are finally able to step foot on a college campus for your first day of classes. The expansion planning process is very similar.
When explained in this way, Mr. Buckles mentioned how it was like a “light bulb went off” to the students. They began to ask more questions. Mr. Buckles loved being able to interact with the students in this way. During the question-answer portions, Mr. Buckles joked with the students that those who engaged would be treated to lunch. At least the students thought it was a joke. At the end of March, Mr. Buckles surprised those students with lunch in the Upper Campus conference room!
Thank you, Mr. Buckles, for taking time to connect with our students in this way. Please enjoy the photo gallery below of Mr. Buckles’ talks with the students, and the “VIP Lunch” group!
Students Chase, Jacob, and Jaden build a rover during a STEM activity. Their rover went furthest when tested on the ramp!
Monday, March 18, Foundation Academy 6th Grade visited the Kennedy Space Center! Our 6th graders have really enjoyed the focus on earth and space science this year, and were very excited to for this field trip. Mrs. Waters, one of our 6th grade instructors, commented “It was so inspiring watching them [at Kennedy Space Center] engage in the STEM challenge, connect with the Apollo missions, and internalize the work ethic and perseverance message from the astronaut.”
One of our parent chaperones also had this to say of the visit: “[The 6th grade] field trip to Kennedy space Center was very well organized, executed and FUN! I overheard the group of four girls that I walked with commenting about how much they learned, saw and experienced – how ideal for these students! We have been on a school sponsored field trip to KSC before and this by far exceeded it! It was a great STEM experience and I as a parent am appreciative of the time and work that went into making it a reality, thank you to you and your teachers.”
Thank you to Kennedy Space Center for hosting our 6th graders for the day, and giving them an unforgettable experience! Check out the gallery below of images from the day!