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.
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!
On March 16 – 17, our Upper School Art students participated in the 2019 Winter Park Art Festival. Over a dozen other area schools also submitted artwork for the Festival, and two of our students received ribbons! Congratulations to Ella K and Erika K, who won ribbons in this prestigious event. Their winning pieces can be seen below.
Many of the pieces submitted have been seen on our Featured Artwork page this past school year. Be sure to check that out each month for new pieces that our students have completed!
Oil Pastel by Ella K, 9th Grade
Acrylic by Erika K, 7th Grade
Here is the full list of participants from Foundation Academy for the 2019 Winter Park Art Festival:
Joy G – 10th
Morgan L – 12th
Isabelle B – 11th
Fatima E – 11th
Johann C – 9th
Olivia Y – 7th
Erin H – 12th
Kaylee C – 11th
Davi S – 11th
Bowman B – 10th
Hailey N – 11th
Landon B – 10th
Gabe N – 12th
Jessica W – 8th
Erika K – 7th
Anna Grace W – 12th
Isabella N – 8th
Kaitlyn C – 8th
Melanie A – 7th
Leif W – 8th
Donna B – 7th
Matilda H – 7th
Faith F – 7th
Delany N – 7th
Andrew R – 11th
Chris F – 12th
Emily N – 9th
Chai C – 11th
Cullen V – 11th
Ella K – 9th
At the beginning of March, our Upper School Choir students participated in the 2019 ACSI Choral Festival. Students prepared pieces to be sung in front of a panel of judges. Most students who participated received a Superior rating, which is the highest available!
Read below for the list of how our students did!
Vivian L (10th) – solo
Kayla B (10th) – Solo
Julia V (11th) – solo
Mackenzie G (8th) – solo
Gabriela B (11th) – solo
Ellie Jane J (9th) & Islanda R (10th) – Duet
Kayla B (10th), Vivian L (10th), & Gabriela B (11th) – trio
On February 7th, a group of our American Sign Language (ASL) students took a field trip the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, located in St. Augustine, Florida. Our students received a tour of the school, seeing the dorms and some of student common spaces. The group visited several Deaf classes and were able to have conversations with the students. Mrs. David, our ASL Instructor, mentioned, “I think one of the most popular things we got to do is play at recess with the Deaf children. Our students got to apply the skills that they have been learning all year.”
The group also visited the Blind Library, having the opportunity to see and touch books in Braille. They visited the Museum at the campus, which showcases the history of the school. There is also a store on campus that is run by the Deaf and Blind students. They do their own printing of t-shirts and other items in-shop, so our group got to watch the printing process while in the store!
Here is what several students had to say about their experience:
“I believe that was one of the best field trips I have ever been on, because I think watching everyone interact with one another was so intriguing.” -Megan K, 11th Grade
“When I went there I thought that it was going to be really quiet and awkward, but they talked partially and it was really nice. The girl who I talked to almost the whole time was super sweet and she helped me out with my sign language. The classrooms and dorms were a sight to see. They changed my perspective of how I live my life. My life is a lot easier than theirs. We take advantage of day to day life, where their day is always a struggle. We all have such easy lives, yes we all deal with things like fights with friends, a divorce of parents, deaths, etc. but that is nothing compared to living life without being able to hear.” -Sarah F, 9th Grade
“Personally, my favorite part of the trip was playing with the kids at recess. I did not realize how touchy they are. I was not used to kids touching me and being all over me. I was a little bit uncomfortable at first because I was not ready for all those hands. They pulled me and Makenzie into an open field and we got to play tag with them. It was kind of hard to sign with them because they are much better and faster than us. I was able to communicate some simple things with them like my name, ask “who is ‘it'”, and some other simple questions. They are normal kids.” -Cecilia F, 9th Grade
“The trip exceeded my expectations immensely, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to go back in the future. This experience has definitely given me the motivation to continue ASL at a higher level in the future.” – Juliana W, 10th Grade
“During the recess was my favorite part. I had a lot of practice signing with the kids, and I could tell that made them so happy to have someone else who knew some sign language. I got to play with one little girl for most of the recess. I was happy that I knew some signs, because I was able to ask her if she wanted to play hide-in-seek or tag.” – Payton W, 9th Grade
Thank you, Mrs. David, for coordinating this yearly trip for our ASL students. It is always an eye-opening experience, and a magnificent way for them to apply their skills in the language!
On Thursday, February 21, 17 upper school students took their science fair projects to the next level by competing in the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Expo held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. FA had their largest group ever competing this year! The students did a great job learning about the process and presenting their projects to a panel of judges.
Here is the list of participants:
Results were announced at the awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb 26. Those awarded were:
Honorable Mention/4th place
Alex U and Dylan T
Mindy T and Jimmy G
3rd place in their category
Milani E and Kenzie N
2nd place in their category
In addition to his award, Bastian H has been invited to participate in the Broadcom Masters in Washington, D.C. this October!
Congratulations to everyone who were invited to participate, and to those who went on to receive awards! Enjoy the photo gallery from the Ying Expo below.
Students, faculty, and parents sort food items for Second Harvest Food Bank
On Saturday, February 23, a group of FA students, parents, and staff volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank. The group sorted frozen meat that had been donated from grocery stores in the area. Once sorted, the donated items will be distributed to over 500 food pantries in 6 counties of Central Florida. These food pantries provide food to people who are in need.
The Second Harvest Food Bank could not do what they do without volunteers. They love volunteers, and our FA community was more than happy to help! Thank you to Upper School teacher, Mrs. McLaughlin, for coordinating this opportunity for our families. At Foundation Academy, this is what #FAisFamily is all about.
Be on the look out for more opportunities for students to get involved with this organization in the future!
Coach Eaves, A.D., cut the ribbon, officially opening the new batting cages!
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Foundation Academy Monday, February 18, for newly renovated batting cages at the Upper Campus on Tilden Road. The original cage was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. A special thanks to our Lions Booster Club, who provided $15k toward the renovation. The batting cages will be utilized by our softball teams and go a long way in the continued development of our players and programs.
Booster Board Members presenting a check to Foundation Academy.
In attendance were David Buckles (President of FA), Luanne Lumpkins (Director of Development and Family Enrichment), Lisa Eaves (Athletic Director), Lynn Holcomb (Assistant A.D.), Stephen Lumpkins (Booster Club President), FA Booster Club board members Rita Phillips and Krystal Perea, and the Varsity softball team.
Twelve of the Math Club students participated in the American Mathematics Contest (AMC 12) which is held nation wide by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
The MAA is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. They further the understanding of our world through mathematics because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives. The mission of the MAA is to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world.
The AMC 12 is a 25 question, 75 minute, multiple-choice exam in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. The exam covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excludes calculus. The AMC 12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (for those who qualify).
The FA students who participated are:
Several photography students took this opportunity to hone their skills and photographed the Math Club as they participated in the Contest. See the gallery below!
Upper School Chapel on January 31, 2019, featured Alumnus Alec Cawley, class of 2018, as guest speaker. Alec returned to Foundation Academy to share with current students some lessons he has learned in Forgiveness since graduating.
Before Alec spoke, our praise band led in a time of worship. Our students taking part in the Haiti Mission Project were also recognized. Pastor Ken commissioned the team through prayer. They leave on February 2 for Haiti!
With the help of junior Ben B, Alec showed how holding on to a grudge is like carrying around a rock. With each grudge one holds against another, it’s like adding rocks to a backpack. The more you hold against a person, the more weighed down you become by the burden.
Forgiveness allows one to hand the weight to Christ, and be freed from that burden. Alec shared how once he forgave his friend, he was free to show them the love of Christ again. He was able to begin repairing the relationship with help from the Holy Spirit.
Alec reminded students of how much Christ has already forgiven in us. He read from John 8 about the adulterous woman. According to the Law of Moses, this woman deserved to be stoned to death for her sin. The jewish leaders were using this woman to trap Jesus. However, Jesus responded “The one without sin among youshould be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) When there was no one left to condemn the woman, Jesus chose to forgive her and told her “…Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” (John 8:11)
This is how we should respond when someone has wronged us, because Jesus has first forgiven us.
Thank you, Alec, for coming back to share with our students! Enjoy the photo gallery from this chapel below.