The 2016-17 school year promises to be a very special year for First Baptist Academy. We will be celebrating 20 years as an educational institution. You will be hearing quite a bit about many special events that will bring us together to celebrate this milestone in the life of FBA.  This will be my thirteenth year with the academy. When I reflect on where we are as a school, I think of three key ideas: stability, continuity and momentum. God has accomplished so much in a short period of 20 years. We are praising Him for all He has done, and we will enjoy special times together this year remembering and looking forward to all He has planned for the future.

As we do each year, we will enjoy our annual First Look as we gather together with Mr. Rider in a parent meeting on Monday, August 15, at 6:00 PM. At 6:30, sixth graders will go to their homeroom teachers for middle school orientation. Seventh and eighth graders will have an open house at 6:30pm. Schedules and locker numbers are now available through RenWeb, and will also be available at First Look.

This year’s theme is, “My Word, Thy Word”. We are going to focus on the reality that God’s Word is an absolutely critical resource for your children as they establish beliefs, values, attitudes and plans for their lives. The following are the three school wide goals administration has established for this year:

  1. Life: To establish and maintain a daily quiet time and Bible memory plan as a personal priority.

  2. Learning: To demonstrate how the knowledge and application of God's Word impacts learning.

  3. Leadership: To identify 10 biblical leadership principles and practice them in our lives.

     Proverbs 30:5 says,” Every word of God is tested; he is a shield for those who take refuge in Him.”

I am pleased once again this year with the results of the Terra Nova Testing. Once again our students tested above average. Much credit is to be given to students who work very diligently and teachers who are so very competent in their daily instruction.  Mrs. Radcliffe and Mrs. Tyree fit right in as new teachers to the Middle School faculty last year. Both of these teachers have years of experience in the classroom, and we appreciate their heart for the Lord and your children. We are so blessed and overjoyed to have Mrs. Wilbanks  joining us this year to teach sixth grade Bible. Mrs. Radcliffe will be inaugurating the new robotics program for the Middle School this year. Middle School Fine Arts and Athletics will continue to offer many exciting opportunities.

Middle school is often a time of rapid growth, so please take the time to check your child's FBA uniform to ensure a proper fit. Give special attention to the length of girls' skorts so that they are modest in length. Uniforms that do not fit properly or are too short will need to be replaced.

In His Service,

 

John S. McGillicuddy
jmac@fbalions.org
FBAMS Principal: John McGillicuddy‚Äč

American Heritage Powerpoints

Created by FBA Middle School Students
 

Our Nation's Biblical Foundation

America's True Foundation

The Legacy of We The People


Biblical Worldview Powerpoints

Created by FBA Middle School Students
 

How Should We Behave? The Ethical Standards of Christianity

Christianity vs. Naturalism

The Real Origin of Species


 

FBA Middle School Highlights

  • Middle school students excelled as the top fund raising group in the community for The Pregnancy Resource Center’s annual Walk for Life. They also excel in ministering to St. Matthew’s House, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, and Harbor Chase.

  • Middle school students are trained in conflict resolution skills.  How do we build a real, right relationship with the Lord and others?  Real, right relationships are the focus of middle school life.

  • Middle School students are featured speakers in end of the year chapels.  They make presentations in apologetics, biblical world view, bioethical issues and our American Heritage.

  • Eighth grade boys are enlisted and then mentored, discipled, coached and trained to be steward leaders for the middle school and beyond.  Vision, skills, incentives, resources and an action plan are all vital components to the leadership program that meets once a week throughout the school year.

  • Eighth graders are trained in etiquette which they put into practice when they go to a formal dining event.

  • Eighth grade students are trained to take a stand against abortion on demand by learning how to debate the issue in the public square. 

  • Seventh and eighth grade students are trained to understand and communicate the five biblical principles that our founding fathers used in the Declaration of Independence to fashion the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America.

  • Middle school students have an opportunity to take Band, Strings or Choir. Middle school is dedicated to the valuable role that music plays in academics and life.

  • Students are trained in biblical world view so they can articulate with clarity and conviction what they believe and why they believe it.