FRA Students Named Winners in 2019 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition

Seniors Sabrina LaFaye, Jake Slipkovich, Cathleen Li, and Lee Anna Chen have been recognized for their works submitted in the 2019 Scholastic Art Competition. LaFaye was named as one of the five American Visions Nominees, which is the top honor, and won six Gold Keys, four Silver Keys, and four honorable mentions; Slipkovich won one Gold Key; and Li and Chen were honorable mentions. 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and through this competition, nearly 350,000 works of visual art and writing are submitted, with 90,000 being recognized at the regional level. With their Gold and Silver Key awards, LaFaye and Slipkovich will be recognized at Cheekwood's Scholastic Awards Ceremony on February 2 and will have their pieces showcased at Cheekwood's Museum of Art during the Scholastic Art Exhibition.

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Seventh Grader Sloan Kaczynski Becomes Published Author

Sloan Kaczynski has always loved to write. So when the annual writing contest for middle school students came around, the then fifth-grader jumped at the chance to put her ideas to paper. “I always thought expressing myself through writing was a great way to deal with whatever I’m going through, whatever my thoughts are,” she said. Now, two years later, seventh grader Kaczynski is a published writer of The Gold Rush, A Story Filled with Family Love & Personal Perseverance.

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Ben Spicer Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Congratulations to senior Ben Spicer, who has been recognized as a semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation names 16,000 students from across the nation as semifinalists, meaning they have the highest PSAT/NMSQU Selection Index Scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test Scores) in their states.

Spicer will advance to the finalist selection later this year. 

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Lower School Hosts "Sum It Up" Event for Parents

Our lower school teachers provided a math morning meeting called “Sum It Up," where each grade level met with parents and shared the benefits and differentiating features of our math program at FRA. Parents learned that accuracy and math fluency are important, but our main goal for students is to develop a deep conceptual understanding of the mathematical concepts behind the numbers. 

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FRA Blog - Suicide Prevention Month

By Allison Hammat, Upper School Counselor

As my oldest son is entering the tween years, I find that one of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you do not always know what your children are thinking and feeling. While we all do our best to raise our children with a sound moral compass, empathy, and coping skills, we may still find ourselves wondering when do the typical ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about. 

While every parent would like to believe that suicide is not relevant to them or their family or friends, current statistics suggest that it is all too relevant. 

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Varsity Girls Golf Team Wins Patriot Classic; Boys Finish Fourth

The varsity golf teams are continuing their great season in the 2018 Patriot Classic, with the girls bringing home the championship and the boys finishing fourth. The girls, who finished second in the tournament last year, used an unbelievable finish from senior Angelina Chan and sophomore Tzunami Polito to capture the championship by one stroke over Clarksville High School.

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