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Our 2024 year is quickly coming to an end! We have had a phenomenal year!  Our students showed lots of growth on the ERB (CTP) assessment. Those reports, along with summer reading assignments, are going home with report cards this week.  An explanation of the scores was sent out in an alert today (Thursday) to parents of students in grades 1-5. 

Fourth graders had a wonderful time at the Redbirds game last week. We had a precious PreK-4 end of the year program and a super sweet Kindergarten graduation, too.  Our fifth grade chapel was one of the best we have ever had. Our students sang praises to our Lord, and each student shared a precept they will take with them into middle school. Our awards days are happening this week, and our boys and girls are so proud of their accomplishments. We are also super proud of them. 

We are so proud of our two recipients of the 2024 Bobby and Jo Baker Excellence in Teaching award. Mrs. Janice Smith and Mrs. Marsha Kuykendall are both so deserving of this special award!! Congratulations to both of these amazing teachers!

 

On behalf of all the lower school teachers, staff, and administration, we THANK YOU for the HUGE outpouring of LOVE last week during teacher appreciation week. Our parents are simply the BEST! We thank you so much, and we appreciate your kindness and support!

I am so grateful for each of you. I appreciate all that you do for us throughout the year. I have enjoyed this year tremendously! Thank you for sharing your babies with us. They are true blessings each and every day! I hope you have a great summer and spend lots of time with your children! 


 

What an amazing year it has been! I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have served our students and families in the role of middle school principal this year. It has been a joy to watch our students grow and learn and cultivate our middle school community! I pray that you have a safe and restful summer! 

Year End Recap

Reflecting on this past year, we thank God for His faithful presence and His goodness. Together, we have accomplished MUCH! Here are some of our new “firsts” this year for our middle school. Our year began with parents volunteering to help with a middle school make-over by painting every classroom! We instituted 6th Grade and New Student Orientation, Fun Friday games, Quarter celebrations, creating Christmas ornaments, collecting items for Operation Christmas Child, special exam snacks, and a Homecoming Homeroom Champion. We participated in serving by helping clean our cafeteria after lunch and held a special luncheon for our teachers by our 8th grade parents. Most recently, we celebrated our 8th graders with a special Bridge Ceremony. Thank you ALL for your support and participation this year. Our community is stronger because of YOU! I am already looking forward to next year as we continue to move towards excellence. 

 

8th Grade Bridge Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 14, we had our first 8th Grade Bridge Ceremony for our 8th grade students. Teachers were asked to choose 2 words that described each student or a character trait of each student that they might not yet even recognize in themselves. These words of affirmation and encouragement were shared about each student individually as part of the ceremony. Afterwards, our 7th grade parents provided a special reception for the 8th grade students and parents.  

Testing Results

8th grade students took the PreACT on April 23. 45% of our 8th grade students scored a 20 or higher on their composite score. The average scale score in English was 17.5, the average score in math was 17.5, and the average score in reading was 22. Our 6th and 7th grade students took the CTP5 test. In 6th grade, at least 50% of our students or more scored in the 6th stanine or higher in National Norms in all of the Language Arts subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics, Writing Skills and Concepts). The highest percentages were in Vocabulary with 95% of students scoring in the 6th stanine or higher in National Norms and in Reading Comprehension with 95% of students scoring in the 6th stanine or higher in National Norms. In 7th grade, at least 50% of our students or more scored in the 6th stanine or higher in National Norms in all of the Language Arts subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics, Writing Skills and Concepts) as well as in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest. You will receive your child’s test results in the mail with their final report card. 

Summer Reading

All middle school students are responsible for completing summer reading. You can find the titles and lists on our website. 

Looking Ahead:

August 6 - TRA Annual Meeting & Back to School Bash

August 7 - 6th Grade & New Student Orientation 5:00 -7:00 

August 9 - First day of school - ½ day dismissal at 11:30


 

As we approach the end of another academic year at TRA, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey of growth and learning that we've embarked upon together. It's been a year filled with laughter, challenges, successes, and most importantly, the unwavering support of our dedicated parent community.

We are immensely proud of each and every one of our students for their hard work, resilience, and determination throughout the year. From the first day of school to this moment, we've witnessed their growth not just academically, but also personally and socially. Their achievements, both big and small, are a testament to their dedication and the supportive environment we've cultivated together.

None of this would have been possible without your continuous support and partnership. Whether it was volunteering your time, attending parent-teacher conferences, or simply offering words of encouragement, your involvement has been invaluable in creating a nurturing and enriching experience for our students.

As we look ahead to the future, we are filled with optimism and excitement for what the next academic year will bring. Together, we will continue to inspire and empower our students to reach new heights, overcome challenges, and pursue their dreams with confidence.

On behalf of the entire Tipton-Rosemark Academy faculty and staff, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your steadfast support throughout the year. Thank you for entrusting us with the education and well-being of your children. Together, we've made this year a truly memorable and rewarding experience.

Wishing you all a restful and rejuvenating summer break filled with joy, laughter, and cherished moments with your families. 

 

Warm regards,

Dr. Andy Graham

The upper school concluded last week by walking through graduation practice on Friday morning, followed by the traditional senior lunch at Texas de Brazil. It was a wonderful time of watching students already beginning to reflect on their time as TRA students, and talking about favorite memories or things that they will miss. While it is very bittersweet, this is always one of my favorite traditions to watch our students enjoy together.

The following morning, on Saturday, May 11th, Tipton-Rosemark Academy held its 54th Graduation Commencement Ceremony at First Baptist Church in Millington, Tennessee. Graduation was preceded by a wonderful baccalaureate service, where the Class of 2024 chose I Trust in God, as the song they performed. Pastor and TRA alum, Cary Vaughn, presented the graduates with the baccalaureate sermon. After their diplomas were conferred, the Class of 2024 are officially graduates of Tipton-Rosemark Academy. This group of seniors boast a 100% college acceptance rate and just over $4.6 million in cumulative scholarships earned. We are extremely proud of these students, and we are grateful for the legacy they have left forever imprinted within the halls of our sweet school. Go forth, Class of 2024, and do great things!

Also at the graduation ceremony, the upper school recipient of the Bobby and Jo Baker Excellence in Teaching Award was announced and recognized. I want to wish a special congratulations to Mrs. Marsha Kuykendall for receiving this wonderful honor. We have a phenomenal upper school team of educators, and Mrs. K is an integral part of what makes us so successful. I would also like to congratulate the lower school recipient, Mrs. Janice Smith, who also embodies the sincerest examples of what a true lifelong learner and educator should look like. Well done, ladies, you are both most deserving of this award!

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On Tuesday morning, the Middle School division held the first annual 8th Grade Bridge Ceremony to recognize 8th grade students and symbolically mark their journey from middle school to high school. I had the great privilege of handing these students their framed Bible verse gift from Mrs. Samantha and the Middle School Staff, and welcoming them to High School. I am so excited to begin working with these great students over the next four years!

 

Grade Level & Section Type

Summer Reading Book(s)

9th Grade English

CP Students are required to choose TWO of the following Books:

  1. Ghost (Book #1) by Jason Reynolds

  2. The Maze Runner (Book #1) by James Dashner

  3. Dragon’s Kiss by E. A. Winters

  4. Shock Point by April Henry

  5. Ordinary Heroes: A Memoir of 9/11 by Joseph Pfeifer

  6. Night by Elie Wiesel

Honors Students are required to choose THREE of the following Books:

  1. Ghost (Book #1) by Jason Reynolds

  2. The Maze Runner (Book #1) by James Dashner

  3. Dragon’s Kiss by E. A. Winters

  4. Shock Point by April Henry

  5. Ordinary Heroes: A Memoir of 9/11 by Joseph Pfeifer

  6. Night by Elie Wiesel

10th Grade English

CP Students are required to choose TWO of the following Books:

  1. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

  2. Dry by Neal Shusterman

  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  4. The Big Field by Mike Lupica

  5. The Selection (Book#1) by Kiera Cass

  6. I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka

  7. The Watchmaker’s Daughter: The True Story of WWII Heroine Corrie ten Boom by Larry Loftis

  8. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee

Honors Students are required to choose THREE of the following Books:

  1. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

  2. Dry by Neal Shusterman

  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  4. The Big Field by Mike Lupica

  5. The Selection (Book#1) by Kiera Cass

  6. I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka

  7. The Watchmaker’s Daughter: The True Story of WWII Heroine Corrie ten Boom by Larry Loftis

  8. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee

11th Grade English

CP Students are required to read Mission Possible by Tim Tebow (NOT the Bible Study);

 

Then, either choose to read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Honors Students are required to read Mission Possible by Tim Tebow (NOT the Bible Study); The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne;

 

Then, either choose to read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

12th Grade English

CP Students are required to read Life’s Golden Ticket by Brenen Burchard, and Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris

Dual Composition Students are required to read Life’s Golden Ticket by Brenen Burchard, and Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris;

 

Then, also read a memoir of their choice.

*Grade Level Summer Reading Lists, along with assignment notes or guides for annotations, will be located on the school’s website over the summer.

 

Upper school will complete storing grades and printing report cards early next week. Your child’s report card will be mailed to you as soon as possible. Parents of 9th grade students, your child’s PreACT score report will also be included with their report card.

 

Before we return in August, you will also begin receiving information about the new Student Information System we will be using for the upcoming school year, and the family portal that you will use in place of PowerSchool. Through this platform, we will also be able to publish progress reports and report cards, electronically! This will allow you to access your child’s most recent report card record at any time, and also eliminate having to wait on their final report card in the mail at the end of each year. So, be sure to keep an eye out for information regarding the FACTS SIS Family Portal, over the summer break.

 

Finally, I want to sincerely thank all of our students for another great year of school at TRA. Thank you, also, to the teachers who do such good work day-in and day-out, every single day at TRA. But also, I want to extend heartfelt thanks to our parents and families. We would not be able to do what we do or accomplish any of this without your continued and unwavering support of TRA and its mission. It is not lost on our team that for most of our stakeholder families, choosing to send your children to TRA involves a great deal of personal and family sacrifice, in order to give them the very best. Because we recognize that, we do our best to give them the very best of ourselves instructionally and spiritually, to honor your commitment and sacrifice to provide the highest quality academic experience available that is also anchored in the Truth of God’s Holy Word. I pray for safety and rest for each of our students, their families, and our staff over the summer break. I am grateful for each of you, and I cannot wait to welcome you all back in August!

Love,

Mrs. Stephanie

 

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

  • Wednesday, May 15th- Friday, May 17th - Upper School Exams (dismissal at 11:30)

  • Summer Hours for the Office in TRA’s Upper School will be Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm

    • If you need report card duplicates, transcripts, or driver attendance forms, please be aware of these summer hours as well as the turnaround time for your request, if made outside of these working hours.

Honors Day Award Program

TRA strives to produce graduates who exemplify the four pillars of TRA: Faith, Academics, Character and Service. On Wednesday we recognized the hard work of many of our students this year. We acknowledged students who have excelled academically earning either Honor Roll (All As and Bs) or Headmaster's List (All As) for the first three quarters of the school year, new inductees into the Junior National Beta Society, as well as students earning the highest average in our four core academic subjects. We recognized students who excelled in serving others with the TRA Alumni Community Service Award. We recognized students who have excelled in working on their character by being part of special organizations on our campus like our Math Club, Student Council, and Fine Arts. Three distinguished awards were given that embody our school’s foundational pillars. The 2024 Servant Leadership Award recipients were Elizabeth McCalla (6th), Naomi Blair (7th), and Angelo Khattar (8th). The 2024 Christian Character Award recipients were Cole Langley (6th), Reese Park (7th), and Levi Carroll (8th). The 2024 Kindness Award recipient was Carver Keough (8th). Congratulations to all of our students! 

 

Lost & Found

We will be setting up tables with lost and found items beginning Monday. There are many items that have been left and/or turned into our lost & found cabinet in the middle school office. Please make sure your child stops by to look for any missing items! You are welcome to come look too! Items will be on tables outside of the middle school office. Any items that are not claimed by Friday, May 17th will be disposed of or given away. 

 

Exams

Exams count 13% of our students’ overall average. Students should have already received their study guides and will begin taking exams on Wednesday, May 15. Please review the exam schedule. 

 

8th Grade Bridge Ceremony

Our final ceremony of the year will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 8:00 AM for our 8th grade students and families.

 

Thank you!

Parents, thank you for all of the special treats you have provided for our faculty for Teacher Appreciation Week! We have amazing teachers who care deeply for our students and families! Thank you for all of the many ways this week you have shown your gratitude! We appreciate YOU!  
 

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, May 13 - Please turn in to the middle school office donations for special exam snacks for our students

  • Summer Reading Lists are available online and will be sent home Monday, May 13

  • Tuesday, May 14 - 8th Grade Bridge Ceremony & Reception 8:00 in the PAC

  • Wednesday, May 15, Thursday, May 16, & Friday, May 17 - EXAMS & ½ Day Dismissal