From the Principal's Desk

August 23, 2021

Greetings FWAFA Family,

Things are getting smoother with our drop-off and pick-up routines. Thank you for your patience. Please remember not to drop-off students in the outer lanes of the vending machine entrance nor the front lobby entrance. Please drop off in the lane closest to the school for everyone's safety. FWAFA's parking lot is a NO CELL PHONE ZONE. Just a kindly reminder to put away the cellphones while dropping off and picking up your student.

Also, please be mindful of our drop-off times. We will start counting tardies next Monday. A student with 3 tardies to school is issued a Silent Lunch Detention. Thanks for partnering with us on everyone being on time to school each day.

We have Meet the Teacher Night coming up this Thursday, August 26 for grades 3-6 parents and the following Thursday on September 2 for grades 7-12 parents. We look forward to seeing everyone here.

Creatively yours,

Dr. Jackson

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Howdy Doo-Dah and Howdy Dance - Friday, August 27

Elementary Students - join the Class of 2022 at the Howdy DooDah!

On Friday, August 27th from 3:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., 3rd-6th graders can come hang out with the Class of 2022 at our Neon-themed DooDah! We will be playing games, watching a movie, and we will even have pizza! We encourage students to bring cash to the DooDah if they would like to buy extra snacks, soda, etc.

Parents can pay and send permission for their students to attend the DooDah online OR print a permission slip and attach cash or check (payable to TCAA) with their student to their homeroom teacher.

Online Sign Up and Payment: (online payment closes at noon on 8/27)

Print and Send Permission Slip with Cash or Check (Payable to TCAA):

We can’t wait to see you there!

MS/HS Students - join the Class of 2022 at the Howdy Dance!

7th-11th graders, come party with the Seniors in our Glow-In-The-Dark themed dance! Friday, August 27th from 7-10 p.m., we will be having a basketball tournament, dancing, and so much more! If you buy your dance ticket in advance, you only have to pay $10. Purchasing your ticket at the door will cost $15 – so get your tickets now! We can’t wait to party with you!

Students can buy tickets here: (online payment closes at noon on 8/27)

Seniors will also sell tickets (cash or checks payable to TCAA) at MS/HS lunches on Friday, as a last-minute purchase at the best price! Get your ticket for $10, don't wait til 7PM and pay $15!

We can't wait to see you at the dance!

Howdy Week

Monster Monday

Dress up like any sort of monster, or even your favorite TV monster!

EX: Monster High, Monsters Inc., Aliens, Hotel Transylvania, etc.


Grab a friend and dress up together or as your favorite dynamic duo!

EX: Matching shirts, Jim and Dwight, Sponge Bob and Patrick, Anna and Elsa, etc.

Watch it Wednesday

Dress up like your favorite movie or TV character!

EX: Disney Characters, The Avengers, High School Musical: The Musical - The Series, Barbie.

Teacher Thursday

Dress up as one of your teachers!

EX: Mr. Hill, Mrs. Langford, Mrs. Van Dyck, Dr. Jackson

Fluorescent Friday

Dress up in neon colors!

EX: Neon shirts, neon makeup, etc.

Meet the Teacher Nights - Elementary - August 26; Secondary - September 2

Grades 3-6 Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 26 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

6:00pm-6:40pm – Elementary Fine Arts Teachers will make 5 minute presentations in the auditorium to parents (Hill, Magnus, Vasquez, Dr. Art, Sheldon, Martin)

6:40pm to 6:50pm – Parents transition to homeroom classes

6:50pm to 7:35pm – Teachers will make 10 minute presentations to parents.

Homeroom teachers will rotate among classrooms. Parents will stay in the homeroom class.

Teachers will provide an overview of the year, highlights of what students will be learning, homework expectations, and how parents can be partners in their student’s learning, etc.

Grades 7 to 12 Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 2

Parents can pick up their student’s schedule from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Starting at 6:30p.m., we will ring the bell every 8 minutes with a 5 minute passing period in between "classes."

Teachers will make 8 minute presentations to parents about the expectations of their classrooms, the highlights of what students will be learning this year, homework expectations, and how parents can be partners in their student’s learning, etc.

Parents will rotate to all of the classes according to their student’s Monday schedule.

1st Period – 6:30pm to 6:38pm

Passing – 6:38pm to 6:43pm

2nd Period – 6:43pm to 6:51pm

Passing – 6:51pm to 6:56pm

3rd Period – 6:56pm to 7:04pm

Passing – 7:04pm to 7:09pm

4th Period – 7:09pm to 7:17pm

Passing – 7:17pm to 7:22pm

5th Period – 7:22pm to 7:30pm

Passing – 7:30pm to 7:35pm

6th Period – 7:35pm to 7:43pm

Passing – 7:43 to 7:48pm

7th Period – 7:48pm to 7:56pm

Passing – 7:56pm to 8:01pm

8th Period – 8:01pm to 8:09 pm

Tools and Materials Donation Drive for Theatre Department

A Message From Our Technical Director, Ben Phillips.

The FWAFA Technical Theatre Department is hosting a Tools and Materials Donation Drive for the 21-22 school year! As we begin to ramp up FWAFA productions again, the cost of materials that we use to create sets, props, etc. is crazy due to the pandemic! In response, we thought we'd reach out to the community to help us so we can continue to produce the same high-quality productions that you've grown to expect from our talented students!

The event will run from Monday, August 30 to Saturday, September 11.

There are several ways you can contribute:

1.) We have set up a Donation Registry asking for help purchasing specific materials that we commonly use to create productions. Information on this registry, a link, and instructions will be distributed via this newsletter, FWAFA social media, and Tech Theatre & Theatre classes once the event begins next week.

2.) If you would like to make a monetary donation towards producing our performances, there will be an option within our registry for you to do so.

3.) Do you have building materials or tools in your garage that you just don't know what to do with? Bring them to us! We will be at the school Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and you can bring us anything you don't have a use for anymore. Anything we decide not to use will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Thank you all for your help and we are so excited for an amazing year!

Attendance Notes to

If your student is tardy or absent, please send notes to Also, a student needs to bring in a doctor or parent note within 3 days after the absence.

PTSO Membership Drive!

Our PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is an amazing supporter of our school! Membership fees and parent involvement benefits our staff and students. Through the PTSO’s hard work and dedication last year, they purchased 60 Chromebooks, a piano for the lobby, a new water fountain, upgraded the wifi throughout the school building, provided grants to teachers to purchase supplies for their classrooms, hosted monthly staff appreciation breakfasts, provided two $1,000 senior scholarships, and each year they organize our Family Ambassador program. Please click here Join PTSO to join!

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Clayton After School Program Housed at Texas School of the Arts

Due to the amount of interest we have had in the Clayton After School Program, we are going to once again this year use the Texas School of the Arts to house the afterschool program. To reserve your place in the program, please go to and register for after school programming at TeSA. We will transport FWAFA students to TeSA after school and parents will pick up students from TeSA in the afternoons.

Elementary Fine Arts Schedule

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Coming Soon: Student Choreography Concert

FWAFA’s annual Student Choreography Concert will be performed and filmed onstage in the FWAFA auditorium in September of 2021.

Student Directors and Faculty Sponsors will film and edit these student-choreographed works for a world premiere online release on Friday, September 24!

This concert will be available to view online by donation/pay-what-you-can for a limited time.

We are so excited to share this student-produced concert with friends, family, and audience members watching from anywhere through this online format.

Dancers and Choreographers that would like to take part in this concert will need to audition their works.

Please see audition details at the link below:

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Amazon Smile!

Help raise funds for our school. When a shopper makes purchases at with Texas Center for Arts+ Academics selected as their chosen charity, we raise money for our students.

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Conservatory Classes Starting Soon!

We are less than one week away from the start date for after-school conservatory classes - don't wait until the last minute to sign up! Registration is open for all Texas Center for Arts + Academics Conservatories.

Our after-school program offerings include Choir Ensembles, Dance, Private Piano Lessons, Private Voice Lessons, and Visual Art. TCA+A conservatories are open to the public, so feel free to invite friends from other schools to attend with your child! Click HERE for more information.

Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, August 23 - Howdy Week Starts

Wednesday, August 25 - Student Choreography Concert & Senior Solo Exhibition Auditions

Thursday, August 26 - Elementary (grades 3-6) Meet the Teacher Night at 6:00 p.m. Starts in the Auditorium

Friday, August 27 - Elementary Howdy Doo-Dah from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. More details coming soon! ; Secondary Howdy Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

Monday, August 30 - Virtual SGT Parent Club Meeting, MAPS (Grades 3-10) and Brightfish (Grades 3-5) Diagnostic Testing Window Opens Until September 10; Conservatory Classes Start

Wednesday, September 1 - Prospective Family Campus Tour at 9 a.m.

NEW - Thursday, September 2 - Secondary Meet the Teacher Night - Schedule Pick Up from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Classes start at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day - School Holiday

Tuesday, September 7 - TBC Parent Club Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8 - Progress Reports Distributed during 8th Period

Past Principal Newsletters

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