MSA Parent Update

January 12, 2021

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Happy New Year!! Check out what is going on here at the school:

Report Cards Mailed Home

Report cards were mailed home this week. If you didn't receive your child's report card, please contact the school. Remember, you can always check your child's grades on-line through the Parent Portal. Thank you.

Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are currently available on the website. Any new student that would like to come to MSA in the fall should apply to the school. When our enrollment is full, we will start a waiting list, so please encourage them to get their applications in early. Stay tuned for information on Virtual Open House programs that will take place later this month.


Thanks for all you do to make MSA a GREAT place. It is only with your support and helping us spread the good word about our school and programs that we can be more successful in the future.

Dance Class Google Codes

If your child is Option 2 and is taking one of the Dance Collaboration Classes, the Google Classroom codes are listed below:


High School: ttuqtmj


Middle School: hab7ptg (Grades 6, 7, and 8)


If you have any questions about the class, please email Ms. Harris at aharris@msaschool.org.

High School Thespians District Competition

Our High School Thespians competed in the first every VIRTUAL district competition in late November. The results are in!! Congratulations to all our students who competed and best of luck to the students who scored high enough to go to the state competition in March!!
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Class of 2021 College Acceptances

Members of the Class of 2021 have been accepted to the colleges listed below. We are very proud of them, and know this list is going to grow over the next few months. Graduation is 4 months away!!!
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11th Grade Students - FREE ACT testing on March 30th

Thanks to the Cares Act, all 11th grade students will be taking the ACT exam for FREE on March 30, 2021!! This college reportable exam will be given at MSA during the school day. This is a great opportunity for all students to get a free exam for college, as well as for students who need to earn concordant scores for graduation requirements.


More info will be coming, but mark your calendars for March 30th!!

Early College Program at MSA

Please join Mrs. Quin for an Informational session about Early College at MSA. The Google Meet Q&A Is on Monday, January 18th at 6PM (This is MLK Day - No school for students).


I am also happy to schedule individual meetings with students and parents. Email me at tquin@msaschool.org to request an appointment.


An email has been sent to all students in grades 8-11 that meet the GPA requirement for dual enrollment with the MSA Early College Program. You can access the the Meeting link in the following places:



  1. Class of 2022-2024 Google Classroom
  2. Email notification sent to student email accounts
  3. Posted on Facebook in the MSA College and Career Center
  4. All MSA Families are invited to drop in and get their questions about Early College at MSA.



PERT Information:



  • PERT Testing is January 20, 21, 22
  • PERT Study Guide and PERT Test Practice
  • THIS IS THE ONLY PERT TESTING WE ARE OFFERING THIS YEAR AT MSA.
  • If you miss this testing due to illness please email Mrs. Quin.
  • USFSM GPA requirement is 3.5 weighted (Classes are available to all qualified students at USF and MSA)
  • SCF GPA Requirement is 3.0 or higher (Classes are available to Juniors and Seniors at SCF. Additionally 10th graders with a GPA or 3.3 or higher can apply for the Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program at SCF.)


For more information please join the the Google Meet at Monday January 18th at 6PM: Google Meet Early College at MSA Q&A

2020-2021 Yearbook

Now thru January 31st, you can get your 2020-2021 yearbook for just $50!! Get it today by either going to Balfour.com or by filling out the order forms that will be given out in classes.

Want a yearbook customized for you? Head to Balfour.com and personalize your book with your name, extra autograph pages, or accessories.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. LeBuffe in room 203 or at plebuffe@msaschool.org

State Assessments Are Coming!!

Beginning in early April, all MSA students in grades 6-10 will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments. The assessment is a computer-based test except for the writing portions for 6th grade. You or your child can access the training test on the FSA Portal at http://www.FSAssessments.org/training-tests to become familiar with the interface, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.


If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact our Director of Testing and Data, Mrs McGirr at dmcgirr@msaschool.org or (941) 721-6800, extension 1022. If you or your child would like to learn more about the FSA assessments, and specifically the ELA Writing Component Field Test, writing rubrics and other general information they are available on the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

Attention 6th Grade Parents - Required Shots BEFORE Entering 7th Grade

All 6th Grade Students must get more shots before 7th Grade.


The State of Florida requires proof of immunization for all students entering 7th grade each year. This proof must be on the official State of Florida Immunization Form (DH680... the Blue Card) which is obtained from your doctor's office or the Health Department. The following immunizations must be documented on this form:


* Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) - This is the update shot that you need for 7th Grade.

* Hepatitis B vaccine series

* Varicella vaccine or the year of disease

* Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)


Please see your doctor or the Health Department for more information and to assure that your child has met these requirements. This documentation must be submitted to the school before the first day of school next year (August 10). Students will not be allowed to come to school until these shot requirements are met. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Checking School Announcements

Be sure to check out the school's website (www.msfta.org) for important information. The daily school announcements are posted on the website, with a link on the left hand side of the homepage!


Please be sure to keep up with what is going on here at MSA!

Upcoming Events

January 2021


18 - No School - MLK Day


February 2021


15 - No School - President's Day

Help us get the word out

Help us get the good news out to friends and family about what's going on at MSA. At the bottom of this message is a forward link. Our students are doing amazing things, and we would appreciate you forwarding this message on to others. Thank you for all your support.