MSA Parent Update

April 24, 2018


As we approach the end of the school year, please read carefully. There are many end of the year activities and programs that will be coming up soon. Remember, the school year ends earlier this year as we started earlier in August. The last day of school is May 29, 2018. All end of year activities will be earlier than last year. They are coming up fast!!


The state testing window has started for Spring 2018. Click here for more information on the scheduled times for your child's grade level. Of course, this is an outline, and students' testing days may be modified due to circumstances, but you will have a general guideline for the upcoming schedule. Please check the following notes to help them be prepared:

• Help assure that your child is prepared by getting a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast before the test.

• Attendance is essential - please make sure that your child comes to school on the days of their tests. Of course, if they are sick, keep them home, but if they can make it in to school, please do all you can to get them here during testing.

• A complete list of testing dates is available on the school's website -

• A note about cell phones - we request that students do not bring cell phones to school on testing days. If a child does bring their cell phone to school on a testing day, the phone will be collected during the testing time and not returned until after the testing period is over each day. This includes lunch time if a student is scheduled for lunch between testing sessions. As per state regulations, students are not allowed to have access to communication devices during their testing time, and we will not return cell phones until after the testing period is completed. Thank you for your understanding of this important regulation.

• Please do not plan any appointments or to pick your child up during a testing time. Doing this will automatically invalidate your child's test, which will lead to them losing electives and needing to take required remediation classes next year. Please make appointments outside your child's scheduled testing time.

Thank you for your attention to this important information, and let us know if you have any questions.

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Please note the dates and times for final exams in high school courses.

Senior Exam Schedule

Date Periods

May 4 - A and C

May 7 - E and G

May 8 - B and D

May 9 - F and H

May 10 (AM ONLY) - Make-up Exams

High School Final Exam Schedule

Date Periods

May 21 - F and H

May 22 - B and D

May 23 - E and G

May 24 - A and C

May 25 and 29 - Make-up Exams

Thespian Auditions

Curtain UP!!

Are you ready to start your Triple Threat Training-

Auditions for MSA Jr. Thespians will be Monday April 30th. In Room M7.

Please sign up for auditions and get a form in Room 12 or Room M7 from Ms. Ross or in House A from Ms. Frazier.

Auditions for High School Thespian will be Monday May 7th. Pick up Applications from M7 from Ms. Ross or House A from Ms Frazier.

Be ready to sing/dance and act!!! Get your application TODAY!

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It is important to note that the proper pick-up procedure at the end of the day is through the parent pick-up circle at the front of the school property. Picking up your children off of school property is not safe, and it violates our neighbors' private property areas.

The entrance of Riviera Dunes, the bank, rehab center, the furniture store or the Courtney are not places that students may be picked up at the end of the day.

We have great relationships with our neighbors and we can't interfere with their businesses or the daily function of their clients. All surrounding businesses have been advised to call local law enforcement if they continue to have problems with parents picking up on their property.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Believe it or not, it is time to get ready for next school year! Remember that MSA follows the Manatee County School District calendar. Please check the calendar as you make family and other plans for next year. Attendance at school is one of the biggest indicators of student success. Your attention to school days and planning time off during the school vacations is greatly appreciated.
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Notes from the Music Department

Music Excellence is coming! Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm - tickets are $10 and will sell out! Featuring our talented students and faculty. We will also be celebrating MSA's 20th year with a very special Les Miserables Medley in concert with a live Pit! Reserve your tickets ASAP!

The Music Department has released a new album! They can be purchased at all music events for $10 each!

Congratulations to the students who competed in the Solo & Ensemble State contest and receiving STRAIGHT SUPERIORS on all entries! Above all, Kaitlyn Allan was awarded to be showcased at the Honors Recital for receiving a Superior+ rating.

- Kaitlyn Allan (Superior+ --> chosen for Honors Recital)

- Kathleen (Rebekah) Crowell

- Savanna DePatie

- Ava Irizarry

- Lauren McLean (two Superiors for duet AND solo entries!)
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Attention 6th Grade Students - Shot Updates Required BEFORE starting 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.

Theatre Showcase

Attention parents of Theatre students. Theatre showcase week is rapidly approaching. The week of showcases will be May 21-25. Individual class letters regarding what time and day your child participates will be sent home. Please ask your student what day and time they are required to be there. Can’t wait to see you there!

Rainy Day Dismissal in SEVERE Weather

Please continue to be prepared for rain!

Please note the following rainy day procedures and expect that dismissal on those days will take longer than normal. Together, we will keep our students safe and get them home as dry as possible. In the event of severe weather, we will change our release procedure to ensure the safety of our students.

We will release all bus riders first. All parent pick-up cars must pull into the parent pick-up loop. MSA staff will instruct you what to do at that point. After all buses are gone, we will move the vehicles from the car rider loop to the front of the school. The staff member in the car rider loop will direct you when to move. Do not come into the front parking lot until you are released from the car rider loop. Cars in the front parking lot will hinder the movement of the buses and will slow the entire release process. We will have all students who are car riders waiting in the front of the school. We will call the students out once you have moved to the front of the school. Please talk to your child about being quiet and patient while waiting.

We will only use this Rainy Day procedure for lightning and other severe weather conditions. Please make sure that your child comes to school prepared for rain. Our school store has ponchos on sale for $1.00. It is always a good idea for a student to have a poncho available in their backpack for rainy days. We realize that this procedure will lengthen the time it will take to get the students home and we appreciate your patience as we go through the infrequent rainy dismissals.

Thank you for your understanding. Additionally, we will use a texting feature on our parent notification system to notify you if there are any changes in dismissal procedures.

Scholarships Available

Parents of high school students: Did you know that the MSA High School Guidance Team posts scholarship opportunities on the school's website? Please click on the link to view the scholarships. The "Current Available Scholarship" link is updated on a regular basis, so please check back often.

Applications for 2018-2019

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available on the website now. Any new student who 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. We have one more Open House event on April 17, 2018.

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.

Ireland - Spring 2019

We are taking a trip to Ireland during Spring Break of next year and we'd love for you to join us! We'll be visiting Dublin, Killarney, Kimerick and Galway, checking out Trinity College, Book of Kells, Blarney Stone, Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher, just to name a few places. You can read more about it and also sign up at More information can also be found by seeing Mrs. Turner in room 4-106 or you can e-mail her at or Ms. Williams at

Checking School Announcements

Be sure to check out the school's website ( 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

April 2018

27 - Dance Excellence Concert - 7:00

28 - Dance Excellence Concert - 7:00

May 2018

1-2 - The Giving Challenge

3 - Music Excellence Concert - 7:00

5 - 6th Grade Etiquette Dance

8 - Senior Awards - 7:00

10 - Senior Showcase - 7:00

14 - Graduation - Bradenton Convention Center

29 - Last Day of School

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.