MSA Parent Update

March 30, 2021

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Check out what is going on here at the school:

Report Cards Mailed Home

Report cards were mailed home on March 26, 2021. Please be on the lookout for this very important document!!


Also, please remember that you can check your child's grades at any time on the parent portal!!

Face Mask Reminder

Parents, please remind your children that face masks are still required at school, and that they need to be worn completely over a student's mouth and nose at all times. Some students are having an issue with their masks not fully covering all the time. Please ask to see your child's mask on them at home to check how their mask is fitting.

Join the MSA College and Career Facebook page!!

In an effort to help parents and students stay connected to current events in their college and career search we have created a FACEBOOK page. Posts are made daily, including interesting information that you will find helpful...important articles, college deadlines, scholarship information, FAFSA info, Bright Futures updates, college visits, plus a ton more. Our page has 292 amazing members but we have over 1850 students at MSA. This page is for EVERYONE grades 6-12. We have set a goal to get 500 members by the end of the year. PLEASE help us reach our goal!


Search MSA College and Career Center on Facebook and request to join. You can also follow us on Instagram at @msacollegeandcareercenter.


There are a million awesome reasons to join the MSA College and Career Center Facebook Page - check out what current members of the page are saying:


"Awesome information, I find it very informative and helpful! Thank you."


"I always read the posts as they provide useful information. This is an excellent resource for those of us that are new to this journey. Keep up the great work!"


"Good info I wish I had when I was in high school."


Check out this wonderful resource as you and your child prepare for the next phase in their lives!!

MSA students finish among the top in Florida State HOSA

Manatee School For the Arts would like to congratulate this year’s HOSA team for their finish at the Florida HOSA State Championships, held virtually on Saturday, March 28th. HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America - is a national organization that promotes health related careers through education and competition. MSA’s competitive team of students in grades 8-12, competed in January at the Regional level with team members from 12 events (of 15 entered) placing in the top 5 of the Gulf Coast Region. Advancing to the state level competition were 9 event winners from regionals, who each placed top 3 in their category. They are: Lizzie Mitchell (medical photography) BreAni Knighton (medical photography), Aminata Thiam, Mamadou Thiam and Bronson Empsall (critical thinking), Jemima Apply, Gina Cidera and Chloe Jarvis (health education), Memphis Mitchell and Savannah Nolan (health education), Jaliel King (medical spelling) Emma Timmons (medical reading), Mac Coyle (health poster), and Genesis Marshall (research poster). The team of Thiam, Thiam and Empsall placed 5th in the state, along with eighth grader Emma Timmons. Both Mac Coyle and Genesis Marshall finished in second place for their respective categories. Mac and Genesis will represent MSA in the HOSA National competition this June.


Crisis Counseling Health Services

The Florida Department of Children and Families has launched turnto211.com, a new website that provides access to crisis counseling health services. This site contains useful links, helplines, and tips for coping with traumatic events.

State Assessments Are Coming!!

TESTING DATES HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF MARCH 25, 2021


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.

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Rainy Day Dismissals

As we enter the rainy season, please 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. 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.

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


April 2021


2 - No School - Good Friday

20 - IN PERSON Open House for 6th Grade Prospective Students - 6:00 & 7:15

Must Register for this Event

22 - IN PERSON Open House for 7-8 Grade Prospective Students - 6:00 & 7:15

Must Register for this Event


May 2021


13 - Graduation - 7:30

14 - Senior Prom - 7:30

27 - 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.