MSA Parent Update

May 22, 2020

The End of the School Year is Coming Quickly

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There is only 1 week left for this school year. Please stay up-to-date on what is going on with the end of school year items. Important information about returning items to school is included in this memo.

No School May 25th - Memorial Day

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Drop off - Return Material Procedure

Returning items to school: There are many items that need to be returned to school including computers borrowed, text books, library books, etc. We will collect school items starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and running through June 5, 2020 from 10-4 each day. These items will be returned to the outside door of the library.


Music Instruments will be collected in the courtyard by the music building on May 28-31 - 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 each day.


The following procedures will be in place: social distancing and wearing a mask for anyone on campus. Thank you in advance for your adherence to these procedures.


Online Learning Update - Grades Count

We understand that this is a stressful and overwhelming situation for a lot of people, and that everyone is doing their best to keep up. We just want to remind you about the importance of staying up to date on classwork and encourage you to reach out for help if you are falling behind or having trouble getting started.


We wanted to remind all parents and students that your online learning for quarter 4 counts!! Students must complete their Fourth Quarter classes to get credit for the class. Not completing this work can potentially result in having to repeat the class next year, being held back in a grade level, not being promoted to High School, or not graduating.


If anyone needs support during this difficult time, we encourage you to reach out to your advocate, your teacher, your counselor, or the Administration Team. We are here to help you succeed, and want to ensure that you have the resources needed to do your part in the process!


Thank you for your continued support!!

Current Seniors - Military Survey

If any of you have made a commitment to the military please fill out the form below. This is especially important to those departing prior to graduation activities in July!!!

Student Only Survey

Class of 2020 Military Service


Also if any senior has not filled out the senior survey please do that for me today....I made a bet and I do not want to dye my hair PINK....please save Mrs. Quin's red hair! #FillOutTheSurvey #SaveMyRedHair


Student Only Survey

Class of 2020 Senior Survey

Yearbooks - They're Coming

For anyone who has ordered a yearbook for this school year, they are coming!! Due to the Coronavirus, the factory that prints our yearbooks was shut down for a while. They are back to printing, but have given us a delivery date in late June.


Once we receive the yearbooks, we will let you know the pick up procedures. We apologize for this delay and look forward to getting your copy of our yearbook into your hands as quickly as possible.

Mark Your Calendars - 2020-2021 School Year Starts August 10th!!

Unless otherwise directed by the Department of Education, the 2020-2021 school year starts on August 10, 2020. Please mark your calendars and make sure your child is ready for the upcoming school year!!


Please stay tuned to your email, Facebook, and the school's website (www.msfta.org) for back to school information!!


Also, the summer math assignment for the upcoming school year will be OPTIONAL and for extra credit. Assignments will be listed on the website in early summer!!


The beginning of the school year is subject to change due to protocols derived from the Coronavirus. We will communicate any changes as we are made aware of them as soon as possible.

Uniforms

Every year students outgrow uniforms, or move up to high school uniforms. We have a great need at MSA for used uniforms. Please consider donating uniforms you don't need any longer to the school so we can help families in need.


Whether you outgrew your uniform shirts or bottoms, or you have graduated or moved from Middle School to High School, we appreciate any uniforms that are donated to the school. Your generosity assists others greatly.


We will accept donations when we can. The offices on campus will most likely reopen in June!!

Need Transcripts?

For anyone who needs a copy of their transcript sent to colleges, please click on the link below to the Registrar's web page for more information. Senior final transcripts will not be sent until June 15th. Please email records@msaschool.org if you have any questions.


Registrar Home Page

Robotics Team Update - Ironic - Fe3 FIRST Tech Challenge #14226

The FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team Ironic Fe3 #14226 has continued to work hard during the competition off season to prepare for our next season! The team meets weekly and has been able to do the following.

  1. Create a video to present to one of our sponsors, Tampa Bay Technology Alliance, an organization that made it possible through a grant for the team to attend all the competitions for the 19-20 season!

  2. Develop a draft brochure to be used to promote the team to potential sponsors to help fund the next season’s needs of everything from parts for the robot, to 20-21 season t-shirts, to travel costs and attendance to such events as the Roboticon.

  3. Put together a list of potential sponsors for the next season and determine the contact for each so the team members will be ready to do either remote or in-person connections! Way to be a flexible team!

  4. Each member of the team received a momento created by our team mentor, Mr. Foster using his 3-D printer. A replica of the Skystone:)

  5. One of the main philosophies of FIRST is that of Gracious Professionalism. This means that there is always a direct connection between fierce competition and mutual gain. With that in mind, the team determined that the best strategy to develop that as a team was to support each other throughout the rookie season. Using a gamification, the team began giving points to each other for noticing the role each team member exhibited. In the end, the most Gracious Professionalism award went to Mamadou Thiam. Congratulations to Mamadou and to all the team members for their role in developing each other and for recognizing the capacity of all the team members in their rookie year.

  6. Finally, a big congratulations go out to both Daisy Trejo and Mary Foster and their coach Ms. L. These students used the coding skills gained during the FIRST season to compete during the MSA school closing in the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. And they gained enough points to be invited to compete in the nationals! Thank you Ms. L from FUNducation for being so encouraging. Great work to both of these young women!

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.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Believe it or not, it is time to get ready for the 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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Upcoming Events

May 2020


25 - No School - Memorial Day

28 - Last Day for ALL Students

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