MSA Parent Update

September 18, 2020

There is a lot going on now that the school year is picking up!! Please check out everything that is going on at MSA:

Progress Reports Available in Parent Portal

Progress Reports are available in the Parent Portal. We will not be sending paper copies home of progress reports. You can access your student's progress report and grades in the Parent Portal.

Senior Ad in Yearbook

Seniors! –

Are you looking for a way to make your senior yearbook truly yours? Do you want to

leave your mark in print in a memorable way? Then senior ads are the solution for

you—even better, starting at only $25! Head on down to Mrs. Lebuffe’s room, 203 or email at

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Student Information Updates - Option 2 and 3 Students

If your child is an option 2 or 3 online learner this fall and you have not come in to complete their Information Update/Bio Form, please do so ASAP. We need to make sure we have all the information updated from you on an annual basis.

All you have to do is come in to the front desk and let them know you need to complete their bio form. It will only take a few minutes.

Thank you for your help in completing this important task!!

PM Parent Pickup Reminder

We want to send all parents a reminder that we do not have a PM child care program at MSA. All students who are not participating in an after-school activity must be picked up as close to dismissal time as possible. School ends at 2:55 (HS) and 4:55 (MS), and we have students here up to an hour after school ends. This causes a huge problem for our staff and can cause a safety issue for our students. Please make sure you are picking up your children on time after school.

Also, an important note about pick-up. Any student who is being picked up after school must be picked up in our parent pick-up loop. Asking your child to walk off campus to get picked up causes problems for the community and the private businesses that are in the neighborhood. We have a great relationship with all of our neighbors in the community, and we want to keep it this way. All parents are expected to follow the school procedure for student pick up by waiting patiently in the parent pickup loop after school.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters.

Is your child going to be out of school?

Make sure you call the school (941-721-6800) and report the absence to the attendance line. Also, if you are at the doctor's office with your child, ask them for a note to bring to the school. Thank you!!

High School Guidance Update

PSAT Bitly Link -->

PSAT Juniors Only

The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). It is a practice version of the SAT exam.
The PSAT can qualify a student for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students take the PSAT in their junior year to enter the National Merit Scholarship competition.

The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math.

PSAT Sign Up for Juniors

Who: Juniors ONLY

Limited Seating --> ONLY 30 SEATS AVAILABLE

Test Date: October 14, 2020
Start Time: 8:10AM
Where: Manatee School for the Arts
Cost: $20.00 Please take your payment to Mrs. Fitzpatrick's Office

Deadline to Sign Up: October 9th or until the seats are sold out

Test Preparation: Khan Academy - Please note that SAT has not delivered the Test Preparation Booklets to MSA.

When we have the booklets we will notify the students that have signed up to take the test via their school email address.

Virtual College Visits at MSA

Bitly Link to the MSA College and Career Visits and Events Calendar -->

Calendar Access to College Visits --> MSA College and Career Visits and Events Calendar

Top Reasons to Visit Colleges --> Finding the right FIT is important! From the Internet article Benefits of College Tours by TS College Tours

Please note: At this time most colleges are only offering virtual college visits - If you want to visit a school in person call the school admissions office directly.

1. You won’t really know how you feel about a place until you’ve been there ... A virtual visit is better than no visit.

2. The college information sessions and the virtual campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.

3. A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the college application period and in the future.

4. You’ll get a sense of the college’s vibrancy, character, and facilities. Even virtual visits will provide you with a more complete picture.

5. College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level.

6. How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes. College visits help you to refine your search.

7. Applying to college is a complex process and visits to campuses will serve you best if you use them as a research tool, rather than a final decision-making aid.

8. Time, energy and money are finite resources and you want to use them wisely throughout the application process. First-hand knowledge will help you to clarify your vision and narrow your list.

9. Most colleges love students who are sincerely interested and visiting colleges is one way to show this.

10. You want to be able to relax and make a fully informed choice once you have been accepted. If you’ve already visited those schools at least once, that’s just what you will be able to do.

Links for College Exploration

Florida Shines

Florida State Colleges

State University System/Florida Board of Governors

Private Colleges and Universities of Florida


Virtual FAFSA and FFAA Night at MSA October 13th at 6PM

Students and Parents can join this presentation AND receive 1 to 1 support filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

Students can also fill out the Florida Financial Aid Application at this event. This is the application students need to fill out to be eligible for any Florida financial aid like the Bright Futures Scholarship. Meeting Link and more information to follow soon.

Attention Art Students

Attention all art students! If you were enrolled in an art class last school year and you have not picked up your projects from those classes, please contact your teacher to schedule a time to pick up your supplies and projects. We will only be doing this supply pick up for the next three weeks and then all old projects will be recycled back into classroom materials. Please make sure you schedule your pickups with your teachers from last year as soon as possible. Thank you.

Picture Retake Day - October 27, 2020

Any students who need to do picture retakes - they will be done on October 27, 2020.

Robotics Team Back in Action - Virtually

Welcome to the 20-21 FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Season - ULTIMATE GOAL!! MSA's own robotics team will be hosting a virtual KICK-OFF for our season and all interested students are invited to attend. The event will be virtual ONLY and will occur on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm. Contact either Mr. Rote in room 4-112 or at or Ms. Brisson in room 804 or at so YOU CAN BE included in the virtual kick-off to the most amazing competition season with team IRONIC Fe3. Either Mr. Rote or Ms. Brisson will ask for your email address so you can be added to the list of attendees:) AND the best part is that you do not have to be only interested in engineering or coding. Team IRONIC needs team members with interests in the areas of marketing, finance, fund raising and developing sponsors, outreach, etc. And this year we will even need people interested in learning how to judge the events so invite any adults you know that might be interested to learn more about your robotics team!

The Kick-off will include:

1. Who the MSA robotics team IRONIC Fe3 members, mentors, coaches and volunteers are that will be guiding the team.

2. ULTIMATE GOAL video showing what the FIRST TECH CHALLENGE is for the season.

3. The form for you to complete and share with us about your skills and interest areas for the 20-21 season.

4. Next meetings, competition schedule, AND MORE!!

So, please let either Mr. Rote or Ms. Brisson know about your interest by either stopping by our room, or emailing us. Then, get your popcorn ready for an exciting virtual season of competition.

Smile for the School while you Shop

Parents - Do you have an Amazon Prime Account? Would you like an easy, quick way to help the school, all while you are doing your shopping? With the holidays coming up, here is an easy way to support the school while you are purchasing gifts for your family as well. Instead of shopping at the regular amazon shopping site, go to .5% of the amount you purchase will be donated to the school!! (it may not sound like much, but a little bit a lot of times really adds up!!)

Follow these directions to set up your amazon smile account:

1. Go to

2. Log into your account.

3. Choose Manatee School For the Arts as you charitable organization.

4. Shop as you would normally on Amazon.

5. A portion of your total is donated to the school!!

That is it - nothing more to do except direct your browser to a different place and choose the school as the benefactor of your shopping.

Thank you for your support!!

ID Tags

Again this year, as an increased safety measure, students will be required to wear an MSA identification tag on their upper body at all times.

To assure that this happens, any student who comes to school without their ID on will NOT be allowed on campus until they go to the office and get a reprint of the ID card. All reprint ID cards will cost $5.00. Any student who does not have the funds to pay at that time will be billed the cost of the replacement ID card. Not having your ID should not prevent you from coming to school. We will print an ID for any student whether they have the money to pay at that time or not.

Thank you for your attention and support in this matter as we work to continually improve our security on our campus.

College and Career Center

Parents and Students - Please join the MSA College and Career Center page on FaceBook page. This is an information page for parents and students in grades 6-12. We share daily messages about college and career opportunities, scholarships, plus a ton more.

If you are unable to connect with the link search MSA College and Career Center on FaceBook.

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Online Grade Access

Don't forget that you have access to your child's grades through the Parent Portal. If you have not received the access information, please let us know, and if you have any questions about your child's performance in a class, contact your child's teacher early to avoid any surprises come report card time. Thanks!

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!

Fortify Florida

Suspicious Activity Reporting

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Upcoming Events

September 2020

23 - Senior Photos

24 - Senior Photos

25 - Senior Photos

October 2020

21 - Senior Photos

22 - Senior Photos

23 - Senior Photos

27 - School Picture Retake 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.