May 3, 2019
A Note from Ms. Harmon
As a former MSA parent and staff member, I would like to pass this on to reflect on during your quiet moments. A few years ago, I received a thank you note from a long time and involved mother at MSA. I have kept it on my desk at home and have read it repeatedly through the years. There are two lines (bolded) I especially appreciate and would like for all MSA parents and students to think about.
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for teaching my children.
As well as being involved in their camping trips, talent shows, dog shows,
car shows, activities at Fall Fest, field days and everything else you do.
What a fantastic experience and what a way to grow up!”
That last sentence says it best to me. It was all worth my time and energy.
Dates to Remember
May 9 - College Night
May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, all programs closed
May 28 - LE Peace Ceremony
May 29 - UE Piping Up
May 30 - Early dismissal at 11:30 a.m., Promotion, 6:30 p.m.
May 31 - Awards Day, 8:30 a.m.
May 31 - Last Day of School, early dismissal 10:30 (I/T-LE) and 11:00 (UE-HS)
June 1 - HS Graduation, 4:00 p.m.
Field Day Monday
We are looking forward to this year's field day! A few notes for tomorrow: Students should apply sunscreen before coming to school and will need to fill out a non-prescription medication form if they are bringing sunscreen to school to reapply. They should also bring a hat, sunglasses, a permanent marker if they want to participate in the T-shirt signing, and cash if they would like to purchase anything from the Middle School snack stand. There are still 10 field day shirts available -- youth and adult sizes -- that can be purchased for $8 through the main office.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9 with the Lower Elementary relay at 9:15, morning games until 11, upper school relay at 11:30, and then lunch. The traditional community games will be held for Lower El through High School from 1-2:30 and then clean up will take place afterwards.
Upper Elementary practiced the opening flag ceremony this past week in preparation for the event.
Nurse's Notes: Safety Notice
MSA families and visitors, please share the following information with anyone who may be visiting or picking up your students on the MSA campus. We respectfully request that everyone follows the appropriate traffic flow and refrain from entering the exit at the center of campus. All traffic needs to enter the campus at the entrance closest to the MSA Administration Building. This has become a growing safety concern.
We appreciate your assistance with this matter.
With safest regards,
Susanna Merriman, RN
ACT: College Readiness Letter
In a recent letter from ACT, test scores from MSA graduates are reported as exceeding the state’s benchmark for college readiness consistently over the last five years. The chart below shows how well these MSA graduates have performed compared to state averages.The letter continues on to give an outline with a five-point Action Plan for College Readiness, and we are proud to say that we have these steps already in place. MSA has Created a Common Focus by structuring the Upper School curriculum to prepare students for college and/or career. We have Established High Expectations for All throughout our entire campus, from our Infants and Toddlers all the way through our High School. We Require a Rigorous Curriculum and give students the opportunity for various Honors and Dual Enrollment courses. Mrs. Lockhart Provides Student Counseling to help high school students prepare for graduation and beyond. Finally, we Measure and Evaluate Progress with assessments like the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. Congratulations to our MSA graduates for their success, and to our MSA Upper School for preparing our students so well!
College Night - Thursday, May 9
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, MSA will be hosting its annual College Night!
We welcome Middle and High School parents and High School students to join us in the Middle School classroom at 5:30pm for informative presentations about financial aid opportunities and the college admissions process. Our speakers will be Mike Fox from South Carolina Student Loan and Robert Bennett from Clemson University's Admissions Department. We are excited to welcome them back to MSA's campus this year!
When this concludes around 6:30pm or 7:00pm, we invite rising 11th and 12th graders and their parents to stay for a Tri-County Technical College Dual Enrollment Orientation session. Marla Cobb, Coordinator of Student Support Resources for Dual Enrollment and Career Pathways, will be providing resources and valuable information to prepare for Dual Enrollment in the upcoming fall semester.
Please let Mrs. Lockhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday at 5:30pm!