MSA Parent Update

March 23, 2018

As we start the 4th quarter and approach Spring Break, check out what is going on here at MSA:
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Report Cards Mailed Home

Please be on the lookout for the 3rd quarter report cards which where mailed home this week. If you have not received yours by the time we return to school, please let us know. Thank you.

Staying up with your child's grades

As we enter the 4th quarter of the school year, please know what is going on with your child's grades in their classes. Positive interaction with parents about the importance of school is critical to student success. Help your child stay on top of their grades and work for their classes.

Varsity HEAT at NDA Nationals Championships

Congratulations to the Varsity HEAT team for their outstanding finish at the NDA National Dance Championship. Our students finished 4th in the nation in Hip Hop and 9th in Jazz.
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State Testing Begins After Spring Break

Beginning at the end of February, 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 Testing Coordinator, Dr. Michael Higley, at mhigley@maschool.org or (941) 721-6800, extension 1087. 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 are available on the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org.

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HEAT Auditions

HEAT Tryout Workshop April 14th


9am-12pm


Cost to attend $15


We will work on technique that will be needed during HEAT Auditions for the 2018-2019 Teams.


Varsity HEAT Auditions 2018-2019


Students can begin picking up tryout paperwork on April 2nd.

Signed paperwork is due Friday, April 27th


April 30th, May 1st, May 2nd 8:00 AM-9:20 AM in room 402- learn tryout material


May 2nd after school until ??? Final Auditions


If a student is selected for team, a mandatory parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9th (time to be announced).

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Dance Showcase Week - April 3-7, 2018

The 2018 Dance Showcases will be held from Wednesday, April 4th - Saturday, April 7th. Dance Showcases provide an opportunity for every student who is enrolled in a dance class at MSA to get up on stage and perform in front of an audience. Each performance is approximately 30 minutes in length and showcases various styles of dance and various levels of technique. The dancers have worked so hard in preparation for being on stage and we hope you will be able to join us during that week as a supportive audience member. On Tuesday - Friday there are 2 different shows each night, one at 6pm and another at 8pm. On Saturday, there are 3 different shows at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. If you are coming to the show, please make sure you know what show your child is performing in, and that you purchase tickets for the correct show.


Tickets are $3 each and may be purchased at the MSA Front Desk during the week of April 1st.


Separate tickets are needed for each separate show, and if you want to see the show, you need a ticket.


These shows always SELL OUT, so it is highly encouraged that you get your tickets in advance, and arrive at the show(s) early, so that your party may sit together. Hope to see you there!

Orchestra at Solo-Ensemble Competition

Congratulations to the following Orchestra students who completed in the Florida Solo and Ensemble Festival in early February.


Superior - Cello solo - Nadia Brooks

Superior - violin solo - Danae Tran

Excellent - viola solo - Tyler Runck

Excellent - violin solo - Caroline Beattie

Superior - viola/cello duet - Dimiter Zafirov and Maxwell King

Exellent - violin trio - Joshua Cundiff, Zachary Vanschoor, Kayleigh Reese

Superior - Josh Cundiff - Guitar Solo

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.

High School Thespians at Florida State Conference

Congruatlations to the High School Thespians who completed at the Florida State Thespian competion the week of March 12th in Tampa. Students did a great job on their competition pieces and learned a lot in workshops throughout the week.


Superior - Anything Goes - Large Group Musical

Superior - Ensemble Acting

Superior - The Apostle John - Duet Acting

Superior - Almost Maine - Duet Acting

Excellent - Snuff that Girl - Large Group Musical

Excellent -Who’s Got the Pain from the musical: Damn Yankees - Duet Musical

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Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser

Help the school go greener with our Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser! Enjoy some delicious baked goods to raise funds to implement recycling, new water fountains with water bottle refills, and more! Forms will be due back to your student’s science teacher by April 3rd and cookie dough pickup will be on Friday April 20th, right in time for Earth Day! Thanks for your support and good luck!

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 https://www.msfta.org/Page/1554 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.

The HEAT is On - April 19, 2018

The HEAT Is On- A Night Of Dueling Duets


Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 PM in MSA Large Theater


Come out, cheer on and vote for your favorite duos of the night to crown the 4th "The Heat Is On" Champions. Freestyle hip hop battle taking place as well. Audience members and dancers permitted to participate.

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 www.passports.com. More information can also be found by seeing Mrs. Turner in room 4-106 or you can e-mail her at mturner@msaschool.org or Ms. Williams at bwilliams@msaschool.org.

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

March 2018


26-30 - Spring Break


April 2018


4-7 - Dance Showcase Week

10 - Chorus Concert - 6:00 & 7:30

12 - Band Concert - 7:00

14 - MSA Rocks @ Sutton Park, Palmetto - 2:00

16 - Orchestra Concert - 7:00

17 - Open House for Prospective Students - 6:00

18 - Piano Concert - 6:00

19 - The HEAT is ON - 7:00

21 - Jr/Sr Prom

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.