Category Archives: Contests

8th grader wins state MATHCOUNTS, goes on to national level!

MSASC 8th grader Stan Zhang placed first in the count down round and second in the written round of the California MATHCOUNTS state competition at Stanford University on March 21st. He will be one of the four California team members (2 from northern California and 2 from southern California) to compete in the MATHCOUNTS nationals from 5/7 to 5/10 in Boston.

Well done, Stan!



Two days till Winter Break begins: Finals, Gingerbread Houses & more!

The last TWO days of school: Semester finals, half days and … a Gingerbread House building contest!

GINGERBREAD HOUSE BUILDING CONTEST~ Please make time to stop in and enjoy the Holiday.

What: Gingerbread House Building Contest. (A movie will also be shown, snacks will be available for purchase)
When: Friday, December 20, 1pm- 3pm
Where: MSA-SC Cafeteria

Happy Holidays!

Candy, Halloween & Anti-bullying: It must be October!

Candy Count Competition

Like candy? It’s your chance to win a mouthful. Guess how much candy is in our candy bag and the prize could be yours. Each student has the opportunity to make three guesses. See the bag and make your guesses at lunch Monday -Thursday.

Halloween Dress Up

All students are welcome to dress up for Halloween on Thursday, October 31. Costumes must be appropriate. No short or skimpy costumes, no costumes with pretend or real weapons, no costumes which could be offensive to others. Be sure you are able to safely move around the campus while wearing your costume. If students are not in a legitimate costume, then they need to be in school uniform. A tee shirt and jeans is NOT a costume.

Middle School Halloween Parade

All Middle School students who wish to show off their costume will be able to do so at the beginning of the lunch period on Thursday.

Anti-Bullying Contest

Students have the opportunity to enter our Anti-bullying contest. There are four categories in our contest – Essay, Poetry, Slogan and Art Poster. Details are available on line or in the Main Office. Entries are due by Thursday, October 31. All entries will be recognized.

EVENT NOTIFICATION: Battle of the Brains, Fri October 25, 2013

Every year, the Math Department hosts a math-team competition for middle-school students to promote high academic achievement in Math through fun and healthy team-competitions among students. 5 teams of 4 selected students will compete in The Battle of The Brains on Fri, Oct. 25, 2013.

All students are encouraged to attend and show support to their teams. The students will receive incentives for attending such as: free dress, CoolSIS points, homework pass, and many more.

When: Fri Oct 25, 2013, 6- 8 pm

Where: MSASC Cafeteria

2720 Sonoma Place Santa Clara CA

 There will be a raffle for small prizes like Jamba Juice Cards, ColdStone or Baskin Robin Gift Certificates, School Supplies Kit, etc.


  1. Donations from parents for small raffle prizes (see above).
  2. Parent volunteers to help us out before, during, and after the event.

CONTACT: Mrs. Ramiso ( )

A contest for Anti-Bullying Month!

October is Anti-Bullying month.  Bullying takes its toll on young people, often leading to severe consequences.  During the month of October, students will be hearing about the effects of bullying, the forms of bullying which are prevalent in today’s society, and what they can do to help the problem.

Please join in our Anti-Bullying contest.  There are four different contests in which you can compete: 

  • Essay contest
  • Poetry
  • Slogan
  • Art poster 

Rules for the contests:

Essay ContestWrite an essay of any length in which you discuss your thoughts regarding bullying.  You can take the topic in any direction you wish – why bullying is wrong, examples of bullying, what can be done about bullying, your philosophy/experiences with bullying, etc.  There is no specific focus which must be covered in your essay.  Essays should be typed double-spaced on one side of the paper.  Please put your name in the upper right hand corner of the essay.

PoetryWrite a poem about bullying.  The poem can be in any poetic format that you wish.  There are no length requirements.  Poems should be typed on one side of the paper.  Please put your name in the upper right hand corner of the poem.

SloganCome up with your own personal slogan to combat bullying.  Please be sure it is original.  Slogans may be typed or hand written.  Please put your name in the upper right hand corner of the paper.

Art posterDesign a poster which expresses your thoughts about bullying.  The poster can be hand drawn, computer generated, or may use pictures.  It can consist of just words or can be a combination of words and pictures.

Any entries will be judged on originality, content, creativity and the ability to present a cohesive message about bullying.  All entries are due to Mrs. Filios in the Main Office no later than Thursday, October 31.  A judging panel will select top winners in each category; all entries will be recognized.  If you have any questions, see Mrs. Filios in the Main Office.

Anti-bullying poster: MSA-SC is a No Bully Zone

MSA-SC is a No Bully Zone

And the winner is…

Iren Ilieva, 8th grade, is the MSASC T-shirt Design Contest 2013 winner! Congratulations!

Iren Ilieva is the MSASC T-shirt Design Contest 2013 winner

Iren Ilieva is the MSASC T-shirt Design Contest 2013 winner. Congrats!

 Kudos to Ms. Filios for initiating the contest this year!

Save the Date! October 11, 1 – 4 p.m. Silent Basket Auction and Walk-a-Thon!

Save the Date! October 11, 1 – 4 p.m. Silent Basket Auction and Walk-a-Thon!

What is a Walk-a-Thon?

A walk-a-thon is a fundraiser. A ¼ mile track will be set at the school. The students are responsible to ask friends and family to sponsor them for walking laps. For each lap walked, the student earns a donation to the school. Students are responsible for collecting and bringing the money back to the school. Donations are either paid on a per-lap basis or a flat donation. Donations can be made by check or PayPal.

Checks: should be made out to the MSASCPTO.

PayPal: Use the button below to donate.

PayPal: Donate Now




How to plan: Take the afternoon off and plan to volunteer or watch the students walk/jog.

What to bring: blanket, ice chest, sun umbrella, sun block, hat, and your checkbook 🙂

How is the Magnolia Walk-a-Thon different from other Walk-a-Thons?

Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara PTO will be implementing the best in lap counting technology. We are using a system called Orbiter which uses a RFID reader and smart chips placed in student bibs to manage the number of laps each student walks. This system will provide us with the details as to which class walked the most and who individually has walked the most laps.

What is a Silent Auction?

A silent auction is similar to a live auction, except the bids are placed on paper. When you arrive at the auction, go to the registration table to get a number. (The number is how you bid anonymously). The Magnolia Silent Auction will be held inside the cafeteria on two long tables. Twenty baskets, each with a theme prepared by the parents and teachers will be auctioned. You will see an itemized list of every item in the basket. Each basket will have a paper with lines on it, and a minimum bid. If you would like to bid on the basket, place your number under the last bid, and wait . . . . to see if you are the highest bidder. You will need to return to your basket periodically to check to know how high the bids are and bid again if you are outbid.

What is a Themed Basket?

The Silent Auction will include 20 themed baskets hosted by each classroom. Each homeroom teacher will be collecting the items donated by parents. A parent from each homeroom will prepare an itemized list of what is in the basket. On auction day, each basket will be auctioned to the highest bidder. MSASC PTO will accept check, cash, or PayPal on the day of the event.


Prizes will include a ticket to Great America’s’ Halloween Haunt for the boy and girl who earns the most money in each grade. A ticket to Jump Sky High will be awarded to the boy and girl student who walks the most laps, and a pizza party will be awarded to the class with the most money earned, and the class with the most laps walked/jogged. Every student who returns a pledge sheet  to their homeroom teacher will receive a free dress pass.

MSA Walk-a-thon_Oct. 11, 2013

MSA Walk-a-thon_Oct. 11, 2013

MSA-SC T-shirt Design Contest!

The MSA-SC T-shirt Design Contest is here. Students, put on your creative hat! Don’t miss out on the chance to see your T-shirts design in print! The student body will vote for their favorite/s.

Pick-up your entry form at the school office.
Submission deadline: Friday, August 23.