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EVENT REMINDER: Science STEAM Expo, this Friday, May 8

Dear Parents,

Friday May 8th is a short day and school will be over at 12:30. All parents are welcome to see student work from 8:30 to 12:30. The schedule for the day is below:

Friday, May 8
8:30-9:30 9:30-10:30 10:30-11:30 11:30-12:30
ENGINEERING 6th Grade Popsicle Bridge
7th Grade Popsicle Bridge
8th Grade Popsicle Bridge
ENGINEERING Telescope Presentations
Marble Rollercoaster
TrebuchetsFIELD Egg DropBLACKTOP
SCIENCE Bio Model Presentations
Ecosystem Presentations
SCIENCE High School Science  Demonstrations
High School Science  Demonstrations
High School Science  Demonstrations
High School Science  Demonstrations
TECHNOLOGY Computer Lab-
Computer Lab-
Computer Lab-
Computer Lab-
MATH Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Art Display-ROOM 1
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science Standards Based Art 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science Standards Based Art 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science Standards Based Art 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Science Standards Based Art
MSA-SC Science Expo: May 8, 2015

MSA-SC Science Expo: May 8, 2015


REMINDER: MSASC Science Fair, Sat Dec 6- Schedule, Procedures & Parent Letter

The MSASC Science Fair is today. Please read the Science Department’s message:

“Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to inspire your student. Our goal is for all students to have the opportunity to present to professionals the discoveries they have made throughout the project, and to feel encouraged and successful in science.

MSASC Science Department

Ms. Ehly, Ms. Henson, Mrs. Banerjee, Mr. Louie”

Event Details
What: MSASC Science Fair
Who: Magnolia Science Academy, Santa Clara
When: Sat Dec 6, 2014, 8 am – 4 pm PST
Where: MSA Cafeteria
2720 Sonoma Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051

For Science Fair Procedures and Schedule for different classes: Click here

For Parent Letter: Click here


Science Fair_B&W

MSASC Science Fair 2014

Science Fair this Saturday: Volunteers needed

MSA’s annual science fair will be this Saturday, December 6th. As a charter school with an emphasis on science and technology, this is a big event for MSA. We will need lots of help from parents as science fair judges, room monitors, tallying score sheets, data entry, and bringing food for our teachers and judges who will be spending the day with the students. Please sign up on the link below to help. Your participation makes the difference!

MSA Science Fair Signup

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Ehly at or Michelle Lee at

Event Details
What: Science Fair Volunteers needed
Who: Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara PTO
When: Sat Dec 6, 2014, 8 am – 4 pm PST
Where: MSA Cafeteria
2720 Sonoma Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Thank you,

The Science Department and the PTO


MSASC Science Fair

MSASC Science Fair

Walk-a-thon 2014 update: Pledges| Prizes|Participate

Walk-a-thon 2014 is coming up soon on Friday, November 21 from 1- 4pm. Exciting indeed! We look forward to the parents’ presence at the event to support and cheer on the students. There will be food and snacks available for purchase.

Pledge Forms

Pledge Forms were sent home with the students some time back. If misplaced, the Pledge Form can be printed by Clicking Here. All money should be turned in by December 1st or earlier. If paying through Paypal to the PTO, please add a note about the child’s name & grade and that the money is for the Walk-a-thon Pledge. For questions we have received on the minimum donation, may we suggest $100 or more per child. If children would like to request their neighbors to support their efforts in the walk-a-thon, please have them always walk with an adult when knocking door to door. Family & holiday parties can be another good venue to convince prospective donors on how their donations can benefit the student’s school and the students themselves. Money raised goes to science and technology equipment & supplies, arts programs, to help teachers etc.

IMP: Don’t forget to ask if your (or the student’s uncle/ aunt/ other family/ friends’) employer matches donations. This is a way to double the money raised by the student. The PTO is a 501 (c) (3) organization and therefore an eligible non-profit for corporate matching programs.


This year, the students can look forward to some exciting prizes. The top fundraiser in the school will win an XBox One! Other prizes include tablets etc. The students with the most number of laps completed will also get great prizes, tickets to fun places etc.

Microsoft's XBox One

XBox One

2 classes will get Pizza Parties: (1) the class which raises the most money and (2) the class whose students walk the most laps together.

As usual, we could never do this without the support of our parents. Please Click here to sign-up to volunteer. We also need some canopies as loaners: Click here to sign-up. Thank you in advance!

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.  ~Author Unknown

Many of the new students & parents had questions about the event. To give the new (and old) Magnolians an idea of what’s in store for them, here’s an overview:

Watch last year’s video aired on TV: Click here

Check out 2013 photos: Click here

Read some articles on the 2013 Walk-a-thon: Click here

REMINDER: PTO Meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm| Discussion of new charter

REMINDER: PTO Meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm. This meeting will also include Discussion of the proposed new charter so if you have any questions, please plan to attend.

What: Monthly PTO Meeting

When: 7 pm

Where: School Cafeteria

Agenda: Click here

See you there!

PTO Meeting tonight

PTO Meeting tonight

Chromebooks are now available!

The Chromebooks are now available!

Today, August 12, 10 am – 12 pm and 2pm – 4 pm.
Wednesday, August 13, 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm.

WHERE: Cafeteria

COST: $200 (payment plans are available)

For more information, contact the Front Office.

Chromebooks are now available. The PTO and the administration worked together to set them up!

Chromebooks are now available.

MSA-SC STEAM Science Expo (tomorrow) May 9, 1- 4 pm

It’s Science Expo day tomorrow. All families are encouraged to come and see the wonderful middle and high school student demonstrations. Please see the schedule below. The school asks that all visitors sign in at the Science Expo table. All students are expected to be on campus from 1 – 3 pm unless they are picked up a parent and signed out in the Main Office.

Details: Click here

1-2 pm  MS- Rube Goldberg Demonstrations and Evaluations Playground behind Rooms A & B
1-2 pm  MS- Submarine Demonstrations and Evaluations Blacktop
1-2 pm HS- Computer Science Projects Room 6
2-3pm MS- Computer Science Projects Room 6
2-3 pm  MS- Marble Roller Coaster Demonstrations and Evaluations Cafeteria
2-3 pm HS- Catapult Blacktop
2-3 pm HS-Biometrics Testing On the Field
3-4 pm MS- Egg Drop Blacktop
1-3 pm Garden Club Tours Garden next to Portable C
1-4pm Eco system model presentations and display In science classrooms: Room A, B, 5, P2
1-4pm STEAM middle school artwork on display Room 1
1-4pm High School Science Demonstrations Main Hallway by Blacktop

Look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Break: fun times & Upcoming Events

Spring break is almost over! Hope you have been enjoying it 🙂 Sometimes the best thing you can do in Spring Break is to relax and recharge before you get back to your supercharged daily routine! If you’d like to share any fun/exciting stories on what you’ve done so far, we’d be happy to post them on our site.

Upcoming events:

MSA-SC Science STEAM Expo:

WHEN: May 9, 1-4 pm

Details: Click Here

MSA-SC Book Fair:

WHEN: Mon, May 5, 11am – Fri, May 9, 4pm

During lunch & an hour after school. All day during Science Expo.

Queries about Book Fair? Contact Yvonne at

EVENT ALERT: MSA-SC Science Fair 2013 is on Dec 7

MSA-SC Science Fair is THIS Saturday, Dec. 7 from 7:30 am- 4 pm. Please see the schedule below:


Science Fair Schedule: Dec 7, 2013

Science Fair Schedule: Dec 7, 2013


Sign up sheet to volunteer for the MSA Science Fair:Please SIGN UP for a slot to help support the science fair. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Lee at mylee.malik @ or Ms. Ehly at aehly @ Science Department is looking for science fair judges, room monitors, scoring volunteers, and food donation volunteers. If you sign up to be a judge, there will be a MANDATORY judges meeting on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm.

Science Fair

Science Fair

MSA-SC volunteers: you humble, uplift and inspire us!

To all the volunteers, the special people who made the 2013 MSA-SC Walk-a-thon possible, a big thank you from the extended MSA-SC community. You are the reason the event was a big success. Tom Brokaw said: “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” He was definitely spot-on. You all went the extra mile and made that difference in your child’s life. Remember, volunteering is how YOU can take action to change YOUR world.

You are truly appreciated by MSA-SC PTO, staff and the student community. According to William Arthur Ward, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. “ Well, consider our gratitude wrapped up with bows and ribbons and delivered to you. Thank you for all the hard work that you all put in; hours and hours of sweat, planning, executing and generally working to make the event a success. You humble, uplift and inspire us all! “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless“, said Sherry Anderson.

Walk-a-thon Volunteers: group photo taken at the end of the event

Walk-a-thon Volunteers: all smiles at the end of the event

So, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you! If we missed your name, please accept our apologies for our oversight and let us know so we can add your name.

Volunteer Honor Roll

Shilpa P, Alex & Rita L, Coe & Stephanie T, Namita W, Tina K, Humaira T, Angelyn W

Alan F, Souhalia M, Alice T & Kuo C, Chiow & Huijun K, Ranjini A, Miko G, Yumi I, Michelle L

Nick & Dyan B, Sangeetha B, Shamsa R, Leah A, Amit S, May H, Yi L, Cecilia G, Hatice T, Pauline N

Humaira A, Shveta M, Cecilia B, Angel L, Julie P, Paul R, Maneesh J, Chau T, Yuchao K, Valerie T, Nadjet A, Naila K, Sharmin K, Mei Zhen H

Elizabeth V, Ricardo C, Neil R, Hetal R, Bruce L, Debbie L, Grace L, Rose Marie D, Khalid I, Bhim R,  Chia Chi H, Eileen P. & nephew, Sumana V, Rupali S, Asiya K, Samina S,  Karen N, Nor A, Susan M, Serita M, Kyoko R, Nagaraju I, Yvonne L

Dyan B, Shamsa R, Grace L, Elizabeth, Leah & Amit S

Tiffany Anderson, Nick Blozan, Ying Ying Goh, Sanjeev Gautam, David Kohls, Renata Pang, Michelle Lee,  Jaya Gautam

Mr. Ak, Mr. Taymaz, Ms. Filios, Dr. Ryan and all the MSA- SC teachers and staff

The Magnolia students who worked hard to raise money via pledged donations and walking laps at the walk-a-thon, embracing the concept of bettering ‘their’ school.

A simple thank you can not be enough, so:  “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.” ~Robert Orben

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Check out more Walk-a-thon pics: Click here

Don’t forget to log those volunteer hours! Please fill out the following forms:

First Step (required first time you volunteer only): Volunteer Form: (This puts your name in the Volunteer Roster of parents & identifies your interests.)

Once you volunteer at an activity/ event (here it would be Walk-a-thon), please fill out the following form so there is a log of your volunteer hours:

Second Step (after every event): Volunteer tracking:

PICTURE ALERT: Walk-a-thon pics

To the awesome MSA-SC community:

The first set of Walk-a-thon pics are up. There will be more soon, so please check back soon!

Online Auction? You don’t say! After all, this is Silicon Valley :)

Magnolia has an Online Auction! After all, we’re in the Silicon Valley, at the cutting edge of technology 😉

If you didn’t know about the Online Auction, don’t hesitate to mosey on over to the Site where you can check out the Auction Items/ Baskets.

Bid on fun baskets, a win-win situation for you and for the students as we raise money for the school. You can score some great Deals (Yes, the D word!) and the school gets some extra money for programs, equipment & supplies for the students.

This year, you can view baskets and bid online prior to the Silent Auction at the end of the Walk-a-thon on October 11. Click here to check out the cool baskets or to bid online. Rules are mentioned on the site.