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IMP: SCUSD meeting tonight- Show YOUR support!

It was wonderful to see the parents and students at our Rally yesterday! We are getting the word out about the need to SOS (Save Our School)! Working together, we hope to change the future for all our nearly 500 students, their parents, staff and the whole extended school community.

Students and parents, we need that same outpouring of support TONIGHT! Please come stand together in solidarity at the SCUSD meeting tonight. This will hopefully show the District that the parents and students are united, that they want Magnolia to remain open.

We are asking the District to extend the lease for 1 more year. Let’s show up, be positive, be polite but ask for them to consider our students, our children. This is the opportunity for us to act, we can not let it slide. Everyone is depending on each other- no one can say that I’m only ONE person, what does it matter if I don’t show up? It MATTERS-it matters to show the District the STRENGTH of our community, the NEED of our community, the HOPES of our children! So come tonight and act to change the future.



WHEN: Meeting runs from 5 pm onward. Please come by 6:45 pm at the latest to be counted among the speakers. Open Session starts at 7:30 pm.

WHERE: Board Room, Santa Clara Unified School District Office (Google Maps), 1889 Lawrence Road, Santa Clara 95051

WHAT TO DO/ BRING: Please come prepared with a 1 minute speech. (If you do not want to talk, show up for support! ) Have a good snack before to make sure you have the energy to speak and to stay till the end 🙂 Bring another small snack, some water, a book or something to do as we have to wait till the end of the meeting. Bring your positive attitude 🙂 Wear your UNIFORM! There will be some pizza at the end of the meeting.

See YOU tonight!

Kids count!

Kids count!


Act today to change the future for your child! See you at today’s Save Our School (SOS) Rally at 3:15 pm

“The future depends on what you do today.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Act today to change the future for your child! See you at today’s Save Our School Rally outside school at 3:15 pm.

At 5 pm, parents and students will also go to the SCC Office of Education at 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131 (Google Maps). Hope to see you all there!

SOS_Save Our School

SOS_Save Our School

REMINDER: Save Our School Rally, tomorrow, 3:15 pm + SCCOE Board meeting at 5 pm

We need your support, school community members and others concerned with more, not less, educational choices for children. Please stand with us as the parents, students and staff battle together to enable nearly 500 middle and high school MSA-SC students attend their school next academic year. A Save Our School Rally will be held TOMORROW to request extension of the current school for another academic year. At the moment, Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) would like MSA-SC to leave the school facilities which would then be vacant for a year, wherein  not only will SCUSD  lose nearly half a million dollars in rental income, but also leave the current MSA-SC students struggling to find another school with high quality education!

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.” – Plato

Working together, we can change the lives of ~500 students positively!

What: Save Our School Rally

When: March 4th, 2015, at 3:15 pm

Where: MSA-SC, 2720 Sonoma Place, Santa Clara, CA, 95051 (Google Maps)

Subsequent to the Save Our School Rally at the school, please attend the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) meeting at 5 pm TOMORROW to urge the SCCOE to reconsider allowing deliberation on the alternative charter (STEM Academy) petition before March 15 so as to allow the Request for Facilities under Prop 39 to meet the March 15 deadline. Considering the petition after March 15 (the current date is March 18) will negate the charter’s Facilities petition deadline under Prop 39, not allow the school to open for academic year 2015- 16 and negatively impact close to 500 students.


Kids count!

Kids count!

Education is all a matter of building bridges.” – Ralph Ellison

Again, we look forward to your support! Let’s go and build some bridges; let the children come first as we (staff and parents and MSASCPTO) work together with SCCOE and SCUSD.

SOS_Save Our School

SOS_Save Our School


TODAY: Save Our School (SOS) PROTEST at 2 pm

What: Save Our School (SOS) PROTEST
Where: Outside the school
When: At the time you pick-up your child, TODAY Friday, Feb. 27 at 2 pm.

Please put aside some of your time to speak up for your child and your school by participating in the Protest. On the school premises, at pick-up time, it is super convenient, too.

Also, take a minute in the morning to call Darcie Green, Board President, County Office of Education at (408) 453-6540 or email her (darcie_green@sccoe.org) to politely request her to add our Facilities Request to the Board Agenda for the March 4th meeting. Deadline to add an item to the agenda for the March 4th meeting is TODAY Friday Feb. 27 by 5 pm. If the date can not get changed from the Mar 18 to the March 4th meeting, we are in the position of losing the Request for Facilities i.e the School premises. Together, let’s make the Date change happen!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, said Nelson Mandela and here we have the opportunity to change our children’s lives and futures. So, let’s step up to the plate and make that change!

Thank you in anticipation,

Info from Mr. Ak:

Dear Parents,
The county board has scheduled the decision for the STEM Academy charter petition for March 18th. As you are aware, along with the charter petition, we have applied for Prop 39 facilities, and unless we have a our charter approved by March 15, we will not qualify for facilities. Thus, a decision on the petition rendered after March 15th will make it impossible to open the STEM Academy for the 2015-16 school year.
I have asked the county board and staff to reschedule the decision for their March 4th meeting but have not received any positive response yet.
The agenda has to be posted by 5 pm Friday, so you may want to contact the board president and ask her to reconsider the agenda for next weeks meeting.
Her contact information is below:
Darcie Green
Phone / Fax
(408) 453-6540 / (408) 453-6601
Email address

Attached is the letter I sent to county board members and staff:
County Letter

Yilmaz Ak
Lead Petitioner

Kids Count- Save Our School!

Kids Count- Save Our School!

REMINDER: PTO Meeting tomorrow, Thurs Feb 26, 7- 8 pm + link to Agenda

Hello Magnolians,

The February MSA-SC PTO Meeting is  tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 26, 7- 8 pm in the school cafeteria. All are welcome.

Look forward to your presence!

Link to Agenda: http://bit.ly/1LGNXwq

What: February MSA-SC PTO meeting

When: Thursday, February 26, 7- 8 pm

Where: Cafeteria, MSA-SC

Join us for the monthly PTO meeting

Join us for the monthly PTO meeting

Welcome back | Round-up of Movie screening + New charter petition hearing

Welcome back to school! Hope you all had a great President’s Week 🙂

Movie Screening of ‘Waiting for “Superman”‘

We had a very interesting  screening of ‘Waiting for “Superman”‘ on Friday, February 13th. It was informative and inspiring to see how people and organizations are working to fix lacunae in the American educational system. Young children and parents with dreams were waiting for lotteries to get into charter schools which could potentially change their lives. The students in MSA-SC could imagine themselves in those shoes! Good schools can literally change the entire direction your life will take as you grow up to adulthood and beyond.

Thank you to all the parents who brought snacks and food. It was much appreciated!

New charter petition hearing

Many parents, staff and one student, Aaryan G., spoke at the new charter petition hearing for STEM Academy at the Santa Clara County Office of Education on Wednesday , February 18th. Thank you to those who came out to show their support. The  next meeting in March will also be important. Please put it on your calendars.

THIS FRIDAY: Screening of Waiting for “Superman”

Come watch ‘Waiting for “Superman”’ after school on Friday. Hang out with other Magnolians, students and parents alike while we knit stronger community bonds. For the whole school, students, parents, staff and anybody else who’d like to attend!

More about the movie: This 2010 film about the American education system received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film also received the Best Documentary Feature at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.


6- 7 pm   Meet & Greet

7- 7:30  Intro & discussion

7:30      Movie showing

Please sign-up for snacks, finger foods, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Thank you for all your kindness in supporting the school community!

Sign-up sheet to bring snacks, nibbles & desserts: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4DA8AC2AA4F94-screening

Waiting for "Superman"

Screening of Waiting for “Superman”

REMINDER: Monthly PTO Meeting Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm

REMINDER: PTO Meeting Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!
What: Monthly PTO Meeting
When: Thursday, January 15, 7 pm Where: School Cafeteria
Agenda: Click here


IMP: Reach out to SCUSD board members TODAY before the Oct 9 meeting TOMORROW

Dear Magnolia parents:

It is vital that you contact SCUSD board members via phone, email and letters BEFORE the October 9th board meeting TOMORROW. Mr. Ak had sent out an email with details. Please comment here on this post if you didn’t receive it & will send you the details to reach them..

Parents, uncles, aunts can all reach out separately, it takes just a little bit of time & will impact your children’s school life immensely!