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Update: Future Home of MSA Santa Clara

Update for all the wonderful Magnolians who worked hard to prevent a high performing school and above all, their community, MSASC, from closing for a year. You know who you are!

Thank you for all your hard work and unflinching support of the students and the school, from standing in rallies to attending late night SCCOE and SCUSD meetings. You ROCK!!!

Message from the school:

“Dear MSA Santa Clara Parents and Students,

We have great news to share with you; we have found a permanent school site and our board will vote on the new facility on Sunday, May 17th.

The address of the facility is 1161 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Sunnyvale.

Site Attributes

•30,000 SF of space available for MSA SC

•Easy access to highways 101 and 237.

•Adjacent to VTA Tasman Light Rail station and bus stations

•Large parking lot which can be partly used as an outdoor play area

•Secure campus with onsite drop off and pickup

•Onsite gymnasium

•Zoned Appropriately

•Adjacent to residential and commercial areas

•ADA Compliant, Sprinklered Building

We are currently working on signing a 10+ year lease and getting Magnolia board approval and are in contact with the city of Sunnyvale for planning and city approvals. The time line for the facility is:

•Sign Lease May 21, 2015

•Planning and Design June 27, 2015

•Receive City Approvals July 5, 2015

•Begin Construction July 5, 2015

•Complete Construction August 21, 2015

•Final Inspection and COO August 22, 2015

•Occupy the Space August 24, 2015

It is a tight timeline and therefore we have revised our school calendar to start on August 24th. Please find attached our new calendar:  MSASC School Calendar: 2015-16 “

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:

STEAM EXPO 
Friday, May 8
8:30-9:30 9:30-10:30 10:30-11:30 11:30-12:30
ENGINEERING 6th Grade Popsicle Bridge
PLAYGROUND BEHIND ROOM A&B
7th Grade Popsicle Bridge
PLAYGROUND BEHIND ROOM A&B
8th Grade Popsicle Bridge
PLAYGROUND BEHIND ROOM A&B
SubmarinesBLACKTOP
ENGINEERING Telescope Presentations
ROOM A
Marble Rollercoaster
CAFETERIA
TrebuchetsFIELD Egg DropBLACKTOP
SCIENCE Bio Model Presentations
ROOM B
Ecosystem Presentations
ROOM B
SCIENCE High School Science  Demonstrations
HALLWAY
High School Science  Demonstrations
HALLWAY
High School Science  Demonstrations
HALLWAY
High School Science  Demonstrations
HALLWAY
TECHNOLOGY Computer Lab-
Open
Computer Lab-
Open
Computer Lab-
Open
Computer Lab-
Open
MATH Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
Math Activity
ROOMS 2 & 3
ART
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

EVENT REMINDER: Town Hall Meeting, Fri May 8, 7- 8 pm

You are cordially invited to a town hall meeting on Friday, May 8th with Magnolia Public Schools’ Board President Dr. Umit Yapanel and CEO Dr. Caprice Young. Dr. Young will be discussing updates on the school facilities for 2015-2016 and ongoing efforts to ensure that our program continues uninterrupted in the fall. We look forward to seeing you Friday night.

Town Hall Meeting

When: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM
Where: MSASC Cafeteria, 2720 Sonoma Place, Santa Clara
Subject: Update on school facilities

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

V. IMP: Come to SCUSD Meeting TONIGHT || Protests, Petitions, Politics || Put children FIRST!

TONIGHT is the night! After a long, frustrating, hard fought struggle- in the course of which we Magnolians learned a lot: support, solidarity, tears, ‘together we can’, protests, petitions, politics and the unfortunate fact that often the children are not placed FIRST but LAST; it comes down to this, we need to show up for the SCUSD board meeting TONIGHT. It could be the ‘Make or Break’ moment!! Let’s remind the SCUSD that our ‘Kids Count‘, too!

The last couple of board meetings, the Magnolia students and parents have asked the SCUSD board to put the Magnolia school lease extension on the agenda, and at the last meeting President Gonzalez said that MSA-SC would be on the Agenda for tonight. Click for Agenda

So, show up tonight, stand together tonight, speak up tonight! Let us make our presence count, let us show our support.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

WHAT: SCUSD Board Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015. Meeting runs from 5 pm onward. Please come by 6:15 pm at the latest. You’re welcome to come earlier.

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 may have to wait till the end of the meeting. Bring your positive attitude 🙂 Wear your UNIFORM! 

SEE YOU TONIGHT!

Kids count! Magnolia Science Academy, Santa Clara's reminder to the SCUSD.

Kids count!

SCUSD needs to show, as the BOTTOM LINE of their existence, they care about CHILDREN!! Board Meeting TONIGHT!

Never Give Up! The new/ old motto for Magnolians fighting to keep MSA-SC up and running next academic year- to keep a high quality educational choice open for their kids, and other kids, now and down the road…. children who would not get the chance to attend a school which lets them stretch their boundaries, STEM or otherwise.

The children look forward to YOUR support TONIGHT! We will be there at every SCUSD meeting till they put the MSA-SC lease extension on the agenda AND then extend the lease- it’s NOT about SCUSD POLITICS, it’s NOT about POWER BLOCS, it’s NOT about Various LOBBYISTS, it’s about the LIVES of OUR CHILDREN!!

SCUSD needs to show that they care about EDUCATION, they care about parents; eventually, as the BOTTOM LINE of their existence, that they care about the CHILDREN!!

Thank you to the speakers who spoke at the SCUSD March 5th meeting

MSA-SC community speaking at SCUSD meeting, March 5, 2015

MSA-SC community speaking at SCUSD meeting, March 5, 2015

WHAT: SCUSD Board Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2015. Meeting runs from 5 pm onward. Please come by 6:15 pm at the latest. You’re welcome to come earlier.

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 may have to wait till the end of the meeting. Bring your positive attitude 🙂 Wear your UNIFORM! 

SEE YOU TONIGHT!

Kids count! Magnolia Science Academy, Santa Clara's reminder to the SCUSD.

Kids count!

Mercury News article talks about MSA-SC’s Fight for Facilities

Read the Mercury News article on how charters including MSA-SC are being squeezed out of  San Francisco Bay Area facilities: Click here

Excerpt from the article:

Santa Clara Unified spokeswoman Jennifer Dericco , “….. We need to take care of Santa Clara Unified students first,” she said.

But charter parents point out that they, too, are district parents — who simply have chosen an alternative permitted under state law.

Please take a moment to share this article (http://bit.ly/charterSF) by Sharon Noguchi of the Mercury News with your mailing lists (friends, families, other people interested in education), corporate distribution lists and social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc) and also ask them to sign and then share our PETITION:  http://bit.ly/extendMSASCpetition

Let’s work together to make this happen!!

Students from the Magnolia Science Academy rally outside the Santa Clara Unified School District Board Meeting, March 5, 2015. Magnolia hopes to get an extension for its lease so that they can find a permanent facility. ) (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Students from the Magnolia Science Academy rally outside the Santa Clara Unified School District Board Meeting, March 5, 2015. Magnolia hopes to get an extension for its lease so that they can find a permanent facility. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

EVENT REMINDER: Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, Mar 17 at 7 pm

MSA-SC will be holding a Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Caprice Young, CEO Magnolia Public Schools, TOMORROW, Tues, March 17.

What: Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Young

Where: MSA-SC Cafeteria

When: 7 pm-  8 pm

Message from Mr. Ak:

“You are cordially invited to a town hall meeting tomorrow with Magnolia Public Schools CEO, Dr. Caprice Young. Dr. Young will be discussing the campaign to extend the lease at our current school site, as well as ongoing efforts to find alternate campuses to ensure that our program will continue uninterrupted in the fall. Your continued support and involvement will be critical in the coming weeks as we make our case to the district to keep the doors of MSA Santa Clara—one of the highest-performing schools in the district—open. We will discuss what the campaign will look like and how you can help us get our voice heard. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.”

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

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.

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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,
MSA-SC PTO

_______________________________________________________
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
darcie_green@sccoe.org

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

Sincerely,
Yilmaz Ak
Lead Petitioner

Kids Count- Save Our School!

Kids Count- Save Our School!

REMINDER: Principal’s Town Hall Meeting TONIGHT 7- 8 pm

Principal’s Town Hall Meeting

When: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM
Where:  MSASC Cafeteria, 2720 Sonoma Place, Santa Clara
Subject:   All parents are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with the Principal, Yilmaz Ak in the cafeteria. He will be sharing important news about the school facility and plans for the future of the school.
Please be there to be a part of the solution.

 

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

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
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4ea4af2ca57-science

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Ehly at aehly@magnoliapublicschools.org or Michelle Lee at mylee.malik@gmail.com.

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

REMINDER: Monthly PTO Meeting tonight, 7- 8 pm

REMINDER: PTO Meeting TONIGHT at 7 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

What: Monthly PTO Meeting

When: 7 pm

Where: School Cafeteria

Agenda: Click here

PTO Meeting tonight

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.

Prizes

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