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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 “

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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

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

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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: 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

Red Ribbon Week: October 27- 31, 2014 in MSA-SC

MSA-SC will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week the last week in October, October 27-October 31, 2014. Red Ribbon Week was designed to create an awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
During Red Ribbon Week, students will be participating in a variety of activities focusing on the theme “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free!

Red Ribbon Week Activities:

Monday, Oct. 27th          “Sock it to Drugs!”  
Wear your craziest socks

Tuesday, Oct. 28th          “Too cool for drugs!”
Wear your sun glasses

Wednesday, Oct. 29th    “Team Up Against Drugs
Wear your favorite sport  jersey

Thursday, Oct. 30th        “Put a cap on Drugs”
Wear your craziest hat/cap day

Friday, Oct. 31st                “Say boo to drugs”
Halloween Dress

Students may wear costumes to school on Halloween
The following rules apply:

  • Costumes must conform to the MSA Dress Code (see above).
  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender (boys as girls and vice versa), or individual (staff or student) at the school.
  • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program, i.e. no revealing costumes (French maids, nightwear, bathing suits, etc.).
  • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons are to be brought to school.
  • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, “Scream” character.
  • Costumes must not impair a student’s vision or movement.
  • Costumes may not show obscene materials or prohibited substances.
  • No masks are permitted.

If you are not sure, don’t wear it!

Red Ribbon Week 2014: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Red Ribbon Week 2014: “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Bring joy to young kids this holiday season: Toys for Tots drive

This holiday season, cherish the joy and happiness a young child will receive when you donate a toy.

 CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation) Club, a MSA-SC club,  is learning and implementing ways to make our community better. This year, they are working with Toys for Tots to give joy to children  who cannot receive gifts during the holiday season. Most of these children come from low-income families or are orphans that live at local foster homes.

WHAT: Educational and practical items for boys and girls, ages 1 through 12 years old, as well as toys are more than appreciated.

WHEN: The Toys for Tots drive starts Monday, December 9th and ends Wednesday,  December 18th

WHERE: Please bring unopened toys and like-new books to Mrs. Altun (room 14).

It may be a wee bit difficult to give during such tough economic times, however there are many others who find themselves in worse predicaments during the holiday season.

Thank you gratefully, in advance!

Toys for Tots_My Pal Violet

Toys for Tots_My Pal Violet

Toys For Tots drive at MSA-SC

Toys For Tots drive at MSA-SC

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!

First Day of School, 2013-14: Photos

First Day Of School was August 13, 2013! Old & new friends and teachers, new classrooms, new books & uniforms, and school assembly! Welcome, new school year 🙂

Some photos from the First Day of School Assembly (For slideshow: click on any image):

Teachers’ team building exercise: photos

The teachers are ready for the new school year! They had great fun in this team building exercise at school, run by Dr. Ryan 🙂
Photos courtesy Dr. Ryan

Click here for photos

Last day of school, 2012- 13

Today, May 31st is the last day for the school year 2012- 13. Congratulations to the 8th graders!

Have fun during the summer vacation… we will look forward to seeing you back in the fall to kick off 2013- 14. Send us a note about what you’re doing this summer vacation and we’ll post it on the website 🙂