MSA Booster Scholarship and Grant Application Now Open

The MSA Boosters opened the application for their senior scholarships and for the underclassmen enrichment grant (an exciting addition). The link to the application was sent to students through Remind 101 and will also be published on the Guidance Schoology group starting tomorrow. At least one parent must be a Booster to qualify; if you haven’t joined, please consider supporting our students through this awesome organization ( You can also support our Boosters by purchasing a student designed t-shirt. These will be available at Big Chill on February 26th for $10.

Celebrating Our Seniors

Our seniors have much to celebrate–college applications are in, senior project papers are complete, and they are ready to share what they’ve learned.  In addition to presenting their own “Ted Talk” to students in March, seniors will be presenting their work during an open house poster event happening tomorrow from 5:30-6:30.  Come learn about projects like the one recently featured by our school’s newspaper below. Click on the image below to read about Alex C’s project, and while you’re on The Current‘s website, take a look at the awesome content our journalists have shared.

Designing with the Future in Mind? With our Student Leaders, the Future Looks Bright!

If you weren’t able to attend the event planned, organized, and executed by senior Justin E., you missed an inspiring afternoon!  Justin shadowed a mechanical engineer at Clark Nexsen this past summer.  Because that experience inspired Justin to convince others to focus on sustainability, he wanted to plan an event that would combine art inspired by nature and information about building and living with sustainability in mind.  Below are some highlights from yesterday’s event at the Brock Center.  Special thanks to the Brock Center for hosting–the venue was beautiful; to guest speakers, Brian Turner from Clark Nexsen and Kimberlee Dobbins, sustainability coordinator with the Virginia Beach Convention Center; to the vocal performers from the Governor’s School for the Arts, both current students and alumni; and to Justin’s family who catered the event and provided art for the silent auction benefiting the sustainable rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

Senior Project–Gallery Open House and Junior Information Night

We also encourage MSA sophomores to attend—-Prior to learning about AP opportunities for junior year at the AP Open House that starts at 6:30, visit the senior project gallery to network with seniors prior to your I-Search project during second semester. Best time for sophomores to visit is from 6:00-6:30!

Project Grants Provide Seniors a BOOST!

Each year seniors plan projects to demonstrate what they have learned during their senior project journey.  Our MSA Boosters support student projects with a yearly grant program.  Seniors can apply for up to $50 to support their senior project goals.  This year we had a record number of applicants and the boosters were able to support eleven seniors’ projects.  From a 3D printer build in support of our school’s maker space to service projects supporting medical mission organizations, our seniors plan to use the grants provided to give back to their community.  We are so proud of the class of 2020 and are so thankful to our generous boosters.

The boosters have big plans to support our students in many ways this year.  In the works will be several scholarships for continuing education and two $250 scholarships to support student enrichment.  Be on the lookout for these applications during second semester.  However, eligibility is contingent on at least one parent being a member of the MSA Boosters organization.  Visit their page to join. Please considering joining this group that does so much for our students.  In addition to your support through membership, the boosters have secured several fundraising channels that require little time and no additional spending on your part.  From grocery store (Kroger and Harris Teeter) rewards programs to Amazon Smile funds, you can support the MSA boosters through your weekly shopping.

Just look at those smiling faces below…your support could lead to supporting students just like these!

Attention 10th and 11th graders!!

Summer residential governor’s school is an AWESOME program that is paid in large part by the city and state.  If you are a junior, there are several programs that could count as “shadowing” experiences for the senior project.   Check out the program offerings linked here.

If you intend to apply for any of these programs, you will need to submit an “Intent to Apply/Audition” form.

Visual and Performing Arts form, due Oct. 24, 2019

Academic Programs form, due Nov. 5, 2019


Navigating the Journey Follow-Up

We had a great time at last week’s “Navigating the Journey” event where we shared what we love about our program with parents and students who are considering their many terrific secondary options.  Several attendees requested that we post the slide featuring our academy courses.  For more information about these courses, visit the “About the Academy” page here.

A special thank you to our students who shared what they love about being MSA students…they really are what makes our school so wonderful!



Staying informed–the struggle is real

One might think that in the social media era staying informed is easy.  However, with so many information portals…websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs (like this one)…parents and students can experience information overwhelm.  Knowing where to go for information is hard, especially with so many choices.  To deliver news and updates, especially time sensitive information to students, each academy class has access to a Remind 101 group which pushes information associated with enrichment opportunities and, when the time comes, senior projects to their emails/phones.  Unfortunately groups are restricted to 150 members, so parents and students can’t be in the same group.

If parents would like access to this tool, there is a parent group for each MSA graduating class. Follow the instructions on the document for the group assigned to your child’s graduating class to join.  On Monday, a student opportunity will be published to each group!