November 2, 2018 | Vol 12, Iss 12, No 408



We watched October change into November this week and on top of that we have had a week filled with fun! There have been auditions for the musical, candy, a trip to the Capitol, a mailbox costume, Halloween parties across the campus, candy, Halloween parades, astronaut costumes, a trip to Stone Mountain, candy, a movie theater visit, Captain Americas, Flex Friday, candy, and another fabulous College Day! Did I mention candy? Did everyone get a taste of their favorite candy this week? I know I had more than a taste!


Don't forget that school is closed on Monday and remember to change your clocks back Saturday evening. I hope your long weekend is wonderful - See you Tuesday!


Fine Artist of the Week

Our Fine Artist of the Week this week is actually a pair of artists. Senior Communication Arts Students, Amy Lamp'l and Steffi Schneider are rock stars in the art room every day of the week. They show up ready to work hard, have a million creative ideas and love to lend a hand to their fellow classmates. They are shown here with their most recent creations from their Ceramics 2 class (in their Halloween costumes no less). Congratulations to you both!!


Parent Thank You

Thank you to Monica Stokes!

Monica I appreciate that you thought to send me photos from the JV Soccer Team. The additional photos are always helpful, especially when the games are not on campus. Sometimes I have to rely on parents and I am thankful to get them when I do.


Cheri Harwood - Director of Communications



Let's all congratulate Alli Kogoy on her acceptance to Brevard College! Way to go!


It's a Capitol Day

This week in Karen's Georgia History classes in PreUpper, the students went on a field trip to the Georgia Capitol. This trip kicks off our upcoming chapters, which covers information about Georgia's government. During the tour of the Capitol, the students learned about the legislative branch in Georgia.  The students also learned about the history of the building and prominent government officials who have been historically significant to the state of Georgia. We were lucky to be able to go to the floor of the Georgia House of Representative and Georgia Senate. While at the Capitol we were also able to see the taping of a news conference with  Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle. After the tour, we went to the Krog Street Market for lunch before returning back to campus. The students really enjoyed the atmosphere of the market and ate some delicious food!! 


It's Time for the Annual MSA Can-a-thon!

Let's get together to feed those in need! Please join MSA and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to take a bite out of hunger in Metro Atlanta. We have big goals this year, so we hope you will participate (and maybe bug a neighbor or two). Many hands make light work and big differences!

Deadline: November 26, 2018

*Please do NOT bring glass items or perishables



  • Whole grain goods: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole grain cereal, whole wheat flour, whole grain crackers, plain oatmeal
  • Shelf stable milk (cow, soy, rice, etc.)
  • Fruit, dried or canned in light syrup or juice 
  • Low-sodium, no salt added vegetables
  • Low-sodium pasta sauce in plastic container
  • Foods high in protein: Natural peanut butter (no hydrogenated oil), dried beans, dried peas, dried lentils, canned tuna (canned in water, not oil), canned salmon (canned in water, not oil), canned chicken (canned in water, not oil), unsalted nuts
  • 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, canola oil)


Families and individuals who struggle to put food on the table also have a tough time with the household essentials many of us take for granted. In addition to food, these non-food items are greatly needed and appreciated:

  • Paper products
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries

Applying Theories

Having a giant triangle in the floor of the Upper School lobby makes it easy to apply the theories we have learned in class to real world measurements. Using protractors to figure angles and a tape measure for accurate measurement students applied their notes to estimate the size of the giant tile triangle in the floor. After carefully measuring and re-measuring, students agreed on the numbers and applied them to the SOHCAHTOA formulas and determined, within 10mm, the length of the adjacent side and the opposite side of the hypotenuse. They also determined the complimentary angles and interior angle measurements. There were lots of laughs as they applied and reapplied the math before deciding on their final numbers. Pictured are L-R Steffi Schneider, Alex Orred, and Andrew Jones

--Matt Orred, Algebra 3/Trigonometry CommArts Instructor




Monday, November 5, 2018


This is a Teacher Work Day. All of the staff and faculty of Mill Springs Academy will be attending the Georgia Independent School Association's Annual Meeting at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth. There will be no one on campus. 


Is There Proof of Logic?

We have been studying logic and proof in Honors Geometry. Shown here from L-R are Kyle Hessel, Alex Singer, Sam Henslee, Max Kaufman, and Yash Kubde. They are working on "Peel and Stick" proofs. These are two column segment proofs. The first few proofs have all of the left hand statements filled in, and the student has to find the correct justification printed on a mailing label. As the students' progress, the proofs get harder, and the student has to find the correct statement and justification. The "Peel and Stick" proofs are great since the student spends more time learning how to "prove" versus writing line after line.

--Judy Norris, Upper Mathematics Instructor


Public Open House

Wednesday, November 7

9:00 - 11:00am

Student Activity Center


Many of you have attended an Open House on campus, and if you have, you know it is a great opportunity for someone to get a good feel for what Mill Springs is all about. If you haven't attended an Open House, it provides potential families with an overview of the school, a wonderful Fine Arts presentation, at least one parent and one student perspective, a tour of the school and an opportunity to speak with the principal. If you know someone that might benefit from attending MSA, PLEASE invite them to an Open House or better yet bring them! Word of mouth is by far the biggest way families find their way to Mill Springs. We know that you sometimes have the chance to be "Mill Springs on the Street" and we truly thank you for sharing MSA!


Parent Alert

If you are new this year, you may not know about Parent Alert. Parent Alert allows Mill Springs to quickly notify all of our school's community about an emergency or closing at anytime, from anywhere.


When we have any unexpected school closings or a delayed start of school due to weather, you will be notified via a phone call. The system will automatically call every phone number we have in RenWeb for your family. This ensures that we get in touch with you to share that important information.


If for some reason you don't answer the call, the recorded message will be left on your voicemail system for you to retrieve. This is not the only way you will get notified, but it is the most efficient. You will be able to see the closing on all of the local news outlets as well.


If you have any questions about this system, please feel free to contact Cheri Harwood.


A Basket for Halloween

This week in my Earth and General Science classes, we celebrated Halloween with a STEM activity called, "The Paper Bag Basket Challenge." In each class, the students worked with a partner to construct a paper bag basket using only 2 brown paper lunch bags, 8 inches of tape, and a pair of scissors. The challenge was to create a basket with a handle, that can hold the most weight. After setting off to work, many of the students found the hardest part of this task was constructing a handle (using a limited amount of tape) that was strong enough to support a basket full of weights. What did they learn? One of the students replied, "Sometimes it's hard to build something with a limited amount of materials. You have to be very creative." Pictured are (L) Charlotte Leber and Zoe Caines and (R) Aiden Pettyjohn.

--Katie Aiello, Middle School Science Teacher


The Halloween Journal

This week in Lower School, we had fun celebrating Halloween. The 4th graders were given a prompt and wrote spooky narrative stories to get in the Halloween spirit (student writing below). In 4th grade, we are also reading "Bunnicula" by Deborah and James Howe, which has an eerie tone that is perfect for Halloween. On Halloween, we spent the morning doing Halloween themed activities such as writing a journal about our Halloween costumes and decorating bags for trick-or-treating. In 3rd grade, we read the book "Crankenstein," made our own Crankensteins, and wrote about what makes us cranky and turns us into a "Crankenstein." Then the entire Lower School walked in a Halloween parade all across campus to show off their costumes and trick-or-treat in Administration, Upper, and CommArts. We also played Halloween Bingo using candy corn as markers, and had our annual viewing of, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." The Level L/R's even got to go to lunch at Dos Margaritas in costume (picture 1). We finished the day off with an exciting Halloween party planned by our amazing parent volunteers where we played games and decorated cookies. Thank you to our parent volunteers, Admin, Upper, and CommArts for helping to make Halloween so fun for Lower School.


Griffin Snell (L4) – prompt in italics, bold is his original writing

I was home alone on Halloween night. My parents said I was too old to go trick-or-treating, so they stuck me with handing out the candy. It was getting dark and I hadn't had anybody come to the door for at least fifteen minutes, so I thought it was time to turn off the lights and head upstairs to my room. Boy, was I wrong! Just as I opened the door to my room, I heard the strangest noise... It sounded as if the souls of the past were speaking to me. I was so nervous that I jumped under my bed. It was coming from the basement. I went downstairs to see what it was. Then I saw it. I was face-to-face with the washing machine. I went upstairs once I heard something at the door. It was trick-or-treaters. This was the best Halloween ever.


Coffee After Carpool

Join your fellow MSA parents for coffee on Monday, November 12! Just drop your kids off at school and come on over to the Starbucks (at the intersection of Crabapple and Houze Roads) right after.


This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, discuss your successes and struggles, and share advice and ideas. We look forward to seeing you there! All are welcome.


The Main Event

Last Friday, PreUpper teachers Karen and Kris took some of the PreUpper Level L/R's on a team building/reward trip. Due to bad weather, the group was unable to go to Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze. We ended up going to Main Event for some fun and team building. The students had a blast on the ropes course, bowling, and playing laser tag. Pictured are Logan Vladick, Zach Burns and Andrew Buchberger.


Do You Take Pictures of Mustangs?

If you are prone to take pictures of your Mustang at any of the events, on or off campus, whether you take pictures with your cellphone or a camera, I would love to have them to share on our different social media outlets. When you attend any of the athletics or other activities, please keep me in mind and forward your pictures to It's so helpful to have other feet on the street. Thank you in advance, I really appreciate it.

--Cheri Harwood, Director of Communications


Community Cares & Concerns

The Allen Family
The Buckley Family
The Butcher Family
Hurricane Victims
The Smith Family

If there is ever a care or concern you would like to share with the community, please just email me at any time, I will be glad to include either names or situations. For privacy, I will only list names and claim ignorance if anyone asks me for details. Cheri 

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





Sunday, November 4

  • 2:00am Daylight Saving Time ends - turn your clocks back one hour


Monday, November 5

  • SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Workday


Tuesday, November 6

  • Election Day


Wednesday, November 7

  • 9:00am Public Open House, Theater
  • 3:30pm Middle Boys Basketball vs. Waldorf School
  • 4:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Lyndon Academy
  • 5:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball @ Lyndon Academy


Thursday, November 8

  • 6:00pm Spring Musical Cast & Parent Dinner Meeting, SAC


Friday, November 9

  • 8:30am All Band Rehearsal
  • 3:30pm Mustang Mania


Saturday, November 10

  • 8:00am HamJam 2018


Sunday, November 11

  • Veterans Day


Monday, November 12

  • 8:00am Coffee after Carpool Starbucks, 12330 Crabapple Road
  • Book Fair Begins
  • Chick-fil-A Day
  • 7:00pm Board Meeting


Tuesday, November 13

  • 4:00pm Varsity Girls Basketball @ Atlanta Area School for the Deaf




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