December 14, 2018 | Vol 12, Iss 17, No 413



This week's activities included a Band Party, a final review session, the beginning of the final exams (two more left), a delayed start to a day due to weather, some transition meetings, a trip to the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center for a presentation of "Elf the Musical," the end of the Fall PM Program, and a holiday party for the Middle School. Tomorrow we are holding the annual Alumni Holiday Party and we are so excited to see everyone again!


We only have a couple more days of school left in 2018. It seems like yesterday I was struggling to remember to write 2018, instead of 2017. We won't publish the MSA Weekly News next week, so make sure you read everything this week. The good stuff is all throughout the News, you really don't want to miss anything. In the picture above are some of the snowmen that were decorated by the Lower School students, find out more in one of the articles that follow.

Have a safe weekend.


Fine Artists of the Week

The cast of Shrek had their first official read through of the script on Thursday! They are so excited to bring you an amazing spring musical in April! Pictured is the majority of the cast. Watch for ticketing info as we get into spring. Congratulations to you ALL!


College Acceptances

Congratulations goes out to Christian Kelm, he has been accepted to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

We are so proud of you!


Grapplers Win

Congrats to all of our Mill Springs Wrestlers, whose hard fought efforts resulted in coming out on top in the four team round-robin Quad Dual at Brandon Hall last week (vs. Brandon Hall, AJA, Weber, and Cherokee Christian). Key victories were earned by Quinton Day, Alex Singer, Tyler Schatz, Eli Gelernter, and Michael Healey.


Learning about Corals

This week in the PreUpper Coral Lab class, students completed presentations of their semester projects. At the beginning of the semester, students were assigned a coral species from our collection of hard and soft corals and throughout the course of the semester had to learn as much as they could about that particular species. Some details they were to consider were the anatomical characteristics of their corals, their feeding and reproductive habits, their native habitats and range, their compatibility with other corals and water parameter requirements when cared for in a lab, and any other interesting facts. Basically, they had a semester's worth of time to "become an expert" on their coral species.


Following their research, students put together digital presentations that included all of this information, along with any related imagery that supported their research. Next, students began presenting their work to the class. Each student had a time slot of 10 minutes that was followed by a brief Q & A session from the class. "These projects reminded me a lot of senior presentations but were specifically related to corals," said 8th grader, Jacob Riggins. These projects also function as the student's final exam in the course. Overall, it was a meaningful week of learning in Coral Lab and an opportunity for students to become that much more invested in the health and stability of our world's coral reefs!

--Michael Griffeth, PreUpper Instructor


Check Out OverDrive!

Don't forget that we have awesome e-books and e-audio books for students to check out over break! You can use the website or the free app to listen or read on all devices.

Go to and click "OverDrive Introduction" to learn how to login and use this awesome FREE reading resource. Happy Holidays and happy reading!


Map Making in Science Class

In my 5th grade General Science classes, we have been learning about the different types of landforms and how they help create the topography of an area of land. One way to learn about the topography of an area is to examine a topographical map. Topographical maps show the shape of surface features and their elevations or heights above sea level. Topographical maps can be used to help determine what landforms exist in a given area. To help learn more about how topographical maps are made, the students participated in a lab activity in which they made a topographical map. Each student worked with a partner to build a landform using modeling clay. After they completed building their landform, they used a pencil to mark contour lines on the landform. Next, dental floss was used to slice their land form into layers along the contour lines. Starting with the largest layer, the students traced each layer on a sheet of paper to create a topographical map. Pictured L: Zach Munro and Lexi Murphree are using clay to make a landform. R: Anderson Bridges and Joshua Nanney show their land form and the topographical map they created of the landform.

--Katie Aiello, Middle Science Instructor


2018 Swimming Mustang Invitational

The Mustang swim team was back in action this past Saturday when we hosted Howard and Cottage Schools for the 2018 Mustang Invitational.  In what was the closest swim meet to date, the Mustangs had to pull out all the stops to secure the come from behind victory by a score of:

  • Howard - 81  
  • Cottage - 226   
  • MSA - 252

It was an amazing meet and the coaching staff could not be more proud of how everyone truly gave their all, and fought hard until the very last stroke.


Our next swim meet will be the AAC Championship on Sat, January 12.  Until then please congratulate your Mustang swim team, and let them know how proud you are of their efforts representing MSA in the pool!

--Coaches Josh, MG, and Astrid


Saving Time and Money

I have shared this topic here before, but this is one of the students' favorite projects. In Upper School personal finance class students are asked to educate their peers on different ways to save time and/ or money. They can come up with many creative way to explain how they are saving us time and money. Most students choose the show and tell method of presenting, but power point and other methods are also used.

In the past, students have made blankets and pillows, taught us how to extreme coupon, sew, perform general maintenance on your car, and how to fish. One of my favorites was how to make your own bath bombs for relaxing in the tub. You could also sell them to make some money!

I always tell our students they should know how to make at least one really good meal and that they will benefit from this knowledge. This year Mason Ogryzek (pictured) showed us that he can cook! He printed up a detailed recipe for salmon fried rice and had all his ingredients ready to go. Our class went to the kitchen and watched him work his magic. As he was chopping the vegetables and scrambling eggs for the fried rice he explained to us how much money we could save by not going out to eat and purchasing quality products from the grocery store. We may not save a lot of time, but cooking is something Mason enjoys.

Students really enjoy this project and they surprise me every year with new ways to save time and money.

--Michael Smith, Upper School Instructor


Communication Arts Technology Festival

Recently, Mill Springs Academy staff and students had a chance to experience technology through the ages thanks to the Communication Arts 7th and 9th graders! Bonnie Bergstresser's classes researched inventors from around the world, created fantastic posters, assembled amazing costumes, and wrote speeches to present at the festival. The event also included Rube Goldberg machines crafted by several of Michael Adams' classes, inventions by CommArts student Camryn Padgett (CA7), and a technology inspired performance by the MSA Chorus. Matt Orred helped represent the evolution of car technology by bringing in a 1978 Trans Am and a 2019 Mustang GT! The Ham Radio team had a booth, librarian Brittany Emge displayed Lego robots, and there was even a station to play some old school video games! Bonnie and her classes continue to impress the entire MSA community by working with so many people to put together incredible festivals. We already can't wait to see what the theme will be next year!

--Erin Muehlhausen, Communication Arts English Instructor


Winter Holiday

Our Winter Holiday begins next week with an early dismissal on Wednesday, make sure this is on your calendar:


Early Dismissal - Wednesday, December 19

12:15pm Carpool

12:30pm Buses Depart


School Closed - December 20 - January 4

The school will be closed and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!


Snowman Magic

A great big thank you to Gay Tate (Jackson Kramer's grandmother) for helping Jodi's Lower School class create a cute winter craft. Grandpa Tate cut pieces of wood and Grandma Tate painted them white. She showed the students how to create a magical snowman face. She was so impressed with our manners and artistic abilities! Happy Holidays!

Picture 1 is Mrs. Tate assisting Owen Burke. Picture 2 is the creation of Ady Rajaragen.


Save the Date!

The Mill Springs Academy

Parent Volunteer Association Presents

Mustang Mardi Gras

Live and Silent Auction

February 9, 2019


Naylor Hall, Roswell GA


The PVA is actively planning for this fun event! We hope you all will join us as we raise money for the next MSA Capital Campaign that will include a new Fine Arts Building.

Please consider Sponsoring the event or donating an item for the Live or Silent Auction. Follow the links below for more information.


 Questions? Contact us at


New Responsive Design to ParentsWeb

You may have noticed that there has been a refreshing update to ParentsWeb (soon-to-be FACTS Family Online). This update provides a free, accessible, and easy-to-use mobile experience for you. Now you can access ParentsWeb features and functions directly from the device of your choice, whether that is a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or even a cellphone (without having to purchase the Home app).


It is accessed in the same way you always have from the MSA website - click QUICKLINKS and select the RenWeb/FACTS logo. Once you get there make sure to bookmark it or save it as a favorite. You can log in the way you always have. Just call us if you have any questions!


PreUpper/CommArts/Upper Exams Almost Finished

The students in 7th-12th grades have been hard at work completing their exams, there are only a couple left: 

  • Monday, December 17 -- Period 5
  • Tuesday, December 18 -- Period 6


If your student needs the Exam Bus, make sure to sign up.


Community Cares & Concerns

The Allen Family
The Buckley Family
 The Holt Family
The Izenberg Family
The Pucciarelli Family
The Shurling-Smith Family
The Skinner Family
The Smith Family
The Thomas 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 

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

 --Eleanor Roosevelt



Saturday, December 15

  • 3:00pm, Alumni Holiday Party, Middle Great Room


Monday, December 17

  • 5th Period Exam PU/CA/U
  • Chick-fil-A Day L/M ONLY


Tuesday, December 18

  • 6th Period Exam
  • 11:30am, Faculty Holiday Luncheon


Wednesday, December 19

  • EARLY DISMISSAL - 12:15pm Carpool, 12:30pm Bus Departs


December 20, 2018 - January 4, 2019

  • Winter Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED


Monday, January 7, 2019

  • Classes Resume - L/M
  • Winter Learning Begins - PU/CA/U
  • Chick-fil-A for L/M ONLY
  • Spring PM Program Begins


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