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Cheri Harwood

I know that our students may be sad to hear this, but like every other year in the past, there will be summer reading and math for most everyone.

We are in the process of getting it all together and out on the website. We hope to have it available to you by the end of next week. So after that check the following web page for everything you need to know about summer reading and math for your school:

www.millsprings.org/ReadingMath

If you have any questions, just contact your principal, they will be glad to help you. Have a fun summer!

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MSA Faculty and Staff

We just want to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of our parents. The end-of-the-year staff/faculty gift is more meaningful than you can imagine. This was a significant gift and we are truly appreciative for this wonderful outpouring of love, as well as, your continued support. We are incredibly blessed and thankful to be a part of your lives. We are grateful for all of our parents.

Sincerely,

The Faculty and Staff

Mill Springs Academy

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Cheri Harwood

Welcome to this World!

Vivienne Marie Rose

Born Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Congratulations to Patrick and Heather Rose, mom and baby are well.

 

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Cheri Harwood
MSA Class of 2020

Congratulations to Sean Martin on his acceptances to Denison University and College of Wooster, both in Ohio!

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Kate McElliott, Fine Arts Instructor

It’s tonight!! The MSA Virtual Talent Show is at 7:00pm Eastern Time (Thursday)! Click on link now to add a reminder for yourself (it will notify you 30 minutes before it airs)! Forty seven (47) minutes of uplifting entertainment by some amazing students, alumni, & teachers. During the premiere, you can comment real-time with friends watching in a chat, like during Facebook live. A fun evening “together!”

CLICK HERE: https://youtu.be/ATMvni-Zwis

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Lower School Team

Kristi Latzak, 4th grader Charlie's mom (pictured together holding the cookies), made summer cookies with all of the Lower School students names on them. Kristi is a sugar artist and owns the company Summit Sweets. She has been so kind and generous to make cookies for all of the students and teachers for many occasions at school. She has even done tutorials with the kids on how to perfectly frost and decorate a cookie. Thank you, Kristi! You are amazing!

Lower School Team

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Cindy Thorne, Middle School Instructor

For our end of the year events, Middle School embarked on six virtual field trips. One of our graduates, Lindsey Flax, MSA 2014 (pictured), is working at our Natural History Museum destination and she was kind enough to write a letter and send a photo for our trip. Here is an excerpt from her letter:

" As scientists, I encourage you to take a closer look at amazing artifacts and specimens in the exhibits. Many of the collections beautiful objects you may even find in your own backyards. Our talented scientists and researchers at the museum, have helped collect and share the rich history of our planet. Not only does the museum's collections tell the history of the natural world and our place in it, but we also encourage many questions from our visitors that will only help our research further! We don’t just tell Earth’s story— we help write it."

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Cheri Harwood

Check out the Spring 2020 issue of MILK.! MILK. is ranked by the American Scholastic Press Association and the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. This is a student-led and produced publication of the Upper School. Find out what news interests our student population today.

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Cheri Harwood

Here is the final song in the Spring Band Concert is Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, I hope you have enjoyed them half as much as I have. I would be remiss if I didn't thank our awesome band kids, their parents too for helping make this happen, our terrific band director Elizabeth, Geoff Regas for the fabulous tech work putting it all together. This was a lot of work and we all truly appreciate all the effort that has been put out to create this work of art. Thank you all for sharing your talents with us. YOU ROCK ... BRAVO!

See the entire Spring Band Concert virtually! Don't forget to share it with your friends and family.

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Judy Norris, Upper School Instructor

Our last unit in Algebra II covered several topics in statistics such as sampling, margin of error, observational studies, and experiments. For our final assessment, many students created a survey using Google Forms and then analyzed the data collected. On our final exam day, students presented their findings to the class. The assessment both reinforced material we learned in the unit, but also exposed students to the tools available in Google Sheets. The project required that the students have both a qualitative and quantitative question. Using the quantitative data, students learned how to use both the “Chart”, “Average”, and “Median” functions. They created a histogram in Google Sheets and inserted the chart into their presentation. Students also learned how easy Google Forms are for data collection and analysis. For many of the qualitative questions, Google automatically generates very nice charts displaying the response results as seen in the pictures.

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Laurie Jones, Lower School Principal

Lower School students, grades 1-4, read a whopping total of 95,920 minutes this school year! The requirement is to read 400 minutes each month and some students really go above and beyond those minutes. We have 2 students that are avid readers – Jacob Lalla (3rd grade) read a total of 7,035 minutes this year, and Wyatt Cadora (4th grade) read an impressive 15,655 minutes this year! Congratulations to all of our kids for participating in this program to encourage reading. It also helped that we had a party at the end of each month to celebrate the students reading. Thank you to all of the parents that provided snacks for our parties!!  

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Kevin Findell, Middle School Instructor

All Mill Springs Academy Middle School students have been engaged in virtual field trips for the last six days of online learning. They have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of exciting and interesting environments through different mediums. The purpose of the trips were to give an insight as to what goes on and how things work at particular locations, while providing a forum for discussion and reflection. They were also, importantly, meant to be a fun way to learn. The trips have taken them on a tour of a mixed genre including: World of Coke, Space, Six Flags, Aquariums, Tower of London, and Museum of Natural History. The general feedback from students has been that they really enjoyed the trips, that they learned a lot of new fascinating facts, and that it was an overall successful way to end the school year.

Grade 6 student Aiden Pettyjohn (above) and Grade 5 student Michael Liu (below) have produced some exceptional ‘Boarding Pass’ reflections for their trips.

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Brenda Smith, Visual Arts Teacher

All of our students were incredibly busy this year creating amazing works of art.  Normally these works would be highlighted at our annual spring Art Show, however we know this year has been nothing near normal.  There was no way we could let this work quietly go home without being shared with the world. Therefore, the Fine Arts Department presents the Mill Springs Academy VIRTUAL ART SHOWS!

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Ann Hartin, RN

Immunization Requirements for 7th Graders

In Georgia all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine to fulfill immunization requirements.

If you have any questions please contact Ann Hartin, our school's nurse.

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Emily Koehl, Marketing & Communications Director

Want to know what’s happening on campus during the summer? Make sure to follow our social media accounts! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates during the summer months. You can also view videos from this year and previous years on our YouTube account.

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Cheri Harwood

Did you know that there are lots of fun things going on here during the summer? All of those things are open to everyone, not just MSA students. Summer is always more fun with your friends, so bring them along!

 

If you or someone you know needs to earn some high school credits, there is always Summer School. Take a look at our Summer School offerings and share them with someone. We are offering most core classes and even certain electives. These credits are always accepted at the local public schools, so anyone can attend these. We are prepared to do this virtually if necessary.

 

UPDATE: Drama Camp is FULL. We are taking a wait list in case of cancellations and may open a 2nd week if necessary.

 

Drama Camp is going virtual! Join us for some awesome stuff - this will include learning to be a Helper Gram, doing comedy with improv games and skits, and learning to record a song in a studio. This will be an awesome experience that will expose students to a whole new way to enjoy the arts. Everyone loves Drama Camp!

 

We hope you will consider spending some of your summer with us!

Summer School - Taniah Jones

Drama Camp - Kate McElliott

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Cheri Harwood

Mill Springs Academy is proud to announce the graduating Class of 2020. Our Valedictorian is Ms. Grace Gersack and our Salutatorian is Mr. Henry Wallace. Now that all of our graduates have had success in school, it is time for them to feel success in life! A giant round of applause goes out to our graduates. We are incredibly excited to find out what the future holds for you, we wish you well. Congratulations!

Nicholas Allen Tatum Gordon Zach Peppers
Jacob Baum Zachary Hale Ryan Rafuse
Jack Buckley Jackson Holt Miles Robinson
Mat Campbell Parker Johnson Jordan Rothberg
Cameron Carr Nya Lewis Stephen Slifer
Matthew Cohen Sean Martin Joseph Stanley
William Couch Camille Michael Ethan Stroup
Catherine Coyle Luke Micham Megan Suarez
Maxwell Davis Griffin Middleton Avery Terpstra
Ryan Everden Kyle Moffitt Ethan Turnquist
Daniel Gargulio Nathan Mostyn Henry Wallace
Grace Gersack Brendan Nemesh  
Lauren Goines Mason Ogryzek  

The Class of 2020 has been accepted to the following universities:

Art Institute of Atlanta Murray State University, KY
Beacon College, FL Oglethorpe University
Berry College Piedmont College
Birmingham-Southern College, AL Queens University of Charlotte, NC
The Citadel, SC Reinhardt University
College of Coastal Georgia Samford University, AL
Concordia College, MN Savannah College of Art & Design
Eckerd College, FL St. John's University, NY
Georgia College & State University Stetson University, FL
Georgia Southern University University of Alabama
Georgia State Perimeter College University of Georgia
High Point University, NC University of Mississippi
Kennesaw State University University of North Georgia
Lynn University, FL University of West Georgia
Mississippi State University Young Harris College

 

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Ginny Berkemeier, Communication Arts School Instructor

Ginny Berkemeier’s Communication Arts math classes have been working on applying statistics in the real world. For part 2 of their final projects, 10th grader Elliott Dougherty (Geometry) and 11th grader Bella Rousseaux (Algebra 2) decided to work with stacking food items respectively (Luna Cupcakes for Elliott and Cheez-Its for Bella) to measure mean, mode, median and range. Using the steps of the scientific method, each student came up with their individual hypothesis, procedure which included data collection of 5 trials. Once data was collected (data table and data visualization) they calculated the statistics of their data collected and supported/rejected their data based on their calculations. Students used their Data Visualization (Data with pictures) to help with their learning as well as their understanding of different ways to create inquiry through the experimental process. Each student also had to respond to a set of reflection questions which included “How do you plan on using this skill in your real life?”  

Elliott: By being careful when stacking things (pictured above).

Bella: When I am a boss of some sort of a company and you have to give out a bonus but not everyone can get the bonus. You have to spread out the bonus equally amongst the people so that everyone will get a part of the bonus. Figuring out the Mean and the Mode and the Range would help me in that situation. (pictured below)

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Carissa Nelson, Lower School Instructor

For National Poetry Month in April, Ms. Carissa’s Lower School class learned about different kinds of poems and wrote our own poems too! We learned all about acrostics and bio poems, and examined patterns with syllables in Haiku, Tanka, and Cinquain poetry. We wrote about nature, our families, our pets, and events in our lives. Some of our awesome ideas were shared in Zoom meetings, and then the students wrote their poems at home to be put in a creative writing book. Here is an example of a bio poem from Elliott Liotta about his family’s dog (who are both pictured):

Colby Jack

Outgoing, flying, good playful

Son of Matt and Jennifer

Who loves taking a walk, food, and basking

Who fears Jessie (our cat)

Who needs to take a walk, food, and love

Who gives fun and entertainment

Who would like to see meat bones

Resident of Milton, Georgia

Dog

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Ann Hartin, RN

Immunization Requirements for 7th Graders

In Georgia all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine to fulfill immunization requirements.

If you have any questions please contact Ann Hartin, our school's nurse.

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Karen Kaiser, Volleyball Coach

We just wanted you to know that this summer's Volleyball Camp has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we want to keep everyone safe. If you registered, you can request a refund from Patsy Beckwith in the business office. Thanks for understanding.

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Kris Hawksworth, Middle School Instructor

This week, Middle School students will be taking virtual field trips. The trips we are going include Aquariums, World of Coke, Six Flags, Natural Museums, Space, and the Towers of London. Groups of students will attend one field trip a day for 6 days. Each field trip will have a discussion on videos they watched plus a worksheet that students can share what they liked best, interesting facts that they learned. I chose to take the students to Aquariums around the world. We started of the trip learning about the largest aquariums in the world. Guess what? Georgia Aquarium made the list and is the only US Aquarium that made the list. I also shared a trip to the Marine Land Aquarium, Monterey Aquarium and the finally was a trip to our very own Georgia Aquarium. This is such a fun way to wrap up the year since we are not able to be together at this time. Thank you to Cindy Thorne for putting together the format for us to be able to do this for our students. Pictured is a turtle we saw at Marine Land Aquarium.

Emily Koehl, Marketing & Communications Director

Want to know what’s happening on campus during the summer? Make sure to follow our social media accounts! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates during the summer months. You can also view videos from this year and previous years on our YouTube account.

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Bryan Sellers, PreUpper Science Instructor

As we approach final exams, it's hard to believe that another year is coming to a close in 7th grade Life Science. Throughout the year, we studied the six kingdoms of life, viruses, and how to better manage our home planet Earth. Whether we were in the classroom, doing an outdoor class, or interacting via Zoom I enjoyed getting the chance to teach this group of 7th graders. My hope is that they found some value in the course as well.  Pictured above: Cole Rookis with his "Viral" video, below: Evan Sycks collecting bacteria samples from home.

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Cheri Harwood

I know it seems like a long way off, but we wanted you to know when the first day of school would be - we have missed seeing everyone and can't wait to get back together again. So mark your calendars today and we will SEE you on

MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020.

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Shilpee Kathuria, Sr. Research and Composition Instructor

Despite the trials of the quarantine and the threat of a global pandemic, the Class of 2020 rose mightily to the challenge of not being able to present live this year and instead recorded their Senior Presentations to complete their capstone to Senior Research & Composition. Very soon, the Seniors, the Junior Announcers, their parents, the Principals and Leaders of MSA, as well as Presentation Judges Executive Assistant Cheri Harwood and Testing Coordinator Cindy Thorne will receive an invitation to view all three days of the Presentations and revel in the fruition of the Seniors’ hard work.

A project of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight or by accident, but due more resoundingly to the amazing efforts of the “Senior Presentation Quarantine Edition” team. Thanks to the skills and efforts of Director of Instructional Technology Brittany Emge, who not only cleanly edited all the video clips to a professional standard, but also created step-by-step instruction to teach the Seniors how to use the Google Meet technology to speak and share their slides. Meanwhile, Tech Theater Director Patrick Rose assembled all the bits and pieces to make a cohesive whole including my Introduction and Conclusion videos, all the Junior Announcer slides as well as the Warning slides. After splicing all parts together (including all of the presentations), he then created three different “Day” playlists for an unlisted YouTube channel, and used his editing magic along the way to enhance the video and the audio. Both worked tirelessly over countless hours to make the impossible happen!

In addition, the Senior Presentation team included the leadership and guidance of Upper School Principal J.P. Watson and Director of Marketing and Communication, Emily Koehl. Both were hugely integral to making sure Senior Presentations Class of 2020 became a well-fought reality for our hardworking Seniors.

Due to the unique nature and far-reaching technical implications of this year’s presentations, the unlisted YouTube playlists will be slowly released to the Faculty and the Board of Trustees in the upcoming week, and eventually available by request only to other members of the community. The link is not searchable or editable, but can be shared if one has the link: our utmost concern is to make sure that the link is shared wisely and with due consideration in respect to our students.

Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it!

Pictured: A partial screen shot of the “Day One” YouTube playlist featuring four of our awesome Seniors.

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  • Upper
Cheri Harwood

Did you know that there are lots of fun things going on here during the summer? All of those things are open to everyone, not just MSA students. Summer is always more fun with your friends, so bring them along!

If you or someone you know needs to earn some high school credits, there is always Summer School. Take a look at our Summer School offerings and share them with someone. We are offering most core classes and even certain electives. These credits are always accepted at the local public schools, so anyone can attend these. We are prepared to do this virtually if necessary.

 

Drama Camp is going virtual! Join us for some awesome stuff - this will include learning to be a Helper Gram, doing comedy with improv games and skits, and learning to record a song in a studio. This will be an awesome experience that will expose students to a whole new way to enjoy the arts. Everyone loves Drama Camp!

 

We hope you will consider spending some of your summer with us!

Summer School - Taniah Jones

Drama Camp - Kate McElliott

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Janet Ford, Director of Fine Arts

We are saying farewell to an awesome family who has been a major part of MSA for a long time! Max Holt graduated in 2009, Chandler Holt graduated in 2015 and Jack Holt is graduating now in 2020. Their father was a member of our Board for many years as well! I have saved the sculptures they left behind for the studio for this many years. Max made the stoplight using cardboard and Coca-Cola cans. Chandler created the oversized candy corn using chicken wire and plaster. Jack built the jack rabbit using cardboard. Each boy was creative and talented in his own way, in the studio, the athletic fields, and the classroom.  All three have made a forever mark on those who knew them at MSA. Thank you Holt family. We hope to see you at future Alumni gatherings and MSA events!

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  • Upper
Cheri Harwood

This is it! There is only one week of school and here is what you need to know:

May 18 – 3rd period project/exam due date for PU/CA/U

May 19 – 4th period project/exam due date for PU/CA/U

May 20 – 5th period project/exam due date for PU/CA/U

May 21 – 6th period project/exam due date for PU/CA/U

May 21 – Lower/Middle Schools last day of school

There are days scheduled for drop off of textbooks and pick up of locker stuff. If you haven't scheduled yours yet, make sure you contact your principal to do so. Also if you have any questions feel free to reach out to your principal.

 

 

 

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