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Cheri Harwood
envelope sealed with a heart

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for contributing to the staff/faculty holiday gift before the end of 2019. You are truly a blessing to all of us and your gift is appreciated so very much. Entrusting your children to us and all of the support you give us year-round helps make our program work. We are very thankful and wish you a healthy and peaceful 2020.

Thank you from our hearts,

All of the MSA Staff and Faculty

  • Parents
Cheri Harwood

Marlena is new to MSA this year and is teaching British Literature as well as Brit Lit Honors for your 11th graders. The things she likes most about MSA are the community, the kindness of the educators and leadership team, and that she can feel the love for the children from everyone. In her past she has taught English and she has been an assistant principal. She was excited to tell me that she is beginning her PhD program this summer at UGA.

On the personal side, she likes egg plant parmigiano and kimche rice; she doesn't eat red meat, pork, or any crustaceans. She is involved in her church, likes yoga, watches Korean dramas and loves to travel. She has a daughter and a Goldendoodle (whose name is Gina). Currently she is reading "The Stranger" by Albert Camus.

When I asked her for an interesting fact about herself, she told me that she has NEVER eaten a McDonald's Big Mac!

Welcome to Mill Springs and thank you for what you do every day Marlena.

  • Parents
  • Upper
Cheri Harwood
MSA Class of 2020

Congratulations to Daniel Garguilo! He was accepted to High Point University over the holidays. This is Daniel's top choice school. Awesome news!

  • Alumni
  • CommArts
  • Parents
  • Upper
Cheri Harwood
winter scene

January 20 - 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

In conjunction with the MLK, Jr. holiday, we have a professional development teacher work day. So Mill Springs Academy will be closed on both Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21.

  • Parents
Ginny Berkemeier, Communication Arts Instructor
Two students sitting at a desk working

Math through Gaming incorporated elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) and started out with a group of students who just wanted to learn more about games in general. We were very excited to have a field trip to the High Museum of Art. We had a mini tour from our docent, Ms. Mille, who used to be a science teacher. She told us interesting science, history and art stories of the various artists and art work presented during our tour. A huge highlight of the tour was about the openness and usage of natural light which was unique to the High Museum of Art. We were also exposed to using organic and upcycled products to reflect art as well as the culture and history of art through the ages. After our mini tour, we took part in a special STEAM workshop where each student created their own individual and unique art work. Students learned how to design a landscape using various art medium and created 3-dimensional city/building landscapes of their own design. Ms. Jackson was the local artist at the High Museum who mentored the students on STEAM elements and how to work with different medium and design. We had a fun time trying to figure out how to incorporate mix medium as well as how to create a backdrop to create the illusion of a 3-dimensional design.

Matthew Cohen, Elliott Dougherty and Morgan Erlacher created a 6-8 player game entitled, “Convict”. Bella Rousseaux and Tyler Hughes (who are pictured) created a 2-person mixed card game called, “Clueless” while Aaron Breitkopf and Claire McAllister built a “soccer field” and entitled their game “Kick and Roll”. Joaquin Campos was absent the day we built our games but he was creative with his own version of history gaming because he wanted to participate and give something back to his peers. We spent the last day of Winter Learning on finessing our skills with different medium which included video games, online quizzes on math, science (periodic table), history and memory games based on Disney/Pixar. As enthused 10th grade student; Elliot Dougherty surmises our experience best; “Ms. Ginny, can we do this again next week instead of starting school?”

  • CommArts
Michael Adams, PreUpper Instructor

Please welcome Edison Deally (top photo) to the PreUpper community.  Edison comes to us from Northwestern Middle School.  He enjoys playing baseball and basketball. 

This week in pre-algebra, we began a new unit on ratios and proportions.  The first lesson involves using the percent proportion to convert a fraction to a percentage.  Pictured is Edison jumping right into working with his group to calculate the percentage of each color Skittle in a sharing size bag of Skittles.  Math is awesome!  

  • PreUpper
MSA Parent Volunteer Association

Hey Parents! Come to the Vino 100 PVA Social & Sip, a fundraiser, on Saturday, February 1 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Vino 100 in Alpharetta. This event includes a tasting of several wines and light hors d'oeuvres. We'll play Heads or Tails and raffle off some fun items. The proceeds will go toward PVA mini grants. Past mini grants have funded musical instruments, Google classroom, furniture and audio books for the library, and more.

Tickets are $25/per person and can be purchased online by clicking the Social and Sip button at: http://www.millsprings.org/pva. Space is limited to 85 people (adults only), so buy your tickets now to guarantee your spot!

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet and socialize with other MSA parents, while raising money to benefit our students.

  • Parents
Kris Hawksworth, Middle School Instructor

This week my 5th and 6th graders joined the PreUpper for the Annual National Geographic Geography Bee headed by Ms. Karen Kaiser. Thank you to Ms. Karen for putting together rounds that would accommodate our different schedules.

The students did a great job answering questions about World Geography. I am looking forward to finding out if any of my students advance to another round. I am so proud for each of you for trying something new and coming away from it learning more about our World. Congratulations to Ari Rogoff (PU8), Michael Liu (M5) Joshua Nanney (M6),Seth Horwitz (PU8), Doug Peter (M6) and Alec Robinson (PU8) for making it to the second round in the Geo Bee.

  • Middle
  • PreUpper
Emily Koehl, Director of Marketing and Communications

MSA parents are invited to join us for our fourth Parent University (Parent U) Tuesday, February 11, at 8:15am in the Middle School Community Room (Room 201). Brenda Fitzgerald will be speaking about a variety of learning disabilities. Find out more information and RSVP online by Monday, February 10.

  • Parents
Maria Gonzalez, Upper School Instructor

Spanish II students in María González’s class are learning the use of Reflexive verbs to indicate that the subject does something to or for himself or herself, using vocabulary related to daily routines and personal hygiene. To learn the vocabulary and to reinforce the concepts learned, students were presented with a hands-on activity using different kinds of soap and brushes, shampoo and all the elements we include in our daily routine. They were encouraged to ask and answer questions to each other in Spanish,  using the material learned in class. In addition to this activity, students have also several tools posted on MyMustang to memorize the vocabulary, like a PowerPoint presentation for visual learners and several activities on Quizlet for memorization of the vocabulary. (Pictured L-R: Patrick Murphy, Josiah Altland, Randall Robinson, Matthew White, Luke McCoin, Grayson Cloy.

  • 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!

 

You could sign up for a sport activity at our Summer Athletic Camps, our website has the schedule and registration information.

 

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.

 

There will also be a Drama Camp this summer featuring Frozen, Jr. More information will be available about that opportunity soon.

 

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

Summer Athletic Camps - James Sampson

Summer School - Taniah Jones

Drama Camp - Kate McElliott

  • Parents
Brenda Smith, Fine Arts Instructor

This week we would like to shine a spotlight on 11th grader, Ella Jensen.  Her original work of art was accepted into this year's Georgia Allstate Art Symposium. Only 133 works of art were chosen out 2,000 entries! The work chosen was a design she created in her graphics class this fall. Her work will be on display at the exhibit on the Columbus State University campus this March. This honor also comes with an invitation for her to attend a high school art conference with some of the best artists in the state and attend an award ceremony on the campus. Ella responded to the news, “I was so surprise and excited my work was chosen.  I am looking forward to going down the Columbus State for the event.”

Congratulations Ella! We are super proud of you!!!

  • Fine Arts
Gage Clark, Communication Arts Instructor

Gage Clark took accompanied his History students on a Winter Learning trip to Europe on a World War II sightseeing tour. This incredible opportunity allowed students to experience many places of historical significance. They began the tour in London, then made their way to France, and ended the journey in Germany. Perhaps the most significant stop on the tour was the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where the students experienced firsthand the atrocities committed during World War II.

The group is pictured at Utah Beach in Normandy, France, where allied forces stormed the beach on D-Day.

  • CommArts
Carissa Nelson, Lower School Instructor

Ms. Carissa’s third grade class is excited about the new year! We welcomed 2020 by learning all about resolutions. The class listened to a read aloud, participated in a class discussion, completed a word web about the definition of resolution, and then each student came up with one (or more) resolutions that they would like to make for the new year and wrote about it. Here are a couple of the writings from the students:

Harrison McCarren—“My New Year’s resolution is to be better at baseball than my dad. And I can get better at baseball by asking my brother to throw me pop ups and grounders. And we can’t forget, help me bat. Here I come Dad!!! This is my resolution: always try your hardest. Happy New Year!!!!!”

Keira Miles—“My New Year’s resolution is to make more friends. I will listen to them and to other people. I will care for all of them. I will respect situations too. I will make compromises. I will definitely promise to do my resolution.”

Pictured: Harrison McCarren and Keira Miles holding their resolution writings and their 2020 party decorations

  • Lower
John Hanrahan, Wrestling Coach

Next Tuesday, January 21st, the MSA Wrestlers will host a home wrestling event against Windsor Academy, Cherokee Christian, and Brandon Hall. If you happen to be nearby the campus next week stop by to see your Mustang Grapplers in action. Wrestling begins at 5:00p in the MSA Gym - we'd love to have some of you come to cheer us on!

  • Athletics
Chelsea Michelson, CommArts Principal

Erin Harvin, Amy Parsons, Amanda Hall, Pat Ginger, Valerie Davis, Laurie McCullers, Cindy Thorne, and Suzanne Gaines

Thank you all so much for lending your talents to this year's 1920's CommArts Festival!

  • Amanda than you for helping our students get dressed and ready to look their best!
  • Erin, Amy, and Suzanne, thank you for manning the food tables and keeping the kids honest about their ticket hauls!
  • Valerie, Cindy, Laurie and Pat, thank you for sending in such fantastic artifacts for us to share with the school community!

We could not have pulled it off without your help, and our entire community is grateful for your service.

Sincerely,

Communication Arts School

  • Parents
Cheri Harwood

Mill Springs Academy awards the Gold and Silver Mustang as our version of the honor roll. The Mustang Awards can be earned in 5th - 12th grades. The criteria for obtaining either award is as follows:

  • GOLD Mustang - All A's
  • SILVER Mustang - All A's & B's with at least one A in a core academic class.Congratulations to all of our Honor Roll students.

Here are the listings:

You all have worked very hard and we are proud of you! Congratulations.

  • CommArts
  • Middle
  • Parents
  • PreUpper
  • Upper
MSA Parent Volunteer Association

Hey Parents! Come to the Vino 100 PVA Social & Sip, a fundraiser, on Saturday, February 1 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Vino 100 in Alpharetta. This event includes a tasting of several wines and light hors d'oeuvres. We'll play Heads or Tails and raffle off some fun items. The proceeds will go toward PVA mini grants. Past mini grants have funded musical instruments, Google classroom, furniture and audio books for the library, and more.

Tickets are $25/per person and can be purchased online by clicking the Social and Sip button at: http://www.millsprings.org/pva. Space is limited to 85 people (adults only), so buy your tickets now to guarantee your spot!

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet and socialize with other MSA parents, while raising money to benefit our students.

  • Parents
Branigan Hughes, Lower School Instructor

Students in Ms. Branigan’s social studies classes (picture 1) recently finished a unit about holidays around the world. During each class, the students learned about a different country and how they celebrate winter holidays. During this unit, students learned about Israel, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and Australia. While learning about the different countries and holidays, students completed books about each celebration, they made crafts for each holiday, and watched short clips about the holiday traditions they were learning about. To keep track of all of the fun activities, students made suitcases (picture 2) to store their books, crafts, “plane tickets”, and passports. The students were always excited to come to class and learn about new holidays. A couple of their favorite holiday facts were: 1) La Befana, a good witch, brings gifts to children in Italy, and 2) In Australia, Santa doesn’t need a sleigh, he comes on a surfboard! This is such a fun unit I look forward to teaching each year.

  • Lower
Emily Koehl, Director of Marketing and Communications

MSA parents are invited to join us for our fourth Parent University (Parent U) Tuesday, February 11, at 8:15am in the Middle School Community Room (Room 201). Brenda Fitzgerald will be speaking about a variety of learning disabilities. Find out more information and RSVP online by Monday, February 10.

  • Parents
Sylvia Cutchin, Middle School Teacher

Middle School has an exciting new elective this semester - Young Engineers North Atlanta, GA where children are given an opportunity to be creative thinkers, engineers and problem solvers while having fun building with the world’s favorite building blocks – LEGO®! Young Engineers programs use a hands-on approach, transforming the learning experience into fun and games while introducing children to theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHEMATICS (STEM) and Robotics.

Brady Mashburn (M5) said, “We’re working on building Legos step-by-step. We have an iPad to show us the directions. When we work together, it’s really fun.”

Mason Picone (M6) said, “We built a mixer using gears. It uses motors and electronics to make it actually work!”

Pictured is Griffin Snell (M5)

Cheri Harwood
winter scene

January 20 - 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

In conjunction with the MLK, Jr. holiday, we have a professional development teacher work day. So Mill Springs Academy will be closed on both Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21.

  • Parents
Jenny Donaldson, Upper School Instructor

In Tabletop Gaming students were be exposed to a variety of tabletop games, board games, and card games. They participated in daily tournaments for prizes and learned new games daily. Our group was so large we had two dedicated game rooms. On Friday, we had Jason Maeroff, father of Ethan Maeroff give a presentation on how to play poker (top picture) and students participated in a final tournament of the week using the information they learned. This Winter Learning let students work with math skills (such as probability), sportsmanship, and cooperation. As you can see from the pictures, all who participated had a fun time!

  • Upper
Sheila FitzGerald, Director of Enrollment
Mill Springs Welcomes You

 

Wednesday, January 22

9:00 - 11:00am

Many of you have attended an Open House on campus and you know it is a great opportunity for someone to get a good feel for what Mill Springs is all about. But if you haven't attended an Open House, it provides prospective families with an overview of the school, 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!

www.millsprings.org/OpenHouse

  • Alumni
  • Parents
Brittany Emge, Media and Tech Specialist
Icons for all the audio options available

Learning Ally & Other Audio Options at MSA

Beginning this semester, our students now have access to the wonderful Learning Ally app! This app can be downloaded to any device to listen to tens of thousands of human-read audiobooks that are either assigned by teachers or downloaded by students in their own accounts. 

Read our Introduction to Learning Ally to find out how to login and start listening today!

Other Audio Options:

  • Bookshare: Text-to-speech program accessible online at www.bookshare.org. Student logins can only read titles assigned to them by their teachers. Contact our Library Media Specialist Brittany Emge for more details.
    • Username: MSA email
    • Password: mustangs123 (can update password after initial login)
  • Overdrive: Digital Library of e-books and e-audiobooks that can be checked out for 2 weeks. Website and app. Find Overdrive login information here.
  • Library Media Center: Ms. Brittany has Playaways/GoReaders (MP3 players) and CD audiobooks available to checkout for many popular titles! Search our Library Media Center online here.
  • Read Aloud Extensions for Google Chrome Browser: ClaroRead or Natural Reader are good free options to try (search in Google Chrome Store)
  • Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge Browser: Built-in Edge Read Aloud (ctrl+shift+g, or click “...” in top right of window and select “Read Aloud” to activate the toolbar)


*Bonus Tip: The OpenDyslexic extension in Google Chrome will modify some websites’ font for easier reading! This font is designed to make text easier to read for learners with dyslexia.

  • Parents
  • Tech
Angela Davis, Counselor
Way to Go

Please congratulate Brandi Smallwood on earning her Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor certification!  After receiving her Licensed Professional Counselor designation in 2014 (which requires three years of supervision), Brandi decided to take the next step to become a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor to ensure that Mill Springs could continue to host Masters Level interns and provide the supervision required of any counselor employed by Mill Springs Academy. 

This certification requires 3 more years of professional work post licensure, recommendations from licensed professionals in the field, and 24 credit hours of specialized training to address many areas of current supervision concerns, especially in the area of ethical and legal obligations.

  • Parents
Mary Ramirez, Director of Advancement
Study Island logo

We are pleased to announce that MSA received a grant award of $2,500.00 from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia. These funds will be used to help fund the Study Island program which tracks student academic goals and achievement.

  • Parents
Cheri Harwood

Congratulations to all of our Upper School Honor Roll students!

GOLD MUSTANG

Jacob Baum Warner Jones Zachary Peppers
Andrew Buchberger Yash Kubde Ryan Rafuse
Jack Buckley Matthew Kuhn Randall Robinson
Zach Burns Julian Lopez Zachary Schneiderman
Matthew Clifton Sean Martin Galton Schobloher
Jack Cook Michael Mendoza Ethan Turnquist
Liam Couch Ishwar Naik Logan Vladik
Grace Gersack Brendan Nemesh Henry Wallace
Smith Hill Mia Nemesh Joshua Wright

SILVER MUSTANG

Katherine Adair Sam Henslee Benjamin Parker
Josiah Altland Ella Jensen Jake Riggins
Schuyler Bell Max Kaufman Jordan Rothberg
Isabella Bosonetto Cameron Keskonis Luke Rucker
Mat Campbell Ryan Lanzo Caroline Skinner
Cameron Carr Nya Lewis Sutton Smith
Nicholas Clifton Max Melton Zach Smith
Grayson Cloy Camille Michael Emily Suarez
Catie Claire Coyle Luke Micham Maclean Tadlock
Jack Craven Griffin Middleton Madison Taylor
Bennett English Kyle Moffitt Avery Terpstra
Daniel Garguilo Mallory Mulhern Laura Turnbull
Tatum Gordon Mason Ogryzek Reese Urban
Richard Hall Conor O'Keefe Ryan Zant
Cayden Harris Scott Owen  

 

 

  • Parents
  • U Honor Roll
  • Upper
Cheri Harwood

Congratulations to our Communication Arts Honor Roll students!

GOLD MUSTANG

Joaquin Campos William Gaines Charlotte Leber
Matthew Cohen Wes Guined Nathan Mostyn
Sam Copple-Goodman Zach Hale Bella Rousseaux
Jonathan Davis Jack Holt Mamiko Tsuto
Maggie Erlacher Rachel Ingram Joel Williams

SILVER MUSTANG

Kamran Bahl Elliott Dougherty Katie McCullers
Thomas Bayman Alexis Gioia Owen Parker
Garrett Burroway Will Harvin Ella Parsons
Shannon Callahan Marie Jackson Miles Robinson
Chris Carey Colby Johnson Olivia Wallace
Maxwell Davis Claire McAllister  

 

 

  • CA Honor Roll
  • CommArts
  • Parents
Cheri Harwood

Congratulations to all of our Middle School Honor Roll students!

GOLD MUSTANG

Gavin Applbaum Evan Hennings Joshua Nanney
Nico Bateson Eli Jutan Britain Phillips
Anderson Bridges Patrick Keane Mason Picone
Ethan Cohn Sammy Lesser Cooper Ross
Caleb Donaldson Michael Liu Griffin Snell
Ben Fowler Brady Mashburn Drew Thacher
Oliver Healey James McGahan Zoe Weaver

SILVER MUSTANG

Sophia Biondi Zach Munro
Owen Brown Lexi Murphree
Andrew Christian Doug Peter
John Keeley Davis Aiden Pettyjohn
Sam Hartman Trey Stormont
Will Horsley Conner Strickland
Ansley James Garrett Tate
Sawyer Lowry Max Young

 

 

  • M Honor Roll
  • Middle
  • Parents
Cheri Harwood

Congratulations to all of our PreUpper Honor Roll Students!

GOLD MUSTANGS

Sam Benton Nathan Hartley
Parker Borden Sydney Johnson
Fullerton Dale Cole Rookis
Kai Goltze Isa Stokes
Louisa Gorgoll Holly Stormont

 

SILVER MUSTANGS

Nadia Allen-Krincek Joey Lenox
Zoe Caines Zach Porter
Matthew Carlson Amanda Reppenhagen
Rayna Doniparthi Alec Robinson
Kale Dunlap Ari Rogoff
Shaylee Gandhi Kayden Stanley
Edward Gorgoll Ward Sutlive
Presley Hellreigel Evan Sycks
Cameron Huffman T.J. Young

 

  • Parents
  • PreUpper
  • PU Honor Roll