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Dragons to the Max - Week of Nov. 16-20

Getting Ready For Give To The Max?

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Parents, Students, and Friends of MSA: 

Mark Your Calendar for November 16 - 20, Dragons to the Max!

MSA’s goal is to raise $85,000 on Dragons to the Max Day to help support endeavors at school that would otherwise not be possible through our general fund. Our goal is to raise approximately $175 per student, but we encourage each family to consider the value of the education their child receives at MSA and give as they are able.  For the 2020-2021 school year, this will be the only school wide fundraiser; there will not be a Family Fun Shoot or Dragon Dinner.

As you undoubtedly know, MSA is a public charter school which provides an exceptional education to our children while receiving funding similar to, but less than, traditional public schools. You may not know that, unlike traditional public schools, MSA cannot raise needed funds through any form of tax levy. In order to provide the additional funds needed to support the high quality education our students receive, MSA needs to conduct supplemental fundraisers. Without additional fundraisers this year, MSA will not be able to make these additional improvements to the school. MSA is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donation may be tax deductible. 

Please continue reading for additional information about Dragons to the Max and MSA. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact MSA Middle School Assistant Director, Thomas Johnston (, 651-578-7507, x3507) or MSA Director, John Gawarecki (, 651-578-7507, x3506). On behalf of MSA, we thank you for considering a contribution to the school and for helping to make MSA one of the best schools in the state of Minnesota. 


Annie Cardenas - Chair, Board of Directors

John Gawarecki - MSA Director

Academic Excellence 

Math and Science Academy has consistently been rated as one of the top schools in Minnesota based on SAT, ACT, and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores. In fact, rated MSA as the #2 high school in Minnesota for 2021!  In addition, MSA was also named as the #1 middle school in Minnesota!  To continue the tradition of excellent education at MSA, there is a need to look to our community to enhance the academic experience for our students. All of our MSA families are encouraged to contribute to the “Dragons to the Max” campaign November 16-20, 2020. Together, we can ensure that the Math and Science Academy remains the best school in Minnesota. 

What about my PTO donation? 

Donations made to the MSA PTO help fund important ways to help our students have the best education available in Minnesota. While the MSA PTO is a separate non-profit organization, donations to the PTO support many in-school events and experiences like Mole Day, Healthy Snack Day, Pi Day, and other experiences that enhance school life for our students. Drgons to the Max Day donations go directly to the school and are used to fund larger projects that typically would be funded by the MSA general fund, but wouldn’t be achieved without additional support from our school community. 

In addition... 

Please watch your email inbox for updates and incentives on Dragons to the Max Day. Regardless of how you give, Dragons to the Max Day is beneficial to MSA for the following reasons: 

1. 100% of funds donated via cash or check directly to the school remain at the school. 97% of funds donated via MSA’s website stay at the school and on average, over 93% of every dollar you donate via the website goes directly to MSA. 

2. The Dragons to the Max Day fundraiser does not draw upon large amounts of volunteer resources, leaving more opportunities for our school community to lend their time and talents to activities that will help our school provide outstanding academic or extracurricular activities. 

3. MSA will NOT be conducting other school wide fundraisers for the 2020-2021 school year.  Your family is asked once to donate and your student is not asked to sell anything door to door. If you do decide to ask your family and friends to give, all you need to do is have them write a check, or direct them to or to our Dragons to the Max Day website at the week of November 16-20.

4. Many companies match donations made on Dragons to the Max Day. Please see the list of companies that match at

5. Please watch your email and our website for additional information regarding incentives. The teachers and staff are hard at work and are coming up with some new ideas, stay tuned for more! 

Dragons to the Max Schedule*

MondaySpirit Week - Pet/Favorite animal virtual Zoom background day

TuesdaySpirit Week - Unique hat or glasses day

“Keep Mr. Johnston out in the cold”

WednesdaySpirit Week - Mood: Maroon.  Wear all maroon today

ThursdaySpirit Week - GOAL to the max.  Wear sports themed attire

FridaySpirit Week - Dragons celebrate. Wear your MSA gear

*Schedule subject to change

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