MSA Booster Groups


MSA Boosters—Help Students Thrive

Each MSA program is supported by a booster group made up of adult and student volunteers and led by volunteer chairpersons who meet monthly with their faculty to assist each program with various needs, including:

  • Field trip support—to provide drivers, organizational and logistical assistance;
  • Event support—those programs which host events (like an MSA soiree, performance or art show) require direct support from boosters to provide set up and take down volunteers, concessions donations and staffing, ticket sales, costume support (where needed), program development and more;
  • Class support—some programs welcome  and/or rely on assistance to organize special guests, special projects and more;
  • Publicity support—with so many talented students making  noteworthy creations booster volunteers help immensely to get the word out so students’ can be recognized! Publicity includes photography of events, performances, and artwork; submitting  press release information and videos to the MSA Communications Coordinator  to include on the MSA website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and  outside media sources and generally helping to  bring attention to outstanding students or MSA projects whose work may merit a feature or stand-alone story.

Attention field trip drivers:

All drivers for NUSD must have a driver authorization form on file with the district. It’s a fairly simple 3-step process: Drivers fill out the forms (with proof of insurance, a copy of their DMV driving record -obtain online) and turn in to your school for approval. Please allow two weeks to complete the approval process.

Click here to download form.

Find out more about each program booster group below.

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Cinematic Arts

Meets the first Tuesday of the month in the Film Studio classroom, 6pm.

Support our incredible film makers as they learn the ins and outs of cinematic arts!  Like our Facebook page and follow our activities!

Cinematic Arts Program Page

http://www.facebook.com/MSAFilmStudio

Cinematic Arts Booster Chairperson

Thuy-Phuong  

Cinematic Arts Faculty

Peter Ornstein

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Creative Writing Boosters

Contact Boosters (below) for Meeting dates/details

The Creative Writing Boosters organize field trips to inspiring locations such as the De Young Museum, Point Reyes Station, and China Camp State Park; arrange for famous authors to speak to the class about their creative processes and the realities of getting published;  maintain a close relationships with Book Passage Bookstore and Dr. Insomnia’s café where students have the opportunity to read their work before a varied and enthusiastic public audience.

Each Creative Writing family in asked to participate in Creative Writing Boosters by getting involved in monthly meetings and/or participating in events. It is proven in the annals of science that students whose parents show an active interest in their children’s education have the benefit of a higher rate of success. We are relying on you, and more importantly – so are your students.

Please join us — we are a friendly, fun loving group!  Let’s share the work that is required to make this program a success.

Creative Writing Program Page

Creative Writing Booster : (Click a name below to email )

Carla McMorris

Creative Writing Faculty:

Rebecca Pollack

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Dance Boosters

Meets the second Wednesday of the month in the Dance Studio, Room 1502, 6p.m.

Dance Boosters assist faculty and dancers to help the program operate at its best. Boosters help organize and carpool students to attend professional dance performances each semester, help shop for and/or assist with making performance costumes, help prepare and set up for dance performances and work to share our dancers’ stories about their accomplishments!  To support the dance program to its fullest, we request that each dance family contribute 10 hours per year to booster activities — either through a regular Booster position or by assisting at events and field trips. We encourage new ideas, as well as questions, to improve our program and to support our dedicated faculty and students.

Booster meetings are open to the public, or contact a chair person by clicking on a name below for more information.

Dance Program Page

Dance Booster Chairpersons:

Helene Gruener

Contact MSA Dance Faculty

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Visual Arts Boosters

Meets the first Wednesday of the month in NHS Room 2801, 6–7pm.

Join us to support students in our Visual Arts programs, including Ceramics and Sculpture, Digital Art, Drawing and Painting, and Photography. Your support is essential for event preparation, field trip planning, fundraising, and finding/contacting special guest artists to speak with students.  For information, click on a chairperson name below.

And to find out more about MSA Visual Arts view our website msavisualarts.com and check our Facebook page MSAVisualArts

Visual & Digital Arts Boosters

Contact Visual Arts Faculty

Taylor Mancini

Drama Boosters

Meets on the first Monday of the month in the NHS Library, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

In support of the Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre programs, Drama Boosters request each family contribute 20 volunteer hours to assist with ongoing preparations for our in-house productions, outside events, festivals and field trip planning, costume and set design/construction and fundraising to enrich the academic and creative lives of our students and support our amazing faculty. Our meetings are open and we welcome and encourage parent participation. Please attend a Booster meetings or contact our chair person by clicking on the name below for more information.

Theatre Art Program Pages

Drama Booster Chairperson:

Robynne O’Brynne or David Winnett   

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Music Boosters

Meets the second Wednesday of the month in the MSA Band Room, 7-8:30 pm.

Join us in support the MSA Music program (Jazz Studies, Vocal Music, Concert, Strings, Chamber and Rock/Contemporary Music). Family support is essential for event preparation, festival and field trip planning. Each program within the department participates in festivals, competitions and concerts both on and off campus through out the school year, and volunteer support makes those experiences successful for our students.

Parents are encouraged to attend a boosters meeting to find out more about upcoming department plans and join our energetic group. For further information please feel free to contact Booster Chair persons below by click on their name.

Music Booster Chairpersons:

Naomi Torgerson

Faculty

Vocal Music Program: Stevie Greenwell

Jazz & Strings Program: Dr. Greg Johnson

Chamber and Rock Band Program: Matt Verplaetse

Product Design Boosters

Contact Product Design Boosters for meeting times and location.

Join MSA’s newest Booster Group and support a dynamic MSA program that encourages students to develop individual and group ideas and innovations from product concept and design to production and marketing.

Product Design is a growing program within MSA that address today’s evolving needs for those adept at evolving innovative ideas into tangible products. Parent Boosters support program faculty and students directly by assisting with communications, student activities and classroom projects as needed.

Product Design Program Page

Product Design Booster Chairpersons:

James Able