By Robin Grace Bagaygay
On the Novato High School campus this past Thursday, a large crowd of 8th grade students came through the front doors to explore the Marin School of the Arts (MSA). MSA is well-known around the Marin County community and has an outstanding reputation.
“It’s an incredible place,” said MSA office manager, Rhian Robinson.
MSA is a program focused on performing, visual arts and design. Students are offered a high school experience with potent academics, an opportunity to excel in the arts, and college-level training. It is truly a school within a school.
September 8th marked the first MSA Shadow Day of the year. Future high school students (or shadows) attended this special day alongside their assigned MSA student, who guided them throughout the school day. Shadows, MSA students, and MSA administrators weighed in with their opinions on MSA Shadow Day.
“It just felt like a good environment,” said Michael Cook, an 8th grader. “I'm planning on taking product design and rock band which can help me have a good future and get me into lots of good jobs.”
“I do enjoy it,” said Sofie Levin, a Visual Arts MSA student. “Although, I don’t like how they have 7th graders come in because there’s a bunch of people now. It’s just kind of too much.”
Levin has a different opinion on MSA Shadow Day from others. However, she still believes MSA Shadow Day is important.
“Without shadow days, people won’t know what MSA is about,” Levin said. “MSA Shadow Day will help students understand what the program is about rather than figuring it out in high school.”
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get the kids coming in and it reflects on our program,” said Robinson. “I think it’s really important to get the message out into our community. Although we already have such a great community, more people involved in MSA will make our community much stronger together.”
The next scheduled MSA Shadow Day is September 29.