An Open Letter to MSS Students

Story by cnmAdmin2030 / April 29, 2020

Dear MSS Students,

The past few weeks have been pretty weird. I spend most of my days on a computer with my dog by my side. Wearing a mask in public is no longer just for superheroes and overusing hand sanitizer is no longer just a third grade thing. A lot of us were patiently waiting for our ‘normal’ to come back when we were told the unwelcomed truth, our normal isn’t coming back for the 2019-2020 school year.

I have had a lot of time to think and if this uncertain time has taught me anything, it has taught me to be grateful for our beautiful, normal, day-to-day, in-person, school routine. So, I want to thank you MSS student. I want to thank you for keeping my days exciting. A random dance move while walking in line is never out of the question and a hug just because is a regular thing. Your joy is what makes me love my job. I want to thank you for your grit. You, MSS student, are the hardest working kiddo I know. You push out TDA’s, rock out Sprints (Eureka Math tasks), dive into books all while making the time to help a friend, show some love, and spread laughter. I want to thank you for being you. When I think about all of my students, I think about how much I love your different personalities and how your uniqueness is what makes a classroom a ‘class’.

With that being said, I know what you are all capable of. I’ve seen it day in and day out. I know that you’re going to keep bringing the joy by joining in on virtual lessons with a smile or sharing your best TikTok dance move. I know you’re going to keep showing grit and working hard. I also know that you’re going to be doing all of this while staying true to who you are. Someone I respect once told me, “Instead of looking back to what was normal, let’s look forward to our new normal.” Our new normal is doing everything we did before, despite what is thrown at us.


Mrs. Murray


Estudiante de MSS: 

Las últimas semanas han sido bastante extrañas. Paso la mayor parte de mis días en una computadora con mi perro a mi lado. Usar una máscara en público ya no es solo para superhéroes y el uso excesivo de desinfectante para manos ya no es solo una cosa de tercer grado. Muchos de nosotros estábamos esperando pacientemente que regresara lo ‘normal’ cuando nos dijeron la verdad desagradable, nuestra normalidad no regresará para el año escolar 2019-2020. 

He tenido mucho tiempo para pensar y si este tiempo incierto me ha enseñado algo, me ha enseñado a estar agradecido por nuestra hermosa normalidad. Entonces, quiero agradecerte estudiante de MSS. Quiero agradecerles por mantener mis días emocionantes. Un movimiento de baile al azar mientras camina en línea nunca está fuera de discusión y un abrazo solo porque es algo normal. Tu alegría es lo que me hace amar mi trabajo. Quiero agradecerte por tu valor. Tú, estudiante de MSS, eres el estudiante más trabajador que conozco. Haces TDA’s, terminas Sprints, te sumerges en libros mientras haces el tiempo para ayudar a un amigo, mostrar un poco de amor y reír. Quiero agradecerte por ser tú. Cuando pienso en todos ustedes, pienso en cuánto amo a sus diferentes personalidades y cómo su singularidad es lo que hace que una clase sea una ‘clase’. 

Sé de lo que son fuerte porque lo he visto día tras día. Sé que continuarás siendo alegre. Sé que seguirás mostrando valor y trabajando duro. También sé que harás todo esto mientras te mantengas fiel a quién eres. Alguien a quien respeto una vez me dijo: “En vez de mirar hacia atrás a lo que era normal, esperemos nuestra nueva normalidad”. Nuestra nueva normalidad es hacer todo lo que hicimos antes independientemente de las circunstancias.  

Con Amor, 

Señora Murray 


Make A DifferenceJoin Us!

Join a community of incredible, passionate people working to change the lives of our students. Our compensation and benefits are a cut above the rest: the most competitive total compensation in the region.

Start Your Career!

News & NotesFounding Principal, Tamil Goodson, Guest Hosts on Kids First Radio Show: Shares Passion and Vision for Meeting Street – Jasper & Beaufort

Read More

News & NotesMeeting Street Academy-Charleston Welcomes New Executive Director

Read More

Our Schools

MSA – Charleston

Pre-K3 To 8th

Downtown Charleston, SC

Learn More

MSA – Spartanburg

Pre-K3 To 5th

Downtown Spartanburg, SC

Learn More

MS – Brentwood

Pre-K3 To 8th

North Charleston, SC

Learn More

MS – Burns

Pre-K3 To 8th

North Charleston, SC

Learn More

MS – Jasper & Beaufort

K To 1st

Jasper County, SC

Learn More


  • 1/3

“We come into work everyday truly believing that our students are capable of achieving anything that is put in front of them. Here at MSS, students are provided the opportunity to achieve success through the facilitation of well-educated teachers, resources, and a responsive classroom school environment.”

— NikToshia GilesTeacher

  • 2/3

“MSA is a family. Once you’re in, you’re in. They said they would follow our kids from K-3 to college and they actually lived up to what they said they would do. Not only did MSA challenge my daughter academically but it also exposed her to new things that she probably wouldn’t have been exposed to at our previous neighborhood school. Our journey at MSA was exciting and rewarding. They actually walk the walk.”

— Tyeka GrantParent

  • 3/3

“Meeting Street Academy is my family. They taught me that I am valuable. I am an asset to the world…They asked me, ‘What is your dream?’ I had never been asked that before. The MSS community gives me the strength to pursue my dreams.”

— Kadelyn SteedStudent