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Saturday, January 17, 2009

MAST Accomplishments - Updated

Earlier this year, MAST was recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the nation's top 100 (Gold Medal) schools. We received a letter from Governor Crist and Commissioner Smith last week commending us for this honor. Below is an actual copy of the letter that I wanted to share with everyone. To the MAST family - staff, students, and parents - congratulations and thank you for all that you do to make our school shine.

Also, MAST received another award as the Florida Parents' Choice Public School in the BusinessWeek/Great Schools Top 5 Schools article published on January 15, 2009. Below is the link to the article:

Although not the outcome I had hoped for, last night I received an email about our application for the Eco-Media "Green My School" Challenge. Unfortunately, we did not win the grant. As disappointed as I am for not winning the grant, I cannot understate the pride I feel for the work that Dr. Khalil and the students did and continue to do. This work and the dedication shown in doing it are what being a part of MAST is all about.

As our year moves into the second semester, there are a lot of plans to make and many new opportunities of which we must take advantage. Let's get ready and continue to push our learning as individuals and an organization.

In closing, here's a quote I found earlier this morning that can serve as an inspiration for us all:

"Change, however, does not occur magically. It represents individual and collective pioneering efforts. You can still be a pioneer? And I hope you will do so"

- Stephen Breyer

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