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MAST Academy provides a marine setting and a nurturing environment for studies leading to academic success, career preparation, an appreciation of the sea, and environmental awareness. Stakeholders work together to instill a commitment to life-long learning and to advance and improve a challenging curriculum integrated with sciences and technology.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Coming into the Last Week!

Congratulations and welcome to our last week of school for the 2008-2009 school year. Don't let the shortness of time fool you for the amount of work yet to be done is large. Monday and Tuesday we have four more final exams! Study hard, be prepared, and remember that summer does not begin until June 5th!

Graduation is upon us also. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM at the Gusman Performing Arts Center we will properly recognize the culmination of our seniors' four years and hard work at the MAST Academy. It is a proud night for parents, relatives, teachers, and students alike.

This past week was amazingly busy and enjoyable. Thanks to all the MAST staff and parents who came to celebrate our students' achievements at the evening awards ceremony. No matter how many times our students, you cannot help but be impressed at the quality of their work, passion, and character. We also held an amazing Wine and Cheese greeting for our incoming freshman parents at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Many thanks to our advisory board members, particularly Ms. Kourtesis and Ms. Lewis, for making this happen. It was great to see so many parents in attendance. Thanks also to our PTSA parents for showing up in force to make the night go so well. We capped the week off with the PTSA's MAST Family Barbecue that, despite being a bit soggy, was also an incredible event. Many thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Dubey, Mr. & Mrs. Harrington, Mr. & Mrs. Barkett, and many other PTSA parents who showed up in force to make this a success.

More next week as we move into the summer and begin the final stages of preparation for the MAST Summer Anchor Program and the opening of the 2009-2010 school year!

Study hard and be well prepared!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Parents and students, dismissal times for June 1, 2, and 3, 2009 are posted below. Also, see the letter from Mr. Woodson, Deputy Superintendent of School Operations regarding our last three days of school this year. MAST's schedule is unique so directly following Mr. Woodson's letter is our dismissal information. If you have any questions, please contact MAST directly at 305-365-6278. Study hard for finals!

Final Exam Days

Please see below for the dates of this year's final exams. Times have been posted in classrooms and around school! Please study hard and be well prepared!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

MAST Summer Anchor Program

MAST's 9th grade Summer Anchor Program has been approved! This year's program will be a three weeks long beginning on July 6th, 2009 and ending on July 24th, 2009. The day will run from 8 am until 12 noon each day. Program components will include Science Research, Design & Engineering, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking. Breakfast will be provided each morning beginning at 7:35 am.

We will hold a parent meeting at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 28, 2009 beginning at 6:30 pm. We will cover many details about the summer program including transportation details and parent to parent discussions that evening. As an added bonus, the gardens will be open until 9 pm and MAST parents will be able to tour the grounds. For any questions, please contact MAST directly at 305-365-6278.

Summer Anchor Program - Parent Meeting

10901 Old Cutler Rd

Miami, FL 33156

May 28, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2009

MAST Musical - Mama Mia

Last night the students and teachers at MAST put on a production of Mama Mia. It was terrific. I cannot say enough about how well they did. The production mixed in a live band for many of the songs performed. It was a great night of entertainment where MAST students and teachers were able to show a different side of what we all know to be an incredible school. Thank you all for putting together such an amazing performance!

It was also great to see so many alumni at the show. I was delighted to see and speak to about half of last years graduating class. It seems as if they are all doing very well and have met their own expectations for their freshman year. Their showing of support was outstanding.

Again, thank you all for a great evening! Rest well and remember, finals are just around the corner!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Welcome Back

I do apologize for being off line for such an extended period of time. I have truly meant to post at least a hundred separate times but, as they say, the road is paved with good intentions ... In any case, our year's voyage at MAST is quickly approaching summer port. There is much to do to prepare our ship for port. Please check back frequently for updates and feel free to follow me on Twitter at MASTCapt. Between the Captain's Blog and MASTCapt we can keep up-to-the-minute information flowing to everyone!

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