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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life's Voyage - Celebrating Mr. John Ruppel

Last week our MAST family said good-bye to John Ruppel, one of the most amazing teachers I have ever known. There are so many Ruppel stories and so many people who could share them. John is someone who touched us all and just to have worked with him a short time is to have learned and grown tremendously. The legacy of who he was and what he did is in all of us. MAST as a school and a community is what it is for much of who he was - an experience unto itself.

Last Friday we had an absolutely wonderful celebration for John. IT could not have been any better. There with family, friends, colleagues, and students, MAST was once again alive with John's presence. A more fitting tribute and farewell, I do not believe, there could have been. Thank you to everyone who came and honored our teacher and friend.

For my part, I might have worked with John for just two short years, but I feel that I have known him for about 12. My wife was lucky enough to be a student of his years back. John's classes and teaching were dinner table discussions many a night. I enjoyed each and every one of those conversations and am richer for having had them.

It is difficult to measure the impact of a teacher sometimes. The true measure goes far beyond a test score. After listening, watching, and speaking with so many about the impact and influence that John has had on us as individual and as a school community, his quote from the paper says it all, "Courtesy of serendipitous waffling between seeking the meaning in life and seeking the fun in life, I opted for both: I became a teacher."

That he certainly did. And we are all thankful.

Governor Christ Congratulations Letter - Newsweek

MAST received this letter from Governor Christ congratulating us on being part of the Newsweek Top Schools list. Once again, this goes to show that an incredible staff, committed students, and involved parents who all hold a passion for education and achievement can do incredible things. Congratulation to the entire MAST family for this and for all that you do! Know that today we are good, but tomorrow we will learn more and be even better! Never stop striving! As they say, "Excellence is a journey, not a destination."

Our voyage continues ...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MAST Grads Recognized for 13 Years Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to Ricardo, Alexis, and Chelsey for 13 years perfect attendance. Here are Ricardo and Alexis after being recognized by the School Board.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

End of the Year +1 Week

Great Saturday morning to all. It was an amazingly busy week, and an odd one also. Schools are just strange without all the students and teachers. The best part of all was that, even with the closing of school minutia due, I had the opportunity to do a fair amount of reading and some searching for new ideas. I am confident that we have a great Summer Anchor program lined up for our incoming Makos. I am sure that July 6th will be here faster than even I can hope for! On top of that, I am looking forward to beginning to hear from the students doing their internships this summer.
My experiences on Twitter have yielded an idea for online parent meetings. There is a web-based program called Today's Meet wherein you can sign up for a "classroom" and have a discussion about school topics. I am also excited about the prospect of additional development and creation of content digitally to be delivered 24/7 via the web. The podcast/vodcast move is not novel but being as we are a district-wide magnet, I believe there is a lot of power in this kind of opportunity for MAST.
Next week I have the first wave of our Principals' Summer Heat Professional Development. I am going to try and recruit a group of principals into a book study using technology to facilitate the process. Summer - the perfect time to tackle new learning projects!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Newsweek Ranks MAST as #49 in the Nation!

Congratulations to the entire MAST family for this recognition. This is for everyone - teachers, staff, students, and parents - who work hard and keep a driving passion for making MAST the best! Thank you and let's keep going!

Monday, June 8, 2009

More MAST Highlights

Below are pictures of our MAST Greenometer and MAST students with Ms. Reboredo in Washington, D.C.! I hope everyone is enjoying the first Monday of vacation! Rest well and learn something new this summer!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Docked for the Summer!

Congratulations to the Class of 2009! It was an excellent ending of the year. Graduation on Wednesday night was absolutely great! Our seniors showed truly what it means to be a graduate of the MAST Academy. You are a group of students who will be missed. I wish you all the best of luck as you head off to college. I hope to see you when you come back after your first semester! Study hard, learn a lot, and discover/deepen your passion!
Yesterday was also the final day for MAST's crew. What can I say beyond that on the seas of learning there is not a better group with whom one could ask to sail. Thank you for making this year such a success and for all the extra that you do to make our students succeed and accomplish so much. I wish you all a restful and relaxing summer in port.

All our current students, don't procrastinate with your summer reading. Begin it now and keep up on a consistent basis. Summer is young now but shadows will grow quickly! Be ready and plan carefully! There is no substitute for planning, consistency, and perseverance!

Have a great summer!

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