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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, September 6, 2009

Out to Sea - Sunrise on a New Year

It certainly has been a full and busy departure from port! The first two week of our voyage have been smooth and have passed quickly. I have very much enjoyed seeing the labs, lectures, and lessons begun! My complements to the entire MAST family for making our 2009-2010 launch such a success.

There is much to share and communicate. Lots of plans have been made and calendars are replete with activities. Our first PTSA meeting was a hit! Attended by 50 to 60 members, we have once again started our work together well. Upcoming PTSA activities include the Junior/Senior parent Night on October 15th. This will be an important meeting to discuss primarily college application preparation. I invite each of you to attend if at all possible!

Congratulations to the girls' volleyball team for their opening victories - a great way to open Lady Makos - Keep it up! Swimming will soon begin as a strong MAST aquatics program dives into a new season! The Makos ABC will host our first meeting this Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 in the boardroom. Please join us to learn more of how athletics plays an important part of a complete high school experience. As a fundraising opportunity for MAST's athletic and activities programs, in partnership with the Miami Dolphins, MAST has a limited number of tickets for the Dolphins/Saints game. The tickets are $25 each with $10 from each sale coming directly to our school. If interested, please contact Mr. Lopez, MAST's Athletic Director, for more information.

On the radar already is also Back to School Night. This year, MAST will host Back to School Night on September 15th. Please look for more information in the coming week. The PTSA will be hosting a dinner before the program begins. Please make time to come in, meet other families, and enjoy the MAST environment!

Of particular importance are our pending college and university visits. This year we, once again, have a loaded agenda. Our scheduled visits include schools such as George Washington, M.I.T., Emory, Boston University, FAU Liberal Arts College, Carnegie-Mellon, Babson, Boston College, Davidson, Swarthmore, Penn State, and Juniata College. On top of these visits, Duke University and Brown university are making arrangements with us to use MAST as the site of their Miami-Dade County recruitment events. Another major component for college preparation will be the PTSA's College Night to be held at MAST on October 20th. Be on the lookout for more information as the date gets closer.

As we move into the deeper waters of this year's voyage, I encourage everyone to be and get more involved. Our ship has begun another journey and it is as promising as ever! I wish us strong winds and blue waters as we push forth into new learnings and greater experiences.

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