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MAST Mission Statement

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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

9th Annual Safe School Symposium

Today's Safe School Symposium was an amazing experience.  Much congratulations to the student services department for organizing such a powerful and unique experience for MAST students.  With a keynote presentation by Dr. Laura Finley of Barry University and small group presentations covering topics from a heritage panel and eating disorders to suicide and violence prevention, there were opportunities for all students to participate in a wide variety of activities.  Many thanks also to the presenters who came from around the county, within the district, and from the ranks of MAST's students and teachers.  I think all will agree that the experience was one that helped us grow and highlighted yet another facet of what it is to be at MAST.

MAST Makos Play With Heart

Last night the boys' soccer team ended their 09-10 season with a hard fought loss in the first round of the district tournament. I am proud to say that our young men played with heart and determination - a true "Makonian" effort! Congratulations on a great season!
The boys' basketball team ended their regular season with loss in an amazingly tight game to Curley, 54-51. They start district play on February 8th. An incredible end to a season that saw record after record fall and MAST basketball redefined. Congratulations and we are definately looking forward to the district tournament charge!

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MAST Science at the Top

The past weekend Dr. Khalil and many MAST students were involved in the Dade County Sciecne and Engineering Fair at Miami-Dade College North.  MAST was extremely well represented and did a tremendous job receiving Top School in Show honors once again.  In addition, individual MAST student results in specified areas are as follows:

Science Board Competition:

Excellent - Asaria Amador, Nicholas Montano, Lina Lopez, Nicole Swanson, Luanna Pugliese, Nicholas Harrington, and Kevin Winslow.

Superior - Charnelle Bland, Shanique Martin, and Alan Campbell.  Please note that all three students who received a designation of superior were invited to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair!

Research Paper Competition:

First Place - Charnelle Bland
Second Place - Shanique Martin

Special Interest Awards:

Florida Association of Science Teachers Award - Shanique Martin
NAACP SECME Award - Shanique Martin
NOAA Award - Charnelle Bland

Bridge Competition:

First Place - Nicholas Harrington

Dade County Science and Engineering fair Teacher of the Year - Dr. Wafa Khalil!!

Extra special thanks goes to Dr. Khalil for putting in hours and hours of time above and beyond to help MAST's students prepare for the fair.  WAFA POWER!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Makos Basketball with a BIG Victory!

Congratulations to the Makos for a stellar performance vs. the Reagan-Doral Bison.  The boys scored a record number of points, 61, and lead at times by as much as 24 points.  The Makos showed real heart and tenacity and held off several late charges by the Bison.  GREAT JOB, MAKOS!  Let's see it again tomorrow vs. Archbishop Carroll!

Makos Basketball On a Roll

As halftime comes to an end at Reagan-Doral Senior, the Makos have a commanding lead! Keep up the tight play! Go Makos!

-- Post From My iPhone

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lady Makos Soccer - on to the Semifinals!

The Lady Makos put together a six goal second half in their 6-1 win over Miami Christian as they now move on to the semifinals in the district tournament. The Lady Makos will face Miami Country Day School at 5pm on Thursday, January 21 at Miami Country Day School for the right to play in the finals on Saturday. Good luck, ladies! Way to show that Mako Pride!

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lady Makos Soccer

Water break at MAST vs Miami Christian - 1st round of district tournament. GO LADY MAKOS!

So far the Lady Makos have 6 shots on goal but the score remains 0-0.

-- Post From My iPhone

Location:NE 109th St,Miami,United States

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Midterm Exam Schedule - Reminder

Tomorrow we begin our 2009 - 2010 midterm exams.  Just as a reminder, I have posted the schedule below.  Study hard and prepare well!

For your own copy of the exam schedule, please click on the entry title.

Lady Makos Soccer Heading to District as #3 Seed

As the regular season comes to an end, the Lady Makos are looking strong for the charge into the district tournament.  Finishing the season with a record of 9-4 and coming off a tremendous win, scoring four goals in the final ten minutes, the Lady Makos are ready for a feeding frenzy on Tuesday when they open their tournament championship bid at Miami Country Day School at 7 PM.  Please come out to Miami Country Day School and support the Lady Makos.  I hope to see you there! 


Miami National College Fair - Registration Instructions & List of Schools

Below is additional information about the coming Miami National College Fair at the Sheraton Mart on February 21, 2010.  Registration is free and you can complete yours by following the instructions on the flyer below.  You can also check a list of confirmed colleges and schools below the registration instructions.  Please consider attending!  It is never too early to begin your post secondary explorations!

 To see a list of the most current schools,
please click on the entry title.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

District National College Night

Below are the flyer and information sheet from the district for the National College Fair coming next month.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Weekly Calendar - January 11 - 15, 2010

Here is the calendar for all that is happening at MAST this week.  Have a great week!

District Flyer on Over the Counter (OTC) Drugs and Teens

We received this flyer out teens and the use/abuse of over the counter drugs from the district.  Students and parents, please be aware of the dangers that certain medicines may pose.  Please feel free to contact your counselor if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

From Ms. Cosgrove in the CAP Office

The FAIR Scholarship is now available in the CAP office. This is a $1,000 scholarship . It is a great opportunity as one student will receive this scholarship in every Miami-Dade County public senior high. I will put more information in your mailboxes Wed., Jan.13th. If any student is interested please ask them to come by the CAP Office . All applications musts be returned to the CAP Office by March 2nd.

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Greening of MAST Continues!

This morning TREEmendous Miami, City Year, the team from the tree farm, Dr. Khalil, and I walked the campus and discussed locations for the planing that we are going to do this Saturday.  A big thank you to CSX for funding the project and all the other groups involved for putting so much hard work into making this happen!  It is going to be absolutely beautiful!  If you can join us to help out, please do.  Once again, thanks to Dr. Khalil for making this all possible because of your passion and dedication!

Saturday, January 9, 2010!
8:30 AM!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Ship at Sea is Always in Motion

To say that we have had a busy three days back would be an understatement.  Classes are in full swing including the first of the quizzes done and new projects starting up.  Last night the boys' basketball team had their first game and the Lady Makos face off against Florida Christian this afternoon! 

Last night the Posse Foundation held its first Posse Miami Scholar Awards Ceremony.  Three exceptional young ladies from MAST were recognized and received full scholarships to Mount Holyoke College.  Crystal Reed, Sumiya Tasmin, and Candy Gonzalez were all awarded scholarships and a spot in the Posse Miami Mount Holyoke One.  The awards ceremony was wonderful and very enjoyable.  A big thank you to all the ladies' families who attended in support of them.  The entire MAST family is very proud of our Posse Scholars!  We look forward to hearing about your experiences next December as part of our alumni assembly.

In addition to this excellent news, Dr. Khalil has arranged a major planting event this Saturday, January 9, 2010 with TREEmendous Miami, City Year, and CSX.  Student volunteers are being recruited to help with the event from 8:30am until 12 noon.  Community service hours will be awarded to students who volunteer to participate.  I hope to see many Makos lending a hand as we aim to plant 200 native species shrubs and trees.  Many thanks to Dr. Khalil for leading the way in the greening of MAST.

I'd also like to congratulate Ms. Fernandez and Dr. Khalil for winning grants.  Dr. Khalil won a Target field trip grant to fund trips to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  Ms. Fernandez's grant will be used for expansion of an underwater robotics program.  Many thanks to Dr. Haun, Mr. Tohulka, and Ms. Garcia for all of their work on another grant proposal done in conjunction with FIU.  Unfortunately, despite all of their amazing work, MAST will not be the recepient of the funding.  Again, thank you to all of you for your efforts that go well above and beyond.  You are a credit to our school.

Finally, please remember that midterm exams are right around the corner, January 15 through 21, 2010.  Make sure you are preparing now.  Do not procrastinate!  Serious exams require serious preparation!  I will publish the schedule later in the week or earlier next week.

Until the next, fair winds and calm seas!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Youth Leadership Miami

Sponsored by:

Youth Leadership Miami provides high school student from public and private schools to meet and interact with local community leaders.  The program's goals are to expand community awareness, broaden personal experiences, and help high schoolers explore future career opportunities.

Interested families need to complete an application by tomorrow, January 6, 2010.  You can find the application by clicking on the title of this blog entry  Good luck and enjoy the experience!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Returning from Shore Leave - January 2010

Welcome back aboard!  It certainly was a great, relaxing break.  There is much to report and write about but it will have to wait for tomorrow!  Other work is taking precedent and must be completed!  It was great to see our ship come back to life with all of the students and crew members.  Welcome back everyone and let's get ready for midterms!

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