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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Long Sail Without Port

I have been painfully aware that way too much time has passed since I had or taken the time to post to my blog.  Now that I've logged in and realized that over a month has passed, honestly, I'm a bit ashamed.  It is not for lack of occurance that I have faltered in my posting, it has most certainly been an extremely busy time for everyone at MAST.

Over the course of the last month, we have done much.  In fact, tonight and tomorrow during activities is our Spring Showcase.  Other new and terrifically successful events have included Mr. Mako, freshman lock in, the annual USCG JROTC Pass in Review, State semifinal and final robotic competitions, laser tag, and numerous other field trips, classes projects and exams.

In addition to all of these events, two MAST students, Charnelle Bland & Shanique Martin, qualified for the Intel International Science Competition, one student, Tosca Lichtenheld, was nominated for the United States Presidential Scholars program.  Also, Tosca Lichtenheld & Phil Ordonez received notification of their status as finalist for the National Merit Scholarhip program.

The magnet application window closed for the 2010-2011 school year.  MAST's admissions office has completed the review and determination of eligibility for all applicants.  Over the next week or so we are expecting to receive our random selection lists from the district.  Once the lists are received, we will begin the process of extending offers to the students on the list.  Good luck to all applicants!

We have also begun our spring sports season - Water Polo is in full gale!  The Makos opened against Miami Country Day with the lady Makos playing hard but losing a tough opener and the boys handily defeating the Spartans.  This afternoon the boys played a tough Columbus team - a match that always means a lot ot both teams.  Both the boys & girls play Wednesday and Thursday at the Shark Tank.  Hope to see you there!

I will close with a note as to this year's PTSA Gala - Treasure Island.  This is the PTSA's big fund raiser for the year.  Invitations went out and several calls have also been made to invite our entire community to come out and enjoy an evening dedicated to the celebration of MAST.  This year's honorees are Chico and Cindy Goldsmith - long time MAST supporters and friends.  Please put March 19th on your calendar and join us the the Links on Key Biscayne.  If you'd like any additional information, please contact the PTSA.

With that, I will close this entry and try not to try and make up a month of MAST in a single post.  FCAT is upon us and we will be in testing mode for the next two weeks.  Please be ready!  Rest and come prepared! 

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