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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.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Grease - MAST Performing Arts Club

Last night MAST's Performing Arts Club held the second showing of their production of Grease.  To a full house, the students sang and danced their way to through a stellar performance.  It was fun to sit back and see audience dancing and singing along from their seats.  My complements to the cast and crew who showed what dedication, initiative, and passion.  Their drive showed through last night in the performance.  It was excellent.  Many thanks to Mr. Hamilton for his guidance and direction, not to mention the time he spends helping the club members develop their production.  Finally, it was wonderful to see so many MAST families and alum at the show showing their pride for all the hard work and effort of the cast and crew.  Great job, performing arts club!  I can't wait to see wait to see what next year brings!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Weekly Calendar - May 10 through 14, 2010

AP Exam week #1 down and AP Exam week #2 about to begin.  Our voyage time is short and we have much to do!  For everyone taking exams, rest well and come ready to do your best.  Show what it is to be a Mako!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Weekly Calendar for May 3 through 7, 2010

Please remember that the big event for the next two weeks is AP exams!  All students who are taking exams should be sure to rest well and have a good breakfast on the day of their exams!  Good luck!  You have worked hard, now it is time to shine!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Solar Celebration is on the Horizon

One of MAST's most exciting presentations is on the horizon and approaching quickly - Solar Celebration!  Below is a flyer and invitation for the community to come and see how MAST students are learning about and developing ideas to green our community today and think about the way we interact with our environment in the future!  Hope to see everyone there!

Last week the district announcef its BeSafe anonymous reporting system.  The system allows students to report crimes at school such as weapons, drugs, or any other school safety concern without the fear of repercussion.  Below is the flyer that describes how to use the system via text, web, or phone!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Welcome to May - Swift Currents Ahead

Welcome to May and the nearing of the end of our voyage.  It is amazing to see that we have already reached this point of our year!  I cannot believe that things have gone by so quickly.  Now is not the time to rest on our laurels but the time to forge ahead valiantly!

Tomorrow we begin two weeks of AP exams.  This is definitely one of our highlight periods.  Here is where many, if not most, of MAST students get to show the shine they have acquired over the course of the year.  All the hard work that they and their teachers have put in come to a point. Congratulations and keep your eyes set on the prize!  Now is the time when focus is most important!  Good luck!  I am proud of all your work to get to this point!

Tomorrow night is also our last PTSA meeting of the year.  Please join us at 7:00PM in the MAST auditorium.  All parents and students, present and future are invited.  Come see what a great organization the MAST PTSA is and how much our parents do to support our teachers and students.

Most notably, tomorrow begins Teacher Appreciation Week.  As we begin, let me be the first to thank MAST teachers for all that they do to help our students learn and grow.  In all my time in education, I have not known better. It is an honor to serve with you on each voyage.  Again, thank you for everything and please keep striving to make MAST an even better place for young people to learn.  Parents and students, please take a moment to let your favorite teachers know that they are special and that you appreciate what they have done for you and for our school.

Finally, as we all know well by now, MAST was not chosen one of the top three schools in the Commencement Challenge.  Although it has not turned out as I would have hoped, I cannot fully express the pride I feel for the work that our community has done.  The correspondence I have received from such an amazingly diverse group of people is breath-taking.  Thank you to all the parents, teachers, students, alumni, local TV news channels, local papers, local radio stations, and all the other MAST friends and family members that spread the news and came together in an effort to support MAST.  As I wrote in an earlier post, to see our entire community and all its connections come together to support us in such a singular fashion is absolutely inspirational.  After living through this experience, I know that MAST is one of those particular entities that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  The best news f all is that the White House will be working with each of the finalists to arrange for a cabinet level of senior staff level commencement speaker to be at this year's graduation!  (We don't know yet, but when we do we'll share it right away)

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