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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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