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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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recycling Decor - Nice Tree!

After the Recycling Wars and with Earth Day 2011 pending, some students came up with a great design that fits right in with our tropical environment!

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Floating Stage Projects - MAST Engineering

Click on the video below to see video of the student projects on a floating stage design for the Marine Stadium next door to MAST Academy.  Congratulations to Ms. Fernandez's classes for some really great work!

To see each of the teams' individual projects, and leave comments please visit the MAST Floating Stage Project blog.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

District Water Polo Tournament Update

Congratulations to both MAST water polo teams for their victories and advancing to the district finals! The girls beat Miami Beach 7-6 and the beat Columbus 11-10. The students showed tremendous heart and persistence. Be proud!

More to come as we head to the MAST-MCDS finals beginning in under an hour!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

At the Ususal Clip!

Our voyage is progressing about as fast as anyone can possibly imagine.  Thank you to everyone involved in FCAT testing as we closed Friday with over 97% of students having tested and an incredibly small number of make ups to complete this week.  With no time to waste, we are headed right into AP testing and finally EOC testing.

This past weekend Ms. Reboredo ran an amazingly successful Model United Nations event at MAST.  Schools from around the county came to MAST and, according to Ms. Reboredo, they very much enjoyed what MAST was able to provide in terms of facilities and organizations.  Special thanks to everyone who, and especially Ms. Reboredo, made this such a success not only for our students but for all who came to the Model UN.

Finally, water polo districts are upon us!  This Wednesday both the boys' and girls' teams face some tough competition as MAST hosts the District 10 tournament.  Please check the Makos ABC flyer for the game times that the Makos are playing and come out to support our players as they make a run for states!

Smooth sailing until the next ...

Humboldt Squid Dissection via Skype!

Here is a brief video of the Humboldt squid dissection that Mr. Tohulka arranged for our students to participate in via Skype with Newburyport High school in Massachusetts.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MAST Lady Makos Soccer Standouts!

Congratulations to the Lady Makso for an outstanding season and their nominations to the All-Dade team.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2011 AP Exam Schedule

Here's a copy of the 2011 Advanced Placement Exam schedule. Copies are also available online at

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Pool Shark Reappears!

After an unexpected travel delay, the Pool Shark was back in full force for FCAT 2011 Day 2! The elusive creature is seen here with pool cue and magic FCAT dust.

Good luck, Makos! Take a bite out of that FCAT!

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FCAT Day 1 Done, FCAT Day 2 is Here!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone for making the first day of FCAT this year go so well.  We had 97% or better attendance in all three tested grade levels for yesterday's first round.  Today the 9th and 10th graders have reading for a short period in the morning while 11th and 12th graders have normal class.  Tomorrow is the first day of computer-based Math testing.  Good luck, Makos! Make us proud!

Tonight is also busy at MAST with our PTSA meeting at which Boston University admissions director, Mr. Jon Korhone, will speak about the college admissions process and related information and concerns.  The meeting and presentation begin this evening at 7PM in the MAST Auditorium.

Between FCAT and PTSA, we have our EESAC meeting this afternoon, too.  Sounds like another busy day on Virginia Key.  Pleasant day to all.  See you for the presentation!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

MAST Water Polo - Miami Herald Article

MAST and Palmetto capture GMAC titles


MAST Academy’s boys’ water polo team has watched other schools win GMAC championships in their pool in recent years.

On Saturday afternoon, it was the Makos’ turn to celebrate.

Led by a solid defensive effort from goalkeeper Charles Hickey and a balanced scoring attack, MAST defeated last year’s state runner-up Columbus 14-11 in the Title-GMAC boys’ water polo championship.

The Makos (12-2) snapped Columbus’ four-year reign as GMAC champions with the victory, and won their first GMAC crown since 1997.

“This all started two years ago with a young team that has been getting better over time,” MAST coach Yuniel Usin said.

On the girls’ side, Palmetto won its second GMAC championship in a row with a 13-6 victory over Miami Beach. The Panthers (12-3) took control of the match early in the second half, as Julianna Matos converted several of her shots.

Matos, a San Diego State signee, scored a game-high nine goals and had three steals. Samantha Shaffer also had three goals, two assists and two steals.

Goalkeeper Tori Wick paced Palmetto’s defense with three blocks. She also had 10 blocks in Palmetto’s 13-7 semifinal win against Krop.

“It’s all thanks to great senior leadership,” Wick said. “We really wanted that gold medal.”

MAST had great goaltender play as well as Hickey stopped several Columbus shots throughout the boys’ final. With the game tied at nine heading into the fourth quarter, the Makos took an 11-9 lead. Columbus cut it to one and nearly tied it, but a shot by Luis Carrodeguas hit the post. MAST answered with two goals by Nicolas Sellar to pull away. Sellar finished with three goals as did Gabriel Garcia and Alberto Regalado. Sam Gregorio and Joseph Trutie each had two goals and Ryan Reifenberg had one.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Breaking News from the MAST Water Front!

This just in - The Makos Men's water polo team defeated the Columbus Explorers by a score of 13-11 to win the GMAC Championship!  Congratulations to the Makos for a tremendous victory!

Friday, April 8, 2011

FCAT: Who Will Be Testing? - Information for Next Week

Please see below and know when you will be testing and which part of the FCAT will be given on each day over the course of the FCAT testing window.

MAST's Electric Comsumption Drops Again!

Below is the latest report I received from the district regarding our electric consumption for the 2010-2011 school year.  My thanks to everyone for being cognizant of wasteful habits and correcting them.  Along with our physical plant projects, the extra care you have been taking to make sure no lights are left on or other electrical appliances left on are having a huge impact.  Congratulations to everyone!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

BU College Admissions Director Coming to MAST

A reminder from Ms. Cosgrove in the CAP Office:

Jon Korhone, Admissions Director at Boston University, will be at MAST for an informational session on the college application process.

Mark your calendar ...

April 12, 7:00 pm in the MAST auditorium.

It's time to begin organizing for the college application process and this is a great way to receive valuable information and have your questions answered. I hope to see all the rising seniors at this presentation.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mecha Makos at Practice

Here is a video I shot a few weeks back showing one of our Mecha Makos teams practicing with their robot on our field in the Inidian Atrium.

This and other MAST videos can be found on YouTube on the MASTCapt channel.

Solar Pond Looking Sharp!

Although it was a cloudy day yesterday, the studnets' work on the solar pond shone through!  It is cleaned up and looking very sharp.  Thank you to Dr. Khalil and her kids for putting in the work to make the pond look so good.

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"The Last Text"

This is a link to a video that a former MAST parent sent to us yesterday about texting and driving. It is very powerful and definately something to see.  Please share it.

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