Fins Up Newsletter

McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

February 10, 2023

Happy Friday! It was a great, full week of learning! The students have been working extremely hard and giving forth their best effort to learn new things. This is part of the year when teachers work through most of the standards and then revisit many standards taught throughout the year. It is a significant time for students to be present at school, so they don't miss those skills. I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend. There is no school on Monday, 2/13, or Tuesday, 2/14 (Happy Valentine's Day). We celebrated with the parties this afternoon, and it was evident that when you are kind, it helps others just as much as it helps you. We love all of our sharks, and we will see you on Wednesday, February 15th.

Committed to Success,

Heather Touchberry

Earn FREE Baseball Tickets? Here's the Greenville Drive Reading Challenge!

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From Mrs. Mayo and Ms. Wilson

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SKATE NIGHT - February 23rd

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MAST Applications for NEW Students

Applications are now OPEN for new students that would like to apply for our Magnet and Montessori programs. If you have friends or family members interested, please use the link below. There are also tours and open house nights available at the second link.



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MAST Fundraisers

SHARK Spirit Rock

We have a new addition this year to our school! It's a spirit rock to be rented out by families to celebrate their student! The guidelines and sign up link is below. All proceeds will help fund our field trips this year! Please be sure to pay AND sign up on SignUp Genius.

School Resource Officer Appreciation Day

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Family Engagement Opportunities

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Beta Club Spring Service Project- HELP THE HUMANE SOCIETY!

Last week to donate items for this service project will be Wednesday, February 15.
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Reading Corner- Give Poetry a Try!

As students move to the upper grades they will be exposed to more poetry in reading. Reading poetry is an excellent skill as it exposes students to a unique style of writing and a variety of figurative language. Reading poetry can be incredibly challenging for students as it is not typically a genre they choose to read. Below are some great options for students that can be found online, at the local library, and at the school library!

Also, another fun way to look at "poetry" could be through song lyrics! These are written similarly to poems and include figurative language, tone/mood, themes, etc.

Great Poets for Students:

  • Shel Silverstein
  • Jack Prelutsky
  • Douglas Florian
  • Kenn Nesbitt

Try out Kenn Nesbitt's poetry website- to find excellent poems written by popular poets and kids!

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In honor of African American History Month, we are linking this article to famous scientist and inventors. There are many careers represented such as: astronauts, chemists, and engineers.

We have also included a segment on our SHARK NEWS to recognize these accomplishments.

African American Scientist and Inventors

February Lunch Menu

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February School Events

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