Fins Up Newsletter

McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

August 20, 2022

Good Saturday Morning Shark Families!

It was a busy week as our students started our School Wide Project Based Learning Unit (PBL) with our IMPACT classes. To begin the unit, we took our first walking field trip to a bee apiary, which happens to be the backyard of Coach Houston's daughter's house. It was very informative and we can't wait to continue to learn more within our art, music, coding, P.E., and media center classes about bees and how to protect these important insects! Our school was created on the foundation of engaging students in learning for real-life application in STEM.

We are about to start week 4. It is hard to believe! I guess time flies when you are having fun learning! Have a wonderful weekend!

Committed to Success,

Heather Touchberry


We are so excited to introduce SHARK SWAG to our students and families this year! SWAG stands for Students With Academic Goals. They are represented by charms that students get to wear on a necklace or bracelet while they are at school. Students can earn the Shark SWAG for various different goals while at school, in related arts (IMPACT classes), for assessments, and for good attendance. Each grade level has specific goals as well. The students are super excited about showing off their SWAG and displaying their achievements each day. At the end of each quarter, students will be able to trade in their SWAG to attend a special celebration.

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Family Engagement Opportunities

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Information for SHARK Families

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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!

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Tech It Home

Each student at MAST will receive a Chromebook for school and home use for assignments. Each family is responsible for a $25 fee per student to bring their Chromebook home. The link is below or you can use the QR code.

MAST Aftercare - 2022-2023 School Year

Don't forget to sign up for aftercare! The information and link for signing up are both below.

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Community Opportunities

YAMS is Back!

Interested 3-5 grades students will have the opportunity to participate in YAMS. For more information and to sign up, please click the link below.

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