Fins Up Newsletter

McKissick Academy of Science and Technology: Summer Update

July 14, 2021

Good Afternoon Families!

I hope you have had a wonderful summer so far! It is wild to think that there are 13 week days left until the first day of our 21-22 school year! We have exciting plans in store for next year and our teachers have already started planning, cleaning, and organizing for your precious SHARK! Please know we value the time with your student and we are honored to be able to teach your student. We are your partners in their journey through education. As we begin the new year, please know we have a new website! It is and you can download the SDPC (short for School District of Pickens County) App on your phone and receive automatic updates from our site! Also, if you are on social media, please like our Facebook page at McKissick Academy of Science and Technology and follow us on Twitter at @MASTfinsup - we try to sync all of these together so that everyone stays updated as much as possible. See below for more information about registering your Shark for the new upcoming school year!

Committed to Success,

Heather Touchberry

Summer of STEM Fun

Summer of STEM

This year we had our very first Summer of STEM Camp and it was a huge success! Students learned through various themes each week collaboration, teamwork, problem solving skills, and our favorite, STEM! Our camp has helped students stay on a routine, continue to play with friends, and build social skills even in the summer! Summer of STEM Camp will continue through August 2 - the day before school starts. If you have any questions, please email Angela Spearman at

Registration for the new School Year!

If you have been with McKissick Academy, the updating of registration is a different site than those new to our school or our district. Whether new to us or returning, please complete the links below so that your Shark will receive a postcard from their teacher next week! Please make sure your mailing address, email address, and phone numbers are updated or corrected. This is very important! The teachers will send a personalized note with an introduction to each student once we receive the information through Registration Gateway.

Returning Sharks to MAST go here:

  • Username - Child's student number (listed at the top of this email)
  • Password - Your student's date of birth in the following format: mm/dd/yyyy (example: 07/10/2005)

New Sharks to MAST go here:

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Summer Reading Challenge

Don't forget to turn in your Summer Reading Challenge to Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Spearman to participate in our MAST Book Fair!
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