Fins Up Newsletter

McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

August 26, 2022

It's been another great week of learning! We also began our MAP testing this week and our sharks worked hard to show what they knew. When they take this test at this point in the year, it is only to show the teachers what they need to guide instruction for all of the students. As the year progresses, we hope to help their weaknesses and build on their strengths!

Also, the 3rd-grade field trip to Earthshine is coming up! If you have not let Mrs. Phillips know you want your shark to attend, please do that this week. We would love for all of our students to attend this highly engaging and amazing opportunity to see their skills come to life in this setting! Have a wonderful weekend and we can't wait to see you on Monday!

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.

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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Get Your SHARK Merchandise