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Oct 10 2012

“Sweat the Small Stuff”

At Mastery, we have many mottos and mantras, but one of the all encompassing, everyday values we abide by as a “Master-ific” way of life: “Sweat the Small Stuff.” Now, in terms of Mastery’s vision of what it means to “Sweat the Small Stuff,” it may appear that we are being “strict,” “rigid,” and “controlling”…

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Sep 15 2012

Be the Calm in the Storm

You may think you’ve seen ADHD in action, but you have no idea. When a child, physically, mentally, and emotionally, has no control due to the neurological functioning of his brain… When he cannot sit, or stand, or walk even, without throwing his arms up, or grabbing anything within reach, because he felt the urge…

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Aug 31 2012

Keeping a Straight Face

As we are approaching “High Five Friday!” of our first full week of school, there are a few things I need to write down and let go, and other things I need to hold on to, for the tougher days ahead. Let’s start with Monday, the first day of “official instruction.”  This means, we’re supposed…

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Aug 23 2012

“We’ve all been there..”

Palms sweating, tears welling, nerves? excitement?  fear?  too much coffee? or is this an anxiety attack? That was my emotional state as I drove to school this morning.  And of course, as soon as I walk in the door, someone asks me “How are you doing?” with that sympathetic tone.  I, being a model Mastery…

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“‘Twas the night before The First Day of School, and all through the house, Miss S was sure stirring… Too nervous to rhyme.   Her lunch was all packed, her bags all prepared, in hopes that the children… would not be there.   She knew it was not the right thing to think, but really,…

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Aug 14 2012


Finally!  We have moved from our current headquarters at the Mastery Charter central office/the Pickett Campus to our permanent home… Mann Elementary. http://www.masterycharter.org/schools/mann-campus/life-at-mann/photo-gallery-5.html Our “Mann”-ly welcome began with the principal.  Let’s just say, this is a man on a mission. He expects big things, and above all that we “Teach our hearts out.”  This sounds…

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Aug 12 2012

The Mastery Way of Excellence

My first experiences with my new school system have been nothing short of Excellent.  How could they be anything less?  It is, after all, Mastery Charter’s mantra; “Excellence.  No Excuses.”   As I dive head first, and whole-heartedly, into my new organization, I have begun to fall in love with the Mastery way of Life……

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