MAS Newsletter | Spring 2022

Latest Good News from MAS

We have the capacity to provide more students with an excellent MAS educational experience! We anticipate offering approximately 300 new seats in the 2022-2023 school year at both our Yale and Old Coors campuses. We serve all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and gifted students, regardless of their current or past academic performance.

State law mandates that students be admitted through a blind lottery process which will be held on April 8th of this year. If seats are unavailable, students will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are received. Visit our online application at https://mascharterschool.schoolmint.net/signup.  You can also contact us by phone at 505-242-3118 or by email at [email protected]



MAS was highlighted in the U.S. News and World Report as being among the 30 percent of elementary and middle schools in New Mexico, making it both a U.S. News Best Elementary School and a Best Middle School.  See what they published about MAS at U.S. News and World Report.



In late 2022, MAS also received its charter school renewal from the New Mexico Public Education Commission (NMPEC). NMPEC members made a unanimous decision to renew our school charter for five more years, the maximum allowable renewal period. A team at MAS worked hard on the renewal process and Commissioners provided many positive comments and support for the work we all do at MAS. Congratulations to our staff, students, and families who both spoke at the hearing from the perspective of former MAS students!



Celebrations of academic achievement are an important part of creating a culture of success at Mission Achievement Success School. At the end of the first semester in December of 2021, MAS teachers and students at the Yale and Old Coors campuses celebrated the achievements of our students with a recognition ceremony and by watching movies, enjoying popcorn and desserts. Top performers in our elementary grades got their names submitted for a drawing for a free bicycle and twelve students won a bicycle, compliments of Tony Brown, Power OnTechnology and Cornelius Smith, Clearly Clean Janitorial. Here are some of our math results:

  • We met all of our Quarter 1 goals for MS Math — we are among the top schools in our Navigator cohort in terms of teachers scoring proficient in the Quarter 1 rubric.
  • 3rd grade scored at the top with 21% above the national cohort average
  • 4th grade scored 9% above the national cohort average
  • 81 percent of teachers met their rubric score. (We had the most growth of all schools in terms of teacher growth (2.92 pts on the rubric; exceeding the 1.5 average.)

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MAS Featured Teacher – Jon Cunningham

Mr. CunninghamSuccessful teachers come from all kinds of backgrounds and MAS has some teachers with some incredibly unique and exceptional backgrounds. One of those teachers is Jon Cunningham.
Jon is one of the hard-working, committed first-year teachers at MAS who teaches reading to approximately 130-second graders at the MAS Old Coors campus. He has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University in integrated studies, including women’s studies and criminology, a background in case management and mental health, and a teaching certification in the State of New Mexico. In addition, Jon has always had a strong interest in early childhood development and sports psychology.
 
But his academic background is just one perspective he brings to teaching.
 
 

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MAS Featured Student – Gabrielle Tennyson

G.TennysonMost of us know the importance of getting a good education in life, but often we don’t acknowledge the role of teachers in encouraging students to persevere and succeed in the face of challenges, steering them in the right direction toward successful adult life. Our featured MAS student, Senior Gabrielle Tennyson, says that the teachers at MAS have made all the difference in his educational journey, saying “they don’t give up on us.” 
When he started at MAS as a sixth-grader, he was hesitant about school as he struggled in academics, especially with reading. This persistence and caring by teachers, as well as his parents, is what Gabrielle credits with moving from a beginning level Lexile of 87 upon enrollment to a Lexile over a 1,000, and for his love of math, especially algebra. 
 
Gabrielle admits that his junior year during Covid was challenging as he had to transition to online learning.  He learned to focus on his schoolwork and limit his screen time. 
 
 

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MAS Parent-Teacher Conferences Serve as Critical Feedback Point for Academic Success

Part of MAS’ commitment to closing the achievement gap of its students is to commit to ongoing teacher professional development and parent-teacher communications through parent-teacher conferences. This is especially important as most students who start at MAS are not performing at basic grade-level expectations. 
In the second week of March, MAS teachers held more than 1,500 parent-teacher meetings. The importance of parent-teacher conferences is significant in pushing a student’s academic achievement forward. A parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to
  • share academic progress and growth based on classroom observations, testing data, assessments, and assignments
  • learn from parents or guardians to be better informed about students' strengths, needs, behaviors, and learning styles
  • discuss strategies to support students' learning and issues that may be interfering with students' learning and growth
 
MAS conferences are more than just reviewing a few assignments and a report card.  In a parent-teacher conference, we display and discuss student test results in reading, math, and science to help parents and students see both learning gaps where improvement is needed, and achievements.  We also discuss factors that can impact learning, such as students’ behavioral and social development as well as regular attendance.
Parent-teacher conferences are just another way MAS strives for excellence in results in children’s education!  We commend the teachers, parents, and students who strive to make these happen!
 
Teacher Development
 
 

We Have Openings for New Students!


Do you know of a family looking for a new school where their children can succeed?  

MAS may just be that school. We anticipate offering approximately 350 new seats in the 2022-2023 school year at both our Yale and Old Coors campuses. We serve all students, including students with disabilities, English learners, and gifted students, regardless of their current or past academic performance.

State law mandates that students be admitted through a blind lottery process which will be held on Friday, April 8 of this year. If seats are unavailable, students will be placed on a waiting list in the order that they are received.  

Visit our online application at https://mascharterschool.schoolmint.net/signup.  
You can also contact us by phone at 505-242-3118 or by email at [email protected].