As they were leaving for the summer, little did MAST students know that the same fish they saw at the end of last year would not be the same fish they saw this year. Over the summer, temperatures in the school reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, warping the lab table in Chemistry teacher Alain Wurmser’s classroom, causing it to tilt.
When Marine Science teacher Christina Walker discovered this, she immediately thought about the two fish tanks in English teacher Stella Crespo’s and World History teacher Calvin Webb’s classrooms, two rooms that were notorious for being warm despite the air conditioning.
It is a general rule of thumb that fish need to be in an environment between 75 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit in order to survive. If Walker had not noticed the temperature change in MAST, all the fish would have been dead on the spot.
Luckily Walker was able to find them new homes, and they are swimming safe and sound with their new owners. During the beginning of the new school year, Walker, her interns, and The Ocean Conservation Club members worked on restoring the fish tanks.
English teacher Lindsey Peters-Jorge has received a fish tank with plenty of goldfish swimming freely. Physical Education teacher Ruth Gutierrez has mentioned that she would like a fish tank as well, so Walker and her interns are currently working on setting one up for her.
Freshman Gabriella Suarez’s parents donated a fish tank that will be placed near Assistant Principal Dr. Maggie Rodriguez’s Office. Walker and her interns are currently setting up this tank.
What would MAST be if it weren’t for the fish tanks around the school? The fish tanks are a constant reminder to the students and staff members that our school is unique for its marine theme.
There aren’t many schools unique as ours. So look around the school for the new members of the MAST community.