August 13, 2018
Dear Families, Students and Staff,
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer.
The 9th grade students and parents are invited to a mandatory orientation for 9th grade and new students on August 23rd 5:00-6:30 at the high school. During the session you will meet key people and learn more about the school schedule and expectations. The first day for 9th grade students is August 27th and the first day for grades 10-12 is August 28th. Students must be in the advisory room by 7:45 am and will be dismissed at 2:30 pm.
Our mission at Maritime is to ensure every cadet is prepared to succeed in college, career or a branch of the military. Our school has a highly committed and dedicated board, talented teachers, supportive staff, amazing families and partnerships. We demand high standards, have great expectations and offer many extra-curricular opportunities to our students. Maritime prides itself in providing a triple “A” program – Strong Academics, Athletics and the Arts.
For me, the word of the year is BELIEVE. I believe what we do matters. I believe that leadership makes a difference and teaching matters greatly. I believe we have the talent to absolutely accelerate learning. I believe we must collectively build on the progress we have made over the years. I believe families and community are an essential resource that we must embrace. I believe in our students’ capacity to learn.
Our 2018-2019 goals are to:
- Provide a rigorous academic program within the maritime theme.
- Provide a safe learning environment.
- Ensure all cadets receive the necessary supports so that they meet with success.
- Ensure students are on track to graduation and prepared for career.
- Celebrate outstanding attendance and student progress.
Last year we met with a lot of success and some challenges. We had a 2% increase in Average Daily Attendance – from 90% to 92%. Forty-five (45) seniors plan on attending college, 9 plan to enter the military and 8 plan to go directly to the workforce. Twenty-two students attended Community College of Philadelphia and received college credits. Eighteen students participated in Advanced Placement courses. Fifty students participated in the athletics program. The art students were finalist in the Film Festival and we hosted 3 music concerts.
We still however continue to struggle with student absenteeism and punctuality. I urge every student to set a personal goal to attend daily on time, do your best and ask for help. We offer afterschool study hall and Saturday School. This structure provides a quiet place supervised by a teacher with technology access to our students.
Have a great new school year!
Maritime Academy Charter High School Principal