CEO / Principal's Message

Last Updated: 8/2/2021 3:24 PM

LETTER FROM THE CEO

Dear Maritime Cadets, Families, Staff, Teachers and Community Members,

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 School Year!  The pandemic of COVID19, lasting for approximately fourteen (14) months from March 2019 up through June of 2021, was a horrific period for education and for all students. Over 600,000 Americans died and virtually everyone was touched by tragedy. Needless to say, it has been an extraordinary time in our history as a Country and a School. Despite the disruption of a normal school experience, in 2020, we were able to hold a Virtual Graduation and Move Up Day; and in 2021, we were able to hold an In Person outdoor Senior Graduation and outdoor 8th grade Move Up Day. Each of those events were executed to perfection. Many thanks to our Administrators, Teachers, Support Staff and you, our Cadet Students and Families.

I encourage every family and all cadets, age 12 and up, to take every opportunity to get vaccinated before you return to school in August. We were fortunate to be able to engage the Centennial Pharmacy to come to our school and perform vaccination of cadets, staff, and even some parents. I have been advised that you can walk into Centennial Pharmacy and be vaccinated. In order for us to safely open school, with or without wearing masks, it is very important that you be vaccinated. 

We are providing a full lineup of summer programs which began on July 1, 2021. This will include 21st Century CLC, Credit Recovery, and Extended School Year Services. We will also provide opportunities for our Cadets at Glen Foerd and the Independence Seaport Museum. It is not all school work, but includes many and diverse recreational activities. There will be boat building, art, music, and athletic/ sports events. You will have the opportunity to fully engage in learning and at the same time, have some fun with your classmates and meet and greet new friends and students.

We will greet new Teachers on August 23, 2021. All teachers will return for Professional Development on August 24, 2021. The first day of school for 9th graders is on Monday, August 30, 2021. The first day of school for all Maritime cadets is on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  It will be a welcome return to learning in our school buildings.

We have many maritime programs and initiatives available to the cadets of MACS. Some examples are: Maritime Studies at the middle school and high school, Sea Cadets at the high school and League Cadets at the middle school, Boat Building, both at the middle school and the high school at the Independence Seaport Museum and Glen Foerd, Sea Perch Robotics, Sea Shanty Chorus, Sailing, visits to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, sailing on the tall ship Niagara, visits to Maritime Colleges, field trips to marine terminals, among other diverse activities. We have a very strong and active relationship with the United States Coast Guard. Coasties are mentors and our cadets regularly attend the USCG station in Philadelphia and the USCG station in Cape May, NJ. Our Sea and League Cadet programs are the only sea cadet programs in the City of Philadelphia. 

We encourage all of our cadets to develop an interest in the maritime field and employment, consider attending one of the maritime colleges, federal academies or attend a maritime trade program offered by one of the maritime unions. Our goal is to give our cadets an appreciation of our nation's maritime heritage and encourage them to love all things maritime and become active members of the maritime workforce. We will continue our maritime speakers program by inviting members of the maritime community to come in and speak about their work and opportunities in the maritime industry.  The current maritime workforce is aging which presents opportunities for a new workforce, younger and tech savvy, to enter into the maritime industry.

At the same time, MACS is not exclusively a maritime school. In our high school, we offer Advanced Placement College level courses, and in conjunction with the Community College of Philadelphia, we offer the opportunity to take Dual Enrollment courses attaining High School and College Credits. These talented students can take a college level course and experience a college environment while still enrolled in high school. In this year's graduating class, thirteen (13) graduates will be attending Holy Family University School of Nursing. Our cadets attend many Colleges and Universities studying diverse fields of learning. Currently, MACS has two of its female cadet graduates who are students at SUNY Maritime College. Many of our cadet graduates enlist in the US Coast Guard, US Navy, US Army, US Air Force and US Marine Corps. It should be noted that women have been well received in maritime education and career opportunities. They are Captains and Chief Engineers of US Merchant Ships and Executives and Leaders in many maritime related businesses. 

Thank you for your support and cooperation in helping make our school a success. I look forward to returning to a healthy, active in-school experience at our Elementary, Middle and High School. 

Sincerely,

Eugene Mattioni, Esq., Chief Executive Officer

 

LETTER FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Dear Maritime Cadets, Families and Staff:

Welcome back to a new school year. I hope that you were able to enjoy the summer months and are ready to have an amazing school year. We are excited to have our cadets back to school for full in-person learning this fall. In 2021-2022, we will not be offering a virtual learning option.

Our mission is to prepare our cadets for college and career. Maritime Academy Charter School (MACS) provides students in grades 1 through 12 a rigorous academic program with the special theme of maritime studies. Our theme this year will continue to be:  Be Rich in Kindness and Year of Inclusion and Diversity.

The 2020-2021 school year was very different and difficult, yet we were able to celebrate many achievements. We are very grateful to the teachers and staff who worked so diligently to ensure our cadets got a quality education during a very challenging COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted our learning and our lives. Thank you, teachers and staff! I am also very proud of the cadets and families, who despite the situation stayed focused and worked very hard.  I am proud and pleased to share some highlights of the year.

On June 2, we had a successful out-door high school graduation at Celebrations in Bensalem, PA. In 20-21 fourteen (14) seniors participated in the Community College of Philadelphia – Dual Enrollment Program earning both high school and college credits. A total 27 courses were completed with a total of 64 college credits earned. One cadet won second place in the national Four Chaplains Essay Contest. Two virtual music concerts were produced and posted on our website to enjoy. In the fall, a virtual Art Show was produced and posted on our website. The music and art shows were a sampling of the talented cadets that attend MACS. Sea Cadets drilled the entire year. Multiple sea cadets were promoted to higher ranks. We offered in-person school the entire year - August to June for all cadets that needed the in-person support while ensuring the health and safety of everyone. We had “zero” in school transmitted COVID cases. In April, the 11th grade cadets took the SAT exam at the school. On May 14, we had a successful and fun senior night at the Arsenal. Cadets enjoyed a movie, music, and food. They were thrilled to be with each other. In May, our 9th grade cadets took the Algebra and English Keystones and the 10th grade cadets took the Biology Keystones.

Despite the pandemic, Maritime was able to offer open gym and sports opportunities in basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.

  • The Girls' Volleyball Team had an excellent season.
  • The boys’ baseball and girls’ softball teams both won the division championships. 

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Baseball Team!  They are The Philadelphia Public League American Division Champions! The following players have been voted by the Divisional Coaches to the First Team ALL PUBLIC TEAM:

  • Senior Jeffrey Gonzalez
  • Junior Alexander Rodriguez
  • Junior Luke Gumienny and Sophomore Luis Arroyo,  - Luis Arroyo was also voted unanimously by the coaches of the American Division as the "MVP", Most Valuable Player of the division!

Congratulations to the following members of the Girls' Softball Team who have been named First Team ALL Public:

  • Freshman Natalie Mendietta
  • Junior Diani Arzu
  • and Senior Carelyn Santiago-Campos! Congratulations! GO SEADOGS!!!

Our goals for the 2021-2022 school year are:

Goal #1 Achievement: To increase student achievement and close the opportunity gap.

Goal #2 Maritime Studies: To integrate maritime studies in every subject/course.

Goal #3 School Safety: To provide a safe, fun, and relevant learning environment.

Goal #4 College & Career Readiness: To prepare students for success in the workplace, postsecondary education, and a positive contribution to the community.

It is important that every cadet attend school daily, on time and ready to engage in learning. Your support and partnership are appreciated. Below is a list of the supplies they will  need for this school year.

General School Supplies List*

One 4-inch Binder with six Dividers

Lined Paper for 6 subjects

One 1-inch Binder with four dividers

6 two-pocket folders (ideally different colors)

Pencils (minimum of two for each day)

Blue/Black Pens (minimum of two for each day)

Two composition books

One Set of Colored Pencils

One Pack of Index Cards

Highlighters

*Please note that each subject teacher may require some additional supplies

This coming year, we will again be designated a College Board Pre-Advanced Placement school. All ninth graders will have access to Pre-AP curriculum in English, History and Science. All ninth graders will be scheduled to a computer science course that will serve as a math credit.

The New Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM in the mess hall.

The 2021-2022 school year will begin with a full school day for just our 9th Grade cadets on Monday, August 30, 2021.  Cadets, in full uniform, will report to school from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Cadets will receive important information regarding high school expectations, meet their teachers, receive their locker assignments, and more. The first day for all high school cadets is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Cadets will report to advisory no later than 7:30 AM.

We will follow the appropriate recommended safety and wellness protocols based on the most recent PA and Philadelphia Departments of Health guidelines.

Once again, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I look forward to working with you to ensure our cadets have a great experience at MACS. Please visit our website often for important updates and information at https://www.maritimecharter.org.

Sincerely,

Lucy Feria, Principal

 

LETTER FROM THE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Welcome back to the Elementary/Middle School cadets and families! We are hoping for a return to normalcy over the course of the 2021-2022 school year. Although we will start the school year wearing masks and encouraging all of our eligible stakeholders to get the COVID-19 vaccine; we hope that as the year progresses, restrictions will be lifted and we can get back to teaching and learning without the specter of COVID-19 lingering over us. 

The pandemic allowed us to make some changes that we intend to utilize going forward. The most important of these is the schoolwide use of chromebooks. All cadets in 1st to 12th grade will have their own chromebook that they will be expected to bring to school each day.  This has also allowed us to upgrade to brand new Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies curriculums in 1st to 8th grade. Having four new and up to date textbooks available online is a very exciting event and we hope that we will better be able to address our cadets learning with them. 

Although the 2020-2021 school year had its many challenges, we did have some successes as well! Maritime was one of the very first public schools in the city to offer hybrid instruction during the 2020-2021 school year.  By bringing back grades slowly over time, we were able to safely accommodate any of our cadets who wished to learn partly in person. We had no identified COVID transmissions in our school.  We were able to provide a very moving 8th grade dinner and Move Up celebration that allowed us to honor our 8th grade cadets who are leaving the elementary school after over a year of modified schooling.  Teachers were happy to report that the 2020-2021 school year was the year that they had the best communication with their cadets’ parents.  We were able to utilize several new platforms to engage parents and we look forward to increased parental involvement moving forward.

After not administering PSSA testing in the spring of 2020, almost all of our cadets in 3rd to 8th grade took the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in the spring of 2021. To best accommodate families, we have kept the PSSA examination window open until September so we will be able to finish proctoring the PSSA exams once we return to school on August 31st.  Because the testing window is open for so long, you should not expect to see 2021 PSSA results until sometime in the early winter. 

As we begin to put COVID-19 into our rearview mirror, we hope to see everyone back in school this fall with a renewed sense of purpose about learning.  Now, more than ever, cadets should be thankful that they have a safe school to attend with teachers and staff that care about them and want them to do well.  We will see everyone on August 31st and until then - please stay “Rich In Kindness!”

Sincerely,

Peter Saunders, Elementary/Middle School Principal

 

LETTER FROM DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL SERVICES

Dear Maritime Cadets, Families, Staff, Teachers and Community Members,

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! I am so happy that we will be providing in-person instruction for all of our cadets.

The 2020-2021 school year was a struggle, due to COVID.  I was very happy that, with the support of CEO, Mr. Mattioni, Elementary School Principal, Mr. Saunders, High School Principal, Ms. Feria, our board members and special education staff, we were able to offer limited live instruction for our special education cadets.  Additionally, our virtual cadets remained on task and were able to make academic progress.

In closing, I would like to thank each of you for choosing Maritime Academy Charter School. I am excited about the coming year and I am confident that 2021-2022 will be an excellent year. I truly look forward to serving the Maritime Cadets with dedication and providing a high quality education to every cadet.  Please reach out to me should you have any questions, concerns or requests so I can best support both your family and your cadet as we move back towards a “normal” school year.

Sincerely,

Kimberley Bonanni - Director of Specialized Services