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The Commandant’s corner is a bi-weekly message board presented by Commandant Anthony Pullella.  Stay up-to-date with the current news and noteworthy events happening in the world of DMA. To sign up to receive the Commandant’s Corner via email, please contact Donna Galinskie.  Be sure to include your cadet’s name in the message.
Commandant’s Corner - September 18th, 2017
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! We hope your Monday morning is off to a pleasant start and the weekend was kind to you. Now it is time to get back into work mode and acquaint yourself with what is happening around DMA.  There will be a pop quiz next week in regards to this material. Last Monday, September 11th was our 9/11 tribute.  Thank you to all the families and organizations who came out to remember with us.  Those who have not had the chance, we welcome you to join us next year.  We are planning our ribbon cutting ceremony for Thursday, October 12th at 12:00pm.  With the entire regiment in attendance space will be limited. However, we would still love for you to join us, but will just need to have a head count.  If you would like to attend, please email Mrs. Galinskie at donna.galinskie@dma.k12.de.us   Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. That evening DMA will host our first game in the new Dome.  We are working on the details of that event and will keep you apprised just as soon we have everything ironed out. Last Thursday night was Back to School Night for DMA.  We had a wonderful turnout and all of our families were on time to class, and seemed engaged. Well, except for the one parent I saw sitting in detention.  I am still waiting to see the write up .  Hopefully, everyone had a chance to take a look at the new Academic Wing and Athletic Center, as we are excited to open up the entire facility soon! As we begin our third week of school, we would like to thank you all again for your patience with transportation.  We are still working out a few wrinkles, but overall we have addressed all concerns.  A few changes have been made on some of the routes, however we have not yet posted these updates to the website.  We are in the process of adjusting the routes, and will post them to the website for your reference in the near future.  Should you have any questions or concerns with transportation, feel free to contact Mr. Gatson @ Kenneth.Gatson@dma.k12.de.us   Thank you. The PSAT/NMSQT is being offered to interested Juniors at DMA on Wednesday, October 11th. This is the last opportunity for Juniors to take the PSAT at school. Plus, it is the first step in qualifying for merit based scholarships. To register, see Ms. Urquhart. The cost is $20.00 cash or check made out to DMA.  Any questions, please contact Ms. Urquhart. This Thursday evening at 6:30pm in the mess hall is the joint PTA/Music and Sports Boosters meeting.  If you attend just one meeting this is it, because they usually have cookies and drinks! haha… seriously, it is the perfect time to find out what each organization does for DMA.  Please come out hear what is happening and get involved to the degree that you can.  Being involved makes the whole DMA experience more fulfilling. The first Senior College Workshop will be this evening at 6:30pm in the mess hall. We will have a short overview of our college process followed by a financial aid workshop. The workshop is geared towards seniors and their parents, but all are welcome! Senior picture retakes will take place on Thursday, September 21st. Any senior who wishes to have a senior picture retake, must click on the link (https://goo.gl/forms/t8CjjeQ5uh64v0Sk2) and sign up. Pictures will be taken in the morning and cadets will be notified of their appointment time. Please contact Mrs. Certesio with any questions. There will be an informational meeting on September 20th at 6:30 PM in Mrs. Dick's room in FH-3 for cadets and/or families interested in traveling to Spain and Italy in the summer of 2018. Cadets must sign up on the clip board in Mrs. Dick's room or email her at tara.dick@dma.k12.de.us  to let her know they are interested and coming to the meeting. Any questions, just ask Mrs. Dick. Welcome Back Seahawk Nation and all of our sports fans! o Thank you to all the Fall Sports families for making our transition to the online Family ID registration process a great success. o All of our teams are up and running in Varsity, JV and Freshman action! o The Football team and cheerleaders are off to a 2-0. They soundly defeated DSAC foe Wilmington Charter in Week 1 and then defeated D2 power Milford in dramatic fashion when they kicked a field goal as time expired to avenge last year’s loss. They play First State Military Academy in their first home game this Friday Night at Baynard Stadium. This is the first in a series that may become a great tradition as the Academies line up against each other. Good luck! o Cross Country has represented well in their first two meets. In week one they were at the Lake Forest Invitational followed by the White Clay Creek Classic. They participate in the Oberod Invitational this Saturday. Good luck to all of our runners! o Field Hockey has had a rough start at 0-3 but have played better in each game. Keep up the hard work girls, and those wins will come. They play Hodgson today and Concord on Friday. Good luck, ladies! o The soccer team is off to a hot start winning three in a row, including a dominating victory over DSAC rival 3-0. They play FSMA this Wednesday. Good luck! o Volleyball started off the year by defeating FSMA they participated in a tournament at Hempfield HS over the weekend where they played very well. They have their first home game tomorrow night. Good luck, ladies!!! We hope you have a great rest of the week, and look forward to seeing you at various events. Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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