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Commandant’s Corner - September 10th, 2019
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Happy Tuesday to all! We have a busy week at DMA, so let’s get into what you need to know so when someone asks, “Hey, what is going on at DMA?” You can respond with, “I am glad you asked!” Yesterday, we held our grade level assemblies and reviewed all pertinent information and policies the cadets need to know in order for this to be a successful school year. Through Naval Science, the cadets will sign off that they attended, understand and agree to the DMA handbook and Zero Tolerance Policy.  As an FYI, the cadet handbook is located on the DMA website under policies and cadet life if you would like to review.  Tuesday, September 11th we will hold our Annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in the Dome.  All our welcome to attend.  We ask you to be here no later than 0745 (7:45am) use the second entrance (Dome entrance) and park in the front of the Dome. We hope you can join us. Thursday, September 12th is our Back to School Night beginning at 1830 (6:30pm) sharp. This is an opportunity to go through your cadets’ class schedule, meet their teachers and get a brief overview of the class.  This is not a time for parent conferences.  They will be held October 3rd.  Thursday, September 19th is the joint PTA, SBC and DMAMA meeting at 1830 (6:30pm) in the Mess Hall.  This is a great opportunity to find out more about the organizations and how to get involved.  We have some wonderful people involved in all three and they are a pleasure to work with. Anyone who is involved will tell you it makes the DMA experience that much more fulfilling! Friday, September 20th is our Ribbon Cutting ceremony for our new stadium.  We are expecting a large turnout and are looking forward to having the Seahawk Nation out in full force!  We have a wonderful ceremony planned and due to the nature of the events scheduled we will need to close the gates from 1825 (6:25pm) to 1855 (6:55pm).  If attending, please get here early (and if possible, please car pool!). We are looking forward to a fun filled, memorable evening with all of you! The PSAT/NMSQT is being offered to interested juniors at DMA on Wednesday, October 16th. This will be the last opportunity for the juniors to take the PSAT at school before the spring SAT dates. Moreover, it is the first step in qualifying for merit-based scholarships. To register, see Mrs. Tocyloski in her office located near Supply. The cost will be $20.00 payable via cash or check.  The deadline for enrolling is September 19th.   Does your cadet love working with their hands? Do they have a knack for putting things together? If so, a construction trade may be the career path for them! On Monday, September 23, the Governor's Construction Career Expo is taking place from 3-6 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. This is a free event and is a wonderful way for cadets and their families to learn more about the great careers and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction trades. If your cadet is interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Wolfe (jessica.wolfe@dma.k12.de.us). Athletic News: The Seahawks had a successful week! o Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Cross Country Team who had positive opening performances from Saturday's Lake Forest Invitational.  Both of our Varsity Girls and Boys placed 3rd and our Boys Junior Varsity finished in a close 2nd in the Small School Division.   The team competes at the White Clay Creek Classic this Friday. o Congratulations to the football team who defeated Wilmington Charter 43-0. The team played with great passion and displayed great sportsmanship! o Congratulations to the band and cheerleading team who had great performances at the game. The atmosphere was exciting and fun for all! o Congratulations to the volleyball team who defeated Newark Charter 3-0. We hope you have a great rest of the week and look forward to seeing you around campus! Kind regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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