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Let’s Work Together

Good morning Seahawk Nation,

Happy Monday morning to you all. We are excited to have cadets back with us and begin transitioning back to in-person instruction. It has been a long road and we still have a very long way to go to get back to full capacity, and full-day instruction, but slow and steady will win this race. With that being said, it is imperative that you are monitoring your cadet’s whereabouts. Certainly, I am not telling you how to parent, but if there are no boundaries on where and what our kids are doing, the in-person instruction will be short-lived. We already have had to quarantine a group of cadets last week, along with several other individual cadets having to isolate. As a parent, I empathize and understand how difficult it is to monitor, but it is an ask that we respectfully request your assistance, otherwise we will find ourselves back in the virtual world sooner than later.

We all know it is a challenge to safely and effectively operate under these parameters, but like all schools, we are going to do our absolute best to make it work. I am certain you have seen the rising cases throughout the country and specifically in Delaware, along with several schools in the state having to return to online. We all want the same thing, our kids to be back to normal and physically in school, but we also want them to be safe and healthy. We feel strongly about our ability to do that, but when outside of DMA, they have to be mindful of where they are, who they are with, and practice social distancing. Let’s work together to keep our doors open!

Here is what we have going on at DMA:

  • Overall, things went very well this morning. However, we always have room for improvement. There are a couple of points of emphasis for all. With regard to grooming standards, we saw many young men who need haircuts. In addition, the uniform of the day for Cohort A is DMA PT gear on Mondays, not DMA spirit wear. Cohort B you will be wearing DMA PT gear on Wednesdays. Cadets wearing the Navy issued sweats, you may want to wear a pair of shorts with pockets underneath for keys, your phone, etc… Our female cadets, the nose piercings (even covered by a mask) are unauthorized. We applaud your effort to bypass the grooming regs, but they have to be taken out when on school grounds or participating as a member of one of our teams.
  • First marking period report cards will be distributed tomorrow, November 10th (Happy Marine Corps Birthday! 245 years young!) Please review the report card with your cadet and if you have any questions, or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all here to work with our cadets!
  • Here is some very important information for our new and existing National Honor Society members: Invitations have been sent to all NHS members to join the DMA NHS Schoology page. Please make sure you’ve accepted this invitation so as to stay up-to-date on important information throughout the rest of the school year. New inductees: when you pick up your certificate and medallion from Mrs. Bradley this week, you will receive a Member Agreement that needs to be filled out and returned with dues by Monday, 11/30 to the front office. For all existing members: please pick up the member agreement from Mrs. Watkins ASAP and return it with your dues to the front office by Monday, 11/30. Thank you!
  • Please remember that DMA does NOT follow the Red Clay calendar. You must visit the DMA website and refer to the DMA calendar in order to stay current with our scheduled days off from school.
  • Sports Report: Congratulations to our Fall teams who had another successful week:
    • Football defeated Conrad 34-20.
    • Cross Country defeated MOT Charter and Delmarva Christian.
    • Volleyball defeated MOT Charter and Ursuline Academy 3-0 respectively.
    • Shout out to our cheerleading team who had an excellent half-time show this past Friday.

Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Devon Green and Riley Sullivan who were selected as our Men and Women Athlete of The Week.

Winter Sports Update: Try-outs for the winter season will begin on November 30th. Please complete your registration on FamilyID by clicking on the following link

    • Wrestling will host a zoom call this Wednesday, November 11th at 6:30 pm. Meeting ID: 893 9285 862 Passcode: 642518
    • Swimming will host a zoom call later this week with Coach Young. Information will be posted on the Swim Team App later this week.
    • Indoor Track. We currently do not know if DIAA will sponsor Indoor Track this school year.
    • Ice Hockey. For more information regarding the Ice Hockey program, please contact Coach D’Angelo at
  • Congratulations to Elena Rice who has been identified as a National Hispanic Scholar through the College Board’s National Merit Scholarship Program. Bravo Zulu Elena!
  • The DMA Business Program is looking for a few local business people to serve on our NAF Business Advisory Board. This group helps to advise the business program and meets approximately 2-3 times a year. Our NAF Advisory Board members are asked to be guest speakers in our business classes and help us to connect cadets with potential internships. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Mr. Green at
  • Mrs. Certesio will be sharing information about our Title I program on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be given as a part of our November PTA meeting. All are invited to join us to hear more about our Title I program. Please contact Mrs. Certesio if you have any questions.

We hope you all have an excellent week and we want to thank all of you who have sent your kind messages of gratitude for what we are doing at DMA. It means a lot to all of us, to know our efforts are appreciated. We know not all of our families are in agreement with the decisions made at DMA and we appreciate your constructive feedback and opinions as well. We have an incredibly hard-working Staff and Administration, who at the very core want our kids to have an incredible high school experience. Certainly (personally speaking), in the past twenty years, this is the most challenging period of time I have encountered in education, but it will only make us stronger, more seasoned, and more prepared for whatever comes our way and it will do the same for our cadets! Let’s keep our heads up, stay motivated, and stay the course. After all, that is who and what DMA is. One team, one mission.

Anthony Pullella


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