Commandant’s Corner
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 24th, 2018
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Welcome to the fall season!   Bravo Zulu to all of our cadets and parents who drive in or are dropping off in the morning. We are doing an excellent job of arriving to school on time!  Thank you for making the effort to leave a few minutes earlier.  It is making all the difference with traffic and most importantly not stressing our cadets out first thing in the morning with being late and having consequences.  We are still driving too fast on campus, but it has gotten a little better.  Please be mindful that the campus speed limit is 5MPH.  Here is your report for the week: Last Thursday we held our Service Flag Dedication.  The ceremony was a dignified way to christen our new space and honor all Service Members past, present and future who have or will defend our country.  If you have not had a chance to see it, please do so. Service Academy night is tonight starting at 6:30pm in the mess hall.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Come find out more about an option that is worth exploring. Spirit week is next week! The dress down days are posted online at  Please be sure your cadet is adhering to the rules and regulations so the week is a fun and enjoyable time for all.  Attendance is critical to your cadet's success at DMA. Here a few friendly reminders from the attendance office at DMA: Cadets need to bring a note to the main office in the morning if they will be leaving early for a legitimate appointment. The note must include the cadet name, reason for the early dismissal as well as the time they will be leaving. If they are leaving with someone other than a parent, the name and relationship must be included in the note. For absences, cadets must bring a note to the main office within two days of returning to school. The note must include the cadet name, dates absent as well as the reason for the absence. If a cadet is out for three or more consecutive days, a doctor’s note is required upon their return. Any cadet who misses more than 10 days of school, excused or unexcused, may be required to complete additional coursework (at their own cost) in order to be granted credit in academic courses. o Please make every effort for your cadet to be in school each and every day. A message from Sick Bay:  If your cadet is feeling under the weather, the protocol is to report to Sick Bay and see the nurse. Our nurse will assess their symptoms and take the proper measures to ensure your well-being. If they need to go home, the nurse will make the proper call home, not the cadet! If parents/guardians come in to pick up cadets without our previous knowledge, there will be disciplinary consequences for the cadets. Please tell your cadets to see the nurse if they feel sick. We promise to take good care of them. Vet Fest is this Saturday in the town of Whitehall (Middletown).  We have a large contingency of DMA cadets and staff going to support the cause to stop soldier suicide. Find out more at   Sports Report: DATE CHANGE! The DMA Anchor Down 5K is on SATURDAY October 20, 2018. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact the Athletic Director, Michael Ryan. For registration info please contact Mark McGee - o Thank you to all those who attended the first SBC Meeting last week. We meet the second Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in the Dome. Thanks again! o Field Hockey earned their first win of the season last week by defeating Hodgson 4- 0. They are now 1-3 and take on Newark Charter tomorrow at home. Good luck, girls! o Cross Country participated in the Middletown Invitational this past Friday along with 27 other teams. The team did well, and will next compete this Friday at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational. Run fast and have fun! o Soccer defeated FSMA and tied Newark Charter last week. The team is now 2-2-1 and really starting to gel. They take on DSAC rival Conrad this Wednesday night at 7:30pm at AI DuPont Soccer Stadium. Go check out the team for a Wednesday night special! Good luck. o Volleyball is now 3-1 with two big night games this week at home. They take on Conrad on Tuesday at 6:15pm, followed by Padua Thursday night at 7pm. Good luck! o Our Cheerleading program is as strong as ever and the squad looked excellent at the varsity football game Friday night. Look for the squad at all of our varsity football games. You will also get a chance to see the girls at a select amount of JV games as well this year. Have a great season! o The Football Team defeated Red Lion 53-0 on Friday night and is now 3-0. They play St. E’s this Friday at Baynard Stadium at 7pm. Keep it rolling, guys!  Please support all of the Seahawk teams by attending their contests! Seahawk Nation Anchor Down! We hope the week is off to a good start for you. Looking forward to closing out the month of September strong, and kicking off October with some fun and school spirit!  Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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