Principally speaking

Greetings Parents, Guardians, Students, Community and Staff!

            Traditionally, November is a time to reflect and give thanks; to express gratitude.  I would like to take this opportunity toshare with you some of the things I am thankful for here at the Middle Alternative Program.

            Let me start by saying I am thankful for all our staff members.  We exist to provide instruction and guidance to our students’ educational and emotional needs.  Our staff spends a great deal of time preparing instruction.  What is taught here is aligned to the Common Core Standards of BCPS. Every member of our staff participates in weekly meetings to discuss students’ academic needs and supports that will enhance the time our students are here.  Our staff works together to provide what works best for our students.

            Next, I am thankful for our students.  Our students are excelling academically.  They are active participants in their own education.  I love to see the engagement in our classrooms.  Our students are learning skills that enable them to make good choices and provide them with the tools necessary for coping outside of the classroom environment.  They are using our staff members as support for success. Students are demonstrating the “Triple A”; Excellence in Academics, Attendance and Achievement.

            I am thankful for the parents and guardians of our students.  They are integral to our student success.  They have entrusted their children’s education and physical well being to us. They see the potential of our students and work tirelessly to support their children. 

            I am thankful for the incentives we are able to supply to our children that help to enhance their educational experiences: College/Career Tuesdays, College trips and Speakers, Attendance Parties, Prizes and Drawings and Bikes!  On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 we will have the privilege of sponsoring our Thanksgiving Feast.  The tradition of sharing a Thanksgiving dinner is to teach us to appreciate the important things in life.  It is a time to count our blessings as we share love and companionship.

Finally, I am thankful for the honor of serving as Principal here at MAPAL.  I acknowledge that it is through the commitment of our staff, students and parents to work together that continues to strengthen us and make us successful.     

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”     John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Rosa Carmon, M.S., M.Ed. 

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