Department of Defense Education Activity

Principal's Corner

Welcome to Antilles High School

Dear Students and Family Members,

We want to officially welcome all of you to the 2019/2020 School Year! Summer has come and gone and now it is time to continue with the excellent traditions of Antilles High School, as well as to introduce exciting new programs. AHS is fresh off of a banner year of student performance and has been busy preparing for another amazing year. Over the summer break the school has been cleaned, various rooms have been repainted, new equipment ordered, newly alignment teacher planning periods, and a master schedule of “Black and Gold” 90 minute class periods has been implemented. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to ensure a successful start of school on Monday, August 26, 2019.

This will be my seventh year as principal of AHS, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of the new students and their parents. I want you to engage the teachers in the educational process. The high school years are critical for setting the foundation for student academic successes and college preparation. I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful. I am a lifelong educator who has spent the last twenty two years in secondary education of which fifteen has been as a principal. I bring a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving. I have taught at the secondary school level and served as a school principal’s coach of sixteen high school principals in Washington, DC before coming to AHS. I look forward to building lasting relationships with each and every member of the AHS community. Please introduce yourself in the days and weeks ahead.

ARRIVAL TIMES:

Our school day begins at 7:30AM every day. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 7:30am must sign in at the office with a parent. If your child is sick please report the absence by 9:30am by calling the student attendance clerk at 787-797-2302.

AFTER SCHOOL PARK AND RECREATION:

The student teen center on Fort Buchanan is available to all students who wish to use the facility. The center requires that the parents complete registration forms before the students are allowed to participate in the various programs offered. Parents should check with the center manager to ensure when the after school program begins. The program has undergone a few changes of which you will be informed about in the days to come. Further information regarding this program will arrive at the start of the year.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS:

General: Our programs each year are exciting and structured to ensure that all our students continue to receive a well-rounded and challenging education. Our standards and expectations remain high! As always, our number one goal is providing our students with a quality educational experience in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. All our faculty members are fully credentialed while professional development and collaborative opportunities are built into our yearly schedule. Our curricular program is aligned to the Department of Defense Education Activity Standards.

The graduation requirements for our students are set by DoDEA and are monitored by members in the district office. The current students must earn 26 carnage credits and the students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better; in the future students who are in the 11th grade must have four math credits to graduate. Our curriculum is focusing more on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our students will have opportunities to apply the academic principles they learn in the classroom to real world situations. Our students will also have opportunities to participate in nine career pathways that will lead to industry certification making them job ready upon graduation.

SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT:

     Because it is so important that teachers and parents work together in making a child’s school year a happy and successful one, it is hoped that you will be able to spend some time during the school year helping in the classroom or at home. Please discuss with your child’s teacher, ways that will work within your schedule. Home/School partnership is the reason AHS continues to excel academically. Teacher/classroom requests are not honored at AHS. Once your child has been placed in a classroom they will remain there for the remainder of the year unless barring extenuating circumstances.

PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION:

     We strongly encourage all of our families to join our Parent Teacher Student Organization. We are eager to see all of you again. Fundraising is paramount to the success of AHS and we hope you will help support our programs and events in the fall. When a fundraising event surfaces please consider support it through donations or time as it helps support our number one priority: your children.

We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming school year (2019-2020). If you have any questions concerning policies, procedures, and programs please do not hesitate to call at 787-707-2302 or stop by to discuss your concern.

Sincerely,

In Partnership,

Dr. Thomas Whittle, Principal

Mr. Edwin Caballero, Assistant Principal