Dear Students and Staff:
As I begin my fifth year as Principal of Fort Hamilton High School, I am excited and filled with renewed energy to ensure that the entire school community continues in its commitment to teaching and learning, and to providing students with every opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals. Students are first at Fort Hamilton High School, and we will continue to work hard to prepare students to meet New York State, New York City, and Common Core Learning Standards.
Reflecting on the 2014-2015 school year, I am proud to inform you that our seniors received in excess of $16,000,000 in scholarship monies. Our two Virtual Enterprise teams competed in the Citywide Business Plan Competition with one team qualifying for the National Business Plan Competition. Our performing arts, music students and JROTC Cadets, renowned throughout the Bay Ridge community and elsewhere, brought honor and distinction to our school. The spring and fall play productions performed to enthusiastic audiences. Our sports teams were strong competitors across the board and our Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team achieved an undefeated regular season and emerged as Division, Borough and City champs for the third year in a row!
Our mission is to provide all students with “Excellence in Education.” The entire school community strives to prepare students to meet academic and social challenges. We believe ALL students are capable of succeeding and realizing their potential in an encouraging, nurturing, yet challenging environment. In addition to academic and extra-curricular activities, students participate in a myriad of community activities that include a Senior Citizen Prom for members of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, and a run/walk to raise scholarship funds in the name of a student who lost his life to cancer in 2013. This is just to name a few. I am so proud of our students’ efforts to make a difference by helping others. At Fort Hamilton High School, we support activities that apply learning to real-life experiences. In combination, this helps students best prepare to function productively in the post-secondary world.
In order for academic students and student activities to flourish, it is essential to maintain a healthy school tone. We are fortunate to have a security staff, comprised of an Assistant Principal, Deans, and School Safety Agents who ensure the continuation of Fort Hamilton High School’s excellent safety record, with minimum suspensions and discipline problems. Our school provides a safe learning environment, inspiring all students to have positive attitudes about themselves and their school. As you embark on this school year, remember the future is yours. Each and every member of the school community is here to assist you in your endeavors and support you in achieving college and career readiness. This is an important time in your lives and I hope you seize the opportunity to make your high school experience a positive and productive one.