Dear Palumbo Family,
I am so excited to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! I came to the Academy at Palumbo in 2006, working diligently to open the school for the first time in September 2006 with 113 students and 8 teachers. At present, we have grown to 940 students, 41 teachers and a dedicated support staff who all work together to provide our students with a top-notch high school experience. I have been here through every step of this exciting journey, and know that the best is yet to come.
As you may know, the idea for the Academy at Palumbo came from a former SDP superintendent, Paul Vallas, who wanted a school south of Market St. that upheld a similar mission and vision as Central High School. Mr. Vallas put Dr. Sheldon Pavel, who was then the principal of Central in charge of the team to create this new school, with founding principal, Dr. Adrienne Chew at the helm. Dr. Pavel was told to “go out there and create your competition”. And the rest is history.
For the past nine years, we have grown together, laughed together, cried together, and celebrated together. We have reached amazing heights in such a short amount of time, being recognized each year since 2012 as one of the best high schools in the city of Philadelphia, and the state of Pennsylvania. While that’s great, it’s not good enough. Last year, I compared our journey to the building of a skyscraper. We have a solid foundation, now we are starting to see the structure take shape.
Our goal as a team is to continue to attempt to one day reach the prestige and academic magnitude of Central and Masterman, while developing students who are productive members of society, and life-long learners. We should not be complacent where we are. We must all work to graduate students who are prepared for college and life in the real world. Our standards should be set high, with no room for excuses.
As a leader, it my responsibility to equip you with the tools you need to succeed. I must always work on behalf of the best interest of students. I will not allow my integrity to be compromised as we carry on our mission. My vision for us is one of greatness, one where the public immediately knows who we are, one where colleges are fighting for our students, one where we all consider each of us a family member with unshakeable Griffin pride as we build our skyscraper! I wish you nothing less than success in the upcoming school year!
Ms. K. Thompson,