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School Culture

School Culture
Mission and Culture of the WNY Maritime Charter School

WNYMCS’s mission is to develop cadets in mind, body and character, to prepare them for further education, and to prepare them to be effective leaders and responsible citizens. There are four cornerstones to this mission – Academic Excellence, Character Development, Physical Development, and Leadership Development.

The Middle School, as an outgrowth of the original High School, nests within this mission. In order to support the school’s overall mission, the Middle School will prepare its students to be successful Cadets addressing the four cornerstones as explained below. The title of Cadet and the NJROTC uniform must be earned. It is earned by successfully completing the course of study at the Middle School. This course of study will include mandatory instruction in Civics which is a course taught by Naval Science Instructors designed to embody the elements of citizenship, character and leadership development inherent in the High School NJROTC program. Students will be known as Cadets\Candidates and will wear a school uniform and be expected to adhere to the grooming standards of the NJROTC program. Cadets\Candidateswill be divided into platoons and each platoon will be assigned a senior Cadet Officer and Mustering Chief in order to act as role models to aspire to and to mentor Candidates on what it takes to become a successful Cadet. Military practices found in the High School will be mirrored in the Middle School. These will include, but are not limited to, practices such as muster, courtesies rendered those in authority, and participation in the annual Change of Command.

Academic Excellence: To provide Cadets\Candidates with educational challenges and experiences that prepare them to be successful in the information age, and in further study at the high school level.

Character Development: To instill in Cadets\Candidates the highest sense of morality and ethics, with emphasis on intellectual honesty, integrity, discipline, honor, service to others and to the community.

Physical Development: To enhance Cadet\Candidates’ health, self­-confidence, and physical abilities, and to instill a lifelong appreciation for wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Leadership Development: To provide Cadets\Candidates a distinct military structure in the best maritime tradition to enhance their sense of personal responsibility, self-discipline and citizenship.

Our school culture reflects the values that are the foundation of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps; leadership and citizenship. The Cadets\Candidates Honor Code, “a Cadets\Candidates will never lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do” supports a climate where the focus is on learning. Cadets\Candidates are “shipmates” much like on a Navy ship; they are responsible for each other’s success. We expect each Cadets\Candidates to put forth their best effort; Cadets\Candidates understand the teachers are here to help them reach their goals. Effort is rewarded and praised, rules are clearly stated and consequences for bad decisions are evenly and consistently applied. Each new Cadets\Candidates will participate in beginning of the year orientation to the Cadets\Candidates handbook, which includes the discipline code centered on the PBIS model. Expectations, both academic and disciplinary, are clearly explained and consequences for poor decisions are explained as well.

Candidates in the Middle School will learn and embody the Candidate Creed which is to be recited weekly during Morning Meeting and Muster:

I am a Maritime Candidate.

I will always conduct myself to bring great credit to my family, country, school,

and The Corps of Cadets and Candidates.

I am loyal and patriotic. I am the future of the United States of America.

I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will I tolerate those who do.

I respect those in positions of authority.

I proudly embrace the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.

I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.

I am a Maritime Candidate and strive to one day earn the title of Cadet.