Principal's Message

Message from Susan Maland
Posted on 8/12/2008
Greetings from the land of the Hawks! I would like to begin by introducing myself as the new principal of Apollo High School. It is an honor and a privilege to be the principal of such an outstanding school. Previously I was the Assistant Principal for Student Services here at Apollo, so I am familiar with the wonderful parents and students in our community. Before coming to Apollo, I was the Glendale Union High School District’s Language Arts curriculum coordinator and before that, an English teacher at Sunnyslope High School. 
I would also like to introduce the other members of our administrative team. Ed Barnes, formerly a biology teacher and coach at Apollo, is our new Assistant Principal for Discipline and Attendance. He replaces Allison Mattingly who has moved to the Assistant Principal for Student Services position. Dan Streeter begins his third year as Assistant Principal for Operations and Resources. The three assistant principals and I are dedicated to providing your child with the academic skills and knowledge to become productive members of our society. 
One of our goals is to increase the amount of reading and writing done in every class and encourage all students to complete four years of math. Our ever-changing, global economy requires a much more sophisticated employee. We want our students to be prepared when they leave Apollo. Your support for reading, writing, and math would be much appreciated.
In addition to academic success, we believe strongly in the importance of extra-curricular activities. Effective schools research indicates that involved students do better academically and feel more connected to the school than students who are uninvolved.   Apollo offers a wide variety of sports and clubs for students to join. Please encourage your son or daughter to participate in some kind of activity beyond the school day. Our annual Club Rush takes place on Wednesday, August 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
One of the core values in our district is that “parents matter.” I hope you will take part in your child’s education by monitoring his/her academic progress and communicating with teachers if you have a question or concern. The Parent Portal, an online system, allows you to check your student’s grades, attendance, and tardies at any time as long as you have an internet connection.   If you have not already taken advantage of the Parent Portal, you may come to the Counseling Office for a password and information about how to access the site. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have questions or concerns. We are here to serve you and your family. Together we can make this an excellent school year!
Susan Maland