Principal’s Update

Principal Chien Nee

Principal’s Update: Spring 2018

I am SO PROUD to announce our annual Black History Essay Contest!! Please help me congratulate our students for their hard work! 

1st Place: Saije Davis – 5th Grade (Ms. Dade’s Class) 

2nd Place: Alphanmadou Jallow – 5th Grade (Ms. Dade’s Class)

3rd Place: Abigail Bacchus – 4th Grade (Mrs. Walker George’s Class)

4th Place: Elizabeth Ruperto-Chavez (Ms. Dade’s Class)

Principal’s Update: Winter 2017

As the Principal of EXCEL Academy, I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the community of EXCEL. I have met many of your through our community gathering, drop off/pick up, and also through our Meet and Greets and Chat and Chews.

For those of you who do not yet know me, please stop in and say hi! Prior to arriving at EXCEL Academy, I have served entirely in Baltimore City Public Schools for the last ten plus years. I have been a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, Teacher Mentor, Assessment Coordinator, Resident Principal, and an Assistant Principal. My passion is in the classroom, and I am extremely excited to be part of the EXCEL family. I know that with your help and involvement, our students will be on the path to College and Career Readiness.

At this time, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to EXCEL’s entire staff. We are in a profession that is centered around students and education, and my staff often goes above and beyond the call of duty. Parents, I am asking you to please shout out teachers and staff that you see who are doing AMAZING things around the building. Every day is “Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day.”

Many wonderful things are constantly occurring at EXCEL Academy. Not only are we offering all four specialty areas to every student (Art, Music, Physical Education, and Computer), we also have a wonderful Band/Chorus program here at EXCEL, directed by our amazing Music Director, Mr. Boysaw. Please look forward to being invited to our Spring Concert, led by Mr. Boysaw and our “Evening at the Gallery,” organized and ran by Mr. Pickett. Mr. Pickett would also like to thank Mr. Boysaw, Mrs. Caulkins, Mr. Fockler, Ms. Curtis, and Ms. Brown for your assistance in previous Evening(s) at the Gallery.

In addition, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Program is underway. We had our first student celebration in December and we will have more school-wide initiatives to reward our students for demonstrating our SOAR Motto: S stands for Self-Disciplined, O for On Task, A for Achievers, and R for Respectful. Special shout out to Ms. Jiandani and Ms. Philyaw!!

Our second quarter Awards Assembly will be on February 22nd, 2018. If your child earned Honor Roll or Principal’s Roll for quarter two, you are invited to attend. Please look for invitations coming your way!

As always, we are appreciative that you allow us the privilege of serving you and your children.


Chien Nee