Friday, May 20, 2016

NHS / NTHS Induction Ceremony at McKee

Thursday, May 19, 2016 was the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School. The key note speaker was Mr. Leo Gordon, former Graphics Arts Instructor at McKee, and now UFT Liaison to NYCDOE Off. Of Post Secondary Readiness. It was a night of celebration, congratulations, encouragement, advice, and a simple grace note of gratitude from the inductees to their supporters: parents, guardians and caregivers.

The procession

Enter the inductees
Preparing for the pledge


Emily Orengo (l) and Joseph Mendoza (R)

Mr. Leo Gordon - Key note speaker

Mr. Gordon receives plaque

Zenobia Hussain - Light candles
Chenoa Ebanks
Luis Fraticelli - Expression of gratitude to parents

Grace Tudee - Reflection and expression of gratitude
Stephon Barrett - Expression of gratitude to parents

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Inductees giving a yellow flower to parents


Emily Orengo (L) and Ms. Mullen, AP Humanities (R)
Preparing to light candles


Monday, May 16, 2016

SEP Mentorship Program Highlights 2 McKee Students

Check out the video about SEP Pathfinders Mentorship Program. You will see a number of students who are part of the Computer Systems Networking Program at McKee High School. The two young ladies highlighted in the video are Emily Orengo and Chynna Cummings (photo below): https://vimeo.com/166045409

Friday, May 13, 2016

NYS SkillsUSA Competition in Pictures

Sometimes the best way to capture the spirit of an event is to see it in a wall of pictures.  Click on the link to see how 9 students from McKee experienced the New York State Skills USA competition in Syracuse New York.  Bear in mind, the students were at an event with over 1,000 participants.

Click here or copy and paste the following into your web browser:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5DE4dbq-uGDRVhHNVFRZ0Etc0U&usp=sharing

The Miracle of "Wicked"

Within 24 hours a miracle happened courtesy of NYCDOE group work power. Here's a photo of students from McKee seeing the 8 p.m. performance of Wicked on 5.12.16.

Monday, May 9, 2016

McKee HS at the 2016 CTE Spring Conference

I just had to share this snippet from an instructor who chaperoned McKee students to the annual CTE spring conference at the Hilton Garden Inn.

....(this) Saturday, May 7th, the annual CTE Spring Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. This event, in which McKee has participated in over the past 8 years, is a chance for all of the New York City CTE Schools to have their student’s demonstrate what they have learned, and mastered, during their time in class. I have been privileged to be a part of this event and work with our students over the years, and with this said I have never seen such professionalism displayed....


Our Cosmetology young ladies, Qwateesha Williams, Grace Tudee, Zenaja Pearson, independently handled all of their own setup, customer service, scheduling appointments, and maintaining their stations. Their professionalism was unmatched by any other school there. 













Our Automotive Department was also represented by, Isaiah Diaz, Samson Oke, and Ventura Rojas, these young men informed visitor’s to McKee’s booth, about the importance of not only wearing a seat belt while you’re in the front seat of a car but also when you sit in the rear. All visitors’ signed a pledge, after being informed of the statistics by our students, ...


Always way cool heartfelt testimony of a committed instructor regarding students at a conference where there are numerous NYCDOE and UFT officials and representatives.

YCC and what it means to 4 McKee students - 2016 video submission

Picture this - imagine you are a principal and you see 4 students request from your secretary to use your conference room for two periods on a specific day. They only have 1 day and a narrow window to submit a video for an organization funded by the federal government, called Youth Career Connects. The purpose of the year long program is to expose students of diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to STEM academic and career pathways.

It is now Monday morning, May 9th, 2016 and you get an email from the teacher, the on-site adviser at McKee for Youth Career Connects (YCC). Check out 4 McKee HS students' 2016 video submission regarding the impact of YCC: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxuGA5B8NjgNMnBlOUpUS2pSZnM/view

Friday, May 6, 2016

Trip to the UN for Padula's Global History Class

It is so neat to have the UN open again. Students in Ms. Padula's class got to experience an element of Global History, international negotiations, as a living, breathing element.




Two McKee Students Start a Team Page for Juvenile Diabetes Oct. 2016 Walk

Who knew that from participating in one little walk in which high school students would be "walking guides" for the Blessxed Sacrament Parochial School students that a spark would be set.


Check out the page below to support McKee HS students and Ms. Howley's efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Walk:http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR…

Alyssa Guglielmino and Jeremy Duenas have started a team for the Juvenile Diabetes walk at CSI that will occur in October 2016. They have started the page, named the team, and have begun working on t-shirts for our team! This team is in honor of Ms. Howley's son, Brayden, McGinley. Worth checking out.

AVID students Raise Funds for Dimes for Duchenne

Check out the latest community service project conducted by Ms. Howley's AVID class.
The AVID students have begun their final community service project: Dimes For Duchenne, which will help raise awareness of muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease, and give funds to Michael's Cause. Click on the link for more information: http://www.michaelscause.org/



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

McKee HS at Jr. Diabetes Walkathon

17 students in Ms. Howley's AVID Elective class participated in the Junior Diabetes Walkathon on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. then returned to school.

What a neat example of cross- collaboration between a public school, McKee, and Blessed Sacrament, an elementary Catholic School.
McKee students awaiting arrival of elementary school students of Blessed Sacrament early in the morning.

The gymnasium fills and the students become more animated.
Ms. Howley, McKee HS English teacher to the left. 




Starting the walk.


Jeremy Duenas, McKee '17, helping out the sign bearers

The students of Blessed Sacrament and McKee HS taking photo before returning to school.


Monday, May 2, 2016

McKee SKillsUSA Chapter Competition Results from NYS SkillsUSA Competition

9 Students, chaperoned by Mr. Jorge Reynoso and Ms. Kristen Lapenta, went to the NYS SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Championships from April 27, 2016 to April 29, 2016 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Here is just a snapshot of the what the students experienced at the final ceremony:



Here is how we did:
1st - Gold Medal in Information Technology Services for Justin Forlenza
J. Reynoso (L-Computer Systems Tchr.) Justin Forlenza (R)

2nd - Silver Medal in Technical Computer Applications for Nicholas Handog

Quality Chapter Award in National SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program for McKee HS
A delightful bonus: the 2016-2017 NYS SkillsUSA President is Joseph Mendoza. He will be a National SkillsUSA Delegate representing the State of New York.

Monday, April 25, 2016

McKee Students Hope to Lift the Rug on Drug Addiction in Staten Island

About six months ago I became aware that I had a very active chapter of the Key Club at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.  First there were the visits by the members to the Kiwanis Club which supports Key Club chapters throughout Staten Island. Then the Key Club members made blankets for tots as part of the campaign to help disadvantaged youth.
  Next there was one of my students becoming Lieutenant Governor of all Key Clubs on Staten Island. Then there was the presentation of the Key Club banner by the Kiwanis Club.

After the advisor received permission, about a week ago signs went up around the school that were headlines from the Staten Island Advance newspaper regarding the latest affected by the loss of a loved one due to the drug epidemic affecting Staten Island: opiates.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, periods 2 through 9, Key Club members with their advisor, invited students and faculty from the Camelot Society to do presentations about the impact of chemical and substance abuse on one's life.
 
















On Friday, April 22, 2016, New York 1 reporter Shannon Ferry visited McKee High School to do a story about the "Lift the Rug" campaign which is the community service initiative that the Key Club members and their advisor, Ms. Lisa Curio.

Check out the news clip here or copy and paste the following link into the web browser: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/staten-island/news/2016/04/24/mckee-students-hope-to--lift-the-rug--on-drug-addiction.html

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jumping for Joy Moments

A Few Jumping for Joy Moments on March 30, 2016.

1. Seeing the Programming Innovator's Committee taking ownership of designing programming options that will expand the schedule for the upcoming school year.

2. Seeing two teachers working together to compose a presentation to visitors to our school who are interested in finding out more about how a career and technical education school uses the principles of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

3. Seeing a video of a teacher conducting "philosophical chairs" in class. Even more powerful, seeing how the teacher captures that not enough students were participating, she comments, adjusts her practice so that students are able to do a Turn and Talk to answer the question, then brings the "sides" back to engaging in "philosophical chairs. Result, the activity grows from 3 students participating to 15 out of 20 students participating in the discussion.

4. Getting science teachers intervisiting with a history teacher who effectively uses the "CORNELL WAY" in his Global History class to fully see and observe the strategy in the classroom.

5. Having the Global History teacher volunteer to video-tape his class to show using the "CORNELL WAY."

6. Getting the first photos from the overnight SUNY trip.  48 McKee HS students will experience 4 college tours in 2 days. Stop #1 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 




Taking a quick breather at the New York State Museum.



OK, how precious is the moment, no matter how tall, the young man to the left is at least 6' 6", no one can resist a good carousel.

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