Friday, June 22, 2018

McKee's Freshmen Orientation about AVID - 6.11.18

Sharing information at McKee's Freshmen Orientation about Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Check it out:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Exploring the power of the LINCT Curriculum at McKee High School

Question: How do you get students to be engaged and involved in interacting with writing to retake the ELA regents to score  grades higher than a 65 to 74?

First - you have a teacher who is committed to expanding his/her pedagogical skill set to reach students who need to expand their notion of success in passing the ELA regents.

Second - The committed teacher is willing to engage in a serious of extensive and intensive workshops to attain the pedagogical tool set in  LINCT. The whole purpose of LINCT, sponsored by CUNY is to make sure high school students are eligible to take credit bearing courses in college. Click here for more details.

Third - the teacher analyzes and customizes the curriculum and lessons. He or she establishes an interdisciplinary connection.  In this case the English teacher, Ms. Howley, connected with Mr. DiMartino to establish a visual method in which students can engage in stating their viewpoints about social inequalities:

Fourth - students go through the process of engaging in WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaborate Grouping, Organization and Reading to grapple with the question of "Addressing Social Inequalities."

Fifth - students generate multiple drafts and research the topic of their choice.

Sixth - The students generate posters. They go through the process of working collaboratively to design the content and message and composition of the graphic to attract the eye of an adolescent and hit them with a potent message. In fact, some of the posters, after approval, are displayed throughout McKee. For example:

Seventh - They continue to research and then generate presentations using a rubric:
Example 1 Homelessness -

Example 2 Opoid Drugs -

Seventh - Students become committed to the social issue he or she is discussing they make their points in front of a community school board:

That is just one module out of many in the fascinating LINCT Curriculum.

Always time for a group photo with the McKee Science Team

Capturing more activities at the educational and entertaining Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve at the Aquatic WILD teacher development workshop with the McKee High School Science Team. Check it out:

McKee Science Instructors Engaged in Aquatic WILD PD

McKee Science Instructors (l to r - M. Sefakakis, S. Crabbe, A. Discipio, M. Angelo) at the Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve at the Aquatic WILD teacher development workshop. 

The intrepid teachers are right now on a hike to conduct water quality tests and sample macroinvertebrates in one of the Clay Ponds. 

Talk about making use of a variety of tools and instruments, from litmus tests to smartphone applications, to involve students in the application of technology, science concepts, and math skills as part of their problem-solving efforts.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

E-Don Edwards McKee HS Award Recipient at SI Federation of PTA Luncheon

Staten Island Federation of PTA Award winner from McKee HS, E-Don Edwards (2nd from Left) at the annual luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn on June 5, 2018. A lovely event sponsored by an amazing organization. Congrats to all of the 2018 essay winners.

Senior Awards Night at McKee High School 6.4.18

It's the end of the Senior Awards ceremony at McKee High School on 6.4.18. I happened encourage all of the students to group together so that parents could get a group shot. This was the result. The parents, guardians, and supporters were overjoyed and snapped away.

Friday, June 1, 2018

NHS / NTHS Induction Ceremony at McKee on May 31, 2018

NHS / NTHS Induction Ceremony at McKee High School on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Check it out:

Friday, May 25, 2018

McKee HS Prom at the Island Chateau, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Check out 50+ photos of seniors from McKee High School enjoying a good time at the prom at the Island Chaqteau on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Check it out:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

We Speak NYC

Our PTA Secretary, Ms. L. Solomon (2nd from L), with the assistance of our Community Associate, Pierre Ovalles (R), joined forces to hold classes at McKee High School by using civic focused learning tools for English language learning parents. The parents learned ways to advocate for themselves in different professional and bureaucratic settings. The closing class and ceremony was on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Check it out:

Friday, May 18, 2018

Peer Group Connection at McKee High School

Check out how the senior class of Peer Group Connectors at McKee High School, pass the torch to the a new crop of Peer Group Connectors who will be taking the reins of mentoring the incoming class of 9th grade students:

Below is an overview of the training, team building exercises, and activities the first class in Peer Group Connection at McKee High School underwent to educate and support ninth grade students. The training activities in the class helped the seniors become engaged leaders that played a key role in establishing a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen. 

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

College & Career Decision Day on Friday, May 4, 2018

College / Career Decision Day at McKee High School on May 4th, 2018.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

300 boxes to the US African Children's Fellowship Donated by McKee HS

Students , under the guidance of Ms. Simas, helped to collect, box, and fill an entire U-Haull with 300 boxes of donations for the USACF: .
The president and co-founder of USACF, Mr. Mark Grashow, (2nd picture, l), stopped by McKee with the U-Haul to see Ms. Simas (2nd picture, 2nd from l), and student team leaders responsible for organizing the donations.

A 10th Grade AVID Group's Kodak Moments at McKee

A group from Ms. Howley's sophomore AVID elective class created a presentation of Kodak moments of the impact AVID has on their lives so far. Check it out: .

Friday, April 27, 2018

Anthony Chaput, Class of '18 at Borough Student Advisory Council

Anthony Chaput (far right), Class of '18 @McKeeCTHS, presents the roof garden proposal to Borough President Oddo at the 4.27.18 BSAC meeting at borough hall. Check it out:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bring Your Child to Work Day @McKeeCTHS

Bring Your Child to Work Day . Graphics students engage the children of faculty in expressing their creativity. Check it out:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Peer Group Connection Night at McKee

Check out Peer Group Connection Family Night @McKeeCTHS. Student mentors, with the help of facilitators  created an evening of reflection, skits, and an opportunity for a parent fishbowl: 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A View of the 1st Floor of McKee High School

The sight one sees when entering through the main door, walking past the security desk, on the first floor of McKee High School, any day of the week. 

The picture was taken by Frank Monaco, the McKee fireman. on a Tuesday. The picture speaks a thousand words.

Here are a just a few more - - -> creating a healthy, clean, sanitary learning environment is an element that is emphasized and modeled every day through the actions of the custodians, staff, faculty, administration and most importantly, students. Working in a school is an ever evolving, deep commitment to professionalism, constructivism, and alignment to the vision, and mission of McKee High School.

McKee Alumni Celebrate the Unveiling of Lillian M. Popp Way

Alumni celebrated the unveiling of the street named after the educator and activist Lillian M. Popp. The McKee Alumni Association's efforts were supported by Councilwoman Debi Rose. Check it out:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Videos of McKee Alumni Celebrating the Unveiling of Lillian M. Popp Way

The Alumni Association at McKee High School, with the support of Councilwoman Debi Rose, preside over the celebration naming a street after Lillian M. Popp, a noted Staten Island educator, activist, and former McKee HS teacher. The McKee PTA Executive Board (2nd l-Stephanie Watson, Alexandria Lighty, far r-Lisa Solomon) attended the lovely event. Check out the video:

Councilwoman Debi Rose of the 49th District, reads a proclamation citation in honor of Lillian M. Popp, former veteran teacher @McKeeCTHS, noted Staten Island educator, and humanitarian. Check out this video:

Friday, April 13, 2018

We are NY

Here is a peak into the We Are New York English Classes that are hosted every Tuesday night here at McKee High School! The teacher is McKee's PTA Secretary, Ms. Solomon. The program helps New Yorkers develop their English proficiency. Check it out:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

McKee HS Tours 4 SUNY Campuses in 2 Days

44 students from McKee High School completed an overnight trip on March 19-20 of SUNY campuses. Pictures 1 & 2 = Albany U. Picture 3 = Delhi U. Picture 4 = Alumnus from Class of '63 who ran track posing with a member of the Class of '18. Picture 5=Binghamton. Picture 6=Oneonta. Check it out:

Monday, March 19, 2018

McKee Seniors in Physics class experience IFly

McKee High School seniors in Physics class experience gravity, force, and motion floating on a cushion of air under the guidance of expert flight instructors at IFly. Check it out:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Results of McKee SkillsUSA from the 2018 NYC Competition

Kudos and Congrats to the @SkillsUSAMcKee team on their performance at the @SkillsUSA NYC Competition on 3.17.18 at Alfred E. Smith High School. McKee team members won two first place awards, one second place award, and three third place awards.
Way to go Soaring Seagulls.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walk out at McKee - 3.14.18

We just completed the student-led walkout.  Approximately a third of the student body participated and a good number of students stayed in class. 
I am grateful to the teaching, administrative, custodial, and security staff members for helping to maintain a safe and orderly event and environment.  The 120th  NYPD Precinct had three police vehicles around our property per our request.  We appreciated their support. 
The students were respectful and appropriate.  I am proud of them as a community - standing together for a common cause of peace and love against violence and hate.  
I am honored to be a part of the Soaring Seagulls Community.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sammy the Seagull Takes a Step to Greet Parents

Sammy the Seagull @McKeeCTHS with two "steppers" greets parents at Parent Teacher Conference Night on Thursday, 3.8.18.

Our nimble  photographer catches Sammy the Seagull stopping by to flap his wings to say hello to Ms. Davis, Living Environment / Special Education instructor.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Soaring Seagull Mascot - 3.5.18

The administration, staff and students of Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School, thank State Senator Savino and Mr. Vinci so much for providing the funds through Project BOOST to enable the purchase of the Seagull mascot costume.  

We have awaited the day when the students of McKee High School could be proudly represented by our “Soaring Seagull” at sporting events, school events, articulations, Open House, etc.  The name of the mascot is Sammy the Seagull and also answers to Samuel.

The costume arrived yesterday and was welcomed by excited students as it was “modeled” throughout the building. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

McKee Senior Trip - 2.7-9.18

Seniors heading off to the Senior Trip at Honor's Haven from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2018. Check it out:

Just received a picture of the students dancing to karaoke on their first night.  I have proof:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

MSIT Hoops Coach Charles Donohue

Kudos and congratulations to Charles Donohue, McKee instructor and Coach of the MSIT varsity basketball team. Check out the article in the Staten Island Advance celebrating Coach Donohue's all time wins. Click here or copy and paste the following link into a web browser:

Saturday, January 27, 2018

PGC at McKee in Fall 2017

McKee instructors, Mr. Scotti and Ms. Curcio stand with the first group involved in Peer Group Connection @McKeeCTHS. Senior mentors take a pix with their freshmen mentees (some camera shy) at the end of the fall semester.

At Councilwoman Rose's State of the District Address

Surrounded by 4 students at Councilwoman Rose's State of the District address held at the Music Hall in Snug Harbor, Staten Island.

Friday, January 19, 2018

McKee Soaring Angels-Ms. McFerren and Ms. Herman

Two claps up to Andrea McFerren (L) & Karen Herman (R) from the Staples store on Forest Ave., Staten Island, who were gracious, beneficent, and professional. They asked & corporate approved a donation of composition books to @McKeeCTHS for teachers to use in their classes and students to capture and convert into interactive notebooks.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Every Thursday - McKee wears College Swag

Every Thursday, @McKeeCTHS staff wear college swag. On 1.11.18 we supported College Awareness Day for middle school students in Brooklyn and Bronx. We promote a college-going culture & encourage students to consider college & career options. Check it out:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2nd & 3rd Place at GNYADA City Competition 2018

Kudos & congratulations to students John Murphy & Kerim Palinko (1st picture)

for winning 2nd place & to Nicholas Davis & Anthony Chaput (2nd picture)

for winning 3rd place at the Greater New York Automotive Dealer's Association Competition (GNYADAfor New York City on January 10, 2018.

I am so proud of these young men. They displayed grace, intelligence, perseverance, and flexible problem solving skills under pressure.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

McKee at Long Island Virtual Enterprise Trade Show

On Monday, January 8, 2018, McKee High School students took part in the Long Island Virtual Enterprise (VE) trade show. McKee VE students set up their booth and began to market their services to Long Island VE firms. While some seniors manned the Kiwitech table, McKee HS juniors went around the event experiencing, selling, and planning for their senior year. With close to 50K in sales, McKee VE students used thier persuasive communication skills to generate revenue. Check it out:

Monday, January 8, 2018

Malcolm Lewis, Class of 2013, Shares His Story

Alumni Day at happened on Friday, January 5, 2018. Over 30 alumni braved the cold and returned to McKee. Check out the story and advice McKee alumnus, Malcolm Lewis, imparted in his workshop sessions. . .

Malcolm Lewis
McKee 2013
NYU Tandon, Class of 2018

Some of the things that McKee taught me that were invaluable were AutoCad, fencing, and providing opportunities for me to accrue community service hours.  I am still shocked that NYU Tandon accepted me and opened received the acceptance letter. I was overjoyed.

The transition from McKee to NYU Tandon was both familiar and challenging.  Familiar because I had AP Language and Composition with Ms. Mullen. I always tell Ms. Mullen to this day, that all the things that we read in the class came up again in my freshman year at college.  I had a better understanding of the wide range of works because I had a second chance to see the different texts.  I earned my first “A” on my first paper in college in the Expository Writing course. When I received the grade, I felt strong: I was lit.  Come at me college. I was ready to express myself on paper.  AP English really helped me with reading and writing: it helped me to eloquently express myself. When I proceeded to other courses in the computer science field, I experienced a reality check.

Being organized was and is the challenge when attending college.  In high school I was able to take 8 classes and sleep.  When I got to college, I had to change everything.  We have more time in the classroom in college yet the demands are greater. In the high school classes, there was a vested interest in engaging the students and then all one had to handle was answering 4-5 questions from a textbook.  In college, one may have to write a program on information one has not mastered. In high school you had 30-40 students in a class. In college, there are at least 80 students in the classroom, until students start dropping out. These type of courses are called filter courses. The college is purposely weeding students out who do not have the perseverance, drive or are not serious about their education.

Let’s look at one course that I took: Python, the introduction computer science course. In college, the professor was not interested in establishing a connection with students. You, the student, were supposed reach out to the teaching assistants and ask for support. The professor tried to teach a complex subject in 2 hours, twice a week. The teaching assistants were sweet but not entirely helpful. They did not quite understand what the professor wanted them to do. The labs were extremely difficult. The wanted us to learn a great deal in one 4 four lab period. The responsibility was solely on the students to master the content in order to achieve a grade that would yield a strong GPA.

The learning curve is super steep in college.  Talking to a professor early is better and will help in your grade because you cannot do it by yourself. I always thought I was smart enough to always go it alone - but no – I realized, I had to humble myself. Realize that everyone needs help and guidance.

Be untraditional. Investigate, experiment, and explore different subjects and activities to discover your passions. Figure out what you do not want to do so that you know yourself.

As for me, in 2018; I have completed four years in electrical engineering. Now I am doing my last year in computer science studies. I want to do diversity, inclusion, and recruitment within tech industries as my career. Look out world – here comes Malcolm Lewis, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

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