Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chenoa Ebanks at Twitter NYC Summer Immersion Program Graduation

This has been an amazing summer in which several young people had the opportunity to become involved either with start up companies or engage in an internship at a large tech company.

On August 19, 2015, at Twitter's new Chelsea NYC headquarters, Chenoa Ebanks received her certificate for completing the 7 week Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program of 2015 - Twitter NYC. Check out the pictures:
Chenoa Ebanks

C. Banks & Dr. Carrie Washington (Mentor)

App Demonstration

C. Banks (L) Ms. Henry (R)

Ms. Banks (L) pitching the app with her team

"Stranger Danger" App
There were a host of people responsible for the success of training the 20 young ladies who attended the summer immersion program.  Ms. Meg Tobin, who is the NY Program Manager for Girls Who Code helped to oversea the training.

A key ingredient that helped Chenoa to make sure she got to the training sessions on time, Ms. Judy Jordan (l) Chenoa's mother.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chynna Cummings in Girls Who Code at Twitter

Dr. Carrie Robinson (left) is a mentor to Chenoa Ebanks (right), McKee HS student, and attended the opening day of Girls Who Code at the Twitter office in New York City.
Way cool!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mohammed Aziz - Post Secondary Success Story

Check out who came in from California to stop by at McKee High School: Mohammed Aziz. Below is his post-secondary success story.

Mohamed Aziz
McKee 2014
University of San Francisco, BA

          A habit that has made me successful in high school and gave me the opportunity to attend college is taking everything a step at time. With homework, or running or activities, my motto is not to over think the situation or the problem, just break it down into pieces so that one can take it a step at a time.  It helped me to be able to concentrate, to focus on the issue, not overthink it or be afraid.
This habit helped me with homework because it was a big step to cope with the papers and making sure that I completed those assignments and fitting running into my schedule. It is all business when it comes to college. As soon as I get the assignment I start it because as a student-athlete I have to tightly manage my time. I do not have enough time, like non-athletes, to complete assignments.
I wanted to get out of Staten Island. I wanted to make a name for myself. I felt if I was going to leave Staten Island, I might as well go big and look for colleges that would offer the best package.  California is just like New York, except on the West coast.  It is the best of both worlds. I definitely recommend leaving home. It makes you become independent and a stronger learner.
One college success story deals with my freshmen year. At college I feel like my mind is challenged. I am learning. I receive and gladly accept advice. The school I attend has free tutoring, and provides intensive support, particularly during exam time, to assist students with understanding the subject area content. I also had team mate support. Plus, there is mandatory study hall which means student athletes, like me, must study in the library or in one of the rooms in the athletic department, for 8 hours.  You have to log in and complete the work. 8 hours goes by quick. Sometimes I clock more than the usual number of hours. The result:  I have a 3.5 grade average, which shows taking a step at a time, while the phrase may be cliché, works.   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AVID Site Team 2015

Check out the AVID Site Team 2015 at the Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas.
(L-R Bottom row) Noreen Mullen Kathy Eberlein, Bleta Miftari)
(L-R Back row) Brigitte Howley, Angleina Licata, Leo Gordon, Dawn Messina, Dom DeFilippo

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NHS - NTHS Induction May 28, 2015

Check out the pictures of a new page of Ralph R. McKee CTE High School's history. Below are the inductees to both the National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society.  NTHS honors students who have achieved excellence in academic and career and technical majors along with responsibility, honesty, and teamwork.  NHS honors academic, leadership, character and responsibility.

Keynote Speaker - Tracy Brown.
Best selling author of urban fiction: 

Check out a few National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society recipients with Dr. Carrie Robinson, a 2015 SI Advance Woman of Achievement: 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cheyenne Suffern, Class of 2014 - Now Sheet Metal Worker

Cheyenne Suffern stopped by McKee High School on Friday, May 22, 2015. Here is her post-secondary success story.
Cheyenne Suffern
McKee 2014
Construction Skills
Sheet Metal Worker – Local 28

Honestly, I knew I had to finish school. Teachers like Ms. Gorgoglione, and Mr. O’Connell, always had me on the right path. They always had faith in me and they pushed me to succeed. I always liked the carpentry program at McKee. I realized I had a choice - I did not have to go to college. I also realized that the carpentry program at McKee would lead me into an exciting apprenticeship program, which would lead to a career where I would make very good money. What!!!

I wanted to be in the type of sheet metal work that does the electric signs. Instead, due to a mix up in the paperwork, I got into the four week program for duct, roofing and renovations work. It’s similar to carpentry but it is metal.

I completed Construction Skills in July 2014. If you think you have tests at McKee you have another thing coming. I had to take 30 tests within a 4 week period based upon what I had learned. Those 30 tests included the pre-tests, tests and competency tests.

I had to go take a test to get into the union. You have to go through a 6 month probationary period where you are now under the eye of the director of the school, the company, and all of the authority figures. You have to make sure that you comply with doing the job to the best of your ability and being on time. On time is late.

I was assigned to different job sites. The earliest report time I had was to start at 6 a.m. This means I had to be on the job site by 5:30 a.m. This means I had to wake up at 2:30 a.m.

Was it worth it? Yes. Is it worth it? You bet.

You never know how much you can create with metal until you are actually in the field. One of my friends made a hanging desk in metal. You can make a shoe rack in metal. In my local, there are so many different fields. You can work in the shop; you can work in the field. You can be a welder or a sketcher. The possibilities are endless and I plan to push myself so that I can explore my full potential which may involve using my experiences within the sheet metal field to explore other avenues, such as OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

McKee Students Tour Bayonne Bridge

Worth a read - today, May 21, 2015, McKee students who are in the Pre-Engineering program toured the Bayonne Bridge:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Shedier's Post Secondary Story

Look who stopped by McKee High School: Sherrieshedier Jones. I whooped for joy. Here is "Shedier's" post-secondary story.


As a graduate of the class of 2014, I am now enrolled in UTI in Exton, PA.  I am enjoying my experience there as a first year student focusing on Automotive Technology with a secondary focus on Diesel Automotive Technology. 

As I am progressing through my post-secondary education, I am learning that I need to decipher the things that are important from the things that are not so important. 

Focus on what you want and you will be successful.   You need to overcome the circumstances that can hold you back.  Everyone goes through different things but it’s the way you get through it that makes you who you are. 

Here at McKee I had a lot of problems that prevented me from getting the grades I needed.  I realized I needed to leave those problems behind to get to where I needed to be.  Now that I am in college I realize what I need to do to get to where I need to be. 

FOCUS! Keep your eye on the prize – graduate high school and go on to a post-secondary education and you will be successful.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

McKee Students To Care for Infant Simulators for 72 Hours

What is this young man holding in his hands? He is part of McKee's Health class and is experiencing the unit entitled "Baby Think It Over." He will be responsible for caring for an infant simulator for 72 hours. The infant simulators are from Reality Works.

This year, McKee High School was awarded a grant from the Staten Island Foundation to purchase infant simulators to add an engaging interactive component to the Health class curriculum. Each student is provided with a bag of toiletries, blanket, and bottle. The infant simulators go through 15 different real world events. Additionally there is a computer chip which registers the quality and type of care the infant simulator received. The teacher, Dr. Estephan, is able to provide each student with a print out at the end of the caring cycle. The students have to respond to the events or else the infant simulator makes increasing distressing cries.

When asked how he was feeling, the student responded - "I'm dreading this already. This is really heavy." It is Friday. The infant simulator will turn on at 6 p.m. The school day has ended and he's already experiencing a few issues. Can you spot one issue that the computer chip in the infant simulator will read as problematic?

Chris Richardson, McKee '14 - Post Secondary Journey

Christian Richardson, McKee '14 stopped by McKee. Here's his post-secondary success story.
Christopher Richardson
McKee 2014
BMCC, 2016
The activity that made me successful at McKee High School was learning how to communicate. I became very strong at talking to different teachers. Another activity that made me a better student and person was organizing different events.

Debate assignments frequently occur in college. Networking is an activity that a student must do in order to succeed. The skill that I have acquired from participating in networking events has developed my ability to extemporaneously speak.

I always knew I was supposed to go to college. McKee did help me to select the major that I would pursue in Borough of Manhattan Community College. My major is engineering science. People should know that the first year of college is devoted to satisfying general education requirements.

At first writing papers was a challenge at BMCC. Oh my God! I was not used to writing expository papers to such an extent. At BMCC there is a clear and distinct demand for long, detailed papers. I took advice from other students. I learned to make drafts, and then to revise and then edit before submitting the papers. I learned to be better at time management.

My advice to students at McKee: read more. Read newspapers. Read about current events from many different reliable sources because it makes you sound like you know what you are talking about when you are in formal situations surrounded by many different people who have many different experiences. It is necessary to be able to communicate. By talking to classmates, one gets key information and study tips to pass classes. From talking to professors, one gets participation points, and extra credit towards a grade.

Jessica Story stopped by McKee High School on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Jessica Story stopped by McKee High School on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Check out her post-secondary success story.
Jessica Story
Accountant / Entrepreneur / Community Activist
McKee ‘08
Berkeley College, BA 2013

A turning point for me at McKee was when I ran into some issues with a former art teacher that jeopardized my high school graduation. Due to my determination, I was able to negotiate doing “art boot camp.” The overall lesson is that regardless of the down falls one may encounter in life, stay determined and focused and a person will experience success.

Two weeks after my high school graduation, I started the summer session at Berkeley College. I had to pay for college. I had to get loans. I had to work two jobs. It was difficult working two jobs and going to college but I found a balance and was able to maintain a personal life.

As in any endeavor, one encounters bumps in the road. One of the college’s policies is that all professors have to submit their attendance to the Academics Department. One professor did not. Because of that mistake, I was withdrawn from school and “I was not having that," as Ms. Henry knows. I went to the chairperson of the department and he let me know that the professor was new and did not know the protocols. The chairperson accompanied me to a meeting with the Dean of the Academics Department. Because I was able to articulate and advocate for myself, I was readmitted to Berkeley College.

I am a workaholic. Right now I have three jobs, a tax business and a non-profit organization. I just believe that I have great goals and achievements that I need to accomplish. I believe in working hard to get what you want in order to succeed. Nothing is going to be handed to you. Like Nike – Just do it.

Science Matters at McKee High School

Check out Mr. Crabbe’s Living Environment class as covered in the Staten Island Advance in:…/science_matters_mckee_high_sch.html…

Michael Martinez, McKee '14 stopped by to visit McKee High School!!!

Michael Martinez, McKee '14 stopped by to visit McKee High School. Here is his post-secondary success story.
Michael Martinez
McKee 2014

Universal Technical Institute, March 2016
The Automotive Technology program at McKee was and is my passion. I love working on cars. Mr. Sarno is a great teacher. Mr. Sarno has a big heart. He really cares. The only reason I am at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is because Mr. Sarno took the Automotive Technology class on trips to different technical colleges. When I came back from one of the trips, I realized I had to improve my grades.

When I graduated, I started UTI on Sept. 29, 2015. It is a whole different trip. UTI is more advanced training. I learned how to take apart an engine; suspensions, brakes, and electrical. I have worked on diesel transmissions and diesel engines. Most of my classes at UTI feel like a review of what Mr. Sarno taught at McKee. There is a difference. At McKee, Mr. Sarno is watching your back. At Universal Technical Institute, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.

There was only one class this year that I struggled with at UTI. It was the Electrical class. I really did not know much about the topic. It was my first time learning the information. I did not understand how power runs through wires. It was a whole different ball game. I had to get a passing grade. I took tutoring. I talked to my teachers. I never gave up. I received a B+ for my efforts.

To get into the automotive field, you need strong passion. You have to love cars. You have to be responsible. Those are the keys to McKee and to future success.

A Senior's Project Using the CNC Router at McKee High School

Robert Krvicic, McKee 2015, created an FDNY medallion using the large CNC router in the senior carpentry class. I was blown away by this first product (see below) made by Robert.Under the guidance of Mr. Dennis O'Connell (Carpentry instructor) and Mr. Leo Gordon (Graphics Arts instructgor), Robert kept working on the calculations and information to be placed in the CNC router to execute the design. Check it out.

Monday, May 4, 2015

19 Seagulls at the Tech Crunch Disrupt Conf. 2015

Shout out to Mayor DeBlasio for mentioning McKee  High School in his opening remarks at the TechCrunch Disrupt New York Conference held today, May 4, 2015. Check it out:…/mayor-de-blasio-offers-three-pilla…/

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 2 - College and Career Week at McKee

We wear our "stylish" socks to symbolically represent Ralph R. McKee High School students seeking out the multiple pathways to college and a career.

Got our silly socks as we seeek out our destination along the multiple pathways to college and a career. — at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.

The focus today was on junior to get them to understand the importance of building their portfolio for college and/or career.


Baruch College presentation occurred in the library by Mr. David Stephens. McKee's college adviser/guidance counselor, Ms.Jenny Millz Pecora is on the right. — at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Day 1 - College and Career Week at McKee HS

Day 1 - 10th grade students heard from presenters: Mike Zinn – Mechanical Engineer;
Mike Shaleesh – Contractor; Mike Pietruch – Graphics/Software Engineer; Henry Rau – Computer Science/Repairs; Robert Widener – Architect / FDNY; Barbara Federico – Advertising; Stephen Mercaldo – Automotive;
Mike Hopkins – Verizon Fleet Operations; Ronald Woody – NYPD to name a few.
Teachers and some students used the symbol of wearing sunglasses to represent the glowing brightness of the future multiple paths of McKee HS students.

Yes, that's me, Ms. Henry, Principal of McKee HS.
 I have to wear sunglasses as the future of the students at McKee HS shines bright like the sun.

Here is a picture of the many presenters who spoke to our sophomores about College and Career options today, Day 1 of McKee's College and Career Week.

Here are some pics, taken by me, of students and staff sporting their sunglasses.
Brigid Howley (l-English instructor) and Jean Donohue (r-lab specialist) sporting sunglasses for Monday, April 27
Mr. Cyrus (student)

Ms. Haleema (student) and Randi Kornberg-Zuckerberg(paraprofessional) 
Laura Mahlooji (l-Social Studies Instructor)  and Kristin Lapenta (r-Science Instructor)
Joe Pietuch (l-presenter) and Leo Gordon (r-Grpahic Arts Instructor)

McKee faculty recognizing the bright futures of students (l-r) Steve Chandler, Karen Davis, Chris App, Joanna Padula,
Ms. Kaylin (student) 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

College/Career Week at McKee April 27 - May 1

Show Your College and Career Pride Every Day of The Week

College Week:

Monday – April 27, 2015 My future’s so bright
Sport your best sunglasses.

Tuesday – April 28, 2015 Silly Sock Day
Are you going to college? Heading to an internship: career?
Wear silly socks to show us that you have to travel to your post-secondary choice.

Wednesday – April 29th, 2015 - Tie it to Higher Education
Wear the coolest tie/scarf

Thursday – April 30th, 2015 - McKee Swag
Sport your best McKee swag.

Friday – May 1, 2015 - College T-shirt Day

Wear favorite college’s t-shirt and show college and/or career pride.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Support Community Day @ Commons Cafe - Fundraiser for McKee's PTA

The infant simulators are coming . . .

Health unit revs up at McKee High School.
The unit involving the infant simulators is coming.  This year, through the wonderful support of the Staten Island Foundation,  Ralph R. McKee CTE High School​ was able to purchase 12 new infant simulators and 3 additional items that show the impact of shaken baby syndrome, chemical substance abuse, and fetal alcohol.
As you can see this will enable Ms. Estephan to distribute and monitor almost a full class set.  The stages of programming, testing, introducing how the infant simulators work is still to be done.

By the way, the infant simulators provide 15 different events that the students must address. Let's see how the two Health classes do spring 2015.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2 from McKee in Girls Who Code NYC Summer 2015

Want to see a cool email two McKee students received:

Congratulations! On behalf of the entire Girls Who Code Team, we are delighted to offer you a spot in the 2015 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at AOL, located at CUNY ASRC 85 St Nicolas Terrace, New York, NY 10027. The program will run from Monday, July 6th to Friday, August 21st, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our selection committee was impressed by the ambition and passion demonstrated in your application and has selected you to join 1,139 other outstanding girls nationwide in becoming the Girls Who Code Class of 2015.

The Summer Immersion Program will be a life-changing experience. For 7 weeks, you’ll be side by side with girls who share your passion for technology. You’ll get exposure to leaders in the industry and learn the computing skills needed to build the products you want to see in the world.

Kudos and congratulations to Chynna Cummings (L) and Chenoa Ebanks (R) who will be participants in Girls Who Code Summer 2015.   Talk about having bringing a big smile to a principal's face.

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