Saturday, November 17, 2018

We Are New York at McKee

Once again, for the past 10 Tuesday nights, adult evening classes were held at McKee High School.  Let's hear from the lead teacher and facilitator, Ms. Lisa Solomon, a parent of a Soaring Seagull:

The first two classes of WANY English have gone really well.  The first class "Welcome Parents" focused on preparation for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Participants are wondering if McKee teachers can be prepped to speak slowly to immigrant parents to encourage understanding.  The video also indicated that students' report cards can be available in preferred language.  They wondered if they can receive report cards in Spanish.

The second class "Crossing the Street" focused on neighbors, culture, and job/college readiness.  We also visited the McKee website.

Check out the link to the pictures that capture the class in session to the adult students receiving their certificates at the November 17th, 2018 PTA meeting: http://tinyurl.com/ybc6mqjr 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Buongiorno a Roma from Ms. Pezzolo & Ms. Davis

Buongiorno a Roma from Ms. Pezzolo and Ms. Davis (L to R), who are organizing the first overseas tours of McKee HS students in 2019 through Educational Tours (ET). Step 1- go on an intensive international PD by ET & review all the details associated with the tours.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Meme / Halloween Day at McKee

Meme / Halloween Day at McKee's Spirit Week 

Check out Meme 1 - Do you know where "The Raven" went?

Check out Meme 2 - Faster than a speeding pen, it's AVID Man displaying Cornell Notes.

Take a gander at a few other pics of a celebration of memes and Halloween:


Monday, October 22, 2018

McKee Key Club at the Richmond County Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

On Monday, October 22, 2018, McKee High School's Key Club helped out at the annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Richmond County Kiwanis Club.  Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/ydy87ha3


McKee Senior Graphics students tour FIT. Taking a tour is a step to students realizing the goal they are striving for when applying to a post secondary institution like FIT.

BTW - can you spot the teacher?  He's the first one on the left. He's a former graduate of McKee, and attended Pratt Institute, then completed his Success Via Apprenticeship program. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Busy Weekend: Junior College Planning + PTA

What a principal does - stop by and speak at two different meetings:

1. Junior College planning meeting at McKee. Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/yd9hnps8

2. A snapshot of a PTA meeting on a lovely Saturday morning, 10.20.18. Check it out: https://tinyurl.com/ya3wd8h8

Just a Saturday in the world of a principal.

5 McKee Alumni Visit Graphic Arts Seniors at McKee

5 McKee Alumni visiting and entertaining a 45 minute Q&A with Graphic Design Seniors.

Students were asking questions about college life, room and board, level of work, challenges they have faced, what to prepare for, and more.

There's a more personal and effective punch in having students ask recent alumni (current college students) about college.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


1.   Check out Juan Snipes,
 McKee Class of '22, talking about the power of AVID with his distinctive explanation: https://youtu.be/cQdKTXMeW00 on McKee High School’s You Tube Channel.  

By the way, if you are so inclined, please be so kind as to click on like and share the video.  
By the way, here’s the link to the lyrics: https://tinyurl.com/y7huorku



Saturday, October 6, 2018

McKee Community Wearing Pink on Wednesdays throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October


I just had to capture McKee High School staff wearing pink on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, in honor of the survivors and fighters of breast cancer. McKee community members plan to integrate pink into their wardrobe, every Wednesday, throughout the month of October, to show support during breast cancer awareness month.

Go Seagulls!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Raymond Bell, McKee HS Class of 2019 is featured in NYCEDC's website. He wrote a blog and the New York City Economic Development Council highlighted his reflections. Check out the link to the NYCEDC site and click on tab labeled "Blog": https://www.nycedc.com/blog

One can also click here or copy and paste the following link to get a copy of the entire blog entry: .

Go Seagulls!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

We at McKee Constantly Make Moves as Educators

Ms. Curcio and Mr. Gill "common planning" based on feedback from their supervisor from a walk through @McKeeCTHS.
We at McKee make moves as educators to improve student learning.


AVID elective teachers: Mr. Gambardella (l), & Ms. Baftjari (c) collaborating and brainstorming with Ms. Howley (r) @McKeeCTHS.
We at McKee keep making moves as educators to improve student learning.


Mr. Siddiqui (l) and Ms. Cozzo (r) in the midst of preparing a professional development session for the Global History teachers @McKeeCTHS
McKee educators making moves to improve student learning.






Saturday, September 22, 2018

Welcome Breakfast - PTA Meeting - September 22, 2018

Check out the Welcome Breakfast PTA Meeting on September 22, 2018. It was a delightfully packed meeting full of information, elections, and time for parents to ask plenty of questions.



I am so thankful to the hardworking PTA Executive Board for their efforts in having such a significant turnout. The parents heard presentations from the McKee Alumni Association President, Ken McIntyre,  Mr. McIntrye, upon seeing the audience, joked it was larger than his graduating class when he attended McKee High School in the late 1950s.
Pres. Ken McIntyre, (2nd from right, blue shirt, facing the camera) of McKee Alumni Association.


Along with members of the PTA Executive Board, other speakers were: the Site Supervisor of the After School Program, Nigel Wyatte, three assistant principals and myself.

Parents got an overview of the events, fundraisers, and  dates for the marking periods and midterms. There was information about a great scholarship site, myscholly.com.

I am very excited about all parents having their children register onto myscholly.com. The CEO, a young man named Christopher Gray has found a comprehensive database platform that helps match student profiles to scholarships.

All in all, the launch for the 2018-2019 PTA meetings was exciting and fact filled.

Thursday, August 2, 2018


Me, Zakia Modeste (cousin), Julie Henry (my sister) (from left to right) at the the Great Day in Harlem, Sunday, 7.29.18 at Riverside Park. This was day 1 of the month long range of activities that will occur in Harlem. It was a joyous, peaceful turn out. What an honor to see Hezekiah Walker and his choir. 
Sunday was a day of celebration of African and American sounds, arts, crafts, music, and ambience.

Check it out: https://photos.app.goo.gl/w3VVMh1MWCDmV77V9


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

McKee Students in STEMNOW at NYU-Tandon

Here is a quick picture of 3 students from McKee High School at NYU Tandon experiencing STEMNOW. Throughout the summer, students will get hands-on experience in fields such as robotics and mechatronics, chemical engineering, smart cities, 3D printing, and cybersecurity in STEMNOW. 

This group will also learn the tools top entrepreneurs use to design products, build prototypes, and launch their own companies. Forty faculty members and 130 undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from across New York University will teach or mentor students in labs as part of STEMNOW. 

For more information about this program, check out: https://tinyurl.com/y9x8qz8e

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

McKee HS Graduation at the St. George Theater


151 seniors graduate McKee High School on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the St. George Theater. Check it out:



Sunday, June 24, 2018

McKee Instructors in the Teacher Leadership Program



Five teachers from McKee were part of the Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) for school year 2017-2018. The Office of Leadership organized teacher leaders across the city to meet once a month for 11 sessions, building a portfolio capturing how they build their leadership capacity. Our intrepid teacher leaders collaborated to generate and accomplish the various projects required throughout the year.

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 -  https://tinyurl.com/y78obore

Example 2 Opoid Drugs - https://tinyurl.com/yaxsko6r


Seventh - Students become committed to the social issue he or she is discussing they make their points in front of a community school board: https://tinyurl.com/y99q7vwy


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: https://tinyurl.com/y9qbh24e

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: https://tinyurl.com/y7xkr5go

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: https://tinyurl.com/y8rb6hak

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: https://tinyurl.com/yb2lzn5j

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: https://tinyurl.com/y9hf2ku6

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. 


or copy and paste the following link into a web browser: https://tinyurl.com/y79k48h2 





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: .

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