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: .

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: https://tinyurl.com/ycb96b2g

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: https://photos.app.goo.gl/um1eFOfB0DHIGQ2K2 

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: https://youtu.be/TLSgUq7QGC8



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: https://youtu.be/XM4Z1xuyI6I

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: https://tinyurl.com/yc2vyrqw

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: https://tinyurl.com/yc8h54x9

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: http://tinyurl.com/y7ju62sr

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: http://tinyurl.com/y86ze6fk

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.

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