Saturday, December 29, 2018

Holiday Doors 2018 at McKee

What started as a light hearted challenge by the student government grew into an increasingly intense holiday season's competition . Check it out: BTW - the top prize went to the "door" entitled North Pole festooned with lights that lit up at night.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Congratulations to Yajiara Morales Zapata (2nd from left) & Ana Flores Lopez (2nd from right), both McKee Class of 2019, for being recipients of Allen Hauber Scholarships. This Scholarship Program recognizes seniors in architecture, engineering, construction, or mechanical industries. 

Yajiara and Ana were 2 out of 7 students to receive a scholarship. 
The ceremony was at the Richmond Country Country Club, sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. 

Along with the Allen Hauber Scholarships, there were many other awards given at the 2018 Building Awards. Honored for their historic work at the St. George Theater was Ms. Luanne Sorrentino and Ms. Doreen Cugno. The beautifully renovated St. George Theater is where McKee holds the annual June graduation.

McKee Alumni Luncheon - Dec. 10, 2018

At the McKee Alumni Luncheon, Dec. 10, 2018 at Li Greci Staaten with 6 seniors. At this annual event, approximately 100 McKee Alumni fundraise and offer glad tidings.

We even had, first one:
and then a second volunteer join in singing a classic spreading holiday cheer.

Finally, the President of the McKee Alumni Association, Kenneth McIntyre, joined in. Check it out.

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: 

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:

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:

2. A snapshot of a PTA meeting on a lovely Saturday morning, 10.20.18. Check it out:

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: 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:

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":

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,

I am very excited about all parents having their children register onto 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:

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:

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 -

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:

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