Wednesday, October 9, 2019

McKee Teacher Featured on Opening of Kelly & Ryan

Karen Davis, McKee HS special education instructor, was featured in the opening of the morning show, Kelly & Ryan, on 10.9.19. Shout out to teachers and the boundless energy they exude. Check out the coverage in the local newspaper:

Here's Ms. Davis featured on the Live "I" segment of Kelly and Ryan's morning show on their Facebook site.:

You can also click on this link: 

Monday, September 23, 2019

I Know The Illustrator of "The ABCs of Presidential Pets"

Do you want to know how to get a signed copy of a book without waiting on long lines.  Have the student attend your school.  At the PTA meeting on September 21, a mother comes up to me to show a children's book.  I indicated who did the drawings.  She said, "Look at the bottom."  I did and let out a shout of surprise.

Congratulations to Evangelina Colucci, McKee High School junior in our Graphics Design CTE Program, for her delightful, whimsical illustrations in the children's literature book, "The ABCs of Presidential Pets." 

The book is literally hot off the press. Keep an eye out for the release date for the book.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

McKee HS Graduation on June 26, 2019

 Two weeks fly by and I finally had a chance to be able to reflect back on the June 26, 2019 graduation of the senior class from senior high school.

The creativity of the students in their decorative mortarboards speaks volumes about their outlook.

Flower pinning, a simple action that sets another memory in preparation for walking down the aisle to "Pomp and Circumstance."

Moments from the June 26, 2019 graduation at the St. George Theater, Check it out: 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

McKee at AVID's Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas, June 19-21, 2019

12 people from McKee HS are attending the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas from June 19 to June 21. They are immersed in an environment of strategies to take teaching to the next level at McKee.

Why attend this intensive professional development?

The answer - to achieve the ideal goal - for educators to increase the level of academic rigor and discourse in their classrooms through literacy to further student learning.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Added Good News

Added good news, Both Jobanny Dominguez (L) and Franklin Pirozzolo of McKee HS won awards from entering NYPD’s annual Police Athletic League citywide essay contest. Go Soaring Seagulls! Go McKee!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Borough Commander for a Day - from McKee

Kudos to Franklin Pirozzolo. a sophomore @McKeeCTHS & member of the AVID college readiness program. From entering NYPD’s annual Police Athletic League citywide essay contest he received an award of borough commander on Staten Island. See 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Final symposium of school year for My Brother's Keeper

McKee students: Chukwuebuka Dikeocha (3rd row-L), Raymond Bell (2nd row-3rd from R), & Uriah St. Louis (3rd row-2nd from R) at the final meeting of My Brother's Keeper (MBK) with Exec. Supt. Lodico (2nd row-R). MBK builds safe & supportive communities for young men of color.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9th grade Digital Marketing at the Business Plan Competition

The 9th grade teams in Digital Marketing @McKeeCTHS were at the Business Plan Competition on 5.17.19 with BUILD. Each team put their best foot forward. 3 out of 4 teams won second place and a chance to go to the final round on June 6th. Check it out:

Friday, May 10, 2019

McKee 2017 Graduate Visits to Share a Post Secondary Update

Keyon Faulkner Smith (L), McKee 2017, Lackawanna College 2019, stopped by to say hello and provide a post secondary update.

Here's more of his story . . . 

When I was a student at McKee I first majored in automotive and then switched to engineering. Those two subjects helped me to be focused when I pursued my business degree at Lackawanna Community College, which is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

My advice to seniors is do what you have got to do so that you can finish out the year and graduate. I had to go to tutoring when I was at McKee in order to pass the Global History Regents. I studied with Ms. Gorglione and got a 90. Listen to your counselor. Ms. Pecora helped a great deal when she was my counselor.

To the freshmen at McKee, do not procrastinate. The next time you wake up, time will speed by, and you will be a senior. I had to make up courses in summer school in order to graduate on time from McKee.
When I attended Lackawanna I had to go to tutoring. I did not want to go but I knew that if I wanted to pursue the next level of what I wanted to accomplish, I needed to make sure I passed all of the exams and the classes.

My next step in 2019 is fielding offers from different four year colleges. The coaches and sports representatives are offering full rides and scholarships because I kept my grades up and kept my focus.

McKee HS students at My Sister's Keeper Forum

3 students from McKee HS at My Sister's Keeper workshop where they heard mentors share educational pursuits, goals, acquisition of life skills, personal & professional development. Creating vision boards kick started their imagination and helped to visualize their goals.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

College Decision Day at McKee

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McKee HS Auto Students go to Pole Position Racing

McKee HS students in the Automotive program take a trip to experience the thrill of in door go kart racing:

It is going 40 miles per hour two feet from the ground. Ah youth! Enjoying the dynamics after studying the principles for 9 months.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

McKee's 9th Grade Digital Marketing Class Visit Uber NYC

Students from McKee High School's digital marketing 9th grade class had a career panel discussion and sales pitch mentoring session with Uber NYC yesterday. They learned about each mentors' journey to their current position at Uber and had an opportunity to discuss their business pitch and product development. Students will be presenting their business plans on May 17th in the New York Times building.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Day 5 - Costa Rica - From Zip lining to Visiting a Local School

It's Day 5 in Costa Rica and the McKee HS students started with zip lining through the tree tops, stopping for lunch, and then visiting a local school to see several cultural activities.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Just a touch of Day 3 - McKee HS On Tour of Costa Rica Spring Break 2019

11 students + 2 chaperones from McKee HS on an international tour in Costa Rica during Spring Break that celebrates biodiversity & Mother Nature. Day 1 was flying to Costa Rica. Day 2 was a coffee plantation tour, hiking trails in Arenal National Park and around Arsenal Volcano. This is just a touch of Day 3 - hiking trails around Lake Arenal & kayaking. Check it out:

McKee Teacher Creates Tutorial On How To Use Google Classroom

The Soaring Seagull of McKee HS reports that while others may rest over Spring Break, not this particular teacher who created, edited and produced a detailed tutorial regarding how to use Google Classroom. Check it out:

This is an example of the type of work that makes a principal giggle with delight.

Friday, April 19, 2019

A Dash of Blue - Painting Workshop at McKee

I just had to post this adorable photo of members of the McKee PTA at the conclusion of a Painting Workshop displaying their work.

Friday, April 12, 2019

A peak into the week of April 8th at McKee HS

Busy week - on Wednesday - 95 middle school students visited McKee to experience project based learning in Virtual Enterprise, 

 and electrical installation 

On Tuesday to Thursday, 44 students toured four SUNY colleges: Delhi, Albany, Oneonta and Binghamton.

An Earth Science class from @McKeeCTHS took a tour of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. What a way to make learning about minerals & fluorescents a kinesthetic, 1/4 mile, underground experience. Check it out:

On Friday, students went on a trip to Six Flags to enjoy the  physics of roller coasters.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Civics in Action in Mr. Wakie's Participation in Government Class

Civics in action in Mr. Wakie's Participation in Government class @McKeeCTHS. The focus - how youth can impact our democracy through registering to vote and civic participation.
Check it out:

Friday, March 29, 2019

Day 2 with Robo Wizards at FIRST Competition at Hofstra University

Day 2 with the Robo Wizards of McKee High School at Hofstra University at the FIRST Competition. Check it out:

Sunday, March 24, 2019

ENACT Informs McKee PTA Meeting of Social-Emotional Practices

ENACT Inc. holds part 2 of a 3 part workshop with the PTA @McKeeCTHS. on 3.23.19. Teaching artists do theater exercises such as role play and storytelling to help parents and students connect with each other. It's using the creative arts to keep the lines of communication open.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Mr. Miranda makes an appearance at Hamilton Education Workshop

Imagine-you're a student who travels from Staten Island to your 1st workshop & first Broadway show. The show is "Hamilton."

Who shows up on the panel for the workshop? Lin Manuel Miranda on the Wednesday program on March 20, 2019 panel. Check it out: via

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Anticipation - Matinee show of Hamilton

McKee HS students filled with anticipation before the matinee of Hamilton on 3.20.19.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Middle School Students Visiting Architectural Drafting Program at McKee

Visitation of middle school students to the Architectural Drafting Program at on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

IS Students Visit the Carpentry & Building Trades Program at McKee

Visitation of middle school students to the Carpentry and Building Trades Program at on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Touching Peer Group Connection Family Night at McKee

Touching Peer Group Connection Family night at McKee HS, on Thursday, 3.15.19. 85 attendees of students, family, friends, and staff were present at the event. The testimonies from the upperclassmen juniors and seniors and the freshmen mentees were heartwarming. Check it out:

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Kalique Mitchell joins Staten Island's 1000 point club

Kudos to Kalique Mitchell, McKee HS class of 2019, who hit a major milestone, 1,000  points or grand. As it turns out MSIT was eliminated from the PSAL AA playoffs via a 77-64 decision for John Bowne HS on Friday night, 3.1.19. 

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