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:

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. 

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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:

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: 

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

McKee Soaring Angels-Ms. McFerren and Ms. Herman

Two claps up to Andrea McFerren (L) & Karen Herman (R) from the Staples store on Forest Ave., Staten Island, who were gracious, beneficent, and professional. They asked & corporate approved a donation of composition books to @McKeeCTHS for teachers to use in their classes and students to capture and convert into interactive notebooks.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Every Thursday - McKee wears College Swag

Every Thursday, @McKeeCTHS staff wear college swag. On 1.11.18 we supported College Awareness Day for middle school students in Brooklyn and Bronx. We promote a college-going culture & encourage students to consider college & career options. Check it out:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2nd & 3rd Place at GNYADA City Competition 2018

Kudos & congratulations to students John Murphy & Kerim Palinko (1st picture)

for winning 2nd place & to Nicholas Davis & Anthony Chaput (2nd picture)

for winning 3rd place at the Greater New York Automotive Dealer's Association Competition (GNYADAfor New York City on January 10, 2018.

I am so proud of these young men. They displayed grace, intelligence, perseverance, and flexible problem solving skills under pressure.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

McKee at Long Island Virtual Enterprise Trade Show

On Monday, January 8, 2018, McKee High School students took part in the Long Island Virtual Enterprise (VE) trade show. McKee VE students set up their booth and began to market their services to Long Island VE firms. While some seniors manned the Kiwitech table, McKee HS juniors went around the event experiencing, selling, and planning for their senior year. With close to 50K in sales, McKee VE students used thier persuasive communication skills to generate revenue. Check it out:

Monday, January 8, 2018

Malcolm Lewis, Class of 2013, Shares His Story

Alumni Day at happened on Friday, January 5, 2018. Over 30 alumni braved the cold and returned to McKee. Check out the story and advice McKee alumnus, Malcolm Lewis, imparted in his workshop sessions. . .

Malcolm Lewis
McKee 2013
NYU Tandon, Class of 2018

Some of the things that McKee taught me that were invaluable were AutoCad, fencing, and providing opportunities for me to accrue community service hours.  I am still shocked that NYU Tandon accepted me and opened received the acceptance letter. I was overjoyed.

The transition from McKee to NYU Tandon was both familiar and challenging.  Familiar because I had AP Language and Composition with Ms. Mullen. I always tell Ms. Mullen to this day, that all the things that we read in the class came up again in my freshman year at college.  I had a better understanding of the wide range of works because I had a second chance to see the different texts.  I earned my first “A” on my first paper in college in the Expository Writing course. When I received the grade, I felt strong: I was lit.  Come at me college. I was ready to express myself on paper.  AP English really helped me with reading and writing: it helped me to eloquently express myself. When I proceeded to other courses in the computer science field, I experienced a reality check.

Being organized was and is the challenge when attending college.  In high school I was able to take 8 classes and sleep.  When I got to college, I had to change everything.  We have more time in the classroom in college yet the demands are greater. In the high school classes, there was a vested interest in engaging the students and then all one had to handle was answering 4-5 questions from a textbook.  In college, one may have to write a program on information one has not mastered. In high school you had 30-40 students in a class. In college, there are at least 80 students in the classroom, until students start dropping out. These type of courses are called filter courses. The college is purposely weeding students out who do not have the perseverance, drive or are not serious about their education.

Let’s look at one course that I took: Python, the introduction computer science course. In college, the professor was not interested in establishing a connection with students. You, the student, were supposed reach out to the teaching assistants and ask for support. The professor tried to teach a complex subject in 2 hours, twice a week. The teaching assistants were sweet but not entirely helpful. They did not quite understand what the professor wanted them to do. The labs were extremely difficult. The wanted us to learn a great deal in one 4 four lab period. The responsibility was solely on the students to master the content in order to achieve a grade that would yield a strong GPA.

The learning curve is super steep in college.  Talking to a professor early is better and will help in your grade because you cannot do it by yourself. I always thought I was smart enough to always go it alone - but no – I realized, I had to humble myself. Realize that everyone needs help and guidance.

Be untraditional. Investigate, experiment, and explore different subjects and activities to discover your passions. Figure out what you do not want to do so that you know yourself.

As for me, in 2018; I have completed four years in electrical engineering. Now I am doing my last year in computer science studies. I want to do diversity, inclusion, and recruitment within tech industries as my career. Look out world – here comes Malcolm Lewis, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Abbas Ghulam, Class of 2017, Shares His Story

Check out Abbas Ghulam, Class of 2017, who stopped by McKee High School on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Abbas Ghulam
McKee Graduate Class of 2017
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Class of 2019
There are a number of things that helped me to make a smooth transition from high school to Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Both Automotive Technology and Software Engineering were valuable courses. I studied Automotive Technology with Mr. Sarno, and Software Engineering with Mr. Pedersen. From Automotive I learned basic skills and knowledge about vehicles. Since Mr. Sarno set up an internship opportunity with a dealer for 17 months while I was in high school, I was able to use that experience when I arrived at UTI in Exton, Pennsylvania.

Through Mr. Pedersen in Software Engineering, I learned the logic of code, and the breakdown of how codes are created.  I also learned the rationale of why codes do what they do.  This information is needed because when you attend a post-secondary school like UTI, cars use multiple computers. Technicians now need tools and computer skills in order to repair a car. There are typically 50 to 100 computers in a car. In fact, because I am interested in the Porsche Dealership, I know what there may be as many as 300 different computers in that vehicle and that number increases as it is still dependent upon the make and model of the Porsche. 

One of the biggest things that I would advise any senior is to realize the importance of listening to what you want to do rather than what others want you to do after high school.

Do not let life’s changes, such as the death of loved ones, cause you to lose focus. To be honest, loss does hurt. Even I was thinking about being a non-completer because I was devastated by the loss of a niece and nephew who died at such a young age. Thanks to Mr. Pedersen, Mr. Sarno and Ms. Pecora, who saw that I was fading, they interceded. They sat me down and talked to me and showed consistent concern. The lesson that I learned from the talks, keeping that type of pain to yourself does not help. I made the better choice. I stayed in school. I passed my classes. For my post-secondary education path, I chose my passion, which is to be an automotive technician and know the ins and outs of high performance cars like a Porsche. 

You do a lot better when you follow your passion. I am doing extremely well in all of my classes because I love what I am studying and I look forward to what the future brings, particularly as different representatives are scouting me and laying out exciting possibilities.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

McKee at National Geographic's Ocean Odyssey

McKee HS science students explored "The National Geographic Encounter Ocean Odyssey" in NYC on Thursday, December 21, 2017. All were engaged and actively immersed in the wonders of the Pacific Ocean! 

The students felt energized after the exhibit and look forward to learning more about ocean life when we get back to class.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

3 CTE Teachers Participate In A Collaborative Study Group

3 career and tech (CTE) teachers participate in a collaborative study group session @McKeeCTHS in the 10th grade AVID elective class facilitated by Ms. Howley. Check it out:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

McKee AVID Students Thank the Sons of American Legion - Granito Smith Post 1296

McKee's AVID Students thank Commander Charles Navarino and the Sons of American Legion Commander, Anthony J. Navarino, pf the Granito-Smith Post 1296, for their generous donation of more than 200 notebooks. Ms. Curcio , AVID teacher and her students, express their gratitude, explaining how these notebooks become "Interactive notebooks" in their AVID and content area classes.
The students also took this opportunity to thank all their guests for their service the country. Check it out:

PK Kersey Visits McKee's Virtual Enterprise Program

PK Kersey of That Suits You visits the senior Virtual Enterprise program to impart advice about soft skills, crafting polished presentations, and professional attire. Check it out:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Career Day Focus - Auto and Graphics

Career Day at McKee between three (3) schools, McKee, New Dorp, and Tottenville on Tuesday, 12.5.17. Over one hundred students from Auto, and Graphics heard reps from these industries. The day concluded with mock interviews and internship vetting sponsored by Grant Associates.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Designing the experiment in Chemistry

Chemistry students enter phase one of designing an experiment in alignment with Next Generation Learning Standards. Check it out:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A peek at Collaborative Study Groups At McKee

Last Thursday, I entered the junior AVID class and saw the Junior AVID elective teacher facilitating 5 collaborative study groups: and not a one of the groups were covering English.

AVID is Advancement Via Individual Determination. An elective class is one per grade level and functions like an advisory creating opportunities for college trips, and imparting critical thinking, college readiness skills. 

We implemented this program six years ago and it has been a positive impact on the culture, learning environment, and graduation rate of our school.  One of the ways to encourage students to have college aspirations is to expose them to college students as tutors.  That feature has always been problematic as the schedule college students have is almost impossible to align with the needs of a high school student schedule. Luckily the AVID organization put together intensive professional development sessions in which my dedicated team members in AVID students can learn to be self sufficient in creating tutorials. The idea is to have older students tutor younger students.

What is possible is to have two teachers come up with a unique way to have a group of seniors gifted in math facilitate the process of students going through a tutorial. I saw 5 seniors act as tutors (really guides on the side) under the guidance of their teacher from the pre-cal and calculus class and in collaboration with the junior AVID teacher.  I looked at a class of 25 students broken up into 5 groups: 2 focused on Geometry, 2 groused on trigonometry, and 1 focused on Chemistry. 

It was glorious to see how students in their respective groups did 30 second speeches to express their point of confusion and have their peers help them reflect on different resources in order to find their own answers and address their points of confusion.

As I was looking at the junior AVID class, my assistant principal was in the sophomore AVID elective class to see how their collaborative study group was progressing.  The student centered constructivist environment was electrifying:

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