Tuesday, May 3, 2016

McKee HS at Jr. Diabetes Walkathon

17 students in Ms. Howley's AVID Elective class participated in the Junior Diabetes Walkathon on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. then returned to school.

What a neat example of cross- collaboration between a public school, McKee, and Blessed Sacrament, an elementary Catholic School.
McKee students awaiting arrival of elementary school students of Blessed Sacrament early in the morning.

The gymnasium fills and the students become more animated.
Ms. Howley, McKee HS English teacher to the left. 

Starting the walk.

Jeremy Duenas, McKee '17, helping out the sign bearers

The students of Blessed Sacrament and McKee HS taking photo before returning to school.

Monday, May 2, 2016

McKee SKillsUSA Chapter Competition Results from NYS SkillsUSA Competition

9 Students, chaperoned by Mr. Jorge Reynoso and Ms. Kristen Lapenta, went to the NYS SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Championships from April 27, 2016 to April 29, 2016 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Here is just a snapshot of the what the students experienced at the final ceremony:

Here is how we did:
1st - Gold Medal in Information Technology Services for Justin Forlenza
J. Reynoso (L-Computer Systems Tchr.) Justin Forlenza (R)

2nd - Silver Medal in Technical Computer Applications for Nicholas Handog

Quality Chapter Award in National SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program for McKee HS
A delightful bonus: the 2016-2017 NYS SkillsUSA President is Joseph Mendoza. He will be a National SkillsUSA Delegate representing the State of New York.

Monday, April 25, 2016

McKee Students Hope to Lift the Rug on Drug Addiction in Staten Island

About six months ago I became aware that I had a very active chapter of the Key Club at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.  First there were the visits by the members to the Kiwanis Club which supports Key Club chapters throughout Staten Island. Then the Key Club members made blankets for tots as part of the campaign to help disadvantaged youth.
  Next there was one of my students becoming Lieutenant Governor of all Key Clubs on Staten Island. Then there was the presentation of the Key Club banner by the Kiwanis Club.

After the advisor received permission, about a week ago signs went up around the school that were headlines from the Staten Island Advance newspaper regarding the latest affected by the loss of a loved one due to the drug epidemic affecting Staten Island: opiates.

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, periods 2 through 9, Key Club members with their advisor, invited students and faculty from the Camelot Society to do presentations about the impact of chemical and substance abuse on one's life.

On Friday, April 22, 2016, New York 1 reporter Shannon Ferry visited McKee High School to do a story about the "Lift the Rug" campaign which is the community service initiative that the Key Club members and their advisor, Ms. Lisa Curio.

Check out the news clip here or copy and paste the following link into the web browser: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/staten-island/news/2016/04/24/mckee-students-hope-to--lift-the-rug--on-drug-addiction.html

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jumping for Joy Moments

A Few Jumping for Joy Moments on March 30, 2016.

1. Seeing the Programming Innovator's Committee taking ownership of designing programming options that will expand the schedule for the upcoming school year.

2. Seeing two teachers working together to compose a presentation to visitors to our school who are interested in finding out more about how a career and technical education school uses the principles of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

3. Seeing a video of a teacher conducting "philosophical chairs" in class. Even more powerful, seeing how the teacher captures that not enough students were participating, she comments, adjusts her practice so that students are able to do a Turn and Talk to answer the question, then brings the "sides" back to engaging in "philosophical chairs. Result, the activity grows from 3 students participating to 15 out of 20 students participating in the discussion.

4. Getting science teachers intervisiting with a history teacher who effectively uses the "CORNELL WAY" in his Global History class to fully see and observe the strategy in the classroom.

5. Having the Global History teacher volunteer to video-tape his class to show using the "CORNELL WAY."

6. Getting the first photos from the overnight SUNY trip.  48 McKee HS students will experience 4 college tours in 2 days. Stop #1 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Taking a quick breather at the New York State Museum.

OK, how precious is the moment, no matter how tall, the young man to the left is at least 6' 6", no one can resist a good carousel.

McKee Students at Citibank Empowerment Event

McKee High School students experienced coaching sessions at the Citibank Empowerment Event.

The coaching sessions covered resume writing to mock interviews.

Check out the photos:

Julian Peiris, McKee Alumnus now at FIT

See who stopped by today, March 30, 2016,
Check out Julian Pieris' post secondary story:

McKee 2015
FIT, AS OF 2019

The main habit that helped me graduate from McKee was being involved in football.  All team members had to maintain a good average in order to keep playing for McKee/Staten Island Tech (MSIT) football.
I always had in mind that the end goal for my education was to attend college.  Having that end goal helped me get through my senior year.
The Graphics Program at McKee pushed me to apply for Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  I looked into the school and found out that the first 2 years at FIT is the associates degree, the 2nd two years is the bachelors degree. I liked that the school sends internship opportunities to students at all times.  I always had an interest for art and clothing. Due to my prior knowledge from in Graphics, my classes at FIT, like in Adobe, are easy.  I know more about the principles of designing which helps me immeasurably. 

Getting into college is one thing. Getting past the first semester was a challenge. All my classes are 3 hours in length. After finishing with finals week, I realized I conquered whatever fears I had about not being able to handle all the work, and now know that I will be able to get my associates and bachelor’s degree from FIT.   

Saturday, March 19, 2016

First CTE Expo at McKee HS - March 19, 2016

It was a glorious day to celebrate and highlight the knowledge of the students about their latest projects in their career and technical education courses. Parents and students from Grade 7 and Grade 8 from intermediate schools across Staten Island stopped by to see the CTE Expo at Raplh R. McKee CTE High School.
Graphic Arts Program
Software Engineering Program
Carpentry Program

Mr. O'Connell overseeing in the Carpentry Program
Architectural Drafting Program
Electrical Install. & Eng. Program
Tchr in Elect. Install & Eng. Pg. with parent

SEP Hackathon - March 19, 2016

Hats off to the 20 students who participated in the March 19th Hackathon at McKee High School. The theme was creating a candy store or sweet shoppe and using code to create the advertising and game. 
Six teams presented. Team members had to explain what code they used and the connection between the game, the name of and the products sold in the candy store.
Well done all.

Friday, March 18, 2016

McKee High School Key Club in Albany, March 18-20, 2016

Friday night of the McKee High School Key Club in Albany. Dressed and ready for dinner. 

Ms. Curcio (in blue) is an English teacher, Key Club Advisor, and chaperone. 
The life of a chaperone - staying awake, doing head counts, rounding up the students to shepherd them to the next event, and cheerleader.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Career Tech Expo + PTA Meeting + SEP Hackathon

I cannot believe how busy March 19th, Saturday, will be at McKee High School.

First up - the Career Tech Expo, hosted and put together by the CTE instructors will be this Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Worth checking out:

Next, as part of the Career Tech Expo, the Software Engineering classes, under the guidance of our intrepid Mr. Pedersen, will occur this Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 209. The theme: create and code a candy business: http://sepnyc.org/hack/  Check out the poster:

Let's not forget that there will be a
meeting from 9:30 to 12 noon on March 19, 2016, to focus on the latest happenings at McKee.

Oh and Cycle 2 of Saturday School will also occur from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wait - I almost forgot, our neighbor, Curtis High School, will be putting on their spring musical in our auditorium, Pippin, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

Every step helps.  It's necessary to get the attention of the parents of 8th grade and 7th grade students to realize that for an excellent academic, career and technical education, think McKee.  In fact, it's about getting more people across the island and New York City to recognize that when you think of career and technical education, think McKee!!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

McKee Chapter of Skills USA at NYC Regional Competition

Kudos to the McKee Chapter of SkillsUSA. They had a good showing at the New York City -

Area 5 Competition on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Here are the results:
2nd Place - Carpentry
J. Diaz
2nd Place - Cosmetology 11th Grade
L. Peters
2nd Place - Extemporaneous Speaking
S. Barrett
3rd Place - Technical Computers Applications
N. Handog
3rd Place - NYC Banner Design Contest
L. McCrimon & K. Lopez
3rd Place NYC Pin Design
A. Ocasio
3rd Place - Information Technical Services
J. Forlenza

Saturday, March 5, 2016

134 students from McKee went to see RACE, the movie about the famous Olympic track athlete, Jesse Owens.
Why? The students are reading The Book Thief. Check out chapter 9 labeled "The Jesse Owens Incident." 
Every once in a while, literature and Hollywood come together to create a fortuitous interdisciplinary connection.

Monday, February 8, 2016

HBCU Fair at McKee HS

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair was held at McKee High School on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the SI NAACP. More than 15 college and university representatives set up tables and provided information for over 150 attendees. 

Politicians from Public Advocate Letitia James, State Senator Savino to representatives from BP Oddo's office, Councilwoman Rose, and State Senator's Lanza's office were present and offered words of encouragement and advice.
Public Advocate Letitia James
State Senator Diane Savino

Ed. Josey - SI NAACP Pres.

SJU and CSI Avid Tutors Report to McKee 2.4.16

Every semester, Ms. Mullen, (far right), Assistant Principal of Humanities and AVID Coordinator,
 meets with approximately 10-15 college students involved in either education, social service or community works, to become AVID tutors.  The picture above just shows the first group of tutors, three from SJU and two from College of Staten Island (CSI). These young people learn the art of facilitating small group discussions so that the students in the AVID elective (think advisory) classes are able to explain the point of confusion he/she experienced in a subject area class. The tutors, and the group of students, help the student to look at resources and critically find the answer that will help clear up the point of confusion.

SJU College Center at McKee - Soft Opening Presentation

Vice Provost Dr. Robert Fanuzzi and staff did a soft opening of the St. John's University Career Center at McKee Higfh School. The managers and support from St. John's will be available to McKee students every Monday and Thursday, Room 317. There will be presentations, workshops, and small-group sessions.
St. John's University (SJU) has also started a dual enrollment program between McKee and SJU in Physics. Jeremy Duenas, in the first picture (c) helped to recruit students to participate in the course. When students pass Physics 1610 they will earn 4 credits.
Jeremy Duenas (c) & Dr. Fanuzzi (r)

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