Friday, September 29, 2017

3 McKee Students at Ad Futures Competition

Shamar Thompson, Malik Sembene, Wagawatta Perera (from left to right) of McKee High School participated in the Ad Futures competition sponsored by the Ad Club of New York (@adclubny) on Thursday, 9.28.17. The mentors were SS+K (@SSandK).

The purpose of the competition was to create marketing for the Ad Council focusing on underage drinking and driving.  The three students had 3 weeks of preparation, right at the start of the school year, along with mentors, and were able to step onto the stage in front of 240 people in the audience.

The experience was enlightening and gave each young man just a taste of what a career in advertising might be like. The go-getter McKee teacher responsible for jump starting an opportunity for a Virtual Enterprise experience was Mr. Isai Serrano.

Check it out:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

McKee PTA Welcome Back Breakfast - 9.16.17

A delightful time was had by all at the Welcome Back Breakfast that occurred on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Here's a quick breakdown of the topics discussed:
Ms. Alexandria Lighty, McKee's new PTA president, went over key points about how Title 1 funds are to be used to help parents enhance the educational experience for the students. The parents heard about the educational, social and emotional resources available at the school. The parents also heard from representatives from several community based organizations such as: New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) and CSI Liberty Partnership

"Roll call of the members of the executive board of the PTA are:
Alexandria Lighty - President
Lisa Solomon - Secretary
Stephanie Watson - Treasurer

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back + School Supply List for Fall 2017

Welcome Back + School Supply List for Fall 2017

Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:

We hope you are enjoying the final days of summer. We hope your child is well on his or her way to reading the suggestions from the summer reading list. The summer reading list is at 

To help your child be a better learner, please acquire the following school supplies:
Required Contents:
• Good quality 3-ring 8 ½” x 11” binder; 2.5” or 3” with pocket inserts OR Laptop
• 5-6 colored tab subject dividers to separate classes
• Zipper pouch to store supplies (A 3-hole puncher)
• Notebook paper (Some notebook paper is now available in Cornell note style)
• 2 or more Pens
• 2 or more Pencils
• CASIO fx-9750GII or TI 84 Plus calculator
• Agenda/daily planner/calendar
• Backpack

Suggested Contents:
• Pencil sharpener (hand held with a top to collect shavings)
• Highlighters
• 1-2 zipper pouches (for supplies)
• Notebook dictionary and/or thesaurus
• Ruler
• Flash drive
• Pocket folders

Any student WHO HAS NOT TAKEN HIS/HER PICTURE for an ID card may do so by seeing Ms. LaRosa, (718.420.2655,, Room 107, at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.

The fall term at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School will begin on Thursday, September 7, 2017. All students will report on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8 AM. It will be a full day of school! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the McKee Community Associate Pierre Ovalles at or text/call 646.875.3793.


Sharon A. Henry


Teacher Efficacy 2017-2018

Every year I indicate what the elements are for a new teacher to succeed.  This year, to promote a learning culture (aka teacher efficacy) an assistant principal staged an intensive series of workshops. To prepare for the workshops. there were seminars on preparing the lead teachers.  Handouts were culled from various resources.

Some of the activity in the workshops for new teachers and teachers NEW to the school were captured on the blog.

The resources that were used were based on research based practices from Paul Bloomberg's Leading Impact Teams, and the incorporation of AVID methodologies.

Click here to view the stepping stones to building teacher capability.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 1 and Day 2 of AVID Training for Instructors New To McKee HS

I am overjoyed to see how an assistant principals and team of teachers met the previous week to coordinate PD sessions for lead teachers to train instructors new to McKee. It is a joy for a principal to see the further development of teacher efficacy. 

Day 1 of AVID Training at McKee shared group work strategies such as marking the text, Cornell Notes, & Cornell Way at .  

The sessions were facilitated by lead teachers. Check out:

On Day 2 - dived into what implementing AVID techniques would look like in different subject area classrooms.

Teachers from the Science Department shared how they will organize and implement the interactive notebook and address improving the ability of students understanding what a question is asking by deconstructing the prompt.

The summary for Day 2 involved creating of charting and illustrating their understandings of the strategies received from the day's professional development.

Check it out:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

McKee HS Students Complete 6 Week NYU Tandon Summer 2017 Institute

Sebastian & Juan completed a 6 week NYU Tandon School of Engineering Summer 2017 Institute. For insight about NYU Tandon's Summer Institute, check out:

Our McKee duo, Sebastian and Juan were immersed in building their capacity in learning coding, entrepreneurship, building bots, developing game boards for their robots to follow, creating and coding a task for their robot to accomplish, working in teams and finally presenting their completed project. Check out the slideshow here:

One can also go onto Instagram and type in msg503 in order to see the video of the final project.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2 McKee Students at NYU Tandon iTest Program - Summer 2017

NYU Tandon School of Engineering is providing a wonderful summer opportunity for high school students entitled: Promoting Robotic Design and Entrepreneurship ITEST. It is an experiential learning opportunity for both teachers and students and is funded by the Division of Research on Learning of the National Science Foundation.

It is a 4 week summer institute in which teachers and students are immersed in robotic design and entrepreneurship. The summer institute uses project based learning so that both teachers and students are exposed to tools, techniques, and models of authentic robotic design.

Here are two McKee students who were accepted in the NYU Tandon iTest program. Day 1 - they learned robotics using a VEX clawbot.

Day 2 - They learned Arduino.

Day 3 - The students will be working on motors.

Click the following link to see more pictures:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

McKee graduates 137 on June 27, 2017

Today is a day full of smiles.

137 students graduated from McKee High School from the St. George Theater, June 27, 2017.

Check out the photos on Staten Island Live site:

Friday, June 23, 2017

McKee AVID Site Team in Tampa, Florida

McKee High School's AVID Site Team was in Florida, June 20th through June 23rd, 2017.

Participating in a summer institute is a time to delve into "the work" of understanding, and exploring and expanding metacognition and how to make that process real in the classroom so that students gain ownership.

Note: AVID power in the polo shirts.
Along with participating in highly interactive immersion in AVID methodologies, the McKee Site Team generated a plan for 2017 to 2018 and had discussions that focused on empowering students to be college and career ready.

Today, Friday, the last day, and note the early risers (l-r: L. Curcio-ELA teacher, N. Mullen-AP Humanities, B. Howley-ELA teacher, M. Wright-ISS teacher).
I am excited to see what they will turnkey into the teacher team meetings for 2017-2018.

Along with the serious academic work, the McKee AVID Site Team sent a text to me to kinesthetically display collaboration:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

McKee Science Research Club at NYC Stem Matters Symposium

Four (4) McKee High School students presented at NYC STEM Matters Research Symposium, today, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Joseph Mendoza did a "ted style talk" on propellers in a workshop setting. What a delightful surprise!!! This is so neat.

In the picture above (left to right): Bronson Chow, Peter Desir, Ms. Piscopo (faculty advisor), Joseph Mendoza, and Savion Watson.

Joseph Mendoza will be graduating from McKee on June 27, 2017 and heading off to Clarkson University.

Check it out:

McKee students enjoy Flag Pole Racing

On the first day of June, the students from McKee High School's Auto Department enjoy a day at the races - that's flag pole racing in New Jersey. Check it out:

Lauryn McCrimmon - SI PTA Fed. Winner from McKee HS

 Kudos and congratulations to Lauryn McCrimmon (2nd row, standing, left) for being the recipient from McKee High School of the Staten Island Federation of PTA Essay Scholarship award. She is pictured with the 2016-2017 PTA President, Ms. Robin Semple-Perallon (1st row, sitting, left), and 2016-2017 PTA Treasurer, Ms. Mary Morris (1st row, sitting, right).

Lauryn was one of 17 students from across the Staten Island High Schools to receive the scholarship.

 The Staten Island Federation of PTAs has been in existence for 90 years.   Ms. McCrimmon graduates from McKee on June 27th, 2017 from the St. George Theater.  For her post-secondary educational path, she will attend the Moore School of Art and Design in August 2017 and major in Fine Arts. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

McKee's Senior Breakfast at The Stone House

McKee HS Senior Breakfast at The Stone House at Clove Lakes, June 5, 2017. Check it out:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SEP Hackathon at McKee HS on June 3, 2017

SEP Hackathon struck again. The theme: Night of the Living Hackathon. Location: Date: 6.3.17.

An SEP Hackathon gives students the time and tools to experience the design process firsthand through a fun and fast-paced daylong challenge. The Hackathon Challenge on this lovely Saturday, June3, was to develop a computer program, game or digital media that dealt with our rising "Zombie Apocalype" problem!!!

Seeing 17 students come in on a Saturday to participate in a "brain" exercise is a joyous event for a principal to see.

5 prizes were awarded:

Best Creativity aka Mad Scientist was Team Zombie Run

Best Functionality aka Survivalist was Team Senior

Best Graphics aka Doom Painter was Team Bi Tree

Best Articulation of Project Idea aka Governor was Rush Hour 5

Grand Prize Winner: Team Covfefe

National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony into National Technical Honor Society at McKee High School occurred on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The keynote address was delivered by a graduate, Class of 2011, Tyreek Penn, RN.

He is a 2016 graduate from Adelphi University in nursing.  He passed his state boards and is a fully licensed registered nurse.  What better way to showcase that all professions are possible and to hear from someone at the start of a career than a recent graduate.

Tyreek's speech was touching, and filled with words of advice to the inductees who plan to go to college: "Aim to become a resident adviser.  It is free room and board and will save you from heavy financial burdens from loans in the end." A part that had the "people of a certain age" such as myself laughing in disbelief was when Tyreek looked out into the faces of the inductees and said, "I feel so old."  Hah!

For more of the NHS-NTHS Induction Ceremony on Thursday, June 1, 2017, check out:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MSIT Boys Track Wins PSAL City Championships

MSIT Boys Track Team won the PSAL Outdoor City Championship.  

There is s great article on SiLive:

Update on McKee 2013 Grad now Hunter 2017 Grad

I positively jump for joy when I see a student achieving another rung on their ladder of goals. Check out Alkaya Massaly, a McKee graduate, Class of 2013, who is now a Hunter College graduate, Class of 2017. He received his BA in Chemistry.

Monday, May 29, 2017

McKee Key Club Organizes 2nd Annual Lift The Rug: Addiction Awareness Campaign

Key Club @McKeeCTHS organized the 2nd annual Lift the Rug: Addiction Awareness campaign by doing push in classroom talks in all of the career and technical education courses, and distributing "lift the rug" red bracelets.

The Key Club organized the events during the week of May 15th to 19th which is considered, according to Mr. Robert Mikos, Director of the New York City Department of Education Office of Prevention Services, Addiction Awareness Week from the "Today I Thrive Initiative" which was started by First Lady Chirllaine McCary.

The week was topped off by presentations. 

Check out the pictures:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

McKee HS Prom 2017 Pictures

McKee High School Prom 2017 at the Island Chateau. Check out these lovely photos posted on the Staten Island Advance site:

McKee Students win SICIL Essay Contest

Kudos and congrats to McKee students Cezia Urioso (l) and Luis Zeferino (r) for winning an essay contest through the Staten Island Center for Independent Living (SICIL). The McKee students were honored at the Staaten on May 17, 2017, and each received a check for $100.

Cafe McKee Students Use "Roots & Shoots" Sponsored Garden

Ms. Glickman's 5th period science class is involved in the CTE program called Cafe McKee. 
The alternate assessment students are responsible for running a "deli." In the setting they are guided to learn skills that follow the curriculum of VESID in customer service, accounting, budgeting, and supply acquisition.
To connect to the CTE program, Ms. Glickman has the students participating in a "roots to shoots" initiative so that they will grow their own herbs to enhance their selection for breakfast at Cafe McKee.
On Friday, 5.26.17, they planted, oregano, basil, red bell pepper. They also acquired a plant stand and different flowers.
Check out Roots to Shoots which offered the grant, to which Ms. Glickman applied, in order to fund the Cafe McKee garden:…/roots-shoots-students-nyc.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

McKee Auto Students Visit Brookdale Community College

28 McKee HS students visited the Automotive Program and toured the entire campus of Brookdale Community College of New Jersey.

The students also spoke to 2016 McKee grad Luis LaPente about his experience at Brookdale. Luis has finished the one year program. Each program leads to top automotive companies looking at the pool of recent graduates and selecting candidates to be further trained and eventually hired for their company.  

Hip Hop Summit + Sundog Theater at McKee

Sundog Theatre teamed up with the National Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to stage a “Teen Summit to End Gun Violence” Tuesday, May 23, at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.

The event runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. McKee is at 290 St. Marks Pl., and the entrance is around the block on Belmont.

Among others, the Summit will feature original rap and spoken word performances by students from McKee High School

 who have been part of an anti-gun violence initiative, known as Art as a Catalyst for Change, a project coordinated by the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and funded by City Council Member Debi Rose (D-49th District) and City Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

Prizes included NIKE Sneakers, gift cards, Hip-Hop Books, a Demo Recording Contract and Concert Tickets.  

DJ Ralph McDaniel; Host of Video Music Box
It also featured an expert panel discussion related to the initiative and possible solutions.

The event was presented in cooperation with New York’s Power 105.1-FM hip-hop radio station.
DJ Bam Bam

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