Saturday, September 24, 2016

Setting up at an articulation fair


I just received this picture from two teachers at one of the city's articulation fairs. My new Electrical teacher and a history teacher teamed up to present McKee to prospective 8th grade students and their parents. The articulation fairs are usually held at different large schools.

Each of the 7 programs from McKee designed a logo representative of their career and technical education (CTE) program.  The trade programs are:

  1. Automotive
  2. Carpentry
  3. Electrical
The technical programs are:
  1. AAUTO-CAD/Architecture
  2. Computer Systems Information Technology
  3. Graphic Arts - Commercial Design
  4. Software Engineering

The new posters had their formats freshened up under the guidance of Ms. Kathy Eberlein (Assistant Principal Instructional Support Services), coordinator of the Articulation Committee. She collaborated over the summer with Chris Peters, a McKee graduate of June 2016, to update the posters indicating the 7 programs at the school. By the way, Chris is now a freshman at FIT.

Every location of an articulation fair presents its own unique challenges.  When everything is said and done, going low-tech with eye catching posters is a solution that's adaptable and works.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Career Fair in Brooklyn on 9.21.16

40+ McKee High School students on Wednesday,September 21, 2016, traveled to Brooklyn to attend the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Career Fair Tour in which students are exposed to careers and professionals in the entertainment industry. Check out the pictures.
Mr. DiMartino, McKee Graphics Teacher, (center) + Graphics students

Graphics students in front of W and J Smith Family Foundation logo

V. Balestrino (McKee Art Teacher-left), J. Smith (center); M. DiMartino (McKee Graphics Teacher-right)

Regina Hall (3rd from Left)

Panel discussion with entertainment industry professionals

Spotlight on Washington Mayancela, McKee Graduate 2014

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sharing tips for the opening days of school from Principal Henry


1.Every day is a day for instruction. The APs and I will be making 5 minute pit-stops to coach. The feedback sessions will be quick and informal. The goal - to jump start the implementation of rigor in the classroom through (W)riting, (I)nquiry, (C)ollaboration, (O)rganization, and (R)eading.

2. Set the ground rules for your classroom such as how to use Cornell Notes and be CONSISTENT
  • You do it-the students watch. 
  • You do it-the students help. 
  • Students do it - you help. 
  • Students do it - you watch and evaluate. Need a rubric - ask your AP.

3. Quick way to get to know the students. This technique works I have used it. Make a model with chart paper with your name in the middle.

A.   Have them take looseleaf paper and fold it in half.
B.   Have students use a marker to print their name in the middle.
C.   Then have them place something about them in each corner - for example - upper left corner a drawing of what they did this summer, lower left corner - print a word or two that best describes them (friendly, athletic, etc.), upper right corner a drawing of their favorite hobby or activity, lower right corner - favorite movie.
D.  After students are done, then tell them to get in groups of three. After 2-3 minutes have them switch to another group.
                     i.        For the more courageous - sometimes it is fun to have some music for this activity - as soon as the music begins they need to get into a group of three ). Stop the music - and have them share what they have drawn in one (or two) of the corners. After about 2-3 minutes start the music again and have them regroup into another - this time with different people. Share what is in the other corners. After doing this a few times,
E.   Have everyone sit down and select people to tell about what they learned about someone else in the room.

5. Check out this link for other ice-breaker activities to get to know the students: http://www.mmsa.info/sites/default/files/Icebreakers%20and%20Name%20Games.pdf. It will pay off.

or copy and paste it in your browser for a 5 minute explanation about Costas Levels of Questions. 
The video is for YOU to view and NOT the class. 
The video provides a clear explanation about the three levels of questions. Students get the three levels of questions when it is connected to a reading you are doing in the classroom.

  • You have to follow it up with a reading selection in which you have preplanned level 1, 2 and 3 questions. It works particularly if the text is challenging - which most texts are written 1-2 years above grade level. The reading selection can be a page, a paragraph from a newspaper, video with short reading selection or internet site. Modeling is key.
    • You do it-the students watch. 
    • You do it-the students help. 
    • Students do it - you help. 
Students do it - you watch and evaluate. Need a rubric - ask your AP

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lesson Plan With a Purpose

I have found that a lesson plan is a blue print that is crucial to the foundation of relaying content to students. There is also the capability of using ideas from various programs in order to create a ladder by which teachers are able to clearly indicate what needs to be said, what the students need to do, how the students demonstrate their understanding, and building the capacity to self assess and peer assess. The template below comes from the Teacher Fellows Program and is  not only a great tool to construct a lesson plan, but also for reflection and one that a supervisor can use in debriefing sessions.







Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Back to school student schedule at McKee - Thurs. Sept. 8, 2016

Scroll down to see the updated "back to school" schedule for students at McKee for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.

ralph McKee High School

290 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, New York 10301
Sharon Henry, Principal
Email: shenry2@schools.nyc.gov
Phone (718) 420-2600 Fax (718) 981-8776



September 2016


SEMESTER START-UP ACTIVITIES

A.                Thursday, September 8, 2016:

Teacher Time:                                   7:45 – 2:35
Students Report:                               8:00 – 2:33

                                                             *Special Bell Schedule*
Period
Begin

End
Passing
Length
Program distribution
8:00 AM

9:00 AM

0:02

1:00
1

9:02 AM

to

9:37 AM

0:02

0:35
2
9:39 AM
to
10:14 AM
0:02
0:35
3
10:16 AM
to
10:51 AM
0:02
0:35
4
10:53 AM
to
11:28 AM
0:02
0:35
5
11:30 AM
to
12:05 PM
0:02
0:35
6
12:07 PM
to
12:42 PM
0:02
0:35
7
12:44 PM
to
1:19 PM
0:02
0:35
8
    1:21 PM
to
1:56 PM
0:02
0:35
9
1:58 PM
to
2:33 PM
0:02
0:35


B.                 REPORT CARDS/PROGRAM CARDS (PICK UP MATERIALS IN ROOM 107):

Students report at 8:00 AM to the rooms below and will remain in these rooms until 9:00 AM.  Distribute materials from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM.  Students are to remain in the room until the bell at 9:00.  Do not distribute any passesAll unclaimed program cards and metro cards will be picked up from your room at 8:55.  Along with the program cards in your folder will be Program Change Request Forms.  Distribute them to students that need a change and you (the teacher) return Program Change Request forms to Ms. Eberlein.  Students must carry their program cards at all times.  They must present their program card upon the request of any staff member.  All change requests are forwarded to the Guidance Counselor/Grade Advisor.  Students that do not receive a program must report to the auditorium at 9:00 AM.

*All undistributed Program Cards should be brought to the Auditorium at 9:00 AM.

SEE REVERSE


TEACHERS – PICK UP PROGRAM CARDS IN ROOM 107

Seniors Report To:           Student Cafeteria
(Ms. Pecora, Ms. Pezzolo, Mr. Sarno, Mr. Pedersen)
           
Freshman Report To:                 Auditorium
                                      (Ms. Ippolito, Ms. Licata, Ms. Messina, Mr. Eberlein, Ms. Flajsing,
Ms. Connors, Ms. Jensen, Mr. Scotti, Mr. Paulucci)

Sophomores, Juniors & Holdovers Report To The Rooms Listed Below:

Student Last Name
Room #
Teacher
A
101
BALESTRINO & MOSS
B
104
GAMBARDELLA & WAKIE
C
113
CHANDLER & DAVIS
D-E
115
GORGOGLIONE & CRABBE
F-G
117
PADULA & CARMONA
H-I-J-K
119
APP & O’CONNELL
L
124
COARD & PANE
M
207
ESTEPHAN & BURZO-TIMMONS
N-O-P
206
LAPENTA & DISCIPIO
Q-R
215
KENAVAN & CURCIO
S
224
VESCE & REYNOSO
T- U-V
217
GUDDEMI & DIMARTINO
W-X- Y-Z
219
PATTON & CINTRON


Latecomers Report To:     Auditorium at 9:00 AM



C.           Metro Cards

All unissued Metro Cards will be distributed to students in the cafeteria between periods 4-7.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

STEM 2016 Showcase at McKee HS

I am still floating from the event that occurred at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School today, 8.11.16, and I just had to share:

Today, on August 11th, approximately 80 students from 6th to 9th grade, presented projects from the 6 week STEM Summer in the City Program held at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School. The audience was made up of parents and:

a) Ms. Laura Winter - Project Manager STEM Dept.-Curriculum Instructional and Professional Learning
b) Mr. Jose Burbano - Curtis HS Assistant Principal Safety & Security - Site supervisor
c) Rich Marin - CEO of NY Wheel
d) Adaliz Gonzalez - Citywide Instructional Lead NYCDOE STEM
e) Sharon Henry - Ralph R. McKee CTE HS Principal - Host School

The projects, developed by the students under the guidance of teachers throughout Staten Island, ranged from eco-friendly solutions for travel: improving infrastructure and cities: using various software programs to develop artwork and learning spaces around the NY Wheel; coding programs to develop games and generate various combative games and navigation of mazes using Lego robotics.

The video of the event is entitled STEM 2016: https://vimeo.com/178492121

Here's the link to photos of STEM 2016: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz_7hc8vm-56V0t0RE4zZWdTMlU


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

McKee PTA Fundraiser - Back To School Deal

While shopping for your child’s BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES, get great deals and support McKee’s PTA by stopping by Modell’s August 19th through September 15, 2016.  Print out the flyer below and bring it with you to Modell’s.

Welcome Back Breakfast at McKee


Welcome Back + School Supply List for Fall 2016

Welcome Back + School Supply List for Fall 2016


Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:

It's about that time - - - to get ready for school.

We hope you are having a pleasant 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 www.mckeecths.org. 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, dlarosa@schools.nyc.gov), Room 107, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, August 1 through August 11, 2016, and August 17, 24, and 31, 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School.

The fall term at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School will begin on Thursday, September 8, 2016. All students will report on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 8 AM. It will be a full day of school! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at mckee@schools.nyc.gov.

Sincerely,

Sharon A. Henry

Principal

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