Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Teaching Resources

Check out Ms. Henry Wikispaces to see my first attempt at using Apture, a multimedia screen capture program that adds intensity to websites, and wikispaces. I started with posting the vision and mission of the school and selected a word to highlight. Click Ms. Henry Wikispaces to see which word I selected.

Click on rmhs-projects.wikispaces.com to catch the latest teaching resources about science. Yes I used Apture here also so that you can see some of the visual and reference connections.

There is also a list of 25 - count them - 25 projects that can be applied to any subject area.

Click on the school website: Ralph R. McKee High School. Once you get there go to the tab on left that says Staff and scroll down to Teaching Resources and see the enhanced, updated list of subject specific resources.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Holidays from the PTA


The Parent/Teacher's Organization sat down to sandwiches, soda, and plenty of scrumptious cookies.

As they sat they talked about the following for 2009:
1. Parents - did you know that you can reach every single teacher by clicking onto the school website to see their email and blogs? Click on mckeecths.org.
2. Students need to take four years of math.
3. Parents need to stand up and make their voices heard.
4. Room 121 is the place for parents to come and talk, and get the latest skills on technology and school news.
5. Parent involvement needs to happen from freshmen year right through the entire 4, that's right, 4 years of high school.
6. Parents should drop off their emails so that the PTA and school can get in contact with them on a regular basis. The lead contact is Mary McVey, the Parent Coordinator. Her email is:
7. There is a need for a school PTA bulletin. Anyone wishing to give information or has any concerns or issues addressed should write in. There could even be a section called, "Ask the Principal!" Stay tuned - you might see the PTA with their own blog: Parent Power.

Friday, December 12, 2008

McKee High School's "Rising Stars"

Congratulations to Desiree Gotay and David Cruz for receiving the "Rising Star" award from the New York Center for Interpersonal Development. Both students were praised for their maturity, commitment to learning and community awareness.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mr. Pigis' Cisco Students Do A "Jing"

Click on the title and see how Mr. Pigis is having his CISCO students be responsible for demonstrating their learning of the content from his course by doing a Jing. Today, one team of students made a separate blog called CISCO MADE EASY. Click on the words CISCO MADE EASY and check out their Jing.

Ah, you ask, what is Jing? For a detailed answer, just click on the word Jing. Did you click on it? You should. I'll wait. Here's the word again, Jing.

See how easy it is to have your students show others what they know about a particular subject. It is so cool.

So you know what is going to happen next. The students will be teaching all of us how to do a Jing. More importantly, it is a great, interactive, technology driven, strategy in which students are responsible for showing what they know.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

McKEE VOLUNTEERS IN TUNNEL TO TOWERS RUN/WALK

Congratulations to the following students for earning Community Service hours for volunteering in the Stephen Siller, FDNY, "Let Us Do Good" Children's Foundation Tunnel to Towers Run:
Patricia Alexander
Wolde Archer
Ashlee A. Barrios
Genesis Benitez
Jonathan Castro
Sha-niece Chavis
Marco Colonna
Bebuo Ewa
Carlos Hernandez
James Hurd
Kelson Johnson
Lauren Lubin
Jose Perez
Shanye Roberts
Cindy Sam
Saige Tomey
Ashley Torres
Alicea Ulmer

Friday, November 21, 2008

McKee hosts Blood Drive


This semester's blood drive in the auditorium went smoothly on Monday, November 17, 2008. I have to thank the efforts of Ms. Joy Feldman, our COSA, and Ms. Kathy Eberlein, the AP Pupil Personnel Services. There was an amazing spread of food. Teenagers loved the snacks. I will get the statistics as to the final tally.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Here . . . ARIS

ARIS . . . It actually works!
Greetings McKee Community:
Check out what Mr. Pedersen says when he clicked on the link to ARIS.

Ms Henry -
"Thanks for the heads up on ARIS finally getting off the ground. Its quite a bit different than what it was supposed to be, but it IS very intuitive/easy to use and almost.... FUN! (eek!) I'm actually going to . . . explore students being able to use my ARIS blog for resources and communication. The way these pages mesh so seamlessly with the NYCDOE database, Wiki and other web entities suggests that this portal will become quite useful and an efficient resource for years to come."

What is ARIS? It stands for Achievement Reporting and Innovation System and now it has been revised as a tool that is actually relevant for increasing student success.
Click on the title, picture or right - ARIS. When you see LOGIN - type in your Outlook User ID. Your Passwword is the Outlook Password. It is so cool.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Look At The Company We Keep!


We are in good company. Check out the neat article by the Staten Island Advance writer, Amisha Padnani. Click on the title or right here on "More Island high schools get A's from Department of Education" for a snapshot of our progress report grade and the work we do at Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical High School.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kudos - McKee Chess Club




Congratulations to the McKee Chess Club for lending a helping hand at the ING sponsored NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2008.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Kudos and Congratulations

Keep a keen eye out for the NYCDOE Progress Reports that will be officially released during the week of November 10, 2008. Together we are able to climb mountains. Together we will plan our next steps to soar even higher.

Get Reel With Your Dreams


GET "REEL" WITH YOUR DREAMS: A program to educate high school students about careers in media.

Great news! ABC News called to report that they are taking approximately 67 of McKee students into their program.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Congratulations to Morgan Vasquez on being one of two students elected to be on the Chancellor's Panel for Educational Policy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall Calendar of Events

October 21 - McKee Open House 6:30pm - 8:00pm

October 23 - October 23 -Parent/Teacher Conference 6:00pm - 8:30pm (Report Card Distribution)

October 24 - Parent Techer Confeence 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Report Card Distribution)

November 2 - Homecoming Game @ TECH MSIT v. Petrides - 12:00

November 4 - Election Day (Students not in attendance)

November 5 - Registration Deadline for December 6, 2008 SAT ($45.00)

November 6 - Seniors: Ring sizing -- during lunch periods

November 11 - Schools Closed - Veterans Day

November 12, 13, 14 - Individual Senior Pictures

November 18 - Blood Drive - 9:00am - 1:30pm

November 23 - Leadership - 3:00pm

November 23 - PTA - 6:00pm

November 26 - End of 2nd Marking Period -- Cake Sale

November 27 - 28 Thanksgiving Recess (school closed)





Friday, October 10, 2008

Kudos & Congrats



Arielle Tapia who was elected chairperson of BSAC, and

Kared "Sasha" Sampedro who was elected as CFAC representative to the Chancellor's Advisory Board.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Classroom Management Tips


There is a link between student behavior and student learning. The most important person in making sure there is order and cohesive teaching and learning is the teacher. Starting the year out, creating the conditions needed for teaching and learning relies on thinking through the expectations, understanding the levers that will help establish order and capitalizing on the energy of the students as they arrive at the classroom door.

Click on title as we journey through the year in reflecting and continually improving on the learning environment.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Calling All Juniors and Seniors

It is the start of the 2008-2009 school year The college office in room 307 looks forward to working closely with parents and students of the class of 2009 in advising and facilitating the college application process.

There is loads of information from the College Office posted on the location: McKee Money
Click on the site for the latest information about College Applications, scholarships, fee waivers, College Fairs, and Exchange Programs.

Click on the site for information from Room 307 - in order to get ready for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
See Ms. Messina or Ms. Rivera in Room 307 in the college and Career Center for all the juicy details.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

5 Levers to Improve Student Learning - The Real Deal


Click on the title for the detailed key points from the straight talk from Chancellor Klein for the steps to improve student learning.
Here is the quick guide:
1. Every teacher must have a strong knowledge of the curriculuum. The key point to remember is that teachers have such a mastery of the content that they provide organized, enriching information, and develop the ability of the students to be independent, critical thinkers.
2. Every teacher needs to be able to differentiate instruction. The key point to remember is that the content must line up with the curriculum and teachers have many ways to help kids get it.
3. Every teacher must use data from assessments to guide how they deliver the content to students and to monitor if students are getting it. The key point to remember is after indicating the skill to the students, there should be a pre-test. Tell the students where they stand. The skill is taught through a rich array of content using different strategies. At the end of the week or two weeks, there is a post-test, and the students realize their level of growth in becoming proficient at that skill or set of skills.
4. Teamwork among professionals is powerful. The key point to remember is that teachers need to meet to look at student work, understand how students perform, and dril down to find out what feedback students need to move their learning.
5. The principal needs to support student and adult learning. The key point to remember is that the UFT Teacher's Center in room 103A is an available place to meet, hash out, practice, and try out lessons with Rita Kelly and Stephanie Malvasio. Students at McKee have block programming in core academic areas and are heterogeneously grouped.
Oh by the way - you know the big lady in room 111, I heard tell that a few of her nicknames are "Lesson Lab Lady" and "Resource Lady."

Friday, September 12, 2008

National Honor Society & National Junior Honor Society

McKee is affiliated with the nation's premier student recognition organization, NHS. McKee's Honor Society chapter heralds commitment to recognizing and promoting student excellence and let students, faculty members, parents and community know the support of the national office, McKee's chapter and its activities.

Students and advisors should visit the website: http://www.nhs.us. The society also encourages advisers and students to attend conferences. For further information visit: http://www.nhs.us/conferences.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

MAKE NEW MISTAKES: A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS


MAKE NEW MISTAKES: A WRITING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
THURSDAYS 4:30-6PM: 5 SESSIONS BEGIN OCTOBER 23rd

This workshop will be an exploration of the art of making new mistakes through reading, seeing, hearing, rapping, and most of all writing. Along the way, in the workshop one will encounter the Ecstatic Truth of Werner Herzog, How to Be Perfect by Ron Padgett, the chromo-poems of CA Conrad, Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, dispatches from the Spasmodic School, the MCs of Avant-Rap, and much else. Best of all, in the workshop there will be an opportunity to make many new mistakes together, through in-class collaborations, critiques, and performances.

Young writers of any style, persuasion, interest, ability, and borough are all equally welcome. Let's start writing poems that are alive.
The presenter is Chris Martin, the author of American Music and has taught young New Yorkers for the past six years. Open to high school teens. FREE.

The Poetry Project is located at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street at Second Avenue
New York City 10003
Trains: 6, F, N, R, and L.
info@poetryproject.com
www.poetryproject.com

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Mr. Lucci got this incredible site from a professor which takes just 3 minute to watch:
http://www.dallasisd.org/keynote.htm
My reaction upon looking at the video is best summarized by Albert Schweitzer: Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How Do You Know You Have An Effective Mini-Lesson?



Not quite sure how to pull off a mini-lesson? Don't know what TWPS means or how to do an Interactive Read Aloud.


Our Ms. Kelly, in room 103A - the UFT Teacher Center, gets right down to the real nitty-gritty with step by step instructions.
Click right here:
1. Building an Effective Mini-Lesson
2. Think-Write-Pair-Share
3. Interactive Read Aloud

Reinforcing a Healthy Classroom Climate


To help make every child proficient and prepared for success, here are a few tips to guide students toward demonstrating appropriate behavior:

1. Only call on students who quietly raise their hands and state what the pupil is doing: "Jay has his hand up and is not talking. I'll call on him."

2. Take corrective action if students continue to shout out answers by restating the directions, "The directions were to raise your hands and wait to be called upon before speaking - that's a warning."

3. Stand next to students who are having trouble participating appropriately during a discussion.

4. Have potentially disruptive students model how to behave.

5. Have students Think (for 1 to 2 minutes) - Pair - and - Share it when they all want to speak.

For more information about these techniques click right here -- Ms. Henry's wikispaces.

The tips are courtesy of Lee Canters Classroom Management for Academic Success

Sunday, September 7, 2008

RMHS Has A Chess Club


McKee High School now has a Chess Club. All students and faculty are welcome to join. Meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays in room 202 Period 9. Join any time. For more information and instructions to join, click on the title or right here -- the McKee Chess Club Blog.
The Blog is updated Periodically by Michael Lippa, so check back often for new posts about upcoming events and competitions.

Having Fun in Math Class


I enjoy popping into different classes. I had a delightful time in a math class on Friday, September 6, 2008.

The big revelation: always have many examples of the concept you want students to learn. It works. Make sure that each student is able to understand the mathematical rule. The one example given in textbooks is never enough. The more examples the merrier so that students understand the strategy they have to use for a particular rule - that's the sweet spot.

Neat Ways to Wrap Up the Last 5 Minutes of Class

5 Minutes Before Class Ends: WRAP IT UP

IDEAS TO WRAP IT UP

• Have 1 pre-chosen student state the lesson’s objective/aim/swbat
• Have 1 randomly selected student state how you reached the objective
• Have 1 randomly selected student share new information.
• Have 1 pre-chosen student write new vocabulary on the word wall
• Have students predict what they will learn next
• Have students write relevant questions, they didn’t ask in class on a post-it and place it in the “Parking Lot” or designated bulletin board. Let the class take turns answering the "Parking Lot."

For more ideas about ways to have summary activities for a class, click on the title or right here --Ms Henry1 Wikispaces.

Calling all Seniors and Parents/Caregivers of Seniors



Are you checking the McKee Money blog to find out all the latest information about SAT registration, essay contests, sweepstakes, and applications?

Roll your cursor over to the McKee Money blog right now.

Do you know about the Live Auto Shop?


McKee High School has a fantastic live auto shop from 8 to 9:25 a.m. each morning. Mr. Van Wilson runs a tight shop. As long as you bring the supplies, the seniors will do oil changes and a bunch of other auto stuff that is more complicated and difficult for me to remember. My car has never been so well cared for as when it is in the hands of the seniors.

Great Welcome Back Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008


A good time was had by all at the opening Welcome Back Breakfast that occurred on Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Want to know what happened? Here it goes. . .
Ms. Jeanne Johnson, the District Representative for Title 1 in Staten Island and our beloved 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 voted to have the general membership of the PTa address me about key issues. Other issues covered were the distribution of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy, the Parent Compact and how it is a key part of the school's comprehensive Education Plan.

"Roll call of the members of the executive board of the PTA are:
Jeanne Johnson - President
Kath Sanders - Vice President
Gloria Ruggeri - Treasurer
Fran Schiavone - Secretary

Ms. Mullen provided an overview of Ralph McKee High School's progressive discipline, and policy about electronic devices. Mr. Guarnieri talked about the band program. Ms. Ippolito indicated the availability of guidance counselors.

Mr. Van Wilson, representing the faculty, gave a rousing speech about the benefits of attending a school that offers both academic and vocational training. He threw out a challenge to the parents to make sure that there "tax dollars are at work," and to "hold our feet to the fire" regarding the education of their children.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

PARENTS' WELCOME BACK BREAKFAST

Please Join RMHS at our Welcome Back Breakfast as we start off the new year with information, refreshments and prizes.

Location: Students' Cafeteria
Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

RMHS September/October Calendar


September 6: Welcome Back Breakfast for Parents 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
September 9: Registration Deadline for October 4, 2008 SAT
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$45.00)
September 19: Registration Deadline for October 25, 2008 ACT Examination
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$31.00)
September 26: Registration Deadline for November 1, 2008 SAT
(Register on www.collegeboard.com/$45,00)
Sept. 30/Oct. 1: Rosh Hashanah (School Closed)
October 9: Yom Kippur (School Closed)
October 13: Columbus Day (School Closed)
October 16: Principal for a Day: Thomas Thatcher
October 15: PSAT Examination for 10th and 11th grades students
(Students Report to their Period 2 class at 8:00 AM/Regular Day)
October 21: McKee Open House—6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
October 23: Parent/Teacher Conference—6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
* Report Card Distribution to Parent/Guardian
October 24: Parent/Teacher Conference—12:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
* Report Card Distribution to Parent/Guardian

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Hard Facts About the First Day of School


Every day counts.
797 students are registered
653 students showed up on Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
144 students were missing.

Let's make no child left behind into no child should
think it is okay to be absent.

Community Service Idea


Calling all students. If you need a jumpstart on your community service credit, Councilman McMahon has a campaign office at 31 Water St. It is open from 9am-9pm. Volunteering on a political campaign is a great detail to add on college applications. Just click on the title to find out further details.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Why Are Rubrics Needed In The Classroom?

1. A rubric helps instructors define excellence and shows students what level they must achieve.
2. A good rubric helps teachers to be accurate, detailed, unbiased and consistent.
3. A good rubric tells students how to evaluate their own work. 4. A good rubric communicates goals and results to students, parents, you, and others.

Click on Teachnology.net.
It is a user-friendly site that provides step-by-step directions for generating rubrics for a wide variety of situations.

How do you grade student work using rubrics?
Use the language provided in the descriptors that represents the quality of work the student turned in. Want to know more? The door is open. Stop by Room 111.

What Does Ms. Henry Look For In A Satisfactory Lesson?


1. Is the teacher standing by the door greeting pupils as they enter the classroom?
2. Is there an Aim / Agenda, Do Now? What is the procedure to collect classwork and homework?
3. Is there a motivation of 5 minutes in the form of a visual, audio, pop culture tie in connection to the lesson or reflection (such as a journal entry)?
4. What part of the motivation will enrich the knowledge of the students after they present their responses?
5. Is there a mini lesson in which the skill to be learned is modeled, and the content is discussed?
6. Does the teacher appropriately use one of the sites to help students make important connections to the lesson content?
7. Is there distribution and explanation of the rubric?
8. Is there an explanation of the group work, or differentiated instruction with designated group roles or steps pre-posted on chart paper, PowerPoint, or handout?
9. Is the teacher walking from group to group (with a seating chart) monitoring the progress of the students by taking anecdotal notes as to who is on task, who is advancing, and who is struggling?
10. Are the students either doing a gallery walk of posted group work, or share out core understandings that build toward answering the aim?
11. Is the final summary provided by the students? Are the pupils able to either repeat, or elaborate on the answer to the aim?
12. Is the homework assignment highly structure; scaffolding the learning from the day's lesson?

What Did Ms. Henry Do During the Summer of 2008?


Ms. Henry went to Kumon to sharpen her math skills.
Why?
Because learning is a life-long process.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

McKee's Graduation Rate in the News!


Want to see a neat article in the Tuesday, August 12, 2008 edition of the Staten Island Advance about McKee High School's graduation rate? Click on the title or Graduation Rate Holds Steady on Island

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Value of Establishing Classroom Routines


In my first few years of teaching I used to wonder: what is the big deal about having a set of procedures for routine classroom tasks such as dealing with lunch cards, metro cards, taking attendance, motivational work and collecting homework? I used to think, I can handle these tasks as they come. You know what happened next. One day I was blindsided. It seemed as if every announcement and bit of paperwork hit every period on the same day and I realized that I needed to have established procedures. Why?
1. Procedures greatly reduce the amount of time that is robbed from the lesson
2. Procedures give students the responsibility.
3. Procedures set an immediate purpose because it puts the students in charge of important classroom routines
4. Procedures save time, particularly when the routines are posted
5. Procedures organize the classroom
6. Procedures greatly reduce the number of lost, messed up or mixed up papers.
It is worth it to get the file organizers that allow you have to place labels on the front. I used to put the period and subject of the class. It was an incredible time saver. When I had to travel between two classrooms, I would get the rolling file cabinet that only included the work of the classes in that second room. I would negotiate with the teacher of the second room a space that I could use and I would place my inbox/classwork and outbox/homework and exit passes.

Here is a great list of established procedures:
1. Entering the classroom in a respectful manner. Yes it really is important to stand in the hallway or near the door. It helps set the tone. A student enters noisily, quietly address the student, and have them re-enter. You are teaching them the power of "first impressions."
2. Placing homework in the in box. I had a box for each group or subject so the work was sorted. The homework had to be in the box within the first 5 minutes of class. I made sure that each class practiced this routine during the first week of class until it went smoothly.
3. Using the restroom. Stick with the school rules. No one takes the pass during the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of the class. Do not putt the pass out during those time periods.
4. Recording the homework into the Class Homework reminder book. When you have a blog, have the student leader type the homework onto the blog site.
5. Set the timer countdown to complete the opening motivational question or problem.
6. Have monitors pass out handouts and materials.
7. Either have the first person in the row or leader in the group of tables be responsible for returning the materials.

Reinforce the classroom routines and rules. I found it was vital for me to be disciplined by being consistent. The more I stuck to the rules, the more the students realized it was important. I did not have to say I believe in organization and discipline. The students saw me live it, breathe it, refer to it, walk it, and do it.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The 2007-2008 Learning Environment Survey Is In

Hi McKee Community:
Only three more weeks before the start of the fall term. Click on the title in order to see the 2007-2008 Learning Environment survey for McKee High School and find out how you felt about the school.

What are some points that stand out for you about from the 2007-2008 Learning Environment Survey?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

1800 on the SAT - Harvard Wants You!


My alma mater is combing the United States, looking to provide students who have an excellent academic average and strong SAT scores with an incredible opportunity. Click on the title to find out all of the details.

Friday, June 27, 2008

SOARING SEAGULLS "THANK YOU"




  • RMHS wishes to thank the 2007-2008 sponsors for their support of education and networking opportunities. Sincere thanks and hearty applause to:
  • Con Edison
  • New York Container Terminal
  • Northfield Savings Bank
  • Richmond County Savings Foundation
  • S.I. Bank & Trust Foundation
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Verizon

Monday, June 23, 2008

FYI -About the Regents

Yes. It is true.
You must take 5 Regents.

You must pass.
Passing is 65.
The 5 Regents you must take are:

- Math
- Global History
- American History
- Science
- English

Friday, June 13, 2008

Free Arts Portfolio Development Summer Workshop for Grades 9-11



Stickball Printmedia Arts, is a nonprofit arts education organization specializing in printmaking and digital arts. The organization is offering:
  • Two free portfolio development classes
  • August 4 - 8 & August 11 - 15 ---10:00 am - 3:00 pm per session
  • 433 East 100th St., NY, NY (101st and 1st Avenue)
  • Trips to museums, galleries and printshops
  • Focus of workshop - work with high school students on developing portfolios for college entrance
  • Students must have been in grades 9 - 11 during the 2007-2008 school year
  • For application and more information, e-mail info@stickballarts.org

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Annual K'nex Education Physics Challenge


Congratulations to the College Now Science students in Mr. Lucci's class for winning 1st place at the Annual K'nex Education Physics Challenge. The goal was to design, build, transport, explain and present an indoor roller coaster. Heartfelt thanks are also extended to Mr. Pane and Mr. Gordon for their invaluable assistance.

Cranial Crunch

Congratulations to Mr. Cohen and his CRANIAL CRUNCH team for another great year

Friday, May 16, 2008

VIETNAM VETERANS DEDICATION AT RMHS

Saturday, May 31, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. the Vietnam Veterans of America will be dedicating a memorial at Ralph R. McKee Career & Technical High School for those who attended the school.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Regents Review Live 2008 - Broadcast Schedule

Presented by Time Warner Cable - Channel 199 - 4:30 p.m - 6:00 pm

English - Monday, May 5, 2008
Math A - Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Math B - Wednesday May 7, 2008
Earth Science -Thursday, May 8, 2008
Living Enviroment - Friday, May 9, 2008
Chemistry - Monday, May 12, 2008
Physics - Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Global History - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
U.S. History - Thursday, May 15, 2008
Spanish - Friday, May 16, 2008
French - Monday, May 19, 2008
German - Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Italian - Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

How do you know when you have a good aim?


You know you have a good aim when your question requires students to say
-- the skill they learned,
--the strategy you used to help them understand the material, and
--the content they needed to master.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Springtime Music Fest @ McKee




Mr. Guarnieri and the "McKee Band" perform during



morning announcements in the Principal's Office playing Stand By Me, Louie, Louie, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and My Funny Valentine. The music was enjoyed by all!

McKee Students Visit conEdison Plant





Partnership Helps Prepare Engineers of Tomorrow
Mr. Pane and 20 students from his architectural drafting and pre-engineering class had a magnificient and educational experience at conEdison thanks to Mr. Thomas Thatcher, General Manager. Mr. Pane and the students visited the Davis Avenue Plant on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Mr. Pane stated, "In class, we teach the basics of electrical and mechanical engineering, but they do not see the real use of what they have been learning until now." The McKee students were just as delighted saying, "This helped us grasp the concept of what phases are and what transformers actually do." Thank you Mr. Thatcher and the conEd staff!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Academic Olympics






The following students will participate in the Discovery Institute Academic Olympics at the College of Staten Island on Saturday, April 12 2008:
  • Gemacy Moody - Biology
  • Richard Romer - Integrated Algebra
  • Patryk Kleba - Math B
  • Hilda Adeniji - Pre-Calculus
  • Aleichia Knowles - Global 1st year
  • Brian Young - Global 2nd year
  • Lowell Ulmer - American Studies
  • Nuwan Panditaratne- A.P. American Studies
  • Parrish Owens - English/9-10th Grade
  • Bashimel Maddox - English/11-12th Grade
  • Janice Rivera - A.P. English
  • James Chagnon - Literature



Congratulations & Kudos Mona Gonzalez



Ms. Gonzalez won the Goldie Colodny Award for the Secretaries Chapter of the UFT.

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