Friday, March 28, 2008


  • 3rd Evening Parent/Teacher Conference 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • 4th 1/2 Day - Afternoon Conference 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • 5th (Saturday) "Every Child a Graduate" Program
  • April 4, 5 & 6 Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
  • 17th Bylaws Revision/Parent Surveys on-line
  • 21st - 25th - Spring break

Monday, March 24, 2008

Learning Environment Surveys

Learning Environment Surveys

*The school with the highest return rate, that also shows collaboration between the PTA, PC and LES Coordinator, will receive a computer, desk, chair, bookcase and books to set up a family room. In addition one of the targeted schools for Staten Island will receive an additional allotment for a family room. That is 2 family rooms for Staten Island so keep up the good work and you may be the winner! Parents should be instructed to call 311 with survey problems.


Peggy Abbaticchio shares - 311 gave me a 1.800.690.8603 number to call for bar code.
Alice Braunstein, PS 4 shares: For all those parents that threw out their survey... see attachment titled online survey letter.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Friend to Teachers: Kathy Schrock's Wonderful Web Resources

Click on the title and be whisked away to the amazing guide of teacher resources at Kathy Schrock's site. For an abbreviated list, check out some of the top picks below:
At this site new teachers will find the support and ideas they need to “survive” those first few years, including the U.S. Department of Education's Survival Guide for New Teachers. Be sure to see the “classroom resources” and “professional resources” links on the main page.
The National Education Association maintains this “Works4Me” site, an archive of its weekly e-mail messages containing classroom tips and a place where teachers share ideas with other teachers. The teaching techniques and management ideas make a visit to this site a must for all teachers.
Teachers Net advertises itself as the ultimate teacher's resource. This lively looking site is filled with resources, including chatrooms, live events, columns, lesson plans, and useful articles. The site is regularly updated and is divided into easy-to-navigate categories, most of which have substantial numbers of web page listings. Don't miss the “Lesson Plans” category.
This site is backed by the extensive resources of the Discovery Channel. Arguably the most important feature of the site is “Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators,” which lists Schrock's Web picks on everything from Aesop's Fables online to a zoology Internet resource guide! Find this guide by clicking on “For Teachers” on the home page and then on “Best Web Links.”
“We tracked it down so you don't have to” is the subtitle of EduHound: Everything for Education K12. This web page offers a prescreened directory of over 20,000 links organized into over 50 categories. Click on a topic, and you will find hundreds of lesson plans and links to resources useful in every imaginable teaching situation.
There is little doubt that teachers everywhere will increasingly use the Web as a tool for teaching. The major bottleneck to that reality is that teachers nowhere have the time it takes to comb the Web for the many resources they might use. This site, Learners Online, Inc., capitalizes on the extensive educational Internet resources. You are instructed to “bring along your browser and a curious mind.” (There is a subscription fee for taking fullest advantage of this resource

For an index of tools and ideas for excellence in teaching practice, check out Online PhD. Find ideas about every concern in education, from creating a syllabus to preparing better lesson plans.
Every year the federal government spends millions of dollars to improve educational opportunities for all children in the United States. At this site you will find links to much of the work the money funds, making all of it freely and quickly available to the classroom teacher and administrator. Teachers should not pass up the information, resources, and opportunities that are offered here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How do you determine what is important?

Do you find that the students are not able to pick out important details? Show how to pick out the important word, phrase, picture or idea. Have the students think-pair-share and model for you what is the important word, phrase, picture or idea from a selection, video, or audio selection.

Use to get fast, quick, short selections on any subject area.

Click on the title and you will see handy-dandy handouts that will provide sentence starters to guide the students to determine what is important.

How do you make connections?

Want a quick way to have students make a connection with reading material? Show the students how to activate schema. Model how a written piece of work, or a visual or an audio piece connects to the world, or to life or to another piece of work. Next, have the kids think-pair-share to show you how they make connections to the world, or to life, or to another piece of work.

Use for fast, short selections on any subject area.

Click on the title and you will see handy-dandy worksheets to print out that will help guide students in making connections to show their understanding.


In order to do well on the SAT/ACT writing section and verbal sections of the tests, you must know the
7 Rules of Grammar:
  1. Redundancy
  2. Idioms
  3. Pronouns
  4. Noun/Verb Relationship
  5. Parallelism
  6. Misplaced Modifiers
  7. Diction - Word Choice

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Do you know the goals and objectives for 2007-2008?

Click on the title and you will see the goals and objectives by Ms. Henry for Ralph McKee Career and Technical High School for 2007-2008. Why is it necessary to know the goals and objectives? Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the goals and objectives serve as a "yellow brick road" to clarify the learning needs of students; determine the expectations for students and staff; and specify the gathering, analysis, interpretation, and implementation of data and evidence to reach outcomes.

Credit Recovery

McKee High School is offering credit recovery in the following cycles:
Cycle 1 - FEBRUARY 25TH – MARCH 14TH - MONDAY TO THURSDAY / 3:00 – 4:15 - HISTORY (1-8)


CYCLE 3 - APRIL 7TH – MAY 2ND - MONDAY TO THURSDAY / 3:00 – 4:15 -

Credit recovery will run in 3 cycles. Please note that a student must have the permission of the guidance counselor to be enrolled in this program.

Monday, March 3, 2008

March Calendar of Events

March 3 - Department Conferences
March 6 - Best In Class Awards - 6:30 p.m.
March 8 - Daylight Savings
March 10 - Faculty Conferences
March 12 - Red Cross Blood Drive
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - Per Session Due
March 19 - PTA Bake Sale
March 21 - Good Friday - School Closed
March 27 - School Leadership Meeting -3:00 p.m.
March 27 - PTA 6:00 p.m.
March 31 - Per Session Due

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