Friday, October 30, 2009

Parent Conferences - A Busy Night and Afternoon

Every year administrators and staff prepare for Open Parent Night and Afternoon. These pictures represent only a small portion of the planning and dissemination of information that occurs during the event.
More importantly, it is a time for parents to hear the following:
- We hold high expectations and goals for all students and staff members
- We seek input from all stakeholders
- We engage in lifelong learning
- We value collaboration
- We live by the vision: learning is key at McKee

The picture to the left shows parents waiting patiently outside of one of the CISCO teacher's class door for their conference.

Members of the student council, National Honor Society, and peer mediators helped out in a variety of ways: dispensing water, distributing brochures, escorting parents to rooms, and providing a positive atmosphere.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making McKee Greener Scratch Pads

To: Ms. Sharon Henry, Principal, McKee High School
From: Senior Center of the Church of the Assumption, Chapel of St. Paul
Subject: Making McKee Greener Scratch Pads
Dear Ms. Henry,
On behalf of the Senior Citizens of the Church of the Assumption, Chapel of St. Paul, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the scratch pads that McKee provided to the senior citizens.
The senior citizens would like to thank Ms. Gina Simas, who led the project, Making McKee Greener. We would like to also thank the following McKee students; Michael DiMartino, Javon Cox and Tyreek Penn for all their time and effort in making the scratch pads.
Also, thank you to Kayla Simas of I.S. 2 and Troy Simas of P.S. 38 for all their assistance in making the scratch pads.
Many of us at the Senior Center are over 70 years old, we all have seen how the changes in the environment affected the way we live and breathe. It is comforting to know that the young people today are concerned about the environment as well. By making pads from scraps of paper that would have been discarded is a positive step in helping the environment.
In closing, once again we would like to thank McKee High School for sponsoring this program and the students for doing their part in helping the environment.
D. Picciocco

Friday, October 16, 2009

Principal For A Day - 2009

Through the PENCIL Partnership Program, we at McKee were lucky to be paired with our way cool Principal for A Day, Ms. Valarie Contrino. She is the owner and President of Contrino Travel. This year's Principal For a Day celebration occurred on Thursday, October 15, 2009.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Math and Science Teachers Pre-Observation Meetings

In line with our SMART Goals, the subject area assistant principals and myself are meeting with the subject area teachers to discuss the expectations in the classroom so that it is a meaningful pre-observation conference. First up were the math and science instructors. Yes, I took a picture, because collaboration between instructors in swapping advice and technicques is powerful. Our school is taking steps to systemically incorporate time for teachers to meet. The picture above shows the members of the math department meeting and trading strategies to encourage student accountability.

The process was repeated for the science instructors. Particularly insightful moments were going over the elements of Costa and Kallick's questioning techniques, their alignment with Bloom's Taxonomy, and the blueprint to helping students develop their critical thinking skills.

Click here to see a lesson plan template that was an outgrowth from the career and technical education subject area meeting courtesy of Mr. Robert McGillicuddy. Note, it is color coded. In addition, the career and technical education standards and technological literacy standards are also included. This is a starting point for teachers to have discussions as to which standards are the most crucial links between subject areas.

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Neat Note in the SI Advance

The most surprising things happen over the weekend. Who knew that months later, the coverage would still continue regarding the work we are doing at McKee to help teenagers make healthy choices.
Click here to see the article written in the SI Advance on October 5, 2009.

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