Sunday, June 27, 2010

McKee Graduation - June 24, 2010

The students looked resplendent at the June 24th graduation ceremony at the St. George Theater. From the first strains of Pomp and Circumstance to the ending song of "Celebration" this years ceremony focused on the changes the students experienced, Click here to see the coverage of the ceremony in the Staten Island Advance.

The picture to the right captures the high spirits of Frank Festa (L) and David Canecchio (R). Graduations are part solemn tradition, and part good natured reflection on key points throughout the four years. Considering the extreme changes a cohort experiences in both the local, city, national and international stage, it definitely also includes a moment of acknowledgment of the range of issues foremost in the minds of the seniors.

The restoration of the architectural splendor of the St. George Theater is a wonder to behold. The particular photographer's shot of two seniors below, Dwight Briggs (L), and Miles Boyd (R) moments before they become seniors is symbolic. Note how the golden lighting encircling the chandelier represents the glow of peers, parents, and school family shining down on the students.OK - a bit too mushy. A high school diploma is just one rung on an educational ladder. The students will be moving on to encounter and wrestle with the next opportunity.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Presenting Mr. Domonique Jackson

Look at that 1,000 watt golden glow. The delightful young man, Domonique Jackson, will be a graduate from two schools. The Richard H. Hungerford School and the Inclusion Program at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School. He received his first diploma on June 11, 2010 at Hungerford in a joyous ceremony filled with tears, smiles and moving testimonials. Dr McInerney and her talented team embody and makes sure each child experiences the core values of "respect, professsionalism, sensitivity and excellence."
Next stop, McKee High School's June 24th graduation at the St. George Theater at 1 PM.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Principal's Meeting at the APPLE Store

I am still zooming from the enlightening Principal's meeting that occurred today at the 14th Street and 9th Avenue APPLE Store Headquarters.

So here are 5 key points that I learned that are way cool.

1. APPS is taking over the function of a browser. Plus there are so many APPS that are FREE.
2. ITunes has a University. This means professors are uploading their lectures and powerpoints from a wide range of colleges and universities, FOR FREE, at ITunes U.
3. Podcasts can be downloaded which is yet another way to be able to have access to stunning visual and audio material from an amazing range of shows. This is also - 95% FOR FREE.
---Audio books are a very easy way to reach a wide variety of learners.
---Set up a station with 5 -6 headsets.
4. Learning stations are the bomb-diggity. Students create products using pen and paper, or digital method - using video, pod cast, website or PowerPoint.
5. Students creating professional development about how to use technology is pithy, practical, and tickles the funny bone.

Stay tuned - I will be adding more to this entry.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

SI Federation of PTA Scholarship Luncheon

Check out the young man in the second row to the right. His name - Timothy Johnson. He is the recipient from McKee High School who wrote a touching essay about the impact an English teacher, Mr. Nestlebaum, had on his writing.
In fact every single student in the photo won for their respective schools because of the singular impact a teacher had on their understanding of a subject area and/or about contributing back to society.
The recipients received their scholarship award at the SI Federation of PTA Scholarship Luncheon occurred on June 7th.

McKee Student Athletes Club Throws A Car Wash

Remember June 5th? It was a orgeous, hot, Saturday morning.
Here's a peak behind the scenes.
Get a bunch of eager student athletes who realize that they must be proactive in fundraising so that they will be able to work towards affording a mode of transportation to the many different practices during the upcoming school year. Throw in a brush, soap and water plus true grit. What do you get? A car wash.

Hats off to the 15 student athletes who showed up and scrub-a-dub-dubbed the automobiles. It was a many pronged enterprise that involved Mr. Sarno (the auto teacher), Mr. Thomas (the Academics In Motion Coordinator), Ms. Mullen (the AP of Physical Education/Security), Ms. Dow (the school nurse), and Ms. Manley and Ms. McVey (the PTA President and parent coordinator) - who provided cool refreshing water.
It was all business as the student athletes ran down the hill towards the cross section of Victory Boulevard or St. Marks Place to encourage the community to support the car wash, which they did.

What did the principal do? Facilitated.

Friday, June 11, 2010

McKee Student on Chancellor's "Remarkable" Graduates

How cool is this -Click here to see the news story about George Tarr, a student at McKee High School.

A little side note - I always looked at the tab under Chancellor's Remarkable Graduates. In the hurly-burly of the day, I am always taken aback at how children are able to thrive in dire circumstances. It is a testament to the indomitable nature of the human spirit that reminds me that it is of paramount important that we as educators ensure that our students are in an environment in which they have a myriad number of opportunities to experience learning that contributes to their growth.

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