Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Principal For A Day

So how was the Principal for A Day event on October 7th? Great. Ms. Contrino sat down with the executive board of the Student Council. Our central goal is to always upgrade our branding of the school. The term "branding" means to publicize the good works of the school so that the name of McKee generates a positive impression.
The PENCIL luncheon on October 7th was a blast. From left to right Maurice DuBois (Anchor, WCBS-TV - as if he needs identification) me, and Valarie Contrino (McKee's Principal For A Day).
I was a panelist in the afternoon session and contributed my two cents about the impact business partnerships have on the schools.
The central point was that establishing a specific, measurable goal is important along with just "being there" when promised. Students, no matter their age, hold adults to the standard of 'you said you were going to show up at the appointed time.'

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ACE Mentor Program

Once again students from Staten Island high schools will have the opportunity to participate with an ACE team that has its home base on Staten Island. This memo applies only to students who want to be on the team that meets on Staten Island (other students can still chose to participate with an ACE team that meets off Staten Island).

To register students should go to the ACE website, www.acementor.org, and click on the student section on the home page. That will take them to the section entitled Registration. Once there, students follow the directions to register either as a new student or as a student already registered on the ACE site.

Registration will take place at the first team meeting on Monday, Oct 25th at 4:00 PM. Students will be notified of the meeting site when they are notified about registration.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Lovely Saturday - Breakfast and a Game

What a lovely way to spend a Saturday. The morning was spent at the Welcome Back Breakfast hosted by the PTA. Ms. Manley, looked most presidential and introduced the parents to the executive board. In addition, members of the staff dropped by such as Ms. Mullen (Assistant Principal of English, English Language Learners, and Science), Mr. Velija (Assistant Principal of Organization), Mr. Guarnieri (Assistant Principal of Music). We also heard from Ms. DiMare (guidance counselor) about credits, college, and career opportunities, and myself, who showed off the school website: www.mckeecths.org. By the way, Mr. Cohen (History teacher) stopped by with his children.

After knoshing on bagels, coffee, and fruit with parents in the morning, next was attending the Varsity football game between MSIT and George Washington High School at the MSIT field. On the, blazingly bright sunny afternoon, the Soaring Seagulls flew to a 26 to 12 victory over a tough competitor. On top of that, MSIT Varsity Soccer team beat Susan Wagner High School 2-0.

On a more personal note, it was great to have a rare afternoon off where I was on top of my paperwork to be able to catch a high school football game. This is what comes of now starting my fourth year as a principal. Being a principal is a constant learning experience. While it is nice to see policies reinforced and implemented, it is also a part of the job to always tweak, fine tune, and incorporate changes.

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