Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Small Business of the Year Award to a McKee HS Partner

Kudos and congrats to Ms. Carol DiMarco for being one of 14 recipients of the Small Business of the Year Award for Staten Island. The event was co-facilitated by Roberrt W. Walsh, Commisioner of the nYC Small Business Services, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ms. DiMarco invited yours truly along with the Graphics Arts instructor, Mr. Gordon, to the 2011 Neighborhood Achievement Awards Ceremony held under a big white tent on the lawn of Gracie Mansion. The jazz was soothing, and there was just enough breeze that the crowd wsa able to enthusiastically support their neighborhood heros.

It was so neat to witness a Staten Island Career Coach, receive recognition and hear mention of McKee High School as Commissioner Walsh introduced Ms. DiMarco. All of the SI Career Coaches are unique in that they walk the walk of coming into a high school and interacting with students, providing them with the ABCs of how to be employable and then evaluate and revisit ways to further engage the students.

It was also really cool to sip lemonade, and knosh on hors d'oeuvres on the lawn of Gracie Mansion. Hey, when am I ever going to say those words again. It was too - too.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Duty and Affirmation

One of the saddest duties a principal has to perform is attending the wake and funeral of a student. Upon hearing about the details connected to the tragic accident to Eric Colligan's passing, I was numb. Who was Eric Colligan? An sophomore honor's student, baseball player, a Yankee's fan, enjoyed cajoling his classmates to eat celery sticks, a "mensch", an all around good guy. Upon hearing devastating news, I went on automatic function mode: it's all about getting the details and informing the members of the McKee Community. That's the easy part, getting and relaying information.

The hard part, going to the wake and the funeral. A principal is supposed to have the ability to articulate thoughts in a clear and coherent manner in most situations. Most people in the McKee Community know I am never at a loss for words. That did not happen for me on this occasion. I was rendered mute. Today I went to the wake of Eric Colligan. Looking at the coaches, the lines of students, looking into the faces of the parents, grandparents, friends of the family, was heartbreaking, but also an affirmation of a community coming together to offer soothing words, solace, warm memories and balm in the midst of an emotional storm.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Activities and Sites

Need a way to have children involved in neat summer activities that allow them to see the city. Below will be an ongoing list of sites and sounds to positively channel the energy of adolescent minds.

Visit the Highline:
Ted.com is an amazing website that hosts talks on a wide range of topics. Click on the word Highline or here to get an overview of the Highline as well as a view of the city that might peak interest in checking out other sites.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vote for Robert Ruggeri

See the handsome young man in the picture on the right. He is Robert Ruggeri, a 2011 graduate from McKee High School. Help us make him Staten Island newsmaker of the week by clicking here or here or here again.

Thank you.

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