Saturday, October 15, 2011

CBS Highlights the Role of Students Getting a CTE education

Click on the title, or the picture or here to see a small clip that was on Thursday, 10/13/11 on CBS news regarding CTE. The CBS Evening News story on CTE featured Air Products and John McGlade, the New York State SkillsUSA CEO Champion of the Year.

The three-minute segment does a great job of highlighting the role of CTE in preparing a skilled workforce. Among the points made: CTE leads to well-paid careers; it's needed by employers; it involves academic rigor and results in postsecondary credentials. And, there are references to cutbacks in federal funding.

Thanks go to John McGlade, and Air Products as well as to the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium and the Association of Career and Technical Education for helping CTE demonstrate its value to America.

Click here to see the news clip.

This is something to celebrate.
Check it out.

Friday, October 14, 2011

McKee Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony - Oct. 12, 2011

Each year the McKee Alumni Association pays tribute to McKee graduates who have led a distinguished life. This year the two recipients were Anthony R. Gaeta and Jerry DeLuca. A subcommittee of the McKee Alumni Association reviews the nominations, and after a thoughtful, detailed process, celebrates the honorees at the Spring luncheon at the Old Bermuda Inn. The second part of the ceremony involves an installation ceremony that occurs at McKee High School on the 3rd floor in the fall in which both pictures and plaques are placed on the commemorative wall. The speeches, and sharing of stories, and hearing good music occurred in the Black Box Theater on October 12, 2011, .

The family of the first recipient is pictured below, Olga Gaeta, daughter, Susan Demkin, and the president of the Alumni Association, Ken McIntyre.

Anthony Gaeta graduated from McKee High School in 1945. Before 2000, the school was called McKee Vocational and Technical High School. Mr. Gaeta accomplished many distinguished milestones. He worked on creating the Staten Island Greenbelt Environmental Program. He served as Borough President of Staten Island from 1977 to 1984. Mr. Gaeta passed away on Dec. 26, 1988.

The gentleman in the middle is the son of Jerry DeLuca. Jerry DeLuca graduated from McKee in 1949. Mr. DeLuca also accomplished several milestones. He was President of Jerry DeLuca Complete Auto Diagnostic and Repair Center, which he founded in 1957. His business provided and continues to provide quality workmanship performed with honesty and integrity. Mr. Deluca was known for his community service. He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Rotary Clubs most prestigious award and also the rotary Giant award for exemplary service to the club and to the Staten Island community.

Musical interludes were provided by the syncopated sounds of the McKee ensemble, conducted by Mr. Guarnieri (left).
I just also think it is so neat that the students got to hear the stories of the honorees. It's also neat that the students in the ensemble performed, after taking the PSAT.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Skills USA is at McKee High School

These talented students have been selected by their peers to represent the Skills USA chapter.
From left to right:
President - Damiano Mastrandrea
Vice President - Krystian Sidorski
Treasurer - Greta Schaller
Secretary - Alkaya Massaly

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

College Fair at McKee HS

McKee High School successfully staged its first College Fair on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. The efforts of Ms. Londa Marsigliano and Ms. Eberlein were instrumental in organizing tghe event. Over 20 colleges and career technical institutions set up tables, offered sound advice about scholarships, the application process, and tours.

The key to success, as a small school, it was important that our students had access to seeing a range of schools from liberal arts, technical schools, to career and technical institutes. We also invited parents to the college fair. 47 parents visited the school to see the range of post-secondary options.

Kaplan K12 Learning Services Hosting 3 Free Workshops

Kaplan will be hosting three FREE workshops:
Paying for College
How to Impress College Admissions Officers

In addition to the free Kaplan workshops, there will be:
Over 75 colleges and universities
Live entertainment
Special celebrity appearances

Knicks Poetry Slam Contest and College Fair:
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 5th Ave & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011

For more information, go to or email

Skills USA is at McKee High School

McKee High School is now part of the international organization called Skills USA. This is a wonderful organization that promotes excellence in career and technical areas.

For those in the know Skills USA used to be called WICA.

Right now we have two advisors: Mr. J. Reynoso and Mr. D. Sarno.
We have student officers elected by their peers in the CTE programs.
Skills USA Officers 2011-2012:
President- Damiano Mastrandrea
VP - Krystian Sidorski
Treasurer - Greta Schaller
Secretary - Alkaya Massaly

Now we need help to support our students. Click here to "chip in" to help McKee send our students to regional conference in November 2011 and to nationals in April 2012.
"Every "chip in" helps.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scholarships Are Rolling In

Scholarships are rolling in fast and furious.
Click here to go to McKee's blog for scholarship information.
Click here to go to McKee's website for scholarship information.

To quote Teddy Roosevelt: "The credit belongs to the man that is actually in the arena."

I'll add to it: "To get a scholarship, the credit belongs to the man or woman that is actually in the arena, filling out and turning in the application."


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