Saturday, September 29, 2012

McKee "Articulating" at Citywide High School Fair

Here's Mr. Hatton, showing Soaring Seagull pride by sporting school gear,  at the Citywide High School Fair, held at Brooklyn Tech High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Mr. Hatton is a History instructor and a member of the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) at McKee. 

Check out the color coordination: the banners, posters, even the "swag" - magnet calendars.  

Each year McKee communicates the message that we are an all inclusive wraparound school that provides academic, technical and trade paths for students.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Congrats to Ms. Starkey - 2011-2012 Gold Star WISE Teacher

On September 12th, 2012, Working In Support of Education (WISE) announced the names of the teachers nationally who have been awarded the distinguished title of Gold Star Teacher  based on their students' outstanding performance on the 2011-12 Financial Literacy Certification Test. We at McKee are very proud of our own Ms. Carol Starkey for being one of the recipients of the award. We applaud her dedication, enthusiasm, time and commitment spent on helping students to become financially capable before they graduate.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Beautiful Day at the DANA Ford/Lincoln Fundraiser For McKee

Today was a beautiful, clear day for the 3rd annual fundraiser sponsored by DANA Ford/Lincoln car dealership on Staten Island for the McKee High School Auto Department. 

When this picture was taken it was 10:30 a.m. in the morning. Once again Mr. Ron Peleg, a main supporter and executive at DANA Ford/Lincoln worked with our intrepid Mr. Sarno, Auto Instructor at McKee, in organizing an opportunity to support the CTE program. 

The new twist this year was to have the fund raising event at DANA Ford/Lincoln's business on 266 West Service Road. I had a chance to tour the facility as well as see the site of the new building that will take it's place by February 2013. The design and layout of the new building will be impressive.

I also saw two McKee graduates who are now working at DANA Ford, one as a mechanic, the other in the Parts Department. As a principal, seeing young men at the very start of their career, able to support themselves, and in a company that promotes ongoing educational and automotive opportunities makes one feel very good.

Here comes the part that was simply out of this world.
1. I had a chance to drive a Lincoln MKX. Every time a passerby or customer within the dealership test drove a car, the company contributes $20 to the school. The Drive - A - Thon is a wonderful fundraiser. Test driving luxury cars is an out of body experience. I felt like I was riding on a perfectly formed cushion of air. Plus I kept hearing Ricardo Montalban's voice saying "corinthian leather," each time I saw the different features in the car.

2. There were 5 different cars that customers and those passing by could test drive. The red SUB/Crossover Lincoln MKS was quite a smooth ride. 

I also had a chance to see up close and person the Ford F-150 truck with a Harley Davidson moniker on the side. My immediate impression - "that's a big truck."

3. Here's the desligtful surprise. Mr. Peleg and the representatives from DANA Ford/Lincoln extended the time for customers to participate in the Drive-a-thon past the 3 p.m. deadline. Talk about a partnership between a business and a school. In the words of Mr. Peleg, "...supporting McKee means supporting the future."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Tasty Welcome Back Breakfast at McKee on Sept. 8, 2012

A delightful time was had by all at the Welcome Back Breakfast that occurred on Saturday, September 8, 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Here's the breakdown of the topics discussed.
Mr. Mark Beyer, our beloved PTA president, went over key points about how Title 1 funds are to be used to help parents enhance the educational experience for the students. The parents voted to have the general membership of the PTA address me about key issues. Other issues covered were the distribution of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy, the Parent Compact and how it is a part of the school's comprehensive Education Plan.

"Roll call of the members of the executive board of the PTA are:
Mark Beyer - President
Melissa Johnson - Vice President
Dorene Weiss - Treasurer
Karen Ferrer-Weber - Secretary

Ms. Eberlein mentioned the upcoming College Fair at McKee, and the after school programs.
Ms. Mullen provided an overview of Ralph McKee High School's Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID). The growth of the program from 1 class in 2010 to 6 classes in 2012 is an indication of the measure of success. Two students provided testimonial behind the validity of AVID and how interaction with peers and instructors has enriched their lives. Ms. DellOlio (COSA) and Ms. Miller talked about extra curricular activities and the many areas by which stiudents can become involved in the school community.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

What Do I Look For In A Satisfactory Lesson?

1. Teacher monitoring student entrance into the classroom. An opening exercise handed to students at the door. The teacher states expectations at the start and at each major point of a lesson. Statement of CCLS standard(s) being used.

2. Aim / Essential Question; Do Now,
Collect previous day's homework plus an indication of the expectations and standards in the lesson/unit.
3. Motivation of 5 minutes in the form of a visual, audio selection, journal entry, or connection to the lesson. The audio selection should be music or clip aligned to the subject matter.
4. Mini Lesson in which the skill is modeled, and the content is discussed
   Quick formative assessment of student comprehension: fill in the blanks, multiple choice.
5. Explanation of the directions, and distribution of resources: textbooks, handouts.
6. Differentiated instruction. Steps for the activity should be pre-posted on the chart, on PowerPoint, and/or a handout. 
7. Assess student learning at least twice a period.

8. Monitoring the progress of the students by checking the status of their Cornell Notes as to who is exceeding expectations, meeting expectations and who is below expectations

9. Students respond to and use questions from Habits of Mind and Blooms Taxonomy or Costa's Levels of Questioning to share out core understandings that build toward answering the aim / essential question. The teacher has students "pass it on", repeat, comment or expand on the answers of other students.
9. Summary provided by the students answering the aim or essential question both verbally and in written form with a summary in their Cornell Notes. An alternative for a quick formative assessment is an EXIT PASS. Pupils can either repeat, or elaborate on the answer to the aim. The students provide a complete indication of the answer to the aim, the skills learned and the standard(s) that were linked to the lesson.
10. Homework assignment.

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