Monday, January 30, 2012

Coverage of the 2nd Annual HBCU Fair at McKee HS

Check out the coverage from the Staten Island Advance about the HBCU Fair held at McKee High School on January 28, 2012. Click here for the article.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What is a print rich environment?


The Print Environment in a classroom serves as an aid to achieve a welcoming, supportive and ideal instructional environment for students. The Print Rich Environment PDP team has identified three element of a Print Rich Environment in a classroom. The elements are

• Function: Aids student with visual reminders about how to function act, behave and follow procedures in class

• Instruction: Aids students in learning academic concepts, processes, ideas strategies and standards.

• Literacy: Aids students in achieving literacy skills in all content areas and meeting standards for college and career readiness


____ Class rules and expectations for behavior are posted and written with a positive

_____ Vvgosky Model steps are posted

____ Technology: Smart Board, C.O.W is operational, well maintained and prominent.

____ The “description” of what a 9th, 10th, 11th 12th grader should “look like” (common
core standards)

____ Materials such as large paper, markers, pencils etc. are in a designated place for
Student use

_____White board is neat and clean

_____Flexibility in seating for small group, whole class and independent work is apparent.

_____There is no evidence of clutter. The entire room is clutter free.


_____ Upon entering the classroom the present unit of study is apparent. Vocabulary,
Important concepts “parking lot for ideas” and essential questions are posted.

______ Recent student work (within 10 days) is displayed

______ Learning styles are posted

______ Ways to learn for each learning style are posted.

______ The print environment is not “Print Heavy” which would distract and confuse

______ Instructional Aids( based on formative assesments) generated by teacher with
With students are posted

______ Vvgosky Model is displayed clearly for students and teachers to follow during
_______ Essential Questions themes “Big Ideas” for the present unit of study posted in the
______ Parking lot for Student Questions and ideas.


_______ Strategies for making inferences and reading strategies are displayed. Displayed
Literacy strategies are based on assessment( student need) and learning styles.
_______ Differences in writing for “texting” and writing for scholarship, posted in room

Vote for McKee HS in the UTI Foundation Drive To Succeed Competition

McKee High School is one of only 8 schools in the nation chosen for the finals of the "UTI Foundation Drive to Succeed" competition. In fact, we are the only New York City school chosen for the contest. We need everyone to vote and get the word out. Here's how:

1. One needs a Facebook account. Click here to vote for our video.


2. Tell all of your Facebook friends to vote.

Go to the UTI Foundation Facebook page,

Click on Auto Shop Video, on the left hand side of the page,

Click on our video, Ralph McKee No Tools. You must click Vote to vote for it. Click "Like" to post the action to your Facebook wall and share it with Facebook friends inviting them to vote too. Voting runs until next Tuesday, January 17th, 2012.

Thank you - - - Merci - - - Grazie - - - Mahalo - - - Obrigado in advance.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pix from the FAFSA Workshop at McKee

There was a nice turn out at the FAFSA workshop at McKee High School.
Here are a few key details:
1. The correct website for FAFSA is:
2. Never pay to fill out a FAFSA form or a scholarship application. Beware of scam websites and scholarship sites.
3. The deadline to fill out FAFSA is February 16, 2012.
4. The parent or guardian needs to get a FAFSA pin number. The student needs to get a FAFSA pin number. Fill out your income tax form.
5. Fill out the FAFSA form online. The Help and Hints section on is wonderful. Use it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

FAFSA Workshop at McKee

Come to the FAFSA workshop at McKee High School this Saturday, january 7, 2012. It will be from 10 AM to 12 Noon. The FAFSA application has just opened up. If you are the parent of a junior or senior, you need to know the latest information as to how to fill out the FAFSA application.

Be there. Why? The earlier you file the FAFSA application, the earlier it is processed, which means the earlier that your child is considered for financial aid. FAFSA - a very good thing.

FIRST Robotics Kickoff

Exciting times. The Robo Wizards are looking forward to seeing what challenge FIRST has devised at the FIRST Robotics kickoff which will be held on Saturday, January 7th.

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