Saturday, April 28, 2012

Click here to see the Make Up Lab Schedule and the Earth Science Practical Schedule. Do NOT wait until the last moment to finish one's science labs!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

AVID takes the stage at the 4/21/12 PTA meeting

One of the highlights from the PTA meeting today, Saturday, 4/21/12, was the presentation, organized by Ms. Mullen, Assistant Principal of English.

9 AVID students relayed their experiences. There were reflections from 9th grade students who indicated the information and organizational skills they have gained.

I noticed how the ease in public speaking expanded with the reflections from a few 10th grade representatives.

Next came the 11th grade students (our very first AVID class) who spoke of how they have been impacted by emotionally, socially and academically.
I did a little principal's happy dance as I heard each student speak. Why? Each representative from a grade level indicated how AVID enhanced their learning capabilities. They are building their capacity to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creative, inquisitive people.

The bow on the presentation was the two "Show Me" videos created by the students, on Costas' Levels of Questions & Cornell Notes. Way Cool! Stay tuned as I will find a way to post the Show Me Videos either on this blog or the school website.

DANA Motor Ford Helps McKee

Once again, DANA Motor Ford helped McKee High School by staging a "DRIVE ONE" event. I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff, administrators, and neighbors in and around the community who stopped by and test drove one of the 6 cars provided by DANA Ford Motors of Staten Island. Just posing with the Ford Mustang, on a cool breezy day was a delight, as you can see from the smiles on the faces of the students.

Antique Auto Club Visits McKee

It's Friday, 3 p.m. and I see a small group of students heading down to the Auto shop. I remember that Mr. Sarno, the Automotive teacher, established contact with the Antique Automotive Club. The representatives said they wanted to see if students wanted to learn about restoring and repairing antique custom automobiles. The first meeting occurred in February and about 4-5 students showed up. I was pleasantly surprised (remember it's Friday, after school)

Now it is two months later, a Friday, and I check in on the activity -
The students have been introduced to different cars every two weeks. There was an air of deep appreciation, looking at the lines of the car, and the many other details that are all part of the restoration efforts of the members. The driver of the yellow hot rod indicated it took 2 years to build it. It's a fiberglass body on a 1928 chassis. The students had to explain that to me. They also had to explain the difference between a chassis and a body.

Entering into the shop, I see students listening to one of the representatives from the Antique Automobile Club as they stare in appreciation at the cars. I think I actually hear a little choir singing "ah - the beauty of a car." Mr. Sarno then tells the students it's time to go into the other room and learn about another facet about another mechanical feature from one of the members from the Antique Automotive Club.

It is cool to see students have an opportunity to be introduced to another career path within the automotive field. Frankly, I was not aware of the international organization of the Antique Automobile Club. Four students have now be joined by more students. I did not realize that the extracurricular activity would attract the interest of the students. I am grateful that through Mr. Sarno's efforts of expanding the range and type of activities for the automotive students at McKee creates opportunities for businesses to share information. It will be interesting to see how this extracurricular activity develops.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's Tuesday, April 17th. I've been battling an allergic reaction the entire day. At the end of a busy day, trying to catch up with the emails, I receive a call from the construction teacher, Mr. O'Connell. He states, "Ms. Henry, there's someone with something that I want you to see." I said, "Sure."
It is way cool to see a sophomore honors student in Construction. I really like the fact that a young lady has decided to major in a non-traditional program. This was an "open project" which is basically a chance for students to do an original design before the teacher has the class start on the next major assignment in the curriculum.

Jazmine decided to design a curio shelf cabinet as a gift for her grandmother. She's 14 years old. I remember being 14 years old - vaguely. I do not remember ever having the patience, and self assurance to design a template, and accurately generate a plan with measurements.
I won't even talk about the use of the range and type of tools.

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