Sunday, March 17, 2013

McKee HS First Time Ever at SI St. Pat's Parade

 Here we come. . .Walking down the street . . .

Hey, hey, we are. . .
 McKee High School . . .

Staten Island knows how to throw a parade. Guess who was there for the first time EVER?  The answer,  McKee High School. I am 'green and gold' proud of members of the Student Organization, the members from the McKee High School Chapter of Skills USA, the PTA and the SLT.

Thank you to Mr. Mark Beyer, PTA President, who was responsible for creating the banner and placards. Big hugs to Ms. Ashley Dell'Olio (3rd from the left) our student government and COSA Coordinator for her perseverance, even when it looked as if it was an impossible mission for a school with no marching band or history of being in a parade to march, for the first time --EVER-- in the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Thank you to Ms. Kenavan, (2nd from left) our yearbook coordinator, who supports "green and gold." I did a little Irish jig when I saw the McKee HS heading towards Hart  Boulevard and making the turn onto Forest Avenue.
Go Seagulls!
Go Green and Gold!

McKee Stands Tall at Skills USA + X-Country Track

1. Hats off to the 30 young men and women of the McKee High School Chapter who competed in the Skills USA New York Citywide contest at Thomas Edison on March 9th, 2013. It was a lovely and compelling event with “green and gold” standing proud. Here’s the list of award winners:
a.   Advertising Design – 1st Place – Sarah Weiss
b.   Basic Vehicle Maintenance – 1st Place – Nicholas Mardikos
c.   Job Demo A - 1st Place – Eternity Povod
d.   Opening and Closing Ceremonies – 1st Place:
                                         i.    Diana DeLaCruz, Nicholas Lettiere, Malcolm Lewis, Nadia Cervantes, Jessie Blaylock, Robert Cherrick, Michael Vok
e.   Pin Design – 2nd Place – Sarah Weiss
f.   Extemporaneous Speaking – 3rd Place – Joe Dailey
g.   Cosmetology 12th Grade – 3rd Place – Adriana Ortega
h.   Cosmetology 11th Grade – 3rd Place – Dulce Neri

2.   MSIT Varsity Boy’s Cross Country Track Team won the Robert Breen Memorial Championship Trophy. It is proudly displayed in the principal’s conference room.

3.   Hats off to the Robo-Wizards for their good sportsmanship at the NYC Regionals at the Jacob Javits Center. Not all was lost. They did receive the “Excellence in Engineering Award from FIRST.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A great many events happen during a week in a school principal's life. Rarely does one have the time to sit and see the launch of a new club's kick off meeting. I was fortunate enough to see 70 young ladies or Girls empowerment at McKee Striving for Success (GEMSS) in the auditorium, awaiting the arrival of their key note speakers, a representative from Legal Momentum, and the assistant minister from St. Philipp's Baptist Church. 

What is particularly gratifying is witnessing young ladies take ownership of organizing a club that will be a support system and launching pad to being mentored by women across a range of occupations. 

 The faculty advisor, Ms. Marsigliano aimed high in inviting guest speakers. The GEMSS were heartened to receive letters of support from Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Councilwoman Debi Rose. 

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