Friday, March 21, 2014

Student vs Faculty Basketball Game

The score: 81 to 62. The Student Government organized the McKee High School student vs. faculty game, which happened on Thursday, March 20th, 2014. In the first 5 minutes, one could tell the students were going to DOMINATE. Actually it was a win-win event as it was an opportunity to giggle and cheer. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Engaging Teaching Strategies

Click here for active engagement teaching strategies that will enliven the learning experience. This article was in the March 2014 edition of Principal Leadership.

BTW - I did my first Socratic Seminar in my freshman Pathway to AVID class. Was it perfect? No.  Did I follow all of the rules? No. Did 5-7 minutes go by in which the students were responsible for responding to one another's inquiry and statements using civil conversational tones occur? Yes. I now realize all of my angst about doing a Socratic Seminar was me putting my own self in a headlock.  Now I need to ground the practice, follow more of the Socratic Seminar protocol so that it is not just a controversial question they are answering but substantiating their argument with evidence from two articles.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Upcoming Test Dates - Spring 2014

Upcoming Test Dates for McKee High School students for Spring 2014. Click here or copy and paste the following link into a browser:

All students and parents/guardians/caregivers should post the chart on the refrigerator, mirror, and closets.

Kudos - SkillsUSA New York City Regional Leadership & Skills Championships 2014

Hats off to the 40 students from McKee’s chapter of Skills USA who competed all day on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the SkillsUSA New York City Regional Leadership & Skills Championships at Thomas Edison High School. Nine (9) students walked away with awards + Mr. Reynoso.
Check it out:

Zakiya Rahman
Advertising Design
2nd – Silver Medal
Alaric Hyland
Architectural Drafting
2nd – Silver Medal
Thomas Maron
Auto Maintenance Tech.
3rd – Bronze Medal
Mayancela Washington
2nd – Silver Medal
Christopher Sosa
3rd – Bronze Medal
Joseph Kent
Computer Maintenance Tech.
3rd – Bronze Medal
Adriana Ortega
Cosmetology Senior Level
3rd – Bronze Medal
Hagi Garcia
Extemporaneous Speaking
2nd – Silver Medal
Christina Daquieno
Job Interview
3rd – Bronze Medal

*Mr. Jorge Reynoso
2014 NYC Skills USA Advisor of the Year*

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Race to April 11th

Saturday, March 8th, was action packed. I had Saturday School, PTA meeting; and a short cabinet meeting to chart the next school wide initiative for writing. On the very same day approximately 40 students met at 6:30 a.m. in the morning for the citywide SkillsUSA competition in Queens. I pray that the students had a good time at the SkillsUSA competition and come back cherishing the fun, the level of competition, and the interaction amongst the wide range of like-minded peers from other schools.

It's Sunday, and I am fighting the last remainders, hopefully, of the flu.  I am at home continuing to enter  low inference evidence for teacher evaluations. It's a race. I have 15 evaluations left to do by April 11th, which means I have to be focused like a laser. As I sit here, typing and munching on toast and drinking tea, there are fans gathering at South Shore High School to see the PSAL "A" Boys Varsity Game for the quarter finals. MSIT is one of the teams in competition. I pray for a miracle for those intrepid young men to advance to the next level.

The theme for this week and the upcoming weeks until and through June 30th is best indicated in the title of Susie Morgenstern's children's book, I Will Make Miracles.  I received a copy of this children's book from the head educator of the city system, as did all principals, to provide inspiration and ongoing motivation. Time to dig deep and continue to shape and provide the environment for "miracles."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MSIT Advances in the PSAL "A" Boys Varsity Playoffs. Click here to check out the article in the SI Advance. 

Click here to check out more pictures.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Summer Youth Employment Program

Information for the Summer Youth Employment program is here.

Teens can apply online at: 
Remember to apply on line by the deadline, April 25, 2014.

Call YOUTH CONNECT at 1-800-246-4646

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 7 pm

Email Youth Connect at

Visit DYCD at

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday School and PM School at McKee

 Saturday School began on March 1 and will end on June 7.
Dates include:

·         March: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

·         April 5, 26

·         May 3, 10, 17, 31

·         June 7

Classes will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PM School will begin on March 3 and end on April 29.
Dates include:

·         March 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31

·         April 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 28, 29

Classes will run Monday-Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m.

PTA Events in March

Here is a list of events fresh off the press from the PTA for the month of March:

March 8th --> PTA Meeting
March 14th -->Perkins 7am-11pm
March 19th--> Buffalo Wild Wings 6-9pm
March 20th--> Bake Sale
March 28th-30th --> 5 Below

I love my dynamic PTA Board.

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