Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mir Ali's Post Secondary Reflection

Mir Ali, McKee Class of 2014 stopped by Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
He is at CSI majoring in Business Marketing. Check out his post secondary reflection:

I took AP English in my senior year. All we did was write essays.  In college, all we do is write essays. Due to Ms. Mullen, essays are easy in college.  It is as easy as making cereal. The lowest grade that I have received is a B. The rest of my classmates at CSI complain and they came from other schools from around New York City.

Due to the fact that I have essay writing down pat, it gives me more time to study the other courses in college. It gives me time to study for Accounting and Calculus. My approach to tackling those courses is to be part of a study group.  I have to be around other people who help me think and deal with the content in those courses.

        A success story that I can share that recently happened in college was when I got a score from a Calculus test. I was nervous. I remembered how good Mr. Ringer was as a teacher. I used the information from his notes, and I took good notes in Mr. Ringer’s class. The result - I received a B on the Calculus test.

        My advice to all seniors – go for the scholarships. Apply to them. Network yourself so that you have access to the internships.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SEP Hackathon at McKee HS - Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

McKee High School had its first ever Software Engineering Program Hackathon on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The time was from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mr. Pedersen was the ring-master as he is the instructor for both SEP classes. He communicated with SEP, followed the instructions to set up the Hackathon. The students received detailed instructions in their respective inboxes as to the rules, parameters, rationale and programs to use to address the central topic - create a superhero who can solve the social ills and/or diseases of mankind.

That's Mr. Pedersen in the middle as students are winding up the last of their points for their presentations.

Mr. Pedersen was assisted by two of his colleagues, Ms. Laura Mahlooji (l) and Mr. Dom DeFilippo (r). They not only co-supervised the 25 students but also served as judges. The focused level of energy as the students went through the paces of trying to create a game, a powerpoint and web site in which a superhero of their own creation has the ability to heal mankind of social ills and/or diseases.
Ms. Mahlooji was on the left and Mr. DeFilippo was on the right waiting for the students to do last minute touch ups to their projects and presentations.

Friday, October 24, 2014

AVID Tutorial on October 24, 2014

It is beautiful to see young exercising their gray cells to grapple with academic subjects so that they can problem solve how best to comprehend the content.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Visit by Joshua Lindeman - Local 1 Plumber Apprentice

It was PSAT Day today, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and Joshua Lindeman, a 2013 graduate visited the school. I am engaged in the process of having faculty, administration and staff respond to one or more of the following prompts:

  • a. Share a habit or activity that made you successful in high school so that you were able to go to college/post-secondary institution. How did that habit or activity help.
  • b.Share a turning point that helped you decide to go to college/post-secondary institution.
  • c. Share a college/post-secondary institution success story.

 It is amazing how students grow in the span of the year. Here's his picture:
I think the young man grew an extra foot. Here's his reflection in response to the prompts on post-secondary success: 
Joshua Lindeman
Local 1 Plumber

What habit made me successful in high school? I just had good friends. They pushed me to do better and to get higher grades. We had a competition to see who could get the highest grade on a test. It is just not my personality to hang out with people who do not have a plan for their life. I always surround myself with people who want to succeed.
I am in Year 1 of the Construction Skills 2000 apprenticeship program.  It involves a great deal of blueprint reading. There are many opportunities in the construction industry to become a drafter to create the plans for the hanging of pipes, waste and vent lines.
I work on Tower 3 in the World Trade Center. We are currently on the 8th floor and Tower 3 is 82 stories high. My boss, my foreman, and journeyman, do not compliment often, but when they do, it resonates. When the time comes for them to downsize, for example they had 3 apprentices and they decided to keep only one and I am the one that they keep, one’s self-esteem goes through the roof.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Turn To Your Partner Poster

There's nothing like having teachers generate their posters to remind themselves and the class about a quick student engagement technique called TTYP or Turn To Your Partner.  Check out Ms. Estephan's poster from the Science Team Meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

SEP Hackathon on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at McKee High School

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