Thursday, December 17, 2015

Maliyah Green, Class of 2015, Now at Spellman College

Maliyah Greene, McKee Class of 2015, stopped by to visit on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Check out her post-secondary success experiences:
Maliyah Greene
McKee 2015
Spelman College, BA

Cornell notes is the habit that helped me a great deal in high school and continues to help me in the transition into college. I did not realize the importance of knowing how to do Cornell Notes were until I attended my first college courses and study for the quizzes and finals. Spelman has a group of students who have experienced AVID when they were in high school. We had a mixer between Spelman and Morehouse organized and for students who had been exposed to AVID. We discussed how to do outreach so that AVID permeates throughout the AUC which is Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta Colleges.

I plan to do the Dual Degree Engineering program. I am majoring in Computer Science and trying to minor in a language like Spanish. I will do that for 3 years and I will then go to either Georgia Tech or USC for 2 years to get the degree for computer engineering.

I felt it was important for me to leave Staten Island for my post secondary experience. I wanted to be independent. I thought I would miss home. I enjoy the responsibility of living away from home. It also helped me put myself out there and make sure that I conversed with professors and peers.

My post-secondary success story is that I made the dean’s list. This means I made all A’s in all of my courses. Making the dean's list involves many hours of studying and late nights in the library. I was in the library until 4 or 5 in the morning, reviewing my notes, my CORNELL NOTES, which were so important to study during finals week.

My advice to seniors is that work as hard as you can in high school. Put your priorities in order. Take your work seriously. It is not a game. Do not procrastinate. There are students from across the world, that are smarter and from different socio-economic backgrounds. Realize and accept it is easier for some people who have been exposed to a great many advantages than for others. My solution: I just push myself to work harder in order to stand out from everyone else. That’s life after high school.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Key Club at Kiwanis Holiday Party Dispensing Gifts.

Here are four members of McKee's Key Club chapter, who helped give gifts out to disabled children at The Kiwanis Club Holiday party on Monday night, December 14, 2015.

Monday, December 14, 2015

St. Johns University - Staten Island Campus Tour - Dec. 14, 2015

Thirty (30) juniors, chaperoned by Ms. Jennifer Pecora (College Advisor) and Ms. Dawn Messina (AVID Junior Elective/ELA Instructor) made a trip to Saint Johns University at the Staten Island campus on Monday, December 14, 2015. The weather may have been foggy, but interest, exchange of questions and information were plentiful and luminous. Check it out.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Computer Science For All

Major movement happening today.  Here's just a reminder that a video crew came out to Ralph R. McKee High School to take video shots of our students in the SEP program to help exemplify Mayor DeBlasio's initiative of Computer Science for All.  Check it out:

Computer Science For All
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Check out Mr. Pedersen's students and Mr. Pedersen, himself, in the green shirt, and the blackboard. 

SEP Hackathon at McKee - Holiday Comics

On Saturday, Decemberf 12, 2015, 16 students participated in the Holiday Comics themed hackathon at Ralph R. McKee CTE High School. Mr. Pedersen, SEP instructor hosted the event with able assistance from Mr. Sarno (Auto), Ms. Mahlooji (History), and Ms. Durga (Graphics). The comic ideas generated had distinctive twists on the holiday genre.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bob Wolf, CEO of HOPE speaks the power of First Impressions

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 4 classes were treated to hearing motivational speaker, Mr. Bob Wolf, who is the CEO and founder of HOPE. The central theme focused on the power of "First Impressions." The main reason for students to hear this type of talk: ALL children should be given basic skills that will help them get into the post secondary institution of their choice and/or job market and be equipped with essential skills that will enable them to earn support from and work effectively with people.

Guest Speaker Protocol

McKee High School follows the principles of Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID.  This means we try to infuse Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading within every lesson using a combination of different methodologies to deepen and enrich critical thinking in every child.

One piece we try to encourage is exposing our students to guest speakers who provide motivational talks about how he/she has overcome odds and how the advice he/she wants to impart to students to help them achieve.

While it is hard to get mentors to come across the Verrazano Bridge, I am increasingly fortunate to come across speakers in principal's meetings, and attending conferences sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Staten Island Economic Development Fund.  To ensure that students are active listeners we employ SLANT.  Every educator has probably used this acronym - here is McKee High School's take on this protocol as used to guide the students when they listen to a guest speaker.

Student Protocol for Guest Speakers

When guest speakers visit your AVID class, not only does the speaker make an impression on students, your class will also make an impression on the speaker. For example, a guest speaker might say,
“ Students listened politely while I spoke.”  A guest might also say “I noticed the students were attentive, took notes and asked really good questions.”  We know that the 2nd description reflects the abilities of AVID students. Below you will find SLANT guidelines for demeanor and ideas for interacting with your guest.

v Sit with proper posture in your seat.

v Lean forward and listen

v Ask questions. Some examples are  

1. Which college, university or post-secondary setting did you attend?
2. How did you choose this educational path?
3. Who or what inspired you to follow your educational path to college/post -secondary
4. What skills did you find were a must to get through college or post- secondary training?
5. How important were communication skills, especially writing and speaking skills, in   
    getting through college or post- secondary training?
6. What skills from your educational path have transferred to and added to your current  
     professional success?
7. What advice would you give young students beginning their path to college or career

v Nod your head “ yes” when you hear a strong point made by the speaker.

v Take Cornell Notes.

McKee Auto Students on NY1

I received an email from Mr. John Widlund, McKee Class of 1985, now Executive Director of Career & Technical Education in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness in the New York City Department of Education. 

Here is what he wrote:
I am so proud of you and of McKee High School. Every chance I boast about McKee I do so. We would like to feature this in our next CTE Newsletter and possibly do a Twitter feed.

Of course I said “Yes!”  Check out the coverage on NY1:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

McKee Gear is Here - Get your McKee Swag On

We will be placing another order for McKee gear (hereinafter known as McKee Swag). A copy of the catalog is available by clicking here or copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:

If you are interested in ordering, please bring in the order form and money (cash/money order) to Ms. Eberlein, room 307 by December 9th. 

Please stop by.


Click here or copy and paste the following into your web browser to check out the McKee Swag:

Friday, December 4, 2015

Vice Provost O'Keefe of SJU visits McKee

Vice Provost James O'Keefe of Saint John's University did guest speaker presentations to four different classes on Monday, November 30, 2015. Along with sharing his path to career experiences, Dr. O'Keefe referred to one of my favorite books: Sean Covery's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The theme of the presentations, Aristotle's quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Noreen Mullen (AP Humanities; Vice Provost James O'Keefe, and me, Ms. Henry

Dr. O'Keffe in Ms. Messina's AVID junior elective class

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