Sunday, October 18, 2015

McKee Chapter of SkillsUSA at 10.18.15 Breast Cancer Walk

Check out Ms. Lapenta, Mr. Reynoso, and Ms. Reynoso chaperoning members of the McKee Skills USA Chapter who followed through on their commitment to participate in the Breast Cancer Walk that occurred in Central Park, today, Sunday, 10.18.15. 
These plucky youngsters awoke at the crack of dawn to catch the 7 a.m. SI Ferry to commute to Central Park. They walked 5 miles all in the name of great cause.
Ms. Lapenta (Far Left), Mrs. and Mr. Reynoso (Far Right)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

MSIT Varsity v. Harry S. Truman HS Game on New Field

Check out my pictures that I took with my IPhone on this glorious day, 10.10.15 of the MSIT Varsity football game against Harry S. Truman.

First, a little background, all sports teams are combined of McKee and Staten Island Tech. One of the greatest combinations is the MSIT junior varsity and varsity football teams.

The new athletic field, which had the ground breaking ceremony in 2013, and was supposed to have the grand opening in August 2015, was finally available for the football team to play their first game.

The field is not finished. The girl's softball field is far from done.  There are still placement, storage, and safety features that have to be addressed. Still, the field was able to be ready for the students to play on after two years of being nomads.
Here are some RMHS students enjoying half-time, sitting on the bleachers. I am sort of shocked that I was able to actually take this picture given I have the shakiest hands in the west. 

MSIT players coming in to get advice and to switch direction playing on the field .  I may not know the football terms but I definitely understand how all the players fully enjoyed walking on level ground. I cannot tell you how many times the coaches and students regaled any and all who would listen about the old field in which they would have to clear out all manner of debris, and I mean all manner of debris, before they could practice or play.

Look at that blue sky. Talk about a lovely crisp day. Click here for a detailed description of the MSIT varsity game against Truman. Final score: MSIT-28 to Truman-14

Click here for the SI Advance article of the MSIT JV game against Truman that also occurred today, Saturday, 10.10.15. Final score: MSIT JV 14 to Truman JV-12.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Two McKee Grads at Ohio Tech College

Two McKee 2015 graduates, Thomas Emmerling (L) and Brandon Colvil (R), taking a pause between classes, sporting their post secondary swag at Ohio Technical College. I am always amazed at how young men mature, and grow in a few months over the summer. Check it out.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Here's Eterneity Povod's Post Secondary Story

Ms. Eternity Povod, graduate of McKee 2015, stopped by, Friday, October 2, 2015, to show off her new braces. She'll be heading back to SUNY Adirondack on Sunday. Here is her post secondary story . . .

Eternity Povod,

McKee 2015
SUNY Adirondack College
Liberal Arts – Math and Science, BA 2019

      My Cornell Notes has helped me to make the transition from McKee to SUNY Adirondack. It’s helped me to be a great note taker.  It has helped my class mates as well. I didn’t think it was going to work and then Professor A’Hern, in the English course wanted me to explain the Cornell notes method.  There is a job at the college for note takers.  The professor asked, “Who wants to be a note taker?”  They have a smartboard. I came up and stood in front of the class, which has 150 students, drew the line and as the professor lectured, I just put her words into questions and notes, and put answers by questions so that it was organized. I sit right in the front row.  I got a B+ on my first essay and my classmates struggled.    Cornell Notes always helped me in high school and I plan to use it throughout college.

      I would definitely have to say the teachers were the turning point for me to decide to attend college.  After Ms. Gorgoglione and Ms. Kenavan and Ms. Pecora said, “You’ve got to go. You’ve got to go away,” I realized they believed in my ability to handle going away to college. After visiting SUNY Adirondack College and seeing my dorm room, which is huge, I realized that I would live in a suite. A suite means there are two people per living area, a dining room, living room and a kitchen.  We each have our own restroom. Those conditions convinced to go away to college.

      A top point that I have experienced in my first months at SUNY Adirondack is when I got my paper back from the professor. I was excited. My roommate is in the same writing class as I am. It’s called the CRW to check our essays before we turn it in.  I’m a good writer.  She went to the CRW, 5 days in a row and she received a “D”.  The professor’s feedback on my essay, which received a “B+”, was “Great organization. All you have to do is bring it back with the correct punctuation.” This was just the other day. I turned in the paper again before travelling to New York to get my new braces. Hopefully, my “B+” I will be upgraded to an “A” on Monday.” The 90 and 100 were in my labs in Biology.

      I plan to be an orthodontist.  I love the study of dentistry. I look at people’s teeth. I have always loved teeth.  My freshmen year at McKee, Ms. Kenavan said, “You need to start thinking about what you want to do.”  I was confused. One of my classmates at McKee said, "You are always smiling." I realized I do, and that I always am aware of people’s teeth.  From that I realization, I found my passion.

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