Monday, June 27, 2016

Update on Justin Forlenza - Gold Medal Winner at SkillsUSA Nationals

Justin Forlenza at SkillsUSA Nationals

The 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky June 20-June 24, 2016. Justin Forlenza, a junior from Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School competed in “Information Technology Services” and received the gold medal. Justin is currently enrolled in the Computer Systems Networking Program at McKee High School. For winning first at the National competition Justin has received a number of prizes including a 10,000 dollar scholarship to Sullivan University as well as number of gift cards. Justin is planning on attending Stony Brook University to study Software Engineering and Computer Science.
Gold Medal for Info. Tech. Services

Justin was also able to take the test and receive his A+ certification at SkillsUSA Nationals. The exam is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers. The A+ certification is sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Friday, June 24, 2016

McKee HS Graduation, June 24, 2016

Check out the up close range of pictures of the Ralph R. McKee CTE High School June 24, 2016 graduation on Staten Island Advance.  The keynote speaker was John Widlund, a McKee graduate class of 1985, who is now Executive Director of Office of Post Secondary Readiness. Click here or copy and paste the following link in your web browser:

Justin Forlenza, US Champ in SkillsUSA Nationals in IT

I just could not help but share this great news that I just received from Jorge Reynoso, my Computer Systems Networking Instructor today at 7:20 p.m., , McKee High School's own Justin Forlenza, Class of 2017 is in Louisville, Kentucky, attending the SkillsUSA National Competition. He just received the Gold medal, first place, in Information Technology Services. This is a first for Staten Island. 
(l to r) Jorge Reynoso (Computer Systems Networking Teacher, Joseph Mendoza, Justin Forlenza)

Joseph Mendoza is the New York State President and is present at Nationals to represent New York State. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

McKee HS Presentation of Proposal for Playground at Historic Richmondtown

6 McKee students, presented their layout and design of a playground section for a portion of land at Historic Richmondtown on Thursday, June 23, 2016, before Borough President James Oddo, Deputy Bor. Pres. Ed. Burke, a team from Staten Island Tech, and business representatives from Historic Richmondtown.

Color me so proud of my students for engaging in such a creative project, with real world application.

Before the presentation, Mr. Pane shared with me that his father worked on the Verrazano Bridge. The father was a crane operator who worked at the very top of the bridge.  

I am so grateful to both Borough President Oddo and Deputy Borough President Burke for extending an invitation to both Staten Island Tech and to McKee High School Engineering students to be involved in generating a proposal based upon an area of Staten Island, that is under consideration to have a playground constructed at a future point in a portion of Historic Richmondtown.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

McKee Students at WISE Financial Scholarly Reception

Two McKee High School economics students were selected to attend the Wise Financial Scholarly Reception, held on June 10, 2016 at the Museum Of American Finance located on 48 Wall Street.

The two students, Hagi Garcia and Alexander Bitetti received a score of over 95% on the national certification exam. Presenting the award to Hagi Garcia is Mr. David Anderson the Executive Vice President of W.I.S.E. (Working In Support of Education). Hagi is joined by his two very proud teachers, Mr. Wakie (l) and Mr. Gambardella (r).

Thursday, June 16, 2016

McKee High School Tapped for College Access For All Initiative

June is awards season at McKee High School, capped off by graduation on June 24, 2016.

I just have to share to the good news about an announcement I received at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, June 16, 2016, that I have been working collaboratively, with the help of many members from the McKee community and McKee supporters.

McKee High School is part of the College Access For All Initiative. Check it out:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AVID Path Training Session at McKee HS

On May 31st & June 1st, McKee HS students saw 20 educators in
room 413 attend AVID Path Professional Development. 

The topic: Critical Reading Strand II. My school has used AVID methodologies for the past 6 years. The 20 educators were from English, Social Studies, CTE and Science. The topics that were explored were fascinating:

1. Appointment calendar
2. Pausing to connect: Questions & Methods
3. Frayer Models: Across Subject Areas
4. Charting the text
5. Analyzing a Writing Prompt
6. Analyzing Arguments
7. Analyzing & Summarizing Evidence
8. Philosophical Chairs

The techniques discussed and shown pushed the thinking and provided fine tuning protocols that will be readily implemented in the classroom.
Students topped by the room and would peer through the little window and point to one another, positively amazed at the notion that being an educator requires that one is constantly learning.  I realized, all of the PD and staff development occurs at designated times when the students have a "non-instruction day." Realizing that subs would be called in to cover their subject area teacher's class so that the teacher would be learning information to improve their pedagogy literally blew the minds of the students.  I printed out the pictures, and posted them on the bulletin board with a list of topics covered in the two day training sessions, outside of the office, with one of my favorite motivational signs that I saw on Pinterest.

 In this school:
believe in ourselves and never give up.

We don’t do EASY!
We make EASY happen through

We wonder . . .
We think critically, analyze information
& make connections.

We do what is needed

McKee HS SkillsUSA Chapter at Masquerade Ball

McKee High School SkillsUSA Chapter in the house! 

The students had a blast at the June 1st Masquerade Ball for all New York City SkillsUSA members.
181 people total!
9 CTE schools!
Event Location - Harbor Lights Yacht.
Activity - Students were fed and danced the night away.

Special thanks to Ms. Natasha DeSilva for helping chaperone this event with Mr. Reynoso (Computer Systems Networking instructor!

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