Sunday, October 23, 2016

Check out the Oct. 22, 2016 PTA meeting

Action packed Oct. 22 PTA meeting about the Bridge to STEM Initiative that is a product of the partnership between St. John's University and McKee High School. The Initiative offers courses in advanced science and math courses for juniors and seniors. The parents also heard an update about the progress of students in the Common Core English Regents. The date for seeing the first marking period report card was given, October 26, 2016. Along with the juicy pieces of information were the delicious empanadas. Translation services were provided by Mr. Ovalles and Ms. Carmona.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

McKee HS at Hamilton

Anthony Chaput, McKee HS '18, performing the group's poem from Mr. Chris App Jr. 'a US History class on the Broadway stage. The 1200 students selected to see Hamilton today is due to the Gilda Lehrman Foundation, Chancellor Farina, and the wonderful creators of the show. McKee had 60 students and 4 chaperones at the day long event.
When a school is selected to have a group of students see the show, the cooperating teacher receives educational resources, of which the 24-page booklet, which includes scaffolded projects, standards, and culminates in the classes selecting one representative to perform the project. It is so exciting to see how the final project provides an opportunity for students to perform on the actual stage of the show and see the show. WOW!

On the same day that 1200 students saw the October 19th Wednesday matinee of Hamilton, that night on Great Performances was the special on Hamilton.  Check out the special by clicking here or copying and pasting the following link into the web browser:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dept. BP and Rose Kerr

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Deputy Borough President Ed Burke (Left) and Education Director Rose Kerr (Right) stopped by McKee High School to present Justin Forlenza (Class of 2017) with a certificate for his outstanding accomplishment of being a national winner in information Technology at the 2016 SkillsUSA competitions in Louisville, Kentucky.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Luis Fraticelli Stops by McKee

Guess who stopped by today - Luis Fraticelli - Class of 2016. Check out his post-secondary success story.

Luis Fraticelli

McKee 2016
Alfred State College
Prof. Degree and License in Architecture - 2021

      What is the main habit that helped me at McKee? The main habit that helped me at McKee was developing close relationships with my teachers in order to understand curriculum. I did it in order to really relate to a teacher and understand the content. I wouldn’t then be nervous or afraid to ask for help.  It’s helped me in college to develop relationships and ask questions.

      The reason that I wanted to attend college is that I wanted to be the first person in my family to graduate college. What also helped me was the amazing support network that I received from friends and family. Plus I had a driving need to be an architect. Growing up in NYC architecture has been an aesthetic.  It has always been a dream of mind to construct and design an edifice that people can walk through.

      The first thing to do is to learn how to study. You may think you did well in high school without studying.  College gives you a nice reality check. You should not study a lot in one day. For every hour in class, you need to spend an hour reviewing what you learned. Make review sheets. It helps to stay ahead.

      My advice to seniors is enjoy the fun and freedom while it lasts. Be prepared to be your own individual in college or in the working world. Be ready to experience adulthood first hand. This means that anything that happens, you are responsible for yourself.  No one is going to help you. It’s on you.  Learn how to balance your social, physical, and educational life.

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