Thursday, November 19, 2015

30000 Degrees and McKee

McKee is part of the 30000 Degrees Initiative.  In November, at Wagner College, two students received honors for participating in the logo competition.  Kevin Carrera, McKee 2017, won first place in the logo competition.  Chynna Cummings received honorable mention
Kevin Carrera (L) and Jimmy Carrera (R) father - 1st place winner

SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference

These lovely young students that you see on the bus are the executive board of the McKee Chapter of SkillsUSA. So many activities and events happened that I only now realized I had not posted the pictures sent to me from the trip.

Here is the Official NYS SkillsUSA Fall Leadership 2015 Conference Recap Video

Composed by: 

Midge McCloskey
CFO & Membership Coordinator - NYS SkillsUSA

Katrina Fiorezna 
State Conference Coordinator - NYS SkillsUSA

Jorge Reynoso 
Membership Coordinator - NYC SkillsUSA
Lead Advisor - McKee CTE HS Chapter

Jessie Kalloo 
City Conference Coordinator - NYC SkillsUSA
Lead Advisor - Thomas Edison CTE HS Chapter

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What a Day - Promoting AVID At McKee to Garden City Educators

Ms. Noreen Daly Mullen, Ms. Brigid Howley, and Ms. Bleta Miftari addressed over 85 educators at a consortium in Garden City to demonstrate what AVID looks like at Ralph R. McKee High School, today, Nov. 17, 2015. The full day professional development ended with a half hour Question and Answer period with 9 students and Ms. Dawn Messina, "skyping" in from the principal's conference room at McKee.

Howley (L), Mullen (M), Miftari (R) prepping
Garden City educators participating in the Four Corners

9 McKee students about to Skype for Q & A with educators

Experiencing a Socratic Seminar using an AVID Weekly article
McKee students "skyping" in for the Question and Answer period

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Peek at an AVID Tutorial

Here is Brigid Howley, English teacher at McKee High School, who organizes the students for an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutorial.
 This technique requires the teacher to guide students to fill out a request form in which they look at the notes of a subject they struggled with in the past two or three days. The student writes the essential question from the lesson, indicate the notes, vocabulary, and then generates a question that reflects his/her point of confusion.

Through the efforts of Ms. Mullen, Assistant Principal Humanities/AVID Coordinator, we have tutors from the College of Staten Island, who help the students, by facilitating the capability of the students to look at different resources to figure out how to address the point of confusion.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A peek into a Socratic Seminar on The Book Thief

Check out a snippet of McKee High School's Ms. Howley's class engaging in a Socratic Seminar in her sophomore class.  The students were in the midst of doing an interdisciplinary project with the Graphics Arts instructor, the Social Studies instructor and Ms. Howley based on their reading the novel The Book Thief. 

Click on the link

I always appreciate seeing how other instructors are able to orchestrate collaborative discussion sessions.

McKee's Software Engineering Program Highlighted in the CSA News

Check out the Borough Briefs Section of the November 2015 issue, the last page of CSA News.
Plus – the three young men you see pictured below were one of the 5 winners at the November 4th SEP Designathon that happened at Microsoft Offices at 11 Times Square.
It’s in the CSA News!!!!

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.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Welcome McKee Breakfast for Parents - 9.19.15

Today was the Welcome McKee Breakfast for Parents.  The new president, Ms. Aileen Fedullo, invited all parents to make their voices heard.  She also encouraged parents to sign up for the different committees so that we can make McKee one of the premiere schools in New York City.  Department supervisors, new teachers and veteran staff members also attended the event. Check it out.
Parents, Teachers, Assistant Principals and the Principal = Powerful Partnership

Ms. Fedullo (in purple standing), PTA President

Hearing about the latest events and key dates for 2015-2016

Ms. Messina (English & Grade Adviser) talks about Community Service

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In June 2015, a film crew from Mayor DeBlasio's office visited Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School's Software Engineering Junior class. Now September 16th, 2015, we know where some of that B-roll footage ended up....

WATCH Mayor DeBlasio's video about the need for computer science for all. For those who know Room 209, and Mr. Pedersen, see if you can spot the McKee students:

Happy viewing!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chenoa Ebanks at Twitter NYC Summer Immersion Program Graduation

This has been an amazing summer in which several young people had the opportunity to become involved either with start up companies or engage in an internship at a large tech company.

On August 19, 2015, at Twitter's new Chelsea NYC headquarters, Chenoa Ebanks received her certificate for completing the 7 week Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program of 2015 - Twitter NYC. Check out the pictures:
Chenoa Ebanks

C. Banks & Dr. Carrie Washington (Mentor)

App Demonstration

C. Banks (L) Ms. Henry (R)

Ms. Banks (L) pitching the app with her team

"Stranger Danger" App
There were a host of people responsible for the success of training the 20 young ladies who attended the summer immersion program.  Ms. Meg Tobin, who is the NY Program Manager for Girls Who Code helped to oversea the training.

A key ingredient that helped Chenoa to make sure she got to the training sessions on time, Ms. Judy Jordan (l) Chenoa's mother.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chynna Cummings in Girls Who Code at Twitter

Dr. Carrie Robinson (left) is a mentor to Chenoa Ebanks (right), McKee HS student, and attended the opening day of Girls Who Code at the Twitter office in New York City.
Way cool!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mohammed Aziz - Post Secondary Success Story

Check out who came in from California to stop by at McKee High School: Mohammed Aziz. Below is his post-secondary success story.

Mohamed Aziz
McKee 2014
University of San Francisco, BA

          A habit that has made me successful in high school and gave me the opportunity to attend college is taking everything a step at time. With homework, or running or activities, my motto is not to over think the situation or the problem, just break it down into pieces so that one can take it a step at a time.  It helped me to be able to concentrate, to focus on the issue, not overthink it or be afraid.
This habit helped me with homework because it was a big step to cope with the papers and making sure that I completed those assignments and fitting running into my schedule. It is all business when it comes to college. As soon as I get the assignment I start it because as a student-athlete I have to tightly manage my time. I do not have enough time, like non-athletes, to complete assignments.
I wanted to get out of Staten Island. I wanted to make a name for myself. I felt if I was going to leave Staten Island, I might as well go big and look for colleges that would offer the best package.  California is just like New York, except on the West coast.  It is the best of both worlds. I definitely recommend leaving home. It makes you become independent and a stronger learner.
One college success story deals with my freshmen year. At college I feel like my mind is challenged. I am learning. I receive and gladly accept advice. The school I attend has free tutoring, and provides intensive support, particularly during exam time, to assist students with understanding the subject area content. I also had team mate support. Plus, there is mandatory study hall which means student athletes, like me, must study in the library or in one of the rooms in the athletic department, for 8 hours.  You have to log in and complete the work. 8 hours goes by quick. Sometimes I clock more than the usual number of hours. The result:  I have a 3.5 grade average, which shows taking a step at a time, while the phrase may be cliché, works.   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AVID Site Team 2015

Check out the AVID Site Team 2015 at the Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas.
(L-R Bottom row) Noreen Mullen Kathy Eberlein, Bleta Miftari)
(L-R Back row) Brigitte Howley, Angleina Licata, Leo Gordon, Dawn Messina, Dom DeFilippo

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NHS - NTHS Induction May 28, 2015

Check out the pictures of a new page of Ralph R. McKee CTE High School's history. Below are the inductees to both the National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society.  NTHS honors students who have achieved excellence in academic and career and technical majors along with responsibility, honesty, and teamwork.  NHS honors academic, leadership, character and responsibility.

Keynote Speaker - Tracy Brown.
Best selling author of urban fiction: 

Check out a few National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society recipients with Dr. Carrie Robinson, a 2015 SI Advance Woman of Achievement: 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cheyenne Suffern, Class of 2014 - Now Sheet Metal Worker

Cheyenne Suffern stopped by McKee High School on Friday, May 22, 2015. Here is her post-secondary success story.
Cheyenne Suffern
McKee 2014
Construction Skills
Sheet Metal Worker – Local 28

Honestly, I knew I had to finish school. Teachers like Ms. Gorgoglione, and Mr. O’Connell, always had me on the right path. They always had faith in me and they pushed me to succeed. I always liked the carpentry program at McKee. I realized I had a choice - I did not have to go to college. I also realized that the carpentry program at McKee would lead me into an exciting apprenticeship program, which would lead to a career where I would make very good money. What!!!

I wanted to be in the type of sheet metal work that does the electric signs. Instead, due to a mix up in the paperwork, I got into the four week program for duct, roofing and renovations work. It’s similar to carpentry but it is metal.

I completed Construction Skills in July 2014. If you think you have tests at McKee you have another thing coming. I had to take 30 tests within a 4 week period based upon what I had learned. Those 30 tests included the pre-tests, tests and competency tests.

I had to go take a test to get into the union. You have to go through a 6 month probationary period where you are now under the eye of the director of the school, the company, and all of the authority figures. You have to make sure that you comply with doing the job to the best of your ability and being on time. On time is late.

I was assigned to different job sites. The earliest report time I had was to start at 6 a.m. This means I had to be on the job site by 5:30 a.m. This means I had to wake up at 2:30 a.m.

Was it worth it? Yes. Is it worth it? You bet.

You never know how much you can create with metal until you are actually in the field. One of my friends made a hanging desk in metal. You can make a shoe rack in metal. In my local, there are so many different fields. You can work in the shop; you can work in the field. You can be a welder or a sketcher. The possibilities are endless and I plan to push myself so that I can explore my full potential which may involve using my experiences within the sheet metal field to explore other avenues, such as OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

McKee Students Tour Bayonne Bridge

Worth a read - today, May 21, 2015, McKee students who are in the Pre-Engineering program toured the Bayonne Bridge:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Shedier's Post Secondary Story

Look who stopped by McKee High School: Sherrieshedier Jones. I whooped for joy. Here is "Shedier's" post-secondary story.


As a graduate of the class of 2014, I am now enrolled in UTI in Exton, PA.  I am enjoying my experience there as a first year student focusing on Automotive Technology with a secondary focus on Diesel Automotive Technology. 

As I am progressing through my post-secondary education, I am learning that I need to decipher the things that are important from the things that are not so important. 

Focus on what you want and you will be successful.   You need to overcome the circumstances that can hold you back.  Everyone goes through different things but it’s the way you get through it that makes you who you are. 

Here at McKee I had a lot of problems that prevented me from getting the grades I needed.  I realized I needed to leave those problems behind to get to where I needed to be.  Now that I am in college I realize what I need to do to get to where I need to be. 

FOCUS! Keep your eye on the prize – graduate high school and go on to a post-secondary education and you will be successful.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

McKee Students To Care for Infant Simulators for 72 Hours

What is this young man holding in his hands? He is part of McKee's Health class and is experiencing the unit entitled "Baby Think It Over." He will be responsible for caring for an infant simulator for 72 hours. The infant simulators are from Reality Works.

This year, McKee High School was awarded a grant from the Staten Island Foundation to purchase infant simulators to add an engaging interactive component to the Health class curriculum. Each student is provided with a bag of toiletries, blanket, and bottle. The infant simulators go through 15 different real world events. Additionally there is a computer chip which registers the quality and type of care the infant simulator received. The teacher, Dr. Estephan, is able to provide each student with a print out at the end of the caring cycle. The students have to respond to the events or else the infant simulator makes increasing distressing cries.

When asked how he was feeling, the student responded - "I'm dreading this already. This is really heavy." It is Friday. The infant simulator will turn on at 6 p.m. The school day has ended and he's already experiencing a few issues. Can you spot one issue that the computer chip in the infant simulator will read as problematic?

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