Daily Announcements

Congratulations on completing another successful school year!  Just a few reminders before we head off into the summer:

1.  Monday is a full day of school.  Students should be in full uniform.  Dismissal is at 2:35 pm.  Candidates for graduation should arrive at school at 5:15 pm.  Graduation begins at 6:30 pm.

2.  Tuesday is the last day of school.  Below is the schedule:

           Grades 9-11:  Report to Crew at 8:15 am for distribution of report cards, summer school programs, and  to clean out lockers if they have not already done so.  Any lockers that have not been emptied will be opened and it's contents either donated or disposed.

            Grade 12:  Meet your Crew Advisor outside of the College Office, Room 302, according to the following schedule for distribution of report cards and summer school programs, then students will pick up diplomas and fill out exit summaries from Ms. Reingold:

                      o  Mr. Errichiello’s Crew:  8:30 am

                      o  Mr. Friedman’s Crew:  9 am

                      o  Ms. Gibbons’ Crew:  9:30 am

                      o  Ms. Illuzzi’s Crew:  10 am

                      o  Mr. Maniaci’s Crew:  10:30 am

                      o  Ms. Valletta’s Crew:  11 am

                      o  Mrs. Weit’s Crew:  11:30 am

Students will be dismissed after they have received all of their paperwork on a rolling basis.  It is not a full day of school.

The summer reading assignment was sent home previously, and is also posted here.

Please accept our best wishes for a restful and safe summer.  Just a reminder that McCown is closed for the summer.  We will be at Tottenville HS for summer school.  We look forward to seeing everyone in full uniform on Thursday, September 8th.  To all of our graduates, congratulations!!





Today is the last day of spring term classes.  Regents exams begin tomorrow.  Students should only report to school if they are scheduled to take an exam. For morning exams, students should report at 8:30 am.  For afternoon exams, students should report at 12:30 pm.  No one can enter a morning exam after 10 am; no one can enter an afternoon exam after 2 pm.  Students should bring pens, pencils, and calculators for math and science exams, with them.

June 24 and June 27 are mandated days of attendance.  We will send a schedule for those days under separate cover later this week.  We wish everyone the best of luck on their Regents Exams!


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Volunteers Wanted! FHF School’s Out For Summer Party 2016

High School Volunteers Needed

It’s easy to register.  Click here for the form on our web site.

Tell us your name, e-mail address, and school currently attending.

Each volunteer must be registered individually.

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 29, 2016

Join us and you can make a difference in the day of a special needs child.

Bring a friend and you both can earn school service credits and have a great time too.

Help FHF start off Summer 2016. You don’t want to miss this.

 Families Helping Families Presents our

6th Annual “School’s Out for Summer” Party!

At the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island

1100 South Ave, Staten Island, NY, 10314

June 29, 2016   11 AM to 4:30 PM (for volunteers)

For special needs children and their families and friends.

 High School Volunteers use the form to register for the School’s Out for Summer Party. Wear neat, appropriate, comfortable clothing.

Thanks for making a difference in the life of a special needs child. 

Hope to see you at the Staten Island Hilton on June 29th.

Photographs may be taken at this event. Please inform FHF if you do not want photos taken of you or a family member.






Please click on the link for a letter from the Chancellor regarding the Zika virus.
Zika Letter from Chancellor


The 2016-17 School Year Calendar is now available:
2016-17 School Year Calendar


Please click on the link to access the letter providing you with free access to Microsoft 365 for up to 5 electronic devices in your household!

Microsoft 365 letter to families


Kaplan ACT Course to Prep for the June 11th ACT
After School Wednesdays
4/6/16 - 6/1/16
Please see attached flyer for registration details.  
Learn about the differences between the SAT & ACT at McCown's January 20th PTA Meeting.  

KaplanACTCourse.pdf
Extended Day Tutoring and Clubs meet every Monday and Tuesday from 2:35 - 3:15 pm.  Click on the link below to access the schedule.
extendeddayactivitiesfall2015.pdf
Please click on the link below to read a letter from Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina that summarizes the new initiatives announced in the Mayor’s Equity and Excellence in Education plan.


EquityandExcellenceParentLetter916.pdf
October, 2015

Dear Parents,

I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools.

Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section 2801 was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of 2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In accordance with this, “schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan.”
School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section 807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 fire drills each year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance with Section 3623 of the State Education Law, drills are also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.

In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the new General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. We conducted a soft lockdown drill last week.  Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/OSYD/default.htm

Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues for staff and students throughout the school year. Student training is grade appropriate and designed to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with your child.
All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. This includes providing and updating information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events, and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.

Parents: Sign Up for School Updates

The City’s public notification program, Notify NYC, now sends updates for emergency situations at school and other events that have an impact on the school day by phone, text message, or e-mail to parents and guardians who sign up for the service. The service updates parents about delayed school openings and early dismissals, student relocations, and temporary school closures related to weather or other unexpected events. Parents and guardians can choose to receive alerts for up to five zip codes, and will receive notifications about schools within those zip codes.

Sign up either by visiting www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311.

Access Important Information on Your Student

The New York City Department of Education's Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS) provides a single place where our educators can go to find and study important information about your child. Principals and teachers use this information to find out how best to help your child.
ARIS Parent Link makes this same important information available for you, so you can work together with your child, principal and teacher to help your child learn. ARIS Parent Link uses secure login procedures to be sure that a child's information can be seen only by authorized members of his or her family.
 
ARIS Parent Link can be found at https://arisparentlink.org.
 
Summer Reading Assignment
Click on the link to access the Summer 2016 reading assignment for all incoming 9th graders, as well as rising 10th-12th graders.
Summer Reading 2016



Cell Phone Policy

Click on the link to access the 2015-16 cell phone policy
2015-16 Cell Phone Policy


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Tuesday, June 28
Last Day of School for Students