Daily Announcements

All New York City public schools will be OPEN tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th.  

Students taking the U.S. History and Geometry exams should report at 8:30 am.  Students taking the Earth Science and Chemistry exams should report at 12:30 pm.

Regents Exams originally scheduled for Tuesday will be administered on Thursday.  Students taking the Algebra 2/Trig and Global History exams should report at 8:30 am.  Students taking the Integrated Algebra exam should report at 12:30 pm.

Thank you, and stay safe!

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It's FAFSA Completion Time

Start Here Get There is HESC’s theme for Student Financial Aid Awareness Month taking place this January and February. 

HESC is here to help with FAFSA, TAP and other college financial aid questions. FAFSA users can:  

For personalized, in-person assistance, FAFSA completion events are scheduled across the state.

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
1-866-431-HESC - www.hesc.ny.gov

Click on the link below to access the January 2015 Regents Exam Schedule.  The exams are also listed in the "Calendar" section on the right side of the website.  The last day of the Fall Term is Friday, January 23rd.  Students should only report to school during Regents Week if they are scheduled to take an exam.  All students should report to school for the beginning of the Spring Term on Tuesday, February 3rd.

Jan 2015 Regents Exam Schedule

McCown Talent Show Try-outs
will be February 4th & 5th @ 2:20 in the Library.

We are looking for singers, dancers & performers of all kind!

Singers & Dancers must try-out with the music you are using.

Please see Mrs. Formisano or Ms. Reingold if you have any questions.

The Talent Show will be Friday, March 6th @ 7 PM.  
Tickets will be $5.  

2015 HBCU College Tour
Facilitated by Staten Island S.T.R.O.N.G.








Please access the flyer & parental consent forms below for more information.  This is NOT a McCown trip but McCown students have participated in it in the past and have reported that it was an invaluable experience.  

Attention Seniors and their Parents

January 31, 2015
10am - Noon
Wagner College - Spiro Computer Center
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
Rain date and time: February 7, 2015, 10am - Noon
Site coordinator: Theresa Weimer, tweimer@wagner.edu

This national event, which has grown to 35 sites in NYS, is designed to assist high school seniors with completion of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the assistance of financial aid professionals.   The aid professionals from many different types of institutions volunteer their time to assist families with the FAFSA completion.  

Click below for the flyer that was distributed to McCown seniors.

COLLEGE GOAL NY at Wagner College[1].pdf
Check out NY1's and the Staten Island Advance's coverage of our 3rd Annual College March!  Special thanks to NYC Outward Bound Schools, the Staten Island Foundation, and Capital One Bank for their support.  Please check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the day.

Staten Island Advance coverage of College March

NY1 coverage of College March

Please click on the link below to read the Chancellor's letter regarding ebola

Chancellor's Letter to the Community regarding ebola

Please support the PTA by participating in one of their many fundraising events.  Click on the flyers below to find out about their Holiday Fair, Thanksgiving Pie Sale, store app, and more!

PTA Fundraisers Fall 2014

The Jerome Parker Campus will switching to a POS system for school lunch on October 23, 2014.  Please see the attached letter for more information.

mylunchmoney.com letter

Passing this opportunity along...
Please share the attached application and the following information with families of high school seniors interested in attending the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. 
This is a wonderful opportunity for HS seniors to learn about HBCUs, available financial resources and explore these college campuses.  The HBCU Tour is scheduled for February 14th through 20th, 2015.  Interested students are required to complete and submit the attached application along with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee, attend an interview session and participate with their parent at the pre- and post-tour workshops.
After the completed application form has been received, applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of their interviews. Your parent or guardian must call to confirm date and time. Please make sure that all of the information on the application is correct. We must be able to contact you, as well as your parent or guardian for notification of interview.
The Official Application Form for the Black College Tour 2015 explains that:
·         There is an APPLICATION Process for an interview.
·         The results of the interview are used to determine the applicant’s qualifications for participation in the Black College Tour 2015.
·         Some of the factors that may determine the applicant’s participation are:
a)      Having the potential for admission to a Historically Black College or University as reflected by your academic record in high school;
b)      Being involved in extracurricular activities in school
c)    Being involved in volunteer work
In order to be considered for participation in the BCT 2015, students are expected to:
·         Complete all parts of the BCT 2015 Application Form and return it by November 30, 2014.
·         Submit a typed or neatly written (black ink) completed application for consideration.
·         Come to a Personal Interview with a parent, guardian, or responsible adult relative.
·         Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor, minister, priest, community leader, relative other than your parents or guardian, or another responsible adult.
·         Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
·         Appropriate attire is as follows:
a)      Young Men – dress shirt, tie, jacket, dress pants and shoes.
b)      Young Women – blouse, pants suit or skirt (to knee) and dress shoes.
*Any applicant not dressed appropriately will be required to re-schedule the interview.
If you are selected to participate, you and your parent/guardian MUST attend 4 of the 5 Pre-Tour Workshops and one Post-Tour Workshop. All workshops will be held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007, (212) 220-8000. Please note the workshops are scheduled to begin January 10, 2015 and will be held on Saturdays from 12:30 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
NOTE: The January 17, 2015 Workshop will be held from 9:00am–5:00PM. This workshop is dedicated to applying for all Colleges/Universities we’ll visit on the 2015 Tour. All eligible students are required to apply. This will save time while we are visiting the college campuses.
The workshop dates are as follows: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, and 3/14.

McCownservation Water Project

Water is the foundation of life, yet today nearly one billion people don't have access to a clean water source. Thirty-seven percent of those individuals live in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa where hours are spent each day collecting dirty water that is dangerous for consumption.   The lack of clean water has had a devastating impact on these communities, specifically children who lose 442 million school days each year due to water-related diseases.

At the Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, a group of Environmental Science students have decided that these statistics must be changed.  The class has created a fundraising page through the Water Project, Inc. to raise $10,000 to fund the construction of a clean water system for a rural village in Africa. With your generous donations, these students can leave a mark on their community and make a difference in the lives of those in need. All donations can be made directly to thewaterproject.org under the group name Mccownservation (https://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/kristina-brand).


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 will be conducting a soft lockdown drill in the next few weeks.  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.

January 2015 Regents Tutoring Schedule

click on this link to access the Regents Exam tutoring schedule for January:
Regents Tutoring Jan 2015.pdf

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Mon, Jan 26 - Fri, Jan 30
Regents Week
Students only report to school if they are scheduled to take a Regents Exam.
Monday, February 2
School Closed - Chancellor's Conference Day
Only school staff are in attendance.  Students do not report.
Tuesday, February 3
Spring Term Begins
Saturday, February 7
Mid Year Huddle Parent Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For 11th and 12th Grade Parents
Tuesday, February 10
School Leadership Team Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Principal's Conference Room
PTA Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today, 1/30/2015
High: 33 Low: 12
Snow likely
57% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 1/31/2015
High: 24 Low: 13
10% chance of precipitation.