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Attention Seniors and Juniors!!

McCown is now registering students for “Issues in College Life,” a 1- credit College Now course

This class will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7 – 8 AM @ McCown

Issues in College Life is a 1 credit College of Staten Island elective course.

The class and the textbook are free.

Issues in College Life explores college topics similar to those covered in a Freshman Seminar class - how to pick classes and register for them, understanding school & campus regulations, figuring out what to major in, and adjusting to life as a college student. 

Please email Ms. Reingold  @ MsReingold@gmail.com  for the registration paperwork and for more information.  

England, Ireland & Scotland
McCown has ONE MORE SPACE available
for this April 2015 tour.
Please access our tour information at:
or by calling EF Tours at:
(877) 205-9909.
Contact Ms. Reingold to enroll (after you have accessed the tour information).

Congratulations to McCown Senior Kemi Olugbakinro on signing a letter of intent to Point Park College in Pennsylvania to run Division 1 Track!
SI Advance Article

McCown's Day of Service in the news -- read all about it!
Day of Service Staten Island Advance Article 4/20/14

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).


SAT Changes Are Coming

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Test Prep Success (by Revolution Prep)

On March 5, the College Board announced a major redesign of the SAT that will be released in the spring of 2016. In a presentation from Austin, Texas, College Board President David Coleman said that the proposed changes will make the SAT more “focused, clear, useful, and open.” The College Board plans to align the SAT with relevant content that students learn in high school and to level the playing field by increasing access to test preparation materials, via a partnership with Khan Academy. See below for more information on forthcoming changes to the SAT.

The Basics

  • The redesigned SAT will be released in spring 2016.
  • The SAT will be offered in print and, at select locations, on computer.
  • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
  • The length of the SAT will be about three hours, with an added 50 minutes for the optional essay. Precise timing will be finalized after further research.
  • The exam will once again be scored on a 400- to 1600-point scale. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section will each be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale. Scores for the Essay will be reported separately.

When will the redesigned SAT be given for the first time?
The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in the spring of 2016.

How does the redesign of the SAT affect rising juniors and seniors?
The high school graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 will take the current SAT. Students should continue to visit the SAT website to register for the test and to get and send their scores.

What will be tested on the redesigned SAT?


Will colleges still require the SAT?
College entrance exams like the SAT are an essential part of the admission process for the vast majority of colleges in the United States. The SAT is among the most rigorously researched exams in the world. In nearly all validity studies, high school grades and SAT scores in combination are shown to be the best predictors of college success.

Can students take both the current SAT and the redesigned SAT and see which score is higher?
When the College Board switches over to the redesigned SAT in spring 2016, the current SAT will no longer be offered, although current scores will continue to be accepted. Because the exam and score scale are changing, we recommend that students who take multiple exams should send all scores, allowing colleges to use those that are most favorable to the student.

Is the PSAT/NMSQT changing too?
Yes, the PSAT/NMSQT will change together with the SAT. The changes will launch in October 2015. This schedule will allow students to take the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT before the redesigned SAT.

For more information, check out collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat

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 on September 27, 2013.  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

Please click on the link below to access the Summer Reading Assignment for all grades:

Summer Reading Assignment 2014

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Wednesday, September 3
Senior Pictures
by appointment only
Program Card Pick Up
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Students report to pick up program cards -- Grades 9 &10 at 10 am; Grades 11 & 12 at 11 am.  9th graders will also pick up locks and pre-ordered physical education uniforms.
Thursday, September 4
First Day of Classes
Tuesday, September 9
School Leadership Team Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Principal's Conference Room
Senior Parent Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PTA Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today, 8/21/2014
High: 80 Low: 68
Chance rain showers
53% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/22/2014
High: 75 Low: 67
Chance rain showers
41% chance of precipitation.