Daily Announcements

SYEP Application is Now Available

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014.....  Summer will be here before you know it.
Are you looking for a summer job? Applications for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are available now and have a deadline of April 25. SYEP serves New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24 and is administered by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, SYEP provides summer employment and educational experience that capitalize on individual strengths, develop skills and competencies and connect youth with positive adult role models. All applications are placed in a lottery and those youth who are selected will receive up to six weeks of entry-level work experience in a variety of jobs at thousands of worksites across all five boroughs of NYC. Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved young people are also available. Applications are available online at the DYCD website, at a participating community - based organization or by calling DYCD Youth Connect at 1(800) 246-4646 or 311.

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).


Registration is approaching for Summer College Now
@ The College of Staten Island

Courses are open to students based on Regents Exam grades as well as grades on the PSAT or SAT.  All courses this summer will be Monday - Thursday  (9 AM to 4:30 PM) from July 7th - July 30th. 

Available courses:

Political Science
Psychology w/ a Forensics Workshop (always the first to fill-up)
.......these courses require a 75 on the English Regents OR a 500 on the Reading portion of the PSAT OR a 480 on the Reading portion of the SAT

.......this course requires a 75 or higher on the Algebra 2/ Trigonometry Regents Exam

Intro to Probability and Statistics
.......these courses require a grade of 80 or higher on the Geometry Regents AND an overall HS average of 80 or higher

***This is just a preliminary announcement to disseminate information.  McCown will host an in-school workshop with students to discuss specific requirements upon retuning from Spring Break.***

PM School is starting on Monday, March 10, 2014 and ends on April 29th.

Mondays/Wednesdays  3 - 6 pm    
           English and Earth Science (Earth Science will begin at 3:30)

Tuesdays/Thursdays     3 - 6 pm     
           Algebra, Global History, US History and Participation in Government

Saturdays    8 - 11 am           Monday/Wednesday classes
Saturdays    11am - 2 pm      Tuesday/Thursday classes

If you have any questions, please contact your child's Guidance Counselor

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.
Learning Environment Surveys

Please use this link to complete your Learning Environment Survey by April 11, 2014.

Learning Environment Survey 2014

Yearbook Ads for Class of 2014

Deadline extended to April 11th!

Yearbook Ad Order Form

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Mon, Apr 14 - Tue, Apr 22
Spring Recess - School Closed
Sunday, April 20
Wednesday, April 23
Administrative Professionals Day
PM School
Thursday, April 24
PM School

Today, 4/18/2014
High: 51 Low: 40
Mostly cloudy
11% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/19/2014
High: 61 Low: 40
Partly sunny
14% chance of precipitation.