Daily Announcements

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Fort Hamilton
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8 AM - 1 PM
No RSVP required

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 pm and Friday, March 27th from 12:20 - 2:20 pm.  Students will be dismissed on Friday at 11:20 am.  Report Cards will be available for pick up one half hour before conferences begin.  Parents will also be asked to complete their Learning Environment Survey.

Please join us for the PTA's 4th Annual Fashion Show on Friday, March 27th at the Staaten.  Tickets are on sale now.  Click on the form below and send in your reservation today!!

Fashion Show Flyer 2015

 Parent to Parent NY, Inc. 
In collaboration with NYC DOE RSE-TASC Transition Specialists Presents 
Develop an action plan to help your child transition through a meaningful life of learning, earning and independence. Learn about the options available  
Identify goals  
Plan to help your child meet his/her goals 
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Time: 10:00 am—12:00 noon 
Where: Parent to Parent NY, Inc. Institute for Basic Research 
1050 Forest Hill Road Staten Island, NY 10314 
RSVP: April 10th (718) 494-4872 or SIPTP@aol.com

Congratulations to McCown senior Joseph Besignano for scoring his 1,000th career varsity basketball point on February 26, 2015!  We are so proud -- woo hoo!!
SI Advance Article -- Joe Besignano

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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

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

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.

Yearbook Ads for the Class of 2015
Celebrate the Class of 2015 by putting an ad in the yearbook.  Click on the link to download the form.  Ads are due by April 4, 2015.

Class of 2015 Yearbook Ad Form

Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 26th, 5 - 8 pm
Friday, March 27th, 12:20 - 2:20 pm

New Cell Phone Policy in Effect
March 2, 2015
McCown Cell Phone Use Policy 2014-15

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Friday, March 27
Parent Teacher Conferences
12:20 PM - 2:20 PM
This is a half day for students.  Dismissal is at 11:20 am.
PTA Fashion Show
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fri, Apr 3 - Fri, Apr 10
Spring Recess
Friday, April 3
Good Friday
Passover Begins

Today, 3/27/2015
High: 49 Low: 39
Rain showers likely
100% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/28/2015
High: 40 Low: 30
Chance snow
54% chance of precipitation.