Daily Announcements

High School Volunteers Needed

Click here to register at our web site

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

Each volunteer must be registered individually.


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 2015. You don’t want to miss this.

Event is free for volunteers!

Families Helping Families Presents our

5th Annual “School’s Out for Summer” Party!

At the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island

1100 South Ave, Staten Island, NY, 10314

June 27, 2015 11 AM to 4:30 PM (for volunteers)

For special needs children and their families and friends.
Last year’s party was absolutely fabulous.

High School and College 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. FHF needs your help.

Letters of community service credits will be provided.

Hope to see you at the Staten Island Hilton on June 27th.

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

Volunteers are needed to assist special needs children participate in the planned activities and games so that the kids can have FUN and their parents can relax, sit back and enjoy their children and the party.

Families Helping Families

5th Annual “School’s Out for Summer” Party

for special needs children and their families and friends

Thursday, June 27, 2015


Attention McCown Juniors, Sophomores & Freshman:

Register now for a practice COMBO ACT/ SAT Exam on
Thursday, June 4th.  
This combo Exam will give you exposure to the ACT & SAT so you can make an informed decision
as to which test you will use for college entrance purposes.  

Sophomores & Freshman, use this link to register: 
You will be taking the combo test in the updated formats.

Juniors, use THIS link to register: 
You will be taking the combo test in the current ACT & SAT formats.  Please note your test will also be 30 minutes longer.  

The College Board is launching a new SAT for the first time in 11 years. Why? Recent research shows that success in college today depends in part on strong critical thinking and analysis skills; the redesigned test will seek to better gauge student preparedness for the rigors of college coursework.

For: Current Juniors, Sophomores & Freshman

Date: Thursday June 4th

Location: Gaynor McCown

Time: 10am - 1:30pm (2 pm for juniors only)

Cost: $5 Per Student. Please bring cash with you on test day. Students must also bring their own pens, pencils & calculators.  

Note: This practice test is for students to familiarize themselves in preparation for the Official College Board test. Scores are not reported to the school or any reporting agency.
Results are solely for the student's personal use.

Below is the June 2015 Regents Examination Schedule. Students only report to school on the days they have exams. For morning exams, students should report at 8:30am; for afternoon exams, students should report at 12:30pm.

Please click on the link below for the most up-to-date Regents Review Tutoring Sessions:

Spring 2015 Regents Tutoring Schedule

Attention Seniors!

Applications & more information regarding the following scholarships are in the College Office:

The Kim Rutherford Community & Character Scholarship for Outward Bound HS Seniors who are civic-minded, compassionate and bold (due 4/1//15).

The Stephanie Burgos Scholarship for students who have overcome obstacles and/ or are pursuing degrees in the Fine or Communication Arts (due 4/10/15).

The James and Nicole Cho Foundation Scholarship for students with demonstrated financial need and demonstrated academic potential (due 4/15/15). 

The Melody Scott-Decuir Scholarship for students of African, Latino or Caribbean descent (due 4/17/15).

The Dr. Mary Meade Scholarship for women pursuing degrees in Education (due 5/1/15).

The Comité Noviembre Scholarship Awards Program for students of Puerto Rican descent (due 5/29/15).

All scholarships come with academic and  essay requirements. 

Please come to College Office for full details.

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

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.
New Student Orientation
Welcome to the Class of 2019!  We are looking forward to greeting you on Thursday, June 4th at 9 am.  Look for your invitation in the mail soon!

New Discipline Code
Please click on the link below to access the Chancellor's Letter to Parents regarding the new Discipline Code.  A link to the new Discipline Code is also below.

Chancellor's Letter to Parents
Discipline Code 2014-15

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

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Thursday, May 28
SAT Prep Class
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Senior Prom
7:00 PM - 11:55 PM

Tuesday, June 2
Common Core Regents Exams in English and Geometry
Graduation Rehearsal
Senior Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Today, 5/27/2015
High: 82 Low: 67
Mostly cloudy
9% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/28/2015
High: 87 Low: 69
Slight chance thunderstorms
24% chance of precipitation.