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  • Opt In to Blended Learning Window: 3/24 - 4/7

    Dear Families,


    We just reopened high school buildings for in-person learning for the first time since November 2020, and I have to say that the joy on our students’ faces as they entered their school buildings was amazing. We are thrilled to see students of all ages safely learning in physical classrooms.


    That is why I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.


    When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning
     Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey to select blended learning for your child.
     Families can also call 311.
     You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.


    When Your Student Can Return to the School Building
     Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April.
     Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.
     Updates will be posted on the DOE COVID-19 Information & Updates page


    Requirements for Returning to the School Building
    Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning. You can submit your consent for testing one of two ways:
     Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or
     Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.


    Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled to do so.


    Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.


    We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue to guide everything we do.


    Thanks to our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole city.


    Thank you, as always, for your faith and partnership. We continue to show the nation what is possible in terms of safely educating our one million students—and we couldn’t do it without you. I thank you for your commitment and, in turn, I promise you that our commitment to your child is unwavering.


    Sincerely,
    Meisha Porter
    New York City Schools Chancellor
    Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School
  • Yearbook Ads

    Now's your chance to purchase yearbook ads for seniors and generate much needed revenue for the school.  Yearbook ads go to subsidizing the cost of graduation and senior activities.  Click here to be taken to the Visiontech Website.

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  • Gaynor McCown ELS Wins the CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles

    Gaynor McCown ELS is proud to be a recipient of CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles. Research shows that female students who take #APCSP in high school are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college.  Click on the full press release.  

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  • McCown Announces New Dual College Enrollment Partnership with St. Francis College

    Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School announces a new partnership with St. Francis College beginning in spring 2021!  The High School Bridge Plus Program is designed for High School students who are interested in receiving college credits and the necessary preparation and guidance to succeed in college at an affordable cost.

    In this innovative model, students take SFC coursework at their own high school, taught by McCown high school teachers. There are a broad range of benefits for students who take High School Bridge Plus credits. For example, students gain credit that transfers to most colleges while receiving official SFC transcripts. Additionally, the “Plus” component of our program focuses on assisting students to build college readiness skills and gain the support necessary for success through customized programming, workshops and info sessions which are tailored to the needs of our participating students.

    More information to come in Februrary 2021!

    Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School
  • COVID-19 Updates

    Please visit our COVID-19 Plan page to find all the critical information about how school name is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

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McCown is a college preparatory school partnering with NYC Outward Bound Schools and EL Education to offer challenging student-centered learning focused around case studies and expeditions that incorporate fieldwork and conclude with projects presented to authentic audiences along with service learning opportunities. We offer a small, personal environment which allows McCown to highlight each student's unique gifts, talents and creativity in pursuit of mastery of NYS Standards. We expect students to uphold our character traits of citizenship, integrity, perseverance, respect, and responsibility, wear our uniform, and complete 100 hours of community service by graduation. 

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