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  • Computer Science For All!
    Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week) Dec 5-11 , is an annual effort dedicated to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Launched in December of 2009, CS Ed Week celebrates the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper and reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

    All McKinley students will be engaged in an Hour of Code this week!

    The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
    Visit www.code.org for more information!

    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:18 AM by Joanna Gillen
  • McKinley students salute America’s veterans

    From the Brooklyn Reporter: 

    A week before Veteran’s Day, students at I.S. 259, William McKinley Intermediate School, thronged the school auditorium to pay homage to those who put their lives on the line for this country. The school’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration, held on Friday, November 4, saw students waving American flags in the auditorium as the veterans – who represented many eras in the country’s history from World War II to Operation Desert – watched from the stage.

    “It’s very important that we teach our youth about these important days,” said McKinley Principal Janice Geary. Some of the students, all of whom were enrolled in Jessica Amato’s seventh grade English Language Arts classes, also worked to prepare a video which strove to depict student appreciation of the sacrifices made by American veterans, by focusing on students in the school who had or have a family member in the military.

    These included eighth grader Taz McBean, whose mom is serving overseas. “She’s always been the bravest, toughest, strongest one in the family,” McBean told the crowd in the auditorium. “I love my mother and I worry she might not come back but as long as she’s fighting for us, I’ll be all right.” 

    Amato, who emceed the event, is the organizer behind it. She kick-started the program, she said, when a student asked the question, “What is a veteran?” Her goal is to raise awareness, she said, stressing, “Understanding how people protect our freedoms and defend us is more important than knowing where to put a comma. We need to keep sight of that. They don’t teach it in textbooks.”

    Speakers included both veterans and elected officials.

    “I have lived the American dream to the fullest and for that reason, I am proud to have given America two of the best years of my life,” said Joe Seminara, who was born in Italy and fought for the United States in World War II. “I would do it any time.”

    Danny Friedman, who served during the Vietnam War, said he didn’t know much about what was going on there before he was drafted in the 1960s, even though his uncles served there. Members of the military, he emphasized, “Don’t brag about their service. You do what you have to do and get on with your life.”

    For Barry Berger, who fought in Korea, one of the enduring memories was of the bond between those who served together. “You make friends for life in the service,” he told the youngsters. “They’re your family. You make a lifetime commitment to your buddies and when you lose someone, it’s very hard.”

    Actor J.W. Cortes, who appears in “Gotham,” and whose niece attends McKinley, said he had an “epiphany” during his Marine Corps service, which lasted 13 years and included time in Iraq. “As the SCUD missiles fell, I thought it was over, and I knew if I made it out of Iraq, I would pursue my lifelong dream,” of becoming an actor, he said.

    “I have been given a second chance at life,” he told the crowd.

    While veterans from World War II are known as the “greatest generation,” noted Ray Aalbue, a Vietnam era veteran, whenever they served, those who were in the U.S. military deserve that title. “They’re all the greatest generation,” he told the students.

    It was particularly difficult, he added, for Vietnam vets, “Because the country actually turned its back on them. Because of that,” he went on, “they’re leading the way” to ensure that today’s veterans are given what they need. “We’re here today, here to say, ‘Welcome home.’”

    That message was echoed by the elected officials who took the mike.

    “We need people to stand up for us and make sure our freedoms are protected,” noted City Councilmember Vincent Gentile, “and veterans have done that over and over again.”

    His colleague, Councilmember Mark Treyger, agreed. “Celebrating this day really means we should celebrate this day, these people and this issue every day.”

    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:23 PM by Joanna Gillen
  • McKinley students make strides for March of Dimes

    Students from the William McKinley Intermediate School (I.S. 259), 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway, participated in a school-wide March of Dimes fundraiser, walking laps in the schoolyard after class hours. According to the organization, the March of Dimes helps to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. “I believe our students are well informed,” Jessica Amato, the community outreach person at McKinley said, “and aware of the global issues and the importance of giving back to the community and trying to save lives.”

    John Quaglione, the co-chairperson of the newly formed Brooklyn Chapter of the March of Dimes New York, spearheaded the initiative, according to Amato. His daughter, Natalie, was born prematurely in 2011.

    The event, attended by students in the sixth through eighth grades, raised about $1,600.

    “I think [the students] learned that anytime you do an event like this, it brings light to the issue,” Amato said. “By taking action or a stance, their voice is heard and they’re adding to the difference, to the cause, and towards helping find a cure.”

    Moreover, the students took it upon themselves to gather everything necessary to make the fundraiser possible. Amato said they found sponsors and donors. The school’s motivation cheerleaders and mascot also participated in the event.

    “These students were very enthusiastic to begin with, so they spread the word,” Amato said. “It’s always a joy to see students taking action to solving a problem. I think action is really the key.”

    In addition to the students, the faculty and staff at McKinley also got involved. Parent coordinator Diane Castignani contacted the 68th Precinct’s Community Affairs Office and invited the officers to attend.

    “We’re working very hard on building community relationship,” Amato said. “We want to invite the community in to our door. With full community support, it promotes success. The goal is to show that the community cares about the students.”

    Police Officer Mike Panepinto, his partner and the 68th Precinct’s Commanding Officer Joseph Hayward joined McKinley’s march. Panepinto said it was his first time.

    “The kids seemed to have a fun time and we enjoyed it as well,” he said. “If they would do something like that again, I would definitely participate.”

    In addition to walking, the students had a dance break in the schoolyard with a DJ present.

    Amato said the dance solidified the importance of promoting good health.

    “I’m proud of our students,” she added. “They have the capacity to do extraordinary work. Initially, a lot of students are not so confident in this age group. But once you give them the opportunity, they soar with that. So I’d like to believe they can do great things.”

    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 6:28 AM by Joanna Gillen
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Recent Announcements: 
  • Palette Painting Night: January 19th
    On Thursday, January 19, 2017, William McKinley will be hosting its second Palette Painting Night!! It will take place in room 439, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come be an Artist and leave with your very own expressionist masterpiece to hang on the wall. 

    You will be guided through step by step instructions and provided with all materials including a canvas board, acrylic and refreshments. All levels welcome, no prior knowledge needed!

    There will be limited space and it is on a first come first serve basis!! If you would like to attend, please fill out the slip attached below and hand into Ms. Diane Castignani room 220. 

    Any questions, do not hesitate to call 718 833 1000. Ext. 2200.


    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:21 AM by Joanna Gillen
  • December Events.
    Christmas Spooktacular: Thursday 12/1 6:30pm
    Join students from Mr. Gibson and Ms. Fiorenza's dance and drama classes for an evening sure to scare your socks off! 
    Students must be accompanied by a parent to attend. 
    The performance is at 6:30pm in the auditorium.   
    Suggested contribution is $3.
    For more information, please speak to Ms. Nastasi (ext. 4200,) Mr. Gibson (ext. 1051,) or Ms. Fiorenza (ext. 1250.)

    Winter Concert: Thursday 12/15  6:30pm
    Get into the holiday spirit with our annual Winter Concert. Join students from our band, keyboard and strings orchestra under the direction of Ms. Vargas, Ms. Khromechenko, and Ms. Exarhoulias as they spread Holiday Cheer to one and all. Students must be accompanied by a parent to attend.  The show starts at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Suggested contribution is $5.
    For more information, please see Ms. Nastasi (ext. 4200) or Ms. Khromechenko (ext. 4310.)

    Annual Toy and Gift Drive. (Runs through 12/21) 

    The I Love Me Campaign and Leadership Club are pleased to announce our Annual Toy and Gift Drive. We are collecting toys, games, and puzzles for children of all ages in the Guidance Suite so that less fortunate children can have a happy holiday season. No stuffed animals or plush toys please. Every student who donates a toy will receive a complimentary ticket for the Holiday Dance. The drive runs from now through December 21st. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Madonia (ext. 2021) or Ms. Cooper (ext.1370)

    Holiday Dance: Tuesday 12/20 3-5pm
    Tuesday, December 20th is our last dance of 2016, our Holiday Dance! Students who donate a toy or gift to the toy drive will receive a complimentary ticket to the dance. The dance is from 3-5pm in the play area. Suggested contribution is $3.
    For more information, please see Ms. Cooper (ext.1370.)

    Posted Nov 30, 2016, 6:04 AM by Joanna Gillen
  • Special Education Parent Engagement Breakfasts
    Join us as we introduce our support staff and share with you the numerous resources we have available to help your child achieve success. We will meet at 7:45 AM in the School Library on the following mornings: 

    6th Grade:  Wednesday 12/7
    7th Grade: Wednesday 12/14 
    8th Grade: Wednesday 12/21

    Please RSVP 718-833-1000
    Ms. Kershteyn Ext: 1210 
    Ms. Castignani Ext: 2200

    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:15 AM by Joanna Gillen
  • After school Cancelled Wednesday 11/23

    Just a friendly reminder that after school will be cancelled on November 23rd, 2016.

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    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 7:44 AM by Joanna Gillen
  • SAVE the DATE!!
    Graduation is Tuesday, June 27th @ 10 am Location: TBA

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    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 11:30 AM by Elizabeth Urena
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