Spirit Days!

posted by Joanna Gillen   [ updated ]

At McKinley we strive to be a community, a family, a union that together help each other, our extended families and our community. School spirit events are a way to show our unity. Studies have shown that students with “school spirit” perform better academically, are more engaged in social and civic matters, and are happier in general than their less-spirited peers. Listed below are “School Spirit Events” we will hold throughout the school year. Please help us in our goal of unity and spirit by encouraging your child to participate in the events.



Tuesday, October 17

Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, October 24

Wear Purple for March of Dimes

Thursday, October 26

Wear Red for Anti-Drug Awareness

Monday, November 6

Dress for Career Success (Business Attire)

Thursday, November 9

Superhero Day

Wednesday, November 22

McKinley Apparel Day

Thursday, December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance: Red, White & Blue

Thursday, December 14

Inside Out & Backward Day

Thursday, December 21

Ugly Sweater Day

Friday, December 22

Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, January 18

Mismatch Day: Wear Mismatching Clothes

Thursday, February 1

Be on a Drug Free Team: Wear Football Team Jersey

Monday, February 12

RFA Spirit Week: Pajama Day

Tuesday, February 13

RFA Spirit Week: Wear a Disney Character Shirt

Wednesday, February 14

RFA Spirit Week: Valentine’s Day Wear Red

Thursday, February 15

RFA Spirit Week: Twin Day

Wednesday, March 14

Pi Day--Math Night   

Thursday, March 15

College Sweatshirt Day

Friday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Day: Wear Green

Tuesday, April 10

Baseball Jersey Day

Thursday, April 26

Put a Sock on Drugs: Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday May 15

McKinley Apparel Day

 Friday, May 25

Dress Like a Rock Star

 Thursday, June 14

 Flag Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue

 Thursday, June 21

 Rainbow Day: Wear all colors of the rainbow

Gifted Talented/IIM/VE Parent Meeting

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:11 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Now that the school year has officially gotten under way, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend a special parent meeting focused solely on the Gifted and Talented, IIM and VE programs at McKinley IS 259.

The meeting will take place in the auditorium on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30pm. The Focus of this informational meeting will be as follows:
  • · What the academic programs offer 
  • · The retention policy 
  • · The grading policy 
If you are interested in attending this meeting, please complete the tear off on the bottom no later than Monday, October 16, 2017 and have your child return it to their homeroom teacher. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to call me at 718-833-1000, extension 4200 or our parent coordinator, Ms. Castignani at 718-833-1000, extension 2200.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on October 18, 2017.

Thank you,

Donna Nastasi
AP, William McKinley IS 259

Homeroom Teachers, please place in Ms. Castignani’s mailbox upon receipt of this.

Student’s Name: _______________________________________________

Student’s Class: ________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian’s Name: ________________________________________

Parent Contact #: _______________________________________________

Senior Dues

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:18 PM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

We will be collecting senior dues beginning Thursday, October 5, 2017 until Friday, November 3, 2017.
Senior dues are $85.00.

Senior Dues include the following items:

1. McKinley Yearbook
2. Award at Graduation
3. Graduation Gowns
4. Printing of Graduation Tickets
5. Printing of Graduation Programs
6. Printing of Diplomas
7. Diploma Case
8. Class Picture (For Diploma Case)
9. Seals for Diplomas
10. McKinley Senior T-Shirt (Given out for the Senior BBQ)
11. McKinley Senior Bag

Please complete the form below and include it with your payment. Personal checks or money orders are to be payable to McKinley IS 259. Cash is also welcomed. Please have your child place the completed form below and his/her senior dues in an envelope with his/her name and class on the front of the envelope. Your child should return their senior dues to Ms. Castignani, Parent Coordinator in room 220. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Castignani at 718 833-1000 x 2200.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund Senior Dues.

Upcoming Events...

posted Sep 26, 2017, 9:07 AM by Joanna Gillen

Dear Members of the McKinley Family,

We would like to let you know about the fun and charitable events planned for the McKinley family for the first half of this school year. 

First, our school is partnering with the March of Dimes Foundation to participate in our Second Annual McKinley WonderWalk on Tuesday, October 24th.  The March of Dimes WonderWalk is a mini walk in which the children take a short stroll on school grounds and ask friends or relatives to sponsor them for walking. Students are encouraged to ask friends and family, NOT STRANGERS, to support them. WonderWalk is a fun, safe, educational and rewarding way for students to make a difference in their community and to fundraise for programs that ensure all babies can be given a healthy start in life. Each homeroom teacher will receive an envelope to collect money from their homeroom. The homeroom that collects the most money will receive a surprise as thanks for participating. All participants are asked to wear purple on the 24th to show their support. For more information see Ms. Madonia or Ms. Cooper.

On Friday, October 27th,  the SGO hosts our first school dance THE BOO BASH from 3-5pm. Suggested contribution for the dance is $3 per student. THE BOO BASH is the only time in which students are allow costumes to McKinley. Costumes may not be worn during the day, nor can they include full face masks or any sort of weapon as props. Suggested contribution for the dance is $3. Tickets will be available during morning advisory and lunch in the Dean’s Office. For more information please see Ms. Cooper or Ms. Smith.

Ms. Madonia and the I Love Me Campaign are hosting their annual BOO BAKESALE on Tuesday, October 31st. Proceeds from the Boo Bakesale are donated to various children’s charities to be determined by Ms. Madonia and the participants. We are asking for donations of baked goods, treats, and snacks to sell in the sale. Ms. Madonia will begin collecting treats starting on Monday, October 30th in the Guidance Suite. For more information please see Ms. Madonia or Ms. Rousseau in room 202. 

In November, our school partners with the Movember Organization for our Movember at McKinley fundraisers.  Movember is a global non-profit whose goal is to fundraise for men’s cancers and health initiatives.  Their motto is “Changing the face of men’s health.”  This organization replaces the usual ribbons used to promote awareness with mustaches.  Those who can grow them are asked to do so and those who can’t are asked to support whoever they can to fundraise and promote awareness.  Closer to the event, we will also share a link for our school's personalized fundraising page where donations can be online.  

At the end of the month, the homeroom that collects the most money will receive a surprise as thanks for participating. Friday, November 17th, from 3-5 pm is our Move for Movember Dance and Wednesday, November is Movember at McKinley Day.  Suggested contribution for the dance is $3. Every student and teacher that donates at least $1 will receive a fake mustache to wear for Movember Day. Donations can be made online, or to Ms. Cooper in room 137 or Ms. Smith in room 123.

Also in November we start our annual food drive to benefit local food pantries.  Our food drive begins on November 1 and will run through December with pick up dates scheduled monthly. We are collecting only non-perishable food items and nothing in glass containers to help our local food pantry to be able to help those who are less fortunate in our community. Contributions can be left in room 136.

In December, the I Love Me Campaign & The Leadership Club will collect new or gently used toys in our Annual Toy Drive so that children in need may have a happy holiday season. We accept toys and gifts for all ages but ask that families please do not donate stuffed animals. Donations can be left in room 136 or in the Guidance Suite. 

In January, we begin our penny harvest for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Each homeroom teacher will receive a donation box to collect money from their homeroom. Closer to the event, we will also share a link for our school's personalized fundraising page where donations can be made online.  At the end of the month, the homeroom that collects the most money will receive a surprise as thanks for participating. Please see Ms. Cooper or Ms. Smith for more information.

That’s all for now, but you can expect another letter from us in January about what we have planned for the spring. We thank you in advance for helping McKinley make a difference in our community and hope that you have a happy and safe school year.

School Supply List

posted Aug 29, 2017, 6:23 AM by Joanna Gillen


  • 5 Marble Notebooks
  • 2 Packages of Loose-Leaf Paper
  • 1 package of construction paper
  • 1 Package of Graph Paper
  • 2 Packages of Blue Pens
  • 2 Packages of Black Pens
  • 2 Packages of #2 Pencils ( with a Small pencil sharpener) 
  • 1 Package of Color Pencils
  • 1 Box of Crayons
  • 1 Mini-stapler
  • 2 Packages of Multi-Color Folders
  • 1 Two pocket folder
  • 1 Package of Multi-Color Highlighters 
  • Homework Notebook
  • Index Cards 3X5 or 5X8
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Flash Drive
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • Post-it Notes
  • 1 Box gallon sized Ziploc bags

Items welcomed and appreciated by all teachers:

Paper towels, tissues, ream of white paper, Clorox disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer 

Thank you!

Happy Summer !!

posted Jul 12, 2017, 5:37 AM by Elizabeth Urena

A few friendly announcements and reminders:

1. Students are to complete summer assignments for ELA and Math.

2. First day of school is September 7, 2017.

3. Incoming 6th grade orientation is August 30, 2017.

Times are 9-10 am Last name beginning A-L

                11-12 pm Last name beginning M-Z

Graduation Reminders

posted Jun 23, 2017, 6:30 AM by Joanna Gillen

Congratulations! This notice is to remind you that your child will be graduating on Tuesday, June, 27, 2017. The ceremony will take place at MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11224 at 10:00am.

Students are to meet with their teachers at the ramp leading to the boardwalk in between the parking lot and the stadium at 9:30am. Any questions call Ms. Castignani at (718) 833 – 1000, ext. 2200.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!


Donna Nastasi

Assistant Principal

PTA Meeting: 6/21 9:00am

posted Jun 13, 2017, 7:39 AM by Joanna Gillen

General PTA Membership Meeting
June 21, 2017
9:00am, Cafeteria

  • New Business/Old Business Robert Yee 
  •  Treasure’s Report Vanessa Lopez 
    • May Financials 
    • Fundraising Activity Report 
    • Vote on 2017-2018 Budget
  •  Principal’s Update 
  • Upcoming Date/Events
    • June 22, 2017:      8th Grade Cookout 
    • June 26, 2017:      NO SCHOOL 
    • June 27, 2017:      8th Grade Graduation 
    • June 28, 2017:      Early Dismissal/Last Day for all Students

8th Grade Information

posted Jun 5, 2017, 9:53 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 7:23 AM ]

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

    As 8th grade students approach graduation we would like to inform you of the many exciting activities that your child has in store for them:

June 7th – Senior Dance at Fort Hamilton Army Base – 6pm to 9:30pm

June 20th – Awards Ceremony 6:00

June 22nd – Senior Cookout

On this day, students will receive a McKinley backpack with:

  • Graduation gowns: please make sure to have your child try on their gown to make sure it fits correctly. 
  • Yearbook
  • Senior T-Shirt
  • Two Graduation Tickets

June 27th Graduation at MCU Park – 2 tickets per family

More information to follow. Thank you.

Donna Nastasi

Relay For Life Fundraiser

posted May 28, 2017, 6:53 AM by Elizabeth Urena   [ updated May 28, 2017, 6:57 AM ]

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