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April 7, 2021 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Hi Dewey Family,

Its finally spring! A time to be outside in the warm air, a time to renew, re-energize, plant flowers, and watch them bloom. Spring also brings the last stretch for our students edging toward the finish line. Some for graduation and many others to move to the next grade. This unfortunately is more of a challenge this year than any other time in history. Can you believe we have been remote for a year? It's truly hard to fathom that we have kept our school community afloat all year with school openings, school closures, teacher and staff accommodations, students' learning preferences changing and ever-changing directives from our Mayor and Chancellor. Throughout all this change, the one thing that has remained constant is your commitment and devotion to the students you serve. When I really think about what we have done together, I am in awe... Every day you connect with your students, you teach them the best you know how, and you go over and above to ensure that they are safe and engaged. I know it's been difficult, and I know with all your efforts sometimes it hasn't worked. I also know that, in spite of the obstacles, you are doing the best that you can to ensure positive student outcomes.

As we move forward, there is much to look forward to: We are working on outside graduation ceremonies, bringing back PSAL, setting up AP exams, SAT Day, NX reconciliations, Senior activities and of course, the creation of summer school and scheduling for next year. As the CDC gives us information regarding spacing, we are brainstorming safe possibilities for our students and staff. If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding any of these things, please email me, as I look forward to hearing from you. Priority for us now is to assess where our students are now so we can give them the opportunity to show evidence of mastery. Please continue to use Fridays as your reteach and assessment day and allow students to hand in assignments that may have been handed in late. NX reconciliation is underway, and our teachers, counselors, and administrators are doing an amazing job in our NX Academy!

Speaking of Administrators, it is Assistant Principal Appreciation Week and I would like to thank every one of my Assistant Principals, Heather Adelle, Joe Antonucci, Nicholette Apap, Danielle Balsamo, Justine Bretagna, Barbie Frias, Jamie Getreu, Jamila Henry, Jon Messenger, Larry Orsini and Jeff Simon for their commitment to our students, families, staff, and school community at large. I would also like to say how much I appreciate them and to let them know that without them, I could never have made it through this tumultuous year...Thank you for making me laugh when I thought my joy was gone. Thank you for always being available when I needed you the most, and thank you for pulling together as a team even when it seemed like teamwork was impossible. Enjoy your week everyone! I wish we could do a group hug. Let's save it for September lol!

Be well and safe John Dewey Family. Keep on “Dewin’ it Right”



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PTA Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, April, 14 for our monthly PTA meeting. The meeting will be virtual. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. There will be a parent workshop after the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/odz-vjkn-vun

Or dial: ‪(US) 1 650-781-0637‬ PIN: ‪686 159 931‬#

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PSAL Sports Are Back!

All students (including remote students) are allowed to participate as long as they consent to be tested and fill out the other permission and medical documents. Only 10 of our typical 19 teams will be active this spring. For the 2020-2021 school year, students can only play one sport.

For specific sport information contact:

Boys' Badminton: Coach Gross - mgross@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Basketball: Coach Baker - kbaker@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Lacrosse: Coach Clavadetcher - jclavadetcher@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Soccer: Coach Murphy - kmurphy@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Track: Coach Li - kli@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Basketball: Coach Chandler - bchandler@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Lacrosse: Coach McGowan - kmcgowan@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Soccer: Coach Barkley - nbarkley@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Track: Coach Li - kli@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Volleyball: Coach Zeno - azeno@johndeweyhighschool.org

For general information contact:

Athletic Director: Eric Shapiro - eshapiro@johndeweyhighschool.org


National Poetry Month

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city's Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day in National Poetry Month.

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2021 will take place on April 29th.

Ways to Participate

It's easy to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day from a safe distance. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.
  • Print a poem from the Poem in Your Pocket Day PDF and draw an image from the poem in the white space, or use the instructions on pages 59-60 of the PDF to make an origami swan.
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or another social media platform you use.
  • Email a poem to your friends, family, neighbors, or local government leaders.
  • Schedule a video chat and read a poem to your loved ones.
  • Add a poem to your email footer.
  • Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth

  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three "R's" to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too.
  • Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
  • Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
  • Choose sustainable. Learn how to make smart seafood choices at www.fishwatch.gov.
  • Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
  • Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.
  • Don't send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
  • Bike more. Drive less.

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Since the beginning of the #COVID19 pandemic, NYC has seen a startling increase in harassment and discrimination against Asian communities. We must not stigmatize people based on race, national origin, age, or disability.

No matter who you are, your city will fight for you. Report bias, discrimination, or harassment to @NYCCHR at 212-416-0197 or report it online at nyc.gov/reportdiscrimination. Call 911 if you are a victim of or witness a hate crime.

Learn more: nyc.gov/stopasianhate.

United Culture Coalition Interest Form

How would you like to embody our school culture just by being yourself? This coalition will consist of a diverse group of students that will unite to build events that encompasses their culture by creating awareness, educating on traditions and norms as well as experiences and ways for improvement within today's society. This will ensure that ALL cultures feel welcomed here at John Dewey and in the future to make this reflective on our society.

Please check out the form below (link) to see if you are interested in being a part of a coalition that is meant to unite, NOT divide cultures and bring awareness, education, social events and more if you suggest so below This form will open by using your John Dewey email only. Please be advised if you are requested to "get permission" to view this form you should log out of all browsers and sign back into one using your John Dewey email and that should do the trick.

Any question(s) asked on the form will be addressed to your email by either Ms. Alteon, Mr. Megie or Mr. Prempeh. However, Ms. Chan, Ms. Li, Mr. Chan and other educators are also involved in the creation of this coalition.


NX Academy

Attention all students of the NX academy. Reminder that students need to do their NX courses as soon as possible. If you have any questions email your counselors.

My SchoolBucks

We are excited to announce our NEW Online School Store!

You will be able to create your free account to easily pay for your student’s fees online or on-the-go with the mobile app.

With MySchoolBucks you’ll be able to quickly browse school items, be notified when fees are due, and make payments from anywhere!


  1. Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app
  2. Create your free account and add your students using their school name / student ID
  3. Add school items or invoices to your cart
  4. Check out using your credit / debit card or electronic check

If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to commonly asked questions by visiting http://myschoolbucks.com. Or, you can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start a chat conversation or give them a call at (855) 832-5226.

For all other questions, please contact Ms. Orientale at morientale@johndeweyhighschool.org

Did you know MySchoolBucks has a mobile app? Just like the MySchoolBucks website, you can browse our online School Store and pay for your student’s school fees right from your phone.

Download the app for free on iOS and Android

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SEL Movie, Theatre & Concert Nights!

Our SEL Team has put together movies nights! We hope you can join us for our watch parties which allow The John Dewey Family to continue to stay connected during these distant times. Check PupilPath and Academy Classrooms for links!

SEL Day March 26th

SEL Day is an opportunity to collectively spread the word about the importance and impact of SEL. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices… and more!

We asked out school community what does social-emotional learning mean to you? What coping strategies and self-care treatments have you been utilizing during your time in quarantine?

Click the padlet below to see the responses!


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In honor of #SELday, our JDHS SEL student leaders and freshmen created slides representing what social-emotional learning means to them and how they use SEL skills and strategies to cope with being in quarantine during this pandemic.

Also, attached is a mindfulness activity session with Ms. Ponce. Try it out and give yourself the self-care that you deserve.

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2021 AP Exam Update

Three Testing Dates

The 2021 exam schedule provides three testing dates for each subject between early May and mid-June.

Your school will make decisions about which exams will be offered and provide you with any updates and next steps.

Paper and Pencil Testing

In the first testing window, paper and pencil exams will be given in schools, the same as any other year.

Digital Exams

During the second and third testing windows, many subjects’ exams will be given on computer. If you’re unable to take the digital exam at your school, your AP coordinator will be able to authorize you to take it at home.

Weekly Tutoring Schedule

If you are interested in Tutoring please see the schedules below for more information.

Click Here for Social Studies Tutoring Schedule

Reminder: SAT School Day April 27th

SAT School Day will be a fully remote day for students NOT taking the SAT exam.

ONLY students who have already signed up to take the exam will coming to the school building April 27th.

Tips for Students Taking the Exam

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Pack your backpack with a few #2 pencils & a calculator the night before!
  • Do not leave any answers blank, there are no penalties for wrong answers.
  • Trust yourself and stay positive, you got this!

SAT Tutoring Schedule

Below are important Dates & Deadlines for the SAT Exams. The link below has links to our tutoring sessions and other helpful SAT resources.

Click Here for SAT Tutoring Schedule

Class of 2021

The Senior Committee here at John Dewey High School has come up with some really fun ideas for Senior Spirit Week! It will begin starting April 19th until April 23rd . Take a look at the dates below and don't forget to set your alarms and mark your calendar's!

Students and Staff can send pictures of Spirit Week to: morientale@johndeweyhighschool.org

or tag us on Instagram: @jdhsseniors2020

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For Our Teachers: JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

Good evening Dewey Family,

Keep an eye on your google calendar for more PD offerings this month + PD Follow-Ups-coming soon!

Still not connected to our school's PD Calendar? Click here: Join JDHS Remote PD Calendar

Lastly, for support with any PD tech issues, please connect toKC Hankins' Office Hours: Every Tuesday (2-2:30) & Wednesday (8-8:30)

Thanks again for joining; we look forward to seeing you all.

JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

A huge, happy birthday to all the students and staff who celebrated a birthday this month!
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Dewey Club Schedule

Click Here to Join our Virtual After School Clubs!

* If a student is interested please contact the advisor to gain access to the club classroom.

Club Spotlight

Join International Culinary Club Wednesdays at 3:00! Sabrina did a demo of Fajita-Style Chicken Quesadillas and Genesis followed her recipe at home! These girls did a live demo on this recipe and all the club members were drooling through their computers! All chefs are welcome to join our Club!
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Change is the one guarantee we have in life. No matter what... we are in this together! We at John Dewey High School proudly present our Virtual Mindfulness Room. No matter what you are experiencing right now, you are not alone. We want you to know that your thoughts and feelings are valid and we are here for you.

Take a moment each day to examine your experience, and remember, like all else, this shall pass, too. We are one school all in it together.

See more information about the website here.

More Information

Chancellor's Porter's update for families regarding revised COVID school closure procedures 4/9/21:


Chancellor Porter's update for families 4/8/21:


Saturday, April 10 and 24 The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children:

If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes. These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year. We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice. There will be sessions for six different grade levels. All are suitable for children with and without special needs. For more information and to register https://web.cvent.com/event/03e070ae-80cd-4cee-a16e-314acf133754/summary?j=270114&sfmc_sub=137192302&l=222_HTML&u=6692833&mid=100022908&jb=8

Monday, April 12 -Thursday, May 13 Ramadan/students' observance:

Ramadan begins April 12 and ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr on May 13. During this religious period, some Muslim students may choose to observe Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset and will go without eating or drinking throughout the school day:

The Chancellor’s Regulation A-630 https://www.schools.nyc.gov/.../volume-a-regulations/2 addresses the DOE’s obligations with respect to religious-observance accommodations. Per Chancellor’s Regulation A-630, in-person students who fast should be allowed to sit separately during meals if they so desire.

Tuesday, April 20, 27, May 4 the DOE invites families to participate in a three-part Parent University virtual series called “Making Learning Work.” all 6 to 7 PM:

The courses include a user-friendly family guide https://cprl.law.columbia.edu/content/making-learning-work with practical resources, tools, and tips to help students learn at home and school and build and sustain meaningful relationships. Courses will be conducted in English and Spanish and taught by DOE partners at Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. Flyers in English https://drive.google.com/file/d/13K-SV6b44KWhJvCgF209k9X_PaJLPdMe/view and Spanish https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R31jAFbsTrVbBcJ7j4Glwr2YZ9T2KliC/view .

May 13 School Closed

Eid-al Fitr

Chancellor/Mayor discussing revised school COVID closure policies:


The DOE has updated the questions on the daily health screening questionnaire to reflect the latest guidance on quarantine requirements for domestic travel https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ :

As of April 1, New York state residents do not need to quarantine following domestic travel (US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico). However, all individuals traveling internationally must follow current CDC guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html for returning to the United States. This includes: Showing documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within the previous three months, or a negative COVID-19 test result that is no more than three days before boarding a flight to return to the US; and After arrival in the US, travelers must either quarantine for seven days and take a COVID-19 test three-to-five days after travel, or quarantine for the full ten days without a test. The above quarantine requirements apply to all international travelers entering the United States, whether they were tested before boarding, have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection, or are fully vaccinated.

Message from N.Y.S. Education Department Commissioner Rosa on Testing:

Earlier this year, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) submitted two federal waiver requests related to state assessment and accountability requirements. This week, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) chose not to approve New York’s waiver request to forego state assessments this year. In the face of a worldwide pandemic, we believe cancelling state assessments would be the most appropriate and fair thing to do in the best interest of our students, and we are deeply disappointed in USDE’s decision.

We are providing as much flexibility as possible for schools to administer assessments within USDE requirements. Please read our full statement for more information about why we believe that “standardizing” this year’s assessments is unrealistic; the specific assessments that will be administered; the results of our survey on schools’ local assessment strategies; and the uncoupling of state assessments from ESSA accountability requirements. We remain committed to the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of the children and adults in our schools.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Message from Community Food Advocates of NY:

We have added thousands of parents to our P-EBT communications network as we continue to help families navigate remaining challenges with accessing the spring 2020 funds. Families who have not received the P-EBT funds for spring 2020 (March-June 2020) can click here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6rhs9AB5EE2M64Dowcge5xOHCi6o8CpIhK5UlB98liVUQlNLVkpSRFJQUlkwR1lCT1E4T09SVzc3Ry4u to contact the State and send us an email at info@foodadvocates.org The NYS P-EBT Plan for the 2020-2021 school year has NOT been approved yet by the USDA. We do not know when distribution will begin. Given the timing, we anticipate that it will be dispersed no sooner May or June. Once the plan is approved, we will send out alerts and host info sessions to share the details. Families should keep all P-EBT cards from spring 2020 since the new funds might go there. The benefit for this school year will be retroactive to September 2020.

This week marked some appreciation days for our school staff!

National Assistant Principals Week: A big THANK YOU to all our Assistant Principals for supporting our teachers, our families, encouraging our students, and helping build school culture

National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day: On the first Wednesday of April, we celebrate National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! Please join us in thanking our amazing paras for their assistance to teachers in the delivery of quality education and support services for our students!

National School Librarian Day: We are thankful for our outstanding school librarians who share the joy and love of books every day and help keep our students engaged in reading

Additional Resources

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

NYC Well: Free, confidential mental-health services are available 24/7 in over 200 languages. Support is available by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting "WELL" to 65173, or via online chat at nyc.gov/nycwell.

FREE ONLINE CITIZENSHIP CLASSES FOR GREEN CARD HOLDERS The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview. https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project

Family Inquiry Forms (AKA Meal Forms) To maximize your school’s Title I funding, we encourage families to complete the online Family Income Inquiry Form, where possible, to reduce the number of paper forms that schools need to collect and to allow the DOE to process forms more quickly. Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Complete the Family Inquiry Form today! https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict

Brooklyn Public Library Updates

Greetings from Brooklyn Public Library

We are launching 8 weeks of Team Up To Read programming, an exciting virtual literacy program for ages 5-9 and we’d like to invite you to join us. Week one starts on Saturday, October 31, 2020! This week’s topic is Team Up To Read: Be Curious. Learn how to pause and ask questions to be a more curious reader. Learn about the library and how to check out e-books. Please visit bklynlib.org/TeamUpToRead for more information on this series that continues through December 21.