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February 3, 2021 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear John Dewey Family,


Exciting news! Auditorium plans are in the making and construction will begin soon! A Blackbox theater will be part of the architectural plans and this Thursday, our new Courtroom will be announced. Also in the works, we are looking forward to constructing a new Triage room for our expanding EMT certification course, and our field is being inspected so we can hopefully have a new healthy field in the near future. This week, we began putting together plans for a brand new Marching Band, a Spin Room and to update our Weight room. And let's not forget our Teaching Academy, which will begin in September 2021. We owe a huge thanks to Councilman Treyger for his on-going support of our students and the John Dewey Community. His generosity, compassion, and passion for our school has allowed us to thrive and offer opportunities to our students that we could not have done before.


Congratulations, we made it through semester one in a global pandemic with many odds stacked against us. Our country has new leadership, our city and state are slowly lowering the positivity rate of Covid 19, educators have the opportunity to be vaccinated, and there is hope that we will all be able to get back to work in a healthy and safe environment. Now is the time to hold on tight to our students by keeping them motivated, engaged, and in attendance. We do this through knowing our students well, understanding their circumstances, and always having compassion for them and the families we serve. I am proud of you! I am proud to lead thoughtful, involved, passionate and compassionate educators who always put the needs of their students first. I have seen you move mountains during this past year, and I am humbled, but not surprised to see what you have accomplished. I hope that I can continue to inspire and motivate all of you. I promise to continue to support you, lift you up, and ensure that I will do everything in my power to remove any obstacles that get in your way. After all, you need a clear path to make miracles come true.


Thank you for your perseverance, time and hard work. We are "Dewin' it Right"!!!


Be well, safe and warm!


Your Principal,

Connie Hamilton

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Send Us Your Celebratory Pictures for Next Month's Newsletter

We would love to showcase how our John Dewey families celebrate Black History Month and Chinese New Year. Please send your pictures by 2/26/21. Send your Pictures to: smore@johndeweyhighschool.org
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Follow us on Instagram!

Make sure you follow us at @JohnDeweyBK to stay updated on all things Dewey! #DEWINITRIGHT

Respect For All Week

In Unity as a John Dewey High School Family we have decided that we will be changing our Avatars on our John Dewey Email Accounts to represent the colors of Respect For All Week. Below are the following colors and what they represent. *Check Academy Classrooms for All Respect for All Week Events*


2/5/21 No one Eats Alone Day (WEAR BLUE)



2/8/21 Celebrating Kindness /Being Ally (WEAR RED)


  • Kindness Padlet "Wall"


2/9/21 Anti-bullying/Cyberbullying (WEAR GREEN)


  • Anti-Bullying Student Powerpoint & Movie Night - Remember the Titans


2/10/21 Respect for Diversity Disability Religion Acceptance and Racial Diversity (WEAR PINK)


  • Diversity Student Powerpoint


2/11/21 Gender Identity Sexual Orientation and LGBTQ Pride and Acceptance (WEAR YELLOW)



*Students & Staff can send pictures for Respect for All Week to: morientale@johndeweyhighschool.org

SEL Town Hall February 11th

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PTA Meeting 2/10 @ 6:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, February 10th 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.

Workshop: How to handle a hard to handle teenager.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Meeting ID: meet.google.com/oss-Yvan-vhf

Phone: +1 402-986-3214
PIN: 766 748 932#

Weekly Tutoring Schedule

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


Click Here for Social Studies Tutoring Schedule

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

SEL Movie, Concert & Broadway 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!

Senior Committee Presents: Valentine's Day Movie Night

Our Senior Committee is hosing a Valentine's Day Movie Night. Grab your friends & family and celebrate Valentine's Day together. Join our watch party! All are Welcome! Check PupilPath, Email and Academy Classroom for link.

Class of 2021

On January 26th we held a Senior Town Hall to inform our Class of 2021 about upcoming Senior Activities, Dues & more. Below is our Powerpoint in case you missed it.

Virtual Pen Pal Progam

Our John Dewey family wanted to give our students the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections.


Joining this program will give you the chance to stay connected with John Dewey students over the next few weeks and beyond. If you opt into the Virtual Pen Pal program, we will use this survey and randomization to set up small groups of students in Google Hangout chat rooms.


The Google Hangout will be supervised by a JDHS staff member, include other freshmen students and be moderated by student leaders (Juniors and Seniors) from our many SEL programs.


We hope you take this opportunity to meet new people and build ongoing connections in this new and exciting way. To participate in the JDHS Virtual Pen Pal program fill out the form using this link below or copy and paste this link into your search bar.


(YOU MUST BE SIGNED INTO YOUR JDHS GMAIL ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE FORM)


https://forms.gle/oFWef35F1vfmKXo57

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 week!
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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.

Cooking With Colon

Fun and educational Youtube instructional videos that Mr. Colon our culinary teacher has created for his Culinary Arts Classes.
Cooking with Chef Colon Episode 10 Old-Fashioned Apple Pie Part 1-Pie dough
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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

See if you may be Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine: If you are eligible, we will show you where you can go to get the vaccine. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/?fbclid=IwAR1JGFW5TUwuWtno0bz-nnTHneFS8PMKeAcwumNBCdts8cpopKtxnVPzy8A


Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning:https://childmind.org/article/keeping-kids-engaged-in-remote-learning/Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Visit Parent University today at www.parentu.schools.nyc


COVID Hotspot Look Up: New Yorkers can look up any address to determine if it is in or near an existing cluster zone using this tool on the State's website. The tool includes a navigable, regularly updated map of New York State that shows all the current cluster zones in the state. https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home


Family Engagement is this month! NYCDOE FACE has teamed up with Wide Open School to help families find the best online learning experiences at home —math to gym, book clubs to breathing exercises. Free and open to all.www.nycschools.wideopenschool.org


Get Food NYC: Use this map to find locations that offer free food (food pantries and Grab and Go Meals, as well as grocery stores and farmer's markets https://nyc-oem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d781ef8a46cf417dbbfaf28f3b902ac4


Sign up your Child for Saturday Classes with the UFT! : In response to the challenges that families are facing, The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is offering free Saturday enrichment classes for students of all grades this December. These 90-minute virtual classes, held over three 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. Register now https://web.cvent.com/event/9cdd2944-c684-4b17-9e8f-2745cfdeb660/summary?u=4803761&jb=30&mid=100022908&sfmc_sub=137192302&j=198349&l=222_HTML


Isolation Hotel Program for Those with COVID-19: Worried about coming into close contact with household members if you test positive for COVID-19? If you test positive for COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, you may qualify to isolate in a hotel, free of charge, for up to 14 days if you do not have a safe place to self-isolate.
If you are currently at your home and think you may have COVID-19, you can call 311 or 844-NYC-4NYC between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. A medical provider will assess your situation and then refer you to a hotel if appropriate.
Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/3qd3v7v


Crisis Text Line: has support resources and counselors available for free 24/7 for frontline and essential workers. Text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to be connected, or visit www.crisistextline.org


Visit www.MutualAid.NYC for information on groups and individuals working on mutual aid in their communities, as well as if you need help or can help


Get Food NYC: https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f

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.

https://www.bklynlibrary.org/.../team-read-virtual-20201031