Adelle's Announcements

December 2021 - John Dewey High School

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A Message from Your Principal

Dear Dewey Family,

November was a month in which we gathered to celebrate with family and friends in the spirit of thankfulness. For the first time in over two years, we held our annual Thanksgiving Feast! Be sure to scroll down and view the pictures from the event: It was a much needed time of celebration for our Dewey community. To all of those who worked to make this event happen; from the food, to the music, to the student and staff volunteers, I’m thankful to each of you. Your collective efforts made this event one to remember!

This month brings us even more to look forward to: our Pajama Day & Winter Wonderland event, the next set of Senior Spirit Day themes, our canned food drive and much more! Seniors, don’t forget to vote for your Senior T-shirt and Hoodie.

Also, I’d like to give a big congratulations to our Dewey Robotics Team (Cephalopods) who won the Connect Award for community activism and also the Control Award for developing outstanding hardware and software coalescence.

November’s 212-degree challenge was to “Find Time. Give Time,where we worked to self-reflect and inspire those around us. I was overjoyed to see and read about all of the great ways in which you manifested this challenge.

This December, I challenge you to be open to the opportunities our discomfort will afford us. This means to RISK, ATTEMPT, FAIL & SUCCEED as you step out of your comfort zone once more each week and create 50 additional opportunities for excitement, challenge and possibility each year. Be sure to look out for the QR codes around the building and in your classes to share and celebrate just how you meet this month’s challenge.

I’m looking forward to hearing about how you all Dew in risking and succeeding with this month’s challenge!.

In gratitude,

Mrs. Heather Adelle Principal, IA

December 2021 Important Dates

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Annual John Dewey High School Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving Feast was a huge success.Thank you to our Staff and Students for participating, volunteering, and celebrating.We are so grateful that we were able to celebrate together this year. Below are pictures from our festive day!

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Early Bell

Reminder 🔔 This Thursday, December 2nd is the 1st Thursday of the month. Each period will be 34 minutes. See the bell schedule!

*For this month only December 23rd will also be an early day for students*
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Pajama Day & Winter Wonderland

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Student Council Presents

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Topic: Student Council Presents: Know Your Rights

Time: Dec 21, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 0489 5590

Passcode: 196564

NX Academy: The Final Chapter

We hope you are doing well on your day classes and working on reconciling your NX classes. You must finish your NX classes by the end of January. The DOE will not extend the deadline for those who do not complete the APEX course requirements by the end of the term. If you don’t reconcile your NX classes, you will receive a failing grade for the classes and you will have to take the classes over. If you don’t have enough room in your schedule for these additional classes you might have to attend night school. Also, not completing these classes now might prevent you from graduating on time.

If you have any questions about your NX courses, please reach out to your guidance counselor, Ms. Boyle or Ms. Neff. If you are having technical problems connecting to your course work please reach out to Ms. Savino.

Fall Tutoring Schedule

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ENL Saturday School

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Senior Spirit Days

Dear JDHS Family,

This school year, our Seniors have asked that rather than having one Senior Spirit Week, they would like the Senior Spirit Days to be sprinkled throughout the school year. Here are some pictures from our Spirit Days! We are excited for out next batch of Spirit Days!

Senior Dues

Dear JDHS Seniors and Families:

Senior year has finally arrived! We look forward to having an exciting and fun filled school year as we anticipate the arrival of your graduation day in June, 2022. In order to provide you with a wonderful senior year and a memorable graduation ceremony, certain expenses must be covered. Below is the breakdown of the costs for Senior Year.

All payments can be made payable by cash on money orders only. A receipt is always given. Please make money orders payable to: John Dewey High School

Please make sure the student’s name is on the money order.


Ms. Kong and Ms. Marcus, Senior Advisors

Vote for your 2022 JDHS Senior T-Shirt & Hoodie

You must be logged in to your email to access this survey. You only get ONE VOTE.


Senior Scavenger Hunt

Dear Seniors,

Please stop by room 369 to sign up and pay the $10 fee to join the Senior Scavenger Hunt. Your $10 will cover a light dinner. Please sign up no later than Wednesday, December 8, 2021, so we know how many people are participating and how much food to order.

If you have been selling chocolate bars to fundraise, you can use that credit to cover your $10 fee.

You will need your cellphone to take selfies during the scavenger hunt.

Remember, the winner of this scavenger hunt will win a free prom ticket!

Student Council's Canned Food Drive

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Robotics Competition

We had our first Robotics Competition back in the building! Shoutout to Mr. Dispenza and his team for making this weekend a huge success.

It was a two-day competition in which 15 schools competed on Saturday and another 21 schools competed on Sunday. Our JDHS' FTC Robotics team 8087 made it to the finals on Sunday. We placed second place amongst all NYC competing teams!

Our Dewey Robotics Team (Cephalopods) won the Connect Award for community activism and also the Control Award for developing outstanding hardware and software coalescence. Here are some pictures of the event!

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JDHS After School Clubs

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AP For ALL Saturday Study Sessions

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Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

A huge, happy birthday to all the students and staff who celebrated a birthday this month!
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Pics with the Principal

Find Principal Adelle in the hallways, at school/sporting events or in our outdoor cafeteria and you may be featured in Adelle's Announcements! Shoutout to our Thanksgiving Feast Crew for helping out during the Thanksgiving Feast. Ms. Adelle is eager to meet all of you.

John Dewey High Schools Social Emotional Hub

Bringing access to our school community to support social emotional learning, community building, resilience and self advocacy.

Click Here for the John Dewey High School Social Emotional Hub

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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.

Click Here for the Mindfulness Room Website

Health & Safety In Our School

(Protocols are subject to change based on current CDC and NYCDOE Guidance.)

Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

Click Here to Upload Your Proof of Vaccination

For access to Testing and Vaccination sites near you see the links below:

Click Here to Find a COVID-19 Vaccination Site near you!

Click Here To Find a COVID-19 Testing site near you!

For additional Health and Safety Information from the Department of Education see link below:

Visit the DOE Health and Safety Site for detailed Information

Additional Resources

NYC Schools Account

  • Did you know that you can track your child’s education on any computer, phone, or tablet? You can also sign the COVID consent form, right in the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA).You can sign up for an account by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account. (Open external You can sign up for an account by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account.

Access NYC

Chancellor’s update to our in-school COVID-19 testing program and quarantine protocols:

Supports for Multilingual Learners:

NYC Public Schools Speak Your Language!
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

Speech Therapy December Newsletter

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