Adelle's Announcements

November 2021 - John Dewey High School

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A Message from Your Principal

Dear Dewey Family,

October was a month full of purposefulness. Our Dewey home began to come to life with fall door decorating, our first Moon Harvest festival, countless club launches, after school academic support, visits from community supporters, and ending with a prodigious Fall celebration with costumes!

We were diligent in our assessment exams, which will only bring more understanding to our individual goal setting. Our seniors showed up for SAT exam day, and we strived for strong mid-marking period grades. Our exploration of Diligence was shared through our 212-degree initiative (our October challenge) which afforded students the opportunity to share with me their academic, social experiences, and triumphs as they settled into another unprecedented school year. Additionally, our sport teams are showing what perseverance is all about: their dedication, focus and teamwork paid off and led Dewey to a playoff advancement in soccer and division title! October’s highlights were made possible by participation and engagement from everyone, every day.

During November, we can look forward to our Thanksgiving feast, Academy Assembly, goal setting and much more...It will be a month for self-reflection as we commit to inspire a friend, family member, and ourselves to start small each day to build new habits, hobbies and passions. During this month, it will be greatly rewarding to “Find the time. Give the time” and impact yourself and others to strive for success each day.

I’m looking forward to another month of Dewin’ great things, creating moments that inspire, and making successful strides towards our school goals.


Mrs. Heather Adelle Principal, IA

Thank you Councilman Mark Treygar!

Councilman Mark Treyer secured $3 million for a brand new field with new scoreboard and bleachers for John Dewey High School! Along with our NEW Theatre, NEW Courtroom and NEW Triage room. We are so grateful for all his hard work insuring our students receive the best education. Principal, I.A. Adelle along with the entire John Dewey Community want to send a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Treyger. Below is a link to see his entire visit on October 22nd.
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November 2021 Important Dates

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November PTA Meeting

PTA Meeting

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 302-469-6196‬ PIN: ‪511 445 381‬#

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Anunal Thanksgiving Day Feast

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021, we will have our Annual Thanksgiving Feast. This will be a day for our administration, faculty, and students to come together in celebration and give thanks.

The event will run during periods 4, 5, 6, and 7, and we will be running on a special bell schedule. Students who have lunch period 8 or do not have lunch on their program at all, have been pushed into a different lunch period so that they can attend the event. Invitations will be sent to students who have 8th period lunch.

To assist with accommodating dietary needs, students please fill out the survey below:

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Virtual Open House

JDHS Open House will take place on November 8th at 6:00PM

During this Informational Session you will:

  • Learn How to Apply to John Dewey High School
  • What to expect at John Dewey High School
  • Meet Our Administration
  • Learn about our Academies and Programs
  • Meet our Parent Coordinator Ms. Gattuso
  • & More!

Clickable Link on Flyer or see below for Zoom Meeting Link.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 0470 3116

Passcode: 797582

Respect For All Essay Contest

Please see poster for more information and link below for guidelines. Submissions must be sent in no later than November 8th.

RFA Essay Contest for Students: The theme of the essay contest is “From Bystanders to Allies.”

Address one of the following four prompts.

1. Describe a time when you stood up for someone other than yourself. Explain how this act or acts have affected your life.

2. Describe a time when someone has helped you in a time of need. Explain how their actions have affected you.

3. Why do you think people have trouble accepting others who are different from them? How can you encourage others to be more accepting of those who are different?

4. The end of bullying begins with you: What have you (or someone you know) done to inspire, involve, or help others in preventing or ending bullying? Please give examples.

RFA Poster Contest for Students: The theme of the poster contest is “Friends do make a difference.”

• Create a poster that incorporates your experience and understanding of bullying and anti-bullying. The intent of this contest is to raise awareness around bullying issues through the healing power of art. Art helps us tell stories, express pain, and share hopes. Your poster can reflect any of these perspectives.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

In accordance with the Department of Education, High School Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, and Friday, November 12th, from 12:30 PM to 2:50 PM.

Parent Teacher Conference meetings will be done via telephone, and there will be no in person conferences.

Please click this link to register for appointments:

Please follow the instructions in the form.

Please take the time to fill out all information in the form.

You will receive phone calls in the time frame in which you will be available. Teachers will call you using a Google Voice phone number, or as an unknown number (using *67 to block their personal phone number). We ask that you provide an accurate phone number.

Double check the phone number that you enter is correct before submitting the form.

Finally, make sure to answer your phone when you see an unfamiliar phone number during the time you have selected on either November 10th or November 12th.

We are working hard to make the Parent Teacher Conference process as smooth as possible.

Once again, there will be NO IN-PERSON Parent Teacher Conferences, as per NYCDOE policy.

Please continue to monitor your child’s progress using Pupil Path. If you have not registered for Pupil Path, please email Mr. Antonucci at, to request registration information.

It is important that we work together to support your child through their high school experience and meet to discuss their successes, their challenges and to continue working to support their needs. The form will close on Friday, November 5th, 2021, at 11:59 PM, so that we can ensure a scheduled conference with your child's teachers. Our teachers look forward to speaking with you.

We thank you for your patience.

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Fall Tutoring Schedule

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Class of 2021 Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be held at our school on November 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th. Students will be receiving an email from the photographer with their scheduled date and time slot. They have been posted on the 1st floor near the elevator and by room 115 & 369. If you have any questions about Senior Portraits you can email Mr. Chesler at

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 so that they can have time in between each one to get their outfits together. We will have our first Spirit Day on Friday, November 12, 2021. It will be Jersey Day. If you would like to participate, please wear an athletic jersey this Friday.

Upcoming Days:

Friday, November 19, 2021

Flashback Friday

Choose any decade: 1950s Poodle Skirts and Leather Jackets, 1970s Bell Bottoms, etc.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Character / Animation Day

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Class of 2022

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

JDHS After School Clubs

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AP For ALL Saturday Study Sessions

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Career Day November 18th

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Student Council's Canned Food Drive

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Thanksgiving/Fall Door Contest

Teachers and Staff were asked to get into the Holiday Spirit and participate in a Door Decorating Contest. We had amazing submissions. Thank you to all those who participated!

Congratulations to our winners!

311 Ms. Caraballo and Mr. Torres

220 Ms. Medina, Mr. Inoa, Mr. Lamberti with the Multilingual Student Advocacy Council Club

281 Ms. Cifferelli

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 Michael for being our first student featured! Ms. Adelle is eager to meet all of you.

Halloween/Fall Festival 2021

Halloween was a fun and festive day at JDHS. Below is a link to our photo album filled with pictures from Halloween and our 1st Fall Festival. Our pumpkin carving contest was AMAZING! Thank you to all of those who participated AND CONGRATULATIONS to the winners! We are looking forward to more fun events this school year!

Mid-Autumn Moon Harvest Festival

On October 20th, Dewey Students hosted a Mid-Autumn Festival on the "lanai". This festival holds special meaning in East Asian culture. Students gathered to learn more about Pan Asian culture through games, crafts, riddles, and storytelling from other students. Some students also shared their artistic talent; others wore traditional dress; others revisited or shared games and crafts from their culture.

A special thank you to our Dewey community members, who worked diligently to make this event a success for all of our students: Ms. El Amri, Ms. Quinn, Ms. Chan, and Ms. Kong: The benefits of this event was in large part due to your hard work and generous donation of time, talent and efforts in planning and organizing with our student-facilitators.

Locker Room Announcement

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Student Opportunity: Columbia University Civic Engagement Program

The Columbia Political Union’s Civic Scholars Program is a virtual civics education program for students at high schools across New York City, affiliated with Columbia University. The goal of the Civic Scholars Program is to democratize access to key civic and political knowledge with local students, introduce them to Columbia faculty, resources, and opportunities, and motivate them to become involved in government, activism, and civics in their own communities. The Fall 2021 Civic Scholars program will be run virtually on Zoom and will be completely free-of-charge for all participating students. The program will meet on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and to sign up, interested students can visit the webpage of the Columbia Political Union’s Civic Scholars Program at:

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

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!

Speech November Newsletter:

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

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