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June 8, 2021 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear Dewey Family,

We are gearing up to say goodbye to this school year, which was unfortunately full of uncertainty, anxiety, and sadness...but thankfully together we persevered, and are now preparing for a summer school and fall opening with much less restrictions and much more clarity. Our city is opening its schools and businesses, and millions of people have been vaccinated. We will be conducting in-person graduation ceremonies, our students will again have a safe place to learn, and fingers crossed, the world will again return to normalcy.

This month we are celebrating LGBTQ Pride, Father's Day, getting ready for Regents, and making sure our students are given the opportunity to hand in all assignments that are due. Continue to reach out to your students and please ask for support if needed. We are here to ensure positive outcomes for all. Our new auditorium is in its final bidding stages, the triage room and courtroom are underway, the gymnasium is getting an uplift, and our field has been assessed and slated to be worked on in the very near future. John Dewey High School is being given the love and care it so deserves so that our school community can teach and learn in an environment which offers the best opportunities for all.

To our graduating seniors, you made it through the roughest year in history. I am proud of your accomplishments and your motivation to stay on top of your studies and do what is best for you. It was worth it! You are the class of 2021 and I wish you much love and luck as you move forward on your life journey. Be well, be strong and make a difference in this world. I know you will.

Good luck to those of you who are retiring from John Dewey. I thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students. We wish you success and peace as you move forward into the next chapter of your lives. For those of you moving on for other reasons, thank you for your service and we hope you find success.

Stay cool in this heat and be well everyone.


Ms. Hamilton

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Commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

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Your School. Your Child. Your Voice.

Every year, all parents, teachers, students in grades 6-12 and select school support staff take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. Fill out the survey using the link below the deadline has been extended to JUNE 18th. Your Voice Matters!


Please email Mrs. Gattuso at kgattuso@schools.nyc.gov to get your unique confidential code to do your teacher survey.

2021-2022 School Calendar

This is the 2021–22 school year calendar for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools. If your child attends a private, parochial, or charter school, please contact your child’s school for information about their calendar. Please note the following reminders:

  • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students.
  • On “Snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.
  • Parent-teacher conference dates are the citywide defaults; individual school dates might differ from those below. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.

June Regents

As we head into June, I know many of you have questions about the Regents exams. In a typical year, Regents exams are administered in June and August in 10 subject areas. This June, only 4 Regents subject exams will be administered – Algebra I, English Language Arts, Living Environment, and Earth Science.

These exams will be administered in person in our school building. All other Regents exams have been cancelled. August Regents have also been cancelled. Waivers are available for all Regents exams subjects, including the 4 exams being administered in person. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor for more information.

If my child does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 June Regents exams will not be penalized. Your child may waive a Regents exam requirement for graduation provided that they meet specific eligibility criteria as described slow.

What Regents exams will be administered in the school building?

Only 4 Regents exams will be administered in June. The 4 exams are:

· Algebra I – Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

· English Language Arts – Thursday, June 17th, 2021

· Living Environment – Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

· Earth Science – Earth Science is not offered at John Dewey High School

The following Regents exams have been cancelled for June. Your child may be eligible for an exam waiver. Again, please contact your child’s guidance counselor for details.

· Algebra II

· Geometry

· Chemistry

· Physics

· Global History & Geography

· United States History & Government

· ALL LOTE (Language Other Than English) Exams

PTA Meeting & Elections

John Dewey High School PTA Meeting & Elections Wednesday , June 9, 2021, at 6:00 PM

Dear J.D.H.S. Parents and Guardians,

Our June PTA meeting is dedicated to elections for PTA Executive Board Positions and a position on the S.L.T.

As per the Chancellors' Regulations, only parents and legal guardians of current enrolled John Dewey High school students can engage in the voting. All voting is and must remain anonymous via Zoom polls during the meeting.

Invitation and log on access will be emailed to you.

If you have any questions please contact our P.T.A. at pta@johndeweyhighschool.org

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AAPI Heritage Month Website

The Multilingual Student Advocacy Council (MSAC) is a group of student leaders who are dedicated to making sure that multilingual and immigrant students at John Dewey High School feel welcome, supported, and heard. They have put together a website and language lessons for our John Dewey Community. See the button below!

Scholarship Opportunities

Below you will find a list of 15 Scholarship Programs that will give out more than 53 Individual Scholarship Awards during the 2021 school year. Students from your school district are eligible for all awards below.

*Weekly Scholarship Newsletter available here:


SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINES FROM: May 31st to August 31st, 2021

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.

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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!

Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021 and Families,

We are down to the final weeks before your big day! With many restrictions and regulations being implemented by the CDC, New York State, New York City, and the Department of Education we will have to hold (2) commencement ceremonies.

On June 25th, the first graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and the second ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. The graduation ceremonies will be organized alphabetically. Students will be told which ceremony they will be assigned to when they pick up their Cap & Gown and tickets. Every senior participating in the in-person ceremony must wear their official John Dewey HS Cap and Gown. If you have not purchased your Cap & Gown, you must do so immediately; the cost is $60, which will cover the cost of expedited shipping. Requested sizes may not be available due to limited quantities and time restraints set by the distributors, but we will do our best to accommodate all new purchases. If you get your information in by Sunday, June 13th, you will be able to pick up your cap and gown with the rest of the seniors who previously ordered theirs. To order your cap and gown package use this link:

Cap and Gown Package

Pick up for Yearbooks, Caps & Gowns and tickets will take place on Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday June 17th at the school between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. If you need to pay for your items, you can bring a bank check or postal money order made out to: John Dewey High School, or cash with you when you pick up your items. Receipts will be given.

Every senior attending the in-person commencement ceremony will receive 2 guest tickets only.

We are unable to allow any additional guests under any circumstances because of DOE regulations capping the number of people allowed to attend graduation ceremonies. The tickets will have your assigned POD number on it. You must sit with your two guests in your assigned POD for the entire ceremony. When you arrive at the graduation ceremony, you must complete 1 health clearance form for your POD members. For your convenience, we will email you a form, which you can complete prior to the ceremony and show it on your way in. Also, everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask for the entire ceremony.

Unfortunately, this year’s ceremony guidelines preclude us from allowing seniors to walk across the stage. Seniors will stand in their POD when their names are called. All graduating students will have their names called at graduation whether they attend the in-person ceremony or not. We will also be live streaming the ceremonies. Details on the login information will be sent out the day before the ceremonies.

If any rules change between now and our ceremony, we will be sure to update you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Artzt, Coordinator of Student Activities and Senior Advisor at BArtzt@JohnDeweyHighSchool.org

The entire John Dewey staff and PTA have been working diligently to make sure the Class of 2021 gets the most authentic experience of a graduation ceremony as possible. We appreciate your support and cooperation and look forward to celebrating our extraordinary seniors in this life changing moment.

Seniors will be able to pick up their diplomas beginning Monday, June 28th based on a schedule that will be sent to the seniors soon.


Senior Committee Team

PS- Our graduation Ceremony is Rain or Shine. Please bring an umbrella if the weather is threatening.

Also, please understand that the following City policy will be enforced for our graduation ceremony- All attendees must show evidence of a COVID test within 72 hours of 6/25 or must have proof of being fully vaccinated.

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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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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 - LGBTQ+ Club

Every June the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride Month. Pride Month occurs in the United States to pay homage to those involved in the Stonewall riots like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world, to fight the ongoing fight for equal rights, to showcase visibility, and to empower those to feel comfortable in their own skin and identity. To those part of the LGBTQ+ community, Pride gives them a platform to be their truest self. Allies play an important part in pride, your support speaks volumes to those a part of the community, it makes us feel heard and truly creates a safe space for all.

Please make sure to take the time to fill out our Pride Padelt on what pride means to you as an ally or member of the community!

*Be sure to join in on JDHS AWESOME SEL Teams Month dedicated to LGBTQ+ Films!*


Click Here to add to our PRIDE Padlet

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NYC DOE School Re-opening Plans for Fall 2021

First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year.

As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.

As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our re-opening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.

All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall.

As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following:

  • Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
  • Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
  • Every school building will continue to have a nurse
  • Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
  • On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance
  • The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases

We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students.

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