Adelle's Announcements

October 2021 - John Dewey High School

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A Message from Your Principal

Dear Dewey Family,

September Success! We did great in our homecoming, we began our classes with great focus and integrity, and are now ready to jump into fall! Our celebrations for September include our new Outdoor Café, beautiful mural work in our lunchroom, launching our 212 degree initiative, and so much more. Everything that made Septembers’ success possible is due to the commitment of all Dewey’s stakeholders, turning this house into our home.

During October, we can look forward to Fall Festival, possible trips, opening of clubs and moving towards mid-term marking period. It will be a month of great diligence and perseverance for each one of us. It will be greatly rewarding to focus your energy on classes, respecting your teachers, and one another.

Lastly, October also brings about our first community challenge: To be diligent and persevere with positive actions for ourselves and others. As we enter the new month, give some consideration to how you will implement a plan to achieve your “extra degree.” Don’t forget to share with us your journey of success using the QR code on our 212 Bulletin Board. I can’t wait to see and read about how you DEW in achieving our 212 principles!

I’m looking forward to a fruitful year with you all!


Mrs. Heather Adelle Principal, IA

October 2021 Important Dates

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Meet Your Academy

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Welcome to the Guardians Corner

Here will be a place of many different varieties of information for parents/guardians. This will include but will not be limited to surveys to friendly monthly challenges on how to deal with everyday family life. Everything around us is moving fast and we are here to keep you informed on the latest John Dewey High School information, keeping you and our students in the loop is a top priority to our School. Please take a look at our Survey. We want to hear from you! This survey is for us to learn what workshops our family community is looking for from the school.

This month we launched our 212* One degree of Separation curriculum. Students learned that "At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it BOILS!! With boiling water, comes steam, and with steam you can power a train. We have implemented an October challenge and commitment for our students

212* October Challenge

Indulge your good side once more each week.

Set the goal. Be diligent and persevere. Be. Move. Cease to Complain.

JDHS Commitment

Your words move others. Your words move you. Make your words send everyone in the right direction. Complaining once less a day chokes off 365 seeds of negativity a year. We commit for the month of October to be diligent and persevere with positive actions for ourselves and others.

Talk with them about this month's challenge, their goals, and commitments.

Below you will find a guardian 4-week challenge for guardians/parents fun tools and tips that can help our everyday lives and interaction with our family. From parents just like you.

Click Here For JDHS Parent Workshops Interest Survey

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The Jewish Board

The Jewish Board is excited for another year at John Dewey High School. This year we will continue to provide therapeutic services for students in Dewey and their families. Please feel free to stop by room 106 with any questions! See below for full letter from the Jewish Board.

October PTA Meeting

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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

Kaiser Park Beach Cleanup

See Mr. Dispenza in Room 121 for a permission slip.

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Patrol Services Flag Football League

See Mr. Getreu in 163 if you are interested.

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International Academy/ENL Saturday School

This program will focus on English language development, support for content classes, and Regents exam preparation. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. The International Academy offers English Language classes at multiple levels with instruction from both ESL teachers and content teachers.

During the International Academy:

  • Breakfast will be provided at 9:00 a.m.
  • Classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Transportation passes will be distributed at the end of class.
  • Classes will meet over the course of 25 Saturdays-starting October 2, 2021.
  • Classes will not meet on holidays or school breaks

Saturday Classes from 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 noon

October 2, 16, 23

November 6, 13, 20

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 15, 22

February 5, 12

March 5, 12, 19

April 2, 9, 30

May 7, 14, 21

June 4, 11


ENL Beginner

ELA Regents Prep

Chemistry & Living Environment

US History


*** Interested students should complete the registration from below and return it Ms. D'Agati in room 368 ***

JDHS After School Clubs & JDHS Club Fair

We will be hosting a Clubs and Sports Teams fair on Friday, October 8, 2021 at approximately 3:00 PM. This will be a great opportunity for students to find out about the clubs and sports teams Dewey has to offer. It will be held outside on the front campus of the school.

Click Here for JDHS Club Link

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Dewey Medical Explorers Research Project

Last year the Dewey Medical Explorers Club conducted a research project regarding the mental health of teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is the full research presentation in video format and an article they wrote for the JDHS science magazine regarding their project.

The club is interested in researching the transition back into in-person learning and its impact on their peers.

Join them Every Thursday in room 224 from 3-4PM.

Follow them on Instagram @deweymedicalexplorers or email them at

Dewey Medical Explorer Research Presentation

JDHS Fall Festival October 29th

This year we will be hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

There will be pumpkin decorating, music, refreshments & more!

Click Here to RSVP for JDHS Fall Festival

Click Here for Pumpkin Decorating Contest Form

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NX Academy: The Final Chapter

NX Reconciliation: Students it is your responsibility to reconcile all NX grades by January 2022.

To ensure proper diligence any student holding 3 or more NX grades will not be permitted to join school teams and/or after school clubs.

Once NX grades are reconciled students can resume activities.

If you have any questions about the NX Academy please reach out to your Guidance Counselor.

AP For ALL Saturday Study Sessions

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Kicks Academy

Kicks Academy teamed up with Nike NYC and different local community organizations to give their members a chance to be a part of their Back to School champaign. Our Seniors Fanny Mei and Melanie Ortega participated in this campaign with Nike over the summer where they got to model apparel. Below are pictures of them at the Nike launch!

KicksAcademy, uses the process of footwear design to bridge the educational gap within Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Media, Entrepreneurship, and Design disciplines. Students were exposed to all aspects of the footwear industry. This exposure allowed them to explore everything from design and manufacturing, to marketing, merchandising, media and retail, while learning the powerfully important aspects of STEAMED education that will impact and empower them for the future.

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

Scanning at JDHS

We are a Full Time Scanning School –scanning is implemented on a continuous daily basis. In full-time scanning schools, scanning is conducted every day during regular school hours and after school and during the weekends, whenever the school is being used.

All students and visitors entering a Department of Education facility where scanning is taking place are required to be scanned. Students and visitors are asked to place all metal objects on their person in their bags, purses or in a plastic tray prior to reaching the screening checkpoint.

Prohibited Items are listed below:

Tasers and Pepper Spray are PROHIBITED.

  • Knives / Blades / Razors
  • Permanent Markers
  • Gambling Materials / Dice
  • Sharp Work Tools
  • Pepper Spray / Mace
  • Firearms
  • Explosives / Fireworks
  • Ammunition
  • Imitation Guns
  • Lighters
  • Stun Guns / Tasers
  • Corkscrews
  • Manicure Sets
  • Multi-tools Device
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Laser Pointers
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Sharp Objects
  • Perfume / Cologne/ Deodorant Spray
  • Dangerous Objects
  • Glass Bottles /Nail Polish

Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

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

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:

Home Schooling:

  • A letter of Intent must be sent to Once the Letter of Intent has been received, parents will receive an auto reply email stating more details and next steps including to please note that, upon registration to home school, your child will be discharged from NYC public school. You will not have access to general education instruction or instructional materials. you will be solely responsible for all instruction. If you are unsure of your plans, we suggest you do not submit your Letter of Intent until such time as you are able to make a fully informed choice. Questions?

Supports for Multilingual Learners:

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. High risk afterschool activities include:
  • Chorus
  • Musical Theater
  • Dance / Dance Team
  • Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
  • Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team
  • Please reach out to your school for additional information regarding participation in these activities.

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