September 2021 - John Dewey High School
A Message from Your Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great honor and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Interim Acting Principal of John Dewey High School. I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich legacy of success and so many points of pride. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty years. I have worked with a variety of students' ranging from elementary age, where I started my career, to middle school and high school. These experiences afforded me the opportunity to grow as an educator, teacher coach and school leader. Those priceless years led me to my most recent administrative role here at John Dewey. I have had the privilege to serve as the assistant principal supervising English and English as a New Language teachers for the past four years as well as leading our professional development initiatives for all staff members. I have worked hand in hand with my predecessor principal, Mrs. Hamilton and I am excited and eager to continue the vision that was created with our school community. I look forward to working with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success in career and college pathways.
I know that our students and community encountered many hardships as a result of COVID-19. However, this will not deter our mission to make this school year the best one ever. Along with our teachers and staff, I will work hard to expand on the success established by Dewey’s commitment to excellence by building strong relationships with you, our students and community partners. Together, we will continue to provide experiences that are rigorous, relevant and equitable. We understand that we must pay attention to not only academics but to the social, emotional health of our young people as well.
As your new principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here! We believe that a nurturing, compassionate environment enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence but also keeps our students happy and motivated to attend school each and everyday. This is our primary goal. Our students cannot achieve if they aren’t engaged and participating in school.
Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. My door is always open. If you need to get in touch with me, please call Ms. Gattuso our Parent Coordinator at (718) 373-6400 Ext.1681 KGattuso@schools.nyc.gov And or my secretary, Daniela Cingari (718) 373-6400 Ext.1071.
I look forward to working with you to support your child's needs and to ensure that all of our students have a successful school year!
Mrs. Heather Adelle Principal, IA
Meet Your Assistant Principals
Assistant Principal of Arts Academy
Assistant Principal of Data & Technology
Assistant Principal of Physical Education & Business, Hospitality, & Tourism & Pre Med Academy
Assistant Principal of the English & ENL Department
Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services
Mr. Jamie Getreu
Assistant Principal of Safety & Security
Assistant Principal of Mathematics/Teaching Academy
Assistant Principal of Organization
Assistant Principal of Social Studies/Law Academy
September 2021 Important Dates
2021-2022 NYCDOE 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.
2021-2022 Student Handbook
Required Form Completion in Operoo Parent Portal
● Blue Card/Emergency Contact Form
● Media Information Release Form
● COVID-19 Testing Consent Form
How do parents and guardians get started on Operoo? Easy!
1. Simply wait for your school to send you an email from their Operoo system asking you to sign up or create your account.
2. Follow the instructions to create your account.
You’re done! You can now respond to forms and receive messages from your school on any device, including PC’s, tablets and smartphones.
3. Optional – Download the ‘CareMonkey’ App from Apple App Store or Google Play. (The CareMonkey App will soon be replaced with the Operoo Central App).
*INCOMING STUDENTS may not be able to access this immediately. Our systems will be updating over the next few days. Make sure you are checking student and parent emails daily.
All forms must be completed ASAP.
Fall 2021 Bell Schedule
Parents/guardians of new students, should have received an e-mail from email@example.com. This email contains your child's John Dewey e-mail username and password. If we do NOT have a parent/guardians email address on file; please email us in order for your child to receive and e-mail account.
If you believe that we do not have your email address on file please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In this e-mail include:
1. Your child's first and last name
2. Your first and last name
3. The parent or guardian's complete e-mail address
Parents e-mails MUST be on file by 9/10/21. Parents of new students will receive PupilPath information via email@example.com no later than 9/10/21. You will be able to access your child schedule through PupilPath.
Former JDHS Students will receive their PupilPath information in their John Dewey Gmail.
School Health & Safety Protocols
Our school is taking many important precautions to help keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year.
School safety is our top priority at John Dewey High School.
As per NYC DOE:
●All students and staff must wear a face covering when riding on school buses and anywhere on school property, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless they have a medical exemption.
● Every student and staff member must complete the Health Screening Form prior to entering the school building each day. Anyone entering the building must confirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
● Every school will randomly test biweekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.
● Parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of illness every day as they are the front line for assessing illness in their children. Students who are sick should not attend school. If your child is ill or is deemed a close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact Ms. Vanessa (718-373-6400 ext. 1634.)
● If you are excluded from school due to a confirmed COVID quarantine or isolation, we will provide instruction.
Click Here to Find out what to know before the 1st Day of School!
We are so excited to welcome New York City’s students back to the classroom this fall! And back to the playing fields!
As part of our multilayered approach to health and safety in our schools, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for New York City Department of Education (DOE) students and staff participating in Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) sports considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. This is in alignment with recent New York State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which states that high-risk sports and extracurricular activities should be virtual or canceled in areas of high community transmission unless all participants are fully vaccinated.
High-risk sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby. Vaccination will also be required for participation in bowling, because while not a high-risk sport, it takes place in spaces that require vaccination. Participants in fall high-risk sports must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the first day of competitive play, which varies by sport. Winter and spring PSAL participants have until the first day of competition to be fully vaccinated.
For additional information about vaccine requirements for PSAL in the 2021-22 school year, please see the FAQ at the end of this letter.
Families will be able to upload proof of students’ vaccination status at vaccine.schools.nyc beginning August 21. Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record. 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.
Getting the vaccine is safe, effective, and free—and the most important step that you can take to protect your family and community against COVID-19. If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, we strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Mobile vaccination sites will also be visiting schools and PSAL conditioning sites across the city this fall.
With the rapid spread of the delta variant of the virus, it has never been more important to get vaccinated. The delta variant is more contagious, infecting more young people than previous strains, and may be more likely to cause severe illness, and to reinfect someone who already had COVID-19. Keep New York City safe, keep New York City strong—get vaccinated!
Meisha Porter New York City Schools Chancellor
What better way to start the new school year then with beautiful art? Diversity and unity was the theme. Students came in not knowing each other and came out as friends. Members of our staff, students, and Teaching Artists from Productivity transformed our cafeteria. Students dedicated their summer to making this dream a reality. No longer boring and drab, our cafeteria is alive with these amazing murals.
Thank you to the following people.
Mr. Butler, Brianna Villafane, Danielle Mastrion, Lexi Bella, Pauline Chen, Sadiya Hoque, Tiffany Edwards, Clara Jean, Ramatoulaye Diallo, Alex Chen, Vivian Wanjing, Kaylah Leonelis, Chenille Meleish, Steven Zhang-Zhang, Michelle Lubrun, Emely Ou Feng, Destiny Cobos, Jamila Monfort, Alissa Felix, Sergine Belance, Haoshen Luo, Falleysha Jean, Maniela Francois, Jennifer Galeno.
Check out the Video and Article written by Alex Chen & Emely Ou Feng.
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.
September 10 Last Day of Community Meal Service at NYC Schools:
- Starting Monday, September 13 families can search GETFOODNYC, visit your local Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Green Market or call 311 to assist in finding a location near you. Additional information is available on the NYC Human Resources Administration https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/food-assistance.page
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