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May 6, 2021 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear JDHS Family,

We suffered a tragic loss this month losing one of our vibrant, talented and exceptional students. Tomorrow we will be celebrating Christina Cora’s life through a virtual memorial at John Dewey HS. Please join us and see details in this newsletter.

Congratulations to our Juniors who took the SAT exam this week. We are very proud of you for keeping your eye on your future and remembering how important college is as you move forward in life. AP for All exams are today and continuing throughout the next 2 months, and I wish all of you who are taking these exams the best of luck .

May is upon us now and Mother’s Day is this weekend. As the CDC guidelines lift, I hope you get to celebrate with family and friends to let the important people in your life know how much they mean to you. We are all in need of a few hugs! Moving forward, we will be planning for our Summer School Program, wrapping up our curriculum and assessments and getting ready to re-teach when needed, give extra help to our students and be flexible in allowing students to make up work that they may be missing. Time has been given in June to ensure positive outcomes for all of our students.

Have a restful weekend and again Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers and to the people in your life who love and take care of you.


Ms. Hamilton


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Teacher Appreciation Padlet from JDHS Students

Students sent notes of gratitude to our JDHS Teachers who made an impact on them! Click Here to see them!

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Make sure you follow us at @JohnDeweyBK to stay updated on all things Dewey! #DEWINITRIGHT

In Loving Memory of Christina Cora

If you would like to share your fondest memories of Christina, send condolences to her family and friends, or just express yourself and how you are currently feeling, please add a post to our In Memory of Christina Cora Padlet.

Click Here For In Loving Memory of Christina Cora Padlet

To honor the beautiful life of Christina Cora, the Crisis Response Team has decided to hold a virtual memorial service to celebrate the life of Christina Cora and have invited Christina's family to join us. The virtual memorial will take place this Friday, May 7th at 11:45 am via Zoom. We will use this time to speak from the heart, share our memories of Christina and send love and support to her family.

If you would like to be part of the agenda for Friday's memorial services, please contact A.P. Apap, Ms. Doyle or Mr. Artzt. We would love to have as many voices as possible and members of our community involved to pay respects to Christina and support her family through this extremely difficult time.

Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Topic: In Memory of Christina Cora- A Virtual Memorial

Time: May 7, 2021 11:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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PTA Meeting

Wednesday, May 12 6:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/odz-vjkn-vun

Or dial: ‪(US) 1 650-781-0637‬ PIN: ‪686 159 931‬#
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Thank You Teachers from Our JDHS PTA

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Live Out Loud!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 6 PM for our parent workshop, LGBTQ Identities & The Power of Language hosted by Live out Loud!

June will be here before we know it, let's take a few pointers from this incredible organization to support our kiddos through LGBTQ pride month!

Please see attached file for login information! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

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Student Council’s Life Skills Lecture Series

Mark your calendar for Student Council’s Life Skills Lecture Series! Contact student council at studentcouncil@johndeweyhighschool.org for more details. Check PupilPath and Academy Classroom for link!
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JDHS/KicksAcademy x PerryCo Shoes Collaboration

Dear Faculty,

This year, the Arts Academy expanded their internship program for Visual Arts students by partnering with Kicks Academy, a 501c3 based in New York City. Students this year have been working with John Dewey High School Alumni Michael Peterson to learn the ins and outs of sneaker and apparel design. They have submitted designs and concepts to brands such as Nike and most recently PerryCo Shoes.

PerryCo Shoes was founded by Brittney Perry to create genderless sneakers that appeal to all styles and identities. In the last few weeks, two of our students Fanny Liu and Melanie Ortega, have been working with Michael to design sneakers that PerryCo would produce this summer. I am incredibly excited to announce that the pre-sale link for these shoes is LIVE and that not only can we purchase Fanny and Melanie’s sneakers, but so can the general public. Please note that in order for these shoes to actually be produced, 30 pairs of each shoe much be purchased in pre-sale. This number is in total pre-sale orders and not just purchases from the JDHS community. Pre-Sale ends May 31st.

Please click the links below to order yourself a pair of sneakers designed by our talented students. I personally will be rocking these sneakers on the first day of school when Melanie and Fanny begin their senior year in September :)

Melanie’s Design


Fanny’s Design

Ms. JoAnna Fisher

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Congratulations to Assistant Principal Barbie Frias

Congratulations to Assistant Principal Barbie Frias, who was named a Restorative Justice Champion for her work in John Dewey High School's Restorative Justice program and for her work supporting the social and emotional needs of our students! Please take a look at the Restorative Social newsletter where Ms. Frias was highlighted.
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PSAL Sports Are Back!

All students (including remote students) are allowed to participate as long as they consent to be tested and fill out the other permission and medical documents. Only 10 of our typical 19 teams will be active this spring. For the 2020-2021 school year, students can only play one sport.

For specific sport information contact:

Boys' Badminton: Coach Gross - mgross@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Basketball: Coach Baker - kbaker@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Lacrosse: Coach Clavadetcher - jclavadetcher@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Soccer: Coach Murphy - kmurphy@johndeweyhighschool.org

Boys' Track: Coach Li - kli@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Basketball: Coach Chandler - bchandler@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Lacrosse: Coach McGowan - kmcgowan@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Soccer: Coach Barkley - nbarkley@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Track: Coach Li - kli@johndeweyhighschool.org

Girls' Volleyball: Coach Zeno - azeno@johndeweyhighschool.org

For general information contact:

Athletic Director: Eric Shapiro - eshapiro@johndeweyhighschool.org


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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JDHS Mouse Sqaud

Need help with tech issues? JDHS Mouse Squad can help!

For tech support contact: tech-support@johndeweyhighschool.org

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Mouse Squad Help Desk

Click Here to fill out the Mouse Squad Help Desk Form

Contact Information

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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!

2021 AP Exam Update

An AP Exam meeting took place on April 23rd. If you missed it below is a recording of the meeting along with key takeaways. If you are scheduled to take AP Exams please see that you review these notes!

Weekly Tutoring Schedule

If you are interested in Tutoring please see the schedules below for more information.

Click Here for Social Studies Tutoring Schedule

SAT Tutoring Schedule

Below are important Dates & Deadlines for the SAT Exams. The link below has links to our tutoring sessions and other helpful SAT resources.

Click Here for SAT Tutoring Schedule

Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021 and Families,

It is with great pleasure to announce that the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on June 25, 2021.

Our graduation will consist of an in-person ceremony that will be live-streamed and recorded as well as having a virtual component for any graduating senior who chooses to not participate in the in-person portion of the graduation.

Our graduation rules and regulations will solely be in accordance to New York State, Department of Education and the CDC guidelines. These rules will be strictly enforced to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. Anyone who wishes to attend the in-person graduation must provide either proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to the event (June 22-24)

As of today, the rules require that anyone who wishes to attend the in-person graduation is required to wear the cap and gown attire. The cap and gown package can be purchased online at MYSCHOOLBUCKS.COM for $50.

Seniors will be receiving a survey to confirm whether or not they will be attending our in-person ceremony. This survey must be completed by May 21, 2021. This is a hard deadline to ensure that planning and safety protocols are in place the day of our celebration. There will be no exceptions or extensions to this deadline under any circumstances.

Any student who does not complete the survey by May 21st will automatically be placed on the virtual platform of the graduation and be considered as a non-attending graduate of the in-person event.

Each senior who chooses to attend in person will receive a maximum of 2 guest tickets to maintain regulations regarding event capacities and social distancing.

All students' names will be called at graduation whether they attend the in-person segment or not.

The graduation pods will consist of three seats and all must remain at their pods at ALL TIMES.

Unfortunately, this year’s graduation ceremony guidelines prevent seniors from walking across the stage, so we are asking that any in-person graduate whose name is called must only stand from their seat as they are acknowledged as a confirmed graduate of John Dewey High School's Class of 2021. Any student at the virtual ceremony will be welcomed to have their cameras turned on as their names are being recited.

In these uncertain times and many ongoing changes to the limitations set for schools, some rules and protocols may be adjusted to ensure health and safety guidelines.

Based on present guidelines we will only be able to have 150 maximum students at the graduation ceremony and if there are more than that, we will have to have an additional graduation ceremony on the same day. The ceremonies will be broken up alphabetically. The time of the graduation and whether we will be conducting more than one ceremony will be determined by the in-person attendees registration. The time and the number of sessions for graduation will be released shortly after the May 21st survey results are received.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Artzt, Coordinator of Student Activities and Senior Advisor, at Bartzt@johndeweyhighschool.org or Mrs. Gattuso, Parent Coordinator, at KGattuso@johndeweyhighschool.org

The entire John Dewey staff and PTA have been working diligently to make sure that the Class of 2021 gets the most authentic experience of a graduation ceremony as possible. We are excited to celebrate our extraordinary seniors in this life-changing moment.


Senior Committee Administration

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Student Work

We asked our English classes to create their own multi media presentation about the school year. Below are poems, artwork and spoken word by our John Dewey Students. Thank you to Mr. Sinclair and the English Department for sharing! See below for links!
Click Here to see our Student Work!

What does the John Dewey High School Community mean to you? Tell us in a poem. What kind of poem? The format is totally up to you!

For Our Teachers: JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

Good evening Dewey Family,

Together, we’ve endured a tumultuous year. Still, we’ve met the challenges of learning about remote instruction whilst offering our best efforts in it to our students. And to gain proficiency, some control, and new ideas for instruction, many of you have attended workshops facilitated by our Remote Tech Team.

To culminate a year of offerings, our final workshops focused on:

Wrapping Up: Assessment and instructional strategies to close out the year

Thinking Ahead: Ideas in planning for the new year

Still not connected to our school's PD Calendar? Click here: Join JDHS Remote PD Calendar

Lastly, for support with any PD tech issues, please connect toKC Hankins' Office Hours: Every Tuesday (2-2:30) & Wednesday (8-8:30)

Thanks again for joining!

JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

A huge, happy birthday to all the students and staff who celebrated a birthday this month!
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Hosted by Student Council starting at 3:00. Check Google Classrooms for link!
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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

The Dewey Medical Explorers Club have been conducting a research project regarding the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of adolescents. This will project will help JDHS staff and students bring mental health into the spotlight and create interventions that can improve and resolve these detrimental issues.
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DME Mental Health Survey

You must be logged into you @johndeweyhighschool.org email to respond to this form

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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.

See more information about the website here.

More information

2021–2022 School Year Calendar is now available:


Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Resources:

May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month which commemorates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the US. For educators, students, and families, this month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of people who are of AAPI heritage, as well as examine the marked increase in discrimination aimed at Asian Americans and stand in solidarity against harassment of the AAPI community across the country. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KBJyAjtWdquP7uCAdfWuWOVO6EHUnS3S?usp=sharing

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. The pandemic has made a significant impact on the mental health of all of us. On Friday, May 7th, 2021, we ask all who can, to wear lime-green and to start a dialogue with friends, family, and colleagues on reducing the stigma around mental health struggles and seek help. Help is available. Families can visit the NYC DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/mental-health to learn about school supports, services, etc. You can also visit NYC Well at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/ , talk, text, or chat 24/7. #EndTheStigma#MentalHealthMatters.

Sign up for New York City Schools Account (NYCSA):

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, VOTE for the Education Councils, 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. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

You can make history by voting in the Education Council Elections. You will need to sign into your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc, to vote.

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