Hamilton's Highlights

January 12, 2021 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear All,

We are in month-10 of a frightening global pandemic. We have watched many of our loved ones get sick and recover, and in the worst of times, we have lost people very dear to us. These are the many stories from friends and acquaintances that have shaken us to the very core...This week we witnessed an event I never thought I would ever see in my lifetime. There was an attack on Capitol Hill and on our democracy. These events have undoubtedly made us even more anxious and confused because at times, our future seems uncertain. It’s true, we are tired and weary as a country that is divided. I know this sounds sad and depressing, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As I said before, "This too shall pass”...I know, that as educators, we will continue to get up every day and support our students. We will teach, grade papers, struggle with Zoom and Teams, continue to navigate our way through virtual platforms, and keep making calls home to our families. We will remain the constant in the lives of our students because that is what we do. As the world around us spins in chaos, we will take care of our families and make sure that our school community is thriving. Please continue to be that glimmer of hope for our young adults. Please stay motivated, kind, compassionate and enthusiastic, and I promise to stay strong and focused, as I lead our school.

Presently, JDHS is holding strong at 80 percent attendance; we are reconciling NX grades daily; tutoring is schoolwide; our sports teams are ready to “gather” virtually; movie and Broadway nights are engaging and exciting; and our after-school clubs are running and well attended!

Stay the course, stay safe, and be responsible because I am sure better times are ahead.

Thank you for your service and keep making miracles come true.

Your Principal,

Connie Hamilton

College Awareness Day January 11th, 2021

We celebrated this momentous occasion to commemorate the success of our entire John Dewey family. We are asked staff to participate by representing/showing off their colleges.

JDHS Staff members were encouraged to take pictures wearing their college apparel, holding up their diplomas or any other creative expressions to represent their alma mater.

Student Voice Town Hall

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John Dewey High School 2020 Holiday Video

John Dewey High School 2020 Holiday Video

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

PTA Meeting and Parent Workshop

Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/ywn-mjfh-vdj

Join by phone: ‪(US) 1 678-331-7057‬ PIN: ‪591 947 459‬#

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Weekly Tutoring Schedule

SEL Movie, Concert & Broadway 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!

Join Us for BlackPink Concert Live Stream January 30th!


Class of 2021

Dear Seniors,

To help our seniors who are facing many challenges during the pandemic, the school has decided to give each senior who takes their senior portrait a FREE YEARBOOK.
If you already took your picture you will also get the yearbook free.
Please don’t miss out.
Pictures will be taken at 8023 13th Avenue, the photographer’s temporary Brooklyn photography studio.

Please Call
Yearbook Innovation
1- 888-699-7257 to set up your appointment and secure your free yearbook.

Dates and times will be:
Friday 1/29 11:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 1/30 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 1/31 10:00am-5:00pm

Monday 2/1 11:00am-6:00pm

Retakes will cost $25 (cash, check or money order)

If you decide that you don't want your picture printed in the yearbook, the yearbook will =NOT= be free for you.

The Class of 2021 Senior Yearbook Committee

Virtual Pen Pal Progam

Our John Dewey family wanted to give our students the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections.

Joining this program will give you the chance to stay connected with John Dewey students over the next few weeks and beyond. If you opt into the Virtual Pen Pal program, we will use this survey and randomization to set up small groups of students in Google Hangout chat rooms.

The Google Hangout will be supervised by a JDHS staff member, include other freshmen students and be moderated by student leaders (Juniors and Seniors) from our many SEL programs.

We hope you take this opportunity to meet new people and build ongoing connections in this new and exciting way. To participate in the JDHS Virtual Pen Pal program fill out the form using this link below or copy and paste this link into your search bar.



For Our Teachers: JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

Good evening Dewey Family,

Last month, our Instructional Tech Team Teachers provided us with some useful and informative PDs to help engage our students through various platforms and further our work within remote learning.

To start this month's PDs off, we have some highly needed workshops on the following topics:

Sarah Howell 1/26/21

All PD's will be from 2:00-3:00pm.

Keep an eye on your google calendar for more PD offerings this month + PD Follow-Ups-coming soon!

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; we look forward to seeing you all.

JDHS Professional & Online Learning Supports

School-Wide Spirit Week

Senior Spirit Week

Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

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

Cooking With Colon

Fun and educational Youtube instructional videos that Mr. Colon our culinary teacher has created for his Culinary Arts Classes.
Cooking With Chef Colon//Pound Cake//Episode 9

Mindfulness Moments are BACK!!

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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

Beyond Access Series What Everyone Should Know about Reading in English by NYCDOE Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support: January 12 7:30 PM This session is designed to give parents the basic theory and practice of good reading instruction and to enable them to have a repertoire of research-based activities to move the reading process along. Many of these activities can be done while cooking, driving, cleaning, shopping and the myriad of other things parents have to do as they raise their children. This session focuses on integrating everyday reading and using oral language at home with your child. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-access-series-what-everyone-should-know-about-reading-in-english-tickets-135989627637?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_content=follow_notification&utm_campaign=following_published_event&utm_term=Beyond Access Series%3A What Everyone Should Know about Reading in English&aff=ebemoffollowpublishemail

Upcoming Town Halls with the Chancellor: This is an opportunity to share information, hear of the communities concerns and respond to questions.https://learndoe.org/cec/

Panel for Education Policy (PEP) Meeting with Chancellor 1/27/20 6 PM View proposed amendments and documents here https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/leadership/panel-for-education-policy

Benefits Navigator: This guide to navigating NYC's public services was created with and for families of students living in temporary housing or experiencing housing instability. www.benefitsnavigator.cityofnewyork.us

Resources to Discuss the Insurrection at the United States Capitol:
Talking to kids about the violence at the Capitol


A good resource for families that includes suggestions on how to support lower elementary students in processing disturbing events in the news. https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/helping-kids-navigate-scary-news-stories

how to discuss crises with students as they unfold https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/when-bad-things-are-happening

Interactive Constitution https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitutionhttps://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution

2021 Symposium-The Rise of Community During Emergencies: 1/28/21 10 AM : A free virtual event discussing best practices for communities preparing, responding, and recovering during COVID-19 and other emergencies.

See if you may be Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine: If you are eligible, we will show you where you can go to get the vaccine. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/?fbclid=IwAR1JGFW5TUwuWtno0bz-nnTHneFS8PMKeAcwumNBCdts8cpopKtxnVPzy8A

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning:https://childmind.org/article/keeping-kids-engaged-in-remote-learning/Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Visit Parent University today at www.parentu.schools.nyc

COVID Hotspot Look Up: New Yorkers can look up any address to determine if it is in or near an existing cluster zone using this tool on the State's website. The tool includes a navigable, regularly updated map of New York State that shows all the current cluster zones in the state. https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home

Family Engagement is this month! NYCDOE FACE has teamed up with Wide Open School to help families find the best online learning experiences at home —math to gym, book clubs to breathing exercises. Free and open to all.www.nycschools.wideopenschool.org

Get Food NYC: Use this map to find locations that offer free food (food pantries and Grab and Go Meals, as wel as grocery stores and farmer's markets https://nyc-oem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d781ef8a46cf417dbbfaf28f3b902ac4

Sign up your Child for Saturday Classes with the UFT! : In response to the challenges that families are facing, The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is offering free Saturday enrichment classes for students of all grades this December. These 90-minute virtual classes, held over three consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year. Register now https://web.cvent.com/event/9cdd2944-c684-4b17-9e8f-2745cfdeb660/summary?u=4803761&jb=30&mid=100022908&sfmc_sub=137192302&j=198349&l=222_HTML

Isolation Hotel Program for Those with COVID-19: Worried about coming into close contact with household members if you test positive for COVID-19? If you test positive for COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, you may qualify to isolate in a hotel, free of charge, for up to 14 days if you do not have a safe place to self-isolate.
If you are currently at your home and think you may have COVID-19, you can call 311 or 844-NYC-4NYC between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. A medical provider will assess your situation and then refer you to a hotel if appropriate.
Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/3qd3v7v

Crisis Text Line: has support resources and counselors available for free 24/7 for frontline and essential workers. Text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to be connected, or visit www.crisistextline.org

Visit www.MutualAid.NYC for information on groups and individuals working on mutual aid in their communities, as well as if you need help or can help

Get Food NYC: https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f

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

Brooklyn Public Library Updates

Greetings from Brooklyn Public Library

We are launching 8 weeks of Team Up To Read programming, an exciting virtual literacy program for ages 5-9 and we’d like to invite you to join us. Week one starts on Saturday, October 31, 2020! This week’s topic is Team Up To Read: Be Curious. Learn how to pause and ask questions to be a more curious reader. Learn about the library and how to check out e-books. Please visit bklynlib.org/TeamUpToRead for more information on this series that continues through December 21.