Hamilton's Highlights

Monday, June 22nd - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear Dewey Family,

Last week we were almost there. This week we are crossing the finish line. Ending what seemed to be the hardest four months in NYC history. We faced a virus we knew nothing about (and are still facing), we witnessed events of violence that brought tears to our eyes and we tried to teach and support our kids through it all. Now, grades are in and summer school is upon us. There are many questions that we all have. Will our NX kids come to summer learning and complete their work? Will they get their regents waivers? Who will teach them in September if they don't finish their work now? What will September look like? Will we be in the building? Will we still be home? What will my schedule look like? Will there be a vaccine? Will we ever be normal again? I wish I had the answers for you all but I promise you, this too shall pass. Everything does! Stay safe, be well and know that you are always heroes and you are the ones making miracles come true!

I would like to say goodbye to Caryn Buckley and Allison Bertels. John Dewey HS will suffer a terrible loss as these two compassionate, passionate, dedicated teachers move on with their life's journey. Thank you both for making our school a better place. We will miss you!


Connie Hamilton


A message from Ms. Hamilton to JDHS
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Virutal Graduation 6/26/20

Dear Seniors and Parents,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You will soon embark on a life-changing experience. John Dewey High School would like to commemorate this accomplishment with a virtual graduation.The virtual graduation will be accompanied by our senior awards ceremony video.

The pre-recorded video will be released on June 26, 2020 at 9am. The virtual graduation ceremony will be available to view and download on our John Dewey High School website at Johndeweyhighschool.org

Following the graduation ceremony, Principal Hamilton would like to invite the entire Class of 2020 to join her in a live zoom celebratory meeting. This live Zoom celebration will take place on June 26th at 11am.

Unfortunately due to our large graduation size and Zoom’s occupancy limit, we ask that only seniors join this event. We welcome families to participate with their child under the one invitation.

Please join our celebration here:

Topic: Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Time: Jun 26, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://wework.zoom.com/j/98246418270?pwd=QWszc1BTaVpCRVdZRndWZzVYVzlxdz09

Password: JDHS2020

Meeting ID: 982 4641 8270

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833

Canada: +1 204 272 7920 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099 or +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071

Meeting ID: 982 4641 8270

Password: 667531

Thank you,

Brian Artzt

Coordinator of Student Activities and Senior Advisor

To Our Dewey Dads!

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JDHS Says Goodbye to the 2019-2020 School Year

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Mr. Matera
Ms. Buckley
Ms. Gattuso
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Mr. Premeph
Mr. Orsini
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Ms. Adele
Ms. O'Hara
Ms. Fox
For Grads from Ms Hooker
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Mr. Hankins
Ms. Trombetta
Ms. Quinn
Mr. Simon
Ms. Green
Ms. Simonsen
Ms. Apap
A message to JDHS from Ms. Brutus
Ms. Thede
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Mr. Schweitzer
Ms. Savino
A message to JDHS from Ms. Valenza
Mr. Getreu
Ms. Devore
Mr. Danticat
Ms. Balsamo
Ms. Horn
Ms. Johnson
Ms. Henry


Congratulations to our Winners! Look out for an email from Mr. Artzt to claim your prizes. Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever DEWEY'S GOT TALENT!

Express Urself

John Dewey Students are you ready to share your thoughts, ideas, passion and art? Turn your pain into power.

Thank you so much for participating in Friday's Town Hall Forum. It’s important that we continue to challenge ourselves on ways to attack racism in our society. As promised, below are the details for the upcoming Town Hall Forums.

To share your work, please complete this form Click Here for Express Urself Form

Next Steps: Civic Action
June 26th, 2020
Joining Link: http://meet.google.com/wnw-wvvy-awk
Please be on the lookout for a follow-up email via PupilPath to learn how to get involved. We look forward to seeing you all in these forums!

UNITY Project

Ms. Horn asked her classes do an extra credit project on UNITY. The projects came out awesome and we intend to have them printed when we go back to school.

However, for the time being we will share them virtually. Let's spread some positive vibes of unity!

See video below!

UNITY Project

2019 - 2020 AP Exam Sitting Fee Refunds

Hello John Dewey High School 2019 - 2020 AP Students,

We will be refunding ALL Students who paid for their AP Exams this school year. Checks have been mailed out for those students who have already filled out this form. We can only return them to you by mail if this form is filled out. Make sure you put your correct address, city, zip code, and apartment number if need be. Leave a current email address and telephone number we can best reach you at. If you do not respond to this form we will hold your checks until school re-opens whenever that may be.

Thank you for your patience,

Ms. Orientale


Any issues please feel free to email me: morientale@johndeweyhighschool.org

Click Here For AP Exam Refund Form

Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

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

Enjoy our Staff Baby Pictures!

Mindfulness Moment Thursdays @ 1:00 PM With Ms. Ponce & Ms. Boyle

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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.

Cooking With Mr. 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 8

More Information for Summer

Saturday, June 20 11 AM Fresh Food Distribution: While supplies last every Saturday, starting June 20th Flatlands Reformed Church Community Center 3931 Kings Highway. For more information see flyer here

Monday, June 22 NYC Playgrounds Reopen: The Mayor announced yesterday that also opening during Phase 2 on Monday, June 22: Playgrounds for children. Social distancing ambassadors will monitor crowding, distribute face coverings and encourage hygiene. Team sports (such as basketball, football, softball and soccer) still not permitted during Phase 2.

Friday, July 3: Please note that July 3, Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) will be closed, but the DOE’s meal hubs will be open. If there is any additional holiday information for families, we will share it as it becomes available.

Internet-Enabled Remote Learning Devices for Summer School: To keep students connected and enable them to learn from home, the DOE has loaned students 300,000 internet-enabled iPads since school buildings closed in March, and students transitioned to remote learning. In order to meet additional demand for summer school, the DOE has ordered 10,000 more iPads, which will be distributed to families who have requested them, on a rolling basis, beginning June 8.The DOE is committed to making sure every student can continue to remain connected for remote learning. If families in your school need an internet-enabled device for remote learning, please work with them to request one using the Remote Learning Device Request form. The DOE will prioritize device-distribution for students who will be participating in summer school. In order to ensure that students receive their device by the start of summer school, please make all requests by the following date:

By 5:00 p.m. on June 26, for high school students.

For more information on iPad distribution, including information on tech support, please see the iPad Distribution page on the DOE website. For questions, email schooldevices@schools.nyc.gov. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Take the Return to School 2020 Survey: Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we need to be prepared for a range of possibilities. We know we can’t do this without your input! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to you for when we return to school in the fall. If you know someone who cannot take the survey online, they can call 311. All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 . The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Summer Guide on Growing Up NYC: Summer may look different this year, but it can still feel like summer! Our newly launched Summer Guide can help your family make the most of the warm weather while staying healthy. Check out a preview of summer below, or visit the Summer Guide on Growing Up NYC. https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/summer/

Summer Reading is Here: The Brooklyn Public Library has many recommended reads available as e-books in their online catalog at https://borrow.bklynlibrary.org/booklist/6NxxY

. Children can keep track of their reading by joining Beanstack with their library card too. Have questions? Let us know! It's the perfect summer to Imagine Your Story from home! We have virtual programming and reading opportunities all summer long. Here is the link to Summer Reading: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/summer-reading

Summer Meals 2020: We offer free meals to children 18-years-old and under during the summer. The 2020 Free Summer Meals program begins Saturday, June 27th, the day after school ends. Check back on this page for updates https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/summer-meals

Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, work and more on ACCESS NYC. What am I eligible for? There are over 30 programs you or your family may be eligible for regardless of immigration status and even if you’re already receiving benefits or have a job. www.access.nyc.gov/

Please fill out the CENSUS! As we grapple with COVID-19, completing the 2020 Census is even more important now than ever. The number of New Yorkers who are counted will determine how much funding we receive for our schools and public services over the next 10 years. City schools receive more than $781 million every year in Title I funding, based on census data. In addition, the census helps determine funding for early learn centers, in-school and afterschool youth programs, childcare programs, and other services that support our school communities. You can play an active role in ensuring an accurate count. We urge you to complete the

census online at www.my2020census.gov, or by calling 844-330-2020, and completing the brief survey, which is open until October 31.