Pre-Med Pin and Award Ceremony

Here at John Dewey H.S. we believe that our students should be celebrated for their accomplishments.  On Friday, June, 14 our Pre-Med program did just that. Senior students received pins for their accomplishments. Students from other grade levels received awards […]

J.D.H.S. 2nd Annual Spirit Day

Spirit day a day when all our students, faculty and parents come out to play! Beautiful weather, food, games and great music. What better way to celebrate our student’s accomplishments and the end of the school year then this community […]

Senior Breakfast 2019

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast? From French toast, eggs, 2 kinds of omelets, bacon, and every other treat you could imagine. We know how hard our students worked this year, so we served them. Breakfast, senior t-shirts and of […]

Senior Awards Night 2019

We honored our seniors of the graduating class of 2019 on Tuesday, June 11th. Awards were given out to students who excelled in many areas. Our top 20 graduates were also given awards. The evening was beautiful and followed by […]

Food for the Soul and Mind

What better way to go into a regent’s exam, then with a gourmet brunch. Students who were scheduled to take the Arts regents today had their bellies and minds filled. Relaxing music was playing croissants, fresh fruit, frittatas, bagels with […]


Beach Safety

Dear Families, 

Your safety is our number one concern. As you and your children enjoy New York’s beautiful beaches this summer, the Department of Education wants to remind you of ways you can stay safe near and in the water. 

The best way to protect your family is to make sure everyone knows how to swim. The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation offers many free and low-cost swim lessons. To find classes near you, visit and search for “swim programs.”

Also follow these tips: 

  • Swim only in areas supervised by lifeguards. They’re on duty from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day. Please follow their directions.
  • Always swim with a buddy, never alone. 
  • Set water safety rules for the whole family based on each person’s swimming ability; for example, tell inexperienced swimmers to stay in water less than chest deep.
  • Watch out for dangerous waves and rip currents. If you get caught in a current, try to remain calm and swim parallel to the shore. When you’re away from the current, return to the beach. 
  • Never leave children unattended. Teach them about water safety and stay near when they’re swimming.
  • Obey all posted signs and flags. Swimming is only permitted in certain areas, and is never allowed when a red flag is posted.
  • Wear a life jacket when boating. This applies to even expert swimmers.
  • Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid alcohol while swimming. 
  • Check weather conditions before heading to the beach (visit and search for “beach conditions”) and don’t swim in bad weather.

For more information about beach safety, visit and search for “Be WaterSafe.”  

We wish you a wonderful and safe summer.  


Connie Hamilton


Summer Bridge 2019

Here at our school we try to make our students feel comfortable. So each summer we have our Bridge program. Our Bridge program helps our incoming students to transition into our school. This year about 200 students participated in the program. Learning, making memories and having some fun is what the program is about.  Today was the last day of the program and we ended the day with a scavenger hunt and some special treats. The students and staff had a blast! See you in September.

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Supporting our Immigrant Students & Families


Dear Principals,

I hope you’re enjoying the summer.

You may have heard the reports that the federal government is intending to initiate ICE raids in New York City and nationwide this Sunday, July 14. As the Chancellor has already said in his June 25 letter, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our immigrant parents and students to be active, valued participants in our school system. In the current federal climate, it is crucial that we reassure parents and students that they are safe in our schools at all times, including over the summer. Please share the current Chancellor’s letter to students and families and one-pagers reminding families of our commitment to them and of the policies that we have put in place to protect immigrant parents and students. We also ask that you review the Protocols for Non-Local Law Enforcement document and familiarize yourself and your team with the protocol for if an ICE agent does attempt to enter a school. We appreciate your commitment to all families, regardless of immigration status.

Thank you.


Cheryl Watson-Harris

First Deputy Chancellor

Updates to Immunization Requirements, June 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and childcare programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all childcare settings. Schools and childcare programs will continue to accept medical exemptions.

Children attending summer or year-round programming
Children who had a religious exemption and who will be attending childcare or public, private or parochial school in the summer must now receive the first age-appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or childcare. Additionally, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have scheduled appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Children attending until the end of the school year and returning in the 2019-20 school year
Students must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in childcare. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.

A list of the new school immunization requirements for the 2019-20 school year is summarized below.

All students in childcare through grade 12 must meet the requirements for the following vaccines:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis or whooping cough)
  • Poliovirus
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis B Children under age 5 who are enrolled in child care and pre-kindergarten must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

Children under age 5 who are enrolled in child care and pre-kindergarten must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

  • Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)
  • PCV (pneumococcal disease)
  • Influenza (flu): Children must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2019

Children in grades 6 through 12 must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

  • Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
  • MenACWY (meningococcal disease)Please review your child’s immunization history with their health care provider. Their provider can tell you whether additional doses of one or more vaccines are required for your child to attend or remain in childcare or school. Visit and search for “immunizations” for a full list of required vaccines. If it is not possible for your child to receive their vaccines from their health care provider, the Department of Health has one walk-in immunization clinic ( you have questions about these requirements, please contact your childcare center or school’s administrative office.