- How long do you work in this school?
I have worked at Kennedy
High School for over 15 years.
I report early at 7:30 and work until 3 P.M.
During the day I have Advanced Placement KISS students,
Computer Graphic students, a Truancy Prevention Program in the
PLATO Lab and in the afternoon, Special Education Classes in both
Art and Writing.
- Why don't you study Portuguese?
And I as a Brazilian boy have to study English?
While Portuguese is an
interesting language that I would like to learn, unfortunately
it is not offered in my school's curriculum. But if
it were, I would definitely want to study it. I would
recommend that you do study English because it is one
of the three major languages in the world and English
is a universal language that is spoken by almost everyone
in the world. -by Keishi
- Why was John F. Kennedy murdered?
During the sixties, America was at war against communism.
Communism was another form of government and it controlled
a number of countries. The Soviet Union (Russia) was
a communist country, it made it's first way to Cuba,
an island close to the U.S. We feared that communism
might enter the U.S. so we decided to have a war. There
was Russian missiles on the island and Russian ships
ready to attack, but we retaliated. The threat was lifted.
They retreated back to Russia.After the war John F.
Kennedy was part of a parade to celebrate the win. While
he was in the car, a gun shot was heard and it hit his
- How old are your students?
My student's ages are
between 15 and 18 years old.
- Here in Brazil we usually see in
films about gangs in Bronx. Is it true?
The Bronx has a bad reputation
in America in terms of gangs because it used to have
several different gangs. The Bronx isn't as bad as it
used to be, but there are still a few gangs left; it
has retained its reputation for violence, that is probably
why you in S. America would see such films. In America
our movies show gang fights in the Bronx but in other
places just as much.-by Todd
- How many days the students
were at home after the terrorism?
We were home for two days after the attack on the World
Trade Center. I cherished the two days we got to stay
home because I got to be with my family during this
time of grieving and fright.-by Shashanna
- How is USA after the terrorism?
The United States has
become very united after the attack. Some people have
been afraid to go on planes. Others have left the country
because they are afraid there will be another attack.
I am afraid myself, to go into Manhattan where the attack
took place. We just never know when something like that
is going to happen. I hope to never have to go through
that kind of incident again. People have compared this
crisis to Pearl Harbor. The amount of devastation is
the same. -by Queen
When we first received the attack everybody was
in a bit of shock. After the attack on the WTC,
nobody could believe that such a beautiful and powerful
structure would be gone forever. A sadness and anger
swept all over America. Everyone thought that we were
safe and secured in America. As a result, this questioned
our safety. However this event has made America more
than ever. It has made the U.S. more willing to
find the culprit of this attack. We are now taking more
precautions and putting more security. We will find
our courage and strength as we continue, we will always
remember the heroes of 9/11.
- What is your school like?
There are over 4000 students at Kennedy High
School. The school offers a wide variety of Academic
and Special programs and is organized into Houses to
give individualized instruction to each group of students.
- Is your school violent?
My school is John F.Kennedy
as you already know. I wouldn't say that the school
is necessarily very violent. There are many fights that
happen during the school year that affect everyone in
the school. Most people in the school are not violent,
but some are. They tend to get a bad reputation with
teachers and security but often don't deserve such a
reputation. With this said, the school isn't violent.
Other schools have fights as well. Fights and violence
are something that every high school has to deal with
due to gangs and disagreements between people. Things
like these are what people have to deal with everyday
in our society. Not everyone gets into fights often,
but they do happen. Some fights have no legitimate reason
behind it. Some people who may be perceived as weak
individuals are more likely to be picked on. Some persons
appearance or shy personalities makes them targets for
people to pick on. Not that someone's appearance is
a real reason to pick on someone, but to some, these
qualities of a person gives them an excuse to do what
they do. Not everyone who is seen as weak is picked
on or harassed. In John F.Kennedy High School if you
don't start trouble, and then no one will bother you.
Based on that I would say that my high school is not
a violent school. -by Charita
- Would you like to visit Brazil?
I would love to visit
Brazil. My family and I watch Brazilian soap operas.
We watch them translated to Spanish. We have watched
Terra Nostra, La Fuerza Del Deseo, Xica, and currently
we are watching El Clon. In those soap-operas we are
able to catch a glimpse of your country. From what I
have seen, Brazil is beautiful, your beaches have clear
water and appear clean. Your scenery reminds me of my
mother's country which is also located in South America,
it is actually on the other side of the Amazon, it's
Ecuador; my father is from Colombia, another country
that also reminds me of Brazil. I personally believe
that all South American countries are beautiful. My
family and I are actually planning to go to Brazil one
of these summers, possibly this coming one. I would
like to know if you could send me a list of some tourist
attractions in Rio de Janeiro. If you can please send
it to me personally through e-mail at (link disabled).
My family and I would be very pleased and thankful with
your response. I hope to hear from you soon! -by
I really like Brazil since its right next to my
country, Venezuela. I really wish I can go one day.
- In my country there is racism,
prejudice of any sorts like: races, ages, social. What
about in the USA?
In the U.S.A racism and prejudice still exists today.
You don't hear about it in the form of segregation but
in crimes brought on by hatred for a certain group of
people. Today there are crimes like racial profiling
and hate crimes. Plus there is prejudice against homosexuals
(of both genders) as well as for racial and religious
beliefs. Racism isn't as common or talked about as it
was years ago. Some people do express openly their hatred
for people. Now there is more racism against homosexuals
than there is for the color of person's skin. But despite
all this racism we still continue to live in the U.S.A
trying to live peacefully and happily.
- Is there jails for children who
make something wrong?
These places are called Juvenile Hall to detain
under-age youth who commit crimes and are too young
to be tried as adults.
- Are there computers in each classroom?
No, there are not computers
in every classroom. The majority of the classrooms that
do have computers also carry Internet Service. The classes
that have computers are Computer Graphics, Engineering,
certain lab rooms, the classrooms used for the school
newspaper committee, and the Virtual Enterprise room
which is for the students in the school who wish to
study business. Since we don't have computers in every
room, when we have to use computers for a certain project
or assignment in the class, any one of these facilities
are open to us. Other than that we have regular classrooms
with desks, chairs, and chalk boards. -by Rafael
No, the classrooms that would contain computers
would be classes that require the use of computers for
a certain area. For example, the class we are enrolled
in is a class where we are learning to master the art
of computer graphics. -by Georgian
- Are there earthquakes in the USA?
Yes, there are earthquakes
in the United States but mostly in the Western part
of the United States near California. In California
there is the San Andreas Fault that might collapse at
anytime. Not too long ago, there was an earthquake in
Seattle, Washington that was very destructive. My teacher
would have presented to a museum
conference if the earthquake hadn't occurred, that
teacher is Mr. Feld.-by Christopher
What are the schools
subjects in your school?
Our school has many subjects. They include math,
history, science, language, physical education, art
and music (guitar, band, piano, chorus, music history).
The different math subjects are sequential math and
math connections. The languages include Spanish, French,
Italian, Latin, and Chinese. The different physical
education classes are volleyball, basketball, baseball,
yoga, tennis, gymnastics, aerobics, paddle tennis, modern
dance, body development, football track, health, and
a few more. The art classes include studio art, computer
graphics, fashion design, painting animation, and basic
- How much do you know about Brazil?
Well, I know that Brazil is a very large country. I
also know that Brazil has a very good soccer team and
are going to the Soccer World Cup. I know that the most
famous Brazilian dance is the Zamba (I really like that
dance). I have also heard about the famous festival
you guys have there is really nice and big.
- Is your country in the Soccer
Yes, the U.S is in the Soccer world cup but soccer
is not as popular here. Football is the most popular
sport in America. The players are selected from different
teams of the Soccer League in America. There are many
teams to choose from but only the best are chosen.
- Was WTC near your school?
The World Trade Center was in lower Manhattan. Our
school is located in the Bronx. Compared to where your
location it was pretty close. We had huge traffic problems
that day and the following day as well. Students that
go to schools in lower Manhattan had to report to another
school. Some school were ruined and later to be fixed
- What school subject do you teach
I teach computer graphics,
art history, web page design and the elements and principles
- Do you know any Brazilian song
or Brazilian artist?
Menna Barreto, He a surrealist
artist, I've seen some of his paintings they are really
good I like most of his paintings. One of my favorite
paintings that he has is called "The Dryer" Which is
a drop of water hanging from a cord as if it could be
dried like clothes. His website is www.mennabarreto.com
you guys should visit you'll enjoy his work as much
as I did.
- What do your students in their
During my spare time I like to play American football
and listen to music. I like to play football because
you have to be really athletic to be a good football
player. I like to listen to rap and R&B. Rhythm
and Blues music makes me think about different things.
It makes me think what the singer is saying. I also
like puzzles and telling
- What is the American food your
that students prefer are any kind of product from McDonalds.
McDonalds is a restaurant that serves a variety of popular
foods and drinks. Students also prefer pizza because
its cheap, yet tasty. Anything that tastes really good
becomes popular with students. Students also prefer
cuisine from other parts of the world such as Chinese
food or Italian food. Americans love food that are tasty
and have good flavor. Anything that is affordable is
a plus. -by Stephanie
- Why New York is called "New York"?
New York, first called
New Netherlands, was renamed for the Duke of York and
Albany after the English took it from Dutch settlers.
Native Americans were the first to set foot in new York.
the state was named in the 1600's for the Duke of New
York, James II of England. Many names are from the time
when the Dutch had colonized this area, at the time
New York was known as the Netherlands. New York was
the first capital of the United States.
New York was named by the British to honor the
Duke of York and Albany, the brother of England's
King Charles the 2nd, when New Amsterdam was taken
from the Dutch in 1664. New York became the name of
the state and the city.
- What is the American typical
Pizza, Hamburger, Hot Dogs and Tacos.
- What is USA climate like?
The climate of New York
is usually humid. Coastal areas have higher temperatures,
less frost, less cloudiness and fewer storms. The temperature
is very low and it is cold during winter. During the
summer, we have warm moist air and some showers. The
average annual climate for New York is 50 to 60 degrees
Fahrenheit. The average number of days with precipitation
is 125 days out of the whole year with 40 inches of
rainfall annually. The average snowfall is 25 inches
out of the whole year. During blizzards, up to 3 feet
of snow may fall.
- How old is a child
when he goes to school for the first time?
A child is 5 years old when he first goes to school.
But a child is 4 years old when he goes to kindergarten.-by
A child is usually 4 or 5 years old when he/she
goes to school for the first time. It all depends on
child's D.O.B (date of birth). If a child turns 5 years
old late then he/she will begin pre-school at the age
of 4. At the age of 5 a child should have already entered
kindergarten. As for me, when I was 4 years old I began
pre-school and when I was 5 years old I entered kindergarten.
Since pre-school isn't mandatory a child may simply
begin kindergarten. I feel that it is a better choice
for a child to begin pre-school because they will become
familiarized with socializing with other children. They
will also know their alphabet, numbers and other things
before they enter kindergarten. Pre-school will be best
for their advantage.
- How many hours do you study
I study in average about three hours a day when I have
homework. I get allot ofhomeworkbecause I am an honors
student. When I have a test I usually study four hours
a day. When I don't have homework or a test I usually
rest and hang out with my friends, but this is very
unusual.For example this weekend I have to do a ten
page research paper that's due on Monday.-by Lorena
- Is there any prejudice against
women especially in work market?
Yes, there is
still prejudice against women in the work place but
things are changing.
- What is P.E. classes like in
Physical Education in America is a mandatory class that
we take with other classes like English, Math, Science,
etc. Students must take this in order to graduate from
High School. In America, gym teachers take their classes
very seriously and they compare it with important subjects
such as math and English. If a student does not participate,
they will fail the class. This may seem harsh but there
are good things about Physical Education as well. We
as students are able to pick the type of gym we want.
We can pick Karate, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis,
Aerobics, Weight training, Modern Dance, or yoga for
gym. This gives students a chance to try and pick something
they know they will pass.
- What is the American favorite
Baseball, Football and Basketball.
- Do you study
Yes, my school offers 4 kinds of foreign language. They
offer French, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.
- How many holidays are there
is the USA? What are they?
In America we have several holidays. Our holidays include
Valentine Day, St. Patrick Day, Groundhog Day, Mother's
Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Easter, Christmas, and
we receive several school holidays such as mid winter
recess, winter recess & spring break There are more,
but these are the main ones. Some of our other holidays
only apply to certain ethnic or religious groups but
are still nationally known.
- What are the tourist areas
in New York?
Statue of Liberty- A huge statue representing
freedom on Liberty Island (Ellis Island).in New York harbor,
it was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a French
Sculptor. The statue is of a women draped in a robe on
a foundation shaped of a eleven point star on the statue's
head is a crown which spikes represents the sun rays and
in her left hand is a book which states '' July IV MDVVLXXVI'(July
4, 1776) Independence day,her right hand is holding a
torch, while her arm is raised in the sky. Broken shackles
lie at her feet. The statue is made of copper and Steel,
it s color is light green. The statue took 10 years to
build from a 36 foot model. The total height is 305 feet.
The tourist visit by the Staten Island ferry from Manhattan.
Visitor are able to climb the statue by taking the elevator
to the ground floor to the base of the Statue from there
is a stair way leading 12 stories up to an observation
deck inside the crown which you can view. Underneath the
statue is the American Museum of Immigration, which contains
exhibits and displays telling the story of immigration
too the United States.
Ellis Island- A 27 acre
island in New York Bay, it was once the main immigration
station in the United States, and was made part of the
statue of liberty National Monument. The United States
brought the island from New York State in 1808. The station
was closed in 1954 after having let in 16,000,000 immigrants
in 62 years. The center was reopened in 1990 as Ellis
Island immigration museum.
Central Park- is a place of relaxation where you could
sit around and enjoy the view of nature, its a narrow
park covering 840 acres located between 59th and 110th
streets and fifth and eighth ave. The park contains a
zoo, play grounds recreation centers, ice skating rink,
bicycle and walk ways.
Metropolitian Museum of Art- A major art museum of New
York City, It has 2,000,000 art objects, from ancient
egyptian and artifacts
to 20th century paintings and sculptures. The museum has
about 4,000 musical instruments, and collections of European
art. The museum was opened to the public at 1880 at Central
Metropolitan Opera House- The attraction is part of New
York city's Lincoln Center for the performing arts. Annual
award shows take place here.
Madison Square Garden- Named after our forth President
James Madison "Father of the Constitution". There were
originally four areas constructed. Madison square the
original garden founded by P.T. Barnum in the 1870's by
Standford White, it was built in 1925 and torn down in
1925, a third garden at 49th street 8th Ave. was completed
in 1925 and torn down in 1968. The forth and final or
present garden called Madison Square Garden sports and
Entertainment center home of the New York Knicks was completed
1968, the area is used for various professional sporting
events, and shows. The garden is a 13 story drum-shaped
building on 8th avenue between 31th and 33rd Street, sharing
space with Penn Station. There are 20,000 seats in the
main arena, a smaller arena, a bowling center , an art
gallery, and a theather. This is a huge tourist attraction.
Radio City- Located at Times Square 42nd Street, a
large motion picture theatre known for it's dancing Rockettes''(Which
are a group of women dancers who stand in a line and do
their famous Kicks, the performance is most exciting and
overly populated around Christmas time.
Rockerfeller Center- Located between 5th and 6th Ave.
from 48th to 52nd Street. The area has plenty of tall
buildings with rooftop gardens and out door skating rink
which is mostly occupied in the winter for ice skaters.
The location is a huge relaxation scene.
Time Square- 42nd street in Manhattan is a huge tourist
attraction during the day or night. Before New Years every
one is excited to see the ball drops at 12:00 p.m. The
ball is filled with thousands of lights and millions of
people standing outside in the cold eager, while time
ticks away waiting to celebrate the new year.
The Bronx Zoo- Located East river Pelham Bay Park
in north river Pelham Bay Park, it covers 2118 acres the
largest park in New York, its the Bronx Conservation park
and it's free of charge on Wednesday's. Many tourist are
drawn to this place because it gives them the opportunity
to see various animals from all over the world. The zoo
makes it possible to learn more about animal life and
their environment each visit.
The Twin Towers Cite- The twin tower cite, world trade
center, people are able to visit the area and reflect
back to a terrorfying moment, and remember our heroes
and those lost in a mist. The cite is presently one of
the most famous tourist attraction which helps our nation
to return to reality and realize that we shouldn't take
life for granted, this will allow us if it hasn't already,
to be a strong nation. A closed fist strikes harder than
a open hand.-by Bridget
Click here for the Curse of King Tut: Fact or Myth