J. William Leary Junior High School

Update and Information

Hello everyone,

Your continued support during this challenging year is appreciated.

Below is a video that outlines general expectations that were shared with children.

For parent pick-up of children please use the parent loop and be aware of others picking up their children too. Parking down by the staff parking and bus gate is creating a dangerous situation for children and adults.

There is a lot going on as we near the end of the year. Here are the important dates for you to be aware of.

Important upcoming dates include

Tuesday 6/8 8th grade science test; NOTE-Children taking Earth Science do not take the science test

  • 8:00 am for Team 3 (McGowan, Hayes, Emerson, Sovie);
  • 9:45 am for Team 4 (Charleson, Zaza, Deshaies, Hull)

Wednesday 6/9 8th grade science test; NOTE-Children taking Earth Science do not take the science test

  • 8:00 am for Team 3 (McGowan, Hayes, Emerson, Sovie);
  • 9:45 am for Team 4 (Charleson, Zaza, Deshaies, Hull)

Renewal House conversation on social media in English Classes

Friday 6/11 Wear Orange

EXTENDED enrollment deadline for transfer students who reside on the St. Regis Mohawk Territory

Last day for Fall Sports Physicals

Wednesday 6/16 2nd dose vaccine clinic

Friday 6/18 1/2 day; dismissal at 10:50 am

Tuesday 6/22 1/2 day

Wednesday 6/23 1/2 day

NYS Algebra Regents

*****Chromebook Return***** until 6pm

Thursday 6/24 last day 1/2 day

NYS Earth Science Regents

*****Chromebook Return***** until 1pm

At this point-masks are still required in school.

A message from Superintendent Brady regarding masks.

Dear community members:

At this time, this communication is written to clarify that there has not been any official legal change in the mask mandate from the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health or Governor Cuomo.

The June 4th letter by Health Commissioner Zucker reported by the media on Friday was written to the CDC to determine if the CDC has any objection to relaxing its mask mandate. However, unless and until written guidance or an Executive Order is issued by the State, all students, staff and visitors must wear masks while on school property.

We recognize that the temperature is going to rise this week and we shall adjust the physical education curriculum and recess for students as necessary.

If we receive direction from the State that changes the mask wearing requirements at school, we will promptly communicate the change to our staff, students and parents.

Thank you for your continued patience with this difficult school year. We are almost to the end of the school year with fifteen days remaining.

Fall Sports Physicals

Good afternoon!

There have been many questions about sign ups for the 2021 Fall Sports Season.

Here is a general facts sheet.

Anticipated fall sports include: soccer, volleyball, cross country, swimming and football.

The last day for physicals will be June 11. Nurse Gilman is reaching out to those children who still need their physicals.

Please reach out to the main office 315-764-3720 with questions.

Transfer Deadline Extended

Superintendent Brady has extended the enrollment deadline for transfer students who reside on the St. Regis Mohawk Territory from June 1 - June 11.

In Solidarity

In support of our Native American students and families, Mr. Brady has authorized the District to lower flags to half mast beginning Monday morning, June 7, 2021 for 215 hours to mark the tragic deaths of children who were discovered around a former residential school in British Columbia.

We will also be holding a moment of silence Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021 during the morning announcements. On Friday, June 11, 2021 we would encourage staff and students to wear the color orange to pay tribute to the Indigenous children and their families who suffered immeasurably by such assimilation policies.

Here is an article about the findings in British Columbia. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/215-bodies-found-canada-indigenous-school/

Monday is a remote learning day

Tuesday to Friday the Junior High School Schedule is:

Normal Class Schedule (links to a printable version)

Homeroom/Advisory 7:20 - 7:40

Period 1 7:40 - 8:22

Period 2 8:27 - 9:09

Period 3 9:14 - 9:56

Period 4 10:01 - 10:43

Period 5 10:48 - 11:30

Period 6A 12:10 - 12:52

Period 6B 11:35 - 12:17

Period 7 12:57 - 1:39

Period 8 1:44 - 2:28

Children at home need to login to their meets at the scheduled class time. Remember-cameras are at the teachers discretion.

5.25.2021 - Announcements/Last 5 week Guidelines

Federal Funding Spending Survey

Massena CSD will receive federal money through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA). Federal guidelines set spending parameters, but states can provide additional requirements and dictate specific allotments per district. We are in the early stages of developing spending plans and we are interested in your feedback and comments as we put together a multi-year plan that utilizes this funding to support our students. Please take a few moments to complete the survey the District has created to help us determine the best utilization of available COVID related federal funding. Thank you for helping our community, our school, and our family!
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Only a few spots left!!!! MCSD Jr. High students of My Brothers Keeper can earn their wings at the JW Leary Jr High Summer Flight Camp

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of flight while working with a STEM/STEAM based curriculum and using real flight simulators to build skills.

The camp will take place at the Jr. High in room 405.

As social distancing will be enforced, space will be limited. Masks will be required.

Registration is in the Mohawk Club Google Classroom or by emailing breed@mcs.k12.ny.us or here.

Call Mr. Reed with questions at 315-764-3720 ext.3246

JW Leary is 1 of 20 Schools Selected to the Brilliant Pathways Program

JW Leary Junior High School has been selected as part of the North Country Brilliant Pathways program. The program had 75 applications from across Northern New York and Vermont.

Everyone is excited for this partnership to provide students and staff support around the schools career and college readiness goals.

This links to the official press release. Here is a Courier Observer article about the program and schools selected to participate. We look forward to this partnership.

Homework Hotline

Internet Safety Research Opportunity

My name is Peter Johnson and I am a research associate at Clarkson University. My colleagues, Kambiz Ghazinour from SUNY Canton and Tony Betrus from SUNY Potsdam, and I are conducting research funded by the National Science Foundation. This research explores how students in K-12 schools learn concepts of internet safety. We are interested in talking to teachers, principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, counselors, parents, and other school decision makers about their thoughts, experiences, and challenges. The extent of your participation in this research would be a single 15 minute interview over Zoom. Unfortunately, the nature of the study requires us to limit the amount of details shared in advance of the interview in order to avoid influencing your answers.

Thank you for your consideration in helping with this very important issue. If you are able to help, you can use the following link to schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/johnsonpa/15-minute-chat-about-internet-safety. If you have any questions, please reach out to me by email at pjohnson@clarkson.edu. Feel free to share this information with others you know who might be willing to help as well.

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All students attending in person must complete the health screening app.

Just a reminder that each student needs to have a “Daily screening form” filled out BEFORE coming into the school.

We have three options:

  • Download + fill out the app-->,
  • This is also a link to an online version of the app http://bit.ly/JWLScreen,
  • Children can get the pink forms from the nurse to bring in each day.

If there are any questions regarding this procedure please call the office 315-764-3720 or the nurse (Nurse Gilman) at 315-764-3720 ext. 3203.

Shared on behalf of St. Lawrence County Public Health

Sent on behalf of St. Lawrence County Public Health Department.

Wednesday, the Governor announced a new incentive for 12-17 year olds. Any individual aged 12-17 that receives their first dose by July 7th is eligible for a chance to win one of 50, four-year full-ride scholarships (includes tuition, room and board, books and supplies) to any New York State public college or university. This applies to students whom have already been vaccinated as well.


Thank you all for your help and efforts with vaccinating this population.

Kind Regards,

Jolene Munger, MPH, MA

Massena DFC Coalition

Jason Novak from Massena Drug-Free Community Coalition has asked that we share the link below to the Massena Drug Free Community Coalition’s current community adult survey. This is an online survey consisting of 17 questions and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The data collected by previous surveys assisted them with establishing Massena’s need for the federal Drug Free Communities Support and Partnership for Success grant programs.

The purpose of this survey is to gather vital information about drug-related issues in our community. This information will help the Coalition to plan efforts designed to reduce local substance use problems among Massena youth.


Many thanks for any assistance you can provide.

Lunch Pick Up

Did you know that on Mondays you can pick up 7-day meal packs for all students you have enrolled at the Massena Central School Districts? You can pick the packs up at any school in the Massena Central School District, including here at JW Leary on Mondays after 11!

The packs are at no cost to you and you do not need to call ahead. Pull into the parent loop and let us know how many students you have!

The Mohawk Club has rewards for


Please follow us on Facebook and our website for up to date information. Thank you for checking out our weekly update. If you have ideas, questions, or concerns please email azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us.

Take care,

Mrs. Zullo, Principal

J. William Leary Junior High School

Grades 7-8 of the Massena Central School District.