J. W. Leary Junior High School

September 17, 2021

Hello everyone,

It continues to be a great start to the school year!!

This week things began to get in the groove for daily in person learning. As I was thinking about things it occurred to me, this was the first time since March 2020 that we had a full week of school with all children in the building. I am super proud of the children and our staff. Everyone is working hard!!

MCSD is putting out a health news letter. Check it out here!

Bus drivers keep asking that we make sure you are picking up in the parent loop. The parent loop is off of Highland Park. This is how traffic should be flowing. Parking out in front is creating several blind spots--it is important to us your children are safe!

Thank you everyone for supporting our children!!

School Number Days

Monday is Day 5

Tuesday is Day 6

Wednesday is Day 1

Thursday is Day 2

Friday is Day 3

This weeks word of the week is Fall (as in the Fall season). Fall begins this week! 🍁

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The character trait this week is curiosity!

This letter outlines a lot more information.

Parent-child conversations outside of school are a significant way to instill the character strengths vocabulary and ownership in students. I encourage you to talk with your children about curiosity and ask them about their questions along with items they are learning more about.
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Raider Academy for Grades 1-8

Dear Families,
The Massena Central School District is excited to begin an afterschool program named Raider Academy for Grades 1-8. Please click the link to read more about the program and to enroll your child(ren). https://forms.gle/8MokfaQAeZuRWMd36
If you have any questions please email dchapman@mcs.k12.ny.us or call (315) 764-3700 x3024.

Thank You Nature Center and Joel Danko!!

To help support the SPECCIT work Mrs. Goodrich did this summer with a school team, Joel Danko from the Nicandri Nature Center visited Mrs. Goodrich's science classes today to talk about Ticks, Lyme Disease, and his job as a wildlife biologist. The children had a great day and said they learned a ton! Thank you Joel!

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FREE Breakfast & Lunch will continue for the 2021-2022 school year!

Please continue to complete your free and reduced lunch application! By filling out an application for free and reduced lunch, you help the district apply for grant funding for scholastic and extracurricular activities. Additionally your family will be all set up to receive free and reduced meals next fall.


We at JW Leary Junior High School believe that consistent attendance at school is imperative to attain a thorough and complete education. It is important that students be in school on time each day in order to be presented with academic material that will help them grow as a student. We also recognize that there are circumstances in a child’s life that may require them to miss school occasionally. These tardies or absences are understandable and accepted as long as the occurrence doesn’t become frequent.

It is a school-wide goal at JW Leary Junior High School to improve student attendance. In order for parents to assist us with this school-wide goal, we ask that parents make every effort to schedule family vacations during our school breaks. In addition, we ask that parents schedule students’ doctor’s appointments after school as much as possible. When students are signed out of school early, they miss valuable instructional time and could begin to fall behind academically when leaving early becomes excessive.

School starts at 7:30 AM. Students who arrive in their classrooms after these times are reported to the main office as tardy for school. Absences are identified by a student being out of school for an entire day. Both of these attendance measures are forwarded to a database where we keep track of attendance for each child. When a student is absent from school, the nurse’s office will call the child’s home to make sure that the parent is aware of the child’s absence in order to ensure the child’s safety.

The expectation at JW Leary Junior High School is that parents will forward, in writing, a note that includes the date(s), student’s name and explanation of absence or that parents will complete this Form. We keep these notes on file in the office.

Each week an attendance check is done on all of our children. In addition to sending attendance information with progress reports and report cards additional letters may be sent if problems arise.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your student for your cooperation and patience thus far as we continue to navigate the new world brought to us by the COVID pandemic.

Massena Central School District follows CDC and St. Lawrence County guidelines of what to do if a student becomes sick. As a result we want to emphasize if your child is sick or shows signs of illness, do not send them to school regardless of vaccination status. Staying home when sick with signs of illness and/or COVID-19 is essential to keeping COVID-19 infections out of schools and will prevent spread to others.

**Please continue to follow our daily health screening checklist.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Nurse Gilman at 315-764-3720 x 3203

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student or your family as we get back into school.

If you have ideas, questions, or concerns please email azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us or call the school 315-764-3720.

Mrs. Zullo

J. William Leary Junior High School

Grades 7-8 of the Massena Central School District.