J. W. Leary Junior High School

May 1, 2022

Hello Everyone!

It's hard to believe that it is May!! We are in the home stretch!

* Monday will be a Cycle day 1.

With May comes a lot of activities. Staff Appreciation, Choir concerts and Band concerts, our Spring Social, and 6th Grade Parent Orientation are on the calendar.

On 5/5 the St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau is sponsoring a conversation and call to action regarding students and social media. This event is for parents only. Contact ABackus@stlawco.org for a link.

5/6 there will be a dance; 7PM-9PM Guidelines and information are below.

Other upcoming dates include:

May 11, 7PM Cyberbullying Presentation= Parent discussion--sign up here.

May 12; 7:30PM; Chorus Concert

May 13; Spring Native American Social

May 17; Instrumental Concert Dress Rehearsal

May 18; 7:30PM Instrumental concert

May 19-May 22 Field Experience Trip

May 20 35 week mark

June 1; 6:30PM 6th Grade Parent Orientation for Junior High School--register here for a link

June 10 7PM-9PM Dance

June 15 1:00 PM Awards ceremony

June 16-June 23 Half Days for children

June 16 AM; 7:30 AM Algebra Regents

June 17 PM; 12:15 PMEarth Science Regents=

June 20 No School

June 23; Last day of school

Administrative Professionals Day was April 27!

Mrs. Block and Mrs. Whitton keep our world turning behind the scenes; they’re our first point of communication, information and organization. Let us extend a HUGE thank you to both of them!
This upcoming week is Teacher+Staff Appreciation Week!

Click this link to send a message or send a message on your own! Thank you!!

Thanks so much to an amazing Junior High staff who holds it together even when it seems impossible!!

Please reach out and help us support JH educators!

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All JH Events

DATES TO REMEMBER 2021-2022--this links the calendar that is regularly updated

Athletics calendars are located here.

New Websites

We have put together a website for DASA and related items. Please take a moment to check this site out.

This website has also been put together for this years budget vote.

I encourage you to reach out with questions or concerns.

Cyberbullying Parent Cafe

Click this link to register

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WEB Leadership

Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) is looking for up to 50 of this year's 7th graders (next year's 8th graders), to connect with the incoming 7th grade class. We want students who show both traditional and nontraditional leadership.

Some qualities we look for in Leaders include:

  • strong communication skills,
  • willingness to lead,
  • positive role model,
  • enthusiastic,
  • interested in helping others

WEB is not necessarily looking for the smartest students, the most athletic, or the most popular. We want students who are KIND, want to make the school better and are responsible enough to manage a group.

There will be various WEB information sessions and events when we return from break. All children interested in this opportunity are encouraged to apply.

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Leadership is the upcoming weeks character trait

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Leadership. Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy.

To practice and encourage the character strength of leadership with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

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Staff and students participate in belated Earth Day Activities!

The official Earth Day took place over Spring Break. However-that didn't stop JWL students and staff from celebrating the day and participating in a variety of activities to promote environmental consciousness around the school. Students and staff dressed up in shirts that Mrs. Hull helped secure as a variety of work took place.

From moving the garden boxes to the front corridor to decreasing litter on campus a ton of great work took place.

Thank you to everyone for your involvement in this important day!

Technology Classes Build Rockets

Junior High Dances

We had fantastic behavior and fun at the last dance so we are planning a few more junior high dances to be held.

Dates are:

May 6th for the Dress in Black and White Dance

June 10th for the Dressy Dance

Help us help your child to attend. Please talk with your child about safe, responsible, and respectful behavior. This includes:

  • being kind to other children,
  • completing class assignments + seeking help when its needed,
  • not throwing things,
  • keeping hands to themselves, and
  • being respectful of staff/other children (in person and online through social media/games).

Dances at junior high are special events and children must demonstrate behavior according to the Code of Conduct to attend.

Dance attendees must be:

  • enrolled at JW Leary JH
  • present in school on the day of the dance
  • have no discipline referrals from Wednesday to Friday the week of the dance
  • have no suspensions (in-school or out of school) the week of the dance

Doors will open at 7 pm. Anyone leaving before 9 pm must be signed out by a parent or guardian.

Snacks will be sold.

The cost to attend will be $5.

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We are VERY low on extra chargers. PLEASE...

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Massena CSD Technology Tips

This page contains a getting started, cheat sheet, and tips about using the various platforms we have at JWL and within the entire district.

Great job students and staff!

Coming back from break we took a step to acknowledge the students and staff who have been noted for their above and beyond work.

Over 50 students have received notes home outlining their positive contributions to our school community.

The form to nominate those going above and beyond is on our website or located here!

Something is concerning-

We also want to recognize that knowledge of situations is our best defense. Everyone is frustrated when something happens and they feel nothing was done. We cannot do anything if we do not know about it!

If people see/hear something, say something. Situations we have heard of we have handled.

The below form which is also linked on our website is one way to do that.

All concerns expressed to the school are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken. We cannot do something if we do not know about it. It is a service to the entire community when items are shared.

We are all in this together and we all have the same goal. Thank you for your support!


We know the pandemic has had numerous impacts on many things. As a building we’ve been fortunate this year to be able to offer support through a part-time social worker as well as the implementation of advisory (small groups with an adult) positivity project, CFES, WEB, and ongoing work with our teachers/counselors/administration.

This past week there was the 4th suicide of a student in St. Lawrence County schools in one year. We continue to have a focus on the safety and mental health of children.

Please share the below information with you child. We are all here to support you and your child. If you need anything please let us know.

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At JW Leary we are fortunate to be able to offer free breakfast for all children.

Doors open at 7:15 am for children getting breakfast. Please see this VIDEO for information about breakfast.

Children do need their Schoolbucks account number to get breakfast and lunch.

This links to the current breakfast/lunch menu!

A big thank you to our amazing cafeteria staff who helps this to be possible!

Breakfast starts at 7:15...

preview this video to learn more! Children need to be settled into advisory by 7:35.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student or your family. We have so many great things happening at 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.