J. W. Leary Junior High School

April 3, 2022

Hello everyone,

We are excited that it is officially Spring! This is my favorite time of year because we can really get moving along with things in classes and across the school.

Attendance letters have been sent home to families whose children have a concerning amount of absences. The goal is to inform you of what we have on record and to help support your child attending school. If you receive a letter and would like support please reach out to your child's guidance counselor or Mrs. Shoen our social worker.

Monday will be a cycle day 5.

* There will be a menu change for Tuesday, April 5th:

Choice 1: Ham & cheese bagel melt with corn

Choice 2: Chicken Fajita with lettuce, cheese, salsa and corn

* April 8 is the last day of the 3rd quarter. Report cards will be sent home before break.

* Spring Break will run April 15 - 21.

All JH Events

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

Athletics calendars are located here.

Sapling to Cedar Program is at JH on Mondays

The program focus is on helping Native children discovering who we are through storytelling,

hands-on crafts, and Creation Story

About us:

A community where young men’s integrity, respect; roles are restored by using cultural traditions.

Our Mission:

By supporting men's willingness to change, we ensure a safe community for our families to

flourish now, and for future generations.

Reach out to Mrs. Jocko at jjocko@mcs.k12.ny.us with questions.

Positivity Project Trait of next week is Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others

Next week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others. It’s important to deliberately work to identify and appreciate others’ character strengths.

Identifying and appreciating the good in others is a core tenet of the Other People Mindset. This isn’t always what comes naturally. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems -- for ourselves, for the other person, and for our relationships.

Identifying and appreciating the good in other people helps you see the world through a more positive -- and less threatening -- lens. If you’re constantly seeing the negative traits of people, you’re going to think the world is comprised of bad people -- and you’re going to operate from a defensive posture. This isn’t to say that we should be naive or see the world, and its people, through “rose-colored glasses.” It’s just that we should strive to understand people’s intent. If you see the good in another, they are likely to see the good in you.

To practice and encourage the character strength of Identifying and Appreciating the good in other people 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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Thank You Mrs. Jarrett and Student Council

Mrs. Jarrett and the JH Student Council used the proceeds from the dance to purchase snacks for state testing. The snacks provided a nice treat for children and were much appreciated!

There are a lot of different things going on in classes!

Thank You Olivia from Renewal House!

Olivia from Renewal House came and spoke with our health classes about sexting/sextortion. She did a great job sharing this important topic with children. I appreciate Mrs. Hayes taking time to host this important conversation.

ACE Workshops take place at JH

A big Thank You to Ms. Jocko who has worked with Ms. Salgado in setting up ACE workshops at JH. During the ACE workshops children learn about various skills relating to life, careers and colleges.

This past week Mr. Manor from SeaComm spent the day talking with different groups of children about financial literacy. I appreciate the real life and practical items that Mr. Manor used to engage the children in conversations about making sure that they had the money they needed for the things that they have become used to (cell phones, etc...).

We all left paying attention to what we enjoyed and what we spend money on.

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. The situations we have learned about have been handled before turning into something more.

If people see/hear something, say something.

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.