J.W. Leary Junior High School

October 17, 2021

Hello everyone,

As we enter the 7th week of school I want to thank you for trusting us with your children. I know our teachers and staff are working hard to provide a great junior high experience for all children.


Progress reports may have been received during the weekend; please keep in mind the grades are not final. The role of progress reports is to let you know how your child is doing at this point. This is a great opportunity to make any adjustments that may be needed to guide them toward social/academic success.


Friday, October 15 Winter Sports Registration Opens see below


Tuesday, October 19 All Team 3 8th graders are attending; alternate schedule

Wednesday, October 20 All Team 4 8th grade are attending; alternate schedule

Friday, October 22 1/2 Day JH Dismissal at 10:45, no after school; alternate schedule


Monday, October 25 to Friday, November 19 Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29 Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 29 1/2 Day JH Dismissal at 10:45, no after school


Thursday, November 11 Veteran's Day

Friday, November 12 10 week mark

Friday, November 12 Staff Development


Wednesday, November 17 Parent Teacher Conferences (more details to follow)

Thursday, November 18 Picture Retake Day

RED RIBBON WEEK IS OCTOBER 25 to 29

Red Ribbon Week presents an excellent opportunity to teach children about the benefits of building lifelong healthy habits, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Monday, October 25 – Outrageous Red Day

Wear red to represent Drug Free Awareness! Students, faculty, staff are to begin wearing their bracelets and something RED!

Tuesday, October 26 – Team Up Tuesday

Students, faculty, and staff are to team up against drugs by wearing their favorite team shirt or jersey. It can be a team that you play on too!

Wednesday, October 27 – Check Yourself, Be Drug-Free Day

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to wear something plaid!

Thursday, October 28 – Peace Out To Drugs Day

Students, faculty, and staff are to wear something tie-dye, colorful, or something with a peace sign.

Friday, October 29 – Say BOO to Drugs Day

Students, faculty, and staff are to wear an orange or Halloween T-shirt.

Schedule for Tuesday/Wednesday

7:30-7:49 Homeroom/ Advisory

7:52-8:34 Period 1

8:37-9:19 Period 2

9:22-10:04 Period 3

10:07-11:05 Period 4

10:35-11:05 Lunch for 8th grade students and Teachers going on the trip to BOCES

11:08-11:38 Lunch A

11:08-11:47 Per. 5/6

11:08-11:47 Per. 5/6

11:41-12:20 Per. 6/7

11:50-12:20 Lunch B

11:50-12:29 Per. 7/8

12:23-1:02 Per. 8/9

12:23-1:02 Per. 8/9

12:32-1:02 Lunch C

1:05-1:44 Period 10

1:47-2:28 Period 11

Schedule for Friday

1/2 Day Schedule

Homeroom/AM Advisory 7:30–7:39

Period 1 7:42-8:02

Period 2 8:05-8:25

Period 3 8:28-8:48

Period 4 8:51-9:11

Period 5/6 or 6/7 9:14-9:34

Periods 7/8 or 8/9 9:37-9:57

Period 10 10:00-10:20

Period 11 10:23-10:45

Please note that on Friday children will be held in 11th period until the busses arrive and we can safely dismiss the children.

Winter Sports Registration

Winter sports registration is open.


Sports to register for:

Varsity, JV, Modified Girls/Boys Basketball

Varsity Girls/Boys Rifle

Varsity Girls Cheer

Varsity Girls/Boys Ice Hockey

Varsity, Modified Boys Wrestling

Varsity Girls/Boys Indoor Track


If you have questions please contact:

Gavin Regan - Athletic Director

Email: gregan@mcs.k12.ny.us

Phone: (315) 764-3700 ext. 3122

Trisha LaBarge

Email: tlabarge@mcs.k12.ny.us

Phone: (315) 764-3700 ext. 3106

School Number Days

Monday is Day 6

Tuesday is Day 1

Wednesday is Day 2

Thursday is Day 3

Friday is Day 4

This weeks word of the week is Thank You

Big picture

Congratulations to our September Student of the Month Kate!

During the month of September children and staff at JW Leary Junior High School were asked to provide names of children who had demonstrated teamwork, curiosity about others, and caring about others. Kate Finnegan's name came up numerous times with several people noting how she supports her classmates with learning, lockers and everything else. It was noted that before WEB Leader Training Kate, an 8th grader, came to the JH Open House and helped numerous children with their lockers and finding their classes. Kate cares a lot about others and is a great role-model for other children.


Shown in the picture is Mrs. Zullo (JH Principal) presenting Kate and her parents Tammy/John Finnegan the September Student of the Month Certificate.

The character trait this week is INTEGRITY

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and

allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you.

Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also

carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who

demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward

after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted

in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a

second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to

consider things from another’s perspective.


Parent-child conversations outside of school are a significant way to instill the character strengths vocabulary and ownership in students. Parent virtue: Parent virtue: Temperance. Strengths of temperance protect us from excess. Strengths comprised in this virtue are forgiveness, humility/modesty, prudence, and self-control.


I encourage you to talk with your children about Forgiveness.


This links to the Forgiveness character card.

Things happening in classes

Thank You Mrs. Nezezon

Mrs. Nezezon came to speak with 7th grade Science classes. I know that the children enjoyed the real-life application of the work that they are doing. We appreciate you taking the time to help us connect the children to real-world applications of what they are learning!

After School Activities

North Country Science & Technology Entry Program (NCSTEP)

The North Country Science & Technology Entry Program (NCSTEP) is a NYSED grant-funded program based out of SUNY Potsdam. The goal of this program is to introduce middle school and high school students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities and encourage those students to pursue STEM fields in higher education.


There are various STEP programs around the state, with NCSTEP being the local program chapter. NCSTEP serves students attending the Madrid-Waddington, Massena Central, Parishville-Hopkinton and Salmon River Central school districts.


The link for the online application is here.

Raider Academy

The Massena Central School District is excited to begin an afterschool program named Raider Academy for Grades 1-8. Please click the link below to read more about the program and to enroll your child(ren).

If you have any questions please email dchapman@mcs.k12.ny.us or call (315) 764-3700 x3024.

Raider Academy Form

About the Raider Academy Video

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.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student or your family.


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.