J. William Leary Junior High School

Update and Information


Thank you everyone for your quick adjustment this past week to remote learning. We all know that the changes are not easy and appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unique year.

Important upcoming dates include:

  • February 1st Orientation for students returning to Hybrid Instruction (time 10 AM- 11 AM email if your child is interested)
  • Report Cards will be mailed
  • February 5th Last day to schedule remote child picture times. Remote student times are available on February 9th-click here to view our updated way of scheduling.
  • February 8th all students will need to complete their ELA + Math iReady Diagnostic
  • February 9th and 10th Picture Day.
  • February 15-19 No School--have your child(ren) go out and do something fun!!

Drop off and pick up needs to happen in the parent loop off of Highland Park. There remain a few cars parking on School Street creating a tough and potentially dangerous situation for our bus drivers and your child(ren).

The Junior High School Schedule is:

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

Be on the lookout for information about Raider

Raider is a chatbot that JW Leary Junior High will be using to connect with families.

Massena Central School District is one of 18 schools throughout the nation to be awarded a grant to incorporate artificial intelligence software to support students and families. We are excited to share that on February 3rd we will be launching Raider the chatbot.

What is Raider?

Raider is a chatbot that uses text messages and a knowledge base to answer your questions about MCSD and help your child succeed. You know how Siri and Alexa can answer lots of your questions?

What if Raider can’t answer my question?

Raider knows a lot about MCSD, but no bot is perfect. If Raider doesn’t know an answer, a real human will read your question and get you an answer within 24 hours.

Will my texts to Raider be read?

Yes. All texts, even those that Raider can’t answer, are reviewed by humans to ensure accuracy and continually improve Raider’s knowledge base.

Can I opt out if I don’t want texts?

Of course! Raider is meant to help. If you don’t want to engage with Massena Central School District over text, just text STOP at any time.

Raider will launch through a text message that will be sent to all district families.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Colarusso-Martin at kcmartin@mcs.k12.ny.us or (315) 764-3710 ext.3621

Raider will launch next Wednesday, 2/3.

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!

On Monday January 25 the JW Leary WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)

met virtually for a follow up. WEB is a junior high orientation and transition program that welcomes 7th graders to the building and pairs them with 8th grade WEB Leaders to make them feel comfortable throughout their first year of junior high. WEB is a yearlong program that based on the belief that students can help other students succeed.

Keep an eye out for moccasin and mitten making classes.

Details + registration coming soon!

Free Market Update

The application for the JW Leary Free Market food pantry has been submitted. A thank you to Mr. Kingsley, Mr. Alexander and Mr. Marcellus who cleaned out the room and set up new shelving.

Stay tuned!

Thank you for checking out our weekly update. If you have ideas, questions, or concerns please email azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us.

Please follow us on Facebook and our website for up to date information.

Take care,

Ms. Zullo, Principal

J. William Leary Junior High School

Grades 7-8 of the Massena Central School District.