J. W. Leary Junior High School

September 24, 2021

Hello everyone,

Next week we finish up the first month of the school year.

Bus drop-off of children was slightly later today (Friday). This occurred because cars blocked the bus lane. Please, please, please use the parent loop. When dropping off and picking up in the parent loop it is helpful to pull up to the open spots on the side of the gym. This allows for double the amount of children to get out of or into cars safely.

Wednesday 9/15/2021 was supposed to be our Curriculum Night. In place of curriculum night we will have brief videos with all of our information. I understand that this is not ideal, but we are happy to provide this asynchronous alternative, since last year's Curriculum Night was cancelled altogether. Curriculum night materials will be widely shared when available; no later than 9/30/2021. Thank you for adjusting with us.

September 28 Team 1 and WEB Leaders are going to Azure Mountain.

September 29 Team 2 and WEB Leaders are going to Azure Mountain.

Wear Orange on September 30 to honor indigenous children who were sent to residential schools.

Picture day is October 12th. There should be more information next week!

There are two half days coming up October 22, 2021 and October 29, 2021.

Thank you everyone for supporting our children!!

School Number Days

Monday is Day 4

Tuesday is Day 5

Wednesday is Day 6

Thursday is Day 1

Friday is Day 2

Wear Orange on Thursday September 30

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day to honor the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools and learn more about the history of those schools.

This weeks word of the week is children.

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The character trait this week is TEAMWORK

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall

group success as a higher priority than individual

achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards

the common good as opposed to one’s own self-interest.

Those who demonstrate strengths in teamwork and

citizenship often work to help all group members find

success. These individuals are willing to commit time and

resources in order to further group goals and help toward

the greater good.

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 teamwork.

This links to the Teamwork character card.

Welcome Miss. Ramsdell

Miss. Ramsdell is joining Director Chapman’s intervention team here at junior high. She will be working mostly with Tier II math.

Things happening in classes.

All JH Events

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

YearBook Club meets after school on Wednesday in Room 501

After School Offerings

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

Massena PALs

Massena PALs will open our doors for operation on October 4, 2021. This is a change from the original start date of September 27, 2021. Please call the program, (315) 705-6075 office and (315) 296-5604 mobile, if you have any questions.

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.

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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.