J. W. Leary Junior High School

May 16, 2022

Hello Everyone!

It was wonderful to see so many parents/guardians at the concert on Thursday. It was amazing to hear the kids performing together. I know from talking with them after it was exciting for them and something they enjoyed; especially in a really full auditorium.

This past week we also had a virtual assembly on anti-bullying/cyberbullying. More details are shared below.

With the warm weather it is important that we all have the same understanding of the school guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook. The guidelines follow the associated items from Board of Education Policy relating to our Code of Conduct.

Keep your eyes open for our annual plant sale. The plant sale is a collaboration between student council and the Green Team!

With the Field Experience trip, children who are not attending will have enrichment activities on Thursday and Friday.

* Monday will be a Cycle day 5

Other upcoming dates include:

May 17; Instrumental Concert Dress Rehearsal

May 18; 7:30 PM 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 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 PM Earth Science Regents

June 20 No School

June 23; Last day of school

All JH Events

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

Athletics calendars are located here.

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A Note for Field Experience Families

Boston Trip Families:

Please check the google classroom. We have posted an announcement that contains information on packing, spending money, dress code, class assignments, and time to be at school.

Do not forget… students ARE required to get their classwork prior to Thursday 5/19 and MUST have it completed when it is due.

Also, ALL students MUST be in attendance at school on Monday 5/23. You may not be late either.

Cyberbullying Assembly Materials

I have placed a brief video below. I know our teachers are working with kids in advisory to show and discuss the videos. There is parent access to some items. If you are interested please reach out and I will pass that information along.

JH Ensembles are getting ready for concerts. Instrumental concert is Wednesday May 18 at 7:30 pm!

This past week we had an amazing chorus concert!

I want you to know how much I appreciate all of you for your support with the concert. It was a tough year with the way COVID impacted everything. There was nothing more special than seeing everyone in the auditorium to celebrate the talent within the school!

The children were amazing in adjusting and working together to put on this amazing show.

Special Thank You's to:
  • Mr. Brady and the Board of Education for working with us to provide a live presentation
  • Mrs. Robideau who worked to prepare the children;
  • Miss. Fountaine for playing the piano;
  • Mr. Lincoln and family for running the lights and the sound;
  • Mr. Oliver for setting up the auditorium and giving us access ahead of the show;
  • Mr. Corigliano and Mrs. Walton for their special effects during the 7th-grade show;
  • The custodial staff at the High School for their adaptation and for helping with setup;
  • you for supporting your children through this unique time;
  • and to your children--they sounded amazing. I am so proud of their brave spirits for adjusting to being on stage (which was scary!) and their outstanding performance.

Native American Spring Social

The Native American Social is an opportunity to experience and celebrate Native American culture. We were fortunate to have the traveling college come and work with us on Friday. All junior high children participated in this fantastic event. Socials consist of traditional teachings, culture, singing, and dancing. It was also honoring all indigenous peoples.

Thank you Ms. Jocko for organizing this event. It was fantastic to see the leadership among our Native children with this event and the acceptance among all of our children!

Reading A Long Walk to Water in 7th grade ELA

Clay Sculptures of Food in Art class

JW Leary Student Handbook/Code of Conduct

JH Code of Conduct;

Student Code of Conduct and Discipline


All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. This should be considered the student’s work place and students should dress accordingly. Attire should not be offensive, provocative, outlandish, or distracting to the school environment. Attire that interferes with the educational process or impinges upon the rights of others will not be tolerated. Clothing and hair styles shall be neat and clean. The school expects reasonable personal hygiene practices to be followed. The administration will determine what is or is not appropriate and is authorized to take action in instances where an individual’s dress does not meet these stated requirements.

The Massena Central School District recommends a mode of dress based upon common sense, good taste, current styles and the concern for the best interest of the entire student body, as well as, the individual. To that end, a student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, shall:

  1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
  2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, mesh shirts, muscle shirts, midriff shirts, plunging necklines (front and/or back) see through garments, shorts or skirts above mid-thigh, and jeans with holes are not appropriate (with arms at one’s sides, fingertips are considered mid-thigh). Tank tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches wide and fitted sleeves.
  3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing. This would include such items as bras, bathing suits, halter tops, or tank tops if worn underneath outer clothing.
  4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed. Appropriate footwear for Physical Education and Technology class are required.
  5. Not include hats of any style other than in the corridor. Hoods must remain down at all times. Bandanas of any kind are not allowed in the building.
  6. Not include items that are distracting or offensive, vulgar, make sexual reference, or degrade others on account of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  7. Not include any clothing that advertises alcohol, other substances, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourages other illegal and violent activities.
  8. Not include chains, sharp dog collars, or bracelets or anything that could cause injury.
  9. Not include baggy or sagging pants (waistband must rest on the top of the hip bones).
  10. Not include sunglasses.
  11. Not include pajamas
  12. Not include coats or jackets during the school day. Hooded sweatshirts are not considered outerwear


  • Cell phone and personal electronics use is prohibited in the school building and on school provided transportation.
  • Cell phones and personal electronics will be considered as in use if they are “on” or are in sight.
  • Use of cell phones and personal electronics in the school building or school transportation will result in them being confiscated, and may result in further disciplinary action. Confiscated cell phones and personal electronics will be returned to the student’s parent or guardian.
  • The only exception to this rule is if teachers are utilizing cell phones or personal electronics for an educational purpose in the classroom.
  • Massena Central School will assume no responsibility for lost, stolen or broken cell phones and personal electronics after they have been confiscated.
  • Due to time constraints, the school will not investigate stolen cell phones and personal electronics. Their security is the sole responsibility of the student.

Enforcement of the Personal Electronics Policy is found in the JW Leary Personal Electronics Plan which reads as follows:

  1. If the item is visible to a staff member they will request that the item be turned in to them and the item will be taken to the office. The office will document that the student was seen with an item and it was taken.
    1. On the first offense, the infraction is logged in the office and the personal electronic item is returned to the student at the end of the day.
    2. On the second offense, the item is taken and turned into the office and is not returned to the student. It must be picked up by a parent or someone in parental relation to the student. Exceptions can be made only by the principal in communication with the student's parent

B. If the item is out and in use, the student will begin at (ii) above.

C. It is also worth noting that students are expected to turn the item over to staff without a conversation or question. If the student becomes insubordinate and refuses to follow a reasonable request from a staff member they will be subject to the code of conduct for those behaviors.

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!


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.