J. William Leary Junior High School

Update and Information

Welcome back!

Each section outlines something we are proud of and clicking on each button (block of color) brings to you to a resource that is shared!

Important upcoming dates include:

  • January 18th No School;
  • January 20th alternate schedule;
  • January 22nd Student Council Officer Information due;
  • January 28th and January 29th Student Council Elections;
  • January 29th 2nd quarter ends;
  • February 1st 11 AM Student Council Meeting
  • February 9th and 10th Picture Day. Remote student times are available on February 9th-click here to view our updated way of scheduling (do not worry-all previous appointments have been saved :))

Wednesday there is an alternate schedule. Remote learners do not need to join 1st period until 9:01.

7:30-7:40 Homeroom/ Advisory

7:40-9:01 CBT Simulation

9:01-9:33 Period 1

9:38-10:10 Period 2

10:15-10:47 Period 3

10:52-11:24 Period 4

11:29-12:01 Lunch A Per. 6B

12:06-12:36 Per. 6A Lunch B

12:41-1:13 Period 5

1:18-1:50 Period 7

1:55-2:27 Period 8

Remote learning guidelines 1.11.2021 - Google Slides

Massena Central School District Free Marketplace

Building off of work that has already been happening with J.W. Leary’s backpack program, food drop off from Mr. Alexander and Mr. Norris, our educators' strategic lessons that connect to the broader community, and the over 360 home visits that have happened this year the JW Leary Leadership and Community Schools are working together with the Food Bank of Central New York to create the Massena Central School District Free Marketplace.

The designation will allow MCS to access new streams of federal, state, and foundation funding to purchase food for families experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, the MCS Free Marketplace will be one of just two operating from within a public school building across our region.

The MCS Free Marketplace will serve families and the community in the Massena Central School district through a combination of appointments and open pantry hours aligned with the Massena Central School District calendar

Families across the district will be encouraged to reach out to their child’s guidance counselor to find out more about the MCS Free Marketplace. Helping to connect families with food, housing, school supplies, warm clothing, and technology so that students can have the opportunity to be as successful in school as possible is important to Massena Central School District and we are excited to launch this new initiative.

Stay tuned for more details!

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!

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!

Student Survey

We are looking for all students to respond to this survey that will help us help students. I know some students have previously responded, they can respond again if they want. We are looking for responses from all students.

Thank You Home Depot

We appreciate the donations that will help us support our students learning and being able to apply their knowledge to real-world activities!!

  • 8 large bags of potting soil
  • 26 seed packets- a variety of vegetables and herbs
  • 8 seed starter trays
The materials are going to be used in our 7th-grade science classes by Mrs. Goodrich and in 7th-grade art class. They will provide a great learning experience for the class as they learn about plants, nutrition, and designing and conducting experiments. All of the students will get to help plant the seeds and observe the plants while they grow.


We know it is tough to move from in person to remote learning. We want all children to know how much we look forward to seeing them in person and/or online. Letters to families of all children who we do not see in classes for a certain amount of days in the past two weeks will be mailed home early next week.

If you have questions/comments/concerns please reach out to the school 315-764-3720 or azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us.

Be on the lookout for information about 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? That’s basically how Raider works - except Raider only answers questions about Massena Central School District, not the current weather or nearest coffee shop. Raider sends timely reminders, information, and tips to help promote success in school. And Raider doesn’t speak, only texts.

Student Council

Student Council is starting and will be having elections via a Google Form on January and January . To run for office students will need to submit a brief (under 2 minute) video or the information form to Mrs. Jarrett-email her for more information.

There are offices for students at all grade levels:

  • President (8th grade)
  • Vice-President (7th grade)
  • Secretary (any grade)
  • Treasurer (any grade)

All students who run for office and any interested student can become a part of the student council.

The first meeting will be Monday February 1 at 11 AM on Google Meet.

For more information please contact Mrs. Jarrett.

Mrs. Jaggers works with students to help them get ready for a week of virtual learning

Orchestra continues online

Mr. Pratti is shown playing scales with a student. Students have done a great job learning how to tune their own instruments and adapting to playing in a virtual environment!

Mrs. Charleson guides students through The Pearl by discussing characters and symbolism.

Our educators are continuing to learn new tools and skills

Technology coach Cathy Donahue attends the Model Schools meeting learning about different tools and applications along with an introduction to the new New York State Computer Science/Digital Fluency standards.

Our technology teachers are working with students on career and college exploration.

Mrs. Taylor and the Spanish students discuss weather and jokes in class.

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.