J. W. Leary Junior High School

October 10, 2021

Hello everyone,

There is no school on Monday!!

The first five weeks of the school year are done! It has been fantastic having children back in school 5 days a week.

Remember-there is no remote instruction this year.

When children cannot be in school due to COVID teachers are working hard to support them with their learning, as noted in all of Mr. Brady's communication their situation is marked uniquely in SchoolTool. A second set of attendance letters was sent out to let you know what we have on record. If you have questions about the letter please email me.

I encourage all families to do three things:

  • Check out the guidelines teachers have provided at 2021 Curriculum Night Webpage;
  • Download the Google Classroom application--have your children login under their account (what they see and what adults see can be different);
  • If you have concerns when progress reports arrive, work with your child to develop a plan. We are also here to help your child with their academics and social adjustments please reach out if you have concerns!

Drop-off and pick up remains a huge concern. PLEASE move into the spaces in the parent loop that are by the gym. Kids can get out/in school side. Children should not be crossing in front of moving cars to get to your car. Move up into the spaces for drop off and pick up.

October 12 Picture Day. See below for more information!

October 13 Final day for Field Experience Deposits; the deposit reserves a spot for your child. Link to the Field Experience website. Field experience Google Classroom Code=657tbv6

October 13-14 Progress reports will be mailed home

October 19/20 8th grade BOCES Trips; Team 3 on 10/19; Team 4 on 10/20

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

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

Thank you everyone for supporting our children!!

Curriculum Night Webpage

JH Curriculum Night items. Please give us your feedback at http://bit.ly/2021JHCN. Thank You!!

Picture Day is October 12

Say Cheese!!! Picture day will be October 12th.

Sheets will be sent home with children early next week.

For quicker online ordering check out mylifetouch.com. The School ID/Picture ID is: EVTNWJHR9

School Number Days

Tuesday is Day 2

Wednesday is Day 3

Thursday is Day 4

Friday is Day 5

This weeks word of the week is a phrase

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The character trait this week is Other People Mindset

When I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. This element of the Other People Matter Mindset is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention.

Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the dangerous capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people. How dangerous is this? Very.

For the Other People Mindset, we do not yet have P2 for Families.

However, parents can view the Other People Mindset webpage or the character card linked here.

J.W. Leary 10.01.2021

Thank you Massena Fire Department

During this Fire Safety Week the Massena Fire Department came Tuesday to help ensure that we are safely able to exit the building and that we account for all children.

Staff did a fantastic job throughout this experience adapting their paths out and making sure we had all children.

I appreciate everyone's work with this!

Things happening in classes...

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After School Offerings

Raider Academy

Several amazing JH educators have planned and are involved with the Raider Academy. Thank you to all of you who planned the fun activities for children on Tuesday and Thursday. The kids were so excited to share what they are doing I created a folder for videos.

The activities Tuesday and Thursday afternoons were awesome!! Children can sign up at any time!!

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

Check out this informational video and click the link below to read more about the program and to enroll your child(ren).

Raider Academy Form

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.

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.