John G. Borden May Good News

Sharing the great happenings at JGBMS

Author's Day with Todd Strasser

We had a wonderful virtual visit from author, Todd Strasser. His dynamic presentation included the ins and outs of writing as well as overcoming adversity. There were 2 hands-on writing workshops as well in which students were taught how to show a feeling or action using description "show, don't tell". It was an exciting experience to get feedback from an accomplished author.

Spring Carnival Dance

A great time was had by all who attended the dance on Friday, April 29th. The Pie A-Teacher booth was very popular, thank you to all the teachers who volunteered their faces. Overall the dance was a success raising approximately $1000 for Student Council.

Lake Compounce Field Trips

The 7th and 8th grade field trips are quickly approaching. It is promised to be a fantastic time.

8th grade - May 13th

7th grade - May 20th

Just a little information ahead of time so all are prepared and able to have a great time.

Lake Compounce is going cashless this year. Instead of cash, they will be accepting credit cards, debit cards or mobile payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay for tickets, food, drinks and gift shop items.

If you bring cash to the park, they will have several cash-to-card kiosks throughout the park to convert your cash to a card. It’s free, easy, and any leftover balance on your card will be good to spend anywhere cards are accepted.

Kudos Ariel Ochoa!

John G. Borden MS is proud to recognize 8th Grader Ariel Ochoa for having his poster chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County's 35th Annual Poster Contest! The theme this year was "Amazing life is all I see, when I'm alcohol and drug free!" We are very proud of Ariel and all our other students who participated for working so hard on their posters!

12th Annual Wallkill Clean Sweep


Mr. Soboloski's Tech Classes "Designing with Empathy"

Students are designing assistive devices for people with some sort of challenge. Such as hand mobility, or being wheelchair-bound. Students are working their way through the engineering design process they will eventually prototype, make computer-added drawings, and 3D print their designs. In the images, students were putting themselves in the shoes of the person they are going to design for and rating daily activities on difficulty.

4th Annual Poetry Slam

John G Borden’s 4th Annual Poetry Slam was a success! After a unit on analyzing poetry, students created their own. Eighteen poets shared their original, creative poems. Performing in public can be an over-whelming experience but they were amazing! Congratulations to the winners! In third place, Emily Ottovan with her poem “How and Why I Cannot Write a Poem.” Second place went to Giovanni Jones reading “Dog,” and the first-place poet was Grace Boland with her poem “Popularity Package!”

Ms. Kempsey pictured with the winners of the Poetry Slam (L-R) Emily Ottavan, Grace Boland, Giovanni Jones

8th Graders prepare to Visit the High School

We are anxiously awaiting the week of May 9-12 to bring our 8th graders to visit the High School! The students will get to tour the building, meet current students, observe classes, and have their Student ID photo taken! If you or your students have any questions about the visits please reach out to our Prevention Services Provider, Ms. Heeren at

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The Modified Softball team is currently 1-1. We lost our first game to Saugerties 12-13 and won our second game against Highland 15-0. The team works hard at every practice and I'm so proud of the improvement we've made in such a short amount of time. The team is awesome to work with and always remains positive!

- Coach Rivera

Track & Field

Track & Field got off to a great start with more than 90 student-athletes on the team. They have shown their determination and hard work and had a great showing at their first meet, the Rondout Invitational. The girls team has been led by Caityln Murphy and Emma Haughian on distance events. While Angelica Marino, Lea Martini, Jessica Aviles and Ella Russell have excelled in sprinting and field events. On the boys side; Kayson Nelson, Isaiah Williams, Khalil Clark and Jamison Warren have dominated in individual and relay events. The team looks forward to some competitive meets at Monroe Woodbury and New Paltz invitationals in May.

Coach Falk & Coach Sladewski


The Modified Baseball team is off to a good start, currently holding a 1-2 record as of April 26, 2022. The Panthers opened the season at home against Saugerties in early April, where they battled against a good Saugerties team in a very tough 7-6 loss. The most encouraging part of the outcome was that the team never gave up, and they fought all the way until the very last pitch. The Panthers were credited with their first win of the season against FDR, beating the Presidents in a 5-0 game where Marco Futia starred on the mound and received a ton of help from his teammates in what would be described as a team win in every aspect.

- Coach DeCarlo


The modified lacrosse team is off to a competitive start under new Head Coach Zay. With three games under their belt the team have seen major improvements on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. The defense is lead by 8th graders LSM Ian Trozzi and Joe Davis in goal. The offense is lead by 8th grader Julian Aviles and 7th grader Ryder Kilpatrick. The Faceoff X is controlled by 7th grader Daniel Green with 12 wins. Top goal scorer on the team is 8th grader James Rhinehart with 5. The team has a tough schedule going forward with 5 of their last 7 games on the road. The ball is in their court as they look to become the “Hardest Working Team in Section 9”

- Coach Wilson

Panther News Broadcast Club

News Broadcast for the Week of April 4th. The News Broadcast Club and School Nurse Ms. Scott talk about the importance of good hygiene. Click the link below to watch.

To view the broadcast from April 29th featuring our very own Isabelle Ferranti closing it out with a song, click the link below.

May Employee of the Month

Mr. Hall with his dedication, positive attitude and energy is an obvious choice this month. The list of extra curricular activities that he supervises and/or participates in includes; Odyssey of the Mind, Anime Intramural, Math Clinics, Math Team, Winter Co-Rec, Trunk or Treat, Borden Con Talent Expo, and tutoring. Mr. Hall never wastes an opportunity to help any student in need. He is a dedicated, selfless, and enthusiastic professional.

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Let the Sunshine in!

With spring upon us and summer close behind, it is time to think about sun safety.

Here are some tips to keep you glowing (not burning)!

Wear Sun-protective clothing

Sun-protective clothing is measured in UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, which rates its effectiveness against both UVA and UVB light. A UPF 50 rating, for example, means that only one 50th (or 2%) of UV radiation will pass through a garment. There is no UPF rating below 15 because anything lower is not considered sun-protective; for example, a typical white t-shirt offers about UPF 7 sun protection. A UPF rating of 30 or above, and anything with UPF 50 or above is considered excellent. Sun-protective gear is great when it is tough to keep the sunscreen on, or if you are doing water activities or sweating heavily. Be sure to wash items per manufacturer guidelines to keep the UPF value. LLBean, Sun Armour, Coolibar, and Rei are just a few companies to name a few. If you don't wish to go this route, look for tighter woven fabrics as looser ones have lower protection values.

Wear Sunscreen

Most sun damage occurs early in life so it’s critical to avoid sunburn in children to prevent skin cancer in the future. Look for “broad spectrum” and “water-resistant” and an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming. Sprays can be fine but on a windy day or at the end of a can you can miss a lot of spots (and watch you don't get that in your eyes). “Stick” sunscreen may be easier for noses or faces and don’t forget the neck, ears, tops of feet, and even the scalp.

Natural, mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide tend to be less irritating to the skin than chemical-based sunscreens. So that might be the best option, especially for children with sensitive skin or eczema. This option provides a physical barrier against UVA and UVB rays and may put parents’ minds at ease since they are not absorbed into the skin in the same way that chemical sunscreens are. They are also more eco-friendly and do not harm the barrier reefs and other ocean life.

Wear Good QUALITY Sunglasses

While style is probably your first criteria when choosing your sunglasses, you must think about eye protection. When buying sunglasses, make sure they say that they provide 100 percent UV protection from all UV light. Some manufacturer's labels say “UV absorption up to 400nm.” This is the same thing as 100 percent UV absorption. Keep in mind that darker sunglasses don’t always mean more UV protection and protection can help to prevent vision issues in the future. In addition, if you are doing impact sports be sure to look for impact resistant styles. Polarized lenses are designed to reduce the glare bouncing off reflective surfaces like water or roads. Polarization itself does not provide UV protection. Instead, it provides a better visual experience for certain activities like driving, boating, or golfing. There are polarized lenses made with a UV-blocking substance. Check the label of polarized sunglasses to make sure they provide maximum UV protection. Just keep in mind that there are a few instances where your vision can be distorted with polarization, such as while using LCD screens on cell phones or when looking at your car dashboard display (so use caution).

Drink your water

Stay hydrated with non-caffeinated drinks when you are out in the sun. Drinking water only when you are thirsty means you are already dehydrated. This also helps to keep your body from overheating and possible heat stroke.

What Are Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

· Throbbing headache.

· Dizziness and light-headedness.

· Lack of sweating despite the heat.

· Red, hot, and dry skin.

· Muscle weakness or cramps.

· Nausea and vomiting.

· Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.

· Rapid, shallow breathing.

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Now go out for that fresh air and enjoy that sun!

Spring 2022 Testing Schedule

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After School Program

After school programs are available in the content areas of Math and ELA. The first session has ended and was a great success. The second session will begin on February 14th and ends on May 26th. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm. If you are interested in having your child attend please contact the guidance department.

Monday - 7th Grade Math with Mr. Hall-Room 208

- 8th Grade ELA with Ms. Kempsey- Room 215

Wednesday - 8th Grade Math with Mrs. Keesler- Room 201

Thursday - 7th Grade ELA with Ms. Kempsey-Room 215

Homework Lab

Homework Lab is an after school program where students can work on homework or projects with assistance of a teacher.

Monday - Ms. Nunez in Room 307

Tuesday - Mrs. Wager in Room 203

Wednesday - Mrs. Wager in Room 203

Thursday - Mrs. Velazquez in Room 202


- Intramurals with Mr. Hall offers board games, Anime and other activities.

Listen to announcements for dates & activities. Sign up in the Main Office.

- Yearbook Club meets every other Wednesday

- Technology Club meets every Wednesday in room 101

- Student Council - Listen to announcements for meeting dates.

- Panther News Broadcasting Club- Meets every other Thursday in room 103

For sports schedules, click on the link below:


5/4 - Middle School Spring Concert, 7pm @ HS

5/6 - Superintendent's Conference Day - No School for Students

5/9 - 5/12 - 8th grade High School Visits

5/13 - 8th gd. Field Trip @ Lake Compounce

5/16 - BMX Assembly

5/20 - 7th gd. Field Trip @ Lake Compounce

5/24 - National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 6pm @ HS

5/26 - Borden Con Talent & Art Expo, 6:30-8:00 pm @ MS

Nick Pantaleone, Principal

We love feedback at John G. Borden Middle School. Please reach out or call anytime if you have any questions or concerns.