J. W. Leary Junior High School

September 2, 2021

Hello everyone,

Welcome to a New School Year JH Families.

I hope the summer has been relaxing and restful. School starts tomorrow!!! 1 Sleep away.

Staff has been back for a couple of days now and have been working hard to prepare for the return of our students. We couldn't be more excited to see this place full of students again.

Of course as we start this year we are aware of Covid and the Delta Variant and will be following CDC and DOH guidance about how to mitigate risk in school. Our main priority is getting all students back into school on a daily basis and making sure they are safe in the process.

In spite of Covid, we are thrilled to get back to work. We know that the last 18 months has not been easy on our families and has certainly impacted the education of our students. We are committed in this new school year to do all we can to help address the learning loss created by the pandemic and we are equally committed to keeping our students and staff safe.

At this time, we are optimistic for some normalcy. We look forward to having every student back in school; they have been missed! 2021-2022 supply lists are linked below.

For the first day of school, tomorrow, Friday September 3, 2021, no materials are needed.

After school has been a a big question; at this point we will have after school until 3pm. I do ask that you please take a moment to complete this survey (also placed below) regarding what you/your child would like for after school activities.

I know many questions about this upcoming year remain; as information becomes available it will be shared.

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The First Day of School is 9/3

We are excited to welcome children back on 9/3. All they need to bring is there lunch (if they do not get it at school), a jacket, a mask, and a great attitude!

School Class Periods starting on Tuesday 9/7/2021



7:30-7:51 Advisory

7:54-8:36 Period 1

8:39-9:21 Period 2

9:24-10:06 Period 3

10:09-10:51 Period 4

10:54-11:36 Period 5/6

11:27-12:09 Period 6/7

11:39-12:21 Period 7/8

12:12-12:54 Period 8/9

12:57-1:39 Period 10

1:42-2:28 Period 11

Lunch A: 10:54-11:24

Lunch B: 11:39-12:09

Lunch C: 12:24-12:54

J.W. Leary Junior High School - Parent Drop-Off Instructions

The drop off loop for children coming to school by car is off of Highland Park. Children will need to walk around to the front door that will be open by 7:15 for children that will come into the cafeteria to get breakfast.

During busy times drop off is at the orange cone.

Parent pick up is at the same location.

J.W. Leary Junior High School - Parent Drop-Off Instructions

Fall Transportation Information

A link to the Transportation Website

Bus Routes

Please note, for pick up points in the village, students should be at the pick up points nearest their residence. All students should be ready and waiting at least 10 minutes prior to pick up. If you have questions call 764-3700, EXT 3020.

Walking Boundaries:

The only times available are what times the busses leave the garage to start their route. Based on that information and following the stops, that would be a great way to find your approximate timing to be at the bus stop. They cannot give definite times so I would definitely have your child there earlier rather than later until you get a better feel of what time the bus keeps showing up.

Welcome to our new faculty/staff

We are fortunate to welcome a few new faculty/staff members this academic year; their diverse areas of expertise will build upon the fantastic work taking place at JW Leary.
    • Jean Alexander Cleaner,

    • Logan Deshaies Teacher's Aide,

    • Amy Jarvis Teacher Assistant,

    • Wendy LaShomb Reading Teacher,

    • Jodi LaBelle AIS Teacher Assistant,

    • Paige Monroe AIS Teacher Assistant,

    • Desirae Roberts 8th-grade math Teacher,

    • Charity Shoen social worker

    • Shannon Smith will be full-time this year in the Library

All JH Events

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

Curriculum Night Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Picture Day Tuesday October 12, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conference Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Students Dismissed at 11:00 a.m.

Marking Periods

FIRST: September 3 - November 12

Progress Reports: October 8

Report Cards: November 12

SECOND: November 15 - January 28

Progress Reports: December 17

Report Cards: January 28

THIRD: January 31 - April 9

Progress Reports: March 4

Report Cards: April 8

FOURTH: April 11 - June 23

Progress Reports: May 13

Report Cards: June 24

Testing Dates

7th & 8th Grade NYS ELA – March 29 and 30

7th & 8th Grade NYS Math – April 26 and 27

8th Grade NYS Science (Performance) – May 24

8th Grade NYS Science (Written) – June 6

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.

If your child has not return their Chromebook or owes money for damage to their Chromebook they will not be issued a new Chromebook.

Paperwork that needs to be returned ASAP

  • Massena CSD Student/Parent Contact Information Sheet-please review the information on this sheet making any needed corrections and return it to advisory on the first day of school. It is important to have your accurate information as this is the information we use to communicate with you.

These forms will be distributed to children next Tuesday/Wednesday. They also need to be returned ASAP.

2021-2022 Residency Questionnaire-Please fill this out. This helps to determine what needs are present within the district/building. Please have your child return the form to their advisory teacher who will get it to the main office.

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. Please have your child return this form to their advisory teacher.

Chromebook Acknowledgement Form-This form is located as the last page in the Chromebook contract. By signing the form it is indicated that you have reviewed and will abide by the contract. Chromebook will not be issued until this form is received.

Student Handbook/Agenda-The school has created an agenda that contains an overview of the school year, the school rules, and a place to write assignments/notes. Children should carry this with them everyday and you are encouraged to check it at home.

Register for SchoolTool

If you would like access to the MCSD Parent Portal, please send an email to the following address: parentportal@mcs.k12.ny.us with your child(ren)'s name(s) and date of birth(s).

Please also verify your email address in the body of the email. Please anticipate a minimum of 3 to 5 business days for you to receive an email verifying your account.

MCSD Parent Portal - ​https://schooltool8.neric.org/SchoolTool_MASS/Default.aspx

SchoolTool Mobile App for Parents

The Schooltool Mobile Application is now setup and available for Massena CSD parents and students.

This link provides instructions for configuring and using the Massena CSD Schooltool mobile application for iOS and Android devices.


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 as we get back into school.

I could not be more proud to be Principal at such a great school in such a strong community.

If you have ideas, questions, or concerns please email azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us or call the school 315-764-3720.

Have a great School Year JH!!!

Mrs. Zullo

J. William Leary Junior High School

Grades 7-8 of the Massena Central School District.