J. W. Leary Junior High School

March 13, 2022

Hello everyone,

This update was a unique one for me to create for you.

This date/weekend holds huge significance in the experiences we have all had during the past two years as it is the mark for when the pandemic began. I will never forget two years ago seeing warning coming out, talking to friends and hearing about business/things moving remote. My husband and I were trying to decide what to do as we had my monumental birthday (13--again!! :)) event planned and had a friend who was not well (and ended up being really ill with COVID). While we moved the gathering online we had no idea what that time period was the start of.

During the past two years we have seen a combination of amazing shifts in education and many, many challenges. I am so proud of the work our teachers and staff have put forward to help children build skills and resilience as a result of their experience. The work is tough. Everyday we are seeing progress.

Each new day brings an opportunity to grow and share. As we move out of the pandemic I appreciate everyone communicating with the school about the positive items, challenges they are seeing and concerns they have. We need to continue to work together to help chart the course for the future.

I wanted to share two important items with you.

#1- It's daylight savings time this weekend. That means we "spring" our clocks ahead one hour this weekend, even though I don't really think it's Spring yet.

#2- We have our first dance scheduled for Friday March 25. There are some guidelines for attending dances that Mrs. Jarrett will be making a video about. We are SO excited to have our first dance in over two years!

This time of year is one of my favorites because we are really able to move forward with activities in classes.

Friday March 18 NO SCHOOL! Staff Development

West Point STEM Camp applications due

Monday March 21 Rock Your Socks

Look for other spirit week events to be announced soon!

Friday March 25 JH Dance!

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School Number Days

Monday 3/14 Day 3

Tuesday 3/15 Day 4

Wednesday 3/16 Day 5

Thursday 3/17 Day 6

Friday 3/18

All JH Events

Drop off and Pick Up

Parking in front of the school for Drop Off and Pick Up is creating HUGE problems for our bus drivers.

Cars are blocking their entrance and the space they have to turn out of the bus loop.

Respect our drivers and use the Parent Loop that is off of Highland Parkway.

Thank You for your help with this!


On Sunday, February 27th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the statewide mask requirement in schools will be lifted on Wednesday, March 2nd. We have received confirmation that the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department will support this change in guidance.

Therefore, beginning Wednesday, March 2nd students, staff and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in any of our school buildings or on buses. Mask wearing will be optional.

As with all decisions, there will be individuals who support the continuation of mask wearing and those who favor the removal of all mask mandates, and we understand and are respectful of both perspectives. Wearing a mask is a personal decision and, as such, we will not tolerate any teasing, harassment, or negative remarks regarding an individual's personal choice to continue to wear a mask in our schools or on a bus.

As always, we continue to work with our local county health officials as COVID-19 health and safety protocols evolve. If any additional changes to these protocols are made, we will communicate those to you.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse or administrator.


Patrick H. Brady

Superintendent of Schools

Please Bring a Refillable Water Bottle

We are asking that children bring refillable water bottles to school.

The water bottles should have their names on them.

This will help reduce waste and will give kids access to water in classrooms.

Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge Celebration

The Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge began in October 2017 as an effort to engage middle school-aged children in the principles of community and philanthropy. The initiative strives to help participants explore their concept of community and provide $500 of funding to eligible 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that embody and support what students feel makes their community a great place to live.

Through a written essay contest, the Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge asks students from Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties to explain what community means to them and to choose a nonprofit organization that best embodies their definition of community and makes it a great place to live, work and play. Essay’s were focused on what community means to them. Four children from JW Leary Junior High School had essays chosen from 192 submissions.

We want to give a big thank you to Mary from the Northern New York Community Foundation for joining us! She was busy helping to take pictures so you do not see her.

Sapling to Cedar Program will be returning to JH 3/21/2022

The program focus is on helping Native children discovering who we are through storytelling,

hands-on crafts, and Creation Story

About us:

A community where young men’s integrity, respect; roles are restored by using cultural traditions.

Our Mission:

By supporting men's willingness to change, we ensure a safe community for our families to

flourish now, and for future generations.

Reach out to Mrs. Jocko at jjocko@mcs.k12.ny.us with questions.

8th grade ELA children get responses from businesses!

During February our 8th grade ELA children sent letters to businesses. Within the letters children outlined why they liked the product, how they got to know about the product and provided a few suggestions for improvement.

Responses from the businesses have begun to come in!

Raider Academy Activities

Planter painting and tie-dye shirts!

Positivity Project Trait of next week is Love of Learning

Love of learning means that you master new skills and topics on your own or in school. Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding.

All of the slide presentations are available in our Resources Library.

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.

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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!

CFES Brilliant Pathways Programming

Our partnership with CFES has provided an opportunity for children to apply to attend the West Point Summer STEM Camp.

We are grateful to provide this opportunity to families.

Something is concerning-

We also want to recognize that knowledge of situations is our best defense. The situations we have learned about have been handled before turning into something more.

If people see/hear something, say something.

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!

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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.