J. William Leary Junior High School

Update and Information

Hello everyone,

I hope summer is off to a great start!


Report cards will be mailed soon-look for them early next week.


As this most unusual year comes to a close, I want to thank you again for your partnership in getting us to this point. You and your children are so resilient, we are very proud of how this past school year was handled.


Many things had to look different this year, but I’m so pleased and proud that we were able to keep moving forward. Teachers, support staff, counselors, custodians, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers are superheroes! When you see them please take a moment to thank them for working so hard to keep everyone safe and learning.


At this time, we plan are planning for next year and are optimistic for some normalcy. We look forward to having every student back in school; they have been missed! Requests for supply lists have been coming year-the current lists for 2021-2022 are linked below.


To help with the nerves and transition to 9th grade Mr Oliver virtually met up with our 8th grade classes to say hello, a copy of that video is linked below. Thank you Mr. Oliver!


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


Upcoming dates include:

Tuesday July 6th

  • 11 am - 12 pm Summer Meal Pack PickUp, Massena Central High School
  • Meal Pack will be every Monday from 11 am - 12 pm throughout the summer at the High School.

Tuesday July 6- Friday July 23

  • 10 am - 1 pm, Summer School at Massena Central High School; Fridays are optional
  • Families have been contacted and there is a letter with report cards
  • Call 315-764-3720 with questions

Tuesday August 24

  • JH Orientation; 9:15 am - 11:15 am. Attendees will get a ticket to enter Ready for School at 11:30 am.
  • Ready for School; at the HS; 12 pm - 4 pm

Wednesday August 25 and Thursday August 26

  • WEB Leader Orientation

Monday August 30

  • LINK Crew Orientation for class of 2025 at the HS

Friday September 3

  • First day of School-bring yourself...no school supplies will be needed


Also check out the many summer STEAM camps; registrations are still being accepted.

We are pleased to release the 2021 JW Leary Awards Ceremony

We know this year was unique and extra tough on so many levels. We're proud of all of our students and their accomplishments - please join us in celebrating them!

Here is the

2021 JW Leary Awards Ceremony

J W Leary Junior High Virtual Spring Concert 2021

Great work to Mr. Draper and all of the children!
J W Leary Junior High Virtual Spring Concert 2021

STEAM Summer Camps

Registration is still open for many of the Massena Central School District Summer STEAM camps.


A full listing of opportunities is shared here.

Technology Free Days

Fun Day Photos

8th Grade Welcome to HS

Thank You AMVETS!

Thank you to AMVETS Post-4 Massena NY who donated a refrigerator


The refrigerator is going to be used to store items for the JW Leary Food Pantry. Building off of work that has already been happening with J.W. Leary’s backpack program, food drop off and home visits the JW Leary Food Pantry has been established in collaboration with the Salvation Army.


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. We are grateful for the AMVETS donation of the refrigerator which will help us to launch this new initiative.


Photo of the refrigerator from the Food Pantry. Present in the photo are:

Amanda Zullo, JW Leary Principal; Megan LaPrade, JW Leary Aide and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 1st Vice-President; Ken Kells, AMVETS Post-4 Commander; Kristin Colarusso-Martin, Massena Central School District Community Schools Coordinator; Patrick Brady, Massena Central School District Superintendent; Jim Gardner, AMVETS Post-4 Finance Officer.

Big picture

Please follow us on Facebook and our website for up to date information.


Thank you for checking out our last weekly update. Have a fantastic summer!


If you have ideas, questions, or concerns please email azullo@mcs.k12.ny.us.


Take care,

Mrs. Zullo, Principal

J. William Leary Junior High School

Grades 7-8 of the Massena Central School District.