J. W. Leary Junior High School

February 13, 2022

Hello everyone,

Things have been going well in classes.

I appreciate our teachers working with your children on some amazing lessons. This week we really saw students adjusting and focusing on work.

Before leaving for the day on Friday I asked teachers to reflect on some areas of success that they had seen. Items shared ranged from specific student actions, to things in small groups to items that entire cohorts were doing.

I am proud of our staff, children and you for continuing to focus one day at a time on our #1 value-students. Junior High is usually challenging, COVID has added another layer. The resilience and growth that everyone has shown is incredible. We are all here together and doing everything we can to support your children.

Our Green team is doing great work helping us to reduce waste. This comes at a critical time as cups are stuck in transit. Please send your child with a refillable water bottle so that they have something if they need water.

Our Free Market is full of items from various donations and our partnership with the Salvation Army. The graphic below links to the webpage. Reach out if you need anything!

Wednesday February 16 COVID Test Distribution

Friday February 18 Yearbook Order Form is due!

Monday February 21-Friday February 25 Mid-Winter Break

This was National School Counselor Week

I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Van Alexander and Keri Zaza for their work as school counselors.

They are amazing people who tirelessly work to support and provide for everyone in the building.

I feel so lucky to have them here!

I also appreciate everyone who reached out to say Thank You and to provide support for them. It made a difference!

School Number Days

Monday Day 6

Tuesday Day 1

Wednesday Day 2

Thursday Day 3

Friday Day 4

All JH Events

Drop off and Pick Up

The drop off loop for children coming to school by car is off of Highland Park. For the safety of the children it is important that children are dropped off and picked up in the parent loop.

To help with traffic flow when leaving JW Leary all cars are directed to turn right.

During busy times drop off is at the orange cone. Cars can pull up and park by the orange cone in the afternoon,

Parent pick up is at the same location.

Please note-effective 1/18 village officials have instituted no parking between Highland Park and Garvin Avenue.

School Attendance

School attendance is always important.

Recognizing that this is the week before break I want to emphasize that your child's presence in school is fundamental to their success. While we work to accommodate certain situations we always need to do so in line with the Board of Education policy 7110.

As outlined in the 2021 Reopening Meetings; if children are absent for reasons relating to COVID they will have 5 days upon return to school (teachers have been great to support kids with this!) to make up work.

Excused absences are due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, road test, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations or other such reasons as may be approved by the Board of Education.

Upon returning to school following an excused absence the student should consult with teacher(s) regarding arrangements to make up missed work, assignments, and/or tests.

Unexcused absences are if the reason for the lack of attendance does not fall into the above categories (e.g. family vacation, hunting, babysitting, haircut, obtaining a learners permit, oversleeping, work, missing a ride, appointment, sporting competitions).

Nurse Gilman calls the family of every child not present. If you know your child is not going to be present please call the school 315-764-3720 or enter the information into this form.

2021-2022 second quarter honor roll

The high honor roll is children with an average grade 92-100 and children are passing all classes. The honor roll is children with an average grade 85-92.

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.

Positivity Project Trait of next Week is Love

On a group level, love is vital for the well being of society.

The world is endlessly interconnected. We are all

dependent upon each other for survival and happiness.

Love produces positive feelings, which help negate

loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Without love, we

cannot find intimacy nor form strong relationships with our

families, friends, or communities. A world without love and

connection is a dangerous world.

All of the slide presentations are available in our Resources Library and you can click here for a 1-page overview.

2021-2022 Yearbook Order Form

The order form for 2021-2022 Yearbooks went home on Monday! The form is due February 18.

If you are looking for a form, have questions or have photos you would like to share please contact Mrs. Hayes at: chayes@mcs.k12.ny.us or 315-746-3720 x 3259.

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.

Daily Summaries

Guardians can get emails daily or weekly and can unsubscribe at any time. The colors are colors that have been set by the child/teacher although if you see something in blue it means it hasn't been submitted.

Summaries include:

  • Missing work—Work not turned in when the summary was sent.
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails).
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.

Guardians won’t get an email summary if:

  • There's no activity to report for the given time period.
  • All their student’s teachers turned off notifications for their classes.
  • They accepted the invitation but chose not to get any summaries.
  • They aren't connected to any student in Classroom.

Please reach out if you have questions about this!

Register for SchoolTool

This is where your child's schedule, attendance, discipline and grades are located.

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.

Thank You Stewarts!!

Stewarts will be donating ice cream, toppings (chocolate, caramel, strawberry, marshmallow, and sprinkles) to support the JW Leary Team that increases academic achievement by decreasing the number of failing classes and children failing classes.

Thank you Stewarts for supporting our children!

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 25 students received notes home outlining their positive contributions to our school community.

The form to nominate those going above and beyond is on our website and posted below!

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.

8th Grade Science and the Van Der Graaf generator

Learning about and experiencing electrons!

8th Grade ELA Classes Write to Businesses

8th grade English students have been asked to identify their favorite products, to outline what they like about the products and to put together letters to businesses articulating these items.

The children also need to mentioned one improvement for the product.

This coming week the children are looking for editors to review their letters with them. Having reviewed a few letters on Friday I am impressed with the work the children and teachers have done to put together the letters.

They were awesome!

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.

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!

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Raider Academy for Grades 1-8

Dear Families,
The Massena Central School District is excited to begin an afterschool program named Raider Academy for Grades 1-8. Please click the link to read more about the program and to enroll your child(ren). https://forms.gle/8MokfaQAeZuRWMd36
If you have any questions please email dchapman@mcs.k12.ny.us or call (315) 764-3700 x3024.

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.