J. W. Leary Junior High School

March 5, 2022

Hello everyone,

We are 25 weeks into the school year-wow!!

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

This week was our first time without masks in school in nearly 2 years since the pandemic started and it was so refreshing to see all the smiling faces! As a reminder, we will continue to provide masks to any children who would like to wear one!

At the end of the next week please look for progress reports in your mailbox at home. If you have questions I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher.

Friday March 18 Staff Development

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School Number Days

Monday 3/7 Day 4

Tuesday 3/8 Day 5

Wednesday 3/9 Day 6

Thursday 3/10 Day 1

Friday 3/11 Day 2

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

We were all smiles with the mask optional change!

New games in the library!

The Spiel Foundation strives to make the world a more playful place by offering games and opportunities to children, educators and organizations.

Last year our school librarian Mrs. Smith applied for a mini-grant. Mrs. Smith was awarded the grant and was able to get our school all of these awesome games!

Great job Mrs. Smith!!

Make it a point to get down to the library to enjoy the games!

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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.

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 Social Intelligence

Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand

and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a

person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s

ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts,

and behaviors of other people. This type of intelligence can

take place “in the moment” of face-to-face conversations

but also appears during times of deliberate thinking. It

involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships –

and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It

allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And,

it assists a person against being taken advantage of.

People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s

faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence

builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is

similar to the character strength of perspective.

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.

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.

Systems Models in Mrs. Goodrich's 7th Grade Science Class

Stay on the lookout for Raider Times! Mrs. Charleson's 8th grade Honors class is almost ready to share. So far things look great!

Mrs. Reyes reviewing with kids the first days after break!

Mrs. Theobald with nervous system review. Kids wrote in terms and a puzzle filled in when they were correct!

8th Grade Health Goal Setting

Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music in Our schools month!

We are grateful for Mr. Hunkins, Mr. Lincoln and all of the children that came over to Junior High and showed us what the select groups in the HS are working on.

This was our first assembly in 2 years. It was great to hear the awesome tunes. We also got out of our seats to dance!

Green Team Meeting

Mrs. Goodrich and Mrs. Ashley are leading our Green Team forward with getting ready for Spring Garden box planting. This week kids worked on transplanting seedling and planting more seeds to ensure a steady supply of plants.

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!

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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 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.

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.