J. W. Leary Junior High School

May 22, 2022

Hello Everyone!

It was wonderful to see so many parents/guardians at the concert on Wednesday and then at the Field Experience send off Thursday morning. I am so glad that we are able to offer these events in a return to some normalcy.

Keep your eyes open for our annual plant sale. The plant sale is a collaboration between student council and the Green Team!

* Monday will be a Cycle day 4 (updated 5/22 at 5:20 pm)

Look for progress reports at the end of this coming week!

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All JH Events

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

Athletics calendars are located here.

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Field Experience Trip to Boston!

I want to give a huge Thank You to everyone who helped make the Field Experience Trip to Boston possible this year.

Just before school buses arrived Thursday morning four buses parked outside J.W. Leary Junior High School left for Boston. This was the first trip for children in two years! Kids and adults were excited! Before the buses left I had hundreds of photos airdropped which was quite a unique experience! Thank you to everyone who has shared photos and insight-it has helped us all feel as though we were on the trip with you!

The program has been around for more than 30 years at the junior high school, and seventh- and eighth-grade students have to earn the right to take the trip. This year the new field experience advisors Jessica Jarrett and Heather Taylor worked with the district to also include ninth graders so that they would be able to enjoy the experience! The total amount of children on the trip was ~170.

I am grateful for the adaptation of our teachers and families as the Field Experience trip unfolded this year. We are so grateful that we were able to provide this unique opportunity to our children.

Our Field Experience advisors Jessica Jarrett and Heather Taylor did an amazing job communicating and organizing the trip during this unique time.The Field Experience visited so many neat places in Boston. They went on the Freedom Trail, New England Aquarium, JFK Museum, a Duck Boat Tour of Boston, Quincy Market, Harvard Square, Plymouth Plantation and so many more neat areas.

We also had many staff chaperones...thank you to: Mrs. Ashley, Mrs. Charleson, Mr. Corigliano, Mrs. Curran, Mrs. David, Mrs. Englert, Mrs. Monroe, Mrs. Robideau, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Trimboli, Mrs. White, Mr. Zaza, Mrs. Zaza for spending time with our children and keeping them safe during this unique learning experience!

Military Personnel comes to speak with children

A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Donahue and Mrs. Ashley who arranged this special presentation for our children who were in school on Thursday.

The military personnel, the teachers and the students were wonderful. I appreciate everyone taking time to provide this unique opportunity for our children.

They spoke about the path to join the military as well as the variety of opportunities once they enlist. They finished off the presentation with a push up challenge.

Cullen Smith accepted the challenge and did 53 push ups in front of his classmates!! Way to go Cullen. What was more impressive was the respectful way he interacted with all of the military personnel. Great job Cullen!

STEM Spaghetti Bridges at Clarkson

Children in technology classes have spent a few weeks reviewing different types of bridges and the loads that such bridges can handle. Together our science and technology teachers worked to put together teams for the STEM bridges competition at Clarkson.

We had over 30 kids and multiple teams attend the Clarkson Spaghetti Bridge Building event. Children got the opportunity to our campus and work together on their bridges.

Everyone returned excited from the opportunity and looking forward to next years event.

Thank you Mr. Robert and Mrs. Goodrich for providing us this opportunity!

Enrichment Activities in Science

This past week we had an amazing instrumental concert!

I want you to know how much I appreciate all of you for your support with the concert.

It was a tough year with the way COVID impacted everything; the band had so many unique experiences to adapt to. Everyone did a fantastic job with each transition!

There was nothing more special than seeing everyone in the auditorium to celebrate the talent within the school!

The children were amazing in adjusting and working together to put on this amazing show.

Special Thank You's to:
  • Mr. Brady and the Board of Education for working with us to provide a live presentation
  • Mr. Draper and Mr. Pratti who worked to prepare the children;
  • Mr. Hunkins for running the lights and the sound;
  • Mr. Oliver for setting up the auditorium and giving us access ahead of the show;
  • The custodial staff at the High School for their adaptation and for helping with setup;
  • you for supporting your children through this unique time;
  • and to your children--they sounded amazing. I am so proud of their brave spirits for adjusting to being on stage (which was scary!) and their outstanding performance.

Great job to all of the children who participated in the NYSSMA Solo Festival.

Children participating in NYSSMA vocal include:

Eric Barbarito

Luke Bogart

Jordan DuBray

Zariah German

Reese Faucher

Mary Amelia Hamilton

Lauren Oliver

Aaliyah Prashaw

Ava Thompson

Lillian Tisdale

NYSSMA instrumental include:

Hailey Boulais

Alex Cichetti

Andrew David

Kaitlyn Dostie

Jordan DuBray

Gabe Gilbert

Mia Hamilton

Ryan Hunt

Elijah Morgan

Mackenzie Oldenburgh

Lauren Oliver

Alyssa Therrien

Ava Thompson

Caleb Thompson

I am proud of all of you for taking on this experience-you sounded amazing in your rehearsals! The photos below outline those who participate in the band/orchestra concert.

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.

Boys Lacrosse Camp

Please click here to view information regarding an upcoming boys youth lacrosse camp for grades 1-8 sponsored by our Massena Varsity Coaches.

At Trinity Catholic Dining Hall

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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!

Something is concerning-

We also want to recognize that knowledge of situations is our best defense. Everyone is frustrated when something happens and they feel nothing was done. We cannot do anything if we do not know about it!

If people see/hear something, say something. Situations we have heard of we have handled.

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! Children need to be settled into advisory by 7:35.

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.