J. W. Leary Junior High School

October 22, 2021

Hello everyone,

Another great week here at Junior High. Next week marks Red Ribbon week; details are below.


This upcoming week we are going to ask anyone that has been out to check into the Nurses Office before moving into advisory. This will help with collecting some of the paperwork children are bringing in during the morning. Please inform your child of this new process.


Monday, October 25 to Friday November 19 Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, October 27 Field Experience Fruit Orders are due; see below for more information

Friday, October 29 1/2 Day JH Dismissal at 10:45, no after school


Thursday, November 11 Veteran's Day

Friday, November 12 10 week mark

Friday, November 12 Staff Development


Thank you everyone for supporting our children!!

RED RIBBON WEEK IS OCTOBER 25 to 29

Red Ribbon Week presents an excellent opportunity to teach children about the benefits of building lifelong healthy habits, physically, mentally and emotionally.


Monday, October 25 – Outrageous Red Day

Wear red to represent Drug Free Awareness! Students, faculty, staff are to begin wearing their bracelets and something RED!

Tuesday, October 26 – Team Up Tuesday

Students, faculty, and staff are to team up against drugs by wearing their favorite team shirt or jersey. It can be a team that you play on too!

Wednesday, October 27 – Check Yourself, Be Drug-Free Day

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to wear something plaid!

Thursday, October 28 – Peace Out To Drugs Day

Students, faculty, and staff are to wear something tie-dye, colorful, or something with a peace sign.

Friday, October 29 – Say BOO to Drugs Day

Students, faculty, and staff are to wear an orange or Halloween T-shirt.

School Number Days

Monday is Day 5

Tuesday is Day 6

Wednesday is Day 1

Thursday is Day 2

Friday is Day 3

The Massena Central School District is in critical need of substitute teachers for the 2021-22 school year.

Choose your preferred school and grade level with flexible hours! Requirements include fingerprint clearance through NYSED and High School Diploma or GED.


If interested please complete this short form.


We would love to see you at JH. Thank you!!

This weeks word of the week is Harvest

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The character trait this week is CREATIVITY

Creative people can look at the world in original ways.


They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.


Parent-child conversations outside of school are a significant way to instill the character strengths vocabulary and ownership in students. Parent virtue: Wisdom and Knowledge. Strengths of wisdom and knowledge are cognitive strengths related to acquiring and using information. This virtue includes creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning and perspective.


I encourage you to talk with your children about CREATIVITY.


This links to the CREATIVITY character card.

Things happening in classes

8th graders Visit Seaway Tech!

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week JW Leary 8th graders went to Seaway Tech. The goal of visit was to expose children to potential options for their future schooling and prospective careers. Shared is a photo of the team 4 students on the videos trip during the Building Trades portion of the tour.

Thank You Modified Football!!!

Each year Massena Central athletes get involved with Make a Difference Day by raking lawns for elderly and disabled community members. Check out our Modified Football team below including Coach Oldenburgh and Coach Zappia. A huge thanks to you all!

College and Career For Every Student Brilliant Pathways STEM Module Opportunity for Students

The BOCES visit relates really well to the work we are doing with the College and Career For Every Student Brilliant Pathways program.


All students from JW Leary to participate in the session on Monday 10/25 at 2:30 with West Point Cadets. The Cadets will lead students through a STEM module focused on the history and methods of cryptography, the study of methods of encoding and securing information and communication.


This is such a unique opportunity for our students and I wanted to invite all of JW Leary to participate in this experience.


If students are interested in participating students will need to preregister, https://www.cfes2021.com/

North Country Science & Technology Entry Program (NCSTEP)

The North Country Science & Technology Entry Program (NCSTEP) is a NYSED grant-funded program based out of SUNY Potsdam. The goal of this program is to introduce middle school and high school students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities and encourage those students to pursue STEM fields in higher education.


There are various STEP programs around the state, with NCSTEP being the local program chapter. NCSTEP serves students attending the Madrid-Waddington, Massena Central, Parishville-Hopkinton and Salmon River Central school districts.


The link for the online application is here.

Raider Academy

The Massena Central School District is excited to begin an afterschool program named Raider Academy for Grades 1-8. Please click the link below to read more about the program and to enroll your child(ren).

If you have any questions please email dchapman@mcs.k12.ny.us or call (315) 764-3700 x3024.

Raider Academy Form

About the Raider Academy Video
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Holiday Grief and Support Group

We know this time of year and the stresses from the pandemic may be creating many challenges.

This group will be specifically targeted toward students in grades 7-12. The group will meet 3:30 Mondays 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, and 11/22 via Zoom

*Link will be sent to student's school email upon registration*

This group will be facilitated by school social workers Athena Curley, LCSW-R and Charity Shoen LMSW

Field Experience Fundraiser Update

If you’d like to order fruit to be delivered directly to your customer this is the online ID code (707441) associated with our account. Student names have been added!!


You may have to download their app in order for it to work. The fruit will be delivered to your customers who live out of the area.


Orders due by 10/27; checks made out to Massena Central School.

FREE Breakfast & Lunch will continue for the 2021-2022 school year!

Please continue to complete your free and reduced lunch application! By filling out an application for free and reduced lunch, you help the district apply for grant funding for scholastic and extracurricular activities. Additionally your family will be all set up to receive free and reduced meals next fall.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student or your family.


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.