J. W. Leary Junior High School

February 4, 2022

Hello everyone,

We are off and into the second half of the year. Everyone has adjusted well to the schedule changes.

As we continue forward there are different things we are all working on. I appreciate our staff and children for using this first week of the new quarter as a time to learn from the past and take steps forward.

Our Green team is doing great work helping us to reduce waste. Please send your child with a refillable water bottle.

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!

Look for report cards in your mailbox. They went out yesterday!

Monday February 7 Liberty Partnership 7th grade meeting

Tuesday February 8 Liberty Partnership 8th grade meeting

*February break is coming up! Students will have February 21-25 off for Mid-Winter break.

This is 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!

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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.

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.

WEB Academic Follow Up

WEB Leaders went into 7th grade advisories to lead an academic follow up entitled Learning to Focus.

The purpose of this follow up was to talk about the importance of focus in studying and getting good grades. Students were instructed to stare at a partner for 1 minute without laughing, smiling or looking away. They then were asked questions about if this was difficult and if it was hard to focus. Next, WEB

Leaders handed students a worksheet with a task they had to complete while loud music was playing. Students discussed how they did on the task and if the music distracted them. Finally, students were given a similar task to complete without any distractions while then talking about the differences between the environments during both tasks and if that impacted how successful they were on the tasks.

Leaders wrapped up the follow up by reminding students that not everyone studies the same way and we all need to find the way that is best for us to study to get the best results!

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 Humility

Developing humility is associated with positive

developmental outcomes in individuals. It allows a person

to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how

and where they can improve. Humility opens them up to

new ideas, advice, and (consequently) abilities that pride,

arrogance, or pretentiousness often block. Therefore,

humility makes them desired members of a team.

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.

Tutor Orientation

JW Leary is excited to launch a student tutoring program. The program will begin on Monday 2/7.

Over 60 nominated tutors will work with a teacher to provide support to students from other classes.

Tuesday Hannah from College and Career For Every Student (CFES) provided an orientation to tutors. The orientation focused on goal setting, various pathways to accomplish tasks (agility/perseverance), and networking/how to foster relationships.

Everyone learned some best practices for tutoring while brushing up on essential skills.

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.

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!

JW Leary December Students of the Month

December students of the month were nominated for kindness and self-control. 7th grader Jace Trombly and 8th grader Shekinah Chakranarayan were nominated by teachers/staff.

Teachers and staff noted that Jace is a stellar student. He is responsible, respectful, and eager to help anyone in need. A teacher shared: I was recently out of school and received an outstanding report regarding Jace. He stepped up and helped everybody in the class with a lesson some students were struggling with. He was kind and patient and showed his peers new ways of learning.

Teachers/staff noted that Shekinah makes the environment more positive and engaged when present in school. She is a true go getter, who is not afraid to make mistakes. Her positive attitude with other students, lifts the overall spirit in any room she is in. Her soft quiet demeanor does not hinder her from participating and consistently being engaged in class. She is kind with her words, and generous with her actions.

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.

Things happening in classrooms

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.