Elementary Parent Math Workshops


REMINDER: Superintendent Search Forum Tonight

Community Forums regarding the superintendent search will be held Monday, September 29 at 7:30 pm in the John Jay High School Library and Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00 am in the John Jay High School auditorium. All members of the public are invited to meet with our search consultants to offer their input on this important endeavor.

John Jay Valedictorian: HS Years a ‘Life-Shaping’ Experience

Ryan Monasch remembers stepping through the doors of John Jay High School for the first time, everything new and unfamiliar.

“Now I can call JJHS, with everything it has brought me, a second home,” said the Class of 2015’s valedictorian. “My time at JJHS has certainly been a life-shaping experience. Not only have I been able to have an amazing educational experience here, but I have also built social connections that I know will last for the rest of my life.”

Monasch said he is honored to be class valedictorian among a group of particularly intelligent and hardworking peers, and called the title “gratifying.”

As he begins to think about college, Monasch notes several JJHS courses helped shape his passion for math and science, including his Algebra 2, Pre-calculus and Chemistry honors classes. And while he plans to pursue a biological sciences-related major in college, he truly enjoyed his time in Jason Mahlke’s AP Literature class as a junior.

“I've usually enjoyed my math and science classes more than my humanities classes, but this class was extremely unique due to the group of people in the class, the subject material chosen, and the way it was taught,” he said. “The combination of these factors provided me with not only an educational, but an enjoyable, experience that I looked forward to every day and helped me to gain the most of a humanities class. While I may favor math and science in my future endeavors, this class reminds me of how I still have an enjoyment for the humanities, and I will work to keep this part of my life active as well.”

Monasch has also kept busy outside of the classroom. He serves as the executive project manager for the John Jay for Wounded Warriors Club, is a member of the Science Olympiad, is a three-year varsity soccer player, is pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout and volunteers as a peer group leader. He also continues to attend post-confirmation classes and assists teachers at his temple, serves as a student representative in Campus Congress and plays recreational basketball in the winter. But his favorite pastime?

“I love to just play with my 6-year-old little brother,” he shared.

Looking toward the post-high school years, “I am excited for all of the future challenges that lie ahead of me, but it will be equally sad to depart from a place and the people who have helped me grow so much,” Monasch said.

Memo from the Health Office Regarding Lice


From the Nurses of KLSD Regarding the Enterovirus


District to Host Annual Panel Discussion for Parents

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District will host its annual Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ‘Getting Ready’ for Kindergarten panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Katonah Elementary School cafeteria.

This year, the focus will be on full-day kindergarten, which is being offered in the district for the first time this fall.

KLSD pre-school and incoming kindergarten parents are invited to sit down with administrators and faculty from the Increase Miller Elementary School, Meadow Pond Elementary School and Katonah Elementary School to discuss the ins and outs of sending children to full-day school for the first time.

To register for the panel discussion, contact Debbie Winter, secretary to KES Principal Cristy Harris at 763-7702 or dwinter@klschools.org.

Six Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

John Jay High School is proud to announce that six seniors have been named semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program. The school congratulates Amber Bauer, Samuel Blum, Cameron Leska-Kent, Anthony Andrew Mamo, Jordan Stepaniuk and Lindsey Weiss.

“We are extremely proud of our six National Merit Semifinalists,” said John Jay Principal Jessica Godin. “These academically talented students have worked studiously to achieve this tremendous recognition.”

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, for its 60th annual scholarship program, there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country who will now be considered for selection as scholarship finalists. Finalists will be announced this spring.

“John Jay High School’s semifinalists represent a small cohort of students who are among the highest-scoring entrants in the state,” noted Godin. “We wish them well on their quest to becoming finalists.”

Smiles All Around at Welcome Back Picnics

Increase Miller, Katonah and Meadow Pond elementary schools feted students new and returning as the first week of school wrapped up with their respective Welcome Back Picnics.

Peers had a chance to play games and sports, try on fun accessories and eat ice cream while getting to know each other better. The picnics served as an exciting and fun start to the new year.

District’s First-Time Riders Learn About Bus Safety

Excited Katonah-Lewisboro kindergartners stepped carefully onto school buses before the start of the school year, but not before first viewing a bus safety video featuring Winnie-the-Pooh and some of his pals.

The video covered topics such as how to safely walk to the bus stop and board the bus, keeping all body parts inside of the bus and staying seated for the duration of the ride. The film also included catchy tunes all about bus safety, with lines including “Be like Pooh, think safety too” and “Safety is a must whenever you ride the bus.”

The video was followed by a 10-minute bus ride around town and lessons on how to properly cross the street.

“The number one important thing here is keeping everybody safe,” said Katonah-Elementary Principal Cristy Harris.



KES Celebrates Start of School

Katonah Elementary School students, decked out in purple T-shirts, ended the first week of school with a special assembly on Sept. 5.

The year’s first Sharing Assembly included a visit from Buddy the Bulldog, who entered to loud cheers of “Buddy! Buddy!”

The school also feted students and teachers with birthdays in September and called upon fifth-graders to embrace their roles as the “student leaders” of the building.

Students applauded enthusiastically to welcome the school’s new staff members and new principal, Cristy Harris, to KES.

Fifth-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance and all sang along to a rendition of “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

Assistant Principal Terry Costin also recognized several groups of students. Buses 1, 3 and 8 were applauded for their impressive patience while waiting to board during Thursday’s dismissal, and four classes were celebrated for handing in all their paperwork on time.

The assembly concluded with the unveiling of a special banner commemorating the school’s 75th year, and the related word of the month, “celebrate,” was revealed.

A Message From The Health Office At John Jay High School

The High School has been informed that we have a confirmed case of Pertussis among our student population.  There is no cause for alarm, however our District Medical Director would like to remind you of the symptoms of Pertussis, and that you should have your children seen by their physician if any of the following symptoms occur;

Signs & Symptoms

Pertussis (whooping cough) usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Unlike the common cold, pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks.
Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:

•    Runny nose
•    Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
•    Mild, occasional cough
•    Apnea — a pause in breathing (in infants)
In those who have been vaccinated:
•    In most cases, the cough won’t last as many days
•    Coughing fits, whooping, and vomiting after coughing fits occur less often
•    The percentage of children with apnea (long pause in breathing), cyanosis (blue/purplish skin coloration due to lack of oxygen) and vomiting is less

Infant children are at most risk to contacting the full disease pattern, and as such any student suspected of possible Pertussis should seek medical attention in order to prevent spread of the disease.

2014 Kindergarten Readiness Flyer


Friendships Old and New Flourish as Doors Open for New Year

Classmates reuniting after summer and new peers alike came together throughout the Katonah-Lewisboro schools Wednesday as the doors opened for another year of learning.

Administrators and teachers greeted students across the district as they arrived for the first day in buses, cars and on foot, all brimming with excitement and eager to settle into their new classrooms.

At each school, the youngest students were offered words of encouragement from faculty, who provided tours of the buildings and guided students as they navigated the hallways.

There are a number of exciting upgrades and changes across all campuses this school year, including new curriculum offerings, tuned-up facilities and full-day kindergarten for the first time.

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s administration, faculty and staff are looking forward to maintaining excellent programs and opportunities for all students this year.

KES Welcomes New Families to a New Year

Students and parents new to Katonah Elementary School were welcomed to the school during a special orientation the week before doors officially open for the start of the 2014-15 year.

Principal Cristy Harris and Assistant Principal Terry Costin introduced themselves to families in the library and shared their personal histories with the school. Mr. Costin revealed his own children attended KES, while Mrs. Harris shared that she herself had once been a student in the school.

“I have such fond memories,” she said.

The administrators assured parents that safety is paramount at Katonah Elementary School and noted there will be six total monitors assigned during lunch and recess, taking into consideration full-day kindergarten this year. Teaching assistants for the kindergarten classrooms, Mrs. Harris added, will also be present during children’s 50-minute lunch and recess time.

Other items discussed during the orientation were drop-off and dismissal procedures, healthy lunch options and ways for parents to stay informed about their children’s curriculum.

The orientation was followed by tours of the building, led by students and members of the PTO. New families peeked into their classrooms and had a chance to check out some of the unique offerings at KES, ranging from the Butterfly Garden to the Greenhouse.

Meet K-L’s New Assistant Superintendent

Debra Legato has hit the ground running as the Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
“In addition to hiring new staff, we have been planning an orientation day for our new teachers, as well as activities for staff development days,” she said. “I have also met with building and department leaders, which will help me define my goals for the year.”

Legato joins the district from the Yorktown Central School District, where she served as Director of Human Resources for six years. Prior to her role in Yorktown, she was the Director of Human Resources for the Irvington Union Free School District. She also held the same title in the Peekskill City School District.

Legato’s education background includes a Master’s of Science degree in School Administration and Supervision from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Administration from SUNY Empire State College.

“My professional goal has always been to join the team of a high performing district,” said Legato. “The Katonah-Lewisboro Schools have a solid reputation in the region and I am truly honored that the Board and its administrative team selected me to serve them.”

School districts statewide have been tasked with complying with tax cap legislation and adhering to mandated assessments and various measures, all while continuing to offer the best learning environments for students. Legato is eager to tackle the challenges ahead with fellow district stakeholders.

“While change and the unknown can be daunting at times, the Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff are committed to the students, their parents and this community,” Legato said. “There is a lot to be proud of here in KLSD.”