John Jay High School
60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Kim Piccolino Antonio Ramos
Bringing Childhood Books to Life
John Jay High School seniors in the Advanced Acting class have been visiting the elementary schools this month to excite their younger counterparts about reading as part of Parents as Reading Partners Month. “The students picked their favorite childhood books,” said teacher William Friedman.
This year’s selections include a book about a girl with an especially long name, “Chrysanthemum,” an outcast in “Ferdinand the Bull” and a girl with unusual hairstyles in “Stephanie’s Ponytail.” The actors narrated the stories for the elementary students and were rewarded with many moments of laughter as they drove home the books’ lessons about being inclusive and not bullying peers.
PARP is continuing throughout the month of March at Increase Miller, Katonah and Meadow Pond elementary schools with a number of assemblies, reading opportunities, guest authors and more.
Due to inclement weather, this evening’s performance of Grease has been
cancelled. Anyone with tickets to this evening's performance of Grease
will be accommodated at the matinee performance on Saturday at 1PM only.
Our box office will open at 12PM on Saturday in the high school
auditorium lobby so that ticket holders may exchange those tickets for
the matinee performance of Grease. We regret that we are unable to offer
refunds should you be unable to attend the matinee performance of
Grease on Saturday.
The John Jay High School Theatre Workshop proudly presents the
musical, Grease, book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
The performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19th and 7:00
p.m. on Friday, March 20th. In addition, there will be two performances
on Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.
Grease tells the story of two love-struck high school seniors, Sandy
Olsen and Danny Zuko. Sandy, an exchange student from Australia, meets
Danny at the beach over the summer and is surprised when she runs into
him in high school. Their love manages to survive several
misunderstandings. However, in the end Sandy realizes that she must
change herself to truly be accepted by Danny and his friends.
Tickets will be sold at the box office outside the John Jay Theatre
beginning the week of March 2. The box office will be open from 3:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning the week of March 2.
All tickets must be paid for at time of purchase, there are no refunds
or exchanges. Tickets must be purchased in person on a first come, first
served basis, no phone orders will be accepted. Unlike in previous
years, tickets will not be held at the box office without payment. If
you have any questions regarding tickets please email Ronnie Thompson at
Please come celebrate the grand opening of the JJHS student art gallery!
Please come celebrate the grand opening of the JJHS student art gallery!
Students will exhibit drawings, paintings, ceramics, films, photographs and animation at the JJHS Rite of Spring Art Show!
Where- JJHS Art Gallery (bust hallway)
When- Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-8:30
(opening night of Spring musical Grease!)
Bring your family and friends, refreshments will be served.
Gallery and reception sponsored by Arts Alive!
JSA Debates in Capitol
John Jay High School students attended the 2015 Junior Statesmen of America Winter Congress in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6.
Students (delegates) from the Northeast gathered at the Double Tree Inn in Arlington, Virginia, where they exchanged ideas with other school delegates through debates, thought talks, problem-solving sessions and a variety of simulations to improve their knowledge of government and politics.
These events provided students with a range of experiences, from participation in elections to submitting bills to a mock Congress, as well as being able to challenge and learn from keynote speakers.
The JJHS chapter has been participating in JSA for several years, attending JSA Fall State Conventions, which are held in Boston, as well as the Winter Congresses. Members have participated in many debates, winning awards (gavels) for their contributions.
John Jay Students Bring Home WESEF Awards
Twenty-three John Jay High School students presented their science research work at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair at Sleepy Hollow High School on March 7.
Despite two snow days leading up to the fair, the students did an outstanding job, said science research teacher Ann Marie Lipinsky.
Best in Category Award Winners:
• First place in Cell and Molecular Biology — Jeffrey Steckler
• Second place in Biochemistry — David Gordon
• Second place in Chemistry — Henry Pierce
• Third place in Behavior — Dakota Adamec and Emma Hager
• Fourth place in Animal Science — Jackie Ricca
• Fourth place in Biochemistry — Anthony O’Donnell
• Fourth place in Computer Science — Ashley Cavanaugh
• Fourth place in Engineering — Zury Cutler
• Fourth place in Environmental Science — Tess Tobin
Special Awards Winners:
• American Meteorological Society Award — Noah Sims
• American Psychological Association Award — Elias Chaiken
• Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award — Ashley Cavanaugh
• Excellence in Medical Research Award — Lauren Meltz
• Stockholm Junior Water Prize — Noah Sims
• Mianus River Gorge Ecology Award — Jack Durkin
• Teatown Young Conservationist Award — Carter Henry
• Fisher Scientific Award — Lauren Latham
“Congratulations to all our winners,” said Lipinsky. “We are so proud that they support each other and work well together both in and outside of class. They continue to conduct award-winning research.”
Exploring the Museum of Natural History
John Jay High School’s AP Biology and AP Environmental Science classes recently traveled to New York City for a day at the American Museum of Natural History.
Students split up into small groups to explore the museum’s current exhibits, including a special look at natural disasters like earthquakes and tornadoes in “Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters” and “Countdown to Zero,” an exhibit exploring the eradication of human disease.
All students enjoyed the chance to explore the world-class exhibits that enhanced their classroom learning.
Accolades for Student Photographers
John Jay High School sophomores Isabel Fry and Acadia Thielking received regional recognition for their photographs in the Lewisboro Land Trust Nature Photography Exhibition.
Thielking took third place in the competition that included talent from other high school-age photographers around the county, while Fry received honorable mention.
The exhibition remains on view at the Katonah Village Library through March 8.
French Students Tour United Nations
The John Jay High School French 5 AP students recently went to New York City on a tour of the United Nations, where the guide from Madagascar gave the tour entirely in French.
The students were delighted to spend an afternoon completely immersed in French while learning about the goals and activities of the U.N.
Pictured, students and teacher chaperones stand in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.
John Jay French Students Visit Canada
A group of 41 John Jay H.S. juniors enrolled in French spent a four-day weekend in French-speaking Quebec City, Canada, in early February. They braved the cold weather to learn about Quebec City and its cultural offerings through a rich offering of indoor and outdoor activities.
Outdoor highlights included the annual Winter Carnival, dog sledding, snow tubing and rafting, and an evening of song and dance at a sugar shack, where students learned about maple sugaring. The group also visited the famed Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) and crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River on an evening ferry ride.
Historical highlights included interactive activities that portrayed the daily life of a soldier on the Plains of Abraham, a quiz show hosted by Samuel de Champlain, and the daily life of a convict in a 200-year-old Quebec prison. Classic Canadian culinary delights included crêpes and an authentic lumberjack meal at the sugar shack.
The trip to Quebec provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about and experience the Francophone world of our nearby neighbor, Canada. They came away not only with fond memories and deepened friendships, but also with a greater confidence in their French language skills and an appreciation of another culture.
John Jay Jazz Groups Compete in Boston
John Jay High School’s jazz groups enjoyed a trip to Boston for the annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Jan. 31.
“We had a great weekend,” said Vocal Jazz I director Steven Morse, whose ensemble came in fifth place. “It’s our 13th year attending and fifth year being in the top five.”
Senior Amber Lewis was recognized as Superior Musician among 15 groups competing, while junior Sam Johnston was awarded one of three Outstanding Musicianship awards.
The Small Combo 2 group of three musicians received first place in their category under the direction of Jeffrey Richardson. Congratulations to Peter Miller on piano, Neal LaPolla on bass guitar and Dylan Gold on drums.
On Saturday February 7th John Jay hosted the 15 annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium-over 500 students from 29 schools competed. John Jay Research students were very successful. This photo shows some of the students: Tess Tobin, Zoe Gordin, Ashley Cavanaugh, Jackie RIcca, Anthony O'Donnell, David Gordon, and Jeffrey Steckler.
Six seniors will be going on to compete at the Upstate JSHS in Albany: Jackie Ricca won first place in her category and will compete by giving her formal oral power point presentation for a chance to go to the National JSHS. David Gordon, Elana Kaplan, Lauren Latham, Jeffrey Steckler, and Tess Tobin are going to Albany to compete in the poster completion. Anthony O'Donnell won the poster competition.
WR-JSHS consists of a speaker competition (12 minute power-points), a poster completion, and a display poster session. Thanks to all the scientists who participated as judges for the speaker sessions!
Students worked hard on their science project PowerPoint presentations and posters. Here is Mr. Bell judging some of the posters.
Night of Comedy Fundraiser for JJHS Treblemakers
As you know, this has been a particularly challenging winter season as it relates to school cancellations and delays.
Please be assured that all decisions have been made with student safety first and foremost in mind.
As of today, the Katonah-Lewisboro District has used six (6) snow days
and our calendar only allowed for four (4) weather reserve days.
Consequently, we are now re-instating February 18th and February 19th as
student session days, with February 20th remaining as a teacher
I know that the reinstatement of school days during this week in
February may cause inconvenience for some families, but this was
indicated on the calendar approved last spring. Also, be aware, that
should we have to cancel another day between now and February 13th, we
will have to reinstate February 17th as a student session day.
John A. Goetz
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Congratulations to Christopher Noonan upon signing his national letter of intent to play football at Bryant University.
Melnychuk Sets School Bowling Records
John Jay High School’s Alex Melnychuk has made school history. The sophomore recently bowled 290 in a single bowling game and has a game-high series of 763 – both all-time highs for the school.
“Alex currently has a 198 average, which is the fifth highest average in the league,” said head coach Paul Plutzker. “He has bowled 21 games over 200 this season.”
Melnychuk’s impressive game has earned him a trip for the second year in a row to sections.
“He will be an All-League bowler,” Plutzker added. “He has worked very hard to improve his average 18 pins over last season.”
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nuclear Energy
John Jay High School’s environmental physics classes recently had the opportunity to see firsthand how nuclear energy is used locally.
James Panzer’s classes visited Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan on Jan. 14 and 15.
“They were given the opportunity to tour the plant’s maze of steam pipes, turbines and security checkpoints,” Panzer said. “The live fish return system into the Hudson River was a particularly fun aspect of the tour.”
Indian Point employees spoke with students about how the station generates electricity and thermal energy using nuclear fission.
“One highlight was watching prospective nuclear control room operators run through a series of tests in a realistic simulator, complete with sounds and lights that indicate events to which they must respond,” Panzer said. “Our JJHS students were given facts about the history of nuclear energy, how it works and current safeguards and regulations in place so as to form their own opinions.”
John Jay’s Tobin Named Intel Semifinalist
John Jay High School’s Tess Woerner Tobin was named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist.
Tobin is one of just 300 honorees nationwide selected for this prestigious pre-college science competition recognition.
Her science research focused on determining the superior pheromone and
essential oil for the management of the highly invasive brown marmorated
The district congratulates her for this prestigious honor. Stay tuned for more details about Tobin’s recognition.
HS UN Delegates Converge at John Jay
Model United Nations delegates from 10 area high schools came out to John Jay High School for a day of learning and lively discussion as part of the John Jay Model UN Conference on Nov. 15.
“John Jay delegates used the day as an educational experience to prepare for some of the larger conferences we attend,” said JJMUNC secretary-general Jeffrey Steckler.
Last year, JJMUNC attended five conferences, some of which were multi-day functions at venues including the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University.
This November’s single-day conference at JJHS allowed newer members to learn more about Model UN and debate topics ranging from how dangerous materials should be labeled and transported to the tuberculosis epidemic.
“We wanted to provide a stellar one-day conference to help other schools either expand their Model UN programs or bring in new members,” said Steckler, who has served as the club’s president for the past three years.
The approximately 200 participants came from Berkshire School, Brewster High School, East Side High School, Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School, Horace Greeley High School, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Storm King School, Tappan Zee High School, Trinity School and Wooster School.
Over the past few years, JJMUNC has grown from five members to 65, making it the school’s largest club.
Five Seniors Are NCAA-Bound
Five John Jay High School seniors signed on to continue their athletic careers at National Collegiate Athletic Associate colleges next fall.
Amanda Flayhan (lacrosse) — University of Michigan
Ryan Lee (lacrosse) — University of Richmond
Jillian Schell (lacrosse) — San Diego State University
Theresa Swertfager (softball) — University of Florida
Jack Weiller (baseball) — University of Virginia
The student-athletes recently met for ceremonial signings of their Letters of Intent at the high school.
Business Law Students See Justice Served Firsthand
John Jay High School Business Law teacher Michael Cohen offered his students the opportunity to witness the legal process.
“Part of my philosophy as a business teacher is to use our community as a classroom, and it happens that ‘The People's Court’ is taped in nearby Stamford,” said Cohen.
All 25 students in last year’s class, ranging from grades 10 to 12, expressed a desire to attend and after several calls, they secured tickets to appear in the audience.
“We were in the audience for seven cases, and I could see the students light up whenever they knew aspects of the law that were being applied,” Cohen said. “Upon our debrief, I learned many students reached the same decisions as the arbitrators.”
So far, two episodes featuring JJHS students in the audience have aired on FOX.
This year, Cohen is teaching an additional section of Business Law and hopes to repeat the trips to “The People’s Court.”
“The plan is to go once in the fall as the students are learning the foundations of the law and we can reflect on the cases we saw as we learn throughout the semester,” he said. “In the spring, we will go again, apply the law, keep a record of how each student would arbitrate each case and compare it with the arbitrator of the show.”
Episodes featuring John Jay students will continue to air on FOX on Nov. 25 and two to-be-determined dates in December at 3 p.m.
From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes been resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.
The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State.
Symptoms to Look For:
How It Is Spread
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
What You Can Do Protect Yourself
It is important to protect yourself and others reminding your children to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza (flu).
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill
If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.