John Jay High School

60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518


Jessica Godin

ssistant Principals:

Gil Cass       
Kim Piccolino             Antonio Ramos

(914) 763-7201

(914) 763-7494


February 2nd Midterm Regents Exam Information


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.”




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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 stinkbug.

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.

Congratulations to:

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:
Runny Nose
Body Aches

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.

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