John Jay High School
60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Kim Piccolino Antonio Ramos
A First Peek into High School
John Jay High School’s Class of 2019 had a chance to reconnect with classmates, meet administrators and counselors, and enjoy a meal together at the annual Freshmen Potluck Supper on Aug. 25.
The students and their parents came together outside the school on a warm summer evening to mingle, compare class schedules and take a look at the hallways of their new academic home for the next four years.
“This is their first opportunity to really see the school,” said JJHS Principal Jessica Godin. “It’s nice that it’s a casual atmosphere and involves the integration of the peer leadership.”
Many senior peer leaders, along with PTO officers, were decked out in John Jay purple as they welcomed the families to the affair. The peer leaders took the freshmen on tours of the building, sharing important tips about which hallways might house their classes, as well as other insider information – such as which water fountains have the best tasting water.
“This is a great opportunity for students to get a feel for the school and helps alleviate some of the tension,” said Godin.
Welcome Back Letter 2015
Dear John Jay High School Families and Students,
We are thrilled to have our freshman and new students coming aboard and our returning students ready to tackle a new year with gusto!
As we begin a new school year, I wanted to fill you in on some important changes that will be taking place this year at the high school.
First and foremost, we have a new leader in the district. I hope many of you have had a chance to meet with Mr. Andrew Selesnick as he has transitioned into the district. We hope to see a great deal of him throughout the year.
The custodial and maintenance crews have been hard at work to prepare the high school to welcome students for the new school year. Please join me in thanking them. Construction is well underway for the movement of the District Office into John Jay High School. We expect all instructional spaces to be completed by opening day.
Due to construction and other variables, parking will be a challenge this year. You will receive a parking memorandum from Dr. Ramos, our assistant principal who supervises parking, in the coming days. Please note that every available spot will be utilized.
Operations and maintenance has been busy overseeing many projects that you may have seen as you’ve driven by the high school. The track and field is undergoing a complete overhaul that will include site work to assist in better inclement weather control so more events can be held outdoors. The six-court tennis complex installation is nearly complete. All projects are scheduled to be completed in time for Homecoming, October 9th.
The first day of classes for all students will be Wednesday, September 2nd. This will be a full day for all students. Although we will have all students in attendance for the entire school day, there is an assembly schedule in place to allow for grade level assemblies. 9th graders will report to their first period class and then be escorted to the auditorium for an introduction and warm welcome to John Jay High School.
Please check our web page (http://klschooldistrict.org/schools/john_jay_high_school) for updates to the A-Z handbook and Codes of Conduct.
*Please see the attached attendance policy. Our attendance practices have changed and contain new procedures and expectations for families. It is important that you read and become familiar with them.
In addition, the main office doors will be the only point of entry during the school day. The entryway will be locked and monitored by front office personnel from 8am-3pm. You must be cleared and buzzed into the building to obtain a visitor's pass. Students, who leave campus during these hours, must also utilize this entryway.
Although we always encourage the teacher to be your first contact, should need to contact an assistant principal, please refer to the chart below:
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As we are always seeking feedback on the improvement of the “John Jay High School Experience,” please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have.
We look forward to an exciting year of new courses, rigorous experiences and fulfilling memories.
Jessica L. Godin
Bright Futures Ahead for the Class of 2015
The Katonah-Lewisboro School District congratulates the Class of 2015 and wishes the graduates well as they continue onto these distinguished colleges and universities in the fall:
• American University
• Barnard College
• Bates College
• Baylor University
• Bentley University
• Berklee College of Music
• Binghamton University
• Boston College
• Boston University
• Bowdoin College
• Bridgewater College
• Broome Community College
• Brown University
• Bryant University
• Bucknell University
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Castleton State College
• College of the Holy Cross
• College of William and Mary
• Columbia College Chicago
• Columbia University
• Concordia University – Montreal
• Connecticut College
• Cornell College
• Cornell University
• Daniel Webster College
• Dartmouth College
• Drexel University
• Eckerd College
• Elon University
• Endicott College
• Fairfield University
• Fashion Institute of Technology
• Fort Lewis College
• Franklin and Marshall College
• Franklin Pierce University
• Georgetown University
• Gettysburg College
• Goldsmiths College, University of London
• Hampshire College
• Hartwick College
• Harvard University
• Haverford College
• High Point University
• Hunter College, CUNY
• Indiana University at Bloomington
• Iona College
• Ithaca College
• James Madison University
• John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
• Johnson & Wales University, Providence
• Keene State College
• Kenyon College
• Lafayette College
• Lehigh University
• LeTourneau University
• Lynchburg College
• Macalester College
• Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
• Manhattanville College
• Marist College
• Maryland Institute College of Art
• McGill University
• Mercy College
• Miami University, Oxford
• Mount Holyoke College
• Morrisville State College
• Muhlenberg College
• Nazareth College
• New York University
• Northeastern University
• Northwestern University
• Oberlin College
• Ohio Technical College
• Pace University, New York City
• Pace University, Westchester Campus
• Paul Smith’s College
• Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
• Pennsylvania State University, University Park
• Plymouth State University
• Quinnipiac University
• Rhode Island School of Design
• Rochester Institute of Technology
• Sacred Heart University
• San Diego State University
• School of Visual Arts
• Skidmore College
• St. Lawrence University
• Stevens Institute of Technology
• SUNY Cortland
• SUNY Delhi
• SUNY Geneseo
• SUNY Maritime College
• SUNY New Paltz
• SUNY Plattsburgh
• SUNY Potsdam
• SUNY Purchase
• Syracuse University
• The College at Brockport: SUNY
• The College of Saint Rose
• The George Washington University
• The Ohio State University
• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Tufts University
• Union College
• United States Naval Academy
• University at Albany, SUNY
• University at Buffalo, SUNY
• University of British Columbia
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of California, Santa Barbara
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of Chicago
• University of Colorado at Boulder
• University of Connecticut
• University of Delaware
• University of Denver
• University of Florida
• University of Hartford
• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• University of Maryland, College Park
• University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• University of Miami
• University of Michigan
• University of Mississippi
• University of New Hampshire
• University of North Carolina at Wilmington
• University of Oregon
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Rhode Island
• University of Richmond
• University of Rochester
• University of South Carolina
• University of St. Andrews, Scotland
• University of Tennessee, Knoxville
• University of Vermont
• University of Virginia
• University of Wisconsin, Madison
• Villanova University
• Wake Forest University
• Washington University in St. Louis
• Webster University
• Wesleyan University
• West Chester University of Pennsylvania
• Westchester Community College
• Willamette University
Class of 2015 Takes Next Steps
Members of John Jay High School’s Class of 2015 officially became alumni as they switched their tassels on the evening of June 23.
Despite repeated setbacks caused by the weather, the 287 graduates were all smiles as the entered and left Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah.
After the class entered to “Pomp and Circumstance” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, school musical groups the Rolling Tones and the Noteables performed the national anthem, after which Interim Superintendent John Goetz welcomed the guests to the ceremony.
“The next step is clearly in your hands,” he said to the graduating students. “Stay focused and try to be happy in all that you do. The future needs happy, optimistic and balanced people.”
In her address, Board of Education President Marjorie Schiff told the class, “Throughout your time in high school, you have enriched the community, our community, through your dedication to academic, artistic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors. You have become important role models and contributors for the younger students at John Jay High School, for your siblings and for the children in our community.”
Class of 2015 Co-presidents Karen Beaty and Emma Jansen spoke about the characteristics that define the class and decided that diversity, friendship and the class’s special bond are legacies to be left behind with the school’s Key of Knowledge. That key was passed to the junior class’s co-presidents, Gabby Dowd and Kelly McDonald, who in turn thanked the graduates for serving as positive role models for the younger students.
Valedictorian Ryan Monasch, salutatorian Briana Tang and class speaker Enis Rraci each offered moments of reflection and advice to their peers. Rraci asked his classmates to applaud for the many people who had helped them during their high school years, from teachers and guidance counselors to cafeteria staff and parents.
“Once we go forth from our places of comfort, where our options are limited and our restrictions relatively maximized, we have more opportunity to make meaningful change, to make an impact, to move an entire hill or mountain or valley of sand, instead of single grains,” Monasch said. “Why don’t we go out into the world and make it a better place? Why not us?”
“The harder work is ahead, but so is the more intense reward,” said Principal Jessica Godin, one of the evening’s keynote speakers. “Know you will always have purple in your blood…most importantly, with trepidation or without, you are ready to move on to the next step of your journey knowing you will always find a way to land on your feet.”
HS Students Enjoy Music of Zimbabwe
John Jay High School students recently had a chance to hear renowned musicians Banning Eyre and Tendai Muparutsa when they visited the school on June 5.
Thanks to the efforts of ArtsAlive!, students heard international music firsthand. Last year, the organization brought an Indian music workshop to the school.
This year’s workshop was a big hit with students, as they were introduced to a number of instruments, lyrics and songs from Zimbabwe. Eyre and Muparutsa discussed the history of the instruments and how they are used, such as in religious ceremonies.
“Sometimes, I miss Zimbabwe,” said Muparutsa before performing an original song for the students.
The day proved to be an enlightening and enjoyable one for all involved.
“I already have some ideas for the next few years,” said ArtsAlive!’s Jack Freudenheim, who coordinated the visit.
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Seniors Celebrate Prom
John Jay High School's Class of 2015 enjoyed one another's company, a fun venue and meal together at Chelsea Pier 60 on June 19.
Evolving Our World: A Greener Future
The Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s Sustainability Committee is made up of district administrators, Board of Education members and community members who have an interest in sustainable practices in our schools. On May 21, Director of Facilities Paul Christensen presented an update on the committee’s progress.
Christensen discussed the district’s greenhouse gas audit, which was performed from 2007-2009 and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2015.
By implementing steps and practices including composting, the addition of water bottle filling stations and other increases in efficiency and conservation, the district reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent in 2013 (2015 figures to be presented in the fall).
Moving forward, the committee and district are looking to increase student participation in sustainability initiatives, complete the energy performance contract, continue to strive to reach the greenhouse gas emission goal, continue to evaluate opportunities for conservation and savings, maintain status as a “Lighthouse” district and add all kitchen waste to compostables. This fall, the district will implement DW single stream recycling and continue to add more water bottle filling stations.
For more information about the Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s sustainability efforts, see the presentation and video.
Ultimate Frisbee Teams Compete in State Championship
John Jay High School’s Air Raid and Bear Raid Ultimate Frisbee teams traveled upstate to compete in the USA Ultimate New York State High School Championship on May 23 and 24.
John Jay’s Air Raid team, created in 2007 by students, has gone on to win three times since its inception and now has more than 60 students involved in the Air Raid and Bear Raid co-ed teams.
This year, Air Raid placed ninth overall with a 4-3 record and Bear Raid placed 16th overall, winning the “Spirit of the Game” award during the tournament, which recognizes players for their exceptional sportsmanship.
Student Board Member Honored
At its June 4 meeting, the Board of Education recognized student trustee Lillian Sandlund for her year of service. The John Jay High School senior was elected by her peers to serve on the Board during the spring of 2015. The date of the Board’s next meeting, June 18, will be Sandlund’s final day as trustee.
“Lillian has represented the students of John Jay with the utmost integrity, conscientiousness and independence,” Board of Education President Marjorie Schiff said.
“We believe the school district and the Katonah-Lewisboro school community have been enriched by the outstanding service she has provided during her term.”
District Readies for Track and Field Replacement
The Katonah-Lewisboro School District Board of Education approved a bid for the John Jay High School/Middle School track and field replacement at its June 4 meeting.
The track and field replacement will begin this month and continue during the summer. The track and field will be closed to students and the public during this time. The project includes the replacement of the turf field and track, storm water management (a state requirement), engineering, and testing and erosion control.
The district received bids for the work on May 22. The Board adopted a resolution to award the contract to the lowest responsible vendor, Landscape Unlimited LLC, a Somers-based company. The total bid is $1,315,700, which falls within the voter-approved amount allocated for the project.
The district allocated surplus funds from the 2013-14 school year’s general fund toward this project and anticipates approximately 25 percent in state aid, which will be paid back to the district over 15 to 20 years.
The current turf field was installed in 2002 and has been maintained above industry standards until the present time, which allowed it to last beyond its life expectancy. Over time, the synthetic fibers have broken down due to high utilization and have required significant repairs.
The track was installed in 1996 and its rubber layer has deteriorated significantly. The district has taken measures to respray the track on occasion to maximize its usable life. Its current level of deterioration can no longer be addressed through use of a top spray. The summer work to the track will involve removing the current top inch of rubber and 1.5 inches of asphalt, repaving with new asphalt and rubber material, repairing the subsurface as necessary and repainting the track lines.
The district anticipates a track and field replacement completion date of September 15.
National Honor Society Welcomes New Members
John Jay High School’s National Honor Society recently welcomed 92 new members into its ranks.
The students, all of whom are in high academic standing, have committed to attend regular meetings and meet community service requirements throughout the year.
Each new member was called on stage to accept a National Honor Society certificate.
Making a World of Difference Close to Home
John Jay High School’s A World of Difference Club recently met with clients of North East Westchester Special Recreation at the Bedford Community House for an evening of fun activities.
North East, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational services to adults and children with special needs, welcomed JJHS students, and together the two groups enjoyed Zumba, arts and crafts, baking and a pizza dinner.
“The members of A World of Difference were happy to become more involved with the local community,” said AWOD student member Lauren Connolly.
HS Tennis Complex Breaks Ground
Thanks to the efforts of the Katonah-Lewisboro Community Tennis Association, ground broke on May 18 for the new six-court tennis complex on the John Jay High School campus.
The KLCTA was formed as a nonprofit organization to aid in the funding and building of this new complex, which will include courts, lighting and related tennis amenities on the campus for use by the district’s athletic teams, physical education classes, and the community at large.
“It has been about three years since the inception of the idea,” shared KLCTA President and JJHS varsity boys tennis coach Robert Labriola at the groundbreaking. He also thanked the Board of Education and district administration for their support throughout the process.
“It really began as a grassroots effort,” said Katonah-Lewisboro School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Jumper. “They are gifting us the installation of the courts and we have just helped facilitate all of the requirements associated with school construction.”
The KLCTA has so far raised $520,000 toward the project and is still accepting donations that will assist with underground preparation of the site, bonding and insurance.
The United States Tennis Association has also shared its support for the complex, stating in a letter to Labriola: “We could not help but to be caught up with the excitement of what this tennis center would mean to the community. We believe building courts is a great ambition, but building a tennis ‘community’ is what is really happening here, and we are 100 percent behind your passion and efforts.”
Labriola said he is excited to see the high school tennis teams and their supporters enjoying practices and matches on the new courts, as well as middle school students utilizing the space during physical education classes.
In addition, “I see USTA leagues, junior team tennis, conference tournaments, parents of students and community members using the facility. Our JJHS campus will be nicely rounded out by having another sport and facility for all to use.”
Construction is slated to begin this week.
“In about 12 weeks, we will do a ribbon cutting,” said Labriola.
June 2015 Examination Schedule and Information
can be found on the left under "School Resources"
HS Art Gallery Debuts with ‘Rite of Spring’
John Jay High School students proudly showcased their artwork – ranging from drawings, paintings, ceramics, photographs, short films and animation – in the school’s annual Rite of Spring art show, but this year, the artwork had a new venue. The exhibit was the first to be shown in the new JJHS Art Gallery and was celebrated with a grand opening in March.
Student Jessie Blumberg, who is currently enrolled in the Drawing and Painting II and Ceramics classes, said she was excited to see her work on display in the new gallery. “I like the art classes because you get to be creative and there are fewer guidelines than in other classes,” she said. “It’s more free.”
For Elena Wickersham, her Drawing and Painting I assignment inspired nostalgia, as it depicts a number of her favorite childhood games. “These are three board games I used to play with my family,” she said of her drawing. “It brings back a lot of memories.”
The John Jay High School Art Gallery is made possible through a partnership with ArtsWestchester.
Honoring Eagle Scouts
Two John Jay High School students, Alex Wagner and Ben Weinstein, were celebrated on May 10 as they received their Eagle Scout awards.
The two seniors received proclamations from Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons and Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham in honor of their achievements at a special Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.
For his Eagle Scout project, Wagner created a mile-long hiking trail at the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem. The avid hiker hopes the trail will benefit those near and far who come to enjoy the outdoors. He was able to complete the trail before the snow arrived in December and plans to continue being an active scout as his troop’s Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. Wagner will be attending SUNY Maritime College in the fall.
Weinstein worked to construct and design a geocaching and orienteering course at Mount Lakes Park in North Salem for his Eagle Scout project. This special course will benefit the park’s Camp Morty, a summer camp benefitting underprivileged children in Westchester County. Weinstein is passionate about the outdoors and continues to serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop and an adult leader for the Trail-to-Eagle program as the instructor for the cooking merit badge. He plans to attend Paul Smith College in the fall.
Jay Fest 2015 is Underway
John Jay High School’s athletic program is celebrating the 19th annual JayFest Spring Celebration on May 8 and 9.
The two-day-long celebration includes the Jayfest softball tournament, along with baseball and boys and girls lacrosse games. Click the below link for a full schedule of JayFest events.
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JJHS Part of Spring Daffodil Driving Tour
Thanks to the efforts of the Lewisboro Garden Club and John Jay High School student volunteers, JJHS is poised to bloom this spring. The high school is part of the Lewisboro Garden Club’s Golden Roads Driving Tour, which includes approximately 4,000 daffodils planted throughout the area.
For more information about the tour, click here.
Congratulations to all of our
3rd quarter honor roll students!
(To view the complete list of honor roll students, click on Honor Roll 2014-2015
to your left under School Resources.)
Science Fiction Story Earns National Silver Medal
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized John Jay High School freshman Kaley Mamo for her exceptional writing.
Mamo’s science fiction/fantasy piece, “Where Sea Meets Sky,” earned her a Silver Medal in the national competition. The more than 255,000 submitted pieces of art and writing are judged by artistic and literary professionals from around the country, with the awards presented by nonprofit organization The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Congratulations to Kaley on her award.
Grease is the Word
John Jay High School Theatre Workshop brought the well-known musical “Grease” to life in March.
The spring musical told the story of love-struck high school seniors Sandy Olsen and Danny Zuko, who after a summer fling, are surprised to see each other in the fall after Olsen transfer to Zuko’s high school. After a series of misunderstandings, their relationship manages to survive and triumphs in the end after Olsen undergoes a major makeover.
Congratulations to the cast and crew for all their hard work on another wonderful production!
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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!
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.