Congratulations to Our Second Quarter Honor Roll Students!
The Honor Roll is posted below under "Quick Links."
7:00 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Public Session John Jay High School, Library
In the HS Conference Room
8:30 a.m. - Public Session John Jay High School, Library
February 15, 2017
Dear John Jay Community,
Last week, Superintendent Selesnick notified the community in a letter explaining how the school district has secured greeters to be placed in each of the schools in order to serve the community and assist in keeping all of our schools safe.
John Jay High School is pleased to introduce Mr. Henry Neil as its greeter (see picture). In the search for a well-qualified individual, it was important the person selected would positively connect with our students, staff, and community. Mr. Neil has extensive experience in this role, most recently with Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He impressed us greatly with his gentlemanly demeanor, ethic of service, and his commitment to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all who enter John Jay High School.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Neil as a part of the JJHS team.
Steven T. Siciliano, Ed.D.
John Jay High School’s Campus Congress has invited Judith Altmann, a Holocaust survivor, to share her incredible story with John Jay High School juniors and seniors on Thursday, February 23, and freshmen and sophomores on Friday, February 24.
The presentation follows the incidents of swastikas found on John Jay High School property in the last two months. “I heard Mrs. Altmann speak when my AP European History class went to a Holocaust workshop in New Rochelle,” said Simrit Uppal, Speaker of John Jay’s Campus Congress, and one of the student leaders who set up the visit. MORE.
In December, students in the AP French Language and Culture class along with their teacher, Hanky Kutscher, and guidance counselor, Joann Travis, took the train from Goldens Bridge to Grand Central Station, then walked to the United Nations for a tour conducted exclusively in French.
Students learned about the beginnings and history of the U.N., and about its mission and guiding principles. Their tour guide was a woman from Madagascar who kept the group engaged and fascinated as students investigated documents and artifacts, entered and sat in U.N. chambers, and actually got to hear some U.N. members speak.
It was a wonderful experience during which John Jay students listened to and used French to discuss topics that are part of major importance to our world and that are also a part of the AP French curriculum.
Juniors enrolled in Hanky Kutscher and Lauren Wood-Radcliffe’s French classes took a four-day weekend trip to Québec, Canada from February 3rd through February 6th, during that province’s winter Carnaval. Along with their teacher chaperons, they braved the cold weather in order to learn about Québec City and its environs and to be immersed in its Francophone culture and language.
Highlights included dog-sledding, snow-shoeing, tubing and tobogganing, as well as an evening of singing and dancing at a sugar shack where students enjoyed a typical lumberjack meal and learned about maple-sugaring. The group took a ferry ride across the frozen St Lawrence River and visited the iconic hotel Le Château Frontenac and l’Hôtel de Glace (ice hotel) in addition to the Contemporary Art Museum and the Québec Parliament. In addition, students sampled many Canadian culinary treats such as les queues de castor (“beaver tails” which are fried dough covered with toppings such as maple sugar, maple syrup and, the ever popular, Nutella and bananas), les tires sur la neige (maple sugar poured on snow then rolled up on a popsicle stick), crêpes and poutine (French fries covered with gravy and cheese curds).
The trip to Québec provided an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about and experience the Francophone world of our nearby northern neighbor. They came away with not only fond memories and deeper friendships, but also with greater confidence in their French language skills and an appreciation of another culture.
A conversation between music teachers Amy Geiger, at John Jay High School, and Carly Spaeth, Director of our Elementary Band program, resulted a collaborative work between high school and elementary school students. Six high school musicians mentored 5th grade band members at Increase Miller Elementary School for a month, culminating in an evening concert at IMES on February 6th.
"Our high schoolers were thrilled at the opportunity to give back to the program!" said Ms. Geiger. Thank you Henry King (tuba), Jackson Mingle and Bailey Owen (both trombone), Jack Bandon (percussion), and Liam Richardson and Jack Buckley (both trumpet). MORE PHOTOS.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the High School Jazz Festival hosted by the Berklee College of Music at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
The Jazz Trio placed second in their division and Vocal Jazz placed 5th in the VJ 1 category. Neal LaPolla and Oden Scherer received awards as superior musicians and Sarah Richman was awarded the Judges choice award for her vocal jazz performance. MORE PHOTOS. VIDEO.
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.
Your District Nurses would like to remind you that it's flu season! To help prevent the spread of the flu, remember to:
Wash hand frequently
Keep hands away from your face and mouth
Stay home if you are sick
Get a flu shot!
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