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Dear John Jay Community,
I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the change of season.
Much has transpired since the start of school and I’m proud to say that I remain impressed with what our students, staff, and community accomplish together.
Planned events brought our student body and staff into working closely very quickly. Homecoming, for example, was an early gift and all of our grade levels in partnership with staff and student leaders, created an incredibly fun and rewarding Homecoming parade and exciting Spirit Week thereafter. School spirit was definitely present in the halls and it was (and is) a sign of things to come.
The fall season highlighted success in the many areas of student life at John Jay High School. We proudly introduced five National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists and this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Intellectual engagement is the unifying theme of classroom instruction throughout the school and district, respectively, and we’re so pleased to see our students and staff rising to such a challenge while building a spirit of community in our classrooms. This positive spirit has a place in all our programs.
The fall season in the athletic program has brought many team successes with multiple wins, playoff berths, and a real excitement evident at all our contests. The level of purpose and connectedness found by students and families in this part of school life cannot be understated and is wonderful to see. In addition, Fine and Performing Arts students continue tapping their talent and creativity as the Art Gallery displays such deep and sophisticated creations. The students on stage are putting the finishing touches on challenging fall and freshmen productions designed to stretch and grow their capabilities, while the music program’s performing groups are starting to jell and becoming ready to fully express themselves as they entertain and inspire all of us. Please come and see for yourself!
Parents, however, have also been a major factor in the success of the start of this school year.
John Jay High School’s PTO has demonstrated thoughtful and service-oriented leadership while keeping parents informed and connected. In partnership with the high school guidance department, for example, they recently gave parents engaging the college application process a window into the experiences of parents who have previously navigated this sometimes stressful terrain. The sharing and goodwill observed that morning was a pointed testament to the power of parent and school collaboration for the benefit and success of students.
While time often brings its share of adversity, as it did most recently, the community and school pulled together and ensured our schools and district, respectively, placed the well-being of students first-thank you.
Again, I am so impressed with what we accomplish together. Thank you so very much for all your continued support and feedback.
Wishing all of our families a wonderful fall season.