Congratulations to Our Second Quarter Honor Roll Students!
The Honor Roll is posted below under "Quick Links."
March 7, 2017
Dear John Jay Community,
Despite the challenges of late, it’s important for me to reach out to you and convey that John Jay High School remains a place of strong learning and a safe community. I am continuously impressed with the caliber of our student body and staff; the commitment they all share and the hopes they have for the future.
To get a closer look at this truth, all are invited to take some time and examine our impressive high school webpage and observe its latest student updates. All will see how our students are engaged and succeeding through incredibly rich learning experiences in the classroom, research and robotic competitions, foreign travel, and also on the athletic field, for example. JJHS, in partnership with your care and support, succeeds in molding educated, caring, curious, upstanding young men and women who will leave a positive legacy of their years here.
As the spring comes, there’s still much to do and we’re excited for the new opportunities our students will seize. Our senior class, for example, is hard at work securing internships to give themselves a real-world experience as they anticipate graduation day and beyond. Our student-actors are gearing up for their much anticipated performances later this month. Also, showcases such as Jay Fest bring us all together in support of our athletes. All of these and other events combined spell COMMUNITY. Despite any momentary challenges we face, it’s that spirit of community that endures and prevails.
It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as JJHS Principal and I wish all of us a most successful spring. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and thank you for your continued support of our students and school.
Steven T. Siciliano, Ed.D.
John Jay Theatre Workshop’s production of Little Women, the musical--featuring a cast, crew, and pit orchestra of nearly sixty-five students--opens on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. Additional evening performances are Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, and there is a matinee on Saturday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 adults, and $5 students and senior citizens, and will be sold in the Theatre Lobby from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19; Tuesday, March 21; Friday, March 24; and Tuesday, March 28. In addition, tickets will be sold one hour prior to each performance in the theatre lobby. MORE.
John Jay’s annual art show, Rite of Spring, features the work of over one hundred student-artists in ceramics and sculpture, drawing and painting, graphic design, photography, and film.
The show, in the John Jay Gallery, opens on Thursday, March 30, during school lunch periods, and runs through April 7. It is open to the public during John Jay Theatre Workshop’s performances of Little Women, the musical, on March 30 and 31 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from noon to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. MORE.
Reach Out John Jay will be collecting clothes for the Midnight Run, a a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.
Collection Bins will be placed at each school, now through April 26.
Please bring in:
CLOTHING - new or gently used - sizes M - 3X
TOILETRIES - travel size
Please contact LPISERA@KLSCHOOLS.ORG with any questions.
YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Congratulations to all students at John Jay High School who have been awarded Boy Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout this school year! MORE.
In light of the national epidemic of prescription drug and heroin addiction, this event will help parents understand the risk factors and gain tools to help children choose the right path. Features presentation by Stephanie Marquesano, founder and president of the harris project. March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at JJMS / Adults only (NOTE: open gym and crafts for children is full) / More info and registration.
Fifteen John Jay Science Research seniors and three John Jay Science Research juniors participated in the Westchester County Science and Engineering Fair on March 4.
JJHS competitors had a wonderful day presenting their work to the scientist judges and made an impressive showing at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to all! CLICK HERE FOR SPECIFIC AWARDS.
(shown above: Awaiting the balloon drop: International Science and Engineering Fair and International Sustainable World Energy Engineering and Environment Projects Fair Finalists; Kailas Amin rear row at left, DeeAnn Guo, rear row 6th from left. Photo credit: Michael Blueglass, president of Westchester Science and Engineering Fair )
Seniors in John Jay High School’s Advanced Acting class helped kick-off Pick-a-Reading-Partner (PARP) at the elementary schools with book-based performances. MORE.
JJHS’ Principles of Engineering class took a field trip to the New NY Bridge in early March to connect what they learned in the classroom to the real world.
The visit began in a fourth floor conference room with panoramic views of the bridges and river. It ended outside at a viewing area just north of the old and new bridges, where strong gusts of frigid air blew off the river.
“I can imagine myself working on this bridge,” said one student, “at a desk job.”
Building a bridge was not all craft labor, the students already knew. The project they had just completed was to design and build a bridge forty-five centimeters long, that could hold fifteen kilograms, using only wood and adhesive. Their investigation, force analysis, design, 3D models and stress analysis took the fall semester, while the final build and test were completed in one week. MORE.
JJ for Vets club visited veterans at the VA Hospital, in Montrose, NY, on March 12 for their annual afternoon of Bingo. While there, the students presented the VA Hospital’s canteen service with a check for $1111.11. The money was raised through the Field of Honor, a display of one hundred and fifty American flags on John Jay High School’s front lawn last fall.
Members of the club are shown here with Colonel K, or Kenneth C. Klotzkin, Colonel, USAF (ret.), who was honored at the JJ for Vets’ Field of Honor.
John Jay High School’s Science Olympiad team brought home three medals from New York State Science Olympiad competition held at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 2017.
John Jay’s medals are in Astronomy (Nicholas Aoki and DeeAnn Guo), Tower (DeeAnn Guo and David Sorkin), and Write It Do It (Angela and Amanda Huang).
Congratulations to all! MORE.
(Shown in photo in front of sign: team captains DeeAnn Guo, Nicholas Aoki. Holding sign row: Evelyn Mullaney, Serena Chen, Angela Huang, Jordan Schwartz, Elyse Sherr, Amanda Huang, Molly Siegel, Athena Ohnemus. Rear: Akshay Amin, Justin Chang, James Lucassen, David Sorkin, Matthew Sorkin, Samuel Chen.)
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.
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.
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KLSD is considering modifications to each of its five schools’ start and end times for the 2017-18 school year. These changes have ramifications on school bus transportation and require an increase to the Transportation Department’s budget. We will have a presentation at the March 9 Board of Education meeting to further explore this alternative. That meeting will take place in John Jay High School’s cafeteria at 7:30 pm.
All requests for transportation to non-public schools for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted by April 1, 2017.
We are pleased to announce that after almost two years of looking for a tenant for Lewisboro Elementary School, the KLSD Board of Education has reached a tentative agreement with the Town of Lewisboro to rent approximately 20% of the vacant school's space for use as town offices and police headquarters. MORE.
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.
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