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District Office, Conference Room
Dear John Jay Community,
I am pleased to report the first marking period of this school year our students have demonstrated remarkable commitment and success. Again, it is clear that John Jay High School remains a place of learning and community. It is also very important to me there is a place for all students at John Jay High School and the work to connect students with these nurturing communities that encourage, challenge, support, and enrich their lives is ongoing.
Across the disciplines there are ample displays of creativity and purpose that are helping students achieve not only academic success, but are instrumental in assisting students discover what they value and whom they wish to become. It is also heartening to see how our students continue to recognize the value of collaboration while achieving individual goals.
The Performing Arts’ most recent production of Harvey, underscored the value of the arts to a well- rounded educational and community experience as well as providing students with creative outlets and bonding experiences with one another. There is so much that goes into such productions that can’t be properly articulated here, but our students and teachers connected to the work would likely share that it is the productive struggle that makes it worthwhile. In addition, our singing groups, both Chorale and accapella clubs, have provided the right atmosphere and energy to special events that engage the larger community and showcases the abundance of talent our students possess.
Other pieces of the whole also continued to shine and provided students with critical opportunities for growth and community. Our student-athletes, for example, have had a remarkable fall season and the list of accomplishments is formidable. Girls’ Cross Country took second place at the state championships. Varsity football and girls’ soccer won this year’s sectional championships. Varsity swim and dive achieved both section and state finalist status. Varsity volleyball finished their season as section qualifiers. Varsity women’s tennis finished their season as conference qualifiers, and varsity field hockey were section finalists. John Jay High School student-athletes have achieved personal and team success at a level unseen to this point while enriching and energizing the entire community. Thank you to all our student-athletes, coaches, and parents for such an inspiring season!
Furthermore, one only may look at the beautiful creations of imagination and perseverance coming from our Fine Arts and Robotics programs to further acknowledge how learning takes shape beyond test scores as called for in the district’s Learning Commitment. Everyone looks forward to their continued work as the school year unfolds.
Your support in this ongoing work is critical and thank you for all you do to help us provide our students with these experiences.
Everyone at John Jay High School wishes you a wonderful holiday season and continued learning and positive experiences for our students.
Steven T. Siciliano, Ed.D.