Dear John Jay Community,
As the leaves change and fall, and shorter days are upon us, it also signifies the end of the first marking period. It is clear our students have made a comprehensive and successful transition into this school year. Routines have been established, expectations are being met, and relationships are being both formed and deepened.
Positive routines are critical to being productive and successful in the many ways success can be defined. It has been most encouraging seeing students at all grade levels immersing themselves in the daily routines of their coursework and extra-curricular offerings, for example. Last month, I sought to experience the same routines as our students as I spent a day following a class schedule.
It was clearly an eye opening experience and yet one of the early high points of the school year for me. A day in the life of a John Jay High School student is quite rigorous and purposeful, but also joyful and secure. At Campus Night in September, I was so appreciative of the feedback from parents who expressed similar sentiments. Many were so complimentary of the teaching staff, mainly pointing out the sense of joy they saw in them. It was clear our teachers are committed to our students and love what they do. While I wasn’t surprised, I too experienced what parents expressed as I followed a student’s schedule for a day. I confess it was a long and taxing day! However, each class was led by an enthusiastic teacher who was well-prepared, anxious to connect with her students, and provided a positive learning experience and environment. Students in turn, created the same purposeful and safe environment for each other in ways that could leave anyone feeling confident and secure in our future as well as our present. It was a wonderful testament to the power of the home-school connection and the priority this community places upon its children. Thank you for sending us such wonderful students to work with every day!
As the year progresses, there will no doubt be challenges and at times, one’s joy can be challenged by routines, expectations, and relationships. However, it is clear to me that there is a prevailing ethos of community in Katonah-Lewisboro in general, and at John Jay High School, in particular. It is an ethos that lives the fact that we will not only meet challenges, but emerge from them confident, united, and prosperous. It is a privilege to be a part of such a community and I wish all in the John Jay High School community continued happiness and success as the holiday season approaches.
Thank you for all your continued support of our students and school.
Steven T. Siciliano, Ed.D.