The Katonah-Lewisboro Learning Commitment
In the KLSD, we will strive to create learning experiences for all students that are engaging, relevant, and take place in an active learning environment.
Dear JJHS Community,
I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the start of the holiday season.
The first quarter has been a most active and productive time at JJHS. Students have hit their stride and again, it is abundantly clear JJHS is a place of learning.
Learning, however, goes beyond academics. A focal point of this year’s “re-set” is how well we develop relationships with each other and its impact on the high school’s culture. As September ended, for example, our student leaders and their advisors put on a fabulous pep rally that celebrated all facets of school life in addition to our proud and successful athletic squads. The momentum gleaned from this collective experience has made its way into the classroom in a most deliberate way. You may have likely heard from your kids at home about “circles?!”
Teachers in all subject areas are strategically using the circle concept to allow all students to be seen, heard, and known. As the students in class sit in a circle and follow a simple but sacrosanct protocol, students have demonstrated they feel safe in sharing who they are and what they value, as well as using the circle to give teachers valuable and critical feedback about their classroom experience.
Community and gratitude were expressed as we again dedicated our Field of Honor as JJHS for Vets club welcomed community veterans to lunch and its opening ceremony. It was wonderful seeing our students interact with our veterans over lunch and learning about life, sacrifice, and service.
I wish to thank our partners in the PTO for helping us find new ways to create and celebrate community as well. Our first annual Turkey Trot was a huge success, and we think we have found ourselves another keeper in addition to our upcoming Winter Wonderland, which our students and staff so eagerly await each year.
This focused attention on community everywhere at JJHS can only lead to better teaching and learning as together, we focus on the whole student experience now and into 2023.
All this works only with your constant and ongoing support of the initiatives at JJHS.
Thank you for being such great partners and a wonderful community to serve.
Enjoy the holiday season and looking forward to seeing you at school events.
Steven T. Siciliano, Ed.D.
Principal, John Jay High School