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High School

84 Nightengale Avenue
Massena, NY 13662
Phone:  (315) 764-3720
Fax:  (315) 764-3723

+ Alan Oliver, Principal
+ Julie Block, Secretary
+ Rick Norris, Dean of Students
+ School Nurse, Judy Gilman
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Massena Drug Free Coalition Brings Ty Sells to JW Leary

On Thursday October 20th, the Massena Drug Free Coalition was able to bring Ty Sells to speak at JW Leary Junior High School. Ty is recognized as an individual who cares deeply for the well-being of youth, he is known for his charisma and leadership. Not just a speaker, Ty brings over twenty-two years of experience in drug prevention and community service, and youth development. Ty is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II. He received his BA in Communication from The Ohio State University and is currently the Director of Training for Youth to Youth International in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, Ty was awarded the “Prevention Innovator of the Year” Award by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (formerly ODADAS) for his development of creative prevention trainings and consultation with schools and organizations across the state. While working closely with the youth, he has gained first- hand knowledge of the joys and challenges of being young today. Ty has developed a number of trainings, workshops, and presentations for both youth and adults to address the many complex issues that confront today’s young people.

His message for students at JW Leary was centered on the ideas of not judging others and being comfortable with yourself as a means to make healthy and productive life choices. His use of humor made the talk memorable for our students and will hopefully help JW Leary to be an educational community where our students are proud to be themselves. Thank you to the Massena Drug Free Coalition for their support with this event.
JW Leary Student of the Month
Ethan Firnstein was named the J.W. Leary Junior High School Elks Student of the Month for September. Ethan is in 8th grade and participates in modified basketball and modified baseball, is a WEB leader, volunteers at the Amvets and American Legion, is an umpire for Massena Little League and a ball boy for the Massena varsity boys’ soccer team. He was a High Honor Roll student in 7th grade and was recognized with a Success Board Award in elementary school. Ethan is interested in a career in law enforcement. He is pictured below with his parents and Principal Alan C. Oliver. Congratulations, Ethan and keep up the great work!

JW Leary Junior High also named 8th grader Sophia Mitchell as September Student of the Month. Sophia participates in modified volleyball, lacrosse and the Titus Mountain Race Program and is a WEB Leader. She has been a member of the 85+ Club and received the General Music Award for Outstanding Student in 7th grade. Sophia hopes to pursue a career as a Cardiovascular Surgeon or Biomedical Engineer. Congratulations to Sophia and best of luck as you work toward your dreams!

Operation Southern Comfort

Students and faculty collected much needed items this past week to send to Louisiana with volunteers participating in " Operation Southern Comfort." From Tuesday to Friday, boxes filled up with personal care items, school supplies, cleaning supplies and more. Students from Anne Roots' family and consumer sciences class collected, sorted, packed and carried the boxes and bags for delivery to the Massena Elks Lodge. Elks member, Norm Lazore will be joining a team to help clean-up and rebuild flooded out homes in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Elks have been collecting items to assist the residents living in shelters there. Students and staff at JW Leary were more than happy to help out!

Pictured helping to sort, pack and carry the items are: (
Left to Right) Wyatt Colter, Francis Torres, Mariah Johnson, Luke Bronchetti, Felicity Engstrom, Aden Edmonds, Elizabeth Rogers and Evan LaValley

Upcoming Events
September 20th - Curriculum Night @ 6:30pm

September 23rd - JR High WEB Dance @ 7pm

October 5th - 5 Week Marking Period Ends

October 6th - 1/2 Day for Students (morning), 1/2 Staff Development Day (afternoon)

October 7th - Staff Development Day

October 11th - Picture Day

Welcome Letter
To JW Leary Families,

I am writing to you today excited at the start of a new school year. I began my career as a 7th and 8th grade teacher and am very excited to reconnect with this age group in my new position as Principal at JW Leary Junior High School. I am happy to report to all of our families that we have had an extraordinarily smooth opening of school. Through the hard work and preparation done by our staff, our students were able to quickly transition into the new school year. I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our WEB leaders in 8th grade for your assistance in this opening, your assistance was instrumental to its success.

Each school year is a new opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Education is a wonderful endeavor because it allows us to have distinct beginnings and endings. The existence of this finite interval allows us the opportunity every year to decide who we want to be. Each September, students and staff alike, are given the chance to make choices about who we are as educators, learners, colleagues, friends and mentors. As we begin this year, know that I am here to serve both the students and staff of JW Leary in the pursuit of their goals.

I hope that your summers were peaceful and relaxing and your families transition back to school was tranquil. Faculty and staff will be working hard this year to make sure that we are meeting the needs of all of the students in our care in order to help them to become successful in all of their current and future endeavors. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am available at 315-764-3720, ext. 3200 or via e-mail at aoliver@mcs.k12.ny.us.

Thank you and best of luck this year,

Alan C. Oliver

Principal, JW Leary Junior High School

2016-17 Orientation
WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 7th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from our 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 7th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 7th grade success.

JWL selected WEB leaders last June and they gave up three days of their summer to come in to make the 7th grade orientation fabulous! The WEB leaders and WEB volunteer teachers came in on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday August 23 for training days. Thursday, August 25 was our 7th grade orientation, where 7th graders got to meet their two WEB leaders for the school year. The Leaders took their groups to classrooms to participate in some get-to-know-you activities. The activities ended with a tour of the school. Teams got really creative and had their team dress up. The day concluded with a barbecue in the gym and 7th graders getting their schedules. Our WEB Leaders were available to help them with their locker combinations in the hallways. We are gearing up for another great year at JWL!!


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