Front of the Class Charitable Book Drive


Bringing Childhood Books to Life

John Jay High School seniors in the Advanced Acting class have been visiting the elementary schools this month to excite their younger counterparts about reading as part of Parents as Reading Partners Month. “The students picked their favorite childhood books,” said teacher William Friedman.

This year’s selections include a book about a girl with an especially long name, “Chrysanthemum,” an outcast in “Ferdinand the Bull” and a girl with unusual hairstyles in “Stephanie’s Ponytail.” The actors narrated the stories for the elementary students and were rewarded with many moments of laughter as they drove home the books’ lessons about being inclusive and not bullying peers.

PARP is continuing throughout the month of March at Increase Miller, Katonah and Meadow Pond elementary schools with a number of assemblies, reading opportunities, guest authors and more.

Harlem Wizards Entertain at JJHS


The Harlem Wizards’ tricks, dunks and jokes provided an evening of laughter and fun for local families at John Jay High School on March 7.

The event, which served as a fundraiser for the John Jay Booster Club, was wildly successful.

“We were thrilled to have more than 500 people attend the game,” said JJHS Principal Jessica Godin.

Added Booster Club representative Theresa McAvey, “The game was fantastic! The Booster Club did very well and the kids had a blast.”

Browse photos by Gabe Palacio below.


Celebrating Reading at KES

Katonah Elementary School kicked off March with a special word of the month – “read.”

The choice is especially fitting, as March is Parents as Reading Partners Month districtwide. During the March Sharing Assembly, students enjoyed a performance by John Jay High School students, who acted out their favorite books and sang “Celebrate Good Books” to the tune of “Celebrate.”

KES Reading Interventionist Enid Linden, with the help of some of the older students, introduced PARP by saying, “March is my very favorite month.” Linden introduced “Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton as the KES community read for PARP. The book was published 75 years ago, the same year the school was built. She also reminded students to enjoy 15 minutes of reading with a parent or other adult, Monday through Friday, during March.

Special themed days are being held throughout the month, from Wear a Word Day to Character Day. Students will also bring in new paperback books to donate to the Community Center of Northern Westchester at the conclusion of PARP.

“Our students have the opportunity to develop good reading habits and at the same time reach out to others with the gift of books,” said Linden.

Bedford /Lewisboro/Pound Ridge Drug Abuse Prevention Council presents: A Spring Workshop Series


The John Jay Middle School Drama Club presents The Addams Family Musical

The John Jay Middle School Drama Club will be presenting performances of The Addams Family Musical on April 9th, 10th, and 11th. A cast and crew of over sixty members will bring this unusual family to life through song, dance, and comedy on the JJMS theater stage for four performances. For students and families, tickets can be purchased in the JJMS dining room during lunch periods beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Tickets will also be available for purchase in the JJMS theater lobby thirty minutes prior to show times. Tickets are $10.00 each.

Performance Dates:
7 PM Thursday, April 9
7 PM Friday, April 10
1 PM Saturday, April 11
7 PM Saturday, April 11

Prospective School Board Candidate Packets Available

Prospective Board of Education Candidate Packets are available for community members interested in running for a vacant seat on the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board of Education.   Candidate packets can be obtained from Ms. Kimberly Monzon, District Clerk, at the District Office located at 1 Shady Lane, South Salem, New York, Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

The Katonah-Lewisboro School District Board of Education will have two (2) trustee vacancies to be voted on during the May 19, 2015 Annual School Election and Vote.  A trustee’s term on the school board runs for three years.
Each candidate must properly file a nominating petition with the District Clerk in order for his or her name to appear on the ballot for the Annual School Election and Vote.  The deadline to submit the nominating petition is Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association will host a workshop for Prospective School Board Members on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  Details on the workshop will be provided in the Prospective School Board Candidate Packets.  

Megan's Law Notification - March 17, 2015

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JSA Debates in Capitol

John Jay High School students attended the 2015 Junior Statesmen of America Winter Congress in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6.

Students (delegates) from the Northeast gathered at the Double Tree Inn in Arlington, Virginia, where they exchanged ideas with other school delegates through debates, thought talks, problem-solving sessions and a variety of simulations to improve their knowledge of government and politics.

These events provided students with a range of experiences, from participation in elections to submitting bills to a mock Congress, as well as being able to challenge and learn from keynote speakers.

The JJHS chapter has been participating in JSA for several years, attending JSA Fall State Conventions, which are held in Boston, as well as the Winter Congresses. Members have participated in many debates, winning awards (gavels) for their contributions.

KMA Exhibit Inspires Poetry, Artwork

Katonah-Lewisboro fourth-grade students recently returned to the Katonah Museum of Art as part of the Thinking Through Art program.

The interdisciplinary effort, which involves student art and writing, gave students a firsthand look at the museum’s “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” exhibit, which inspired their own work.

“It promotes two things – a positive experience in terms of art and helping students better understand the role art plays in our world, and how you can express your ideas and concepts using art as a vehicle,” said Increase Miller Elementary School Principal Kerry Ford.

During a fall museum visit, students worked with writer-in-residence Pamela Hart to brainstorm language that expressed their responses to the exhibit before heading back to the classroom.

“Each child then selected one piece of the exhibit from which to draw inspiration to develop a piece of writing,” said Meadow Pond Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Theresa Garber. “We chose to create poetry in response to the exhibit.”

At Meadow Pond, art teacher Spencer Eldridge worked with students to create emojis inspired by the exhibit.

The partnership culminated with a second trip to the museum, where students’ emojis were on display.

“Students presented their poetry at a podium at the museum, their inspiration piece displayed on a screen behind them and invited parents to attend the exhibit,” said Hart.

John Jay Students Bring Home WESEF Awards


Twenty-three John Jay High School students presented their science research work at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair at Sleepy Hollow High School on March 7.

Despite two snow days leading up to the fair, the students did an outstanding job, said science research teacher Ann Marie Lipinsky.

Best in Category Award Winners:
• First place in Cell and Molecular Biology — Jeffrey Steckler
• Second place in Biochemistry — David Gordon
• Second place in Chemistry — Henry Pierce
• Third place in Behavior — Dakota Adamec and Emma Hager
• Fourth place in Animal Science — Jackie Ricca
• Fourth place in Biochemistry — Anthony O’Donnell
• Fourth place in Computer Science — Ashley Cavanaugh
• Fourth place in Engineering — Zury Cutler
• Fourth place in Environmental Science — Tess Tobin

Special Awards Winners:
• American Meteorological Society Award — Noah Sims
• American Psychological Association Award — Elias Chaiken
• Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award — Ashley Cavanaugh
• Excellence in Medical Research Award — Lauren Meltz
• Stockholm Junior Water Prize — Noah Sims
• Mianus River Gorge Ecology Award — Jack Durkin
• Teatown Young Conservationist Award — Carter Henry
• Fisher Scientific Award — Lauren Latham

“Congratulations to all our winners,” said Lipinsky. “We are so proud that they support each other and work well together both in and outside of class. They continue to conduct award-winning research.”

Exploring the Museum of Natural History

John Jay High School’s AP Biology and AP Environmental Science classes recently traveled to New York City for a day at the American Museum of Natural History.

Students split up into small groups to explore the museum’s current exhibits, including a special look at natural disasters like earthquakes and tornadoes in “Nature’s Fury:  The Science of Natural Disasters” and “Countdown to Zero,” an exhibit exploring the eradication of human disease.

All students enjoyed the chance to explore the world-class exhibits that enhanced their classroom learning.

Treblemakers Entertain Alongside Well-Known Comedians

John Jay High School’s coed a cappella group The Treblemakers entertained the audience alongside comedians during the “A Night of Comedy” fundraiser at Katonah United Methodist Church on Feb. 27.

Comedians Moody McCarthy and Johnny Lampert, who have performed on shows such as “Last Comic Standing,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Comedy Showcase,” joined the high school singers for a night of laughs to raise funds for The Treblemakers’ upcoming trip to Disney World for the Performing Arts Onstage Music Education Program.

“The evening was awesome,” said JJHS senior and Treblemaker leader Billy Pappas. “We had an amazing turnout and raised $6,700 toward our trip.”

Valentines for Local Veterans

John Jay Middle School students recently partnered with New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald to make a holiday extra-special for some worthy locals.

As part of the “Valentines for Vets” initiative, students created dozens of handmade valentines, which were delivered to veterans from Mount Kisco, Harrison and South Salem in time for Valentine’s Day.

“Your incredible showing of fondness and respect touched the hearts of every veteran who received [a valentine],” Assemblyman Buchwald said in a thank-you letter to the school. “These veterans have put their lives on the line for our freedom and safety. It is important for our children to understand how much the United States owes to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. With the participation of your teachers and students, I truly believe that we have come together to do just that.”

Read Assemblyman David Buchwald’s full letter at the below link.


Accolades for Student Photographers

John Jay High School sophomores Isabel Fry and Acadia Thielking received regional recognition for their photographs in the Lewisboro Land Trust Nature Photography Exhibition.

Thielking took third place in the competition that included talent from other high school-age photographers around the county, while Fry received honorable mention.

The exhibition remains on view at the Katonah Village Library through March 8.

School Spirit Shines at MS Game Show Night

John Jay Middle School students took part in a Game Show Night on Feb. 11. The night was designated homework-free for students in all grades, who were welcomed by professional game show promoters.

Students participated in a number of exciting games, winning raffle tickets throughout the evening. In addition to competing in fun activities like hula-hooping, they had a chance to earn prizes by answering trivia questions related to academic topics. At the end of the evening, they cashed in their raffle tickets for prizes including gift cards, Beats headphones, Bluetooth speakers, bowling gift certificates and more.

The evening showcased school spirit, and everyone went home with a smile.

Harlem Wizards Are Coming to Town


The John Jay Booster Club is gearing up for a big annual fundraiser – the “Jaysters” vs. the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, March 7. Teachers from across the Katonah-Lewisboro School District will take on the talented and entertaining Wizards in a 1 p.m. match.

Members of the Harlem Wizards recently stopped by each school to entertain students and get them excited for the big game.



Information From Your School Nurses - Measles

As you are aware, we are experiencing a nationwide measles outbreak that apparently started at Disneyland in California.  AT THE PRESENT TIME, the New York State Department of Health is reporting that in New York State outside of New York City, there are 5 confirmed measles cases in 2014 and 1 confirmed case in 2015.

Measles is highly contagious.  Up to 90% of susceptible persons exposed to an infected person will develop measles. Measles is spread by airborne contact through sneezing and/or coughing and the virus can remain active and contagious for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

The NYSDOH is STRONGLY recommending that all children age 12 months and older, all Adolescents and Adults who have not been vaccinated SHOULD BE VACCINATED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.

Vaccine Recommended Schedule
MMR is the recommended vaccination for prevention of mumps, measles and rubella.  It is given as follows:

1st dose:  12 – 15 months of age
2nd dose:  4 – 6 years of age

Children over one year of age who have received one dose of MMR vaccine and who have recently been exposed to measles infection  OR  who are planning to travel outside the U.S. should receive a second dose of MMR as soon as possible as long as it has been 28 days from the first.

Children 6 – 11 months should receive a dose of MMR vaccine prior to international travel.  This dose will not count as their first dose in the MMR series.  Children who receive MMR vaccine before age 12 months will need two more doses given at the prescribed ages.

AS ALWAYS, contact your pediatrician if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.