John Jay High School
60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Interim Assistant Principal:
Congratulations to all of our
3rd quarter honor roll students!
(To view the complete list of honor roll students, click on Honor Roll 2015-2016 to your left under School Resources.)
HS Launches Digital Newspaper
John Jay High School has a new online publication – the John Jay Focus.
The digital newspaper was launched by students, after school newspaper
staff members and journalism class students after attending a Columbia
Scholastic Press Association conference at Columbia University in the
“Several students were inspired to create an online presence for the
student-run newspaper,” said school librarian Lauren Carrigan.
Teagan Cronin and Alyssa Lofreddo, the publication’s co-
editors-in-chief, along with head layout editor Jessica Li, spearheaded
[Cronin, Li and Lofreddo] have worked very hard the last couple of
months building the new site, rallying support and recruiting more
writers, bloggers and photographers,” said Carrigan.
Visit the John Jay Focus at jjhsfocus.com
A Message from the Health Office at John Jay High School
High School has been informed that we have a confirmed case of
Pertussis among our student population. There is no cause for alarm,
however the Board of Health has asked that we ask everyone to please
review the Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis that are listed on our web
pages under Health Services. If you have any concerns please consult
your healthcare provider.
HS Chorale to Perform at Carnegie Hall
John Jay High School’s Chorale has been invited to participate in the New York Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall on April 11.
“The massed choir culminating performance includes high school students from seven schools and a new composition by one of the festival clinicians,” said JJHS Chorale conductor Steven Morse. “The John Jay group will perform a 20-minute program made up of selections from their standard choral repertoire.”
Tickets for the New York Choral Festival are available at the Carnegie Hall box office or online at www.carnegiehall.org.
JJHS Volunteers Bring Spark to Northern Westchester Hospital
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Meet Georgia Grzywacz: Class of 2016 Valedictorian
Georgia Grzywacz, John Jay High School’s Class of 2016 valedictorian, recently warned a ninth-grade student on the soccer team that high school really does fly by.
“I remember a teammate telling me that when I was a freshman, and I thought to myself, ‘How can it? Four years in school is endless and I’ll want to get out as soon as I get in,’” she recalled. “But it’s just the opposite. I never thought four years could go as quickly as they have, but time flies when you’re having fun.”
And while she admits she would rather stay home and read a good book than attend a school football game, Grzywacz still has plenty of high school memories to look back on as she prepares to deliver her graduation speech and take her next steps in life.
“One of the things that stands out most to me at John Jay is the faculty and staff I’ve met and had the privilege to learn from over the years,” she said. “I remember my junior year, when I was having a particularly awful day, the teacher I lab assist for, Mrs. [Caroline] Weldon, brought me tea and cookies on her own accord. She’s one of the most wonderful women I’ve ever met, and I’m grateful I was her lab assistant for three years.”
In addition to assisting in the lab, Grzywacz is a dedicated soccer player, a member of the school’s Sustainability, Book and Relay for Life clubs, actively involved in Reach Out John Jay and a volunteer with the Appalachian Service Project. She also works part-time at a local business, babysits frequently and works in the nursery at her church.
While she is still deciding on a top college pick and major, Gryzwacz said she is considering environmental studies with a double major or minor in either classics, psychology or Spanish.
“To think that this is a year of lasts – last homecoming, last varsity soccer season, last spirit week – is hard to imagine,” she said. “Honestly, I don’t really believe it yet, especially for soccer. It’s weird to think that in a few months, we’ll be getting our diplomas and then going to college.”
Meet Ryan Kramer: Class of 2016 Salutatorian
Ryan Kramer remembers the first time he truly felt a part of the John Jay High School community: homecoming during his freshman year.
“After years of looking at the bleacher student section and all of the high schoolers going wild for our team, I was finally cheering alongside them,” the Class of 2016’s salutatorian said. “That was my first time ever experiencing homecoming as a high school student, so walking in and seeing everyone all dressed up and dancing was a total blast.”
Kramer’s participation in the school’s science research class also helped shape his high school experience and his interest in the sciences as a career. “That class really encouraged me to start pursuing my own intellectual interests,” he said.
He also hopes to continue studying French in college, thanks to Madame Henriette Kutscher’s teaching, whose class he took for three years. “She encouraged open seminar discussion on modern issues and helped me explore my own interests while continuing to learn French,” said Kramer.
In addition to his academic interests, Kramer is a member of the varsity swim team, participates in the Model United Nations club and writes for the student blog, Drawing Board.
Looking ahead, Kramer said he hopes to pursue a career as a physician, perhaps in the areas of oncology, neurology or auto-immunology — or maybe follow a different career path and go into politics. He advises freshmen to take advantage of all of John Jay High School’s extracurricular and academic offerings to help develop their interests.
“Join clubs, try out for sports and take classes you never thought you would,” he said. “It might be scary at first, but in the end, it’s so worth it. It really helps broaden your horizons and introduces you to people you probably wouldn’t meet otherwise.”
Letter regarding Health Exams from NYS Dept of Health
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Tennis Complex Officially Opens
Tennis players ranging from young novices to experienced adults flooded the six new John Jay High School tennis courts on Friday afternoon after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication that officially opened the new community-funded complex.
Working in partnership with the district, the nonprofit Katonah-Lewisboro Community Tennis Association brought the courts from small idea to fruition over the course of three years. Superintendent of Schools Andrew Selesnick praised KLCTA President and John Jay High School varsity boys tennis coach Robert Labriola for his leadership in bringing the courts to life.
“Your dedication to this project is unbelievably clear,” said Selesnick. “On behalf of the district, it is my incredible opportunity to say thank you for this gift.”
Check back soon for a video of the dedication ceremony.
From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes been resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.
The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State.
Symptoms to Look For:
How It Is Spread
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
What You Can Do Protect Yourself
It is important to protect yourself and others reminding your children to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza (flu).
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill
If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.