John Jay High School
60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Kim Piccolino Antonio Ramos
The John Jay High School Theatre Workshop proudly presents the
musical, Grease, book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
The performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19th and 7:00
p.m. on Friday, March 20th. In addition, there will be two performances
on Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.
Grease tells the story of two love-struck high school seniors, Sandy
Olsen and Danny Zuko. Sandy, an exchange student from Australia, meets
Danny at the beach over the summer and is surprised when she runs into
him in high school. Their love manages to survive several
misunderstandings. However, in the end Sandy realizes that she must
change herself to truly be accepted by Danny and his friends.
Tickets will be sold at the box office outside the John Jay Theatre
beginning the week of March 2. The box office will be open from 3:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning the week of March 2.
All tickets must be paid for at time of purchase, there are no refunds
or exchanges. Tickets must be purchased in person on a first come, first
served basis, no phone orders will be accepted. Unlike in previous
years, tickets will not be held at the box office without payment. If
you have any questions regarding tickets please email Ronnie Thompson at
Congratulations to all of our 2nd Quarter Honor Roll students!
Please look to your left under Honor Roll to view the complete list of students.
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.”
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.
French Students Tour United Nations
The John Jay High School French 5 AP students recently went to New York City on a tour of the United Nations, where the guide from Madagascar gave the tour entirely in French.
The students were delighted to spend an afternoon completely immersed in French while learning about the goals and activities of the U.N.
Pictured, students and teacher chaperones stand in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall.
John Jay French Students Visit Canada
A group of 41 John Jay H.S. juniors enrolled in French spent a four-day weekend in French-speaking Quebec City, Canada, in early February. They braved the cold weather to learn about Quebec City and its cultural offerings through a rich offering of indoor and outdoor activities.
Outdoor highlights included the annual Winter Carnival, dog sledding, snow tubing and rafting, and an evening of song and dance at a sugar shack, where students learned about maple sugaring. The group also visited the famed Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) and crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River on an evening ferry ride.
Historical highlights included interactive activities that portrayed the daily life of a soldier on the Plains of Abraham, a quiz show hosted by Samuel de Champlain, and the daily life of a convict in a 200-year-old Quebec prison. Classic Canadian culinary delights included crêpes and an authentic lumberjack meal at the sugar shack.
The trip to Quebec provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about and experience the Francophone world of our nearby neighbor, Canada. They came away not only with fond memories and deepened friendships, but also with a greater confidence in their French language skills and an appreciation of another culture.
John Jay Jazz Groups Compete in Boston
John Jay High School’s jazz groups enjoyed a trip to Boston for the annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Jan. 31.
“We had a great weekend,” said Vocal Jazz I director Steven Morse, whose ensemble came in fifth place. “It’s our 13th year attending and fifth year being in the top five.”
Senior Amber Lewis was recognized as Superior Musician among 15 groups competing, while junior Sam Johnston was awarded one of three Outstanding Musicianship awards.
The Small Combo 2 group of three musicians received first place in their category under the direction of Jeffrey Richardson. Congratulations to Peter Miller on piano, Neal LaPolla on bass guitar and Dylan Gold on drums.
On Saturday February 7th John Jay hosted the 15 annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium-over 500 students from 29 schools competed. John Jay Research students were very successful. This photo shows some of the students: Tess Tobin, Zoe Gordin, Ashley Cavanaugh, Jackie RIcca, Anthony O'Donnell, David Gordon, and Jeffrey Steckler.
Six seniors will be going on to compete at the Upstate JSHS in Albany: Jackie Ricca won first place in her category and will compete by giving her formal oral power point presentation for a chance to go to the National JSHS. David Gordon, Elana Kaplan, Lauren Latham, Jeffrey Steckler, and Tess Tobin are going to Albany to compete in the poster completion. Anthony O'Donnell won the poster competition.
WR-JSHS consists of a speaker competition (12 minute power-points), a poster completion, and a display poster session. Thanks to all the scientists who participated as judges for the speaker sessions!
Students worked hard on their science project PowerPoint presentations and posters. Here is Mr. Bell judging some of the posters.
Night of Comedy Fundraiser for JJHS Treblemakers
As you know, this has been a particularly challenging winter season as it relates to school cancellations and delays.
Please be assured that all decisions have been made with student safety first and foremost in mind.
As of today, the Katonah-Lewisboro District has used six (6) snow days
and our calendar only allowed for four (4) weather reserve days.
Consequently, we are now re-instating February 18th and February 19th as
student session days, with February 20th remaining as a teacher
I know that the reinstatement of school days during this week in
February may cause inconvenience for some families, but this was
indicated on the calendar approved last spring. Also, be aware, that
should we have to cancel another day between now and February 13th, we
will have to reinstate February 17th as a student session day.
John A. Goetz
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Congratulations to Christopher Noonan upon signing his national letter of intent to play football at Bryant University.
Melnychuk Sets School Bowling Records
John Jay High School’s Alex Melnychuk has made school history. The sophomore recently bowled 290 in a single bowling game and has a game-high series of 763 – both all-time highs for the school.
“Alex currently has a 198 average, which is the fifth highest average in the league,” said head coach Paul Plutzker. “He has bowled 21 games over 200 this season.”
Melnychuk’s impressive game has earned him a trip for the second year in a row to sections.
“He will be an All-League bowler,” Plutzker added. “He has worked very hard to improve his average 18 pins over last season.”
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nuclear Energy
John Jay High School’s environmental physics classes recently had the opportunity to see firsthand how nuclear energy is used locally.
James Panzer’s classes visited Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan on Jan. 14 and 15.
“They were given the opportunity to tour the plant’s maze of steam pipes, turbines and security checkpoints,” Panzer said. “The live fish return system into the Hudson River was a particularly fun aspect of the tour.”
Indian Point employees spoke with students about how the station generates electricity and thermal energy using nuclear fission.
“One highlight was watching prospective nuclear control room operators run through a series of tests in a realistic simulator, complete with sounds and lights that indicate events to which they must respond,” Panzer said. “Our JJHS students were given facts about the history of nuclear energy, how it works and current safeguards and regulations in place so as to form their own opinions.”
John Jay’s Tobin Named Intel Semifinalist
John Jay High School’s Tess Woerner Tobin was named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist.
Tobin is one of just 300 honorees nationwide selected for this prestigious pre-college science competition recognition.
Her science research focused on determining the superior pheromone and
essential oil for the management of the highly invasive brown marmorated
The district congratulates her for this prestigious honor. Stay tuned for more details about Tobin’s recognition.
HS UN Delegates Converge at John Jay
Model United Nations delegates from 10 area high schools came out to John Jay High School for a day of learning and lively discussion as part of the John Jay Model UN Conference on Nov. 15.
“John Jay delegates used the day as an educational experience to prepare for some of the larger conferences we attend,” said JJMUNC secretary-general Jeffrey Steckler.
Last year, JJMUNC attended five conferences, some of which were multi-day functions at venues including the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University.
This November’s single-day conference at JJHS allowed newer members to learn more about Model UN and debate topics ranging from how dangerous materials should be labeled and transported to the tuberculosis epidemic.
“We wanted to provide a stellar one-day conference to help other schools either expand their Model UN programs or bring in new members,” said Steckler, who has served as the club’s president for the past three years.
The approximately 200 participants came from Berkshire School, Brewster High School, East Side High School, Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School, Horace Greeley High School, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Storm King School, Tappan Zee High School, Trinity School and Wooster School.
Over the past few years, JJMUNC has grown from five members to 65, making it the school’s largest club.
Five Seniors Are NCAA-Bound
Five John Jay High School seniors signed on to continue their athletic careers at National Collegiate Athletic Associate colleges next fall.
Amanda Flayhan (lacrosse) — University of Michigan
Ryan Lee (lacrosse) — University of Richmond
Jillian Schell (lacrosse) — San Diego State University
Theresa Swertfager (softball) — University of Florida
Jack Weiller (baseball) — University of Virginia
The student-athletes recently met for ceremonial signings of their Letters of Intent at the high school.
Business Law Students See Justice Served Firsthand
John Jay High School Business Law teacher Michael Cohen offered his students the opportunity to witness the legal process.
“Part of my philosophy as a business teacher is to use our community as a classroom, and it happens that ‘The People's Court’ is taped in nearby Stamford,” said Cohen.
All 25 students in last year’s class, ranging from grades 10 to 12, expressed a desire to attend and after several calls, they secured tickets to appear in the audience.
“We were in the audience for seven cases, and I could see the students light up whenever they knew aspects of the law that were being applied,” Cohen said. “Upon our debrief, I learned many students reached the same decisions as the arbitrators.”
So far, two episodes featuring JJHS students in the audience have aired on FOX.
This year, Cohen is teaching an additional section of Business Law and hopes to repeat the trips to “The People’s Court.”
“The plan is to go once in the fall as the students are learning the foundations of the law and we can reflect on the cases we saw as we learn throughout the semester,” he said. “In the spring, we will go again, apply the law, keep a record of how each student would arbitrate each case and compare it with the arbitrator of the show.”
Episodes featuring John Jay students will continue to air on FOX on Nov. 25 and two to-be-determined dates in December at 3 p.m.
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.