February Snapshots

February Snapshots

Top left, clockwise: Energy exploration takes a MPES kindergarten class to JJHS. IMES first graders celebrate 100 days of school. A KES fifth grade class reimagines their school's outdoor classroom. Acorn the arson detection dog visits JJMS's Animal Care Club. Environmental Physics students apply what they’ve been learning about thermodynamics by sleeping out. Fenton Lio selected to be guitarist in Westchester All County Jazz Band. 

A Dramatic Lesson in Perseverance

a visit from Abraham Lincoln

A hush fell over the library at Katonah Elementary School when Abraham Lincoln strode in. It was President Abraham Lincoln, looking exactly as if he’d walked out of the pages of one of the library’s many books about him. He was on his way to deliver a speech at Gettysburg, he told the students. It was November 19, 1863, two years into the Civil War.

All of Katonah-Lewisboro’s elementary schools had a visit from Mr. Lincoln in February. The dramatic presentation by actor Lou Del Bianco made the giant of a man accessible to young students. Through playful games as well as somber stories, Lincoln’s formative experiences and the theme of perseverance came alive. MORE

Blind Date with a Book

blind date with a book

As they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. John Jay Middle School Library can help with that. The first things students see as they enter the library are shelves of books completely wrapped in blue, purple or orange paper. Look closely: there are also a few clues on each package, like: Sci-Fi | Escaping a Doomed Earth | Space Travel | Suspense.

Welcome to Blind Date with a Book! It’s one of many engaging ways that Library Media Specialist Jenn Useted and Library Clerk Susan O'Malley promote reading—and encourage students to read more widely. MORE

Student-Led Sustainability

Student-Led Sustainability

“It concerns both of us how everybody is aware of the earth’s condition, but no one is really trying to act or raise awareness of the consequences ahead,” said Mei-Mei, looking steadily at the completely booked workshop of educators.

“We want to find ways to bring awareness of our earth into our schools,” said co-presenter Avery. “Our ideas focus on younger grades because we ourselves are younger.”

The two poised fifth graders were among the 12 students who led a panel discussion on sustainability for teachers and administrators from all schools and levels at the district’s recent Superintendent’s Conference Day. MORE

Skiers Head to States

John Jay/North Salem heads to States

Chris Marchini kicked out of the start and, leaning hard, cut down the south face of Hunter Mountain, slicing through the gates of the giant slalom. It was his second run in Sectionals. He knew it was a good one, but only at the bottom did he learn that he’d shaved 1.17 seconds off his time--enough that he qualified for States, along with teammates Rosie Binette (North Salem), James Bysshe and Luke Spieler.

In a season marked by a lack of snow and a lot of ice, John Jay/North Salem skiers have been consistently strong. What’s their edge? Commitment, on and off the slopes. MORE

Congratulations, National Merit Finalists!

National Honor Society

John Jay High School is extremely proud to announce that Joseph Klettner and Michael O’Donnell are National Merit Scholar Finalists!

"Congratulations to these two outstanding students!" said Principal Steven Siciliano. "Their accomplishments are a testament to the high personal standards they have set for themselves and the commitment and perseverance necessary to achieve this level of distinction."

Upcoming District Events

  • IMES PTO STREAM Convention: February 28
  • JJMS Science Fair: March 1
  • MPES 5th Grade Pasta Night: March 3
  • IMES PTO Meeting / Principal's Coffee: March 8
  • MPES PTO Meeting / Principal's Coffee: March 8
  • KES PTO Meeting / Principal's Update: March 8
  • JJMS PTO 6th Gr. Game Show Event: March 8
  • JJMS PTO 7th Gr. Rec & Roll: March 8
  • Board of Education meeting: March 9
  • JJMS PTO Meeting/Principal's Coffee: March 13
  • JJHS PTO ACT vs. SAT speaker (virtual): March 14
  • MPES Chorus Concert: March 15
  • Kindergarten Parent Orientation: March 15
  • Board of Education meeting: March 16
  • JJMS "Honk! A Musical Comedy": March 16, 17, 18
  • JJHS Pre-ACT Test: March 18
  • JJMS Modified Sports Pre-Season Meeting: March 21
  • Superintendent's Coffee: March 21
  • JJHS College Planning Night II (Virtual): March 21
  • IMES PTO Spelling Bee: March 22
  • Board of Education meeting: March 23
  • JJHS Opening of Rite of Spring Art Show: March 23
  • JJHS "9 to 5: The Musical": March 23, 24, 25
  • KES PTO Kindness Day of Service: March 25
  • JJMS Modified Spring Sports Tryouts Begin: March 28
  • IMES Reading Under the Stars: March 28
  • KES Starry Story Night: March 29
  • JJHS Blood Drive: March 31
  • MPES Wellness Committee Bike Safety Demo: March 31

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