To All SJHS Parents and Students:
The end of the 2012-13 school year is fast approaching! As this
is the last newsletter, it contains a great deal of information
regarding activities taking place between now and the end of
school; please be sure to read it through completely. Of
particular importance are the many tests that are administered.
We have already administered the NYS assessments in mathematics
and English Language Arts to 7th and 8th grade students. There
are many other assessments still to go as you probably know from
previous newsletters and/or PTA meetings. Be sure to look at the
Calendar of Assessments later in the newsletter. Your help in
making sure that students are in school, prepared and ready to
take these tests seriously will be greatly appreciated.
Our upcoming evening 8th Grade Awards program and dance has been
set. We will hold our evening awards program followed by the 8th
grade dance for all eligible eighth graders on Friday, June 14.
Please refer to the article in this newsletter for more specific
For our 7th grade students, there will be informal block awards
programs, including snacks and various recognitions, to bring a
positive end to the school year for them. These will take place
the last half day of school for 7th graders, Thursday, June 20,
and will be for students and staff. On that last half day,
Thursday, June 20, please keep your 8th graders home - there is
nothing for them to do on that day! We will dismiss that day at
10:00. Eighth graders’ last day will be Wednesday, June 19. The
Integrated Algebra Regents exam is at noon on Wednesday, June
12. Students taking this Regents exam DO have to attend school
that morning; Also, the earth science Regents exam will begin at
8:00am on Friday, June 14.
A reminder: the Orientation program for Parents of Incoming 7th
graders is set for Thursday, June 6. It will commence at 7:00PM
sharp!! Parking will be a problem – please, no parking on Rt.
155 or in our fire lanes! You’re encouraged to park at the high
school and walk over to the junior high. A letter will be posted
online and mailed as a reminder about this event AND the student
orientation on June 14.
June 14 is the incoming 7th Grade Student Orientation. At the
conclusion of our orientation program, students will be taken
back to their elementary schools for an immediate dismissal.
Students will take their regular bus home, or parents may pick
them up at their elementary school, at approximately 2:15 PM!
This time of the school year can get very crowded and hectic and
students’ attention can easily wander. We always see an increase
in misbehavior and referrals for discipline in May and June;
most of this is due to students looking past the last five weeks
of school to summer. It is important to reinforce at home that
school is not over until June 19 for 8th graders and June 20 for
7th graders and what happens between now and then is crucial.
Monitoring your child’s achievement and behavior will help us
bring the year to a successful conclusion. We want all students
to end the year on a positive note. Attendance is always
critical for proper student preparation and learning and it is
even more so at this time of year. Please continue to have your
sons and daughters in school regularly and try to avoid any
appointments that may conflict with important dates. Another
issue this time of year regards student attire. We stress to
students that school is their place of business and they should
dress accordingly. We want to maintain an environment conducive
to a successful conclusion of the school year and dressing
appropriately is a key part of that. You will remember that we
revised our student dress code – most students dress very
appropriately! A copy of the dress code is included in this
issue. Your assistance in this is greatly appreciated.
Even though we have a month to go, in looking back the 2012-2013
school year has been very successful. Thanks to each of you for
the effort you have expended to reinforce at home what we work
to accomplish in school. It is very difficult to be effective
when different messages are given to youngsters--this confuses
students by giving them conflicting values and priorities. We
are fortunate at SJHS to have a very high percentage of
supportive parents who understand the need for consistent
communication to students. Thanks to all parents for the support
shown this school year; we know how much it helps your children
and we appreciate it.
Russell B. Moore, Ph.D.