J. M. S. News. . . by Donald F. Gately

Summer Edition

8th Grade Class Celebration – June 19, 2012

Message from Donald F. Gately, Principal

Hello parents and students! I hope you are having a healthy, relaxing and enjoyable summer. The weather has been great so my family has been in the pool a lot. We enjoyed the fireworks on the Fourth of July and have been taking lots of bike rides too. Mr. Wiener and I have been here at school, getting ready for next year before we take some time off.

I hope you are reading great books this summer now that you have more time on your hands. Did you know that the New York Standards for English Language Arts require middle school students to read 25 every year? Do you read 25 books a year? This can be quite a challenge for many adolescents but the benefits of doing so are innumerable. Summer reading is one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile things that our middle school students can do, yet the NY Times reported that “many children and teenagers read few if any books during the summer break.” According to the International Reading Association, “summer reading loss is a documented reality for many students. Of all the activities in which children engage outside of school, time spent actually reading is the best predictor of reading achievement—the more students read, the better readers they become (Allington, 2006).”

Our Literacy Leaders program is a great way to encourage your child to read this summer. Go to the Middle School Library Website to find out about it:

Let your child see you enjoy reading. How about you and your child read a book together? Anything you can do to encourage your child to read during the summer will yield tremendous benefits. Our librarians have suggested many great titles for students to get started. The Steve Jobs biography is on the list and I intend to read that next. Right now I am reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I read his other book last summer, Freedom, and I loved it. The Corrections is also terrific. It's long but I am flying through it. Franzen writes paragraphs that are so brilliant it feels like he took two weeks to compose them. By the way, that's a great way for students to choose books, read another book by an author you already like. So enjoy what's left of the summer, go to the beach, or travel, but whatever you do, bring a book.
Allington, R.L. (2006). What really matters for struggling readers: Designing research-based programs (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.



World War II, Liberators

Mr. Morris Sunshine and Mr. Leonard Gold, World War II Liberators, spoke to a group of eighth graders on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. From these men, students learned about what it was like to liberate a concentration camp and to be an air force fighter pilot. Both speakers passed around memorabilia so that students could better understand what war-time was like. This was a perfect culmination to the World War II/Holocaust unit completed in social studies and ELA.






News from the Technology Education and
Engineering Department

On June 7th & 8th Mr. Silva’s 8th grade technology classes went on a field trip to the New York City’s Highline park located on the lower west side of Manhattan and then to the NY State Pavilion in Flushing Meadow Park. The purpose of this trip is to provide students with first hand experience at a successful public preservation and restoration architectural project with the Highline, as well as seeing the potential of a site in near disrepair with the NY Pavilion. Students had a great time as they strolled Highline Park and the NY fair grounds recording quick sketches of the rich architectural landscape of New York. This trip corresponds to an architecture and design project they had been developing in class related to the repurposing of the NY State Pavilion.



End of Year PTSA Meeting
Outgoing PTSA officers were honored by Principal Donald Gately at the end of the year PTSA meeting on June 7th. The new officers for 2012-2013 will be:

President, Jennifer Gross
Vice President, Jennifer Stoller
Secretary, Juliette Kim
Treasurer, Michelle Berger
Past President, Randy Marcus


B.R.A.V.E.: Believing in the Rights and Values of Everyone!!!
On June 5th, at 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre, the B.R.A.V.E. Ambassadors were recognized for their important contributions to our community at an assembly which will be followed by a celebratory breakfast for all participants and their guests. This was the 6th Annual B.R.A.V.E. Ambassador Recognition Awards Ceremony and Breakfast that has been held for our students who have demonstrated our school-wide theme of understanding, tolerance, sensitivity, and acceptance. We thank our BRAVE teachers for their commitment to this program: Beth Brill, Janice Garfinkel, Heidi Kamvakis, Matt Pagliari, Casey Snyder, Michelle Vevante. Please click on to the following link: http://www.jerichoschools.org/ms/library/brave2012.htm

Have a wonderful and safe…

Summer Vacation

We will see you again in September!