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The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.
 

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EESTWVan Wyck JHS is proud to be a fully designated "Essential Elements: Schools to Watch" award recipient.
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Van Wyck JHS  is a member of the NYS Tristate Consortium.



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  • Van Wyck 50th Anniversary Celebration Speech



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  • Van Wyck 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    4:15pm-6:00pm:
    Meet and Greet
    Tour the school and enjoy refreshments.

    6:15pm-7:00pm:
    Dedication Ceremony
    Music, slide show, dedication plaque and more.


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  • Fall High School Sports

    Attention all current 8th graders going to attend JOHN JAY or RCK School Year 2016-2017
    Do you want to play a FALL HIGH SCHOOL SPORT?
    You MUST get your Private Physical approved by the school doctor or have your Sports Physical done HERE at Van Wyck NOW.
    Come to the Health Office during your LUNCH and pick up a consent form.
    Fall Sports start in August.
    Visit the Health Office for details.

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  • Revised 2015-2016 School Calendar (PDF)

    Revised 2/10/16




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  • Black History Month: Google Cultural Institute’s Ode to Black History

    The Google Cultural Institute has created a magnificent online gallery of black history, arts, and culture from 50 cultural institutions, 80 curated exhibits, and includes more than 500 items.

    Click the headline for details.

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  • Cape Survey for 8th Graders

    The Dutchess County Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education (CAPE) will be surveying our 8th grade students in their foreign language classes during the week of February 8th.

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  • The Van Wyck Commemorative Bumper Sticker is Here!



    Bumper stickers are available for purchase at $3.00 each.
    Click the headline to order a bumper sticker from the Van Wyck PTA.
    Let’s Go Griffins!
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  • Introducing the Innovation Room!

    In our new Innovation Room (room 106) students can
        ~ Create Videos
        ~ Design 3D Models
        ~ Explore coding
        ~ Complete Challenges

    We need your help! Our first challenge.. help us design the space. "Innovation Room Design Challenge".

    Click the headline to watch our cool video that will introduce you to our Innovation Room.

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  • Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedure for 2015-2016

    The new drop-off and pickup procedure for parents before and after school will take place beginning on or about September 1, 2015.
    Click the headline for a printable map and additional details.
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  • Dress Code

    Please remember our dress code while shopping for back-to-school clothing.
    1. No short shorts or short skirts.
    2. No clothing that inappropriately exposes body parts or undergarments (no tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc.).
    3. Appropriate footwear (no flip flops, etc.)
    4. No hats.
    Click the headline for additional details about the Van Wyck Dress Code.
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Principal's Message

  • 50th

    Letter From the Principal
    April 2016
    50th Anniversary Ceremony Speech


    In keeping with tradition, we are following the identical agenda used when the school first opened its doors to students, staff, and the community in 1965. Tradition is the glue that binds us together as families and communities. Van Wyck is about building on its rich tradition that dates back to 1965 beginning with Principals Vanderpoel, Ponti, Rinaldo, Biasotti, Carpenter and now me. My predecessors made my job so much easier by setting the standard of excellence that we continue to appreciate and value today.

    It was a powerful beginning that Sunday in 1965 with Principal Vanderpoel at the helm with many school, community, and religious leaders taking their place in local history. The actual dedication of the new school was held on Sunday, November 7, 1965 from 2:00-7:00 pm. Van Wyck family members were in attendance, including Edmund Van Wyck, Charles Boos, George Stringham, Superintendent Joe Keegan, Board of Education President Dr. John Mitchell and many other district principals, assistant principals, faculty and staff. The dedication was the opening of the new school. During the school’s 30th anniversary under the leadership of Gretchen Carpenter, the large plague in the lobby was officially dedicated to the Van Wyck family...And now our 50th. How time flies! The more things change the more they remain the same. While technologies have changed [more]

    Steven H. Shuchat, Ed. D.
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
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  • Letter From the Principal
    March 2016
    Dignity for All Students Act


    In recent months the Presidential race has been front and center of the media’s attention. As a result of political platforms, I believed the time was appropriate to re-teach various aspects of the Dignity for All Students Act, more commonly referred to as DASA. The DASA legislation prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender, gender orientation, national origin, or handicapping condition. Since DASA is law, it requires that students be re-familiarized with the legislation on a regular basis.

    Over the past several weeks and in order to comply with the DASA legislation, I conducted eighteen assemblies in the auditorium. These assemblies were interactive and designed to highlight the major features of the legislation. The children were attentive and respectful throughout the assembly period. The bottom line is that all children have the right to be educated in safe, orderly and respectful learning environments.

    In addition to DASA, we reviewed the cell phone policy. [more]

    Steven H. Shuchat, Ed. D.
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
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  • Letter From the Principal
    March 2016
    Physical Education is not just about Fun and Games


    The traditional view of physical education at the secondary level is mostly seen as a subject related to sports and games. The physical education teacher typically incorporates skills and knowledge related to sports-such as baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer-into their lessons; but this narrow view does not begin tell the whole story about the importance of this subject. There is much more to physical education than traditional sports and games, which is largely the reason for it having one of the strongest and most powerful lobby groups in the nation. Especially at the middle level, the view of physical education should go beyond sports to include the building of trust, cooperation, inner strength and problem solving.

    While at Van Wyck we value the importance of every subject, physical education plays a special role in adolescent development. During this marking period students were introduced to Project Adventure. Project Adventure has been an important component of the Van Wyck physical education program for several years. Project Adventure incorporates special apparatus not typically found in middle level gymnasiums. The program is characterized by non-traditional activities, such as rope and ladder climbing, hanging, swinging and balancing on high and low elements. Every student [more]

    Steven H. Shuchat, Ed. D.
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
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  • Letter From the Principal
    Jan. 2016
    Our School's 50 Year History


    This principal’s statement honors the Van Wyck family and our school’s fifty-year history. In 1962, the Wappingers Central School District (hereinafter referred to as the “District”) bought the property where Van Wyck Junior High School is now located from Edith M. Smith for $36,000 (Dutchess County Clerk, May 25, 1962; Recorded in Book #1079 of Deeds at p551). In today’s market this sum of money is the equivalent of approximately $250,000(source:ObservationsAndNotes.blogspot.com),a fair price to pay for such a large piece of property. The “District” immediately began construction of the school and within three years Van Wyck opened its doors in 1965 to their first class of students. James Vanderpoel and Jack Videtti were the first principal and assistant principal, respectively. Gabe Ponte later went on to become assistant principal and principal after Mr. Vanderpoel’s retirement and then assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Wappingers Central School District before his retirement.

    The school was named after the Van Wyck family because of their rise to prominence in local, state and national affairs. Members of the Van Wyck family fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. They were also influential thinkers in American Politics. The Van Wyck family was undeniably steeped in the affairs of government for many generations. Catharyna Brett (more commonly referred to as Madam Brett) and the Van Wyck families are said to be related by marriage when Madam Brett’s son married [more]

    Steven H. Shuchat, Ed. D.
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
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  • Letter From the Principal
    Nov. 2015
    Giving Praise and Thanks


    While the recent terrorist attacks happened in Paris, France killing 137 people; the downed Russian plane over Egypt killing 224 people; and the Mali Hotel massacre in West Africa killing 19 people; the World mourns the loss of these innocent lives as if they were our very own. Any parent, grandparent, brother, sister or friend can understand the feeling of grief and despair when a loved one is tragically lost. These terrible events are stark reminders of our own vulnerabilities and the vulnerabilities of the world society.

    The Holiday Season is a time when Americans regardless of faith should be able to breathe easier and eat happily with family and friends. It is a time when we reflect not only on our own lives, but the lives of people elsewhere. The Holiday Season is a time when we can “hold hands” emotionally with our friends and neighbors across the globe. Let us hold hands with our brothers and sisters in the free world and with those oppressed across the globe and hope for a better tomorrow. We have the power to make a difference by the good deeds we do every day. Remember to keep goodness of heart at the forefront of our decisions.

    During this Holiday Season let us make the lives of those less fortunate than us a little brighter and happier. A kind word goes a long way and a good meal even more. This Holiday Season the faculty, staff and administration of Van Wyck wish you and your family the best that life has to offer. We hope this Holiday Season brings you much happiness and success.

    Steven H. Shuchat, Ed. D.
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
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