Van Wyck Junior High School

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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.
Click here to read our designation letter. pdf


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Van Wyck JHS  is a member of the NYS Tristate Consortium.



nysmsa Van Wyck JHS is a member of the Statewide Network of Middle Level Support Schools that serve to: 
1. Advocate for Middle Level Education
2. Site for Showcasing Promising Practices
3. Resource for Advice and Guidance

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  • Memorial Day Presentation 2016


    "What does Memorial Day mean to you?" We asked students and staff that question.
    Click the image to view the video.

    Video produced by Dr. Shuchat and The Van Wyck Innovation Room.

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  • End of Year Testing Schedule

    May 2-6: Grade 8 Foreign Language Speaking
    May 24: Social Studies Constructed Response Questions of Final Exam (Grades 7 and 8)
    May 20: No School
    May 26-June 1: NYS Grade 8 Science Practical
    May 27: No School
    May 30: Memorial Day (No School)
    May 31: Foreign Language In-Class Final
    June 1-3: Grade 7 Foreign Language Final (Grammar, Reading, and Writing)
    June 2: Grade 7 Science Lab Practical
    June 6-10: Grade 7 Foreign Language Speaking
    June 8: Earth Science Regents Lab Practical
    June 15: Grades 7 and 8 Social Studies Multiple Choice Portion of Final Exam (In Class)
    June 16: Common Core Algebra Regents Exam (AM)
    June 17: Earth Science Regents Exam (AM)
    June 17: Last Full Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders
    June 20: Foreign Language Proficiency Exam ( Only 8th graders attend School )
    June 21: Final Exams: Math 7/Science 7 (Only 7th Graders Attend School) - Dismissal at approximately 10:30 am
    June 22: Final Exams: Math 8/Science 8 (Only 8th Graders Attend School) - Dismissal at approximately 10:30 am
    June 23: Last Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders - Dismissal at approximately 10:30 am
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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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Principal's Message

  • Letter From the Principal
    June 2016
    Moving Up Ceremony


    June 2016
    Principal's Statement
    At last year’s “Moving Up” ceremony I mentioned Tim Russert, the late and talented NBC news anchor who wrote a book about the lessons learned from our fathers. Similarly, I recently learned that Michael Reagan, the son of the late President Ronald Reagan, also wrote a book about the lessons learned from his father. The lessons we learn from our fathers and mothers undoubtedly influence the people we are today. In the words of Jose Andres Puerta, the well-known Spanish-American chef and venerable restaurant owner, stated “… no chef becomes what he becomes without having many people influence him.” The recipes passed down by our ancestors influence the foods that we eat today.” Grandmas’ special dish is a favorite in all of our households.

    The argument that our ancestors have a profound influence [more]

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Steven H. Shuchat
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School




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  • Letter From the Principal
    May 2016
    End of Year Testing Schedule


    May 6, 2016
    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    This letter is to inform you of the final exam schedule for students in the seventh and eighth grades. Please read the schedule very carefully. If after reading the schedule you have questions, please contact your child’s counselor, teacher, or grade level administrator. We are here to assist and answer your questions to ensure that your child finishes out the school year successfully.

    Please be advised that all students are required to take their final exams or receive a grade of zero, unless the absence is accompanied by a parent note with one of the excused reasons defined in BOE Policy 5100 and approved by the building principal. Once approved, alternative arrangements can be made with the classroom teacher. There are no makeups for Regents exams.

    On behalf of our faculty, staff and administration, thank you for the honor and privilege of working with your children in meeting their educational needs.

    My best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Steven H. Shuchat
    Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School

    Click here to view the schedule.


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  • Letter From the Principal
    April 2016
    STAR 360


    In February, 2016, students in grades 7 and 8 were administered the STAR 360 screener in reading and mathematics. The WCSD is piloting both the STAR 360 and I-Ready screeners at the elementary and middle school levels. Sheafe Road Elementary and Van Wyck Junior High Schools are piloting STAR 360, while Fishkill Elementary and Wappingers Junior High Schools are piloting I-Ready.

    The STAR 360 and I-Ready screeners are instructional tools that teachers use to gather baseline data and measure student growth in reading and mathematics. It is similar to doctors who use tools to determine patient heart and breathing rates as baseline data to improve patient health. Screening tools that are administered periodically [more]

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