Van Wyck Junior High School

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Our Mission 
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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What's Happening at
Van Wyck JHS?

December 2015
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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

tristateVan 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

Headlines

  • School Spirit Apparel Sale - orders due Feb. 18th

    The 2015-2016 Van Wyck School Spirit AppareThe 2015-2016 Van Wyck School Spirit Apparel sale is here!
    We are celebrating 50 Years of Excellence!
    Orders are now due by Thursday, February 18th.

    Click the headline for details and an order form.
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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.
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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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  • Student Handbook 2015-2016

    The Student Handbook is designed to help students and parents understand the services and policies at Van Wyck JHS.
    Click the headline to access this year's Student Handbook.
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  • School Calendar 2015-2016




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  • Parent Portal

    Use our Parent Portal to securely access your student's emergency contacts, course schedules, report cards, bus schedules and more! Click on the headline for additional information.
    Use the "Quick Links" in the left column of our website to access the Parent Portal.
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  • Signup for SchoolMessenger

    Click on the headline to register for the WCSD SchoolMessenger Notification System.


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Principal's Message

  • 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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  • Letter From the Principal
    Oct. 2015
    Building Student Capacity through Project-Based Learning

    During this past summer teams of Van Wyck teachers were busy at work developing highly engaging and challenging learning activities around the theme of American history. The activities are designed to teach students how to determine and narrow research questions, to develop a literature review around their questions, to write up their research projects in the form of a study and then to [more]

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  • Letter From the Principal
    Sept. 2015
    The State of the School: Master Change Agents

    The faculty and staff of Van Wyck Junior High School have had its fair share of change over the past twenty years. Student enrollment increased by over thirty percent during this time period. Concurrently with the rise in student enrollment, the school was brought up to compliance with state and federal requirements on space utilization. In short, we have successfully [more]

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  • Letter From the Principal
    August 2015
    Back to School

    Dear Parent or Guardian, The purpose of this letter is to reintroduce myself to parents and students prior to the start of the new school year. This year will prove to be exciting as we begin a new chapter in the history of Van Wyck as a school for only 7th and 8th graders. I welcome the challenge that change brings while maintaining our culture as a school where students [more]

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Contact Us

contact Tel. 845-227-1700 Ext. 20000
Address: 10 Hillside Lake Road.
The Main Office hours during the school year Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm.
Click here for all Van Wyck contacts.