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    Message from the Principal

    Investigation Letter

    March 11, 2018

    Dear Parent or Guardian,
    While the police concluded their investigation that there was no credible threat to students and staff in the school, administration continued its work in determining whether or not there existed violations of the WCSD Code of Conduct (2017-2018). Following interviews of the last remaining witnesses, the school has concluded there were no infractions.

    Now that the investigations is behind us, it is time to reflect and learn from the incident. Last week on Thursday and Friday, administration met with students in small group assemblies to debrief. The assemblies focused narrowly on the incident and specifically on safety features within the school. We discussed procedures, drills, and precautions, as well as the common sense application of being vigilant in school and in the community. The bottom line is that safety is everyone’s responsibility and to report any potential threat to the police, administration, or parent immediately upon learning of it, and best not to use social media until the rumor has been confirmed by the police or school. This will prevent false information from leaking out into the community. I recall the Arlington girl who discreetly reported what she heard, or suspected, to the police, that led to the arrest of an adult male in Vermont.

    During the assemblies, students listened and engaged in conversation. They provided suggestions that were shared with the District’s Safety Team. They left the assembly more knowledgeable and confident, not only about safety in school, but safety in the community. They were shown a copy of the reporting form found on the District’s webpage. I want to stress again, that any threat to the welfare and safety of students and staff in the school will be taken seriously and addressed in concert with the police. It
    is important that we now get back to a sense of normalcy and once again remain focused on the business of educating our children.

    Thank you.


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


    Van Wyck JHS Mission Statement
    “Van Wyck Junior High School faculty, staff and administration, in partnership
    with our parents, students and community, will provide a safe and orderly learning environment that supports the academic, intellectual, personal and social development of children, while maintaining rigorous standards and embracing curricula that prepares our students for college and careers.”

    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

    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

    Principal's Messages
    arrow Mar. 2018: "See Something, Say Something"
    arrow Feb. 2018: Safety Letter
    arrow Feb. 2018: Cell Phone Use
    arrow Sept. 2017: Welcome Back Letter
    arrow July 2017: Welcome Letter
    arrow  All Principal Lettersdr_shuchat

    Contact Us
    contact Tel. 845-227-1700 Ext. 20000
    Address: 6 Hillside Lake Road.
    The Main Office hours during the
    school year Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm.
    Click here for all Van Wyck contacts.


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Sports News

  • Sports News
    Updated 10/27/2017

    Fall 2017 Boys Soccer

    • 10/26: WIN of 3-1 with scores by Matthew Nansen, Zachary Rabadi, and Matthew Zarrella. The team is still undefeated 9-0. 
    • 10/22: WIN of 5-0
    • 10/19: WIN of 4-0
    • 10/12: WIN of 1-0 with scores from Matthew Nansen
    • 10/05: WIN with the scores from Matthew Nansen and Zach Rabadi
    • 09/28: WIN of 5-1 with scores from Matthew Nansen, Zach Rabadi, Ryan Kiser, Will Kenny and Ryan Heraty

    Fall 2017 Girls Volleyball

    • 10/22: WIN of 3-0
    • 10/12: WIN
    • 10/05: WIN
    • 10/03: WIN

    Fall 2017 Girls Field Hockey

    • 10/26: TIE of 3-3
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    • 10/22: WIN of 5-0
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