• John Jay FFA: Farming in East Fishkill

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 9/27/2021 8:00:00 AM
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  • RCK Named National PTA School of Excellence for 2020-2022

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 9/26/2021
    We would like to share with you that Roy C. Ketcham High School has been named a National PTA School of Excellence for 2021-2022.
    RCK is the only school in Dutchess County to earn the honor this year.
    National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.
    The National PTA School of Excellence recognition program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-driven decisions that yield positive, long-term results. 
    We are very proud of this recognition and grateful for the incredible support our PTSA receives from Mr. Seipp, his administrative team, faculty, staff, students, and our community. Our strong, successful partnership has made RCK truly shine and we hope that more people will give our school the recognition it deserves.
    We encourage you to visit the RCK website, PTSA website, or the links below to learn more. Thank you!
    RCK PTSA Board
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  • Congratulations to John Jay High School's Bridges for Academic Success Program

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 9/25/2021

    As you know, our population of English Language Learners has increased and has included many SIFE students (Students with Interrupted Formal Education). A few years ago, John Jay High School began a partnership with the Bridges for Academic Success program which is created in collaboration with CUNY. The program is designed to "Bridge the Gap" for SIFE students. Their most recent newsletter highlights the success of one of our own SIFE students and our Assistant Principal for ENL, Wilson Castro. The newsletter also includes some tips for welcoming newcomer ELLs into your classroom.

    Click here to read the article.

    BRidges to Academic Success

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  • John Jay Future Farmers of America Students Compete

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 5/20/2021

    UPDATED: May 20, 2021

    The John Jay FFA members won at the State Competition! Please join us in congratulating Charlotte Bartush for placing 1st in the Sr. Creed and Nicole Pardo for placing 3rd in the Sr. Creed. They will be going to the FFA National Convention in Indiana in October!

    Please congratulate FFA members, Charlotte Bartush, Mikayla Laclair, Lydia McDonough, on their amazing showmanship skills at the NYS Cattle Battle this past weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds!

    Cattle Battle 1

    Cattle Battle 2

    Cattle Battle 3

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  • John Jay's FTC Robotics Team & the INSPIRE Award

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 5/10/2021

    Congratulations are in order for our own FTC Robotics Team #16700 JAYBOTS as they won several awards this past weekend at the 4th Qualifying Tournament for the Excelsior Region:  

    The team won 2nd Place for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for their unique gripper design  (which is no small feat). The even bigger news is that they earned the 1st Place INSPIRE Award, the most prestigious award given at any level of competition!  While it is often informally referred to as an "MVP" award or an award for "Well-Roundedness", neither of those approximations do it justice because as you can see in the description below, the team must be in the running for most of the judged awards, meaning that they are doing well in every single category; this does not just mean just coding or building, it is design, documentation, recruitment, connections with STEM professionals to learn more, teaching or tutoring local kids and offering STEM programming for them, charitable service, team spirit, and general professionalism all-around.  

    To give you an idea of how important this award is weighted in the FTC Robotics community, the winners are advanced to the next level of competition BEFORE even the Captain of the Winning Alliance in the Finals (or this year, the Team that scored the most points overall). The JAYBOTS are headed to the Regionals!

    If you see these team members, make sure to congratulate them:

    Darren Wang
    Ashish Thomas
    Jared Yeung
    Robert Zhu
    Anaya Pandya
    Anish Anne
    Arnav Mishra
    Dillon Anthony
    Eve Steckmeister
    Matthew Laverde
    Mili Biguvu
    Silvia Bilenky
    Tyler Sammer
    Paul Finch

    What is the INSPIRE Award? From the Game Manual, Part 1:

    INSPIRE Award: This judged award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Team. This Team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other Teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This Team shares their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this Team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a Robot. Required criteria for the Inspire Award:

    • Team shows respect and Gracious Professionalism® to everyone they meet at a FIRST Tech Challenge event. 
    • Team is a strong contender for several other judged awards. The Inspire Award celebrates the strongest qualities of all the judged awards. 
    • The Team is an ambassador for FIRST programs. They demonstrate and document their work in their community. 
    • Team is positive and inclusive, and each team member contributes to the success of the Team.
    • Team must submit an engineering portfolio. The engineering portfolio must include engineering content, team information, and a team plan. The entire engineering portfolio must be high quality and well-organized.
    • Robot design is creative and innovative, and the Robot performs reliably on the field. The Team communicates clearly about their Robot design and strategy to the judges. Team interview session is professional and engaging.
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  • NYS Beaks of Finches Lab in Ms. Martire's Biology Class

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/27/2021

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  • Junior High School Science Olympiad Results

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/26/2021
    Congratulations to Team Van Wyck Science Olympiads! The results are in, and 4 out of 15 of our competing teammates earned Medals at the State Competition against 52 of the top schools in NYS! Here's a special shout out to Shaylen Bhatt and Areej Omar for placing 8th IN STATE for "Meteorology" and Joey Marra and Ved Kaderu for placing 4th IN STATE for "Reach for the Stars"! An amazing job was done by all!
    Van Wyck Team
    Van Wyck Science Olympiad

    WJHS's Science Olympiad Team got 3rd place at the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament! Van Wyck got 2nd place! We are so proud of both teams. And 
    Only the top 2 teams go to the state tournament so the WJHS team is wishing Van Wyck all the best at the state tournament! 
    The results were as follows:
    1. Goshen Team A (CJ Hooker)
    2. Van Wyck Junior High School
    3. Wappingers Junior HIgh School
    4. Spackenkill (Orville A Todd)
    5. Monroe-Woodbury
    6. Goshen Team B (CJ Hooker)
    Wappingers JHS TeamWJHS
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  • Congratulations to Fishkill Plains Student: Eden Kruger

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/16/2021

    Eden is ranked the number one female Mogul Skier in the whole Northeast age 17 and under which is the B level. She’s worked very hard competing the past three winters and it’s quite an accomplishment. Next year, she will be competing nationwide against adult females. Way to go Eden!

    Eden K
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  • John Jay & RCK FBLA State Competition Results

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/12/2021

    John Jay & Roy C. Ketcham
    Future Business Leaders 

    State Competition Results from 2021

    The state competition for FBLA is ordinarily a 3-day trip to a convention center in Rochester, NY.  A sea of nearly 800 students all dressed in fresh business attire, scurry between competition rooms, business meetings, meals, break-out sessions, political campaign events, and evening dances. The competitions fall into five categories: objective tests, project presentations, interviews, speeches, and individual or team simulations. Many of the competitions require that students place at regionals or attain a high score on a multiple-choice test to earn the right to present to live judges who are volunteers from the local business community with expertise in the topic. 

    In 2020, the competition was scheduled for early April. There was just not enough time to recreate the whole event online. But this year NYS FBLA was ready! Instead of being three days of madness, the competition was spread out over three weeks - mostly during after-school hours. With the event being held online for only a nominal cost per student, participation was higher this year, with nearly 1000 competitors. 

    Students donned their professional attire and created pre-recorded project videos or joined zoom calls for interviews and live simulations. NYS FBLA contracted with a software company to give all objective tests online. The scariest events had prompts announced at 7 pm and professionally dressed teams had to devise a plan, produce an instant video of their simulation on zoom, publish it to YouTube, and submit the link before the deadline at 9 pm.  

    Our Parliamentary Procedure team experienced a power outage in the middle of this instant video process, but even the power grid couldn’t take them down! Those affected jumped on cell phones and tossed the video recording job to alternate team members. Di Chen, Carl DeMarco Jr., Aryan Gupta, Sanjay Natesan, and Sydney O’Connor turned that roller coaster ride into a 1st place trophy! They are super excited to represent New York State at the National FBLA competition in July together with all students earning 1st through 4th place awards in their events. 5th place finishers are alternates and may be called up to Nationals if a spot opens.  

    Even amidst all the changes in the format and the increased number of competitors this year, John Jay High School still excelled. We earned more first-place trophies than ever before, and we had more people place in live events and events requiring professional speaking than we ever did before. 

    A special thank you and congratulations also go to Ms. Jocelyn Humphries who has supported and provided guidance to ensure the success of these students!

    And now... the NYS FBLA STATE COMPETITION awards went to...

    From Roy C. Ketcham

    4th Place - Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure - Eric Johnston 

    4th Place - Introduction to FBLA - Eric Johnston 

    From John Jay


    1st Place - Impromptu Speaking - Simal Patel

    Live Interviews

    1st Place - Client Services - Vasuhda Kilambi

    4th Place - Job Interview - Gianna De Nivo

    4th Place - Help Desk - Ayushi Pandya

    Instant Simulations

    1st Place - Entrepreneurship - Sanjay Natesan

    1st Place - Parliamentary Procedure Team - Di Chen, Carl DeMarco Jr., Aryan Gupta, Sanjay Natesan, and Sydney O’Connor

    4th Place - Management Decision Making Team - Rohan Ganesan & Carl DeMarco Jr.

    5th Place - Banking and Finance Team - Brandon Cheung, Ashley Qiu, and Samuel Thomas

    Project Presentations

    4th Place - Introduction to Business Presentations - Sydney O’Connor

    Individual Objective Tests

    1st Place - Network Infrastructure - Simal Patel

    3rd Place - Computer Problem Solving - Robert Zhu

    3rd Place - Cyber Security - Robert Zhu

    3rd Place - Parliamentary Procedure Rules & Interpretation - Sanjay Natesan

    3rd Place - Political Science - Carl DeMarco Jr.

    4th Place - Parliamentary Procedure Rules & Interpretation - Carl DeMarco Jr.

    5th Place - Insurance & Risk Management - Shirley Smit

    5th Place - Supply Chain Management - Vasudha Kilambi

    Special Award

    Each year, NYS FBLA interviews a highly selective group of accomplished students for the Future Business Leader award. Our own co-president, Rohan Ganesan, placed 3rd in this esteemed group. 

    I would also like to give a hearty congratulations to our students who earned regional awards for District 3N: Gabrielle Sweeney earned 2nd Place in Introduction to Public Speaking, Silvia Bilenkey earned 3rd Place in Introduction to Decision Making, and Kathryn Erich earned 4th Place in Public Speaking.

    We are so proud of our whole Johy Jay FBLA Competition team. They learned new technologies and adapted to new procedures while keeping their eyes on the prize.

    Thank you to every John Jay High School teacher, club advisor, and coach who trained our students up to be this awesome in reading, following technical directions, computation, debate, social skills, business and computer science topics, technology, art, public speaking, a passion for learning, personal polish, teamwork, and optimism about their abilities in this world. It takes a village and you brought it this year too!

    Watching our students work like this, you know that whatever calamity the world has to throw at us next, humanity is going to be just fine!

    Go John Jay!

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  • Sahana Sampath Represents WCSD at Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/9/2021


    We are pleased to announce that Sahana Sampath, a sixth-grade student from James S. Evans Elementary School, will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer, representing the entire upstate New York Region! WOW!  The top spellers from across the U.S. and the globe will gather in Orlando, Florida, on July 8, 2021, to compete in the nationally televised event.  The final rounds of this year's Spelling Bee will be hosted in-person, at Walt Disney World, and will be broadcasted live on ESPN2.

    We are beyond proud of Sahana; she has been at Evans since Kindergarten, and is an outstanding student! We wish her continued success as she competes at the national level! GO SAHANA!

    Spelling Bee

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