Van Wyck Junior High School


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    August 25, 2020 

    Dear Griffin Parent or Guardian, 

    I would like to share important and critical information with you as schools prepare to re-open remotely on September 10. Van Wyck leadership is busy at work with our school counselors preparing schools for both remote and hybrid instruction. We will be ready to go when the bell rings.

    August 25 was the scheduled date for student orientation, which will not be logistically possible due to social distancing and other health-related safety requirements. However, the leadership team at Van Wyck is moving forward with a virtual orientation containing key information to carefully transition students to Van Wyck. We will review how students should read their schedules, explain how Van Wyck is instructionally organized, and discuss the dress code that includes wearing masks, sports, intramurals, and more. The orientation will conclude with a virtual tour of the school with visits to several typical classrooms with desks, chairs, and cafeteria tables arranged in compliance with state guidelines to ensure social distancing. The virtual orientation will be located on the Van Wyck homepage at beginning Friday, August 28. Furthermore, we are planning another “in-person” orientation when students officially return to school in October under the hybrid model. I believe students will become increasingly more comfortable and confident when virtual and hybrid learning begins.

    Student schedules will be released to Parent Portal beginning September 3. The team your child is assigned to can be found on the right-hand side of the schedule: Teams 7 Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow; and Teams 8 Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. The supply lists are organized by teacher teams and/or departments and found by going to the Van Wyck website at If you have any questions regarding classroom supply lists, please contact your child’s teacher. If you need further assistance, please contact your child’s school counselor.

    Governor Cuomo has announced on Monday, August 24th, 2020, that lower-risk sports like tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey and swimming in all regions may practice and play beginning September 21st, 2020. School sports must follow DOH-issued guidance. No travel practice or play outside of the school's region or contiguous regions/counties until October 19th. Please contact Mr. Greenwood at if you have further questions. 

    Parents and students need to be reassured that when we return to school all safety measures are in place. In addition to our usual drills-fire, disaster, and lockdown-cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting protocols, daily and period-by-period attendance, lunch procedures, bus arrival and departure, for example, will be operationalized. We will work closely with the District to finalize these plans.

    Van Wyck Junior High School's 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.

    Sadly, our yearbooks are not yet ready to be shipped.

    I will keep our families up-to-date in the days ahead as new information becomes available, especially as it pertains to remote learning.

    Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and I look forward to working with you this school year.

    Be well, be safe.

    Thank you.

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



    Van Wyck Mission Statementgriffin pride

    Values lifelong learning
    Welcomes diversity
    Judgement free
    Highly professional; harmonious environment

    Growing responsible members of our community
    Responsive to and respectful of all needs
    Integrated and standards-based instruction
    Focused on building community
    Forward thinking
    Innovative ideas
    Network of support
    Strong leadership



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    Address: 6 Hillside Lake Road.
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  • Wappingers CSD is now using Anonymous Alerts® 

    The Anonymous Alerts® reporting app was created to help students, parents or community members choose a school official to contact, type of incident to report, school building and/or a specific location, set a priority level of normal or high and upload a photo, screenshot or video related to the incident.  This reporting system is meant to allow for anonymous reporting but still provides for District and Building Administrators to respond (via the app) to the person who submitted a tip to the District. 

    If you plan on submitting an alert anonymously please be sure to check the "message center" in the application itself to see any responses to your tip, or requests from District Officials for additional information.

    The purpose of the app is for members of our school and community to report suspicious activity, bullying or student-related concerns to a school administrator. For all other reports, please contact your child's school directly. If you feel the need to keep this submission anonymous that is OK, we completely respect your right to privacy and appreciate you making us aware.


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    • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for your Apple IOS or Android Device
    • Start the App, and enter the Activation Code:  wappingerscsd
    • Submit reports to District & School Officials and check the message center within the App for additional correspondence with the District
    • Add a screenshot, photo, or video about an incident