Mr. Paul Albanese - Grade Level Administrator - Class of 2021
Class of 2021!
We are indeed going through some concerning times to say the least. This current situation that our nation is going through is testing us all, young and old. Fear of the unknown, concern for our families, friends, loved ones and fellow citizens of the world are just some of what you may be feeling.
I remember the days not long ago that I would complain about having to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to get to work and now I wish I could be back in my office seeing all of you and all of your teachers and support staff too. I have faith in our doctors, nurses, scientists and first responders that soon enough, they will find the answer to guide us away from this terrible situation. In addition to being appreciative to those just mentioned, I am ashamed that for years I took the management and staff of supermarkets for granted. These men and women who are our neighbors and have families of their own, have been working many hours to keep the shelves stocked with the important items that we all need and want. If you see any of the people I mentioned in your travels, take the time to say thank you. It is times like these that can bring families closer together as well. Take this negative situation and make it positive by spending time with loved ones, but remember, keep your distance. Throughout the history of America, other generations have been down this and other difficult paths and yet we have always stayed strong and persevered. This time will not be different. Remember, this is the Empire State, we are New Yorkers and if we stay Patriot Strong, everything is going to be ok in the long run.
If you are having difficulty coping with all that is going on, please reach out to us and we will assist you any way we can. Keep in contact with your teachers through established lines of communication and check the district and John Jay Webpages for updates regularly.
All the best,