• Name: Mr. William Newman
    Subject: English Language Arts
    Email: william.newman@wcsdny.org
    Phone: 845-897-6700 ext. 30178


    March 2020 updates below!

         Hello and welcome to the 2019-20 school year here at John Jay High School.  I'm looking forward to an invigorating and productive year for students in English Language Arts.  Please feel free to email me directly to address questions or concerns regarding the course and our work together.  That is the most efficient way to reach me and you will receive a response within one business day.  I am available for extra help each day immediately before school in 208 and after school in 215, as well as periods three and four in the ELA office.  I'm also in the test table during period seven.  I am more than willing to assist students who need help and guidance; please allow me the opportunity.  A few moments of clarification or explanation are often all kids need to feel capable of their work. 

         This website will be updated at the beginning of each week; please check back frequently to connect with the current focus of our curriculum.  In terms of suggested materials, students will need a binder with a secure place for handouts, or an additional folder, plus a pen/pencil and paper each day.  My deepest respect and gratitude to all parents and caregivers who help their students procure the needed materials and who actively involve themselves in their children's educational journey toward self-reliance and independence.  Family members are key components in supporting the progressively difficult steps toward achieving a high school diploma.  I very much look forward to our cooperation together this year.



           Hello to students and families!  Please take care of yourselves and each other out there.  Over the course of the time we are out I hope to help you maintain a connection to the book we are reading, To Kill a Mockingbird, and assist us all in hitting the ground running once we return.  I'll update this page if there are changes beyond our revised Spring Break and "Give Back" days.  There will be no assigned work that must be completed while we are closed.  Please take some time to "Read, Write, and Relax" each day.  Consider developing a short story or two based on the Hometown Map we have been creating in class.  I'd love to read what you come up with.  I remain available through email (william.newman@wcsdny.org) and will respond to you as soon as I can if you need me.  Take care and see you soon.