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  • DASA
  • July 2018

    Dear John Jay Students and Families,

    It is with great pride that I introduce myself, David Kedzielawa, the newly appointed Principal of John Jay High School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school that has been recognized for its high academic achievement and rich traditions.

    John Jay pride not only resonates through the hallways, but is extended to the community. Being a lifelong resident in the Wappingers Central School District, I have benefitted from receiving an exceptional education myself. As a student, I attended Vassar Road Elementary School, Myers Corners Elementary School, Wappingers Junior High School and Roy C. Ketcham High School. In addition to my personal K-12 experience, my family has been deeply involved in the WCSD. My mother retired from the district after 30 years of teaching and my brother currently teaches at Fishkill Plains Elementary School.  For eight years, I taught, coached and held many advisories at John Jay. In 2015, I transitioned to Assistant Principal overseeing the Class of 2018, where I worked closely with students and families to fulfill our mission to empower, challenge and grow.

    As Principal, I will work with faculty, staff, students and the community to deepen the John Jay experience.  Our priorities will be to continue John Jay’s traditions and high academic excellence while seeking new opportunities for all. By focusing on providing a strong academic and emotional foundation, our students will be positioned for success in the 21st Century.  With our exceptional faculty and administration, who are deeply committed to student achievement, I am confident that we can reach any goal we set for our students.

    I look forward to September and having a chance to meet many of you at Parent Night, after school activities, sporting events and PTSA meetings. I would like to thank the WCSD Board of Education, Mr. Carrión, Superintendent of Schools, Central Office Staff, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers, the John Jay Administration, John Jay staff and our community for all of your support as we enter this school year.


    David Kedzielawa


    John Jay Senior High School 



  • Our Mission

    The mission of the Wappingers Central School District is to empower all of our students with the competencies and confidence to challenge themselves, to pursue their passions, and to realize their potential while growing as responsible members of their community.


    Our Vision

    To empower all students to succeed, ready to pursue their passions, by providing them with a rigorous, well rounded education.

JOHN JAY Announcements

Announcements John Jay Morning Announcements Monday, May 7, 2018 Today is day 2 Attention anyone interested in running for a class or student government office: Informational packets and instructions can be picked up in either the Main Office, your administrator's office or in Mrs. Nardone’s office (Rm 191). Please stop in and pick one up ASAP if you plan on running as the due date for all material is Wednesday, May 16th. AP EXAMS : If you signed up to take an AP exam and are NOT IN THE CLASS. See Mrs. Daley in room 152 ASAP! Students taking AP exams. On exam day report to the main lobby at 7:20am for AM exams and 11:00am for PM exams ATTENTION SOPHOMORES! If you selected human Anatomy for your Junior year requests, please see your school counselor ASAP! ATTENTION SENIORS: Cap and gown distribution will take place in room 112 on Tuesday, May 29th from 8 am - 1 pm and Wednesday, May 30th during all lunch periods GRADUATION TICKETS ! The window is now open and will remain open until Monday, June 4th @ 5:00 to reserve your graduation tickets. This year you will be reserve tickets through Family ID. (If you do not have an account please register at as graduation is quickly approaching!) Each student will be guaranteed up to 4 tickets for the graduation ceremony. You may request additional tickets, but please note we have a large graduating class therefore additional tickets are limited and not guaranteed. (ONLY requests for additional tickets through Family ID will be honored.) Tickets will be given out to each student during graduation rehearsal. SENIORS ! If you applied or are planning to attend Dutchess Community College in the fall, you need to see your counselor to have your transcripts sent over. They will not be sent without your notification. REMINDER!! College applications are coming up quickly. Please know your deadlines. Counselors need 2 weeks’ notice to process all the paperwork so make sure that you have your senior fact sheet and transcript request form - with application deadlines - into your counselor in due time. Also, it is your responsibility to follow up with the teachers from whom you are getting recommendations. If it is not uploaded to Naviance by the teacher, you need to follow up with them. Any questions or concerns, come to Room 239 ASAP. ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS : If you did not see your counselor for scheduling your next years course request, please see your counselor asap. Also IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ID CARD PLEASE SEE YOUR GRADE LEVEL ADMINISTRATOR. JUNIORS : If you want to be released early on the day of your prom you need to fill out the Early Release form in the main office and return it by May 11th to the main office. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE DEADLINE. Also table seating sheets are due no later than next Wednesday May 9th. Turn them in to Mr. Brown in room 194. JOHN JAY FILM CLUB PRESENTS THE 2nd ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL It will be held on May 24th from 7:37 am to 2:30 pm ! Please submit your films for the John Jay film Festival by May 10th ! Use the google code that is on the information sheet found in the Main Office THE LEARNING CENTER: Rm. 197. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:20 to 3:30. COMMUNITY MATH HELP PROGRAM: is available Wednesday Evenings at Van Wyck Jr. High School from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. a one-time permission slip is required and can be downloaded from the District Webpage or the Math Department Webpage. Spring is almost here! Troop 10167 Booster Club: is holding its annual used clothing collection on June 10th in the Van Wyck parking lot from 8:00am–4:00pm. They are in need of clothing, shoes, purses, backpacks, accessories, towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, throw rugs, bath rugs, curtains, drapes, table cloths, stuffed animals, and hard toys. All items must be in good, clean, usable condition. Please pack shoes in a separate bag. All items ust be in strong, well tied garbage bags. For more details or a copy of the flyer, contact Traci Scarduzio All students entering the 11th grade in September are now required by New York State Education law to provide proof of a physical examination. Please send a copy of your child’s physical to the health office Attention all students entering the 12th grade in September, New York State Department of Health requires a second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra) after their sixteenth birthday. Please send proof of immunization to the health office no later than September 21, 2018. CLUBS Congratulations to the Wappingers Crew Club who competed in nearly 20 races at America’s largest Sprint Race this weekend. This race featured more than 60 top crews of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Mid-West. Great Job ladies and gentlemen! The Dutchess Cup scheduled for, Wednesday, May 2 was postponed and RESCHEDULED for May 23, 2018. PROSCENIUM: The crew chief and stage manager application is now available on the Proscenium Google Classroom. Application must be submitted electronically by TODAY, May 7. Questions? Email Mrs. Cooke Elections will take place in the cafeteria on Thursday, May 10th until 3:20 pm Nominees will need to prepare a speech. Member must be present for all speeches to vote. Please see the Proscenium Google Classroom for more information. Email Mrs. Cooke with questions. Our last bake sale will be on May 15th Members – please bake ! SENIOR MEMBERS OF PROSCENIUM: Senior showcase Rehearsal will be May 15th after school in the auditorium. The Senior Showcase will be on May 24 in the auditorium at 6:30. International Thespian Society inductions will also happen at this time. HISTORY HONOR SOCIETY : Letters of Intent are due Today, May 7th by 2:00! Final meeting & Party Wednesday, May 9th new inductees & current members. Elections will be held. ` BUSINESS HONOR SOCIETY : Attention all business students – the Business department is now taking applications for the Business Honor Society. See your business teacher for details. ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB: Join us on Wednesday, 5/9 out at the garden to clean it up and continue our planting. GSA – Meeting this Wednesday, 5/9. We will continue designing and creating decorations for our upcoming celebration. NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY: The due date for dues for the new inductees has been extended to Friday, 5/12. WAPPINGERS CREW CLUB: Here are the results (per heat) for the Novice and Varsity Triangulars: While only first place medals were awarded, here are the top three finishes for WCC. 1st Place : Boys Varsity 8, Boys Lightweight 4, Boys Senior 4 B 2nd Place: Girls Junior 8, Boys Senior 4 A 3rd Place: Girls Varsity 8, Girls Senior 4, Girls Novice 4, Boys Freshman 8, Boys Novice 4 Row for the Cure – Wappingers Crew Club will host the annual Row for the Cure on the Hudson River On Sunday, June 3, 2018. All proceeds are donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. Please join your Wappingers Crew Club for this great event at 270 Water St. in Poughkeepsie. SPORTS JOHN JAY BOYS AND WAPPINGERS GIRLS GOLF ARE HAVING A CHARITY GOLF FUNDRAISER May 20, 2018 ! FLYER IS ATTACHED for more information! THE EAST FISHKILL SOCCER CLUB is inviting all boys and girls interested in playing travel/premier soccer to come out and join our team tryouts. Please visit and check out the travel page tryout section or for more details please see the attached flyer. TRACK: Boys and Girls spring track home meet today vs Carmel and Mahopac. Please report at 3pm. EAST FISHKILL SOFTBALL LEAGUE LOOKING FOR UMPIRES FOR ROOKIE DIVISION ! PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FLYER ATTENTION SOFTBALL: On Saturday the Lady Patriots defeated North Rockland 16 - 0. Rachel Perez pitched a 2 hitter with 5 strikeouts. Olivia Rooney had 3 hits including a home run and 7 RBI. Lyndsey Gillespie added 3 hits. Tonight, they play league rivals RCK at the East Fishkill Rec at 6pm for our rescheduled pink out game. Please come support. All proceeds go the Miles for Hope. WAPPINGERS CONTINUING ED: DRIVERS EDUCATION: is accepting registrations for the summer Driver Ed programs. For dates, cost program information and to register, go to the Wappingers website and click on the community link at the top of the page and select Driver Education form the drop down menu. All registrations are done online through FamilyID. Space is limited! Register early to avoid being closed out! Continuing Ed's last 5-Hour class for the year will be on Wednesday, June 6th at Ketcham HS from 3:00-8:00 pm. The cost is $40. To register call Continuing Ed at 298-5000, ext. 40137. Students who attend must bring their permit, a pencil, and a snack to class with them, along with cash in the amount of $40. Register early to avoid class cancellation. And There will be a FREE 3-part webinar on the 9 Deadly Myths of Driver Training. Enjoy these FREE WEBINARS from the comfort of your own home. The information in them could just save your life! A must for all drivers! To register, go to and click on Continuing Education. Then click on the link for the 9 Deadly Myths. First webinar is Wednesday, May 9th! Faculty, staff and families will continue to receive full announcements and updates. Students, for the full announcements and updates, please check your school email. 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