August 1, 2018
Dear Parent or Guardian,
I would like to officially welcome our new students and parents to Van Wyck Junior High School. Van Wyck is a New York State and National School to Watch, being first designated in 2012, with subsequent re-designations in 2015 and 2018. During the past 18 years, Van Wyck has been duly recognized as a New York State Support School and School to Watch. We take our jobs seriously in developing the young adolescent academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. Our faculty and staff are the best anywhere. We stay current with new research and developments in the field.
On September 6, students will begin walking the halls of their new school. Our first two days back are devoted to making students feel especially comfortable. Students will tour the school with their teachers, while locating classes and common areas, such as the gymnasium, cafeteria, and Innovation Center. Within several short weeks, students will begin feeling at home and completely at ease. Students will have as much time as they need to adjust.
To help students adjust before the official start of school, Van Wyck Junior High School will host its annual Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 21, according to the following schedule
- 7th grade students and new 8 th graders with last names beginning A-L, from 8:30 am-10:00 am
- 7th grade students and new 8 th graders with last names beginning M-Z, from 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Administration and students will be on hand to conduct the orientation and answer questions.
Another important feature of the new school year is “Open House.” “Open House” is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, from 7-9 pm. The purpose of “Open House” is similar to “Parents as Partners”, where parents get to meet their children’s teachers and learn more about teams and subjects. It is not necessarily a time to ask specific questions relative to your children, but instead, a time to receive an overview of the middle school program and experience. Parents will follow their children’s schedules from class-to-class. It is a fun and rewarding time for all and more information will follow.
In closing, I look forward to seeing our new parents and students on Tuesday, August 21, during Student
Orientation, and parents on Thursday, September 27, during “Open House.”
Steven H. Shuchat, Ed.D.
Principal, Van Wyck Junior High School
Van Wyck JHS Mission Statement
“Van Wyck Junior High School 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.”