September 6, 2017
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
On behalf of faculty, staff, and administration, welcome back to school. This year will be bigger, better, and more special than last. I look forward to partnering with you in keeping Van Wyck the best school in the Hudson Valley. We are a New York State School to Watch and recognized by the National Forum for the Acceleration of Middle Grades Reform.
What makes our school so special is the people that make it up, including our competent teachers, administrators, secretaries, teaching assistants, support staff, custodians, and of course our amazing students. Please feel free to write or call the school if you have any questions. We are here to help your children be successful. The litmus test we use to gauge success includes their happiness and well-being.
We want to connect with your children and engage them in learning opportunities outside the classroom. We offer full sports, clubs, and intramural programs. Our Innovation Center is a safe and interesting place for children to learn and use technology in creative ways during lunch, study hall, and teacher-directed class time. The Innovation Center helps children think outside the box while connecting technology and concepts learned in class.
This year we anticipate many exciting field trips through our Historic Hudson Project. Teams of 7th and 8th grade teachers are in the process of planning these trips. The Hudson Valley region is a hotspot for tourism and learning about local events in American history. There are many historic landmarks children will visit throughout the school year. Between class and school activities, such as assemblies and pep rallies, children will find Van Wyck to be stimulating, and an exciting place for them to learn.
In closing, please remember that “Open House” is scheduled for September 27, 2017, beginning at 7:00 pm. You will return to school for a few hours and follow your children’s schedules. I believe you will find “Open House” to be informative and a time to meet teachers and learn more about our school and instructional program.
In closing, best wishes to all for a happy and successful school year.
Steven H. Shuchat, Ed.D
Principal, Van Wyck JHS
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.”