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  • 2017 Summer Mailing Forms - Update 8/10/17

    Please see the Connect-Ed message that was sent to families on the morning of July 18 regarding the new process for the 2017 Summer Mailing Forms. Please select "Read More" for updates.

    SUBMISSION OF PHYSICAL: You may now upload an electronic copy of a doctor-completed physical form within the Physicians section of the Summer Mailing Forms. If you have already completed your other forms and would now like to upload a physical, please log in to view your summary and select Edit from the drop-down. You may also send it in hard copy to the child's school, or email it to the school's klschools address located in the Contact Information. You do not need to provide it here if it has already been submitted in a 2017-18 Fall Athletics registration.

    STUDENT NAME NOT APPEARING: your student's name will be pre-populated as a participant choice only if he/she has previously participated in HS or MS athletics.

    SECTION SELECTION (the first data-entry field): please select the SECTION that corresponds to the grade level that this PARTICIPANT will be entering in the Fall. If the school and grade level that you need do not appear, then you may have selected the incorrect program for this PARTICIPANT. Please return to the dashboard and enter the full name of the school into the "I want to register for a program at" field.

    FINDING ANOTHER PROGRAM: if you have finished with your John Jay High School 2017 Summer Mailing Forms submission, and would like to next submit your HS athlete's forms for the Athletics Dept, please  return to the dashboard and enter  John Jay Athletics into the "I want to register for a program at:" field.

    UPLOADING A HEALTH APPRAISAL FORM: if you have completed your child’s summer mailing forms, and would like to go back in to upload his/her Health Appraisal Form (required for grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all new entrants), please use the “View or Edit my Registrations” button to update the existing Participant record for your child.

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  • District e-Newsletter

    Click here for the District's current e-newsletter.

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  • Email Deliverability

    KLSD sends emails to families from two different addresses: alerts@klschools.org and email@blackboard.com. Please check your junk or spam folders and add these sending domains to your list of accepted email senders.

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  • District Offices Have Moved

    Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.

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Language labs improve students' listening and speaking skills

 Every middle and high school student who takes a world language has access to their school's new language lab at least every other week--and both teachers and students say the experience is estupendo! genial! magna!

"I love it. I think it’s huge leap forward," said Sue Reiss, middle school French teacher. "Students respond to technology, and being able to control the pace of learning."

The middle school and high school’s language labs are new this year. Each is a dedicated classroom of thirty workstations that host a computer and headphones. Hard-wired network connections allow the teacher to pair students anywhere in the room together for conversation, as well as to speak and listen to each student individually. 

“Our goal is to improve speaking proficiency,” said Vincent Bell, Assistant Principal of John Jay High School and administrative liaison to the World Languages Department. “In a traditional language class, students are often fearful of speaking out loud, and it’s near impossible for teachers to listen to each student and provide feedback. The language lab solves these problems.”  

“Students can listen to a recording of a native speaker, and then record themselves speaking,” said Reiss. “It’s a new experience for the students to hear themselves, and they are very tenacious about getting the pronunciation right.”

“The lab allows for self-correction,” said Kaitlyn Conlan, a middle school Spanish teacher. “Students listen to themselves and hear what they’ve done wrong. It’s also individualized. Some students need to hear a lesson once; others, four or five times. This lets them do that."

“This is just incredible technology,” said Matthew Knittel, district Latin teacher. “Students can work together, work individually with me, and record small sections of larger works for immediate review.”

Spanish, French, and Latin teachers are not the only ones using the middle school language lab. Jaimie Dini, the English as a New Language (ENL) teacher also uses it.

“I use it the same way it is used by the foreign language teachers, but in the opposite direction,” said Dini. "Students practice speaking English in the lab without the fear of someone 'laughing' at them or correcting them."

 “The language lab also gives my students much needed practice with technology,” said Dini. “Many of my students need basic computer skills. The language lab is a place to practice how to maneuver through computer programs and practice typing.”

At the end of seventh grade Spanish, Señora Conlan uses the new digital platform to play Battleship—but instead of using letters and numbers as correlates, students must use conjugated verbs. She pairs students together—often across the room from one another—and, as usual, there is a happy sense of discovery as they say Hola and find out who they are partnered with. Señora Conlan listens in as they say the singular, plural, informal and formal of various verbs, and offers praise and pointers to students one at a time. 

Hundiste mi buque de Guerra,” said the students into their headphones.