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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.

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    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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    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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Author Rob Buyea Visits Fifth Graders

  Each fifth grade class at Katonah Elementary School had an opportunity to spend an hour with Rob Buyea, the loved writer of Because of Mr. Terupt, Mr. Terupt Falls Again, and Saving Mr. Terupt. His visit was part of PARP (Pick a Reading Partner)–a month-long celebration of books, authors, writing, and reading.

 “I read Because of Mr. Terupt to the students this winter,” said Mrs. McBride, one of the fifth grade teachers whose class hosted Mr. Buyea. “The children loved it. It’s about a fifth grader class with a wonderful teacher, Mr. Terupt, who is hit by a snowball on the playground and knocked unconcious. The story unfolds through the perspectives of seven of his students.”

“We are still talking about this book,” she said, gesturing towards her white board which was covered with questions that the class would ask Mr. Terupt if they could.

Rob Buyea, it turns out, has a lot in common with Mr. Terupt.

Mr. Terupt was a wrestler before he became a teacher. Rob Buyea wrestled from four years old through college. He was also a teacher, and showed the students old class photos to prove it.

“My characters are bits and pieces of my former students and bits and pieces of me,” he told the class. “My memories and experiences are worked into the story. My imagination glues it all together.”

“When I was a teacher I loved classroom projects like counting blades of brass and dollar words. There was growing excitement in my class around reading and writing,” Mr. Buyea said. “ I dedicated Because of Mr. Terupt to my former students because they helped turn my writing switch on.”

“What does that mean?” he asked the class.

“I began to think like a writer,” he told them. “My stories and characters are always with me. I’m always paying attention, and thinking ‘what if?’ I always have a writers notebook with me, where I sketch, plan, write, revise, and capture ideas. My very best stories happen when I am far away from any desk. Think like a writer. Turn on your writer’s switch. Take yourself seriously as a writer.”

 “Nobody but a reader becomes a writer,” said Mr. Buyea. “You learn to write by reading.”

Throughout his presentation, Rob Buyea recommended his favorite middle grade books to the students.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor,

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

 “When I write, I don’t know what’s going to happen.” Said Mr. Buyea.  He showed the students his graphic organizer—a grid with chapters and characters, and a lot of crossouts, arrows, scribbles, and circles. “As I do the work I get new ideas. Don’t worry about getting it all figured out. Get busy.”

“Writing is rewriting. It took six years to write the first Mr. Terupt book,” he said. “The largest room in the world is room for improvement.”

 Rob Buyea gave the students three more tips to becoming a writer.

  1. You have to do the work. "In the hotel room last night, and early this morning, I sat down and wrote."
  2. Write about stuff that really matters to you. "If you don’t love what you are writing, your readers won’t love it."
  3. Do not be afraid of failure. "JK Rowling said that her failures gave her courage to go on and write Harry Potter."

 Soar by Joan Bauer

Paperboy by Vince Vawter  

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Before he left, Mr. Buyea  told the students about his newest book, The Perfect Score, which will be published next fall, and read the first chapter to them. 

"Turn on your writer's switch."

Perfect Score--coming Fall 2017