Keeping Relationships Strong
Middle School Reaches Out to Keep Relationships Strong
“We’re all just an email away,” Assistant Principal Shantel Brooks assured John Jay Middle School students through a video that she, Assistant Principal Monica Bermiss and Principal Jeff Swiatowicz sent to all students about a week after school closed.
The truth is, the middle school's administrators, counselors and teachers are not only an email away, they're also a video conference or an update via John Jay Middle School’s YouTube channel away.
It’s all about keeping relationships strong.
Mr. Swiatowicz -- a tireless engager of students
At John Jay Middle School, this commitment is modeled from the very top.
Principal Swiatowicz, known for being a tireless engager of middle school students, is connecting through Instagram @mrswiatowicz. He hosts #JJMSDailyChallenge, inviting sixth, seventh and eight graders to top him #crazyhairday, share where they enjoy the outdoors #JJMSinNature and introduce the animal members of their family #JJMSpets—one of the most popular categories.
"We can do this, together!"
Putting closeness in distance learning
Other staff are finding their own ways of nurturing their connections to students. Most teachers reach out to students regularly through email. Dozens of teachers participated in a collaborative “we miss you” video message to students. Art teacher Jean Capuano celebrates students’ creativity at school and at home on Instagram @JJMS_art678. School Counselor Jen Makover got out one of her vintage skateboards and demonstrated a 360 for a video she posted on John Jay Middle School’s YouTube channel. “I’m thankful for time with my family and time to dust off my skateboard,” said Makover. “How about you?”
Committed to Connecting
“Positive teacher-student relationships promote students’ confidence and encourage students’ success because they are not restricted by the fear of failure,” said Swiatowicz. “Everyone at John Jay Middle School is really engaged with keeping the lines of communication open with our students. It’s what we were doing a few months ago—just in different ways.”