Team Aspire Welcome Letter-6th

Team Aspire Welcome Letter

Team Aspire

Aspire: to direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something.

Dear Team Aspire Student,

We hope you are enjoying your summer! A new school year is right around the corner, and we understand that brings mixed feelings.  Hopefully, one of those feelings is excitement!  Coming to a new school can be a little scary, but we know by the end of the first week, you will feel right at home at John Jay Middle School.

Now that you are in sixth grade, you will have many opportunities to grow as both a person and an independent learner. On Team Aspire, we see learning as an adventure, so plan on getting your hands dirty in science, debating world issues in social studies, solving real world problems in math, and exploring adversity in ELA. One of our goals for you is to develop organizational and time management strategies to help you navigate life at JJMS. These life-long skills are as important as any curriculum we will teach.

You may have purchased school supplies through the PTO or collected them on your own. On the first day of school only bring the following supplies: one folder with a small supply of loose-leaf, a pencil case with the following supplies: 2 pencils, 2 pens, a glue stick and a set of post-it notes. Leave all other supplies at home, and we will review our expectations for setting up and organizing materials with you in school.

As you know, you will each be receiving your own iPad to use during the year.  We ask that if you do not already own one, you purchase a fine point stylus to use with your device. There are several inexpensive options on Amazon that you might want to consider: Pony capacitive pen or Meko 2-in-1 Precision Series.   A more expensive option, but worth the investment is the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil.  Please know that you will be using this for multiple years, so an investment in a better one may be worth it.  In addition, you will need headphones with a microphone to use with your iPad. Please bring your iPad, stylus, and headphones with microphone to school with you on the first day fully charged. You should not bring your charger to school.  Remember to keep your iPad in your Ziplock bag when transporting it in your backpack.  We are looking forward to seeing what our team can Aspire to within the JJMS community and celebrating your successes in sixth grade.  Enjoy the rest of your vacation!  


Ms. Esterow

Ms. O’Neil       (Team Co-Leader)

Miss Watroba (Team Co-Leader)


P.S.: Impress your teachers by showing us your ASPIRATIONS! Take a selfie this summer that shows something you ASPIRE to do or something you ASPIRE to become! Bring it on the first day of school to share!


Art Department

Welcome Back to School

Supply List

Hello! We are getting ready to return to school after a long and different summer--we know you are as well. We would love for all of our incoming students (6, 7, 8) to have a sketchbook for class. This should be roughly 9 x 12”, and blank paper. With basic art supplies, the more you spend, the better the quality.

  • 9 x 12” Sketchbook- blank drawing paper, 50+ pages

Should we return in Distance Learning, we will require the following extra supplies:

  • 12 color set colored pencils
  • 1 set watercolors
  • 1 black sharpie
  • Pencil

These supplies, if purchased, can also be a great addition to a home art supply area.

Thank you so much! We are excited for the new school year to start and to meet your children.

Jean Capuano (6)

Kendra Collins (7)

Holly Kellogg (8)