22.23 Team Grit Welcome Letter - 7th

Team Grit Welcome Letter

Summer 2022

Dear JJMS Team Grit Parents/Guardians, 

Welcome to seventh grade! Team Grit is looking forward to working with your child.  We hope seventh grade will be an engaging, positive experience for our students as we guide them through the seventh-grade curricula.  We are an energetic and dedicated team of teachers who will collaborate with each other and your child to ensure both academic success and social and emotional growth. 

For your child to fully reach his/her potential, we feel that communication between school and home is essential.  Therefore, please keep the following information on hand:  

  • In addition to being posted in our classrooms, nightly homework assignments, long-term assignments, assessments, and team events will be posted through Schoology.   
  • Please help your child check homework postings nightly.  Schoology can be accessed at https://klschools.schoology.com/.  
  • We recommend you check the “Grades” section of Schoology weekly to keep updated on missing assignments and graded work.  
  • If you ever have any questions, please contact team teachers via e-mail: 

Mrs. Jessica Balanda    



Mrs. Kathleen Beckley 



Mr. Gregg Kastanis  



Mr. David Ley   

(Co-Team Leader) 

Social Studies 


Ms. Melissa Smythe 

(Co-Team Leader) 

Special Education Teacher 

Co-teach ELA/math 


The seventh-grade supply list is posted on the school website under the “Students and Parents” tab. Please have your child prepared with a spiral notebook and pen on the first day of the school year. Most class supplies are included here, but there may be a few additional items you need to supplement.  We will help your child organize their supplies.  

Again, we welcome both your child and you to seventh grade and hope you had a happy and healthy summer vacation. 


The Seventh-Grade Team Grit

2022-2023- John Jay Middle School  - Grade 7 School Supply List