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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School

A Message From the Principal


August 2019

Dear John H. Glenn Students and Parents:

I hope everyone has enjoyed summer vacation and that the past weeks have afforded you time to spend with family and friends. As these last warm days of summer draw to a close, our Assistant Principals Mr. Leroy Cole, Mr. Corey McNamara and I are excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.

John H. Glenn High School offers tremendous opportunities for our students both inside and outside the classroom. During the 2018-2019 school year, students continued to challenge themselves by taking Advanced Placement and succeeded in out performing their state and global constituents.  Further, our students continued to outperform others, statewide, on the New York State Regent Exams. Many members of the Class of 2019 graduated with the honored status of Summa, Magna or Cum Laude distinction. Our graduates continue to achieve acceptance into highly competitive and prestigious institutions of higher learning thus, they leave John H. Glenn ready to successfully tackle post-secondary endeavors.

Our student’s accomplishments are a tremendous source of pride for the Elwood community and we recognize that their success is a direct reflection of the commitment of the entire Elwood community including members of the John Glenn faculty and staff who work collaboratively to promote excellence for every student. As a result, our collective work has earned us the tremendous distinction of a National Blue Ribbon School.  In addition, JGHS has been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as a Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction for the second consecutive year, and have been listed as a top performing High School by the Washington Post and U.S. News. Clearly, we have much to celebrate!

The 2019-2020 school year will also bring new and exciting opportunities for our students. This year, John H. Glenn High School will continue the 1:1 initiative as we provide ALL students with a Chromebook computer. Our curriculum guide, located on the JGHS website, continues to offer robust course work, including a full AP Capstone Program and Dual Enrollment College Level Courses. The John Glenn faculty are prepared to meet the needs of these exciting educational enhancements. I am confident that our students will continue to impress via their accomplishments this coming year.
As faculty and staff prepare for another outstanding educational year, our vision statement will continue to serve as our guide: “We pride ourselves on working together to ensure that all students are provided with a safe, inclusive and engaging learning environment. Our curriculum is designed to spark intellectual curiosity, develop critical thinking, promote the ability to work collaboratively with respect and compassion for one another. We foster self-confidence, integrity and an industrious spirit in our students so that they will reach their true potential, become lifelong learners and engaged citizens in an ever changing interdependent global community.”
This vision statement is reflective of the collaborative relationship between home and school that the faculty, staff and administrators at John Glenn High School Community deeply value as a critical component of our students’ success. It continues to be an honor and privilege to work with a dedicated and caring community that is so invested in this charge. I am confident that, together, we will continue to promote excellence for all the students of the Elwood-John H. Glenn Community.

High school years can be an exciting yet sometimes stressful time for both child and parent. Please know that we are here to support our students and families throughout their years at Glenn. To keep abreast of the exciting events and achievements of John H. Glenn High School, I invite you to follow me on twitter at @BurzynskiMrs. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the year.

On behalf of myself, the high school administration, faculty and staff, welcome back to another exciting school year!


Carisa Burzynski
Mr. Corey McNamara
Assistant Principal
Mr. Leroy Cole
Assistant Principal