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November, 2014

JHS Masterminds Club Posts Wins

Congratulations to the JHS Varsity MasterMinds team for their recent wins over Amsterdam (110 – 100) and Mayfield (195 – 20). The junior varsity team lost to Broadalbin Perth, but came back for a hearty win against Gloversville.

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Thanksgiving Pleasant Avenue Style

Thanksgiving Pleasant Avenue Style

Wearing  their own artfully handcrafted paper bonnets, feathered headdresses, and even sporting a papoose, Pleasant Avenue students made their way to the table on November 25 to study and enjoy customs associated with the first Thanksgiving.

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JHS Student Recognized as Scholar Athlete by TWC

Congratulations to Johnstown Lady Bills basketball player Megan Anagnostoulos, recognized by Albany Time Warner Cable as their Student-Athlete of the Week!

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Pleasant Honors Veterans at Breakfast

Pleasant Honors Veterans at Breakfast

In recognition of Veterans Day, Pleasant Avenue School hosted a breakfast for active and retired Veterans on Wednesday, November 12. Students invited family members who are serving or have served in our nation’s armed forces. Thank you for your service to our country!

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Five JHS Music Students Selected for Area All-State

Congratulations to the following Johnstown High School music students, who have been selected for NYSSMA Zone 7 Area All-State on November 21 and 22 at Saratoga High School:

Chorus:
Victoria Baker
Michael Bevington
Adam Ferrari
Alexandra VanAernam

Band:
Ciara Solby

New York State School Music Association Zone 7 is comprised of the nine counties surrounding the Capital District. Learn more about the New York State School Music Association All-State process.

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JHS Student Athlete Recognized by Channel 6

Congratulations to Johnstown Lady Bills soccer player Molly Sear, recognized by CBS 6 Albany in their “Personal Best” spotlight on November 10, 2014! Visit http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/features/personal-best/2014/# and scroll through the list of  Personal Best videos to see the segment about Molly.

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JHS Fall Play Set for Nov. 14-16

JHS Fall Play Set for Nov. 14-16

This weekend (Nov. 14 – 16) be transported back in time to 1880’s Colorado and be entertained with a good old fashioned melodrama at the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center.

The Johnstown High School Drama Club will present Tim Kelly’s “The Face on the Barroom Floor”, replete with villains, a damsel in distress, and her courageous hero, on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. The play is based on a poem written by Hugh Antoine d’Arcy in 1887.

Sweet Madalaine Mockingbird (Angela Duross) torn between her beau artist Jack “Toulouse” Goodhart (Ethan Bowen) and a stage career, soon becomes manipulated by the evil plans of Roderick Rodent (Adam Ferrari) and his accomplice Bella Yukon (Grace Michienzi). Madalaine leaves her mop and bucket job at the Old Teller House, run by sour Annie Quackenbush (Victoria Fish) and takes up vocal lessons with retired opera singer Theda Swansong (Emma Crouse).

However, the villainous plans go awry hindered by Judge Fleesum (Jack Truckenmiller) and Roderick’s lackey Fatima (Sarah Martelle). The staging is at a pitch with slapstick antics and feverish fights, along with a cast of hotel denizens, including drunken Chick Dogtemper (Caliope Brower), smiling Herbie Rainwater (Julia Bevington), nasty Dusty Rhodes (Alexia Brunetto), rich matron Mrs Van Cleve (Taylor Darling) and her whiny daughter Little Gloria (Taylor Griffith), and a strange lady in black (Kelly Hart).

Bowen and Duross are perfectly matched as a couple of innocents, easily taken advantage of at every turn, while Ferrari and Michienzi handle the evil schemes with aplomb. Fish and Crouse portray rich comedic characters, and the ensemble adds to the side-splitting humor.

The Stage Crew (Elizabeth Willett, Tyler Lawyer, Abigail Ryan, and Maddie Willett) have put together scenery for a typical old west hotel lobby, accompanied by period costumes and music.

The production is directed by Michael S Burnett with Cynthia Wood (assistant director), Darlene D’Onofrio (costume coordinator), Diane Dillenbeck (seamstress), and Matt Wood (carpenter).

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Buddy Walk Tradition Continues at Pleasant Parade

Buddy Walk Tradition Continues at Pleasant Parade

While Pleasant Avenue is home now to students in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade, you might have noticed some older students in the mix at the Pleasant Halloween Parade on October 31. Those were our sixth grade buddies, who volunteered to walk from Warren to Pleasant to lend a hand!

Some  sixth graders wrote essays to express their interest in keeping the tradition of the Buddy Walk, even though they are now in different buildings. Fifty-one of them sacrificed participating in their own Fall Festival activities to walk from Warren to Pleasant and buddy-up. This allowed each of the six kindergarten classes at Pleasant to receive help from eight or nine sixth grade buddies.

Thank you to the sixth graders for volunteering to help out!  We look forward to additional opportunities for our students to buddy up!

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