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March, 2015

Teaching is the Core: Assessment Review

As a result of the NYSED Teaching is the Core Grant awarded to the HFM BOCES-led consortium, our district had the opportunity to review student assessments related to APPR. Our local assessment review team which is comprised of teachers and administrators who have been trained on the assessment review process, reviewed 37 assessments. Based on this extensive review, our recommendations are as follows:

  • Keep 34 assessments
  • Modify 34 assessments
  • Eliminate 3 assessments (delivered to 13 grades in ELA & Math)
  • Create 26 assessments (to replace the eliminated assessments)

The review team is also designing an action plan for implementation in the 2015-2016 school year and beyond to continue to focus on the assessment review process. The plan will ensure that teachers are continuing to design and use assessments that will inform instruction and support student learning.

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PTECH Students Bring Paleozoic Stories to Glebe

Area ninth graders enrolled in the HFM BOCES Regional PTECH program at Jansen Avenue have been studying the geologic history of NYS in Earth science and story writing in ELA.

As part of their studies, they worked with teacher Mrs. Dickenson, who created a cross-curricular project that challenged them to research life during the Paleozoic period and then write a short children’s book using the characters present during that time frame. The Paleozoic era was chosen because, while most kids know all about the Mesozoic and dinosaurs, it was felt that the Paleozoic was an under-represented time period in children’s literature.

On March 26 the PTECH students presented their stories to second grade classes at Glebe Street Elementary School. They enjoyed the opportunity to share and work with the Glebe students, who were delighted to have them visit!

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Students See Ghosts of War at Proctors

Students See Ghosts of War at Proctors

Tenth grade global social studies students traveled to Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on March 26 to attend the premiere performance of  “Ghosts of War.”

The stage play is an adaptation of  Ryan Smithson’s young-adult book “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI.”  Smithson, a 2003 graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY, joined the Army Reserve at the age of 17 and was deployed to Iraq at the age of 19.

The author was in attendance to lead a post-show discussion with the audience.

From the Proctors’ website:  “This profoundly moving show, (adapted by Bill Massolia) from the book written by Ryan Smithson, is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of his experience in the Iraq war.

Ghosts of War touches on the intensity of battle, and the pain of losing comrades, but for Smithson, the war is a source of personal enlightenment that will compel teens to reflect on their own thoughts about duty, patriotism and sacrifice.”

students in Proctors Theatre

 

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JHS Musical: Nice Work If You Can Get It

JHS Musical: Nice Work If You Can Get It

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There’s nostalgia to be had at Johnstown High School’s exuberant production of the Gershwin musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” set for 7:30 p.m. on March 27 & 28 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.

The 2012 musical ran for 478 performances on Broadway, earning two Tony Awards. It is set in the 1920’s Prohibition Era and combines daffy comedy, screwball characters, jazzy dance numbers and the occasional tender ballad.

Senior Michael Bevington (at his best playing both suave and vague) is Jimmy Winter, an idle-rich playboy about to marry his fourth wife in a bid for respectability. While her predecessors have all been cheap chorus girls, current fiancée Eileen Evergreen (Victoria Fish) is “the finest interpreter of modern dance in the world,” as she frequently points out. But unexpected romance rears its head when Jimmy meets low-class female bootlegger Billie Bendix (Aurora LaTourette), who stashes a boatload of hooch in the cellar of his Long Island mansion while evading the Feds.

The show’s pleasures are boosted by its busy cavalcade of eccentric supporting characters. There are Billie’s cohorts, Cookie McGee (Hunter Hill) and Duke Mahoney (David Ormiston), cornered into posing as Jimmy’s butler and chef. Then there’s Eileen’s father (Sam Miller), a windbag Senator campaigning for re-election as a staunch prohibitionist, and his even more righteous sister, Duchess Estonia Dulworth (Emma Crouse), who crusades against the “Demon Rum” in her role as the proud founder of the Society of Dry Women. There’s Jeannie Muldoon (Sarah Martelle), a gold-digging chorus girl misled to think big-hearted lug Duke is part of the British Royal Family, and the frustrated Police Chief Berry (Ashley Ackernecht). Finally, there’s Jimmy’s sassy and worldly-wise mother (Caliope Brower).

Jeff Salatel as head of the Federal Vice Squad and a group of wild flappers (Heidi Chamberlain, Grace Michienzi, Mia Franko, Katie Ammann) round out the cast.

The musical abounds with Gershwin standards such as the title song, “’S Wonderful,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Do It Again”

The production is directed by Michael S Burnett, with music direction by Cynthia Wood; costume coordinator, Darlene D’Onofrio; and costume alterations, Diane Dillenbeck.

Stage Crew members are Tyler Lawyer and Abby Ryan (Stage Managers), Elizabeth Willett (Lighting), Maddie Willett (Sound), Rachel Hansen and Hannah Chamberlain (Follow spots).

Band members include Briana Esposito, trombone; Ciara Solby, woodwinds; Katt Cummings, woodwinds; Alex Pratt, trumpet; and Megan Nolett, piano.

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Mystery Door Night Challenge

Mystery Door Night Challenge

Glebe students have been reading up a storm and recently spent time decorating their classroom doors to reflect the title of one of the books they enjoyed in class.

To share their hard work, and have some fun, the students and their families were invited to Glebe for a Mystery Door Night on March 25, where they were asked to try to guess what story each door represented.

More than 160 students took part in the challenge, matching their game board against doors that portrayed books such as “The Giving Tree,” “Peter Pan,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and “Flat Stanley” among many others.

We hope everyone had a great time playing Mystery Door Night! Keep up the great work reading Glebe friends!

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Buddies Read Together at Glebe

Buddies Read Together at Glebe

Students at Glebe Street Elementary buddy-up for PARP (Parents as Reading Partners). Second grade classes are paired with a third grade class to share some of their favorite books. Keep up the great work reading Glebe friends!

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Founder’s Day Award Recipients Honored

Congratulations to this year’s Founder’s Day recipients, honored during the annual Founder’s Day Dinner held on March 23 at the Holiday Inn:

City-Wide Award for distinguishing one’s self in service to the Johnstown Community:

  • Paul Connelie

Mishael Boyer Award for helping to raise self-esteem among the youth of the Johnstown community:

  • Chris Tallon

Founder’s Day Building Awards, for unselfishly giving their time and energy to the children of our schools, above and beyond what is expected:

  • Michael Beatty – Johnstown High School
  • Jessica Stock and Stacey Lee – Knox Junior High School
  • Jamie Tallon – Warren Street Elementary School
  • Julia Fisk – Glebe Street Elementary School
  • Patti Roten – Pleasant Avenue School

Founder’s Day is a reminder of the substantial role PTAs and PTSAs play locally, regionally and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of children and families. It is a time to take pride in our accomplishments, renew our commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, be a relevant resource for parents and be a strong advocate for public education.

Thank you to this year’s honorees, and to JEPTA, Knox PTSA and JHS PTSA, for the dedication and commitment provided to the students of the Greater Johnstown School District. 

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Sweethearts & Heroes Visits Knox

Sweethearts & Heroes Visits Knox

Sweethearts & Heroes presenters Tom Murphy and Retired Sergeant Rick Yarosh, accompanied by his service dog Amos, spoke to students at Knox Junior High on Wednesday, March 11. Students were taught that to be somebody’s hero, it’s as easy as A, B, C:

  • A stands for AWAY. Get the victim AWAY from the bully.
  • B stands for BUDDY. Be a buddy with the victim and let them know that you care.
  • C stands for CONFRONT. Confront an adult, any adult, and report the bully or confront the bully to try to fix the problem.

If stopping a fire means to Stop, Drop and Roll, then stopping a bully means A, B, C.

principal, presenter, secretaries, presenter

 

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Congratulations to Dodge Ball Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the “S.Y. Dolla $ign” dodge ball team consisting of Alex Nguyen, Bradi Boyer, Sydney Darling, Andre Stanfield, Maddie Etherton and Sebastian Mills. They triumphed over five other teams on March 17 to become champions of the second annual Knox dodge ball tournament!

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Freshmen Academy to Analyze Crime Scene

Freshmen Academy to Analyze Crime Scene

Students in the Freshmen Academy are currently working on the science of Romeo and Juliet. They will be using forensic evidence to analyze a crime scene involving Romeo and Tybalt.

The students recently heard Captain Marc Porter from the Gloversville Police Department speak about how to properly secure a crime scene. They will utilize these skills to act out a scene in Romeo and Juliet and then create mock DNA fingerprints to solve the murder of Tybalt.

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