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September, 2015

Join Glebe Street’s Jedi Academy

Join Glebe Street’s Jedi Academy

Jedi Academy Accelerated Reader Flyer

Reading nights will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Glebe Library

Reading nights are an opportunity for students to read with a friend or family member and take Accelerated Reader quizzes. Learn more about Johnstown’s Accelerated Reader Program, including what it is and how it works.

Download the Glebe AR 2015-16 Flyer (PDF)

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Johnstown Teacher Part of Governor’s Task Force

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the Common Core Task Force – a diverse and highly-qualified group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives from across New York that is charged with comprehensively reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system and the way we test our students. The Task Force will complete its review and deliver its final recommendations by the end of this year.

The Task Force includes representation from a broad group of stakeholders, including educators, teachers, parents, State Education Department officials, teachers’ union officials, and bipartisan legislators from the Assembly and Senate.

One of the individuals selected to serve on the Task Force is Greater Johnstown School District teacher Heather Buskirk. Heather has been teaching for 10 years. She teaches physics and math at Johnstown High School, and is an integral part of designing and teaching at the Learning Project, a STEM academy for Johnstown students. In addition to her school responsibilities, Mrs. Buskirk is an instructional coach in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery P-TECH program where she works with students and provides support for teachers using project based learning to design and deliver curriculum. Within the New York State Master Teacher Program, Mrs. Buskirk is a member of the Project-Based Learning Professional Learning Team and facilitated a workshop for her peers titled “Project Based Learning 101.” She is also a member of the Master Teacher Program Delegation to the TeachNY Advisory Council, through which the State University of New York has convened state and national experts to ensure that there are clear policies in place that both enable and help sustain exemplary teacher and leader preparation practice and address persistent challenges throughout the education pipeline for students.

The Common Core Task Force will be led by Richard D. Parsons, Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners, LLC and Former Chairman of the Board of Citigroup, Inc.; other members include: Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone, Carol L. Conklin-Spillane, Principal, Sleepy Hollow High, MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, Constance Evelyn, Superintendent, Valley Stream School District, Catalina R. Fortino, Vice President, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Kishayna Hazlewood, 3rd Grade Teacher at P.S. 156 in Brooklyn, Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, Senator Carl Marcellino, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, Samuel Radford III, President, District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo, Carrie Remis, Rochester Area Parent & Founder of the Parent Power Project, Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, and Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY),

To learn more about the Task Force and its members, or to see the Governor’s press release in its entirety, please visit:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-launch-common-core-task-force.

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Young Artists Study da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Young Artists Study da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

Students at Glebe Street Elementary are learning all about the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous, most widely recognized, most studied, and most visited painting in the world.  Art teacher Mrs. Fisk says, “The kids are loving the art history lesson!”

During the first lesson Mrs. Fisk shared with her students the history behind the Mona Lisa. Some of the facts that were shared: the painting is over 500 years old; da Vinci kept the painting with him his entire life; the Mona Lisa is displayed at the Louvre museum in Paris France; and if you look closely the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.  It was very fashionable for women to have no eyebrows and to show off their pronounced foreheads.

The next lesson the students wore the Mona Lisa and retold all the facts they had learned.  Boys and girls were eager to retell the facts and be the Mona Lisa.

boys face imposed over Mona Lisa's

Kayden Buyce gives his impression of a Mona Lisa smile

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Great Turnout at Warren Open House

Great Turnout at Warren Open House

There was a great turnout at Warren’s Open House on September 22, with many families coming out to meet the staff, tour the building and learn about our school. We thank you for spending time with us and look forward to seeing you at events throughout the school year!

students line up at activity tables

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Warren St. Students of the Month for September

Warren St. Students of the Month for September

Congratulations to our Warren Street Students of the Month for September 2015, who were chosen for representing the Strive for Five Character Trait of RESPECT!:

Grade 4: Zoie Tesi, Samantha Dorn, Tara Sweeney, Vincent Vazquez, Kurstin Wilson, Arden Hammond
Grade 5:  Aaron Hazzard, Jordan Fox, Ayaka Sasaki, Alyssa Whitbeck, Lilia White
Grade 6:  Craig Myers, Ethan Petrie, Cece D’Amore, Will Gerlach, Gigi Stefic, Connor Lago

group photo of students with principal

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Canopy Donated for Student-Athletes

Canopy Donated for Student-Athletes

Our athletic teams now have a pop-up canopy, courtesy of Johnstown residents Larry & Carol Preston!

Mr. and Mrs. Preston generously purchased an E-ZUP shelter in the school colors of purple & gold, complete with a prominent Sir Bills & Lady Bills logo. Their donation includes a roller bag with wheels to make storage and transport of the canopy and weights easier to manage.

This thoughtful gift will provide Johnstown student-athletes with a shady spot where they can rest between events on a sunny day, or keep out of the rain during inclement weather. Our sincere thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Preston!

Mr. & Mrs. Preston with Supt. DeLilli

Mr. & Mrs. Preston deliver the new canopy to Superintendent DeLilli

photo of the canopy all set up

The new canopy will provide a home-base for student-athletes at sporting events

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Whether arriving by foot, pedaling in by bicycle, traveling by shuttle bus, or being dropped off by parents, students in the Johnstown School District made their way to classrooms on September 8 for the start of the new school year. Welcome back everyone!

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