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January, 2016

Technology Twins

Technology Twins

JHS science teacher Heather Buskirk and Warren Street library media specialist Taryika Chaulk were spotted dressed as twins at the district technology committee meeting on January 28.

Ms. Buskirk & Ms. Chaulk ini matchnig blouses

The Greater Johnstown School District is committed to providing students and staff with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s digital society. With this in mind, the technology committee meets regularly to review and discuss the district’s technology plan and specific areas of focus. Topics on the committee’s most recent agenda included updating district technology devices on a regular cycle, providing for wireless connectivity under the Smart Bond project, scheduling visits to view technology in other schools, planning for professional development to implement “GJSD Goes Google” and creating a Student Help Desk at the high school.

Staff members interested in serving on the technology committee may contact Rachel Heroth in Johnstown’s Instructional Technology Department.

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JHS Hiking Club Climbs Hadley Mountain

JHS Hiking Club Climbs Hadley Mountain

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Under the guidance of Johnstown High School science teacher Mr. O (Gary Osarczuk), JHS students interested in hiking, snowshoeing, orienteering, plant & animal identification and Adirondack geology embarked on the first JHS Hiking Club adventure by climbing Hadley Mountain on January 23. With an elevation of 2,653 feet, Hadley Mountain is the highest peak in Saratoga County. It is the site of the Hadley Mountain Observation Station, built in 1916 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Reaching the summit provides hikers with a vista that includes the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Mr. O, an avid outdoorsman who has already hiked 26 of the 46 ADK High Peaks and 10 of the 29 ADK Fire Tower Challenge, proposed the idea of a JHS Hiking Club after learning of student interest. The Board of Education gave approval in November and preparations began for hikes at least one time per quarter. Participants must attend a mandatory pre-hike meeting to review map and orienteering skills, basic first aid, safety precautions and equipment requirements. Parents drive students and participate in chaperoning hikes.

Future adventures may include hiking Kane Mountain and exploring the Speculator Plane wreck, among others.

 

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The Bridge Arts Ensemble Visits Glebe

The Bridge Arts Ensemble Visits Glebe

Thanks to an anonymous donor, The Bridge Arts Ensemble performed recently for students at Glebe Street Elementary School. The ensemble put on two performances of “When I Grow Up.” They also worked with small groups during music classes in the afternoon. This was a fabulous opportunity for Glebe students!

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Spirit Week & Moonlight Mardi Gras Dance

Spirit Week & Moonlight Mardi Gras Dance

Happy Mardi GrasThe JHS Captain’s Council announces the following JHS Winter Spirit Week Activities Feb. 1-6:

  • February 1, Monday: Tie Dyed Day
  • February 2, Tuesday: Super Hero Day
  • February 3, Wednesday: Wacky Tacky Wednesday
  • February 4, Thursday: Mardi Gras Color w/Beads Day (wear any or all colors of purple, green and yellow)
  • February 5, Friday: Purple & Gold Day
  • February 6, Saturday: Super Snow Showdown Challenge; Moonlight Mardi Gras Dance
    Super Snow Showdown Challenge – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    This is a Class Event. Each class will get a mound of snow to make a sculpture – the theme will be Disney/Cartoon Characters.  Judging will take place at 1:00pm.
    Moonlight Mardi Gras Semi-Formal Dance 7 – 10 p.m. at Johnstown Moose
    $8/person or $15/couple

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Elementary B-I-N-G-O Draws a Big Crowd

Elementary B-I-N-G-O Draws a Big Crowd

Students and families from all three elementary buildings came out in droves on Thursday evening, January 21, to join the fun at BINGO Night hosted by the Johnstown Elementary PTA. Numbers were called, cards were filled and prizes awarded in a packed gymnasium at Warren Street. Thank you to JEPTA for organizing the event and to all of the families who came out on a chilly winter evening to participate!

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Special Education SEQA Post-Review Announcement

The New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education completed a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused review in the Greater Johnstown School District during the 2015-16 school year. This review examined the district’s compliance with selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

The review was conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office. The review process involved a review of school records and a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations, interviews of parents and staff surveys. Meetings of the committee on special education were also observed.

A copy of the report may be reviewed from the Superintendent’s office, located at 1 Sir Bills Circle, Johnstown, NY 12095.

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Winterguard Places First at Phoenix HS Show

Congratulations to the Greater Johnstown School District Winterguard teams! Varsity and JV both took first place in their class at the Phoenix High School Firebirds Winter Guard show on January 16.

The guards will next compete in the Capital Invitational Winterguard Show at Shenendehowa High School East on Saturday, January 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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Pleasant Students Enjoy Special STEM Night

Pleasant Students Enjoy Special STEM Night

Pleasant Avenue held its first ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Night on January 13th. Students, along with their families, had the opportunity to participate in hands on activities relating to STEM. Several teachers from across the district volunteered their time to offer students engaging activities that promoted inquiry and problem solving. Principal Michelle Gabree-Huba said “We want to get students excited about science at a young age. We hope they will carry passion and enthusiasm through high school and beyond.”

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Glebe Morning Program Recognition

Glebe Morning Program Recognition

The AR top readers fro the month of December were recognized as part of the monthly Morning Program at Glebe on January 12.

Students of the Month who were soaring for four were also recognized for their consistent effort in being respectful, responsible safe, and ready to learn. They will share dessert with Mrs. North later this month.

Congratulations were offered to Ms. O’Keefe’s Class – they won the Silver Apple Award for December. The students were using their manners, following recess rules and cleaning up after themselves in the cafeteria.

Third graders put on a skit related to bullying. Mrs. North shared different types of bullying behaviors and students discussed what they can do if they are bullied.

Morning Program at Glebe is a fun time for all – join us for our next monthly session on February 9!

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JHS Group in We the People Competition

JHS Group in We the People Competition

Congratulations to the APPLE students who competed this past Saturday at Albany Law School in the “We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition.  The seniors gave speeches and then answered questions from a panel of judges about the Constitution and U.S. History.  Our JHS group was runner up to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) and Questar III New Visions: Law & Government program, which won the state championship last year and went to the national championship last year.

Mr. Russo & Students at competition

 

 

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