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March, 2017

Utica Zoomobile Makes a Stop at Pleasant

Utica Zoomobile Makes a Stop at Pleasant

Pleasant Avenue students enjoyed a visit today from Veruca the African Bullfrog, Dooley the Monkey Tail Lizard, Leo the tortoise, and Howard the Runner Duck. The visit from the Utica Zoomobile culminated the two week One School, One Book program that encouraged families to read together. Every family was loaned a copy of the book “My Father’s Dragon” as part of PARP. The books and zoo visit were made possible by a grant from Key Bank.

Leo the Tortoise

 

Dooley the Monkey Tail Lizard

Howard the Runner Duck

 

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March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

At the end of each month six students are randomly selected from those that have contributed to the Box Top for Education program at Pleasant Avenue. Each of these students has their name read on the morning announcements and wins a small prize. Each box top earns our school 10 cents so keep those box tops coming!

Congratulations March Box Tops for Education Winners:

Hannah Ponte, Linlee Loucks, Taylor Saltsman,
Neo Baker, Kaden Foss, Sydney Arminio

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Sister Act: The Musical March 31 – April 2

Sister Act: The Musical March 31 – April 2

 

wide angle shot of cast and crew hamming it up

“Raise Your Voice” is the penultimate song of the first act of “Sister Act: The Musical,” playing at Johnstown High School this Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

two girls dressed as nuns stand on stageIt gives audiences everything they’re looking for in a stage show based on “Sister Act,” the popular 1992 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. There are quirky nuns adorably learning how to sing; uplifting spiritual songs; and plentiful joyful noises.

The basic outline of the movie’s plot remains intact: nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier inadvertently witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit a murder, and hides out in a convent to avoid getting whacked by his mob. While posing as a nun, she butts heads with the stern Mother Superior, turns the convent’s lackluster choir into a musical powerhouse, and inadvertently puts her life, and the nuns’ lives, at risk.

Mother Superior and DelorisJHS junior Heidi Chamberlain’s dynamic, superbly sung performance as Deloris is phenomenal, including her impressive performance of the title song. She truly comes into her own when Deloris sheds her purse full of wisecracks and begins bonding with the friendly nuns.

The secondary characters delight and amaze. Grace Michenzi makes a terrific foil as Mother Superior, battling her own frustration with change and her faith, and delivering the stunning solo “I Haven’t Got a Prayer.” Sarah Martelle as Sister Mary Robert, a pipsqueak with the voice of a giant, grows up before our eyes, and astounds with her ballad “The life I Never Led.” Charlie Osborne is sweet and soulful as the cop Eddie Souther who pines for Deloris.

three female performers in costume dance on stageScene-stealing supporting players also get time in the spotlight, including Zach Hayes as the caring, droll Monsignor and Hunter Hill as a smooth rich voiced mobster, together with his gang played by Jeff Salatel, Gabe Cole and Cameron Polidore. The nuns get a big share of the laughs, with genial comic finesse by Jordyn Stoutner as the jolly Sister Mary Patrick and Ashley Ackernecht as the sarcastic Mary Lazarus, who has a hidden and unexpected talent.

three performers dressed as policeman sing on stageThe ensemble consists of Samuel Miller, Conner Edel, Emily Barker, Madison Collins, Julia Airey, Anna Crouse, Gina Franko, Ashlee Cotton, Saphire Bush, Anastasija Morse and Isabella Dittmer.

The production is directed by Michael S. Burnett; music direction – Cynthia Wood; choreography – Wood and Emily Barker; costume coordinator – Darlene D’Onofrio; costume designer – Diane Dillenbeck; costume assistants – Linda Panthen & Pam Baran; and set design and technical director – Burnett.

Stage Crew members are Cece Radalin and Katie Diener (Stage Managers), Andy Sitterly (Lighting), Maddie Willett (Sound), and Taylor Darling & Jacob Frenyea (Follow spots).

male actors sing onstageBand members include Sophia Hayes – piano; Katt Cummings – reeds; Alex Pratt – trumpet; Cindy Wood – bass; and Augustus D’Amore & Lillie Nevins – percussion.

Tickets are available at the door, $12 adults and $8 students.

 

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2017 Founders Day Award Winners Recognized

2017 Founders Day Award Winners Recognized

group photo of award winners

Congratulations to our Founder’s Day award winners, who were recognized at a dinner hosted by the JHS PTSA  at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant on Monday, March 20:

  • Joyel Richardson, City-Wide Award for distinguishing one’s self in service to the Johnstown Community
  • Scott Miller, Mishael Boyer Award for helping to raise self-esteem among the youth of the Johnstown community

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

  • Meghan Heroth and Deb Ammann, Glebe Street Elementary
  • Nancy Spencer and Karen Toscano, Pleasant Avenue Elementary
  • April Buboltz and Karlene Peck, Warren Street Elementary
  • Kaye Houtz, James Novotny and Jennifer Casey, Knox Junior High
  • Sandra Johnson and Monica Poitras, Johnstown High 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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Pleasant Avenue Students Enjoy Lab Day

Pleasant Avenue Students Enjoy Lab Day

High school students in Mr. Litz’s forensic science class planned and prepared hands on science labs for the kindergarten and first grade students.

Each class participated in three labs, making ice cream, slime, and play dough. They were so excited – one student said he hoped to do science everyday!

Mrs. Gabree-Huba, Pleasant Ave. Principal, said she hoped events like this and STEM Night would instill an early love for science that students will carry with them throughout their school years and beyond.

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Winter Guard Continues in Top Rankings

Winter Guard Continues in Top Rankings

Johnstown’s varsity Winter Guard team took first place in prelims at the WGIs Eastern States Championships over the weekend  in Bethlehem Pennsylvania at Lehigh University, while finishing second overall. The team currently has the highest equipment score in the country and is now ranked fourth nationally in the Scholastic A class.

Congrats to our Winter Guard team for their continued success!

group photo of guard in costume

Front row: Michele Hamm, Alyssa Bevington, Breanna Beekman, Casey VanValkenburgh, Tatyanna Rosario, Mackenzie McSpirit, Makayla Byrum
Back row: Hannah Putman, Hannah Richardson, Sheyenne Cook, Rhiannon Smith, Lindsay Blackwell, Tyler Kretser, Mike Simone, Mallory DeFrancis, Eve Woods and Elizabeth Festa.
Head Coach: Chrissy VanValkenburgh

 

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Video: Bath Time for Our Friend Rosey!

It’s bath time for Warren Street’s new pet, Rosey the Hedgehog:

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Pleasant Students Learn About Dental Health

Pleasant Students Learn About Dental Health

Pleasant Avenue students enjoyed a dental health assembly with Stephanie Smith from Dr. Hassan’s office, who came to visit with her friend “Blue Eyes.” Stephanie shared with the students that Blue Eyes has adult teeth that he brushes twice a day, every day. Students were encouraged to brush their own teeth twice a day as well!

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Ms. Kelly’s Art Room Blog

Ms. Kelly’s Art Room Blog

Check out Ms. Kelly’s Art Room Blog to see a sampling of artwork by our Warren Street students: http://mskellysartroom.weebly.com.

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Odyssey Teams Headed to States

Odyssey Teams Headed to States

group shot of students with Region 21 Champs Banner and holding blue ribbonsIn Johnstown’s second year of competing in the Odyssey of the Mind enrichment program, three out of eight teams will be advancing to the state finals.

After a long and exciting day of competition in Canajoharie on Saturday, sixth graders on the Naselli team (who refer to themselves as the Energetic Engineers) placed first in their problem. This will be the team’s second trip to Binghamton University;  they finished fifth in the whole state last year.

students in costume with propsUsually only a region’s first place team in each problem and age group advance. Unexpectedly, there were a handful of wild card seats handed out to a few second place teams as well. This means that the sixth grade Elston team and the fourth grade Vandewalker team will also be making the trip to state finals on April 8th.

 

The fifth grade Kortz team also placed second after building a required balsa wood structure that held almost 100 pounds.

student group poses with red ribbons

another student group in costumes

All Johnstown teams did a spectacular job preparing for this competition. Their sportsmanship and effort should be commended! Special thanks goes out to the parent coaches of all the teams at Warren Street and Knox. Without their guidance and supervision, this program would not be possible.

group of students with surgical caps on

 

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