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September, 2017

Accelerated Reader 2017-18

Accelerated Reader 2017-18

Glebe Street Elementary Presents

“Camp Glebe”

cartoon of girl in tent holding books, books piled around her

Glebe will host monthly reading nights from 6 – 7 p.m. in the library.

Students can come with a family member to read, take AR tests, or show off the AR wall. Siblings are welcome!

Come to part or all of hour reading hour!

October 11
November 7
January 18
February 13
March 15
April 17
May 9*

*Finale – bring a flashlight or headlamp

Grade 2

  • Level 1 – 5 points
    • Welcome to Camp Glebe
      carabiner clip & pencil
  • Level 2 – 10 points
    • We Are Happy Campers
      “Camp Rocks” charm
  • Level 3 – 15 points
    • S’more Great Effort
      Announcements & book charm
  • Level 4 – 20 points
    • “On the Right Trail”
      hike & lantern charm
  • Level 5 – 25 points
    • Don’t Feed the Bears
      ADK Museum visit & print charm
  • Level 6 – 30 points
    • Pow Wow at the Pool
      & swim charm

Grade 3

  • Level 1 – 7 points
    • Welcome to Camp Glebe
      carabiner clip & pencil
  • Level 2 – 10 points
    • We Are Happy Campers
      “Camp Rocks” charm
  • Level 3 – 20 points
    • S’more Great Effort
      Announcements & book charm
  • Level 4 – 25 points
    • “On the Right Trail”
      hike & lantern charm
  • Level 5 – 30 points
    • Don’t Feed the Bears
      ADK Museum visit & print charm
  • Level 6 – 40 points
    • Pow Wow at the Pool
      & swim charm

Printable PDF Flyer

To make sure that a book is an Accelerated Reader book, visit arbookfind.com. AR books are available from our school library, the Johnstown Public Library, and in our classrooms.

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Drive-thru Procedure Reminders

Thank you for being patient as we work to get the large volume of cars through the pick-up line at Pleasant in the most efficient manner. Please bear in mind that, at the same time, we are trying to be good neighbors and not block folks from getting to their homes. Here are some tips for what we have found to be most effective:

  • Always use the entrance to the loop (the second opening to the loop). Please do not cut through the exit.
  • First grade parents please do not arrive before 3 p.m., as we are still getting kindergarten families through the loop. First graders are not ready to be dismissed before 3:10 p.m.
  • Once in the lot, use both lanes in order to get more cars off the street. Don’t worry, children are brought out in the order that you arrive whenever possible.
  • Never block the crosswalk.
  • After the crosswalk, we will have you back down to one lane. There will be three loading zones for us to bring your child to the car. We will no longer load in both lanes for the safety of our students and staff.
  • Remain in your car unless in the loading zone. We continuously move vehicles forward and need everyone in their car to keep things flowing.
  • Exit the loading zone as soon as safely possible. This way we can load the next vehicle and get people out in a timely fashion.
  • If you have questions please call the principal at 518-762-8610.

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Warren Street AR 2017-2018

Warren Street AR 2017-2018

See the theme for Warren Street’s Accelerated Reader Program in the slide show below:

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Enjoy these scenes from Warren’s AR Kickoff Assembly:

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JHS Peer Mentoring Program 2017-18

Dear Parents and Guardians of JHS Freshmen and Seniors:

This year JHS will be providing peer to peer mentoring for almost every freshmen, to help them during the difficult transition from junior high school to high school.

Goals

The goals of the program are for freshmen to:

  • Connect with our JHS community
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Conquer high school (successfully graduate)
Who will participate?

Seniors

Most seniors will be participating in the program as peer mentors to the freshmen. Mentoring will fulfill their community service requirements in their Government, Economics and Mentoring (G.E.M.) class (formerly Participation in Government and Economics) or Advanced Placement Politics, Leadership and Economics (A.P.P.L.E.) class.

The seniors will learn mentoring and communication skills in their social studies class. In groups, seniors will create mentoring lesson plans which they will facilitate and teach throughout the year. The seniors will then run peer mentoring sessions most Fridays during the enrichment period throughout the school year.

Those seniors who choose not to be mentors will be required to either complete 32 hours of volunteer community service work, or lead a community service project similar to the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout program or Girl Scouts Gold Award program.

Freshmen

On most Fridays, and one Thursday (October 5), freshmen will have to stay in their enrichment classroom rather than going elsewhere with a pre-signed pass. Groups of senior mentors will come to the freshmen’s enrichment classrooms to conduct the mentoring experiences.   A teacher will always be present in the classroom during these mentoring sessions.

Each week the freshmen will also be required to complete an exit ticket to document what they learned in each peer mentoring session. Attendance at the mentoring sessions and completing the exit tickets each week will be reported to freshmen’s social studies teachers. This participation will be included in students’ citizenship grades for ninth grade social studies. Absent students will have to communicate through school email with a senior mentor to ask questions and find out what they missed during the mentoring session.

What is the peer mentoring schedule?

JHS staff have been encouraged to avoid scheduling club, class, or other activities during Friday enrichment, so that the freshmen and seniors do not have conflicting responsibilities during mentoring sessions.

The initial ninth grade survey will be administered during enrichment between Wednesday, September 25, 2017 and Friday, September 29, 2017.

Mentoring sessions will then take place on Thursday, October 5, and then most Fridays through May 25, 2018.

How will the effectiveness of this peer mentoring program be evaluated?

Pre-test and post-test surveys will be conducted to determine the following:

Connect

To determine if the peer mentoring program was effective at getting freshmen to feel connected to the JHS community, students will be surveyed to determine their self-reported feeling of connectivity to the JHS school community as well as the amount of their participation in JHS community activities versus their participation in Knox community activities.

Communicate

Pre and post surveys will be conducted to evaluate freshmen’s confidence in their own communication skills.

Conquer

Pre and post surveys will be conducted that ask questions that show correlations to being at greater risk to dropping out of school. Attendance, course failure rates, and overall GPA will also be compared from eighth to ninth grade.

Questions, comments, or concerns?

Please email or talk to JHS peer mentoring coordinator Sean Russo about any and all questions, comments, or concerns that you have about this newly revised JHS peer to peer mentoring program. His email is srusso@johnstownschools.org.

Thank you in advance for your support for the JHS peer mentoring program!

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Athletes of the Week: Boys Soccer

Athletes of the Week: Boys Soccer

Congratulations to Christian Solby and Alex VanDeusen. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility. They have worked hard on the soccer field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Christian Solby and Alex VanDeusen hold certificates

Athletes of the Week for boys soccer: Christian Solby and Alex VanDeusen

See the full 2017-18 Athlete of the Week Gallery

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Volleyball Raising Money for Power of Pink

Volleyball Raising Money for Power of Pink

Our Lady Bills volleyball team is fundraising for the 2017 Power of Pink volleyball tournament hosted by Queensbury.

The team will be selling tickets for a chance to win one of four different themed baskets: Football Sunday, Teacher Survival Kit, For the Gardener, and For the Baker. Please see a team member or coach to purchase a ticket for $5. Drawing will be held on October 13 during the Lady Bills home game against Gloversville.

Side-out Foundation logoDonations will also be accepted at all home games (held at Warren Street Elementary), or can be made directly to the Sideout Foundation through the team’s online campaign page: https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/12751.

Funds raised by the Power of Pink volleyball tournament will go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research.

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Be an Accelerated Reader Superhero!

Be an Accelerated Reader Superhero!

two cartoon superheros flying with word Pow! beneath and words AR Super Readers! above
Parents and children can follow these five simple steps
to help our students become Super Readers!!!
  1. Read an Accelerated Reader (AR) book to your child at home. To make sure that a book is an Accelerated Reader book, visit arbookfind.com. AR books are available from our school library, the Johnstown Public Library, and in our classrooms
  2. After reading the book with your child, fill out an AR slip with the book title, the author, and your child’s name.
  3. Send the slip to school in your child’s folder.
  4. At school, your child will take the AR test for that book. Each test they successfully complete earns them points.
  5. Each month, your child can earn prizes based on the number of points they have earned!
The more your child reads, and the more tests they pass,
the more prizes your child will earn!

words "Reading is my SUPERPOWER" multi-colored

Super Reader Mondays will be the first Monday of the Month.
Please send your child in superhero clothing the first Monday of every month!

AR Superhero Prizes:

  • Pass your first AR test and receive a superhero sticker and a lanyard. The lanyard is kind of like a necklace. We will keep the lanyard here at school until the end of the year. That’s because when you reach each level, you will earn a little book charm to put on your lanyard. You can earn SEVEN charms if you reach the top level!
  • When you pass a few more AR tests and reach two points, you will earn a colorful book charm to add to your lanyard, and a superhero stamper that prints things like “pow,” “super,” and “bam.”
  • Reach four points and you will earn a second colorful charm for your lanyard, and a superhero bookmark to use while you read more AR books.
  • Keep passing AR tests and reach seven points and you will earn a third charm to put on your lanyard, and a cool superhero eraser.
  • Pass even more tests and reach 10 points and you will earn a fourth charm for your lanyard, and a superhero notepad to write all kinds of things in.
  • Reach 14 points and you will earn a fifth charm, and a superhero clip key chain that you can put on your book bag to show everyone what a super reader you are!
  • At 18 points you will get the sixth charm for your lanyard and, something that every superhero needs – a superhero mask!
  • Pass enough AR tests to reach our top level of 23 points and you will earn your last charm (lucky number seven!) and an awesome superhero cape! You could also get to have snacks with someone special!
If everyone works hard, reads books, takes tests and earns enough points for the
whole school, 
we will have an AR Carnival at the end of the school year!

Let’s make reading our superpower!

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Seen: Pleasant Avenue Open House Sept. 21

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Applesauce Day – Yum!

Applesauce Day – Yum!

Students in Mr. Valovic’s class at Glebe Street are working on their measuring skills by cooking on Fridays, mixing up tasty treats. Some of the recipes they’ve tested out so far include snack mix, apple pie in a cup, and this applesauce – yum!

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Athletes of the Week: Cross Country

Athletes of the Week: Cross Country

Congratulations to Julia Sarullo, Kathryn Romano, Christian Germany and Justin Ferrara. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility. They have worked hard on the cross country trail as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Julia Sarullo and Kathryn Romano holding certificates while standing in library

Athletes of the Week for Cross Country: Julia Sarullo and Kathryn Romano

Christina Germany and Justin Ferrara pose in front of wall with certificates

Athletes of the Week for Boys Cross Country: Christian Germany and Justin Ferrara

Visit the 2017-18 Athletes of the Week Gallery

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