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January, 2018

Warren Street News February 2018

Warren Street News February 2018

PDF copy of the February 2018 Warren Newsletter can be printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

Mark Your Calendars…


February 2—Report Cards Distributed
February 2-3—FCMEA All County Festival @ Gloversville Middle School
February 6—JEPTA Meeting 4:00pm @ Warren St.
February 8—Board of Ed. Mtg. 6:30 pm @ JHS
February 15—BINGO Night 6:00 pm @ Glebe St.
February 16—Staff Development Day, 11:45 DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS!
February 19-23— Winter Break-NO SCHOOL!


March 6—JEPTA Meeting 6 pm @ Pleasant Ave.
March 6&8—Odyssey of the Mind Dress Rehearsal, 5:00-7:00 pm @ Knox Jr. High
March 7—All City Concert 7 pm @ JHS PAC
March 8—Board of Ed. Mtg. 6:30 pm @ JHS
March 9-10—NYSSMA Solo Festival @ Saratoga Middle School
March 10—Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition @ Fonda Fultonville School
March 11—Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 14—Superintendent’s Conference Day No  School  for Students
March 22—Board of Ed. Mtg. 6:30 pm @ JHS
March 27—Talent Show Tryouts After School
March 30-April 5—Spring Break!  NO SCHOOL!

Pre-K and Kindergarten 2018-2019

Forms for the GJSD annual pre-k round up and kindergarten recruitment for the next school year will be sent home in our students’ report cards on Friday, February 2. If you know of someone eligible, please pass the appropriate form along to them and have it sent back to school as soon as possible.

Please, please, please!

If your address or phone number changes, please be sure to let the school office know. It is  imperative  that we have students’ current  contact information on file in case of an illness or emergency.

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…

When a student is absent, tardy, or must leave school early, parents are required to provide a WRITTEN excuse that is signed by the parent or guardian.  This is a NY State Education Law and excuses may be used in court if a situation warrants.

Therefore, please send an excuse with your child on the day he/she returns after an absence, the morn- ing of a tardiness, or an early dismissal.  Please make every effort to have your children in school daily and in class on time.  If your child is late, you must bring the student into the office & sign him/her in with the reason they are late.

Students of the Month – January

group photo of students in lobby holding certificates

Students of the Month for the month of January are shown above. These students were nominated for representing the Strive for Five character trait of Self-Control. Congratulations!

We’re Moving Full STEAM Ahead!

Save the date! Join us April 26, and see the students’ amazing projects showcasing the connection between science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind Raccoon Logo

Odyssey of the Mind is in full swing in Johnstown!  Teams of 5-7 students have been working since November to create 8-minute skits for competition on Saturday, March 10. Johnstown will have 14 teams at the competition at Fonda-Fultonville Central School, seven of those teams are from Warren Street! The competition is open to the public, free to attend, and runs from 9 am—4 pm.  Come check out the program and see what fun it is!

Accelerated Reading Olympic Games

Kid in doorway with paper flag for England; kids in gym with flags, kids with another flag

By: A. Walters, A. Ackert, K. DeRonda, L. Getwright, A. Jaquish

The Warren Street Accelerated Reading theme is great this year!  The theme is the Olympics. Each class has a different country, which they have been studying.  Every month, we have an as- sembly in the gym to recognize the top readers from each country and grade.  The top grades compete in an Olympic game in the gym! It is fun to watch the students race as fast as they can and have fun!

Also, students can win a prize each month for filling out a Gold Medal Reading Form. You can complete yours any time! Just write your opinion about the book you read and give it a one to five-ring (five rings being the best!) rating. Then, you can turn it in to the library and Miss Cordts will post it on our Accelerated Reading bulletin board.

This past month was a particularly exciting Olympic game.  The classes walked down to the gym in a parade while their country was called over the loudspeaker. The Olympic theme song played in the background.  All three grades had relay races that were really close! Great job to all students; you all were fantastic and did a great job!

Indoor Walking Program

Warren Street Elementary School will be open for community walking from 6 – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday evenings, excluding holidays and vacation days. This program will run January 2 – March 29, 2018.


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Student Council Spring Fundraiser

Student Council Spring Fundraiser

poster of "J" with thank you for supporting student council and the Back Pack programThe JHS Student Council is turning its spring fundraising efforts towards supporting the local Johnstown community and is excited to extend an invitation to the entire district to participate.

Pictured to the right you will see a copy of a “Johnstown J,” printed courtesy of The Leader Herald. The club will be selling these during Enrichment at Johnstown High School and during the March 1 District Volleyball Tournament. For a $1 donation, your name will be written on a J and displayed in the main JHS hallway for all to see!

Every dollar donated will be allocated towards needs in the local Johnstown Community (extra donations are always accepted). For the first year of the fundraiser, the Student Council officers have decided to donate the funds raised to the District Back Pack Program!

If anyone would like to donate, please do not hesitate to reach out to either Adam Cox or Heather McGuire.

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JHS/Knox Collaboration a Hit with Students

JHS/Knox Collaboration a Hit with Students

Nine Advanced Placement students from Johnstown High School visited Knox Junior High to teach seventh graders various English Language Arts techniques (in their own unique ways) using social studies materials. In a show of District unity, one senior AP student even wore his eighth grade Knox PTA-sponsored end-of-the year shirt! Thanks to the collaborative efforts between JHS and Knox, it was another great day for the students!


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Athletes of the Week – Boys Basketball

Athletes of the Week – Boys Basketball

Congratulations to Trevor Porter and Adam Wilson. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the court as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Trevor Porter & Adam Wilson

Athletes of the Week for Boys Basketball – Trevor Porter and Adam Wilson

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Athletes of the Week – Cheer Team

Athletes of the Week – Cheer Team

Congratulations to Molly Hotaling and Morgan Hotaling. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the court as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.


Molly Hotaling & Morgan Hotaling

Athletes of the Week for Cheer Team – Molly Hotaling and Morgan Hotaling

See the full 2017-18 Athlete of the Week Gallery

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Learning All About Lacrosse

Learning All About Lacrosse

Eighteen first graders have been taking part in an after-school lacrosse program offered for Pleasant Avenue students. As part of this enrichment program, the boys and girls are practicing basic stick skills and learning elements of the game.

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Pleasant Students Enjoy Special STEM Night

Pleasant Students Enjoy Special STEM Night

On January 25, 140 Pleasant Avenue students turned out to participate in STEM Night, a special event designed to encourage Johnstown’s youngest students to discover their love for science, technology, engineering, and math.

Students were asked to pre-register and to pick five break-out sessions they were interested in attending, including arithmetic archery, dry ice, robotic challenges, snow and ice cream, melting snowmen, marshmallow building, electricity, hot air balloons, PBS kids gaming mash up, STEAM art, slingshot rockets, puffy paint, oobleck, and slime.

Judging by the huge turn out, our students are all about tackling STEM!

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Lacrosse Enrichment at Glebe

Lacrosse Enrichment at Glebe

In a program designed for students who have never played lacrosse before, second and third grade girls and boys have been learning basic stick skills and the general rules of the sport. This opportunity is part of an after-school enrichment program offered at Glebe during January and led by volunteers Mrs. Connelie, Mrs. Benton and Miss Collins.

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A Visit with “The Adirondack Kids” Authors

A Visit with “The Adirondack Kids” Authors

Justin, Gary and Carol VanRiper, authors and illustrator of the 17-book series “The Adirondack Kids,” visited Glebe today to share their writing and publishing experiences. Their books document Justin’s Adirondack adventures with family and friends.

In the afternoon the authors  spent time with third grade writers, talking about character development and captivating their audience on the first page. Students were enthusiastic about going back to their classrooms for free write time!

We are readers, we are writers and we will try! #CampGlebe

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Knox News Mid-January 2018

Knox News Mid-January 2018

The Mid-January 2018 Knox News in PDF format is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

Student Council Service Project

group photo of student council at a table

Knox Student Council members packed small craft bags for the children at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. They prepared 100 bags (both seasonal and non-seasonal) by purchasing the crayons, selecting images, duplicating and then cutting them to fit the bags they packed.

Important Dates to Remember

Jan. 24-Knox PTSA Mtg. Library 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 26-Superintendent’s Conference Day-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Feb. 1-HFM PTECH Open House at Jansen Avenue 5:30 p.m. or 7:0 p.m.

Feb. 2-Second Quarter Report Cards Distributed

Feb. 6-HFM Agriculture PTECH Open House in St. Johnsville 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 13-Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctors Theatre 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 15-Knox PTSA Mtg. Library 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 16-Half Day for Students-Knox Dismissal at 11:00 a.m.

Feb. 19-23 Winter Break-NO SCHOOL

Knox Spelling Bee 2018

Congratulations to seventh grader Ethan Blood. Ethan recently won the Knox Spelling Bee and will  represent Knox  at the Capital Region Spelling Bee. The 36th Annual Capital Region Spelling Bee will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady at 10:30 a.m. All participants are in grades from 4-8. The champion of the Capital Region Spelling Bee will win an all-expenses–paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June 2018. The format of the Spelling Bee will include written spelling and vocabulary testing, in addition to oral spelling. In the event that Ethan is unable to attend the Spelling Bee, alternate Natalie Flint will represent Knox Jr. High School. We wish Ethan the best of luck!

Wheelchair Totes

Students in Mrs. Rusnica’s life studies classes recently made wheelchair totes. The pupils generously donated all of the totes to the residents at the Wells House Nursing Home.


Congratulations Student of the Week Winners

  • Emily Blood, 1/5/18, Nominated by Mr. Novotny
  • Zoey Bailey, 1/12/18, Nominated by Mrs. Olsen
  • Dylan Barter, 1/19/18, Nominated by Mrs. Wallace

Make It Monday

Stop by and try something new!

Make It Monday is an enrichment club that is open to all Knox students.  No need to sign up to attend; come to one session or come to them all!

Location: Mrs. Rusnica’s- Room 113
Time: 2:15-3:00

January 27:
Fighting Dry Winter Skin!
Make some soothing Lip Balm

crushed bottles and cansRecycle

Please recycle your cans and bottles at C&M for Knox. All donations will benefit our students!
Thank you!


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