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March, 2018

Can you help? Pleasant Transportation Day

Pleasant Avenue will be having a transportation day on Friday, June 1st. We are seeking volunteers to show their personal or job related vehicles for students to view. Types of vehicles would include stock cars, boats, RV’s, or just about anything!

The time to showcase vehicles will be from 9:30AM-2:30PM. To express our gratitude, our volunteers will receive a lunch break with lunch provided to them.

If you are willing, or know of someone who would be willing to volunteer, please fill out this form and return it to your child’s teacher by April 11th. We are also seeking donations of non-motorized ride-on toys for the students to play on that day.

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March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

Our collection of General Mills Box Tops for Education (found on most General Mills cereals and other products) continues. Each box top earns our school 10 cents and enables us to purchase new equipment for our school. Your support is most appreciated, so keep those box tops coming!

Congratulations to our March Box Top Winners:
M. Kortz, J. Decker, H. LoDestro, M. Friers, H. Peck and A. Murphy​

students lined up along wall

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JHS Seniors are Registering to Vote!

This week Johnstown High School seniors have been learning about voting and registering to vote as part of Government, Economics and Mentoring (G.E.M.) and Advanced Placement Politics Leadership and Economics (A.P.P.L.E.) classes. Already over 60 students have registered to vote!

Residents who wish to participate in the Johnstown School District’s May 15, 2018 budget vote and Board of Education elections, or the June 5, 2018 public library vote, must be registered to vote. You can check the status of your school voter registration here:

If you need to register, or if you need to make changes to your name or address, NYS Voter Registration Forms are available on the NYS Board of Elections site. Be sure to mail or hand deliver the completed form to your County Board of Elections Office at least 25 days before the election you want to vote in. The county will notify you when your registration is complete.

Residents may also register to vote in Johnstown school and library elections (but not federal or state elections) by coming to the school district’s Voter Registration Day between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, 2018 and May 22, 2018 in the high school auditorium lobby. Photo ID and proof of residence are required.

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National History Day Competition

National History Day Competition

Group photo of the entire Global History and Geography 9 Honors class

Global History and Geography 9 Honors Class

On Saturday, March 24th, 25 students from the Global History and Geography 9 Honors class participated in the Capital Region competition of National History Day. Our students submitted a total of 14 entries as exhibits, websites, papers, and documentaries. Below are pictures of the student winners, as well as a group picture at the New York State Museum in Albany where the competition was held. In total, Johnstown had five entries win medals:

  • Cameron Polidore won third place for his historic paper
  • Colleen Long won third place for her individual documentary
  • Sydney Swedick, Grace Giarrizzo, and Aiden Greene won third place for their group exhibit
  • Kyle Salamack, Regan May, and Kenneth Boger won first place for their group website
  • Nicholas Hadcock and Thomas Truckenmiller won first place for their group documentary

The final two groups listed above will be moving on to compete in the New York State competition at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown in late April.

Congratulations on a job well done in representing Johnstown!

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Odyssey Teams Advancing to States

Odyssey Teams Advancing to States

group photo Warren Street Odyssey Teams 2018Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program enjoyed another successful season in its third year with the program.

Fourteen Johnstown teams competed at the Regional competition on March 10th and five of them are advancing to the State competition at Binghamton University on April 7th.

Johnstown had the largest number of students participating in Regionals of any school in our area. Mrs. Meashaw & Mrs. Sweeney, district coordinators, report that they were very proud to see the students represent with enthusiasm and great team spirit.

Glebe Street School had three teams trying the Odyssey program for the first time. Teams from Warren Street School totaled seven this year, while Knox had four teams participating.  All students should be commended for their dedication, creativity, and teamwork.  A huge thank you to all of the volunteer coaches and parents that make this program possible!

Odyssey of the Mind teams and their families are invited to an end of season celebration on Monday, March 26 at the Warren Street Cafeteria (6:30-7:30pm).  Students and coaches will be recognized, dessert will be served, and a photo slideshow will be shared.

Competition will be stiff at the State level competition at Binghamton University on April 7th, where teams that placed at the top of their Region will meet.  Please wish the five Johnstown teams pictured below the best of luck as they prepare for this statewide event!

6th Grade Structure Team @ Warren Street, Coached by Mr. Chad Kortz Due to a scoring error, this team was recognized for 2nd place at the awards program but wound up winning 1st in their problem and division!

Warren Sixth Grade Structure Team, coached by Chad Kortz. Due to a scoring error, this team was recognized for second place at the awards program, but wound up winning first in their problem and division!

5th Grade Emoji Team @ Warren Street, Coached by Ms. Christina Laird & Ms. Corena Rising

Warren Street Fifth Grade Emoji Team, coached by Christina Laird & Corena Rising.

4th & 5th Grade Structure Team @ Warren, Coached by Mr. Rodney Rathbun & Mr. Josh Nellis

Warren Fourth & Fifth Grade Structure Team, coached by Rodney Rathbun & Josh Nellis

7th Grade Vehicle Team @ Knox, Coached by Mr. Joe Naselli & Mr. Chris Hutchison

Knox Seventh Grade Vehicle Team, coached by Joe Naselli & Chris Hutchison

7th Grade Emoji Team @ Knox, Coached by Mr. Josh Elston

Knox Seventh Grade Emoji Team, coached by Josh Elston

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Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

winners with basketballsJohnstown’s annual Elementary Foul-Shooting Contest took place on Saturday, March 24, at Warren Street.

As part of the physical education classes at Warren and Glebe, students participated in a basketball unit that focused on the fundamentals, along with participating in a foul-shooting contest with their classmates. The first and second place finishers from each class contest were then invited to compete in the district-wide contest.

We had 62 total students competing in our district-wide contest this year, with the winners making anywhere between three and eight out of 10 foul shots. We look forward to seeing them as future Sir Bills and Lady Bills basketball players!

This year’s winners are:

  • Third Grade: Kayden Hall and Maddy Ponte
  • Fourth Grade: Gavyn Hall and Emma Butler
  • Fifth Grade: Landon Fiore and Gianna Pica
  • Sixth Grade: Matt Wheelis and Jaelyn Christman

We would like to thank Mrs. Tarbox for her help during this year’s contest, and also the following JHS basketball players and student-athletes: Adam Wilson, Matt Boyle, Victor Orsell, Anna Lee, Abby VandeWalker, Austin Fullington, Jesse Van Nostrand and Joey Matthews.

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Olympic Village Literacy Night

Olympic Village Literacy Night

On the evening of March 18th, 297 visitors came to Warren Street and enjoyed a journey through our Olympic Village! Young travelers received passports that were “stamped” as they traversed displays researched and created by students. The displays highlighted the different countries that match our Accelerated Reader theme. There was also music playing and several food samplings available from different cultures.


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Ice Cream, Slime and Play Doh, Oh My!

Ice Cream, Slime and Play Doh, Oh My!

Today several students from Mr. Litz’s AP class at Johnstown High School came to Pleasant Avenue to help kindergarten and first grade students complete three different labs. The students made ice cream, slime, and play dough.

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Knox News Mid-March 2018

Knox News Mid-March 2018

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

Congratulations to the Knox Energetic Engineers & Robotic Renegades!

Odyssey of the Mind group posing with Region 21 Champions bannerOn March 10, 2018, the Energetic Engineers won the Division II Odyssey of the Mind Competition. The name of their problem was Triathlon Travels. Congratulations to Garrett Bobowski,  Maddy Connelie, Alex Demagistris, Dj Long, Tyler Hutchison, Trey Nasseli, and Molly Sweeney.

The second place winners were the Robotic Renegades. The name of their problem was Emoji Speaks for Yourself. Second place winners included team members Emily Bood, Ethan Blood, Jayden Elston, Keegan Elston, and Autumn Kurtz.

On April 7, 2018, both teams will be competing for the state title at University of Binghamton.  Good Luck!

Upcoming Events:

  • March 20-First Day of Spring!
  • March 23-PTSA Dance 7-9pm
  • March 28-PTSA Founder’s Day Dinner 5:30pm at Harold’s Restaurant
  • March 29-3rd Quarter Marking  Period Ends
  • March 30-Good Friday Observed NO SCHOOL
  • March 30-April 6-Spring Break –NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • April 13-3rd Quarter Report Cards Distributed
  • April 19-Knox PTSA Mtg. Library 6:30pm

Founder’s Day Dinner March 28, 2018 Harold’s Restaurant

Sign up and purchase your tickets for $25 in the main office)

Congratulations to our Knox winners: Becky Wager & Laurie Harris

Congratulations to our “Student of the Week” Winners!

3/2/18 Lilia White nominated by Mrs. Brower

3/9/18 Natalie Palmer nominated by Mrs. Stock

3/16/18 Madelyn Connelie nominated by Mr. Satterlee

Have YOU Considered Serving on the Board of Education?

On May 15, 2018, voters in the Greater Johnstown School District will have the opportunity to elect three individuals to serve three-year terms on the district’s nine-member Board of Education. We need good people to step forward to help shape the future!

In order to serve as a board member, an individual must be at least 18 years old, a qualified voter in the school district, able to read and write, and must reside in the school district for one year before the election. Board members cannot be employees of the school. There can only be one board member in a household.

In order to appear on the ballot, candidates must file a nominating petition with the District Clerk, signed by 100 qualified district voters. You do not need to be affiliated with a political party. Nominating Petitions are available in the District Business Office and on the school website: Completed petitions must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m.on April 25, 2018.

If you would like more information, please call the District Clerk at518-762-4611 ext. 3119.

March is… “Music in Our School Month”

Knox Winds performing at Board meetingEvery year the month of March is dedicated as “Music In Our Schools Month.” During this time, music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. It began as a statewide celebration in 1973 and has grown to encompass a day, a week, and in 1985 it became an entire month. The Greater Johnstown School District Music Department held several events to observe Music In Our Schools Month.

Knox band students Madison King, Hailey Preston, Cecelia D’Amore and Petra Conyne, along with Mrs. Casey performed a wind quintet for the BOE meeting on March 8th. This was part of a presentation to highlight Music In Our Schools Month.

Y-Knox student members hard at work!

District-wide Volleyball Tournament

Knox Staff recently played in the JHS Student Council 5th Annual Volleyball Tournament. Approximately  $100.00 was collected to go towards the district’s backpack program. Thank you to all of the staff that participated in this fun filled event.


Math-A-Palooza was celebrated on the districts official day of Pi. Knox students were engaged in cooperative critical thinking challenges. Activities included newspaper building, making paper airplanes, solving a deserted at sea question, creating a popsicle catapult, and learning about uranium.

Congratulations to Cecelia D’Amore

Congratulations to Knox Junior High School student and bassoon player Cecelia D’Amore! Cecelia performed with the New York State Band Directors Association’s Middle School Honor Band on Saturday, March 3rd in Liverpool, NY. Cecelia, along with 105 other students from across the state worked with guest conductor Dr. Milt Allen. The band performed four pieces including the world premier of a commissioned work titled “Exhale” by Sean O’Loughlin. Selection for this prestigious ensemble included an application process and scores from the New York State School Music Association’s solo festival.




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JHS Musical March 23, 24 & 25

JHS Musical March 23, 24 & 25

cast and crew pose on stage for group shot

There’s comedy this weekend. Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 Broadway smash “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” plays at Johnstown High School this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sondheim’s score – filled with exquisite ballads (“Love, I Hear”), cunning commentaries (“Everybody Ought to Have a Maid”), and a perfect opening number (“Comedy Tonight”) is balance by its vaudeville style and witty buffoonery.

The plot is as old as the seven hills of Rome: Scheming slave Pseudolus wants his freedom in return for uniting his master’s son, Hero, with his true love, Philia. However, this being a farce, there are a lot of complications, including a house of ill repute, a Roman soldier who has been promised Philia as his bride, Hero’s parents (who won’t stay out of town as expected), a next-door neighbor (who also won’t stay out of town as expected), and Hysterium, a slave who attempts to solve all of these problems, only ending up at the center of chaos.

Hunter Hill plays the wily Pseudolus, the mischievous trickster who will stop at nothing to make his dream of freedom a reality in “Free.”  With his dynamic voice and wacky antics, Hill leads this strong cast in a series of farcical schemes and comic exploits.

four characters hold fingers to lips in "shushing" motionThe secondary characters delight and amaze. Jeff Salatel brings to life the befuddled Senex with aplomb in “Impossible,” juxtaposed with Katie Ammann as his shrewish wife Domina, who delights with “That Dirty Old Man.” Cameron Polidore and Rachel Lee as the young lovers Hero and Philia, are splendid in “Lovely.” Polidore exudes naivety with a quirky enthusiasm, while Lee delivers a plucky, but absent-minded portrayal. Jacob Frenyea dons a proper “pillar of virtue” persona as Hysterium, the head house slave. His worrisome tendencies are exposed in the hysterical “I’m Calm.”

And the show allows a bunch of scene-stealing supporting players to get time in the spotlight, including Zack Hayes as the gullible and senile neighbor Erronius, Conner Edel as the self-indulgent swaggering captain Miles Gloriosus, Jordyn Stoutner as Marcus Lycus, the greedy, yet cowardly courtesan merchant, and Julia Airey, Anna Crouse and Alex Shepherd as the ever useful Proteans.

The ensemble consists of the alluring courtesans: Emily Barker, Madison Collins, Gina Franko, Emily Long, Hannah Kosiba and Bella Collar, with Anastasija Morse and Isabella Dittmer as Eunuchs.

four students in costume, three are holding up one pretending to faintThe production is directed by Michael S Burnett; music direction – Cynthia Fiorenza; choreography – Wood and Emily Barker; costume coordinator – Darlene D’Onofrio; costume designer – Diane Dillenbeck; costume assistant – Pam Baran; tickets- Linda Panthen; and set design and technical director – Burnett.

Stage Crew members are: Maddie Willett (Sound), Cece Radalin (Stage Manager), Emily Wheelis (Lighting), Jillian Martelle and Grace Osborne (Follow spots), Katie Diener (Curtain), Alexx Fountain and Emily Dingman (Stage Assistants).

Band members include: Alison Wallace – piano, Lillian Nevins – flute, August D’Amore – percussion, Morgan Hotaling – trumpet, Emily Gelman – tenor sax, Cece D’Amore – trombone, Ava Trimarchi – clarinet, Michael Bevington – bass.

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

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