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(i.e., stranger-danger tips, health and safety information,
etc.) is posted to the district homepage of the GJSD Web
site. When checking your individual school’s page,
please remember to check the district homepage, as well.
History & Geography 10 Regents Review
Regents review sessions for Global History and Geography
10 will take place as follows (all sessions start at
May 29 - Room A118
June 3 - Room A117
June 5 - Room D110
Class of 2013 Top 10 Students Announced
Congratulations to the JHS Class of 2013 top ten
seniors: Elizabeth VanDenburgh, Helaina Stergas, Hannah
Palsgraf, Alexander Hollister, Courtney Cirillo, Krysti
Smaldone, Alyssa Henry, Aubrey Stegel, Cassandra Swart,
and Quincey Brabant.
Read more about their accomplishments and future
County Athlete of the Year Awards June 5
following students will be representing JHS at the
Fulton & Montgomery County Athlete of the Year awards
ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at the Holiday
Inn in Johnstown: Courtney Cirillo, Emma Heroth,
Alexis Swatt, Eric Brower, Jeremy Mowrey and Joe Nellis.
Information Session, Thursday Evening, May 9
Integrated Half-Day Course to be Introduced for
Johnstown High School will host a parent information
session for "The Learning Project" at 6 p.m., on Thursday,
May 9, in the high school lecture hall. The Learning Project
is an integrated half-day course being offered to seniors
during the 2013-14 school year.
Students in The Learning Project will earn credit for English, math,
science, Participation in Government and economics in
a collaborative, project-based setting.
Real-world learning will be prioritized with rich field trip
experiences and with technology. College credit for The
Learning Project is being explored.
Additional information can be found in
The Learning Project brochure. Please join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9,
in the high school lecture hall to learn more!
Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to JHS seniors Alyssa Henry and
Elizabeth VanDenburgh, who were two of the six finalists
awarded $1,000 academic scholarships by the Regional
Chamber of Commerce. The presentations were made as part
of the Chamber's Student Recognition Breakfast, held at
the Perthshire in Amsterdam on May 1. The event honors
exceptional young people who have excelled in their
studies. In total, the Chamber received 81 applications
from Fulton and Montgomery county schools.
Signs Letter of Intent with Division 1 St. Bonaventure
Senior Meghan Bartlett met with representatives of St.
Bonaventure University on Wednesday, May 1, signing a
national letter of intent to compete as a member of the
Bonnies women's swimming and diving team. Located in
Allegany, NY, St. Bonaventure's athletic teams compete
in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic 10 Conference. Bartlett
was consistently ranked as a top diver in Section II
while competing for the Fonda-Johnstown team over the
past four years, and achieved a sixth place finish in
the 1-meter diving competition during the New York State
Public High School Athletic Association swimming and
diving championships at Ithaca College in November 2012.
In total she earned four trips to the state
championships, with previous finishes of 15th in 2011,
sixth in 2010, and 16th in 2009.
Winter Guard Places in World Finals; Are MYCGC Undefeated
Congratulations to Johnstown's 2013 Varsity Winter Guard members!
The team attended the 2013 WGI World Championships in
Dayton, Ohio, competing against 111 attending schools and
advancing to the WGI finals round, where only the top 15
high schools in the world are allowed to compete.
Our Amethyst Gold varsity team finished 12th as WGI
World Championship Finalists! Prior to attending the WGI
Worlds, the varsity guard enjoyed an undefeated season in
the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit, and, on April 7, earned
the MYCGC Championship title in the SA-1 Division for the
second year in a row! [Read
More about their season/see photos]
Raises Funds for JDRF, Appreciates Community Support
Saturday, April 20, JHS boys lacrosse offered an exciting
day of lacrosse games, ending with the boys varsity team
playing the Amsterdam Rams. A special thank you to Tom
Cristiano of Alonzo’s Fireworks, together with his family,
who donated their time to help provide an amazing display of
fireworks during halftime. Thank you also to the sponsors
for the fireworks: Frontier, Euphrates, Walmart Distribution
Center, Taylor Made, and Stewarts. The team has been raising
funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and,
during this special event, were able to collect over $700 in
donations. Added to amounts previously collected, they have
been able to raise $2,600 for JDRF. Many thanks to all of
the individuals who have contributed. The team would also
like to thank DJ Chrome for providing a music cd for the
halftime show, and thank the following businesses for making
generous donations: A&E Sportswear, Benjamin Moore, Brown’s
Ford of Johnstown, Casale Law Firm, PLLC., Carols
Abstracting Services, East Coast Communications, Eaton's
Trucking Service, Inc., Fage Dairy, Heidi A. Gifford, Esq.,
JAVAC, Kinowski Agency, Locally owned Dominos Pizza of
Gloversville and Amsterdam, O’Connors Pub, Palmer’s
Pharmacy, Partner’s Pub, Quick Response Restoration, Walmart.
Green Fiber Community Recycling at JHS
The Class of 2015 is participating in the Green Fiber
Community Recycling program. A bin is located at the high
school and all community members may place paper items such
as newspapers, cereal boxes, etc. in the bin for collection.
Please refer to this
list of acceptable bin items.
on February 25, 2013, the front doors at JHS will be locked
and people will need to be buzzed-in.
Your 2012-13 JHS Baronet Yearbook Online
ordering is now available for 2012-2013 yearbooks. To place
an order, or to price out JHS Baronet Yearbook options,
click on the icon to the right.
Panel Night - March 27
On Wednesday, March 27, our YEA! ("Young Entrepreneurs
Academy") will host its big Investor Panel event in the
Johnstown High School lecture hall. The evening will start
with a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. and then, at 6:30 p.m., our
students will present their business and financial plans to
a panel of local investors. One lucky student business will
also be nominated to the YEA! Regional panel in Rochester
for the opportunity to compete for a scholarship. This event
is one of the highlights of the program and we hope to see
JHS Musical "9- 5" on Stage March 21 - 23
classic 1980's movie "9-5" has been adapted for the stage
and will be presented in the Johnstown High School
Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, and Friday,
March 22, together with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March
23. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Click to see photos and read about our cast and crew.
Football Players Score Third Place Finish in Scotia
Johnstown High School placed third overall
the fourth annual Scotia Combine held during the second
weekend of March, 2013. While all of Johnstown's
in-season athletic teams participate in the "Bigger,
Faster, Stronger" program and are committed to strength
training two days per week, some of the teams have
committed to more. Pictured are Johnstown athletes who
are part of the school's football team and who have been
putting in time during the off-season to help themselves
and the program improve. Congratulation to these young
men for working hard and making the combine and good
luck in the up-coming season!
See Individual Results
Family Portrait Night, March 21
The JHS class of
2015 will be hosting a Family Portrait Night at Johnstown
High School on Thursday, March 21. For a sitting fee
donation of $10, families will receive an 8x10 color
portrait. Other packages will also be available. Please
instructions to schedule a portrait time,
or for more information, call Carm at 762-8610
between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
this list of Johnstown's
Spring Sports Starting Dates
to find out when varsity, jv and modified practices
Team Competes in Sectionals
Marshall Headed to States
Congratulations to the Johnstown Bowling Team on a fine
performance in the Class B Bowling Sectionals, finishing in
11th place out of 20 teams.
Jimmy Marshall earned the Class B second high series
with a 727 and received a maroon Section 2 patch. He also
earned a spot on the Section 2 state team with a high for
six games of 1412. Jim received a white Section 2 patch for
earning a spot on the state team. He was the second high for
six games, just below a bowler from Guilderland, in which he
bowled a 1420 for six games. The State Bowling Tournament
will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Syracuse.
Section II Division II Wrestling Title
Will Compete in State Tournament
Congratulations to JHS senior Joe Nellis, winner of the
Section II Division II wrestling championship held at
Queensbury High School on February 10, 2013. Joe secured the
title in the 220-pound division with a pin of his opponent
in the first period of the finals. He will next compete in
the state championships at the Times Union Center in Albany,
February 22 & 23, 2013.
and Brower Receive Physical Education Leadership Award
students Emma Heroth and Eric Brower were recognized
during a luncheon held at the Century House Restaurant
in Latham on February 20, 2013 as Johnstown’s recipients
of the Physical Education Leadership Award. [See
Dresses Sought for Prom Fashion
The Fashion Show
Committee is looking for slightly used gowns that can be
modeled at the 14th annual Prom Fashion Show set for 7 p.m.
on February 27 in the JHS Lecture Hall. The gowns need to be in great
shape and can be dropped off at the high school's small
cafeteria between 2:30 and 6 p.m. on February 6. Please
attach a note to the dress with the following information:
If not selling
or donating the dress, you will be able to take it home
after the fashion show - or the committee will call you to
make arrangements to pick it up.
Guard Fit Challenge
Thursday and Friday, January 3 & 4, students in
JHS physical education classes were joined by
representatives from the Army National Guard's
Challenge program. Liaison Tony DeSena and an associate
worked with phys ed teachers instructing students on
Project Adventure games. The classes worked on team
building, communication, team work, leadership roles and
listening skills. Johnstown High School would like to
thank the National Guard for their support.
Click here to see pictures.
Technology Class Studies Rube Goldberg
Mr. Savoie’s Cadd 1 class recently spent time learning
about Rube Goldberg and what makes his projects so
interesting. If you haven’t heard of Rube Goldberg, he
was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and
author, as well as an engineer. He is best known for his
drawings of inventions, using pulleys, levers, string,
gears, mousetraps and many more everyday common objects,
using them to get from point A to point B.
see what the students’ projects entailed, follow this
link to watch the videos.
Rolls a Perfect Game
bowler Morgan Ruggeri recorded a perfect game while
representing Johnstown in a Foothills match against
Queensbury on December 12, rolling a strike in every
frame. She continued her strike streak into the next
game, rolling six more strikes in a row, for a stunning
18 straight strikes!
After finishing the first game with a perfect 300,
Morgan posted a 245 in the second and a 234 in the
third, for a 779 series. Teammate Jim Marshall earned a
267 high, 671 total, with Johnstown beating Queensbury
by a pin total of 3679 – 3333. Great job!
Ski Team Video
the link to see a video clip of the the
Alpine Ski Team demonstrating part of a BFS Workout.
Stock to take part in Volleyball Showcase
sophomore Annie Stock will attend the American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Phenom
College Preparatory Program in Louisville, Kentucky,
December 13-16, 2012.
As part of the weekend event, she will join volleyball
players in grades 9-11 from across the nation in the
NCSA/AVCA Talent Showcase, attended by college coaches
from all over the country.
In addition to Annie's abilities on the court, she is
also a high honor-roll student and scholar athlete,
attaining an overall GPA of 91.6 last school year. She
is a true role model and shows an incredible amount of
talent and character on and off the volleyball court.
National Field Hockey Festival
student and Lady Bills field hockey player Ashley Dona
recently returned from the 2012 National Field Hockey
Festival held in West Palm Beach, Florida. Taking place
from Nov. 22-25, 2012, the event hosted over 3,500
athletes from more than 200 teams in the United States,
Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Ashley participated as
a member of Club Team ADK, which won five games and tied
one, taking home first place (gold) in their pool. She
had seven goals and five assist in six games.
NYSSMA Conference All State Selections
The GJSD Music Department is proud to announce the
selection of Kevin Ammann to the New York State School
Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State Mixed
Chorus, and the selection of Helaina Stergas as an
Perform at Area All State Festival
JHS students were participants in the November 16 & 17
NYSSMA Area All State Festival in Saratoga Springs. They
were selected based on their outstanding performance at
last Spring's NYSSMA Solo Festival in Schenectady.
Pictured L-R: Travis Munson-chorus, Alyssa Pertell-chorus,
Zach Linart-chorus, Kevin Ammann-chorus, Jared
Smith-chorus, Serena Smith-orchestra, Helaina Stergas-chorus,
and Elizabeth VanDenburgh-band.
at the State Finals
Pictured: Meghan Bartlett and Erica Askew at the NYSPHSAA
Swimming & Diving Championships at Ithaca College on
Nov. 16 & 17. Meghan finished sixth in the state in
the 1-meter dive and Erica finished 17th in the state
B finals in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Johnstown Varsity Volleyball
2012 Section II Class B Champions
Lady Bills finished the regular season 16-3, then
defeated Section VII Beekmantown and Section X Massena
in Regionals, moving on to the NYSPHAA
Championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov.
17 as one
of the top four Class B teams in the state.
Student-Athletes of the Week for 2012-2013
Each week during
the fall, winter and spring sports seasons, the Athletic
Department will recognize two varsity players as
"Student-Athletes of the Week" based on
their play, character, motivation and teamwork for a
Click here to see who has received this recognition so
far for 2012-2013.
Diving Into First Place
Photo: Meghan Bartlett competing at the NYS Qualifying
11-Dive Meet at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs,
September 2012. Bartlett took first place against 22
other divers and qualified to attend the NYS Meet in
Toys for Tots Drive Nov. 8 - Dec. 14
The JHS Student Council is sponsoring a Toys for Tots
drive November 8 - December 14. Please donate only new,
unwrapped toys. Donation boxes are located in all social
studies classrooms and in Room 216. All donations are
welcome, however gifts aimed at 10 - 14 year olds are
Help Johnstown Win A $50,000 Grant By Voting in the
Clorox Power A Bright Future Contest
Earlier this year the Greater Johnstown School District
was nominated for a Power A Bright Future grant
from the Clorox Company in hopes of securing up to
$50,000 in funding for our Music and Winter Guard
programs. You can help us win by casting
votes once daily from Nov. 12, 2012 through Dec. 19, 2012
at 11:59 pm EDT.
Find out more here.
Santa Claus is
Coming to Town Nov. 25
Sundaes with Santa & Toys For Tots Drive
HO! HO! HO! Join JHS Class of 2015 as they welcome Santa and
his elves to Johnstown from 12 - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday,
November 25. Come and have your picture taken with Santa,
make a frame to put it in, decorate and eat a cookie and
make your own ice cream sundae. Presale tickets are
available until Wed., November 21st, in all elementary school
offices for $5. Tickets at the door are $6. Parents and
adults attend free, but please bring a toy to donate for the
Toys for Tots drive. *Please note the venue has changed
from last year - we will be at the Johnstown Community
Center this year.*
Winter Sports Pictures & Meet the Coaches
Pictures and Meet the Coaches Night will take place on
Monday, November 19. Freshmen, junior varsity and
varsity players will have pictures taken at 7 p.m. in
the JHS gym - wear your uniforms! Meeting will
take place at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. It is
mandatory for players to attend with at least one parent
Sports Practices - Starting Dates
Click here for
a list of the starting dates, times and locations for
winter athletic practices for varsity, jv and modified
Class of 2015 Parent Meeting & Class Ring Orders
Johnstown Class of 2015 will hold a parent meeting on
the ordering of class rings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, November 14. A representative from Herff
Jones will be set up in the lobby of the high school to
take orders. The last day to order a class ring will be
Friday, November 16.
Drama Club to Perform "Cyber-Mare" November 3
The Johnstown Drama Club will be
performing Cyber-Mare for all of the buildings in
the district, together with one public performance at 7
p.m. on November 3, in the Johnstown High School
Performing Arts Center. Admission is free of charge, but
donations to the Johnstown Drama Club will gladly be
To read more about Cyber-Mare,
Halloween Dance & Costume Contest October 27
The Class of 2016 will host a Halloween Dance from 7 -
10 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, at the high school.
There will be a costume contest with gift certificates
from Vince's Pizza for first, second and third place.
The cost of admission is $3 and a concession will be
Drive & Food Pantry Collection, Oct. 27
Help out the JHS
Class of 2014 by dropping off your cleaned
cans and bottles between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday,
October 27, at C&M Bottle/Can Return Center on the
corner of West State Street and Pleasant Avenue. At the
same time, the Class of 2014 will be accepting
non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.
Hope to see you there!
Early Dismissal & Open House at JHS October 18
On Thursday, October 18, JHS students will be dismissed
early at 12:18 p.m. The high school will
also be hosting its annual Open House, with two sessions
for parents to meet with their child's teachers. The
afternoon session is from 1 - 2:50 p.m., while the
evening session is from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Register Now for the October 17 PSAT/NMSQT
We strongly encourage all high school juniors to take
the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test scheduled for 7:30
a.m. on October 17 at Jansen Avenue School.
The PSAT gives excellent feedback about academic skills to
help you get ready for college. It also provides great
practice for college bound students planning to take the
SAT later in their junior or senior year. Sophomores may
take the test to familiarize themselves with the exam,
but only scores obtained during the junior year
qualify for consideration for the National Merit
Scholarship. For answers to basic questions about the
PSAT, and to find out how to register,
JHS Spirit Week September 24 - 29
Spirit Week will
take place Monday, September 24 through Saturday,
September 29. Please check the
Homecoming Week sports schedule and attend as many
games as possible to support our teams. There will be a
cookout and bonfire Thursday evening, a Pep Rally on Friday,
Fifth Annual Homecoming Race
Saturday morning, and a Homecoming Dance on Saturday
evening. The most spirited seniors will be selected by
the teachers for Spirit Court, to be announced at the
Pep Rally on September 28, then students who attend the
Homecoming Dance on September 29 will choose the King
and Queen. All students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to
participate in Spirit Days: Mon., Sept. 24 - Black &
White Day; Tues., Sept. 25 - Cartoon/Character Day;
Weds., Sept. 26 - Fashion Disaster Day; Thurs., Sept. 27
- Twin Day; Fri., Sept. 28 - Purple & Gold Day.
First Ever JHS College
Caravan September 24
District Counseling Association will be sponsoring the
JHS College Caravan from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. on
September 24 in the JHS Performing Arts Center.
Interested juniors and seniors should sign up in the
Guidance Office no later than September 21.
Yearbook Supplements Are In!
If you purchased a
2011-12 yearbook, you may pick up a supplement in the main office.
Mrs. Cook - Regents Chemistry
Mr. Litz - Living Environment; Forensics
Mrs. Robinson - Earth Science class/lab
JHS Bugle Has Its Own Web Site
To read articles
written by the talented and insightful JHS student
newspaper staff, please visit
Students are currently allowed to carry book bags and/or
backpacks to and from class at JHS.
Click on the
"Teacher Pages" link in the column on the left to find
homework assignments and classroom expectations posted
by several JHS teachers.
Through Price Chopper Tools for Schools - Fill Out a New
The Price Chopper Tools for Schools program has begun
for the 2011-12 school year and the JHS PTSA is asking
for your help. Price Chopper is requiring a new
registration form to be filled out and we are asking you
please print out this form and fill it in with your
Price Chopper Card Number (and the number for anyone
else you know who may want to help us). This will NOT
affect your gas reward points--actually, you will have a
chance to win one of four $20 gas cards between
September and March. Please help - we use these free
points from Price Chopper to buy supplies and equipment
STOP and Pick Up a Book at Johnstown High School’s
in Mrs. Bacon’s World Literature class have established
Johnstown High School as a BookCrossing zone. The World
Literature class has partnered with School Librarian Dylan
Thomarie, to register Johnstown High School’s library as a
zone for people to acquire traveling books.
The idea behind BookCrossing is to read a book, register it
www.bookcrossing.com, journal a review of the book, and
then release the book anywhere for others to enjoy.
Sometimes books are left in coffee shops, on park benches,
or stationary places such as Johnstown High School.
(Find out more)
Earning College Credit at Johnstown High
There are three ways to earn college credits for courses
while attending Johnstown High School: advanced placement
courses, University in the High School and early admission to
FMCC. Contact the guidance office for more information.
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