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Word of the Week
Follow this link to see the Word of the Week academic vocabulary log currently being used at Knox and JHS.  Definitions have been included for each word that has already been introduced to students and the log will be updated each week to reflect the current word's definition. Updated through 04/04/14.


National Honor Society Induction
Eighteen students from Johnstown High School were inducted as members of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held in the JHS Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 8. Click here to learn who earned membership!


Hartwick College & SUNY Oneonta Field Trip
A field trip to Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta will take place on April 24. Students who attend will receive a campus tour and an admissions presentation by college staff. Limited space is still available for juniors and seniors. The cost of the trip is $10. If interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Cotter or Mrs. Bagot by Tuesday, April 8.


JHS Students Have Talent!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Student Council Talent Show, held in the JHS Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4:

First Place - Midnight Thunder Band
Second Place - Sophia Hayes on piano
Third Place - Serena Smith on violin


Founder's Day Award Winners Honored
Congratulations to Johnstown High School's newest Founder's Day award recipients: Mr. Andrew Dagostino, Mrs. Chris Gerlach and Mr. Fred Gzielek! They were recognized at the annual Central Council PTA Founder's Day dinner held on March 31, together with honorees from across the district. Click here to see all of the 2014 award winners.


Winter Guard Reaches Finals at WGI World Championships for Second Year in a Row
Congratulations to the 2014 Greater Johnstown High School Varsity Winter Guard team. For the second year in a row, Johnstown's varsity made it to finals at WGI's World Championships held at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The team placed second in the preliminary round and third in the semifinals round, advancing them to the championship finals where they placed 11th out of 122 Scholastic A Color Guards! Read more about Johnstown Winter Guard here.

VanValkenburgh Wins MYCGC Scholarship
Congratulations to Johnstown High School senior Breanna VanValkenbugh, selected to receive the 2014 Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Scholarship in the sum of $500.


JHS Spring Musical "Urinetown" set for March 27 - 29
The Tony award-winning musical "Urinetown" will be presented at 7 p.m. on March 27 & 28, and 2 p.m. on March 29, in the Johnstown High School Perforing Arts Center. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Click here to see photos and to learn more about the show and our cast & crew.


Winter 2013-14 Athletic Honors
Congratulations to our winter student-athletes who have earned honors in the Foothills, Sectionals and State teams! Click here for the list of honorees.

JHS Philharmonic Winds Performs at NYCOSS Event
Members of the Johnstown High School Philharmonic Winds ensemble, under the direction of instrumental music teacher Mr. Andrew LaCoppola, were invited to showcase their talents during the New York Council of School Superintendent's Winter Institute & Lobby Day in March. The students' original performance was a highlight of the day! Photos from the event have been provided courtesy of NYCOSS photographer Bruce McDonough. See additional photos.


Meet the Coaches Night, Monday, March 31
Meet the Coaches Night for spring sports will take place in the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31. Student-athletes at all levels (varsity, jv, modified) MUST attend with a parent/guardian. Varsity and jv team photos will be taken in the gym at 6:45. Modified team photos will be taken another time.


YEA! Investor Night - Wednesday, March 26
Our young entrepreneurs will be pitching their ideas to a panel of local investors, attempting to obtain funding for new businesses and social movements. Join us in the high school library at 6 p.m. to watch! Personal investments are not expected. A reception will follow the presentations.


Hope College Wind Ensemble Coming to JHS March 16
As part of the Hope College Wind Ensemble Northeast Tour, a free concert will be provided at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, in the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center. On Monday, March 17, there will be a workshop with ensemble members for JHS band students.

Spring Sports Start Date Announced
Click here for information on spring sports start dates for varsity, junior varsity and modified teams. Notice: Any student-athlete who still needs a physical for the spring season should report to the high school nurse's office at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, to see Dr. Solby.


JHS Student Council members enjoyed a field trip to the NYS Capitol recently. While there, they had an opportunity to visit with Senator Hugh Farley (R).



Students of the Quarter Announced
Congratulations to the following students, who were selected as Student of the Quarter by their teachers: art – Kelsi Barnholt; health – Adam Ferrari; business – Skylar Swatt; physical education – Stephen Forker; Career & Tech Center – Brittany Palmateer; foreign language – Danny Jarabek; science – Sophia Hayes; English – Erica Wagner; math – Hannah Chamberlain; music – Cecelia Mowrey; technology – Briana Esposito; social studies – Jack Fitzgerald.


Second Quarter Honor Roll Announced
Click here to see Johnstown High School's High Honor Roll (90+) and Honor Roll (85 - 89.9) students for the first quarter. Congratulations


Foothills Leadership Conference
Congratulations to the following students, who were chosen to attend the Foothills Leadership Conference at RPI March 4, 2014. The conference consisted of a campus tour and a workshop that included all students from the Foothills Council as well as the athletic directors. From left to right: Front Row - Courteney Hill, Briana Esposito, Raina Danylak. Back row-Ian Heberer, Devin Boyle, Samuel McInnis, Andy Camarra, Alyssa Nellis, Phys Ed Teacher Mr. Ryan Baldock.


JHS PTSA Needs Your Help to Keep Activities Going
Volunteers are an important part of the teamwork that makes the JHS PTSA a success. Without volunteers there is no PTSA! At this time we need people to step forward to Chair the 2014 Prom Fashion Show and the 2015 Craft Fair. If you are interested in assisting, please contact JHS PTSA President Michelle Heroth, 848-7353. Without your help, these activities could be cancelled!


Class of 2015 Web Page is Up and Running
JHS Class of 2015 members and parents can now keep up-to-date with information and get a glimpse of coming events by visiting the new class web page. Just click the link in the column on the left hand side of this page to find out what's going on!


Student Council Volleyball Tournament

The JHS Student Council sponsored student and faculty volleyball tournaments on February 26, 2014, with admission proceeds benefiting the Student Council Scholarship fund.  The fund will be awarding $250 to two seniors. Over 100 students participated, as well as more than 50 staff members, who comprised teams  from each district building. The overall winners were "Cody and Team" and "Elements of Excellence."


Alyssa Nellis & Daniel Nellis Receive PE Leadership Award
Alyssa Nellis and Daniel Nellis were recently selected as the 2014 representatives of Johnstown High School for the annual Capital Zone NYS APHERD Physical Education Leadership Award and recognized during a dinner held at the Century House Restaurant in Latham on February 9, 2014. [Read more]


Johnstown Super Fans


Winter Guard Home Show Saturday, March 15
Johnstown's Winter Guard will host their annual "Artistry in Motion" home show at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, in the high school gym. Come see our award-winning varsity and junior guards  performing in competition with several other schools from the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit. Modern color guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement set to music. Learn more about Johnstown's guard.


Varsity Bowling Team Wins First Foothills Title
Congratulations to the Johnstown varsity bowling team for clinching the Foothills Council title on Wednesday, January 15, while playing against Broadalbin-Perth at Perry Lanes. It is the first Foothills title for Johnstown bowling.






Athlete of the Week Jan. 27 - 30: Alpine Ski
Serena Smith is a four-year member of the alpine ski team. She has improved her skiing every year and is also involved with several other clubs within the school. She is an extremely hard worker both scholastically and athletically. Serena will graduate this year and no doubt be successful in all she does.

Jon Bearden
just concluded his second season as a member of the alpine ski team. His skiing ability has grown tremendously and, in two short years, he has secured a varsity spot. He is involved in All County Band and is in the top ten in his class. Jon will be a great asset to the JHS community over the next two years and will continue to improve both on the mountain and in the classroom.


Athlete of the Week Jan. 20 - 23: Boys Basketball
Congratulations to Jamal Vazquez and Austin Riska for their efforts and hard work over the past two weeks.







Athlete of the Week Jan. 20-23: Cheerleading
Emily Day and Courtina Nichols. Emily  has been a member of the cheerleading team for four seasons, while Courtina has been cheering for six. They each participate on both the football and basketball cheerleading teams annd work together as bases for one of the stunting groups. They do an amazing job and are always willing to teach others how they do what they do!



Athlete of the Week Jan. 13-17: Swimming
Tyler Askew and Trevor Askew both show hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming. They constantly strive to meet their personal best and are leaders on the team.








Athlete of the Week Jan. 6 - 10: Wrestling
Austin Brand has supported the team in wins and in pins this season and making it into the finals of two out of the three tournaments.
Ethan Hale is a senior who has turned it on at the right time getting himself ready for sectionals.
Garrett Hadcock has been steady for us this season while winning several big key matches.





Athlete of the Week Dec. 30 - Jan. 3:
irls Basketball

In the last two weeks the team has played four times and won three times. During this stretch, three girls have really stood out: Hope Cerasuolo has averaged 17 points per game and seven rebounds per game; Megan Anagnostopulos has averaged 7.25 points per game and four rebounds per game; and Annie Stock has averaged 8.5pts per game and six rebounds per game. All three have played great defense and displayed great leadership


Athlete of the Week Dec. 16 - 20: Bowling
Coach Hayward would like to thank his entire team, and especially these six team members for their leadership, enthusiasm and effort: Jill Flansburg, Alyssa Hadcock and Morgan Ruggeri, Jimmy Marshall, Josh Fuller and Ben Empie.


Online ordering
for the 2013-14
JHS Baronet Yearbook
is available now!


Fall 2013 Athletic Honors
Congratulations to our fall student-athletes who have earned honors in the Foothills, Sectionals and State teams, and to our Coach of the Year award winner as well! Click here for the list of honorees.


First Quarter Honor Roll Announced
Click here to see Johnstown High School's High Honor Roll (90+) and Honor Roll (85 - 89.9) students for the first quarter. Congratulations!


Askew Breaks School Record; Will Compete at States
Erica Askew, pictured with her two Sectional Champion patches, won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard breaststroke at the Section 2 Swimming and Diving Championships at Shenendehowa High School. She also broke the Johnstown school record of 1:07.57 set by Betsy Sammons in 1985, with her time of 1:05.89. Erica’s time also tied the Shenendehowa pool record. Erica will compete at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association swimming and diving meet on Nov. 22 & 23 at Ithaca College.


Class of 2015 Notes
The Class of 2015 held a parents' meeting on November 12; please see the meeting minutes for important information. Our biggest community project and fundraiser, Sundaes with Santa, will take place from 12 - 2 p.m. on December 1. Any parent who would like to help by volunteering that day are asked to please contact class advisors Hanz Litz or Carm Anagnostopulos at 762-4664. Students should sign up in Mr. Litz' room.


Lady Bills Volleyball
Section II Class B
2013 Champions
Congratulations to our Lady Bills Volleyball Team, winners of the Section II Class B Title for the third year in a row! Go Johnstown!

High School Guidance News
Helpful information from the guidance office can be found by clicking on the "School Counseling" link in the column on the left side of this page. In addition, the following issues of our monthly guidance newsletter are also available to read online:
October 2013,
September 2013

JHS Students Tour UAlbany
Johnstown High School students taking sociology with Mrs. Cotter and psychology with Mrs. Bagot for college credit through the University at Albany's University in the High School Program toured the UAlbany campus on October 31. While there, they met with representatives from the admissions and financial aid departments.


Student-Athletes of the Week for Oct. 21-25:
Brianne O'Rourke and Meghan LeDoux have been chosen for the Player of the Week for Volleyball. During the week of our sectional quarter final match, both of these seniors greatly impacted the team with positive energy and tough play in practice and in our 3-0 victory over Ichabod Crane.



Student-Athletes of the Week for Oct. 14-18:
Girls Soccer
Abby Bobbette, Michaela Brandow, Morganne Dick, Diana Horning, Sara Kosowicz, Kendra McCoy and Ellen Praught. October 18 was not only Homecoming, but also Senior Day for Johnstown Girls Soccer. At our last home game of the season, we honored seven outstanding young ladies for their dedication and commitment to the soccer program. The game was the perfect ending to the soccer careers of these seven young ladies and confirmation of their sacrifice and hard work throughout the years. The team cruised to an 11-0 victory on Friday with a senior contributing to 9 of the 11 goals. These seven seniors have experienced adversity and doubt, yet persevered to once again define success for Johnstown Girls Soccer.

Student-Athletes of the Week for Oct. 7-11:
Boys Soccer

Austin Vogel and Elijah Hill
had a goal and an assist each in our wins against Glens Falls and loss to Gloversville this week. In the absence of our goalkeeper, they both turned it up a few notches and played very well. Elijah is one of our captains and does a lot of the behind the scenes stuff we all don’t see. He has worked hard all year trying to get the team motivated and helping the younger players get better. Austin stepped his game up this year and is a pleasure to have on our team.






Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 30 - Oct. 4:
Field Hockey

Breanna VanValkenburgh and Alexis Livingston. Congratulations to these senior athletes, who demonstrate Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility on the field and in the classroom.









Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 30 - Oct. 4: Swimming/Diving
Katherine Cummings and Erica Wagner.
Congratulations to both of these athletes, who demonstrate Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility in the pool and in the classroom.








Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 23-27: Football
Matt Szurek and Steven Forker. Both players have shown hard work, leadership and the willingness to improve on and off the field. They are impact players on both the offensive side and the defensive side.







Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 23-27: Cheerleading
Zoe Reid is in her third year as a Varsity Cheerleader. This year she has stepped up to the plate and taken on a leadership role. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help out her fellow teammates.

Cassandra Davis is in her first year as a cheerleader. She has done an amazing job learning all the cheers and moves. Coach Walker says she can always count on Cassandra to step into another teammate’s position at a moments notice and never miss a beat!



Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 16-20:
Cross Country
kylar Swatt has really stepped up to be a vital part of our team and a wonderful role model to the rest of the athletes. She is a hard worker, constantly looking to improve and do the best she can on and off the field. Skylar always balances her personal life, school and athletics with grace and has her priorities in place. The team really looks up to her and admires her.

Aaron Alvarez is constantly looking to improve himself and his team. He is disciplined and an extremely hard worker. The team admires his self-striving improvement attitude and really look to him when they want to improve themselves. He puts 100 percent in what he does; often times at a meet you will see him studying and reading text books when he isn't participating or cheering for his team. He puts a lot of effort in to balancing everything in his life and does so successfully.


Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 16-20: Tennis
Alexis Berry, a second year player, has won four matches so far this year at number one singles. With not much tennis experience, Alexis has been a sponge on the court just absorbing knowledge. As her confidence grows, Alexis could have a very successful end to the season.

Victoria Baker is a first year player and has been playing number three singles all year. For the first half of the season, she has already won three matches. Victoria has gotten better at tennis everyday she is on the court, and, per Coach McGregor, is one of the hardest working players he has ever had.



Student-Athletes of the Week for Sept. 9-13: Golf
Chris Geleta, a junior, has led the Sir Bills in scoring seven of the nine matches this season. His calm demeanor and quiet confidence helped the team get off to a positive start, and Chris has performed every role a team's captain should in the most honorable manner.

Richie Lee, also a junior, has placed in the team's top three positions in six of their nine matches and tied for team lead last week at Broadalbin-Perth. This three year starter will be counted on to qualify for sectionals and help get his teammates to do the same.


Class of 2017 Announces Slate of Officers
Class elections were held for the class of 2017 and the winners for the 2013-14 school year are as follows: Chelsea Cirillo as President, Brandon Mraz as Vice President, Anna Heroth as Secretary, Jack Truckenmiller as Treasurer, and Laci Nellis for Public Relations.


2013 Yearbook Supplements Available
Yearbook supplements have arrived and may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, in the lobby at JHS. This extended-edition was included in the original price of the yearbook and includes spring sports, prom and graduation photos. Students who purchased yearbooks may also pick-up the supplements from Mrs. Miller in the office after August 8.

New Integrated Half-Day Course to be Introduced for 2013-2014
Johnstown High School will offer an integrated half-day course to seniors during the 2013-14 school year called "The Learning Project." Participating students will have an opportunity to earn credit for English, math, science, Participation in Government and economics, all 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.


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.

Entry Procedure at JHS
Beginning on February 25, 2013, the front doors at JHS will be locked and people will need to be buzzed-in.

Book Bags/Backpacks Procedure
Students are currently allowed to carry book bags and/or backpacks to and from class at JHS.


Homework Assignments
Click on the "Teacher Pages" link in the column on the left to find homework assignments and classroom expectations posted by several JHS teachers.


JHS Bugle Has Its Own Web Site
To read articles written by the talented and insightful JHS student newspaper staff, please visit www.jhsbugle.com.


Help JHS Through Price Chopper Tools for Schools - Fill Out a New Registration Form
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 to 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 for JHS!

STOP and Pick Up a Book at Johnstown High School’s BookCrossing Zone
Students 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 at 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 School
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.

Visit District Homepage For District-Wide News
Information of importance to all schools in the district (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.


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