Extra, Read All About It:
Stories & photos about what's going on at Knox! The
following editions of the Knox Newsletter are currently
Addendum to Jan/Feb;
Word of the
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
Presentations for Students & Parents
Learn About Opportunities for a FREE Associates Degree
Mr. Michael Dardaris, Chief Education Officer for
P-Tech, will spend time with Knox eighth graders on
Thursday, April 3, to explain the
P-Tech opportunity/program that will begin in
September 2014. Students who enter the program can earn
a FREE Associates degree from FMCC while earning
their JHS diploma at the same time.
Dardaris will also conduct an information session for
parents at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at Knox. All
are welcome to learn about the program.
Day Award Winners Honored
Congratulations to the newest Founder's Day award
recipients from Knox: Mrs. Claudia Jurica, Mrs. Amanda
Landsberg and Mrs. Karen Miller! 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.
Student Wins Fulton County Spelling Bee
to Knox Junior High seventh grader Katie Ammann, winner
of the 22nd Annual Fulton County School Spelling Bee
held at Gloversville Middle School on March 10, 2014.
This win secures a spot for Katie in the Scripps
National Spelling Bee, to be held in Washington, D.C.,
May 25 - 30, 2014. The Leader Herald, sponsor of the
Fulton County Spelling Bee, will pay the cost for Katie
and one of her parents to attend the national
Coaches Night, Monday, March 31
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.
Sports Start Date Announced
Click here for information on spring sports start
dates for varsity, junior varsity and modified teams.
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.
set for Feb. 28 - Rescheduled to
The annual Knox Talent Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. on
Friday, March 7. Admission is $3 per person and
proceeds benefit the Knox Positive Reward Program.
Students who would like to perform in the show need to
attend at least five practices and the mandatory
rehearsal, and have their material approved by the
Talent Show Committee. Please see this
flyer for more information.
Spellers to Participate in County-Wide Bee
Congratulations to the following students, who will be
representing Knox at the annual Fulton County Spelling
Bee scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at
Gloversville Middle School: Kayla Wesley-Grade 8 (runner
up is Patrick Blake) and Katherine Ammann-Grade 7
(runner up is Lindsay Yesse).
can be ordered online.
Click on the icon to the
left to start the process!
Snow Program -
Delayed to Jan. 29
Johnstown's PTAs will once again be coordinating
sign-ups for the "Kids
on Snow" five week program at Royal Mountain. Completed
registration forms, together with payment, should be
submitted to Lisa VanAernam at Warren Street Elementary
School no later than January 3, 2014.
Notice: Due to the frigid temperatures, the starting date for Kids on Snow has been
changed to Wednesday, January 29.
Concert, Dec. 16 - All Welcome!
Please join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 16, in the
Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center for the
annual Knox Winter Concert. Student performers should
report at 6:20 p.m.
Holiday Shoppe - December 17 & 18
For two days only, on December 17 & 18, Knox will open
the doors to its Holiday Shoppe for students. This is a
"boutique" where students have the opportunity to find
Christmas gifts for family and friends. The best part is
that these gifts do not cost the students any money.
Instead, they will use positive rewards tickets they
have earned. The inventory in the Holiday Shoppe is new
or like-new items that have been donated by Knox staff.
Free gift wrapping is available to every customer!
Anyone who may have "merchandise" or gift wrapping
materials they would like to donate may drop items off
at the main office.
York State Public Health Law Section 613 requires that
schools post influenza educational material. Parents and
caregivers are encouraged to refer to
guidelines from our school district nurses; read the
NYSDOH Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents;
or visit the
NYS Dept of Health web site.
Winter Sports - Team Photos & Meet the Coaches Night
photos for winter sports will be taken at 7 p.m. on
Monday, November 25, in the high school gym. This will
be followed by Meet the Coaches Night at 7:30 p.m.;
attendance by athletes and a parent/guardian is
Sports Start Dates
Follow this link to see the
Winter Sports starting dates.
Pledge" Assembly for Knox Students November 22
Friday, November 22, Knox students will attend a 40
minute assembly called "The Pledge," presented by by
nationally-recognized Camfel Productions. "The Pledge"
is a powerful message on valuing others, delivered in a
captivating three-screen assembly. It will motivate
students to make a positive difference in the world
around them with their words, actions and attitudes.
Everyone faces difficulties in life; we all experience
loneliness, frustration, and the pressures to do
negative things like drugs, alcohol, smoking, or
bullying others. "The Pledge" will challenge students to
make a commitment to building others up, rather than
tearing them down. It's a pledge to be part of the
solution - a call to step up and make a difference.
Gold Clothing Sale - Orders & Payment Due by Nov. 5
Purple & Gold Booster Club is currently taking orders
for school spirit apparel! Turn in your
& payment to your physical education teacher by November
5; items will be delivered to school the week of
December 9. Questions? Contact the Johnstown Athletic
Office @ 762-7636.
Guard Tryouts Oct. 24
The Greater Johnstown Winter Guard program will hold
tryouts and training for students in grades 5-12 on
Thursday, October 24, from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the
Warren Street gymnasium. Participants should bring a
water bottle and wear sneakers and dark, comfortable
clothes. Please see the
Winter Guard flyer for more information.
Garage Sale - Saturday, October 26
will be hosting a "Building-Wide Garage Sale" from 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. Find out how you
can help and what the proceeds will be used for in this
letter from Mr. Satterlee!
Supplies for 2013-14
Please refer to our
Knox Junior High school supplies list to
determine what items your child will need for the start
of the school year in September.
Follow this link to see the
schedule for Fall Sports starting dates
Knox Student Creed
an intelligent and assertive student. My destiny is in
my hands. I will overcome all obstacles which stand in
my way. The decisions I make today will affect the rest
of my life. I will have respect for myself and others. I
will also set a good example for my peers. Education is
my ticket to success. If I say it can be done, I will
achieve my goals. I am a Knox Junior High School
Your Knox student should be able to discuss with you
and explain the meaning of the Knox Student Creed and
Expectations of Knox Students. Ask your child about
Click on the
"Teacher Pages" link in the column on the left to find homework assignments
and classroom expectations posted by several
Student Attire Reviewed
Students and parents are asked to
keep in mind what is and isn't appropriate as school
apparel. Please refer to
Mr. Satterlee's letter to parents for
The Knox Positive Reward Program
The Knox Faculty & Staff is providing an opportunity for
those students in Knox who demonstrate positive and
appropriate behavior to receive special rewards. ALL
Knox students are eligible to receive a positive reward,
but it must be earned. Ways to earn a positive reward
include demonstrating good character, following all
school rules, being helpful to classmates and teachers,
and showing that you care about our school.
So that the faculty and staff can provide you with
rewards that YOU will like, please take a moment to
Positive Reward Program survey. Remember students,
this is YOUR program; please tell us how you would like
to be rewarded!
students are encouraged to report any incident of
bullying. They may talk to any trusted adult in the
school, or anonymously submit a bully reporting form,
available in the Guidance Office. Students may report
for themselves, or out of concern and compassion for
someone else who is a target of bullying. One of the
questions on the form is “Who are you worried about?”
When adults become aware of who the bully’s targets are,
and when and where the bullying is happening, they can
focus their attention on those students who are being
bullied. Ideally, this knowledge will enable adults to
witness the bullying themselves and they can intervene
appropriately, or the bully will cease his/her behavior
due to the adult presence. In all cases, the main goal
is for every student to feel safe in school.
If you have questions
or concerns about bullying, please feel free to contact the main office
at 762-3711 or the guidance office at 762-3726.
Greater Johnstown School District Helping Parents
Realize the Dangers of Blogging and Unsupervised Internet
In the past, children used to keep their deepest thoughts
and secrets in diaries under lock and key — times have
changed. Blogging has become extremely popular among junior
high and high school students — and even among elementary
children. Students may be posting pictures of themselves and
their friends, as well as their full names, their cell phone
numbers and even their addresses.
(Find out more)
District Homepage For District-Wide News
Information of importance to all schools in the district
(i.e., stranger-danger tips, health and safety
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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