Michael Satterlee
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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Knox Newsletter Available Online
Stories & photos about what's going on at Knox! The following editions of the Knox Newsletter are currently available:
April 2014,
March 2014, Addendum to Jan/Feb; Jan/Feb 2014, December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, September 2013

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.

P-Tech 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.

Mr. 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.

Founder's 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.

Knox Student Wins Fulton County Spelling Bee
Congratulations 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 competition. [Read more]

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.

Spring 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.

Knox Talent Show set for Feb. 28 - Rescheduled to March 7
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.

Knox 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).

2013-14 Knox Yearbooks
can be ordered online.
Click on the icon to the
left to start the process!

Kids On Snow Program - Start Date 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.

Knox Winter 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.

Knox 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.

Influenza Information
New 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 Nov. 25
Team 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 required.

Winter Sports Start Dates

Follow this link to see the schedule for Winter Sports starting dates.

"The Pledge" Assembly for Knox Students November 22
On 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.

Purple & Gold Clothing Sale - Orders & Payment Due by Nov. 5
The Purple & Gold Booster Club is currently taking orders for school spirit apparel! Turn in your order form & 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.

Winter 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.

Knox Garage Sale - Saturday, October 26
We 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!

School 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.

Fall Sports Start Dates
Follow this link to see the schedule for Fall Sports starting dates

Knox Student Creed
"I am 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 student!”

Your Knox student should be able to discuss with you and explain the meaning of the Knox Student Creed and the Expectations of Knox Students. Ask your child about it today!

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

Appropriate 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 more information.


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 complete this Positive Reward Program survey. Remember students, this is YOUR program; please tell us how you would like to be rewarded!

 

Reporting Bullying Concerns
All 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 Use
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)

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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Many web articles previously posted on our site can be accessed in our Archives.

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Mark Your Calendar:
April 1
NYS ELA Testing
Grades 3 - 8
April 1 - 3
April 3
P-Tech Chief Education Officer will visit with Eighth Graders
12:40 p.m.
April 4
Third Quarter
Marking Period Ends
April 8
Knox Academic Fair
& Pizza Party
5:30 - 7 p.m.

P-Tech Presentation
 for Parents/Guardians
6:15 p.m.
Knox Junior High School

 PTSA Meeting
6:30 p.m.
April 10
Third Quarter
Report Cards
Distributed

Board of Education
Special Meeting
 6 p.m., JHS
Open to Public

April 11
Spring Break
No School
April 11 - 21
April 22
School Resumes

Buy One/Get One Free
Book Fair
April 22 - May 1
April 23
Grade Level Grouping
Committee Meeting
5 p.m., Knox
Open to Public

Board of Education
Business Meeting
 6 p.m., Knox
Open to Public
April 25
Career Exploration Day
at FMCC for 8th Graders

Postponed Until Fall
April 28
Central Council PTA
6:30 p.m., JHS
April 30
NYS Math Testing
Grades 3 - 8
April 30 - May 2

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Board of Education
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District Clerk's Office

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