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Friday, Dec. 15: Swim Practice Cancelled

Varsity and Modified sim practice is cancelled for Friday, December 15.

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Karen Toscano Receives NYSRTA Grant

Karen Toscano Receives NYSRTA Grant

Four women pose for photo; one holds a certificate

Jane Sitterly, Karen Toscano, Irene Hauser & Linda Sammons

Congratulations to Pleasant Avenue teacher Mrs. Karen Toscano, who received the New York State Retired Teachers Association (NYSRTA) Hudson-Kramer Memorial Grant of $1,000 from the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association on December 6.

Retired Johnstown School District teachers Irene Hauser, President of the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association, and members Linda Sammons and Jane Sitterly, attended the presentation ceremony at Pleasant Avenue School.

The purpose of the grant is to help fund an innovative, special project or program to be designed and implemented by an active teacher or administrator for use in the classroom, the school, or the district of any NYS public school district.

Karen’s grant application stated that the money would be used to provide an active student-centered learning environment in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities in her classroom.  By using the funding to support STEM projects, Ms. Toscano’s students will be doing hands-on activities that create opportunities for problem solving, collaborating, and questioning.

As written in the grant application, the money awarded will provide monies for Mrs. Toscano to purchase all of the materials needed to complete the weekly STEM projects.  Some projects require grocery store supplies – food, kitchen items like baking soda, food colors, wax, foil or parchment paper, and hardware supplies such as lumber, paint, batteries, sandpaper, seeds and living plants. In technology, she may purchase an app that will allow for a more in depth exploration of a topic and will support a lesson the students have completed. Mrs. Toscano’s application states that the STEM activities she uses with her students are aligned with the NYS standards. She designs them to help the students make predictions, observe, record results of the observations, and discuss what the students have learned.

This grant is given to honor the memory of Ross C. Hudson from Gouverneur, New York, who was a stalwart, devoted member of the NYSRTA for many years, and longtime NYSRTA member Florence Coulter Kramer, who was a dedicated veteran teacher in New York City and New Rochelle, NY school districts.

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Winter Concerts Scheduled for Dec. 13, 14 & 20

All are welcome to come enjoy the following Winter Concert events, featuring performances by our student  choral and instrumental groups:

  • Johnstown High School Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 13
  • Knox Junior High School Winter Concert, Thursday, December 14
  • Warren Street Elementary Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 20

Shows begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center.

This is no charge for admission, however, we are collecting for the local food pantry and the donation of a non-perishable food item \would be greatly appreciated. Collection boxes will be set up in the lobby.

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Indoor Walking at Warren

Warren Street Elementary School will be open for community walking from 6 – 8 p.m., Monday – Thursday evenings, excluding holidays and vacation days. This program will run January 2 – March 29, 2018.

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Bender Scientific Fund Grant Award

The Greater Johnstown School District is pleased to announce receipt of a $7,850 grant for the District’s Freshman Academy from the Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.

Johnstown High School science teacher Heidi Bolebruch, who helped author the grant application, says the monies will be used to support technology and enhance STEM learning for students in the program.

In a presentation to the Board of Education, Ms. Bolebruch noted that in addition to materials for STEM projects, $1,000 of the funds have been earmarked to help fund a special trip researched, planned and budgeted for by Freshman Academy students. Twenty-seven of the class members will travel to New York City to take part in “The Ride,” a new generation of sightseeing that incorporates virtual reality and history for an experience far beyond customary NYC bus tours.

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Letters to St. Nick, With Help From Friends

Letters to St. Nick, With Help From Friends

Warren Street’s sixth graders visited Pleasant Avenue on December 8 to offer a helping hand to younger students writing letters to the red-suited gentleman at the North Pole. This is a fun tradition at Johnstown and many of the sixth graders can remember receiving the same kind of help from older buddies not so long ago. When Santa’s checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice, this will definitely qualify as something nice!

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Can you provide STEAM feedback?

We are holding our first STEAM Fair at Warren Street this year!

We will be looking for people in the area of STEAM to be volunteer “judges” to provide feedback to students on their projects.  We will provide feedback sheets with criteria.

Date needed:  April 26th, afternoon or early evening. Interested candidates may send an email to Warren Street Principal Nicole Lent.

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Storybook Writing Contest Winners

Storybook Writing Contest Winners

As part of an annual contest sponsored by The Friends of the Johnstown Public Library, Knox seventh graders were challenged last year to create storybooks for children aged three to seven. This year, as eighth graders, the contest winners were invited to read those books to an audience of preschoolers at the library.

Congratulations to the following Knox students, whose entries were selected based on the originality of the story, its appeal to children, and the creativity of the illustrations:

  • First Place Tie
    • Konner Mancini for “The Bunny Named Pickle”
    • Kevin Rankins-Bloom for “The Adventures of Pengie and Jack”
  • Second Place
    • Larkin Sardella for “Jimmy’s Big Fight”
  • Third Place
    • Alex Cwiakala for “Paul the Porcupine Finds Friends”
  • Fourth Place
    • Peyton Bush for “The Spell”
  • Honorable Mention
    • Madison King for “Jake’s Socks”

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Fleming & Ringer Named to All-NYS Team

Fleming & Ringer Named to All-NYS Team

At the Section 2 Field Hockey Banquet in Latham on December 3rd, JHS freshmen Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer were named to the All-New York State Team for field hockey.  Emily and Taryn were the only underclassmen from Section 2 named to the 14 person team. Congratulations ladies!

Emily Fleming on the fieldTaryn Ringer on the field

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Alumni Volleyball Game Friday, Dec. 22

Alumni Volleyball Game Friday, Dec. 22

Come to the 2nd Annual
Johnstown Volleyball Alumni Game

players at the net, group team photo

Friday, December 22
6 p.m.
Warren Street Gym

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