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Athletes to Attend Chamber Sports Awards Dinner

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will be host its 30th Annual Sports Award Banquet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6,  at the Johnstown Holiday Inn.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to represent Johnstown at the dinner:

Jesse VanNostrand
Emily Miles
Julia Sarullo
Trevor Porter
Adam Wilson
Andrew Sitterly

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Warren Street Incident

May 22, 2018

Dear Warren Street Families:

This afternoon, a matter was brought to the attention of Principal Lent regarding threats of a serious nature that were reported to have been made by a student toward the school and its community.

We take the safety of our students very seriously as well as any related threats. Upon receiving the report of these threats, Principal Lent immediately contacted the Johnstown Police Department and other outside community-based service providers for assistance with this matter. As a result, it is being thoroughly investigated and addressed, and we continue to believe that Warren Street School is a safe environment for our students.

We appreciate the role that our students played in bringing this matter to our attention and the roles that parents play every day in our students’ safety.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Warren Street Main Office at 518-762-3715.


Dr. Patrica N. Kilburn
Superintendent of Schools


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June 19 Budget Revote Reminders

School Budget Revote Reminders

Voter Registration

If you are not registered, you cannot vote! Check the status of your school voter registration online hereor call the District Clerk at 518-762-4611 ext. 3119.

If you are not currently registered, do one of the following:

  • Come to Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the JHS Auditorium Lobby. Bring photo ID and proof of residency.
  • Register at the Fulton County Board of Elections,  2714 St Hwy 29, Johnstown, NY. Contact them at (518) 736-5526 for requirements. Your registration will need to be  processed and made active by the Board of Elections  no later than June 18 to participate in the June 19 vote.

Public Budget Hearing

Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 p.m., Johnstown High School Lecture Hall

Come learn more about the educational spending plan for our school district as the 2018-19 budget revote document is presented.

Proposed Budget Document

A copy of the proposed budget and required attachments will be made available to the public as soon as possible, but no later than June 5, 2018 (14 days before the revote). It will be posted to the school website and copies will be available in the office at each school building, at the public library, and at the public budget hearing.

Absentee Ballot Applications Available for Qualified Voters

Voters who can’t vote in person due to illness or physical disability; travel plans related to school or business; vacation, college, or military service outside of Fulton County may use this form to apply for an absentee ballot. The completed application must be received by the District Clerk by June 12  if you want the ballot mailed o you, or by June 18 if you are picking the ballot up in person.

Polls Open for Voting

Tuesday, June 19, 11 a.m.—8 p.m., Johnstown High School Auditorium Lobby

You may vote if you are:

  • A U.S. Citizen, and
  • Age 18 or older, and
  • A legal resident of the Greater Johnstown School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote, and
  • A registered voter


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Elementary Art Show Enjoyed by Many

Elementary Art Show Enjoyed by Many

The annual Elementary Art Show held on May 15 was a huge success! Art work created throughout the school year by students in grades K-6 was placed on display at Warren Street Elementary and viewed by a number of visitors. Great job artists!

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Student Physicals & Screenings

Effective July 1, 2018, NYS law regarding Health Examinations and Screenings will change. The new regulations for health examinations for attendance are as follows:


New York State law requires that all new entrants and all students entering grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 have a satisfactory health examination conducted by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner within 12 months prior to the commencement of the school year. Documentation must be provided to the school within 30 days of entry or commencing the grade levels indicated above. In addition, a certificate of physical fitness is required for all athletes prior to their first sport of the school year and for all students who need work permits. The physical examination record form your health care provider must complete for student physicals after July 1, 2018 is available through the  New York State Center for School Health (NYSCSH) website.

Vision, Hearing & Scoliosis Screenings

  • Vision screening is required within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Hearing screening is required within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Scoliosis screening is required for girls in grades 5 and 7 and for boys in grade 9.

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Voters Say No to Proposed 2018-19 Budget

The proposed 2018-2019 school district budget fell short of the 60% supermajority required and was defeated by voters at the polls on May 15, despite a vote of 461 in favor and 439 opposed. 

Incumbents Kathryn Zajicek (638), Susanne Fitzgerald (598) and Ronald Beck (565) were re-elected to the Board of Education.

To achieve a supermajority, 60% of the total votes cast by qualified voters must be in the affirmative. Of the 900 eligible budget votes cast in the May 15 vote, 540 needed to be affirmative to create a 60% supermajority (900 x 60% = 540). The proposed budget received 461 affirmative votes, which is approximately 51% (total yes votes of 461 ÷ total votes of 900 = 0.5122).

The Board of Education will meet in the JHS small cafe at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at which time it is anticipated they will discuss placing a revised budget proposal before voters on June 19, 2018.

Learn more about the defeated budget proposal here: 



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Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Awards

Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Awards

the honorees pose for a group photoThis past Monday evening, May 7th, 12 students from the Greater Johnstown School District were recognized at the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award ceremony held at Hudson Valley Community College.

These students were selected by their physical education teachers for exhibiting sportsmanship, citizenship, and a desire to learn and improve. They lead physically active lifestyles, demonstrate leadership qualities, and are a positive influence on their peers.

The students were accompanied at the ceremony by their parents, family members and Warren Street physical education teacher Justin Roehl.

Congratulations to the following students for earning this tremendous award:

Knox Students: Kalena Eaton, Sierrah Guyette, Colin Kowalski, Ben Krempa, Braeton Lawton, and Jaden Wilson

Warren Street Students: Jena Barker, Cole Krempa, Mason Rathbun, Makenzie Riley, Ethan Smith, and Samuel Stearns


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JHS Top 10 Seniors of the Class of 2018

JHS Top 10 Seniors of the Class of 2018

TOP 10 SENIORS of the CLASS of 2018

K WesleyKayla Wesley, the daughter of Greg and Stacy Wesley, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian. She is a member of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society and the International Club. She has played trumpet for spring marching band since sophomore year. Kayla is proud to have played for the Johnstown Field Hockey team throughout high school, where she served as a captain her senior year. She has been recognized in field hockey with the Coach’s Award and made Foothills All-Star second Team. Kayla has won several academic awards throughout her high school career, including the Spanish 3 Award, Global and English 10 Honors Awards, Advanced Composition Award, Student of the Quarter for Physics and Health, and the Rensselaer Medical Award. Kayla will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall to pursue her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences.

Lauryn Wilson, the daughter of Christopher Wilson, Candy Wilson and Colleen Snell, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian. Lauryn was the secretary and is now the vice president of Student Council. She is an active member in International Club, and also participated in Key Club, Yearbook Club, Jazz Band, Marching Band and Acapella. She also enjoyed playing the oboe in band, where she received the Woodwind Performance trophy, and singing in choir, where she received the Most Improved trophy. She was the captain of the Nordic Ski Team, where she received the Most Improved Award. She also participated in soccer and cross country.  In track, Lauryn received the Most Improved and the Coach’s Awards. Lauryn has spent time performing community service at Sacandaga Bible Conference, the Humane Society and the Wells House. Lauryn will attend the University of Rochester in the fall to major in Psychology.

J MartelleJillian Martelle is the daughter of Jennifer Martelle-Mahon and William Martelle. She will attend SUNY Oneonta to study Biology with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration. Jillian has been involved in many clubs and activities. She is a member of Student Council and the Backpack Program. She is the public relations officer of both National Honor Society and Key Club, and is the current president of the school newspaper. She participated in soccer for most of her high school career and loves to stay active. Jillian participated in choir in the beginning of high school and is a past recipient of the Most Dedicated Award. She has played violin since she was seven years old and participated in NYSSMA for two years. Jillian’s volunteer work includes helping with the NOAH program, volunteering in various triathlons, assisting at the fall festival and helping clean the highway with the Key Club. Jillian would like to thank her family for their constant support and encouragement.

P BlakePatrick Blake is the son of Trina and William Blake. He will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to study mathematics.  Patrick has been involved in JV and varsity football throughout his high school career. He received the Geometry Award as a freshman and the Chemistry and Trigonometry Awards as a sophomore. During his senior year, he was named Student of the Quarter for Health. From time-to-time, he does community service at the North Bush United Methodist Church.



E ClizbeEmily Clizbe is the daughter of Angela and Christopher Clizbe. She will attend Quinnipiac University to study Nursing. Emily is co-vice-president of Student Council, secretary of the Class of 2018, captain of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team and a member of the National Honor Society. She was chosen to attend HOBY as a sophomore and she is currently a part of the New Visions program at Nathan Littauer through HFM BOCES. Emily has been heavily involved in her community. She has volunteered with Rise Against Hunger for the last four years, which lead to her own service project. She has also taken part in delivering holiday meals, as well as working at the Friday’s Table Soup Kitchen at the Church of the Holy Spirit. She continues to be an active participant in the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin’s fundraising activities and events.

Christian Solby is the son of Stacey Jacques and Richard Solby. He will attend Siena College to study Mathematics, where he has been awarded the Siena College Presidential Scholarship and the St. Francis Scholarship. Christian has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team for four years, receiving the Coaches Award in his sophomore and senior years, as well as Foothills Honorable Mention. As a member of the track team he received the Most Improved and the Most Outstanding award and Foothills Honorable Mention recognition. Christian was the 2018 recipient of the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Award. He has been involved in class activities, serving as president his freshmen year. He has also written for the JHS school newspaper “The Bugle”, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Christian is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Johnstown and volunteers as a coach for the Fulton United Youth Soccer League.

J SarulloJulia Sarullo is the daughter of Joe and Juanita Sarullo. She will be entering the United States Marine Corps on July 16, 2018. As a high school student she has been an active member of many clubs and sports. Julia was recognized as Athlete of the Week for Cross Country in both her freshmen and senior year. She has been an active member of Masterminds since ninth grade. As a junior, she broke a 13 year record in girls 200m steeplechase by three seconds. Julia also joined girls cheerleading for basketball. During her senior year she joined science club, yearbook and spring guard.  She also placed 10th at states for cross country as a senior.

A LevinAbigail Levin is the daughter of Jim and Lesa Levin. She will attend Marist College in the fall. She is a student in the New Visions Program at Nathan Littauer Hospital through HFM BOCES and is a member of both National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She has maintained a ninety plus average all four years of high school, while being a four year, three sport athlete. Abbie’s awards include: four years of Scholar Athlete for Soccer, Basketball, Nordic Ski, and Lacrosse; Student of the Quarter for Biology; Leadership Award from Clarkson University; captain of both Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse; Most Dedicated Soccer Award; and the 2018 Capital Zone NYS For Health and Physical Education Leadership Award. She is also an active member in International Club and Captains Council, and has served as class treasurer throughout her four years at Johnstown High School. She would like to thank her family for their constant encouragement.

A RuehleAshley Ruehle is the daughter of Laura Ruehle. She will attend the University of Tampa to study Biochemistry and Spanish. Ashley has been involved in International Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, Masterminds, Student Council and Key Club. She was treasurer and then president of the Science Club. She was also treasurer and divisional executive assistant for Key Club. Ashley was honored with the Spanish II award and CASDA recognition. Ashley is very involved in her church, First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown. She was a Youth Deacon for her junior and senior years. She is also very active in community service. Ashley travels to NYC to attend charity events, where she participates in raising money for the Honey Bee Conservancy, World Vision and many more.  Ashley and her friends planned and hosted a dinner at her church which raised over $1,200 for disaster relief.  Ashley also gives back to her community by helping at her local soup kitchen.

A BakerAbigail Baker is the daughter of Charles and Maritza Baker. She will attend Cedarville University to major in Communications. When Abigail was inducted into the National Honor Society, she showed a passion for the people in her community. She volunteers at 3:16 Youth & Community Center and Sacandaga Bible Conference, as well as her church, Perth Bible Church.  Abigail has been a member of the Varsity Masterminds team, which earned second in regional championships. She is involved in Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Collective, frequently attending the All-County Music Festivals. She was also treasurer for the Music for the Mind organization that aimed to raise awareness for mental illnesses. Abigail was also awarded the Fulton County 2018 Youth Lead-By-Example Award. She would like to thank her parents, sister, and grandparents for their faithful love and support.

Academic Excellence List

The following students have maintained a ninety plus average all four years of high school: Katherine Ammann, Emily Barker, Kerry Blackwood, Heidi Chamberlain, Christian Germany, Emily Miles, Josephine Mowrey, Emma Rizzo, Zachary Ropeter, Sara Stortecky, Alison Trajlinek, Sandra Trueworthy, Peter VanDenburgh, Maddie Willett, and Adam Wilson

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Lemonade Fuels Odyssey Trip

Lemonade Fuels Odyssey Trip

When the Energetic Engineers (one of Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind teams) qualified to compete at the Odyssey World Finals, they knew a great deal of fundraising was going to need to be done in a very short period of time. These students are the first Johnstown team to ever advance to the world competition – a huge honor that comes a huge price tag.

Many adults and local businesses have been reaching out financially to help the Knox Junior High seventh graders make the trip to Ames, Iowa later this month, and we are beyond thankful for their support. However, an especially touching story involves a special group of Johnstown elementary students, starting with Warren Street sixth grader Mollie Kortz.

Mollie has been on an Odyssey of the Mind team herself for the past three years.  She and her team also competed at the State Finals in Binghamton, NY, where the Energetic Engineers won their spot at the World Finals. Shortly after returning from the state competition, Mollie decided she wanted to help the Knox Odyssey team.  She recruited her fellow sixth grade friends and neighbors Cole and Caroline Krempa, Lucy LoDestro, and Parker Klingbeil. Other helpers included Pleasant Avenue kindergarteners Madison Kortz and Hope LoDestro. The seven girls took turns working all Saturday, May 5th, selling goodies at their lemonade stand on 4th Avenue. Many Facebook posts encouraged community members to stop by and support the cause. The girls offered delicious homemade cookies, lemonade, and even sold snow cones in the afternoon.

Over the years, Mollie has had many lemonade stands during Johnstown’s citywide garage sale to help those in need.  Her parents report that until this year, the most she and her friends had ever made was around $55. Some of the lucky recipients in past years have included ALS, the Melanoma Research Foundation, and Baby Jax (a local boy needing medical treatment). The girls’ hard work and cheerful service on May 5th brought in about five times the usual profit, allowing them to donate $251.50 to the Knox World Finals Odyssey Team!

Warren Street teacher and Odyssey of the Mind advisor Mrs. Kristin Meashaw said “I know that students and staff recently received t-shirts that read ‘#kindnesscounts’.  I think this is a perfect example of how these girls are living what they have learned both at home and at school. Thank you to all seven girls for their outstanding compassion and for being positive role models for their peers.”

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Spring Concert Series Announced

Come enjoy the following Spring Concert events, featuring performances by our student choral and instrumental groups:

  • Tuesday, May 8: Glebe Street Elementary
  • Thursday, May 10: Johnstown High School
  • Tuesday, May 22: Knox Junior High
  • Wednesday, June 6: Warren Street Elementary

All concerts will be held at the Johnstown Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM.

Admission is free, although donations will be gladly accepted by the Johnstown Music Support Group to fund this year’s Warren Street Classical Kids field trip to see the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC in August.

In April, students were able to attend an assembly by Bob Cafaro, cellist with the orchestra. Last year, students experienced a visit by members of the NYC Ballet and attended a performance at SPAC in July.

The Classical Kids program allows our students in Johnstown to experience live classical music and ballet every summer for free.  Participants are given a pass which allows them free lawn admission to any classical even at SPAC until they graduate high school!

Thank you for your support!

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