Students at Johnstown High School experienced a crime scene April 23 as part of a collaborative investigation unit focusing on how to close read text and the crime scene combined with the use of technology and information skills. Library Media Specialist Dylan Thomarie and English teacher Barbara Hoenzsch developed the unit that forces students to analyze a crime scene and follow the chain of clues to figure out the culprit. Congratulations to Trevor S. & Ryan A. for solving the library murder!
The Library Murder can be seen at http://altgame.weebly.com/
In honor of National Student Leadership Week (April 19-25, 2015), the JHS Student Council recognized all of the student leaders in the high school by presenting them with Leadership medals and providing a celebration treat.
National Student Leadership Week recognizes the important roles that student leaders play in schools and communities. It has been sponsored by the national office of the National Honor Society since 1972. The 2015 theme is “The Power of One,” challenging students to consider how much of a difference one can make in driving change—one student, one honor society chapter, one teacher, one community, and so on.
Johnstown High School Student Council hosted a well-attended and very enjoyable Talent Show in the JHS Performing Arts Center on Friday evening, April 17. Student performers displayed a multitude of talents to the delight of audience members. Job well done everyone!
Congratulations to the following winners, as selected by a panel of guest judges:
First place: Heidi Chamberlain
Second place: Morgan Romano, Julia Roth and Julia Vicosi
Third place: Tied – Sophia Hayes and Ciara Solby
Twenty seven students from Johnstown High School were inducted into membership of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the school on Tuesday, March 24.
Members were selected by the Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
Students inducted were Victoria Fish, Steven Camarra, Jack Fitzgerald, Sam Bobbette, Morgan Romano, Reily Kotwasinski, Ashlin Cosselman, Ciara Solby, Mia Franko, Christina Bridge, Jonathan Bearden, Whitney Western, Joseph Salatel, Lauren Adams, Alexandra VanAernam, Alexia Brunetto, Erica Wagner, Logan Brandt, Zachary Morton, Salena Bleyl, Justine Luck, Theadora Dingman, Emma Crouse, Kelsey Johnson, Priya Moudgil, Mattie Clough and Victora Baker
Jonathan Heroth, president of the NHS, served as Master of Ceremony, while officers Hannah Breda, Hannah Chamberlain, Rachel Hansen and Madison Smrtic gave speeches on the four tenets of the society: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Senior members Megan Anagnostopulos and Austin Brand also participated in the formal presentations. NHS members honored their parents for their support and guidance and presented them with a rose.
Also honored at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Beatty. Mr. Beatty will retire as principal of Johnstown High School after more than 30 years in the district as teacher, coach and principal. They were presented a bouquet of flowers and gifts.
After the ceremony guests and members enjoyed cake and punch at a reception in the lobby.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and since 1941 millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, The National Association of Secondary School Principal’s (NASSP).
As part of Warren Street’s literacy initiative”Read All About It,” students learned the process of creating a school newspaper during the month of March. Following a kick-off assembly with guest speaker Leader Herald Publisher Steve Herron, students were engaged in a month-long project that included gathering information and writing articles to create “What’s Up Warren?”. Printed versions of the student newspaper were distributed during a special PARP celebration on April 17 and are available to view online here.
On Saturday, March 28, the elementary Physical Education Department held Johnstown’s annual foul shooting contest at Warren Street Elementary School. Students in grades 3 – 6 competed in foul shooting contests in their physical education classes to earn an invitation to compete in the district competition.
A big thank you to Mrs. Melissa Blanchard and Mrs. Bobbie Jo Tarbox for helping out that morning, and to Johnstown High School students Megan Anognostupolus, Annie Stock, Lauryn Stoutner, Jordyn Hale and Austin Riska for their assistance. Thank you also to Mrs. Kristina Mraz for taking pictures.
Congratulations to our 2015 district competition winners: Savannah Moore, Oryan Dejesus, Nicole Simon, Braden Jones, Alexa Savage, Bryce Mureness, Abbygail Vandewalker and Caden Mureness.
Congratulations to our 2015 Amethyst Gold varsity winter guard! They won the silver medal at the Northeast Color Guard State Championships held at Brockport University in Rochester, NY the weekend of April 12.
The team will now travel to Dayton, Ohio April 14-18 to complete in WGI’s World Championships. They were WGI World Championships WGI Scholastic A Color Guard finalists in both 2013 & 2014. We wish them the best as they compete in the 2015 contest!
For 2015, Johnstown’s varsity performance is titled “I’m in Here.” The troupe portrays genies trapped inside a lamp for hundreds of years, with hopes of someone freeing them from their magical prison. The soundtrack includes “Persian Chant” by Tehereh, and “I’m in Here” by Sia Furler.