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May, 2015

Johnstown Staff Take On Workforce Team Challenge

Under the organization of JHS Media Specialist Dylan Thomarie, 27 Johnstown staff members (our largest turn out ever!) ran, jogged and walked the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge in Albany on the evening of May 21.

Held annually, the Workforce Team Challenge is a 5k road race that raises funds for many worthy Capital District charitable causes. Teams are composed of employees from corporations, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, not-for-profit corporations and financial institutions. Participants travel a 3.5 mile course that starts and ends at the Empire Plaza, winding through Washington Park along the way.

Kudos to our Johnstown employees for promoting health, fitness, camaraderie and good will!

Please visit the Times Union photo gallery to see pictures from the race (a group of Johnstown team members is featured  in photo 48 and Mr. Thomarie appears in photos 173 & 174).

 

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Sixth Graders Prepare to Transition to Knox

Sixth Graders Prepare to Transition to Knox

Sixth graders visited Knox on May 19 as part of an orientation program to help them become acquainted with the junior high building and prepare for life as seventh graders in September.

They spent time meeting with Knox Principal Mr. Satterlee and Guidance Counselor Mrs. Yetto; viewed a sample schedule; enjoyed a student-created “Y-Knox” video;  participated in a student panel question and answer session in the Knox auditorium; and toured the building with the current seventh graders.

The incoming seventh graders have also been invited to a dance in the Knox Gym from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

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Fulton/Montgomery Athlete of the Year Nominees

Congratulations to the following JHS student-athletes, who have been nominated to represent Johnstown at the Fulton/Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Athlete of the Year Sports Award Banquet set for 7 p.m. on June 3 at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown:

Annie Stock
Megan Anagnostopulos
Jordyn Hale
Jonathan Heroth
Austin Brand
Marshall Manchester

 

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JHS Leadership to Undergo Changes

JHS Leadership to Undergo Changes

Mr. Hale Mrs. Cotter Mr. Beatty

Mr. Hale, Mrs. Cotter, Mr. Beatty

JHS Principal Michael Beatty Retiring June 30

Johnstown High School Principal Michael Beatty will retire end of day June 30, 2015, capping off a 38 year career as an educator and administrator.

A 1972 graduate of Johnstown High School, Mr. Beatty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, with a minor in U.S. History, from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He later earned a Master of Science degree in social studies through SUNY Albany, and Education Administration Certification from the College of St. Rose.

After several years as a junior high social studies teacher for the North White School Corporation in Monon, Indiana, Mr. Beatty spent a year teaching social studies in the Broadalbin Central School District before accepting a position as a social studies teacher at Johnstown in 1981. During his time at JHS he also served as summer school principal from 1995 – 2001 and as assistant principal from 1998-2002, culminating in his appointment as Principal in 2002. Along the way Mr. Beatty also coached football, track and wrestling; was the social studies department chairman; a class advisor; and an adult education instructor.

We wish Mr. Beatty a long and happy retirement as he concludes 33 years as a dedicated educator and administrator in the Greater Johnstown School District. His cowboy boots will be sorely missed in the halls at JHS!

Mr. Scott Hale Appointed JHS Principal Effective July 1

Mr. Scott Hale has been appointed by the Board of Education to undertake the position of Principal at Johnstown High School effective July 1, 2015.

A 1996 graduate of Johnstown High School, Mr. Hale earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland, a Master’s degree from the University of New England and a Certificate of Advanced Study as School Building Leader from the College of St. Rose.

Following twelve years as a physical education teacher in Johnstown, Mr. Hale became Assistant Principal at JHS on September 30, 2013. He previously led the boys’ basketball program as varsity head coach for ten seasons, was a long-time assistant football coach, and spent time as a boys’ modified soccer coach, boys’ junior varsity lacrosse coach, and summer recreation supervisor. Mr. Hale has worked closely with Mr. Beatty and District Administration over the last two years and is well prepared to step into his new role as principal.

A Johnstown native, Mr. Hale resides in the Greater Johnstown School District with his wife and children.

Mrs. Corinne Cotter Appointed Assistant Principal Effective July 1

Mrs. Corinne Cotter has been appointed by the Board of Education to assume the duties of Assistant Principal at Johnstown High School effective July 1, 2015.

Also a 1996 graduate of Johnstown High School, Mrs. Cotter earned a Bachelor’s degree in social studies 7-12 at St. Lawrence University and her Master’s at SUNY Albany.

She has taught social studies at Johnstown High School for 13 years, served as a teacher mentor for five years and is currently the teacher mentor coordinator. She is also the co-chair of several of the District’s Professional Learning Committees (PLCs), including the District Literacy PLC, Social Studies Curriculum & Assessment PLC, and the Freshmen Experience PLC. In addition, Mrs. Cotter serves as JHS Student Council advisor, was a summer school tutor, a softball assistant and an alpine ski assistant. She will assume her new duties as assistant principal effective with the 2015-16 school year.

Mrs. Cotter and her family are long-time Greater Johnstown School District residents.

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Freshmen Academy Builds Planetarium

Freshmen Academy Builds Planetarium

Look! Up there in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… a constellation!

As part of an interdisciplinary project that incorporated ELA, science, algebra and global studies, Freshmen Academy students researched and graphed constellations based on mythology.  Upon completing their research, each student designed their own mythological constellation, wrote a story and graphed their design.  As part of their project, they had to calculate the linear equation for the lines created.

The students then built a room-size planetarium, based on a design inspired by a published NASA classroom project.  They carefully punched patterns of tiny holes into heavy black plastic to represent their constellations, duct taping the sections together and inflating their creation with fans set up in the Johnstown High School Lecture Hall.

Once all work was completed, they gathered inside to observe the stars and read their original stories. With the overhead stage lights shining through the patterns of holes created in the tarps, students were able to view their work transformed into a host of amazing constellations  in the dark night sky!

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Johnstown Athletics Captains Council

Johnstown Athletics Captains Council

Introduced at Johnstown High School during the 2014-15 school year, Captains Council is a student leadership program developed to promote school pride, sportsmanship, integrity and mentoring through athletics. The council also provides for communication between student athletes and school administration.

Council representatives are team captains from each sport at Johnstown and rotate each season (fall, winter, spring). The group meets at least once a month and is facilitated by Athletic Director Mr. James Robare and School Psychologist Dr. Michael Fraser. Discussions focus on expectations for team captains, how to improve school spirit and the students’ vision for the school district.

In a May 2015 school pride service project, members of the Captains Council offered to spruce up District grounds by painting 53 blue trash barrels in school colors of purple and gold. Paint and brushes for the project were generously donated by Mr. Paul Connelie and Benjamin Moore & Co.

Future projects currently slated to be undertaken by the Captains Council include assisting in running School Spirit Weeks, promoting the three sports seasons by developing a pep rally for each season and promoting additional student participation in sports.

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Six Knox Students Receive NYSAHPERD Recognition

Six Knox Students Receive NYSAHPERD Recognition

Knox Junior High students Allyson Brandow, Grace Fitzgerald, Molly Lake, Charles Brown, Victor Orsell and Alexander Quillan have been selected to receive the 2015 Sandy Morley Physical Education Leadership Award, presented by the Capital Zone of the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The honorees were invited to attend a recognition ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College on May 4, accompanied by their parents and GJSD physical education teacher Mrs. Colleen Froshauer. More than 600 students from 37 school districts were recognized at the event for excellence in physical education and outstanding leadership characteristics.

four students at ceremony

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Warren Street Supports Sawyer Fredericks

Warren Street Supports Sawyer Fredericks

Warren Street students and staff created signs and held a rally of their own to show their enthusiasm and support for area resident Sawyer Fredericks, who is competing on the television show “The Voice.”  A homecoming rally for Sawyer will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at the Fonda Fair Grounds / Fonda Speedway.

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