Congratulations to our Johnstown High School Honor Roll students for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year:
The students in Mr. McCullough and Ms. Flanders’ ELA and social studies classes had a visit from Mr. Ray Ettington of Rochester, NY, who is a very special friend of Ms. Flanders. Mr. Ettington has a hobby creating virtual field trips using the internet and PowerPoint software. During his visit he shared his presentations “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” “The Seven Wonders of the Natural World,” and “A Tribute to Glen Curtiss.”
Recently, the sixth graders read a story called “Back to the Drawing Board,” in which the Wright Brothers were depicted as the sole inventors of the airplane. Mr. Ettington shared the life and accomplishments of a young man named Glen Curtiss, from Hammondsport, NY, who actually held the first pilot license and helped create the motor for the first airplane. Many people have never heard of Glen Curtiss and Mr. Ettington, who gives tours of The Glen Curtiss’ museum in Hammondsport, wants everyone to know about the accomplishments of Mr. Curtiss.
Come to Room 3 at Warren Street on Tuesday mornings and you might just see some sweat, tears, and tape….A LOT OF TAPE! Our STEM Club’s sixth graders have been losing sleep over their first STEM challenge:
The Challenge – hold a textbook (or the record of forty!) one inch off of a desk using ONLY one sheet of 8 x 11 computer paper.
Supplies – one sheet of paper, a ruler (only to measure the 1 inch rule), tape, scissors
Madison King, Patrick Clemence, Konner Mancini, Garrett Barnett, and Zach Tierney worked relentlessly to solve this seemingly impossible STEM task. They persevered through many trials and even more errors! After two full rolls of tape, Mrs. Ferrari and Mrs. Swartwout had to give some hints and have some focusing discussions about structure and support systems. Then it all started to click!
Last week a club record was set! Madison King and Konner Mancini stacked 13 textbooks to hold the initial record, although it was short-lived. Patrick Clemence broke their record minutes later with 19 textbooks on top of his paper support structure.
We are looking forward to our next “egg”cellent STEM challenge!
The Class of 2019 held a Sundaes with Santa event at Johnstown High School on Sunday, November 29, where kids could come have their picture taken with Santa, decorate a Christmas cookie and make their own sundae. Admission was free for children, but parents were asked to bring a toy to donate to the Toys for Tots collection box. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously!
In her first visit to a P-TECH school since taking office in July, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke to students and educators at Hamilton Fulton Montgomery P-TECH, one of 26 P-TECH programs in New York.
In this video from her visit to the HFM P-TECH campus at Johnstown’s Jansen Avenue School, Commissioner Elia underscores her strong support for the “Pathways in Technology: Early College High School.”
This morning New York State Assemblyman Marc Butler, his assistant Dottie MacVean, and Belle Bruse from the VFW Auxiliary attended morning program at Pleasant Avenue to accept a donation for Trees for Troops. This program sends Christmas trees to soldiers overseas and to military families. Since 2005, more than 157,000 real Christmas trees have been provided.
Kindergarten teacher Mari Jo Quinn organized the drive at Pleasant Avenue. Principal Michelle Gabree Huba said “We not only teach our students academics but try to instill good character as well. We hope our youngsters will grow into adults that give back to the community.”
Pleasant Avenue students enjoyed a performance of “The Firebird” by The Puppet People on November 20. The show featured handcrafted puppets and vivid scenery. It explored themes of cooperation, friendship, and responsibility.
Top row, from the left:
Lucas Montgomery eighth grade, nominated by Mr. Chamberlain week ending Sept. 18
Randy Sweet eighth grade, nominated by Mr. Jennings week ending Oct. 2
Julia Norris eighth grade, nominated by Mrs. Brower week ending Oct. 23
Emily Fleming seventh grade, nominated by Mrs. VonderHeide week ending Oct. 30
Sydney Swedick seventh grade, nominated by Mrs. Bernaski week ending Oct. 8
Jennifer Cronin seventh grade, nominated by Mrs. LaMena week ending Nov. 13
Bottom row, from the left:
Malachi Mathews eighth grade, nominated by Mr. Ritter week ending Oct. 16
Madison Delgado eighth grade, nominated by Mrs. Froschauer week ending Sept. 25
Gabrielle Palmer eighth grade, nominated by Mr. Fitzgerald week ending Nov. 6
Students of the week receive a certificate, a student of the week pencil, free entrance to a school dance, and a free pizza from Pino’s Italian Restaurant!