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December, 2016

December Box Top Winners at Pleasant

December Box Top Winners at Pleasant

At the end of each month six students are randomly selected from those that have contributed to the Box Top for Education program at Pleasant Avenue. Each of these students has their name read on the morning announcements and wins a small prize. Each box top earns our school 10 cents so keep those box tops coming!

Congratulations December Box Tops for Education Winners:
Hunter Sayles, Amelia Cotter, Hailey Peck,
Adam Wieczenski, Jaden Dopp and Gretchen Goot

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Second Graders Imagine Life in a Snow Globe

Second Graders Imagine Life in a Snow Globe

Students in Mrs. Frenyea’s second grade class enjoyed a winter-themed project that included writing stories about what they would do if they lived in a snow globe!

three students hold up plates decorated like snow globes with stories stapled to base

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Thank you for Help with Service Project

Thank you for Help with Service Project

A big thank you to everyone who supported Pleasant Avenue’s recent service project of helping out the Regional Animal Shelter. For every item donated, students received a bone to place on the wall with his/her name. There were lots of items received and lots of bones added to the wall! Great job!

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Crafty Students Create Custom Ornaments

Crafty Students Create Custom Ornaments

Fifty Warren Street students enjoyed crafting ornaments after school on Monday thanks to JEPTA.  A special thank you to Mrs. Lamori and all of the parent volunteers for their help!

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Knox History Fair an Interactive Event

Knox History Fair an Interactive Event

Eighth grade social studies students capped off a 19th Century American History unit recently by participating in the annual Knox History Fair.

The students worked in small groups to research and create a fictional identity based on  a “19th Century Who’s Who.”  This information was used to craft displays with interactive components such as games, trivia and foods. Seventh graders, staff members and families were then invited to the History Fair to view and enjoy the displays.

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Student Council Makes Charitable Impact in Community

Student Council Makes Charitable Impact in Community

The Johnstown High School Student Council has put the finishing touches on their fall/winter charity event. Using funds raised from Dress Down Days, a bake sale, and the Homecoming Dance, the club of approximately 75 students was able to allocate funds to two charitable donations.

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Student Council members wrap holiday gifts for local families

First, the council members decided at the beginning of the school year that they would like to give back to their community directly this holiday season. Partnering with the local Catholic Charities organization, Student Council “adopted” a family for the holiday season. A group of Student Council members went shopping for this family on Sunday, December 11th, using the money they raised. They then wrapped the presents as well.

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Student Council Co-President Brandon Mraz and Vice Presidents Derek Lee and Riley Hall drop off donations to the James Brennan Humane Society.

On Monday, December 19th, student council Co-President Brandon Mraz along with Vice Presidents Derek Lee and Riley Hall, dropped the presents off to Catholic Charities. These officers described the experience as “fulfilling” and “rewarding,” and were happy that they were able to help a local family in need during the holiday season.

Additionally, the Student Council also purchased items for the local James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society. With a cart full of pet food, litter, toys, and cleaning products, these donations will help the local animal shelter through the lean winter months.

The Student Council greatly appreciates the continued district and community support, and are planning a similar spring fundraiser to continue this new tradition of community involvement!

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Video: Pleasant Ave. Students Singing Frosty

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Tang Museum Visits Glebe

Tang Museum Visits Glebe

The Tang Museum visited Glebe Street Elementary School this month. Students learned about  the artistic work of Victor Ekpuk, then created their own designs modeled after his work.

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Students Enjoy Literacy Night with Santa

Students Enjoy Literacy Night with Santa

Many families braved the cold Thursday evening to attend Holiday Literacy Night at Pleasant Avenue. Santa read a story to the children, students took Accelerated Reader tests, made a craft sponsored by JEPTA, enjoyed cookies and cocoa, and had their photo taken with Santa. It was a great evening for families to enjoy time together!

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Captain’s Council Brings Cheer to Nursing Home Residents

Captain’s Council Brings Cheer to Nursing Home Residents

The JHS Captain’s Council took a trip to Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home on December 15 to have lunch and spend time with the residents.

The council members  were happy to mingle with the patients and enjoy great conversations and even a game of cards with new friends. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience that lifted the spirits of both the residents and the students. Our Johnstown athletic team captains are positive leaders who welcome opportunities to give back to the community. Many thanks to them for sharing the simple gift of time with the nursing home residents.

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