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January, 2017

January Box Top Winners at Pleasant

January 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 January Box Tops for Education Winners:

Rachel Maye, Caitlin Chaplin, Evan Laird,
Jackson VanSlyke, Josslyn Rodriguez and Evan Bianco

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Congratulations to Winter Guard Teams

Congratulations to Johnstown’s varsity and JV winter guard teams for each earning first place at New Hartford High School’s Winter Guard Show this past Saturday. Both teams took first in all judging categories. This weekend the varsity team will travel to their first WGI Regional of the year in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Reminder: there will no JV guard practice the week of January 30.

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Pleasant STEM Night Draws a Crowd

Pleasant STEM Night Draws a Crowd

Over 70 Pleasant Avenue students and their families came out last night to enjoy an evening of STEM learning and fun. We hope to build an excitement for the areas of STEM in our young learners that they can take with them as they continue their education in Johnstown, and onto college and careers in STEM fields.

father and daughter work on electricity projectEvery student was able to participate in three hands on sessions related to one of the STEM areas. Offerings included science topics in chemistry such as making ice cream, slime and silly putty; electricity; Scratch programming and robotics in the area of technology; engineering topics –  including catapult and boat building; and math activities such as tesselations and finance.

We would like to thank our volunteer presenters that included teachers, JHS students, PTECH students, MiSci and First Choice Financial FCU. Without them the evening would not have been possible.

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Glebe Students Create Kindness Posters

Glebe Students Create Kindness Posters

Students in second and third grade participated in a Kindness poster contest as part of the Great Kindness Challenge this week at Glebe Street Elementary School. A first and second place poster was selected for each grade level and students earned a gift card to Walmart for their efforts. Keep up the great work students!

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Mrs. Paul’s Students Creating Book on Dogs

Mrs. Paul’s Students Creating Book on Dogs

The students in Mrs. Paul’s class at Warren Street are creating their very own book about how to take care of dogs.

Every month they welcome a visitor named Ross, who is a therapy dog. Ross is helping them to learn about the important aspects of taking care of dogs. As part of this process, they are also learning how to write and edit their thoughts and ideas for their very own book. The children are also creating illustrations to go along with the book.

This has been an exciting process for the students. As a class, they are very excited to go on this adventure with Ross and his handler, BobbiJo Haverly.

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Donation Made to Local Food Pantry

Donation Made to Local Food Pantry

The JHS Captain’s Council, Student Council and the Music Department recently made its first donation of the new year to the local food pantry.  With the help of the community members and visitors who brought non-perishable items to athletic and music events, seven boxes of food were delivered help those in need.  Thank you to everyone who helped!

group of students stands behind boxes of food piled on table and floor

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Video: Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly

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December Silver Apple Winners

December Silver Apple Winners

Congratulations to the Silver Apple Award winners for December! Mrs. Cox’s class was respectful, responsible, and safe at lunch and recess. Keep up the great work!

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You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

two students delivering mailThe Pleasant Avenue Postal Service (“PAPS”) is up and running for its second year!

After submitting applications for PAPS positions, “employees” received notification in December that they were “hired.” First grade post masters take charge of date stamping and sorting student mail, while first grade postal workers deliver letters to  classrooms.

Students are now busy writing and addressing letters to each other school-wide, and the children are enjoying reading letters from their peers.

Kids have sent holiday cards to each other, invited their friends to play at recess, sent infinite compliments to each other, and sometimes just shared pictures they’ve drawn.  It enables students to have contact with each other across grade levels, and it’s a great way to teach writing and literacy through a purposeful, meaningful, fun, activity!

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Tech-Know Slideshow

Tech-Know Slideshow

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Tech-Know is a group of 10 high school students, grades 9-12, who work with our IT Department to support District technology for our faculty, staff and students. Three of the members (Jack Truckenmiller, Bailey King and Jesse Ferri) attended a recent Board of Education meeting to share a slideshow and discuss the program.

Following a full day summer orientation covering confidentiality, policies, our network and devices, the students have undertaken numerous tasks, including learning how to make Ethernet cables, completing and closing 50 trouble tickets, unpacking and inventorying 700 new Chromebooks, assembling charging carts, replacing defective key boards caused by a manufacturer’s defect, pulling hard drives and CD/DVD drives from 200+ old desktop computers being sent out for recycling, helping to set-up equipment for presentations, and creating several instructional videos and guides (see links below). Members of the group also email announcements to staff and students, and read announcements over the PA system each morning and afternoon.

Their work takes place during scheduled study halls, enrichment and after-school. In exchange they each have a Chromebook they may use at school and at home, an ID badge that serves as a hall pass during their work period, and the opportunity to provide input into the future of IT at the district.

With an ever increasing quantity of devices and software requiring IT support, Tech-Know assistance helps our IT Department with their ongoing goal to improve ticket response time, while the students engage in an authentic learning experience!

Tutorial Videos & Guides created by Tech-Know students:

Slideshow in PDF Format

 

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