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September, 2017

Drive-thru Procedure Reminders

Thank you for being patient as we work to get the large volume of cars through the pick-up line at Pleasant in the most efficient manner. Please bear in mind that, at the same time, we are trying to be good neighbors and not block folks from getting to their homes. Here are some tips for what we have found to be most effective:

  • Always use the entrance to the loop (the second opening to the loop). Please do not cut through the exit.
  • First grade parents please do not arrive before 3 p.m., as we are still getting kindergarten families through the loop. First graders are not ready to be dismissed before 3:10 p.m.
  • Once in the lot, use both lanes in order to get more cars off the street. Don’t worry, children are brought out in the order that you arrive whenever possible.
  • Never block the crosswalk.
  • After the crosswalk, we will have you back down to one lane. There will be three loading zones for us to bring your child to the car. We will no longer load in both lanes for the safety of our students and staff.
  • Remain in your car unless in the loading zone. We continuously move vehicles forward and need everyone in their car to keep things flowing.
  • Exit the loading zone as soon as safely possible. This way we can load the next vehicle and get people out in a timely fashion.
  • If you have questions please call the principal at 518-762-8610.

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Warren Street AR 2017-2018

Warren Street AR 2017-2018

See the theme for Warren Street’s Accelerated Reader Program in the slide show below:

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Enjoy these scenes from Warren’s AR Kickoff Assembly:

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JHS Peer Mentoring Program 2017-18

Dear Parents and Guardians of JHS Freshmen and Seniors:

This year JHS will be providing peer to peer mentoring for almost every freshmen, to help them during the difficult transition from junior high school to high school.

Goals

The goals of the program are for freshmen to:

  • Connect with our JHS community
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Conquer high school (successfully graduate)

Who will participate?

Seniors

Most seniors will be participating in the program as peer mentors to the freshmen. Mentoring will fulfill their community service requirements in their Government, Economics and Mentoring (G.E.M.) class (formerly Participation in Government and Economics) or Advanced Placement Politics, Leadership and Economics (A.P.P.L.E.) class.

The seniors will learn mentoring and communication skills in their social studies class. In groups, seniors will create mentoring lesson plans which they will facilitate and teach throughout the year. The seniors will then run peer mentoring sessions most Fridays during the enrichment period throughout the school year.

Those seniors who choose not to be mentors will be required to either complete 32 hours of volunteer community service work, or lead a community service project similar to the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout program or Girl Scouts Gold Award program.

Freshmen

On most Fridays, and one Thursday (October 5), freshmen will have to stay in their enrichment classroom rather than going elsewhere with a pre-signed pass. Groups of senior mentors will come to the freshmen’s enrichment classrooms to conduct the mentoring experiences.   A teacher will always be present in the classroom during these mentoring sessions.

Each week the freshmen will also be required to complete an exit ticket to document what they learned in each peer mentoring session. Attendance at the mentoring sessions and completing the exit tickets each week will be reported to freshmen’s social studies teachers. This participation will be included in students’ citizenship grades for ninth grade social studies. Absent students will have to communicate through school email with a senior mentor to ask questions and find out what they missed during the mentoring session.

What is the peer mentoring schedule?

JHS staff have been encouraged to avoid scheduling club, class, or other activities during Friday enrichment, so that the freshmen and seniors do not have conflicting responsibilities during mentoring sessions.

The initial ninth grade survey will be administered during enrichment between Wednesday, September 25, 2017 and Friday, September 29, 2017.

Mentoring sessions will then take place on Thursday, October 5, and then most Fridays through May 25, 2018.

How will the effectiveness of this peer mentoring program be evaluated?

Pre-test and post-test surveys will be conducted to determine the following:

Connect

To determine if the peer mentoring program was effective at getting freshmen to feel connected to the JHS community, students will be surveyed to determine their self-reported feeling of connectivity to the JHS school community as well as the amount of their participation in JHS community activities versus their participation in Knox community activities.

Communicate

Pre and post surveys will be conducted to evaluate freshmen’s confidence in their own communication skills.

Conquer

Pre and post surveys will be conducted that ask questions that show correlations to being at greater risk to dropping out of school. Attendance, course failure rates, and overall GPA will also be compared from eighth to ninth grade.

Questions, comments, or concerns?

Please email or talk to JHS peer mentoring coordinator Sean Russo about any and all questions, comments, or concerns that you have about this newly revised JHS peer to peer mentoring program. His email is srusso@johnstownschools.org.

Thank you in advance for your support for the JHS peer mentoring program!

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Be an Accelerated Reader Superhero!

Be an Accelerated Reader Superhero!

two cartoon superheros flying with word Pow! beneath and words AR Super Readers! above

Parents and children can follow these
five simple steps

to help our students become
Super Readers!!!

  1. Read an Accelerated Reader (AR) book to your child at home. To make sure that a book is an Accelerated Reader book, visit arbookfind.com. AR books are available from our school library, the Johnstown Public Library, and in our classrooms
  2. After reading the book with your child, fill out an AR slip with the book title, the author, and your child’s name.
  3. Send the slip to school in your child’s folder.
  4. At school, your child will take the AR test for that book. Each test they successfully complete earns them points.
  5. Each month, your child can earn prizes based on the number of points they have earned!

The more your child reads, and the more tests they pass,
the more prizes your child will earn!

words "Reading is my SUPERPOWER" multi-colored

Super Reader Mondays will be the first Monday of the Month.
Please send your child in superhero clothing the first Monday of every month!

AR Superhero Prizes:

  • Pass your first AR test and receive a superhero sticker and a lanyard. The lanyard is kind of like a necklace. We will keep the lanyard here at school until the end of the year. That’s because when you reach each level, you will earn a little book charm to put on your lanyard. You can earn SEVEN charms if you reach the top level!
  • When you pass a few more AR tests and reach two points, you will earn a colorful book charm to add to your lanyard, and a superhero stamper that prints things like “pow,” “super,” and “bam.”
  • Reach four points and you will earn a second colorful charm for your lanyard, and a superhero bookmark to use while you read more AR books.
  • Keep passing AR tests and reach seven points and you will earn a third charm to put on your lanyard, and a cool superhero eraser.
  • Pass even more tests and reach 10 points and you will earn a fourth charm for your lanyard, and a superhero notepad to write all kinds of things in.
  • Reach 14 points and you will earn a fifth charm, and a superhero clip key chain that you can put on your book bag to show everyone what a super reader you are!
  • At 18 points you will get the sixth charm for your lanyard and, something that every superhero needs – a superhero mask!
  • Pass enough AR tests to reach our top level of 23 points and you will earn your last charm (lucky number seven!) and an awesome superhero cape! You could also get to have snacks with someone special!

If everyone works hard, reads books, takes tests and earns enough points for the whole school, we will have an AR Carnival at the end of the school year!

Let’s make reading our superpower!

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Seen: Pleasant Avenue Open House Sept. 21

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Applesauce Day – Yum!

Applesauce Day – Yum!

Students in Mr. Valovic’s class at Glebe Street are working on their measuring skills by cooking on Fridays, mixing up tasty treats. Some of the recipes they’ve tested out so far include snack mix, apple pie in a cup, and this applesauce – yum!

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XC Run Supports Hurricane Relief Effort

XC Run Supports Hurricane Relief Effort

On September 6th the Johnstown cross country team held a fundraiser to raise money for Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief.

The athletes asked for sponsors to donate money towards every mile that they ran during a three hour span. As a team, students ran a total of 267 miles, raising $2,947.50. All proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief.

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Youth Field Hockey Play Days

Youth Field Hockey Play Days

On Sunday, September 10th, Johnstown Field Hockey’s Youth Program hosted the first of four youth field hockey play days at Knox Field. The youth program is in it’s sixth year and is designed for students in grades 3-6.

Twelve schools from Section 2 brought a total of 31 teams comprised of 230 players to participate in the round robin tournament. Participating schools were Johnstown, Gloversville, Saratoga, Shenenedehowa, Bethlehem, Columbia, Scotia, South Glens Falls, Glens Falls, Hoosick Falls, Guilderland, and Burnt Hills.

Johnstown’s youth program will play again Sunday, September 17th, at Shenendehowa, September 24th at Burnt Hills, and will conclude it’s season on September 30th at South Glens Falls.

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Announcements, September 2017

Announcements, September 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8

Wednesday, September 6

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Students Enjoy Playground During Recess

Students Enjoy Playground During Recess

Pleasant Avenue students enjoyed recess during their first week back to school, swinging, climbing, hula-hooping and having fun on the playground!

As part of the school district’s on-going Capital Project, Pleasant’s playground was renovated and upgraded with new equipment during the summer of 2016.

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