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March, 2018

March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

March Box Top Winners at Pleasant

Our collection of General Mills Box Tops for Education (found on most General Mills cereals and other products) continues. Each box top earns our school 10 cents and enables us to purchase new equipment for our school. Your support is most appreciated, so keep those box tops coming!

Congratulations to our March Box Top Winners:
M. Kortz, J. Decker, H. LoDestro, M. Friers, H. Peck and A. Murphy​

students lined up along wall

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JHS Seniors are Registering to Vote!

This week Johnstown High School seniors have been learning about voting and registering to vote as part of Government, Economics and Mentoring (G.E.M.) and Advanced Placement Politics Leadership and Economics (A.P.P.L.E.) classes. Already over 60 students have registered to vote!

Residents who wish to participate in the Johnstown School District’s May 15, 2018 budget vote and Board of Education elections, or the June 5, 2018 public library vote, must be registered to vote. You can check the status of your school voter registration here:
https://es.findmypollplace.com/greaterjohnstown/AmIRegistered

If you need to register, or if you need to make changes to your name or address, NYS Voter Registration Forms are available on the NYS Board of Elections site. Be sure to mail or hand deliver the completed form to your County Board of Elections Office at least 25 days before the election you want to vote in. The county will notify you when your registration is complete.

Residents may also register to vote in Johnstown school and library elections (but not federal or state elections) by coming to the school district’s Voter Registration Day between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, 2018 and May 22, 2018 in the high school auditorium lobby. Photo ID and proof of residence are required.

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National History Day Competition

National History Day Competition

Group photo of the entire Global History and Geography 9 Honors class

Global History and Geography 9 Honors Class

On Saturday, March 24th, 25 students from the Global History and Geography 9 Honors class participated in the Capital Region competition of National History Day. Our students submitted a total of 14 entries as exhibits, websites, papers, and documentaries. Below are pictures of the student winners, as well as a group picture at the New York State Museum in Albany where the competition was held. In total, Johnstown had five entries win medals:

  • Cameron Polidore won third place for his historic paper
  • Colleen Long won third place for her individual documentary
  • Sydney Swedick, Grace Giarrizzo, and Aiden Greene won third place for their group exhibit
  • Kyle Salamack, Regan May, and Kenneth Boger won first place for their group website
  • Nicholas Hadcock and Thomas Truckenmiller won first place for their group documentary

The final two groups listed above will be moving on to compete in the New York State competition at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown in late April.

Congratulations on a job well done in representing Johnstown!

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Odyssey Teams Advancing to States

Odyssey Teams Advancing to States

group photo Warren Street Odyssey Teams 2018Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program enjoyed another successful season in its third year with the program.

Fourteen Johnstown teams competed at the Regional competition on March 10th and five of them are advancing to the State competition at Binghamton University on April 7th.

Johnstown had the largest number of students participating in Regionals of any school in our area. Mrs. Meashaw & Mrs. Sweeney, district coordinators, report that they were very proud to see the students represent with enthusiasm and great team spirit.

Glebe Street School had three teams trying the Odyssey program for the first time. Teams from Warren Street School totaled seven this year, while Knox had four teams participating.  All students should be commended for their dedication, creativity, and teamwork.  A huge thank you to all of the volunteer coaches and parents that make this program possible!

Odyssey of the Mind teams and their families are invited to an end of season celebration on Monday, March 26 at the Warren Street Cafeteria (6:30-7:30pm).  Students and coaches will be recognized, dessert will be served, and a photo slideshow will be shared.

Competition will be stiff at the State level competition at Binghamton University on April 7th, where teams that placed at the top of their Region will meet.  Please wish the five Johnstown teams pictured below the best of luck as they prepare for this statewide event!

6th Grade Structure Team @ Warren Street, Coached by Mr. Chad Kortz Due to a scoring error, this team was recognized for 2nd place at the awards program but wound up winning 1st in their problem and division!

Warren Sixth Grade Structure Team, coached by Chad Kortz. Due to a scoring error, this team was recognized for second place at the awards program, but wound up winning first in their problem and division!

5th Grade Emoji Team @ Warren Street, Coached by Ms. Christina Laird & Ms. Corena Rising

Warren Street Fifth Grade Emoji Team, coached by Christina Laird & Corena Rising.

4th & 5th Grade Structure Team @ Warren, Coached by Mr. Rodney Rathbun & Mr. Josh Nellis

Warren Fourth & Fifth Grade Structure Team, coached by Rodney Rathbun & Josh Nellis

7th Grade Vehicle Team @ Knox, Coached by Mr. Joe Naselli & Mr. Chris Hutchison

Knox Seventh Grade Vehicle Team, coached by Joe Naselli & Chris Hutchison

7th Grade Emoji Team @ Knox, Coached by Mr. Josh Elston

Knox Seventh Grade Emoji Team, coached by Josh Elston

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Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

Elementary Foul Shooting Contest

winners with basketballsJohnstown’s annual Elementary Foul-Shooting Contest took place on Saturday, March 24, at Warren Street.

As part of the physical education classes at Warren and Glebe, students participated in a basketball unit that focused on the fundamentals, along with participating in a foul-shooting contest with their classmates. The first and second place finishers from each class contest were then invited to compete in the district-wide contest.

We had 62 total students competing in our district-wide contest this year, with the winners making anywhere between three and eight out of 10 foul shots. We look forward to seeing them as future Sir Bills and Lady Bills basketball players!

This year’s winners are:

  • Third Grade: Kayden Hall and Maddy Ponte
  • Fourth Grade: Gavyn Hall and Emma Butler
  • Fifth Grade: Landon Fiore and Gianna Pica
  • Sixth Grade: Matt Wheelis and Jaelyn Christman

We would like to thank Mrs. Tarbox for her help during this year’s contest, and also the following JHS basketball players and student-athletes: Adam Wilson, Matt Boyle, Victor Orsell, Anna Lee, Abby VandeWalker, Austin Fullington, Jesse Van Nostrand and Joey Matthews.

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Olympic Village Literacy Night

Olympic Village Literacy Night

On the evening of March 18th, 297 visitors came to Warren Street and enjoyed a journey through our Olympic Village! Young travelers received passports that were “stamped” as they traversed displays researched and created by students. The displays highlighted the different countries that match our Accelerated Reader theme. There was also music playing and several food samplings available from different cultures.

 

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Ice Cream, Slime and Play Doh, Oh My!

Ice Cream, Slime and Play Doh, Oh My!

Today several students from Mr. Litz’s AP class at Johnstown High School came to Pleasant Avenue to help kindergarten and first grade students complete three different labs. The students made ice cream, slime, and play dough.

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JHS Musical March 23, 24 & 25

JHS Musical March 23, 24 & 25

cast and crew pose on stage for group shot

There’s comedy this weekend. Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 Broadway smash “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” plays at Johnstown High School this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sondheim’s score – filled with exquisite ballads (“Love, I Hear”), cunning commentaries (“Everybody Ought to Have a Maid”), and a perfect opening number (“Comedy Tonight”) is balance by its vaudeville style and witty buffoonery.

two students in costume at dress rehearsalThe plot is as old as the seven hills of Rome: Scheming slave Pseudolus wants his freedom in return for uniting his master’s son, Hero, with his true love, Philia. However, this being a farce, there are a lot of complications, including a house of ill repute, a Roman soldier who has been promised Philia as his bride, Hero’s parents (who won’t stay out of town as expected), a next-door neighbor (who also won’t stay out of town as expected), and Hysterium, a slave who attempts to solve all of these problems, only ending up at the center of chaos.

Hunter Hill plays the wily Pseudolus, the mischievous trickster who will stop at nothing to make his dream of freedom a reality in “Free.”  With his dynamic voice and wacky antics, Hill leads this strong cast in a series of farcical schemes and comic exploits.

four characters hold fingers to lips in "shushing" motionThe secondary characters delight and amaze. Jeff Salatel brings to life the befuddled Senex with aplomb in “Impossible,” juxtaposed with Katie Ammann as his shrewish wife Domina, who delights with “That Dirty Old Man.” Cameron Polidore and Rachel Lee as the young lovers Hero and Philia, are splendid in “Lovely.” Polidore exudes naivety with a quirky enthusiasm, while Lee delivers a plucky, but absent-minded portrayal. Jacob Frenyea dons a proper “pillar of virtue” persona as Hysterium, the head house slave. His worrisome tendencies are exposed in the hysterical “I’m Calm.”

And the show allows a bunch of scene-stealing supporting players to get time in the spotlight, including Zack Hayes as the gullible and senile neighbor Erronius, Conner Edel as the self-indulgent swaggering captain Miles Gloriosus, Jordyn Stoutner as Marcus Lycus, the greedy, yet cowardly courtesan merchant, and Julia Airey, Anna Crouse and Alex Shepherd as the ever useful Proteans.

The ensemble consists of the alluring courtesans: Emily Barker, Madison Collins, Gina Franko, Emily Long, Hannah Kosiba and Bella Collar, with Anastasija Morse and Isabella Dittmer as Eunuchs.

four students in costume, three are holding up one pretending to faintThe production is directed by Michael S Burnett; music direction – Cynthia Fiorenza; choreography – Wood and Emily Barker; costume coordinator – Darlene D’Onofrio; costume designer – Diane Dillenbeck; costume assistant – Pam Baran; tickets- Linda Panthen; and set design and technical director – Burnett.

Stage Crew members are: Maddie Willett (Sound), Cece Radalin (Stage Manager), Emily Wheelis (Lighting), Jillian Martelle and Grace Osborne (Follow spots), Katie Diener (Curtain), Alexx Fountain and Emily Dingman (Stage Assistants).

Band members include: Alison Wallace – piano, Lillian Nevins – flute, August D’Amore – percussion, Morgan Hotaling – trumpet, Emily Gelman – tenor sax, Cece D’Amore – trombone, Ava Trimarchi – clarinet, Michael Bevington – bass.

Tickets are available at the door, $12 adults and $8 students.

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AR Reading Rally

AR Reading Rally

There were approximately 72 students, plus siblings and family members, who attended last night’s Accelerated Reader Reading Rally night at Pleasant Avenue. The event was a fun way to help students to “rally toward our goal” of accumulating the 2,500 points needed to earn an AR Carnival in June.

Students read books, took AR tests, had a snack, made a craft, had their pictures taken in a superhero-themed photo booth, and received a small prize for completing a Pick-A-Reading-Partner (PARP) BINGO board. It was a great night for all who attended!

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Glebe Street Mathapalooza

Glebe Street Mathapalooza

After a group warm up this morning, Glebe mathletes traveled to different math stations to show just how much they know about math! We’re having lots of fun at Glebe’s Mathapalooza!

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