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September, 2018

Athletes of the Week: Cross Country

Athletes of the Week: Cross Country

Congratulations to Augustus D’Amore, Alfio DeMarco, Madison King and Abigail Rodecker. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the course as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

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Spooktacular BINGO October 29

Spooktacular BINGO October 29

cartoon clip art kids in halloween costumes

Johnstown Elementary PTA Presents…

Spooktacular Bingo!

October 29th 6-7:15 p.m.

@ Glebe Street Elementary School

All Johnstown elementary students are welcome!

*Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes*

*Trick or Treat on your way to the gym (beginning at 6 p.m.)*

*Enjoy some treats*

*BINGO begins at 6:30*

In order to make this a great event we are asking for the following donations:

Please send in with your child or drop off to the main office at your child’s school by 10/26, thank you!

  • Glebe – cider
  • Warren – donuts
  • PA – bagged candy

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Utica Zoomobile Visits Pleasant Ave.

Utica Zoomobile Visits Pleasant Ave.

The Utica Zoomobile visited Pleasant Avenue today, offering students the opportunity to learn about millipedes, snakes, ferrets, and tortoises. The children were especially excited to be able to pet the ferret.

After the presentation the students wrote about, and drew a picture of, their favorite animal. These works will be on display at our Accelerated Reader Night, scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on October 16.

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Glebe October Calendar

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the Glebe October 2018 Calendar is available for printing using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

  • Tues, Oct. 2: Picture Day
  • Wed., Oct. 3: JEPTA 6 p.m. @ Warren
    • Color Run Meeting 7 p.m.
  • Fri., Oct. 5: Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School for Students
  • Mon., Oct. 8: Columbus Day – No School
  • Thurs., Oct. 11: Morning Program & AR Kickoff 9:20 a.m.
  • Mon., Oct. 15: Glebe Leadership Team Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 17: AR Night, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Thurs., Oct. 18: OM Coaches Meting 7 p.m. @ Warren
  • Thurs., Oct. 25: Mystery Door Night, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 31: Classroom Celebrations!

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Athletic Cancellations Tues., Sept. 25

Due to weather and field conditions, the following athletic events are cancelled for Tuesday, September 25:

  • Boys Varsity & JV Soccer vs. Schuylerville; new date TBA
  • Boys Modified Soccer vs. Broadalbin Perth; new date TBA
  • Girls Modified Soccer vs. Broadalbin Perth; new date TBA
  • Cross Country vs. Broadalbin Perth; new date TBA

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Homecoming/Spirit Week 2018

Homecoming/Spirit Week 2018

Homecoming King and Queen

2018 Homecoming King and Queen: Sebastian Mills and Molly Lake

wall decorated by class of 2019

Class of 2019 Deck the Walls

wall decorated by class of 2020

Class of 2020 Deck the Walls

wall decorated by class of 2021

Class of 2021 Deck the Walls

wall decorated by class of 2022

Class of 2022 Deck the Walls

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Knox News Mid-September 2018

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the Mid-September 2018 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Open House

Please join us October 3, 2018, Knox Jr. High School, 6:00-7:30 pm

An evening to meet the staff, tour the classrooms, and see all that Knox has to offer!

*Scholastic Book Fair, located in the library, will be open.

Dates to Remember

  • Sept. 21- Spirit Day –Wear purple and gold
  • Sept. 25 – Knox School Pictures
    • McDonald’s Night 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sept. 28 – Knox Welcome Dance 7:00pm– 9:00pm
  • Oct. 1-4- Scholastic Book Fair –  Knox Library
  • Oct. 3- Knox Open House 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Oct. 5- Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School for Students
  • Oct. 8- Columbus Day-School is Closed
  • Oct. 12- Knox First 5-Week Progress Reports Distributed to Students
  • Oct. 18- Knox PTSA mtg. 6:30pm Library
  • Oct. 26-Knox Halloween School Dance 7:00-9:00pm

Google Mail

We are updating the ways we can communicate with parents and guardians. In order to share Google Docs with you, we need your Google email. Please share your Gmail with us. You can email it to or call the guidance office at (518)762-3726 for more information.

Your Voice Matters

Thank you everyone for taking part in our communication survey.  We had 240 responses and we will use this information to help improve communication with all stakeholders. We will be answering all the questions that you had for us in the upcoming weeks. Here are a few questions regarding everyday procedures that we wanted to get out to you right away.

Q-Can more information be posted online well in advance of events happening so parents can plan ahead?

A-Yes. Knox News will have important dates included in every issue for the entire month. The Knox News is posted on the Knox Website and will be posted on Facebook. New this year, we will also be sending home a hard copy with your child. Survey results showed that 40% of our parents prefer the backpack letters. So be on the lookout!!

Q-Since my daughter’s father and myself have split up and I do not reside in Johnstown is it possible to have a copy of all sent home letters emailed/mailed to me?

A- Providing there is no documentation limiting or forbidding the release of student information to a particular parent/guardian/other family member, a request can be made by contacting the school to obtain copies of letters and other information.

Q-Will there be homework club?

A-Yes, everyday after school until 3:00. Mrs. Blackwood will be in room #3 for all students interested. If they take the bus and need to ride the late bus, they must get a bus pass from the main office and will go to Glebe St Elementary @ 3pm to get on the late bus.

Q-How can I better see the schedules for sports?

A- Or go to the Athletics page of the district website

Q-Sports Study Hall?

A-Sports Study Hall is for all athletes who are remaining on campus after school while waiting for their practice or game to start. Our school day ends at 2:10 and the majority of the practices do not start until 3:00. This gives our students the opportunity to complete work and be in a safe location until their practice starts. Sports Study Hall is from 2:10 -3:00 in the cafeteria and homework club is in room #3.

Q-Do you have and how do we sign up for Parent Portal?

A-Yes we do and we recommend using it.

Parent Portal Request/Update Form link.

We posted directions how to navigate Parent Portal on Facebook and you can also get them from the link below:

If you are still having trouble with the portal, we will have people available to assist you with this at Open House on Wednesday October 3rd @ 6:00 pm here at Knox.


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Soaring for 4 at Glebe

Soaring for 4 at Glebe

Congratulations to Glebe’s weekly Soar for 4 Winners, selected for being respectfully, responsible, ready to learn, and safe!

group of students standing in classroom giving thumbs up

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Odyssey of the Mind 2018-19

Odyssey of the Mind 2018-19

odyssey of the mind raccoon logo

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

  • A fun extracurricular enrichment program where students use creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
  • Students work in teams of 5 – 7 members to create a solution to a chosen problem, which is performed at competition
  • Although there is an adult coach, the program is totally student driven
  • Students build 21st century skills that they can use in the real world
  • Teams usually meet at least once a week (starting later in October), possibly more often when closer to competition in March

Who we are looking for:

  • Johnstown students in 2nd – 12th grades (from Glebe, Warren, Knox & JHS)
  • Students who are willing to MAKE A COMMITMENT to a group and stick with it, attending team practices when scheduled
  • Students who are willing to use PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS and don’t need an adult to always tell them what to do’
  • Students who enjoy a challenge and want to have fun
  • Students who like to be creative
  • Parent volunteers who are willing to help out/coach a team (the number of teams we are able to form depends on how many parents step forward)

What to do if you want to join:

  • Fill out a sign up sheet and return to your school NO LATER than Friday, September 28th.
  • Attend our required kick-off meeting, with a parent, at Warren Street School on Tuesday, October 23rd (6-7:30pm).  Learn more about the program, get to know your team, and schedule meeting times with your coach.
  • This year we will be ordering team shirts much earlier in the school year.  All Odyssey members will need to purchase a t-shirt for $10 each.  More info will follow at our kick-off meeting.

If you have questions, contact Mrs. Kristin Meashaw (Program Coordinator and Warren Street Teacher) at

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Odyssey Kick-Off Night – October 23rd – 6-7:30pm – Warren Cafeteria
  • McDonald’s Night Fundraiser – November 6th – 5-7pm (20% of all sales go to the Odyssey program)
  • Spontaneous Night – January 8th – 6-7:30pm @ Warren Street / snow date January 10th (for Warren, Knox, and HS students only)
  • Spontaneous Workshop – January 16th – 3:30-5pm @ Glebe Street / snow date January 17th (for Glebe students only)
  • Dress Rehearsal – March 5 & 7 – Warren Street Gym @ 5-7:30pm
  • Regional Competition – March 9th (all day) @ Fonda Fultonville School
  • End of Year Celebration – March 18th – 6-7pm – Warren Cafeteria

**If your team finishes in 1st place at Regional Competition or wins one of the “wild card” spots, you will be advancing to the NY State Tournament on March 23rd in Binghamton!!!!!

Ways to Keep Up-To-Date:

  • New Facebook Group – Search Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind
  • Open to PARENTS of students in Odyssey of the Mind.  Great place for updates, reminders, and sharing pictures. This is a closed group and you will need to join if interested.
  • Remind App – From a smartphone enter this number: 81010, then text this message: @3e4da3
    Group is called Odyssey Families 2018-19. Open to parents for short little text reminders and updates.

*Students don’t always get their paper flyers home, so it is strongly recommended you join at least one of these groups. Many Odyssey events are also posted on the school website.


Have questions? – Contact Mrs. Meashaw (

2018-19 Long-Term Problem Synopses*

Tentative as of April 28, 2018. All problems have an 8-minute time limit.

Problem 1: OMER to the Rescue Again

Divisions I, II & III

Who better to help those in distress than OMER? In this problem, OMER and his trusty Sidekick travel to different places with suitcases holding all of the parts of an OMER-mobile vehicle! OMER and his Sidekick will assemble and ride on the vehicle where it will function in different ways to “save the day.” Between attempts, the vehicle will be disassembled, put back into the suitcases, and taken to a different area where it will be reassembled and driven again. Finally, the OMER-mobile is thrown a hero’s parade as a show of appreciation!

Problem 2: Hide in Plain Sight

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Teams take a cue from nature in this problem where they create and build a team-made mechanical creature that hides in plain sight. The creature will change its appearance three times to avoid being detected by a Searcher Character trying to find it. The way the creature changes will be different each time! The team will create and present a performance where its creature gets into – or out of – various situations using this resourceful skill. In the end the creature will surprise everyone by changing its appearance a final time and reveal its true self.

Problem 3: Classics… Leonardo’s Workshop

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Imagine how inspiring Leonardo DaVinci’s (LDV) workshop must have been. Teams will portray his workplace in an original, creative performance that includes LDV, a patron, and a naysayer. The team will recreate a DaVinci painting, make a three-dimensional representation of one of his works, and recreate another LDV work in any form the team wishes. There will also be an original “debunked” creation that LDV “invented” but discarded because it was mocked. Ironically, the item will be shown as something commonly used in modern times.

Problem 4: Structure Toss

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Step right up and put your structure to the test! Teams must strategize risk for points and “toss” their structures in this year’s problem-turned-carnival. They will use a device to propel the structure in a carnival game. If it travels in the air it gets higher score! Once the structure has been successfully tossed, it can be tested for strength. A carnival barker character will entice other characters to join the fun during a performance that incorporates testing the structure’s strength with creative games of skill and chance.

Problem 5: Opposites Distract

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

Primary: Museum Makers

Grades K-2

Kids can see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Now they will use that ability to create their own museum! The team will create and present an original museum and its exhibits. During the performance, the team will reveal three creative displays that explain the theme of the museum and show off team-made items. A tour guide will take audiences on a journey through the museum to meet a humorous artist and a curator.

All problems copyright Creative Competitions, Inc. — 2018

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Open House Thursday, September 27


We are so excited to see you at Open House on Thursday, September 27th from 6-7 p.m.

*First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union will have a table set up if you would like to open a student saver account for  your child. School banking days are Tuesdays. You will just need to bring your child’s  SS card or a copy of the card to open the account*

*Don’t forget to join the PTA! You can join at Open House as well. Even if you do not  have time to give or want to attend meetings- your membership $ goes a long way to help our  kids*

*It’s going  to be a great year at Glebe*

*Please see  your child’s teacher, Mrs. Simek, Mrs. Ruggeri, or Mrs. North regarding any concerns you may have*

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