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January, 2019

Athletic/Extra Curricular Cancellations Jan. 19-21

Due to the impending weekend storm, any school events that are scheduled to occur after 2:00 p.m. Saturday, will be postponed.  In addition, any away athletic events that were scheduled to return on or after 2:00 p.m. Saturday (wrestling, modified girls basketball and boys Nordic skiing) will be postponed.  Please contact the athletic director for more information, if needed, regarding any sports in which you are involved.

ALSO:  The District will be closed Sunday and Monday to allow for storm recovery and snow removal.  Only the grounds crew should be at the schools on Sunday and Monday.

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Long Range Planning Committee Report

Long Range Planning Committee Report

The newly formed Long Range Planning Committee got off to a quick start at its very first meeting on January 14, diving headlong into the district’s enrollment history and future projections.

Gathered in the Johnstown High School Media Center, the group made introductions and reviewed the purpose of the committee, then went straight to work. By graphing past enrollment history and live birth information to estimate kindergarten enrollment through 2026, a continued gradual decline was evidenced. Additional information shared with members showed that New York State’s population is declining overall, with most upstate school districts losing students.

The committee also learned that the median age of Fulton County residents continues to rise, with an increasing senior citizen population, while typical childbearing age groups have leveled off. Finally, they reviewed the population of non-resident students attending school in Johnstown, which is largely comprised of tuitioned students from Wheelerville, Piseco and Lake Pleasant, together with a handful of employee’s children.

The takeaway from the meeting was that, based on projections, Fulton County will likely continue to lose population and the district will likely continue to see enrollments drop.

The next meeting of the Long Range Planning Committee will take place at 6:30 p.m. on February 25 in the Pleasant Avenue Library and will include an overview of the district’s instructional program. Anyone who is interested may attend and observe the meeting.

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Long Range Planning Committee Formed

Following an open call for applications, the final members of the district’s newly formed Long Range Planning Committee were randomly selected in a public drawing held during the January 10 Board of Education meeting.

Comprised of a cross-section of district residents, the committee includes Knox Principal Robert Kraemer; special educator Jessica Stock; secondary teacher Meredith Fagan; retiree/senior citizen Michael Satterlee; local business owner Dino Vahaviolos; PTA/parent member Melissa Cornell; Board of Education members Susanne Fitzgerald, Jennifer Sponnoble and Kathy Zajicek; Director of Facilities David Wood; and Director of Curriculum & Professional Development Nicole Panton.

Tasked to work with independent educational consultants Castallo & Silky LLC, the committee’s purpose is to seek answers to the question “Are there more efficient and effective options for organizing the district’s grades and schools to ensure a quality education for students while being fiscally responsible to local taxpayers? If so, what are these options?”

Committee members are expected to serve as key communicators with stakeholder groups during the process, helping to ensure that a broad spectrum of views are shared and considered. Areas to be studied by the committee include enrollment, programs, facilities, transportation, staffing and finances. Consultants Castallo & Silky will be responsible for preparing and submitting a final report to the Board of Education in October, based on the committee’s work.

Anyone may attend and observe the Long Range Planning Committee meetings, scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • January 14, 2019 @ Johnstown High School Media Center
  • February 25, 2019 @ Pleasant Avenue Elementary Library
  • April 8, 2019 @ Glebe Street Elementary Library
  • May 13, 2019 @ Warren Street Elementary Library
  • June 10, 2019 @ Knox Junior High Library
  • July 8, 2019 @ Johnstown High School Library
  • August 5, 2019 @ Johnstown High School Library



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Founder’s Day Nominations Due Feb. 8

The Knox PTSA will be hosting the annual Founder’s Day Banquet on March 28 at Hales Mills Country Club.  Founder’s Day is a reminder of the substantial role PTA & PTSA’s have played locally, regionally, and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of all children and families. It is a time to take pride in our accomplishments, renew our commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, be a relevant resource for parents, and be a strong advocate for public education.

Each year we award three different awards at Founder’s Day.  The awards and a description regarding them are as follows:

Building Level Founder’s Day Award

This award is given to an individual who unselfishly gives their time and energy to the children of our school above and beyond what is expected.  Up to two awards will be given each year. Individuals selected may be teachers, staff members, PTSA members (including students), or anyone who gives their time and energy to help students at our school.  If you know of someone who fits this criterion and would like to nominate him/her, please use the form posted below to give us their name and a brief description of why you are nominating this person.

City-Wide Award

This award is given to an individual who has distinguished him/herself in service to the children of the Johnstown community.  This honoree is given State PTA Honorary Membership. If you know of someone who fits this criterion and would like to nominate him/her, please use the form posted below to give us their name and a brief description of why you are nominating this person.

Mischael Boyer Award

This award is given to a community member who has specifically helped raise the self-esteem among the youth of the Johnstown community.

If you know of someone who fits this criterion and would like to nominate him/her, please use the form below to give us their name and a brief description of why you are nominating this person.

Nomination Form

Please print out and complete this nomination form, then return it to your school office in a sealed envelope marked “Founder’s Day”, no later than Friday, February 8, 2019.

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Musical Ice Skating

Musical Ice Skating

Students in our kindergarten and first grade classes had a great time ice skating to the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio this week in music classes

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Pleasant’s New Sensory Pathway

Pleasant’s New Sensory Pathway

Pleasant Avenue has taken on a new look! In the side hallway, we now have a sensory pathway that can be utilized by students to give them sensory input and additional movement opportunities!

Along the path students are asked to do high knees, tiptoeing, wall pushes, side steps, stomping, sliding, heal to toe walking, jumping, spinning, hopscotch, walking backwards and squats, all while practicing letter name and sound identification!

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After School Math Program Offered

We are excited to announce that we will be starting an after school  math program at Knox on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 5th.  In order that we may better serve your child, please complete a short survey using the link below: S43gTgHCoUmqBHC23

Your input is greatly appreciated and valued by the staff at Knox, and we look forward to your feedback.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting new program, please contact Mrs. Ipek @

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What’s Happening in Math 7

What’s Happening in Math 7

Importance of Khan Academy and How it is Used:

The use of Khan Academy is a great personalized resource and tool for homework instruction. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside the classroom. For grade 7, we use Khan to spiral review concepts taught previously and also to reinforce and set a foundation for upcoming topics.

Homework Moving Forward:

Beginning this week (January 14th), students in 7A received a weekly problem set for lesson reinforcement. Starting the week of January 21st, students in 7R will begin the weekly problem set as well. The problem sets will be distributed in class on Monday and are expected to be completed each day, Tuesday through Friday. Weekly problem sets will be posted on Schoology each week. The problems will be discussed during each class period and checked daily. This procedure will provide students with further practice working out mathematical problems and direct feedback on solutions to problems. Information gathered from student problem sets will be used to guide and adjust daily lessons to fit the needs of all of our students. This, along with Khan Academy, will help continue to prepare our students for secondary math success.

Classroom Procedures:

Our new protocols listed above will impact some of the procedures in our classroom. One of the biggest changes will be time at the beginning of each class for checking problem sets, reviewing the answers and the process for getting the correct solution. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about problems or share strategies for arriving at solutions. It is our goal to provide problems for students to practice that they are familiar with in order to reinforce skills and concepts from class. These new procedures will not impact direct instruction and modeling of new concepts or collaborative group problem solving time in class.


Please know that you can reach out to Mrs. Ipek at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact me by phone at (518) 762-3711 or email at Remember, you can also follow your child’s progress using Schoology.

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January Exam Schedule

  • Tuesday, 1/22/19
    • 8:00 a.m. – ELA Regents – gymnasium
    • 8:00 a.m. – Sociology – small cafeteria
    • 8:00 a.m. – Psychology – new cafeteria
    • 8:00 a.m. – Algebra Midterm – large cafeteria
  • Tuesday, 1/22/19
    • 12:00 p.m. – Living Environment Regents – media center
    • 12:00 p.m. – Computer Applications – small cafeteria
    • 12:00 p.m. – Earth Science Lab Practical – room A213
    • 12:00 p.m. – CIS 105 – room A105
    • 12:00 p.m. – Production System – new cafeteria
  • Wednesday, 1/23/19
    • 8:00 a.m. – US History Regents – gymnasium
    • 8:00 a.m. – Forensics – large cafeteria
    • 8:00 a.m. – Geometry Regents – small cafeteria
  • Wednesday, 1/23/19
    • 12:00 p.m. – Algebra 1 Regents – gymnasium
  • Thursday, 1/24/19
    • 8:00 a.m. – Global History Regents – gymnasium
    • 8:00 a.m. – Physics Regents – small cafeteria
    • 8:00 a.m. – APPLE Midterm – gymnasium
  • Thursday, 1/24/19
    • 12:00 p.m. – Algebra II Regents – gymnasium
    • 12:00 p.m. – Living Environment H Midterm – large cafeteria
  • Friday, 1/25/19
    • 8:00 a.m. – Earth Science Regents – room A210
    • 8:00 a.m. – Chemistry – room A210
    • 8:00 a.m. – MAT 120 – room A105
    • 8:00 a.m. – English 9 Midterm – gymnasium
    • 8:00 a.m. – English 10 Midterm – large cafeteria
    • 8:00 a.m. – Physics – small cafeteria

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Athletes of the Week – Wrestling

Athletes of the Week – Wrestling

Congratulations to Nathan Schrom and Skyler Bronson. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility. They have worked hard on the mat as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Nathan Schrom and Skyler Bronson

Athletes of the Week for Wrestling: Nathan Schrom and Skyler Bronson

See the full 2018-19 Athlete of the Week gallery.

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