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February, 2019

Community Budget Forum March 4

The Greater Johnstown School District needs your help! We are seeking community members to provide school budget feedback at a Community Budget Forum to be held at Johnstown High School on Monday evening, March 4.

If you are interested in participating in the Community Budget Forum at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, March 4, please complete this online application no later than February 28, 2019. This invitation is open to all!

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100 Acts of Kindness on 100th Day of School

100 Acts of Kindness on 100th Day of School

tokens taped to machineThe 100th day of school is a day of celebration in many school settings. For the fourth year in a row, the Johnstown Teachers’ Association has extended that celebratory feeling beyond the school walls, by enacting “100 Acts of Kindness on the 100th day of School.” This is a way to give back to the community that has long supported education. Last week, Johnstown’s teachers and teaching assistants flooded the streets of Johnstown with kind deeds such as the following:

  • Sending treats (brownies!) to employees at Johnstown City Hall
  • Passing out lottery scratch-off tickets to random people and leaving them on random cars in parking lots
  • Donating children’s books to the local urgent care waiting room and passing out books to children out and about around town
  • Leaving quarters at the local laundromat and at the arcade token machine
  • Donating to cancer research
  • Leaving candy treats on the windshields of parked cars
  • Providing snacks for postal workers, bus drivers, and day care personnel
  • Paying the bill for the next car in the drive-through

Police "Survival Kit" made by studentsOver the past four years, Johnstown’s teachers have often also involved their students in this day of kindness. This year was no exception. The students in Miss Scott’s classroom created “Police Survival Kits” filled with snacks and positive words of inspiration, encouragement and gratitude.  Members of the Johnstown Police Department were so moved by the gesture that they personally visited the students in class.

This is just a sampling of the JTA’s acts of kindness; the list is endless. In the end, well more than 100 acts of kindness were completed, with the hope that these small gestures of kindness brought joy to members of the Johnstown community.

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Eighth Grade P-TECH Presentations

8th Grade P-Tech Presentations
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11:15 am @ Knox
Parents are welcome to attend!!!

PTECH students are incoming ninth-graders who will simultaneously earn Regents high school diplomas and associate’s degrees from FMCC over four to six years at no cost to their families. Only eighth-graders are eligible to apply to a PTECH program. Please plan to attend this presentation to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

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Knox March Attendance Madness

Knox March Attendance Madness

Knox March Attendance Madness

The Rules: (Starts the week of March 4th)

  • Each Check-in will choose a team name

  • Each round will last one week

  • Team with highest attendance percentage wins

  • Being Tardy counts against your team

  • Attendance will reset at the beginning of each week

  • There will be 4 rounds

  • All teams that lost round one will be placed in the Second Chance Bracket. The team in this bracket with the best attendance in week 2 will be put back in the tournament

Prizes:

  • Weekly – Winning Grade will be able to leave early on Fridays (No Check-Out)

  • Monthly – Winning Grade will have a cell phone lunch period while being served by available staff

March Attendance Madness Grand Prize:

  • The Winning Team/Check-In will be able to dress Mr. Kraemer for a day

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AP English Students Guide Seventh Graders

AP English Students Guide Seventh Graders

Eight JHS seniors studying Advanced Placement English came to Knox on Friday, February 8th, to work with Mrs. Bruno’s seventh grade social studies classes.

Stations with short readings based on early United States history were visited by the students.  The seniors read the passage then helped the seventh graders to compose their answers.  ELA skills, such as use of transition words, plus creating a thesis statement, were emphasized.

Mrs. Bruno expressed pride in how well the seniors, all former Knox students, conducted themselves while helping their younger counterparts. She said “It was a good day for all of us!”.

 

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Pasta Double Dare Challenge

Pasta Double Dare Challenge

At Warren Street we have fun and get messy to celebrate reading! We had pasta Double Dare challenges arranged by Mrs. Peck this morning!

Sixth grade classes challenged each other to build the tallest structures with marshmallows and spaghetti, fourth graders had to balance ziti, and fifth graders got messy! I wonder what the next challenges will be? Keep reading and we’ll find out!

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Scenes from the Someone Special Dance

Scenes from the Someone Special Dance

Enjoy these snapshots from our February 8, 2019 Someone Special Dance!

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Rocket Ship Rewards

Rocket Ship Rewards

This week the top 45 Accelerated Reader point earners made rocket ships that are displayed in the showcase in our vestibule!

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Attendance Showdown Scoreboard

Attendance Showdown Scoreboard

poster with words #You Matter and columns for 7th & 8th grade

Thank you to Mrs Abel and her student helpers. We now have our Attendance Showdown scoreboard!!

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Sectional Basketball Games Announced

Johnstown’s Lady Bills will take on Albany Academy in sectional play at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, in the JHS gym, while the  Sir Bills will take on Tamarac at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, at JHS.

There is no admission charge for either of these games.

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