Important information about the 2023-24 school year

Dear GJSD Families,

It may seem like summer has just started, but before we know it, the 2023-24 school year will be starting and our school buildings will be bustling with activity once again. We are excited to welcome our staff and students back to school on Wednesday, September 6.

The District has undergone a grade level reconfiguration for this upcoming year. We encourage you to read the details laid out below, with dates for the first day of school, supply drop-offs, and open houses for each grade level and each building.

Of note, Mr. Robert Kraemer is now the principal of the newly reconfigured Knox Middle School (grades 5-7) and Dr. Matthew Lewis, former assistant principal of the Jr.-Sr. High School, has been named principal of Warren Street Elementary School (grades 2-4). Mrs. Cory Cotter and Mr. Scott Hale remain principals in their respective buildings.

At the bottom of this communication, you will find a link to our District website that lists suggested school supplies for each grade level. School supply drop-off is a wonderful way to check out your child’s school building, prior to their first day of school. This exercise is particularly important for any students who may be feeling anxious or nervous about transitioning into a new school building next year. Our principals and secretaries will also be present during supply drop-off events, providing families the opportunity to introduce themselves and say hello face-to-face.

We will continue to communicate information about school schedules, food services, and transportation, as soon as it becomes available. As always, we welcome any questions you may have about the coming school year. Each building principal’s email address and building phone number is listed below. Do not hesitate to reach out.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation!

Dr. William Crankshaw
Superintendent of Schools

Pleasant Avenue Elementary School (grades PK-1)

235 Pleasant Ave. Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 762-8610

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Principal: Cory Cotter

Building Secretary: Paula Salatel

  • Supply Drop-Off: Monday, August 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • First Day of School:  
    • Pre-K – Monday, September 11
    • Kindergarten – Thursday, September 7
    • First Grade – Wednesday, September 6
  • Open House: Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-7 p.m.


Warren Street Elementary School (grades 2-4)

110 Warren Street Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 762-3715

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Principal: Dr. Matthew Lewis

Building Secretary: Jennifer Friers

  • Supply Drop-Off: Monday, August 28, 5-6 p.m.
  • First Day of School:  Wednesday, September 6
  • Open House: Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7 p.m.


Knox Middle School (grades 5-7)

400 South Perry St. Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 762-4611

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Principal: Robert Kraemer

Building Secretary: Kaye Houtz

  • Grade 5-7 Orientation/Supply Drop Off: Tuesday, August 29, 5-6 p.m.
  • First Day of School: Wednesday, September 6 
  • Open House: Thursday, October 19, 5:30-7 p.m.


Johnstown High School (grades 8-12)

1 Sir Bills Circle Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 762-4661

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Principal: Scott Hale

Assistant Principal: Anne Bagot

Building Secretaries: Tracey Hildebrandt and Amber Rumrill

  • Grade 9/New Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 29, 7-8 p.m.
  • First Day of School: Wednesday, September 6  
  • Open House: Wednesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m.


2023-24 School Supply Lists

Supply lists have been posted to the District website. If you don’t see your child’s grade listed, please keep checking back.

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