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We the People Competition

We the People Competition

students in front of Manhattan skylineRecently Johnstown High School students in Mr. Russo’s Advanced Placement Politics Leadership and Economics (A.P.P.L.E.) course competed in the “We the People” competition at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan. Schools from throughout NY State participated in the event. The competition required students demonstrate their knowledge of the United States Constitution, government, public policy, and current events by working in teams to prepare and give four minute speeches. The students then had to extemporaneously answer six minutes of follow up questions from the judges.

The team of  Augustus D’Amore, Alexander Jennings, and Emily Wheelis won an award for best responses to the Unit 6 questions which were related to the topic of “What challenges might face American constitutional democracy in the 21st century?”

The students are very appreciative of the generous donations from the Johnstown Lions Club, the law firm of Russo, Walsh, and Viscosi, and the Justice Resource Center, which made it possible for the students to travel to New York City for the event. The students would also like to thank the following members of our community for volunteering their time to come to JHS as guest judges to help the A.P.P.L.E. class prepare for the competition: Johnstown City Judge Michael Viscosi, Gloversville City Judge Traci DiMezza, Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown, Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis, Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson, and Leader-Herald news page editor Josh Bovee.

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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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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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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness

Life Skills

Knowing first and last name
Knowing name of parents/guardian
Recognizing written name
Putting on outerwear: coats, shoes, gloves, zipping coat
Proper toileting and hand washing
Blowing nose and basic hygiene
Practice opening lunch Items

Academic

How to write first name with capital letter first, followed by lowercase
Proper pencil grasp:
hand holding a pencilColor identification
Scissor safety
Basic shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, heart, star)
Identify and write numbers 0-5
Exposure to letter sounds and recognition
Counting
Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day

letter and number formation chart

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English Dept. Secures Grant for Special Trip

English Dept. Secures Grant for Special Trip

The Johnstown English Department applied for and received a grant to bring 32 students to see the superbly done “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” at the Capital Rep in Albany on December 13. Thanks to the generosity of Capital Rep, students were lucky enough to experience live theater, enjoy some holiday cheer, and to become acquainted with Jane Austen. Meredith Fagan and Anne Bagot chaperoned and, as always, were proud of the character and maturity the JHS students always show.

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School Tax Update

The 2018-2019 school tax collection period ended on November 5, 2018.  The school district is unable to process any payments after this date.  All unpaid parcels have been sent to the municipalities for collection.  You may contact the municipalities at the following numbers for payment instructions:

  • City of Johnstown – 518-736-4017
  • Towns of Johnstown and Ephratah – Fulton County Treasurer’s Office – 518-736-5580
  • Town of Palatine – Montgomery County Treasurerr’s Office  518-853-8176

Any payments that were were  mailed to the school district and post-marked after November 5, 2018 have been or will be returned to the sender.

If you have any questions, please contact the school tax collector via email at taxcollector@johnstownschools. org.

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JHS First Quarter Honor Roll 2018-19

Honor Roll

Seniors:

Caroline Beck, Christopher Best, Henry Bobbette, Hailey Brockert, Jarell Castillo, William Cook, Alfio DeMarco, Conner Diviyak, Emma Fiore, Noah Gordon, Nolan Hayes,Lukas Marino, Julian Martes, Marcus Nellis, Lillian Nevins, Julian Ottalagano, Jenna Parslow,Alan Peck, William  Phillips, Abigail Rodecker, Savannah Shaut, Amy Snell, Jordyn Stoutner, Trey Stover, Cameron Tarbox, Ava Trimachi, Maggie-Jean Waddle, Ethan Wager, Macenzie Ward

Juniors:

Angelina Atwood, Zachary Benton, Noah Champlain, Chano Cross,Allison Duesler, Carolyn Fitzpatrick, Alexxander Fountain, Jacob Frenyea, Robert Henry, Abbie Mullins, Ryan O’Connor, Ava Risso-Williams, Kathryn Romano, Justin Saunders, Megan Sitterly, Jack Stramezzi, Darnell VanSlyke, Brandon Walton, Jake Wesley

Sophomores

Mia Anderson, Sadie Blowers, Collin Bolebruch, Anika Brynes, Brett Donohue, Brandon Eiss, Ethan Euler, Emily Fleming, Janeyli Gonzalez, Max Gyldenvand, Ashley Hammons, Kaylee Newkirk, Willa Perkins, Jack Preston, Harris St.Andrews, Brianna Subik, Hailee Waddle, Keanna Williams

Freshman

Parker Abrams, Maryann Austin, Garrett Barnett, Kelsey Bombard, Emma Brown, Kiara Chamberlain, Kedrick Dolder, Lena Fonda, Brock Forjone, William Gerlach, Morgan Havlicek, Colin Kowalski, Mason Kruggel, Connor Lago, Braeton Lawton, Kaymen Lewis-Matthews, Anastasija Morse, Terrence Strubrice, Lorena Trumble, Shaylee Vogel

High Honor Roll

Seniors

Kacie Adams, Austin Bargy, Zoe Bartholomew, Alyssa Bevington, Noah Bowne, Allyson Brandow, Charles Brown, Mark Cwiakala, Augustus D’Amore, Sydney Darling, Melissa Ellis, Madison Etherton, Grace Fitzgerald, Sophia Frenyea, Abigail Gottung, Brooke Grace, Zachary Hayes, Alexis Houser, Blaine Insogna, Alex Jennings, Salem Keeling, Emma Kilmer, Tyler Kortz, Molly Lake, Rachel Lee, Joseph Matthews, Megan O’Connell, Christopher O’Connor, Victor Orsell, Talia Peconie, Zoe Petrie, Kulvir Singh, Jenna Thompson, Dalton Town, Brady VanAernam, Zachary Vosburgh, Bracie Vose, Taylor Vose, Olivia Weiderman, Emily Wheelis, Evan White

Juniors

Anna Crouse. Mallory Dence, Cecilia Dennett, Calyer Fagan, Emily Frank, Gina Franko, Charles Gagliardo, Matthew Heroth, Abigail Hollister, Bailey King, Spencer Kotwasinski, Emily Long, Noah Massey, Malachi Mathews, Jasmine Mosher, Julia Norris, Grace Osborne, Gabby Palmer, Kiersten Pelosi, Cecil Radlin, Abigail Rizzo, Jonathan Ruehle, Chelsea Savage, Alex Shepard, Samantha Simon, Jacob Stewart, Katrina Trueworthy, Jenna Weaver, Myranda Whitman, Meagan Williams

Sophomores

Bradey Brownell, Hope Buboltz, Sarah Connaway, Colleen Dingman, Grace Giarrizzo, Aiden Greene, Nicholas Hadcock, Landon Hale, Molly Hotaling, Hannah Kosiba, Morgan Lane, Anna Lee, Colleen Long, Jacob Martelle, Cody Massey, Molly Memrick, Samantha Moller-Lopez, Meghan Mraz, Alexandria Petrelia, Cameron Polidore, Sarah Pratt, Taryn Ringer, Sebastian Russo, Kyle,  Salamack, Dawson Sanges, Kanako Sasaki, Riley Savoie, Sarah Smith, Alison Stegel, Sydney Swedick, Thomas Truckenmiller, Abbygail Vanderwalker, Ariana Vuskalns, Kaylee Webb, Haley Wilson, Kyle Wood

Freshman

Carter Ackerbauer, Shawn Ammann, Dylan Barter, Natalie Baxter, Loryn Blake Abigail Brownell, Jaycee Buck, Roslyn Chapin, Arianna Christiano, Cecelia D’Amore, Isabella Dittmer, Kalena Eaton, Conner Edel, Natalie Flint, Emma Frank, Madison Handy, Logan Harvey, Madison King, Benjamin Krempa, Bentley Lane, Isabella Lewis, Konner Mancini, Jesse Norris, Robin Pearce, Ethan Petrie, Hailey Preston, Hannah Richardson, Damien Roth, Larkin Sardella, Luke Solby, Torin Steele, Jared Stewar, Zachary VanAernam, Teianna Tetrano, Jaden Wilson, Mickey Winton.

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Alayna Gray – TU Athlete of the Year

Alayna Gray – TU Athlete of the Year

Alayna Gray in the pool at a swim meet

Congratulations to Fo-Jo swim team member and JHS student Alayna Gray, selected as the Times Union Athlete of the Year for girls’ swimming and diving. Story available on the TU website.

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Ringer & Fleming Named to All-State

Ringer & Fleming Named to All-State

Congratulations to JHS sophomores Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer, who were named to the NYSSWA All-State Field Hockey Team during the Section 2 Field Hockey All-Star Banquet on December 2.  This is the second year in a row that both Emily and Taryn have been named to the All-State team.

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