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Freshmen & New Student Orientation Aug. 30

An orientation for incoming freshmen and students new to Johnstown High School will take place at 6:30 p.m. on August 30 in the JHS Performing Arts Center.

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Graduation Moved to JHS PAC

Due to the inclement weather, the JHS graduation ceremony will be now be held in the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center. Each graduate was provided with four tickets yesterday at mandatory rehearsal. Ticket holders will be admitted in to the auditorium first. After ticket holders are seated, non-ticket holders will be admitted in, but those seats will be limited. Once the auditorium reaches maximum capacity, the remaining non-ticket holders will be admitted into the lecture hall, where the ceremony will be live streamed.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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2018 Regional Summer School

The following Regional Summer School informational items are available to view or print as PDF documents using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program:

The Greater Johnstown School District recognizes the importance of ensuring our website is accessible to those with disabilities and, as such, endeavors to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. We are committed to making our information accessible to visitors and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website. In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing content on this website, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 518-762-4611.

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Commencement Activities Class of 2018

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IMPORTANT – SAVE THIS BULLETIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 7:00 P.M. – AWARDS ASSEMBLY – JHS Auditorium
    • Awards and prizes not given out at the graduation exercises.
    • All prizewinners should WRITE A NOTE OF THANKS to the prize donor. (Donor or alternate will be indicated in/on envelope.)
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1:00 P.M. – REHEARSAL – JHS Auditorium
    • You will receive your report card, cap and gown, and graduation tickets at this time.
    • Each senior will receive four (4) tickets for admission to the commencement ceremony. In case of inclement weather, exercises will be held in the JHS auditorium.  Only those with a ticket will be admitted. (See below *)
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 6:00 P.M. – BACCALAUREATE SERVICE – Johnstown Reformed Church
    351 North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY 12095

    • THIS IS NOT A MANDATORY ACTIVITY. The service is sponsored by the Council of Churches and attendance by graduates, parents, and friends is strictly VOLUNTARY.  Graduates should report to church at 5:30 p.m. dressed appropriately under your cap & gown.
    • 9:00 A.M. – Report to the Knox gym, with cap & gown, for exercises on Knox Field. DO NOT ALTER CAP AND GOWN. Remember to wear light clothing, as it may be warm. If a change is to be made to the JHS auditorium, notice will be given to the radio stations (WENT, WIZR, WGY) by 8:00 A.M. If the ceremony must be moved inside, students should report to the large cafeteria at JHS.
    • 10:00 A.M. – COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES – Knox Field – Open to the Public         Upon Mr. Hale’s declaration, “You are now a graduate of Johnstown High School”, you should FLIP YOUR TASSEL ON YOUR CAP FROM THE RIGHT TO THE LEFT SIDE. After Graduation, remove the tassel from the cap.  It is yours.  Caps and gowns are handed in at the Knox gym IMMEDIATELY after commencement or small café if at Johnstown High School.  When you hand in your cap and gown, you will receive your official diploma.

*NOTE: Graduation announcements are NOT tickets of admission. The tickets that were handed out at rehearsal must be used for admission. If the ceremony is inside, the doors will be open to the public (people without tickets) at 9:45 a.m. until the balance of the seats is filled.



  1. Boys should wear long pants with a dress shirt.
  2. Girls should wear a dress, skirt and blouse or dress pants.
  3. Everyone must wear shoes.
  4. Girls – it is suggested you do not wear heels for the commencement ceremony if it is held on Knox field.  This rule is for the protection of the track and because high heels will sink in and make it difficult for you to walk on the grass.
  5. Cap and gown is required.  Please open package prior to ceremony.  Gowns DO NOT come pressed.
  6. Academic wear must not be altered including decorating of caps.


  1. There will be no offensive or vulgar language permitted.
  2. There will be no individual or group display fireworks.  Fireworks are illegal and they jeopardize the safety of all.
  3. Any student suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will NOT be admitted to the activities.
  4. The tossing of caps in the air will NOT be permitted.  This poses a serious threat of injury and we must protect the safety and welfare of all graduates.  There have been instances of students in area schools receiving serious eye injuries as a result of throwing caps.


  1. Participation in graduation ceremonies is a privilege, not a right.  Any student who refuses to abide by these guidelines will not be allowed the privilege of participating in the ceremonies and will be removed from them, if necessary.  Graduation from Johnstown High School should be a very special and meaningful event for all participants.


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JHS Top 10 Seniors of the Class of 2018

JHS Top 10 Seniors of the Class of 2018

TOP 10 SENIORS of the CLASS of 2018

K WesleyKayla Wesley, the daughter of Greg and Stacy Wesley, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian. She is a member of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society and the International Club. She has played trumpet for spring marching band since sophomore year. Kayla is proud to have played for the Johnstown Field Hockey team throughout high school, where she served as a captain her senior year. She has been recognized in field hockey with the Coach’s Award and made Foothills All-Star second Team. Kayla has won several academic awards throughout her high school career, including the Spanish 3 Award, Global and English 10 Honors Awards, Advanced Composition Award, Student of the Quarter for Physics and Health, and the Rensselaer Medical Award. Kayla will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall to pursue her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences.

Lauryn Wilson, the daughter of Christopher Wilson, Candy Wilson and Colleen Snell, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian. Lauryn was the secretary and is now the vice president of Student Council. She is an active member in International Club, and also participated in Key Club, Yearbook Club, Jazz Band, Marching Band and Acapella. She also enjoyed playing the oboe in band, where she received the Woodwind Performance trophy, and singing in choir, where she received the Most Improved trophy. She was the captain of the Nordic Ski Team, where she received the Most Improved Award. She also participated in soccer and cross country.  In track, Lauryn received the Most Improved and the Coach’s Awards. Lauryn has spent time performing community service at Sacandaga Bible Conference, the Humane Society and the Wells House. Lauryn will attend the University of Rochester in the fall to major in Psychology.

J MartelleJillian Martelle is the daughter of Jennifer Martelle-Mahon and William Martelle. She will attend SUNY Oneonta to study Biology with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration. Jillian has been involved in many clubs and activities. She is a member of Student Council and the Backpack Program. She is the public relations officer of both National Honor Society and Key Club, and is the current president of the school newspaper. She participated in soccer for most of her high school career and loves to stay active. Jillian participated in choir in the beginning of high school and is a past recipient of the Most Dedicated Award. She has played violin since she was seven years old and participated in NYSSMA for two years. Jillian’s volunteer work includes helping with the NOAH program, volunteering in various triathlons, assisting at the fall festival and helping clean the highway with the Key Club. Jillian would like to thank her family for their constant support and encouragement.

P BlakePatrick Blake is the son of Trina and William Blake. He will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to study mathematics.  Patrick has been involved in JV and varsity football throughout his high school career. He received the Geometry Award as a freshman and the Chemistry and Trigonometry Awards as a sophomore. During his senior year, he was named Student of the Quarter for Health. From time-to-time, he does community service at the North Bush United Methodist Church.



E ClizbeEmily Clizbe is the daughter of Angela and Christopher Clizbe. She will attend Quinnipiac University to study Nursing. Emily is co-vice-president of Student Council, secretary of the Class of 2018, captain of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team and a member of the National Honor Society. She was chosen to attend HOBY as a sophomore and she is currently a part of the New Visions program at Nathan Littauer through HFM BOCES. Emily has been heavily involved in her community. She has volunteered with Rise Against Hunger for the last four years, which lead to her own service project. She has also taken part in delivering holiday meals, as well as working at the Friday’s Table Soup Kitchen at the Church of the Holy Spirit. She continues to be an active participant in the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin’s fundraising activities and events.

Christian Solby is the son of Stacey Jacques and Richard Solby. He will attend Siena College to study Mathematics, where he has been awarded the Siena College Presidential Scholarship and the St. Francis Scholarship. Christian has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team for four years, receiving the Coaches Award in his sophomore and senior years, as well as Foothills Honorable Mention. As a member of the track team he received the Most Improved and the Most Outstanding award and Foothills Honorable Mention recognition. Christian was the 2018 recipient of the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Award. He has been involved in class activities, serving as president his freshmen year. He has also written for the JHS school newspaper “The Bugle”, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Christian is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Johnstown and volunteers as a coach for the Fulton United Youth Soccer League.

J SarulloJulia Sarullo is the daughter of Joe and Juanita Sarullo. She will be entering the United States Marine Corps on July 16, 2018. As a high school student she has been an active member of many clubs and sports. Julia was recognized as Athlete of the Week for Cross Country in both her freshmen and senior year. She has been an active member of Masterminds since ninth grade. As a junior, she broke a 13 year record in girls 200m steeplechase by three seconds. Julia also joined girls cheerleading for basketball. During her senior year she joined science club, yearbook and spring guard.  She also placed 10th at states for cross country as a senior.

A LevinAbigail Levin is the daughter of Jim and Lesa Levin. She will attend Marist College in the fall. She is a student in the New Visions Program at Nathan Littauer Hospital through HFM BOCES and is a member of both National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She has maintained a ninety plus average all four years of high school, while being a four year, three sport athlete. Abbie’s awards include: four years of Scholar Athlete for Soccer, Basketball, Nordic Ski, and Lacrosse; Student of the Quarter for Biology; Leadership Award from Clarkson University; captain of both Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse; Most Dedicated Soccer Award; and the 2018 Capital Zone NYS For Health and Physical Education Leadership Award. She is also an active member in International Club and Captains Council, and has served as class treasurer throughout her four years at Johnstown High School. She would like to thank her family for their constant encouragement.

A RuehleAshley Ruehle is the daughter of Laura Ruehle. She will attend the University of Tampa to study Biochemistry and Spanish. Ashley has been involved in International Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, Masterminds, Student Council and Key Club. She was treasurer and then president of the Science Club. She was also treasurer and divisional executive assistant for Key Club. Ashley was honored with the Spanish II award and CASDA recognition. Ashley is very involved in her church, First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown. She was a Youth Deacon for her junior and senior years. She is also very active in community service. Ashley travels to NYC to attend charity events, where she participates in raising money for the Honey Bee Conservancy, World Vision and many more.  Ashley and her friends planned and hosted a dinner at her church which raised over $1,200 for disaster relief.  Ashley also gives back to her community by helping at her local soup kitchen.

A BakerAbigail Baker is the daughter of Charles and Maritza Baker. She will attend Cedarville University to major in Communications. When Abigail was inducted into the National Honor Society, she showed a passion for the people in her community. She volunteers at 3:16 Youth & Community Center and Sacandaga Bible Conference, as well as her church, Perth Bible Church.  Abigail has been a member of the Varsity Masterminds team, which earned second in regional championships. She is involved in Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Collective, frequently attending the All-County Music Festivals. She was also treasurer for the Music for the Mind organization that aimed to raise awareness for mental illnesses. Abigail was also awarded the Fulton County 2018 Youth Lead-By-Example Award. She would like to thank her parents, sister, and grandparents for their faithful love and support.

Academic Excellence List

The following students have maintained a ninety plus average all four years of high school: Katherine Ammann, Emily Barker, Kerry Blackwood, Heidi Chamberlain, Christian Germany, Emily Miles, Josephine Mowrey, Emma Rizzo, Zachary Ropeter, Sara Stortecky, Alison Trajlinek, Sandra Trueworthy, Peter VanDenburgh, Maddie Willett, and Adam Wilson

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JTA’s WAW Scholarship Tradition Continues

JTA’s WAW Scholarship Tradition Continues

Johnstown Teachers Association Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

The William A. Wright scholarship, awarded by the Johnstown Teachers Association to two Johnstown High School seniors each year, echos the community service, school citizenship, leadership, and academic excellence that William A. Wright personified as a Johnstown educator for 42 years.

The 2018 Johnstown High School Commencement Ceremony will mark the 63rd awarding of the WAW scholarship, and the JTA remains proud to uphold the values of William A. Wright’s enthusiastic involvement in a wide circle of civic and fraternal activities for the betterment of the Johnstown community.

Johnstown’s K-12 teaching staff is grateful for the opportunity to follow the development of our students academic careers and relishes the opportunity to reward the students who exemplify the core values of William A. Wright.

The JTA thanks all community members for their continued support of our students.

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Senior Athletes Recognized at Dinner

Senior Athletes Recognized at Dinner

Senior Athletes group photoThe June 4th Senior Athletes Banquet held at the Winner’s Circle in Fonda was well attended, with more than 105 students and community members taking part in the evening. JHS Class of 2013 graduates Lexi Swatt and Jeremy Mowrey were the key note speakers.

Students athletes in attendance included Julia Sarullo, Jacob Miller, Samuel Miller, Alex VanDeusen, Benjamin Lake, Abby Crouse, Benjamin Poitras, Matthew Salamack, Zachary Pedersen, Jeffery Salatel, Peter VanDenburgh, Trevor Porter, David Malagisis, Emily Miles, Ethan Hadcoack, Zachary Dunnkosky, Tyler Bump, Tanner Fahr, Jarred Brown, Kerry Blackwood, Hunter Meher, Tyler Benton, Jordan Snell, Alex Thiessen, Andrew Sitterly, Christian Solby, Zachary Ropeter, Ryan Crooker, Adam Wilson, Madison Collins, Josie Mowrey, George James, Thomas Lizio, Emma Rizzo, Dominic DiScioscia, Abbie Levin, Emily Clizbe, Paige Stewart, Alison Trajlinek, Tara Kilmartin, Nicholas Stillwell, Cristopher Best, Garrett WayGabe Cole, and Sara Stortecky.

The following Triple “J” Club Members were recognized for participating in three seasons during their senior year:

Tyler Bump, Gabe Cole, Abby Crouse, Dominic DiScioscia, Tanner Fahr, Ethan Hadcock, Benjamin Lake, Jacob Miller, Zachary Pederson, Abigail Levin, Samuel Miller, Benjamin Poitras, Zachary Maxson, Trevor Porter, Andrew Sitterly, Alex Thiessen, Lauryn Wilson, Sara Stortecky, Zachary Ropeter, Matthew Salamack, Julia Sarullo, Paige Stewart, Adam Wilson.

Many thanks to the Purple & Gold Club for all they do for our athletic programs and our student athletes. We wish the entire senior class the best of luck as they head out into the world!

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National Honor Society Inducts New Members

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

2017-18 NHS junior & senior membrs

The 2017-2018 NHS junior and senior members

Fourteen students from Johnstown High School were inducted as members of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the school on Tuesday, March 27.

The following new members were selected by the Faculty Council based on meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character: Charlie Brown, Heidi Chamberlain, Augustus D’Amore, Madison Etherton, Grace Fitzgerald, Sophia Frenyea, Abigail Gottung, Alexis Houser, Molly Lake, Rachel Lee, Victor Orsell, Altreyvious Stover, Taylor Vose, and Olivia Weiderman.

Peter VanDenburgh, president of the NHS, served as Master of Ceremony, while officers Emily Miles, Victoria Baker, Adam Wilson and Jillian Martelle gave speeches on the four tenets of the society. Senior members Sara Stortecky and Abigail Baker also participated in the formal presentations.

NHS members honored their parents for their support and guidance and presented them with a rose. They also honored Mrs. Anne Bagot, teacher and advisor. She was presented a bouquet of flowers and gifts. After the ceremony guests and members enjoyed cake and punch at a reception in the lobby.

The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and since 1941 millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, The National Association of Secondary School Principal’s (NASSP).

In June the senior NHS members elected the following officers for the 2018-2019 school year: president, Augustus D’Amore; vice president, Victor Orsell; secretary, Altreyvious Stover; treasurer, Abigail Gottung; and public relations, Taylor Vose.

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Thank you for “An Enchanted Evening”

The Johnstown High School Class of 2019 would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people involved in helping to make the JHS 2018 Prom, “An Enchanted Evening,” a success:

  • Mike Millias at the St. Patrick’s Masonic Lodge for allowing us to use such a beautiful facility,
  • JHS principal Scott Hale,
  • Interim Assistant principal Michael Beatty,
  • GJSD custodian Jon Pyne who always goes above and beyond for our district,
  • Johnstown High School teacher chaperones,
  • Open Lenz Photography, Christina VanValkenburgh and Kelly Etherton,
  • DJ Brad Hayner of Twisted Tunes,
  • Tara Adams for donating the prom invitations.
  • All of the parents, grandparents and friends of the Class of 2019 who donated the refreshments,
  • Class of 2020 students who helped with prom walk and serving at the prom,
  • Class of 2019 prom committee and students who worked so hard to make their prom such a memorable event in their high school career.

If we have forgotten anyone, we sincerely apologize.

Tracey Hildebrandt and Lisa VanAernam
Class of 2019 Co-Advisors

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Grad Walk 2018

If you would like to participate in Grad Walk 2018 on June 15th, please print, read and sign the attached sheet. Make sure you read it carefully, sign it and return it to guidance by Wednesday, June 6th.

Students must arrive at the high school by 8:45 AM. The class will be visiting Warren Street, Glebe Street and Pleasant Avenue Elementary Schools by bus. Students who wish to participate in Grad Walk at Wheelerville UFSD must have their own transportation and arrive there by 11:00 AM.

This is not a mandatory event, however, it is a great way to see your old teachers and to inspire and motivate the elementary students to do well.

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