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Knox News June 2019

Knox News June 2019

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the June 2019 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

June Events

  • June 3-8th Grade NYS Science Written Test
  • June 5-8th Grade ELA CBT (Computer Based Testing ) Field Testing
  • June 14-Honor Roll Ice Cream Social
  • June 17-Last Official Day of Classes
  • June 18-Exam Day-All Students Report to School at Regular Time With Regular Dismissal
    • Johnstown School Budget Re-Vote -11:00am-8:00pm at JHS Auditorium Lobby
    • 8:00am-Spanish 1 Advanced Spanish
    • 12:00-3:00pm-Algebra Regents
    • 12:00pm-Spanish 1A Exam
  • June 20-Exam Day-All Students Report to School at Regular Time With Regular Dismissal
  • June 24-All Students Report to School at Regular Time
    • Grade 7-Field Trip to Glimmerglass State Park- Regular Dismissal Time
    • Grade 8-Field Trip to Rosamond Zoo-Return @3:00pm
      Grade 8-Students Provide Their Own Transportation Home
  • June 25-Half Day for Students -Dismissed at 11:00am
    • Rose Cup Competition
  • June 26-Last Day of School Students Dismissed at 11:00am
    • Report Cards Distributed
    • 7:45am -Awards Assembly-Parents Are Welcome to Attend
    • Yearbooks, 7th Grade Band Rehearsal, 8th Grade Promotion Walk Through
    • 5:30pm-8th Grade Promotion @ JPAC (7th Grade Band Members Perform Promotion Ceremony Music)

School Budget Re-Vote
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Polls Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Johnstown High School Auditorium Lobby

You may vote if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old and
  • Are a US Citizen and
  • Have been a resident of the Greater Johnstown School District for the past 30 days and
  • Are a Registered Voter.

Voter Registration

Use this link to see if you are registered to vote in the GJSD:

Not registered? Come to School Voter Registration Night, Tuesday, June 11, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the JHS Auditorium Lobby. Please bring photo ID and proof of residency.


Ten Knox Band students participated in the New York State School Music Associations Solo Festival on May 17 and 18 at Shenendehowa High School. This optional festival required extra time and dedication outside of regular school band activities. All soloists were required to prepare a solo and scales, as well as sight-read on the spot for an adjudicator. They then received constructive comments and ratings which are: Needs Improvement, Fair, Good, Excellent and Outstanding. We are excited to say that all our musicians received scores within the top two ratings! We are very proud of these musicians for all of their hard work and going above and beyond to develop their musicianship. Participants were Adrianne Airey-clarinet, Talia Anderson-flute, Emily Blood-flute, Ethan Blood-tuba, Maddy Connelie-trombone,Lilly Dittmer-oboe, Landon Fosmire-DeRocker-flute, Wyatt Frasier-tuba, Mercedes Milby-clarinet,Nicole Simon-saxophone

On Tues, May 21st, four Knox Band students, along with Mrs. Casey performed at the Evening for Education. Performers were: Ethan Blood-tuba, Jayden Elston-trombone, Makiya Smith-trombone & Dakota Witzke-percussion day

Energetic Engineers – Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Congratulations to the Energetic Engineers for placing 6th out of 63 teams at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held at Michigan State University! You make us proud!

Congratulations to our “Students of the Week”

  • 5/3/19 – Isabella Bermas, nominated by Mrs. Bruno
  • 5/10/19 – Zach VanHorn, nominated by Dr. Swanson
  • 5/17/19 – Catherine Irelan, nominated by Mrs. Blackwood
  • 5/24/19 – Lucas Tate-Pettit, nominated by Mr. Chamberlain
  • 5/31/19 – Maxwell Rodriguez, nominated by Mr. O’Kosky

Guest Speaker

Mrs. Schuttenberg, Eighth grade English teacher, scheduled a lecture with a Holocaust survivor through the Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center in Albany, New York.  Ivan Vamos kindly shared his experience with our 7th and 8th graders in the Knox auditorium on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Ivan’s Holocaust Background

Ivan’s father was conscripted into a slave labor battalion that accompanied the Hungarian Army in their invasion of Russia in 1941. Most of these Jewish men died due to the harsh conditions they faced, or were killed probably by the retreating Hungarians. This included Ivan’s father. In Hungary, “foreigners” were deported to concentration camps and restrictions for Hungarian Jews were draconian. Parks, pools, theaters, schools, professions and even sidewalks were prohibited for Jews and Gypsies (the Roma). Valuables, businesses and homes were confiscated. Yellow stars had to be worn. In 1943 Ivan’s grandfather, a decorated WWI officer, was called up and near fatally beaten, so Ivan’s Mother decided to hide. Carrying false papers she may have helped fabricate (she was a professional photographer), she and Ivan pretended to be refugees from the Russians, and found lodgings in a rural area until the spring of 1944.

In 1944, alarmed by roundups of people in the countryside, Ivan’s Mother and Ivan walked back to Budapest. They arrived at a “protected house” (probably one of the houses under Swedish flag, as bravely arranged by Raul Wallenberg). They stayed for weeks in a very crowded apartment, until a German takeover of the Hungarian government in March 1944 (a former Axis ally of Germany, Hungary was rumored to be ready to sue for peace). This “invasion” put the ultra rightist Hungarians called “Nyilas” (represented by crossed arrows) in charge of the country by the fall. These violent criminals herded all those in the protected houses and elsewhere to boxcars, or as marching prisoners who were headed to extermination camps.

In the thousands lined up for deportation, Ivan’s Mother grabbed his hand, and took the risk of running into a group of on-lookers on the sidewalk. They ran, then walked in haste, and after a few close calls, they ducked into a bombed out apartment house. Fortunately they still carried a hidden bag of split peas Ivan’s Mother obtained months before in the countryside. They found that water remained in some of the toilet flushing tanks which they used for drinking, cooking peas and their survival. They continued to hide in several of these smoldering ruins for the winter months until the Russians arrived.

After the liberation, food and lodgings were scarce, disease rampant and everything seemed unsafe. Several changes in governments added to the turbulence. Ivan’s mother had US GI brothers who could sponsor a visa to the US. The Hungarian quota was however hopelessly backlogged, so she remarried to a Czechoslovak so they could immigrate on that quota. Ivan, still a Hungarian by US INS rules, stayed behind for another year until he could advance on the Hungarian quota as a dependent youth, immigrating to the US in the fall of 1947.

On July 12, 2016 Ivan received a payment of 2,500 Euros from the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany Inc. in recognition of his Holocaust losses. The minimal size of this award recognizes that Ivan, fortunately has little current need for financial help in contrast to other survivors some of whom are in need. Ivan has already donated these funds to charity, and greatly values this recognition of his experiences during WWII.

*The  PTSA sponsored a luncheon for fifteen students and the Knox Student Council donated $100.00 to the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center in Albany, NY in Ivan’s name.

General Information

Event dates, locations, and/or times may need to be changed. Please view the District website for the latest information.

Monday, June 17, is the last day of regular classes for Knox students. Students are required to report to school as noted on the June calendar.

A regional summer school will be held this summer, the location is to be determined.  Parents will be contacted as to whether or not your child is eligible for this opportunity.

Spring Recognition Ceremony

On Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30am, we will be recognizing students for displaying good character traits, sports, and/or extracurricular participation, academic excellence, etc. Parents are welcome to attend.

Library Book Returns

Please return all library books to Mrs. Cordts in the library BEFORE JUNE 3, 2019

8th Grade Promotion & Reception

The 8th grade promotion practice is on Wednesday, June 26, at the JHS Performing Arts Center. Students will be bussed from Knox at approximately 9:45 am. Students will be dismissed from JHS at 11:00am and are responsible for their own transportation home. You must attend practice if you plan on attending promotion. The ceremony will take place that evening at 5:30 pm. Eighth graders need to report to JHS at 4:45pm (Seventh grade band members meet in the JHS Band Room at 4:45pm in dressy attire.)

Thank you for Everything

Thank a PTSA volunteer today.

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Odyssey Team Finishes in Top 6 at Worlds

Odyssey Team Finishes in Top 6 at Worlds

The Greater Johnstown School District is proud to have had representation in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals again this year. The Knox Junior High eighth grade team, the Energetic Engineers, traveled with their families to compete in East Lansing, Michigan May 22-25, 2019.  This was the team’s second year in a row competing at the WORLD level.

Last year the team competed in the Division II vehicle problem at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa. In this first showing, they finished 18th out of 69 teams.  Competition is always fierce at this level, as teams who advance to this contest are the top winners in their home states or countries.

This year the Energetic Engineers continued to excel and were recognized at the closing ceremonies for finishing sixth out of 63 teams in the Division II level of the “OMER to the Rescue, Again” problem.  This problem required the team to carry the parts of their team-made vehicle into the performance area in two suitcases, assemble, and ride on the vehicle.  If that wasn’t hard enough, they then had to disassemble and reassemble the vehicle again all within the eight minute skit.  Their theme revolved around NASA and a deep space rescue.

While at the Odyssey World Finals, the Energetic Engineers were paired with a buddy team from Russia. The buddy team had students of similar ages to the Knox Junior High team. They were able to make new friends, learn about Russian culture and schools, and participate in activities together. The buddy teams exchanged gifts from their home countries and attended their new friends’ performances to cheer each other on.

The eighth grade Knox Junior High team, coached by Joe Naselli, would like to thank the community for their continued support.  Not only have they helped the Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind program financially, but have continued to cheer them on in all their endeavors.

Students on the Knox team include Trey Naselli, Maddy Connelie, Tyler Hutchison, Alex DeMagistris, DJ Long, Molly Sweeney, and Garrett Bobowski.

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Future Women of STEM

Future Women of STEM

Several Knox seventh and eighth grade girls recently joined other middle school girls from across the area for the third annual Women of STEM conference at Fulton Montgomery Community College.

The event provided an opportunity for the students to participate in several interactive workshops focused on science, technology, engineering and math. They also enjoyed lunch, received a free t-shirt and heard from a keynote speaker.

group photo of girls at FMCC

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Knox End of Year Calendar

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the May & June 2019 Knox End of Year Calendar is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.


  • Tuesday, May 14
    • i-Ready Math Assessment
  • Thursday, May 16
    • i-Ready ELA Assessment
  • Friday, May 17
    • Qtr 4 Progress Reports Distributed
  • Tuesday, May 21
    • 1/2 Day for Students, Dismissal @ 11 AM
    • Budget Vote 11 AM to 8 PM
    • Evening for Education @ JHS, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24
    • NO SCHOOL – unused snow day – give back day
  • Monday, May 27
    • NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 29
    • 8th Grade NYS Science Performance Test
  • Thursday, May 30
    • 8th Grade NYS Science Performance Test
    • Guest Lecturer Ivan Vamos – @ Knox, 1 PM
    • Knox Spring Concert @ JPAC, 7 PM


  • Monday, June 3
    • 8th Grade NYS Science Written Test
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • ELA CBT (computer based testing) Field Testing
  • Monday, June 17
    • Last official day of classes @ Knox
  • Tuesday, June 18
    • Exam Day – All students report to school at regular time
      • 7:45-9:45- Exam 1
      • 9:55-10:55- Spring Concert for students
      • 11:00-11:55- Lunch
      • 12:00-2:00- Exam 2
      • 2:10- Regular Dismissal
  • Wednesday, June 19
    • Exam Day – ONLY Spanish & Algebra students (report during exam time only)
      • 8:00 am- Spanish 1 Advanced Regents
      • 12:00 pm – Spanish 1A Exam
      • 12:00-3:00- Algebra Regents
  • Thursday, June 20
    • Exam Day – All students report to school at regular time
      • 7:45-9:45- Exam 1
      • 9:55-10:55- Locker clean out & return materials
      • 11:00-11:55- Lunch
      • 12:00-2:00- Exam 2
      • 2:10- Regular Dismissal
  • Friday, June 21
    • NO SCHOOL for Knox students
  • Monday, June 24
    • All students report to school at regular time
    • 7th Grade – Glimmerglass State Park
    • 8th Grade – Rosamond Zoo
  • Tuesday, June 25
    • 1/2 Day for students, dismissal at 11 AM
    • Rose Cup Competition
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Last Day of School, report at regular time
    • 1/2 Day for students, dismissal at 11 AM
    • 7:45 am – Awards Assembly, parents welcome to attend
    • Yearbooks
    • 7th Grade Band Rehearsal
    • 8th Grade promotion walk-thru
    • 5:30 PM – 8th Grade Promotion @ JPAC (7th grade band members perform promotion ceremony music)

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Knox News May 2019

Knox News May 2019

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the May 2019 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

students surround principal dressed as "Dancing Dallas Cowboy"March Madness Attendance Winners

Congratulations to Mr. Satterlees’s first period  class for winning the March Madness Attendance Contest. As a reward they were allowed  to “dress”  their principal. Mr. Kraemer, an avid NY Giants fan, was dressed as a dancing Dallas Cowboy with long hair for the day.

Upcoming Events

  • May 2 & 3 – NYS Math Test
  • May 10 – *May Dance, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
    *Students must be in good academic standing in order to attend the dance. If the student is on academic probation, they must receive all satisfactory grades on their weekly report in order to attend the dance. Students must also be in good behavioral standing.
  • May 12 – Mothers Day
  • May 16 – Knox PTSA, 6 p.m.
  • May 17 Qtr. 4 Progress Reports Distributed
  • May 21-Half Day for Students-Students Dismissed at 11:00am
    • School Budget Vote & Board of Education Election, JHS Gymnasium 11 am-8 pm
  • May 24-NO SCHOOL-Unused Snow Day Give Back
  • May 27-Memorial Day Observed-NO SCHOOL
  • May 30-Knox Spring Concert-7:00pm
  • June 13-Knox PTSA-6:00pm
  • June 24-Grade 7&8 Field Trips
  • June 25-Rose Cup
  • June 26-Knox Report Card Distribution
  • June 26-8th Grade Promotion-6:00pm at JPAC

School Budget Vote & Board Election

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Polls Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the Johnstown High School Gymnasium

You may vote if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old and
  • Are a US Citizen and
  • Have been a resident of the Greater Johnstown School District for the past 30 days and
  • Are a registered voter

Congratulations Student of the Week Winners!

  • 4/5/19 – Skyler Lundquist, nominated by Mr. Kraemer
  • 4/12/19 – Deidre Rodero, nominated by Mrs. Senzio
  • 4/18/19 – Ethan Hayes, nominated by Mr. Lyon

Knox Cupcake Wars 2019

Congratulations to the Egg Beaters: Lilia White, Claire Anderson, Molly Sweeney, and Bella Bermas, Winners of Knox Cupcake Wars 2019

four students with cupcakes on shirts holding a display of cupcakes

Ten 8th Grade Teams competed in the semi-final rounds on April 8,10,and 11th.

The three semi-final winners: the Egg Beaters, Babushka, and LAX Life, created Earth Day themed displays for the finals on Monday, April 15th.

2018-19 Qtr. 3 Knox Jr. High School Honor Roll

Congratulations  to our High Honor Roll and Honor Roll students for the third quarter!


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VIDEO: Energetic Engineers Interview

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Knox May Dance

The Knox May Dance is Friday, May 10th! If your child plans on bringing a guest from another school, they must pick up and complete a Guest Authorization Form located in the main office.  This form must be returned to the Knox main office by Tuesday, May 7th.


  • Guest Authorization form must be completed & returned by May 7th.
  • Guests must be within 6th-9th grade
  • Guests must be approved by Administrator

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Great American Fundraiser

Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st.  Students will pick up their orders at the end of the school day to bring home.  If your student had a large order, please be sure to make arrangements for pick up. If you wish to pick up your order, please come to the school between 2:10-3:00 p.m.

*Reminder some items may be frozen and will need to be refrigerated*

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Knox High Honor/Honor Roll, Qtr 3 2018-19

Third Quarter High Honor Roll 90 & Above

Seventh Grade

Ava Barker
Jena Barker
Jocelyn Bush
Carter Cheney
Abigail Chest
Jaelyn Christman
Colin Cotter
Antonio DeMarco
Lilly Dittmer
Shea Donohue
Samantha Dorn
Landon Fosmire-DeRocker
Anna Giarrizzo
Chelsea Johnson
Parker Klingbeil
Mollie Kortz
Caroline Krempa
Cole Krempa
Abbigail Lewis
Lucy LoDestro
Aaron Lopez
Liam O’Kelley
Mohammed Patel
Mason Rathbun
Jake Ringer
Jisela Rodriguez
Kyra Rodriguez
Caleb Sanjurjo
Sarah Shibley
Emma Smith
Samuel Stearns
Ayden Swedick
Tara Sweeney
Lucas Tate-Pettit
Zoie Tesi
Marlee Trajlinek
Ashlynn Weaver
Brooke Weaver
Matthew Wheelis
Kurstin Wilson
Marcus Wilson
PeterYetto Jr.

Eighth Grade

Claire Anderson
Talia Anderson
Cameron Arminio
Isabella Bermas
Ethan Blood
Shyanne Brownell
Jaidyn Chest
Madelyn Connelie
Alex DeMagistris
Tyler Downing
Vincent Ecker
Jayden Elston
Augustus Fagan
Lillian Fudger
Roger Gordon IV
Amia Hall
Emilia Haverly
Brooklynn Heroth
Braden Jones
Olivia Kilmer
Autumn Kurtz
Donald Long
Alexander Lopez
Mercedes Milby
Trey Naselli
Justin Nawrot
Ally Salamack
Ayaka Sasaki
Nicole Simon
Alexis Smith
Kyle Stegel
Molly Sweeney
Adam Sweet
Nicole Wendolski
Alyssa Whitbeck
Lilia White
Reegan Wilcox
Anthony Zajaczkowski

Third Quarter Honor Roll 85-85.99

Seventh Grade

Anastasia Abete
Skyler Aguilera
Makayla Atwood
Michael Crisafulli Jr
John Freese
Alexis Giuliano
Arden Hammond
Ryan Hoyt
Viktorija Izzo
Dylan Jackson
Jacob King
Maya LaCoppola
Andrew Lake
Trey Loucks
Jack Miller
Collin Myers
D’metrius Negron
Maddox Pedrick
Cole Preston
Kyle Pyristy
Gianna Rizzo
Isabell Ropeter
Holden Rose
Connor Sitts
Ethan Smith
Riley Sweet
Jordyn Tarbox
Radcliff Williams

Eighth Grade

Aislinn Ambrosino
Hailey Anderson
Bryant Bargy
Emily Blood
Andrew Cruz
Keegan Elston
Jordan Fox
Julieanna Hisert
Tyler Hutchison
Kelsey Jackson
Robin Kruggel
Hannah Maxson
Sara Parent
Emily Pertell
Vincent Rizzo
Johnathan Sammons
Alera Sarr
Madison Simonds
Makiya Smith
Zachary Tallon
Emily Wood

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Knox Cupcake Wars Winners 2019

Knox Cupcake Wars Winners 2019

group photo of Egg Beaters team members

Winners of Knox Cupcake Wars 2019

Congratulations to the Egg Beaters:
Lilia White, Claire Anderson, Molly Sweeney and Bella Bermas

Ten eighth grade teams competed in the semi-final rounds on April 8, 10 and 11.

The three semi-final winners, the Egg Beaters, Babushka and LAX Life, created Earth Day themed displays for the finals on Monday, April 15th.

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