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McDonald’s Night Fundraiser Oct. 10

McDonald’s Night Fundraiser Oct. 10

McDonald's food - burgers, fries, sodas

Join us for Knox McDonald’s Night

220 N. Comrie Ave.

Wednesday, October 10th

5:00-7:00 P.M.

To Benefit:  Knox Yearbook

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JHS Grand Re-Opening & Family Fun Night

JHS Grand Re-Opening & Family Fun Night

front entrance of Johnstown High School

Thursday, November 1, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We are welcoming all Johnstown community members, families and students to come play together, as well as see our completed project at Johnstown High School.

Activities to be offered include swimming, basketball, obstacle course, face painting, crafts, video games, board games, and more…

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Knox News October 2018

Knox News October 2018

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the October 2018 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Important Dates

  • Oct. 1-4- Scholastic Book Fair –  Knox Library
  • Oct. 3- Knox Open House 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Oct. 5- Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School for Students
  • Oct. 8- Columbus Day Observed – School is Closed
  • Oct. 12- Knox First 5-Week Progress Reports Distributed to Students
  • Oct. 18- Knox PTSA mtg. 6:30pm Library
  • Oct. 26-Knox Halloween School Dance 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Nov. 12-Veterans Day Observed-School is Closed
  • Nov. 15-PTSA mtg. 6:30pm Library
  • Nov. 20-Emergency Early Release Drill – Students Released at  1:55pm
  • Nov 21-23  Thanksgiving Recess–School is Closed

Scholastic Book Fair

Knox Library will be having a Scholastic Book Fair held from Oct.1-4. Students, teachers, and staff can visit the Book Fair during periods 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 9.  The Book Sale will also be available during Open House on October 3rd!  All proceeds go to our Library.

Google Mail

We are updating the ways we can communicate with parents and guardians. In order to share Google Docs with you, we need your Google email. Please share your Gmail with us. You can email it to or call the guidance office at (518) 762-3726 for more information.

School Spirit

Knox Student Council recently sponsored a Spirit Week contest. The themes included: pajama day, decade day, twin day, grade color day, and purple and gold day. The students that won the daily prize received a gift from the student council school store.

Additional Spirit Week photos can be seen in the PDF version of the October Knox News.

Thank you to all of the students and staff that participated in Spirit Week! It was a success!

Congratulations to our Student of the Week Winners

  • 9/14/18 – Brandon Frank, nominated by Mr. Jennings
  • 9/21/18 – Madelyn Connelie, nominated by Mrs. McCumber
  • 9/28/18 – Tyler Downing, nominated by Mrs. Sweeney

Reality Check

Knox recently had visitors from Reality Check. The students were invited to sign a banner for a “Campaign to be Tobacco Free.” Information pamphlets were also available for the students to take home.

Reality Check is a youth-led program, funded through the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control. Reality Check’s objective is to expose the tobacco industry’s manipulative and deceptive marketing practices and prevent the youth of New York State from becoming future tobacco users. Because tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the world, Reality Check is working towards making a healthier, tobacco-free generation.

Any student, age 13-18, in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties can join Reality Check HFM and play a vital role in achieving this goal by speaking out against tobacco companies and speaking up for living in a tobacco-free environment. Members will have the opportunity to travel within NY state to speak with local and state legislators, participate in local community events to educate key stakeholders and community members and attend a three-day youth summit. Reality Check members use the power of the youth voice to let big tobacco know today’s youth are not tomorrow’s replacement smokers. If you would like to learn more about Reality Check HFM, please visit


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Knox Principal’s Message, Oct. 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

Hello Knox Parents & Guardians,

Happy Fall, we are off to a great start! As we move through the school year it is very important that we attempt to keep our students focused. Attendance and the completion of assignments become key to the success of our students. Please stay on top of your son or daughter and take an active interest in what is happening in school.

Students will be participating in i-Ready testing which will create customized reports on student performance and progress throughout the year. Students take the i-Ready Diagnostic for Math and ELA and will receive differentiated online instruction according to their ability. Please know that students will not be graded on these tests, but it allows us to monitor their progress and see what areas may need work. The data collected from these tests will be used as a tool for our teachers throughout the year. The i-Ready tests will be this week on Tuesday and Thursday. As any other school day, be sure your son or daughter gets a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast to start their day.

We look forward to continuing the great school year!

Robert C. Kraemer

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Knox News Mid-September 2018

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the Mid-September 2018 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Open House

Please join us October 3, 2018, Knox Jr. High School, 6:00-7:30 pm

An evening to meet the staff, tour the classrooms, and see all that Knox has to offer!

*Scholastic Book Fair, located in the library, will be open.

Dates to Remember

  • Sept. 21- Spirit Day –Wear purple and gold
  • Sept. 25 – Knox School Pictures
    • McDonald’s Night 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sept. 28 – Knox Welcome Dance 7:00pm– 9:00pm
  • Oct. 1-4- Scholastic Book Fair –  Knox Library
  • Oct. 3- Knox Open House 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Oct. 5- Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School for Students
  • Oct. 8- Columbus Day-School is Closed
  • Oct. 12- Knox First 5-Week Progress Reports Distributed to Students
  • Oct. 18- Knox PTSA mtg. 6:30pm Library
  • Oct. 26-Knox Halloween School Dance 7:00-9:00pm

Google Mail

We are updating the ways we can communicate with parents and guardians. In order to share Google Docs with you, we need your Google email. Please share your Gmail with us. You can email it to or call the guidance office at (518)762-3726 for more information.

Your Voice Matters

Thank you everyone for taking part in our communication survey.  We had 240 responses and we will use this information to help improve communication with all stakeholders. We will be answering all the questions that you had for us in the upcoming weeks. Here are a few questions regarding everyday procedures that we wanted to get out to you right away.

Q-Can more information be posted online well in advance of events happening so parents can plan ahead?

A-Yes. Knox News will have important dates included in every issue for the entire month. The Knox News is posted on the Knox Website and will be posted on Facebook. New this year, we will also be sending home a hard copy with your child. Survey results showed that 40% of our parents prefer the backpack letters. So be on the lookout!!

Q-Since my daughter’s father and myself have split up and I do not reside in Johnstown is it possible to have a copy of all sent home letters emailed/mailed to me?

A- Providing there is no documentation limiting or forbidding the release of student information to a particular parent/guardian/other family member, a request can be made by contacting the school to obtain copies of letters and other information.

Q-Will there be homework club?

A-Yes, everyday after school until 3:00. Mrs. Blackwood will be in room #3 for all students interested. If they take the bus and need to ride the late bus, they must get a bus pass from the main office and will go to Glebe St Elementary @ 3pm to get on the late bus.

Q-How can I better see the schedules for sports?

A- Or go to the Athletics page of the district website

Q-Sports Study Hall?

A-Sports Study Hall is for all athletes who are remaining on campus after school while waiting for their practice or game to start. Our school day ends at 2:10 and the majority of the practices do not start until 3:00. This gives our students the opportunity to complete work and be in a safe location until their practice starts. Sports Study Hall is from 2:10 -3:00 in the cafeteria and homework club is in room #3.

Q-Do you have and how do we sign up for Parent Portal?

A-Yes we do and we recommend using it.

Parent Portal Request/Update Form link below:

We posted directions how to navigate Parent Portal on Facebook and you can also get them from the link below:

If you are still having trouble with the portal, we will have people available to assist you with this at Open House on Wednesday October 3rd @ 6:00 pm here at Knox.


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Odyssey of the Mind 2018-19

Odyssey of the Mind 2018-19

odyssey of the mind raccoon logo

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

  • A fun extracurricular enrichment program where students use creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
  • Students work in teams of 5 – 7 members to create a solution to a chosen problem, which is performed at competition
  • Although there is an adult coach, the program is totally student driven
  • Students build 21st century skills that they can use in the real world
  • Teams usually meet at least once a week (starting later in October), possibly more often when closer to competition in March

Who we are looking for:

  • Johnstown students in 2nd – 12th grades (from Glebe, Warren, Knox & JHS)
  • Students who are willing to MAKE A COMMITMENT to a group and stick with it, attending team practices when scheduled
  • Students who are willing to use PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS and don’t need an adult to always tell them what to do’
  • Students who enjoy a challenge and want to have fun
  • Students who like to be creative
  • Parent volunteers who are willing to help out/coach a team (the number of teams we are able to form depends on how many parents step forward)

What to do if you want to join:

  • Fill out attached sign up sheet and return to your school NO LATER than Friday, September 28th.
  • Attend our required kick-off meeting, with a parent, at Warren Street School on Tuesday, October 23rd (6-7:30pm).  Learn more about the program, get to know your team, and schedule meeting times with your coach.
  • This year we will be ordering team shirts much earlier in the school year.  All Odyssey members will need to purchase a t-shirt for $10 each.  More info will follow at our kick-off meeting.

If you have questions, contact Mrs. Kristin Meashaw (Program Coordinator and Warren Street Teacher) at

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Odyssey Kick-Off Night – October 23rd – 6-7:30pm – Warren Cafeteria
  • McDonald’s Night Fundraiser – November 6th – 5-7pm (20% of all sales go to the Odyssey program)
  • Spontaneous Night – January 8th – 6-7:30pm @ Warren Street / snow date January 10th (for Warren, Knox, and HS students only)
  • Spontaneous Workshop – January 16th – 3:30-5pm @ Glebe Street / snow date January 17th (for Glebe students only)
  • Dress Rehearsal – March 5 & 7 – Warren Street Gym @ 5-7:30pm
  • Regional Competition – March 9th (all day) @ Fonda Fultonville School
  • End of Year Celebration – March 18th – 6-7pm – Warren Cafeteria

**If your team finishes in 1st place at Regional Competition or wins one of the “wild card” spots, you will be advancing to the NY State Tournament on March 23rd in Binghamton!!!!!

Ways to Keep Up-To-Date:

  • New Facebook Group – Search Johnstown Odyssey of the Mind
  • Open to PARENTS of students in Odyssey of the Mind.  Great place for updates, reminders, and sharing pictures. This is a closed group and you will need to join if interested.
  • Remind App – From a smartphone enter this number: 81010, then text this message: @3e4da3
    Group is called Odyssey Families 2018-19. Open to parents for short little text reminders and updates.

*Students don’t always get their paper flyers home, so it is strongly recommended you join at least one of these groups. Many Odyssey events are also posted on the school website.


Have questions? – Contact Mrs. Meashaw (

2018-19 Long-Term Problem Synopses*

Tentative as of April 28, 2018. All problems have an 8-minute time limit.

Problem 1: OMER to the Rescue Again

Divisions I, II & III

Who better to help those in distress than OMER? In this problem, OMER and his trusty Sidekick travel to different places with suitcases holding all of the parts of an OMER-mobile vehicle! OMER and his Sidekick will assemble and ride on the vehicle where it will function in different ways to “save the day.” Between attempts, the vehicle will be disassembled, put back into the suitcases, and taken to a different area where it will be reassembled and driven again. Finally, the OMER-mobile is thrown a hero’s parade as a show of appreciation!

Problem 2: Hide in Plain Sight

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Teams take a cue from nature in this problem where they create and build a team-made mechanical creature that hides in plain sight. The creature will change its appearance three times to avoid being detected by a Searcher Character trying to find it. The way the creature changes will be different each time! The team will create and present a performance where its creature gets into – or out of – various situations using this resourceful skill. In the end the creature will surprise everyone by changing its appearance a final time and reveal its true self.

Problem 3: Classics… Leonardo’s Workshop

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Imagine how inspiring Leonardo DaVinci’s (LDV) workshop must have been. Teams will portray his workplace in an original, creative performance that includes LDV, a patron, and a naysayer. The team will recreate a DaVinci painting, make a three-dimensional representation of one of his works, and recreate another LDV work in any form the team wishes. There will also be an original “debunked” creation that LDV “invented” but discarded because it was mocked. Ironically, the item will be shown as something commonly used in modern times.

Problem 4: Structure Toss

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Step right up and put your structure to the test! Teams must strategize risk for points and “toss” their structures in this year’s problem-turned-carnival. They will use a device to propel the structure in a carnival game. If it travels in the air it gets higher score! Once the structure has been successfully tossed, it can be tested for strength. A carnival barker character will entice other characters to join the fun during a performance that incorporates testing the structure’s strength with creative games of skill and chance.

Problem 5: Opposites Distract

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

Primary: Museum Makers

Grades K-2

Kids can see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Now they will use that ability to create their own museum! The team will create and present an original museum and its exhibits. During the performance, the team will reveal three creative displays that explain the theme of the museum and show off team-made items. A tour guide will take audiences on a journey through the museum to meet a humorous artist and a curator.

All problems copyright Creative Competitions, Inc. — 2018

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Scholastic Book Fair at Knox

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Knox Library October 1st-4th, during all periods except 3 and 8. The Book Fair will also be available during Open House on October 3rd. Stop on by!

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Start Collecting Box Tops for Knox

Start Collecting Box Tops for Knox

Box Tops for Education logo

Every time you hand in 25 box tops (on a sheet or in a bag) you will receive a positive reward ticket, a lollipop, and a chance to win a Free Knox Yearbook!

Extra monthly sheets are available in the main office

circle with words "enter to win"

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Knox News September 2018

Knox News September 2018

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the September 2018 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

a collage of photos of students by lockers, in front of Knox building, in the Knox office and auditorium

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new and exciting year at Knox. The Knox News, our monthly newsletter, is posted on the school district website Paper copies will be available in the  guidance office. The newsletter will provide you with much of the important news and happenings at Knox and throughout the district.

This newsletter includes information that will be important to you in the year ahead.  Please save it, along with the student guidelines booklet your child was given, to use as a reference during the upcoming school year. We realize that there are many forms to fill out and a lot of paperwork to complete during the first weeks of school.  We do, however, ask your cooperation in getting these forms back to us in a timely manner so we have the most up to date information concerning your child.  If something changes during the year, (address, phone number, etc.)  please let us know.

Many important correspondences will be coming home with your child. Progress Reports and Report Cards will be sent home with your child.  If you do not seem to be receiving informational items from school, please question your child. You may also pick up additional copies at school.

As parents/guardians of a junior high student, you may see many rapid changes in your child throughout the school year. It is very important that you keep lines of communication open during these very formative times. Take the time to talk to your child and do not hesitate to call school with questions or concerns.

I look forward to a very productive year here at Knox.


Robert Kraemer

Important Dates

The district calendar is posted on the school district website Please take a few moments to make yourself aware of dates, activities, and events that pertain to your child.

Some upcoming important dates:

  • Sept. 13 – Knox PTSA Mtg. 6:30pm Knox Library
  • Sept. 25 – Knox School Pictures
  • Sept. 28 – Knox Welcome Dance 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Oct. 3- Knox Open House 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Oct. 5- Superintendent’s Conference Day-No School for Students
  • Oct. 8- Columbus Day-School is Closed
  • Oct. 12- Knox First 5-Week Progress Reports Distributed to Students
  • Oct. 18- Knox PTSA mtg. 6:30pm Library
  • Oct. 26 – Knox Halloween School Dance 7:00pm-9:00pm

Report Cards & Progress Reports

Report Cards and Progress Reports are distributed to students on the following dates:

  • Oct. 12 – 1st 5-week progress report
  • Nov. 16 – 1st qtr. report card distributed
  • Dec. 14 –  2nd 5-week progress report
  • Feb. 1 –  2nd qtr. report card distributed
  • March 8 – 3rd 5-week progress report
  • April  12 – 3rd qtr. report card distributed
  • May  17 –  4th 5-week progress report
  • June 27 – 4th qtr. report card distributed

If you are not receiving progress reports and report cards home with your child,  or have any questions regarding access to Parent Portal, please contact the guidance office at 518-762-3726.

All 9 All of the Time

Expectations of Knox Students to promote and encourage a positive and safe learning community:

  1. Always use polite language and a respectful voice.
  2. Follow directions of ALL school staff without arguing.
  3. Dress in a way that encourages a positive learning community and does not interfere with others’ learning opportunities.
  4. Carry a hall pass SIGNED and correctly DATED by a staff member in order to be out of class.
  5. Drinks and food must be stored in lockers until lunch or after school.
  6. Be prepared and on time to ALL classes, including study hall and lunch.
  7. Behave safely: keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
  8. Walk at all times in the halls and cafeteria.
  9. Electronic devices must be kept in lockers at ALL times.

Knox Student Creed

I am an intelligent and assertive student.
My destiny is in my hands.
I will overcome all obstacles which stand in my way.
The decisions I make today will affect the rest of my life.
I will have respect for myself and others.
I will also set a good example for my peers.
Education is my ticket to success.
If I say it can be done, I will achieve my goals.
I am a Knox Junior High School student!


Your Knox student should be able to discuss with you and explain the meaning of the Knox Student Creed and the expectations of Knox Students. Ask your child about it today!

Academic Expectations

The classroom is a setting for learning. It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Arrive to class on time;
  • Use class and study time for learning;
  • Complete assigned work on time;
  • Prepare thoroughly for each class;
  • Respect the rights of other students;
  • Participate in the class discussion and activities;
  • Respect the authority of the teacher or substitute;
  • Follow classroom procedures as determined by the teacher;
  • Use textbooks, school technologies, and other class materials appropriately and with care.


School provides an opportunity to learn to communicate with others, to respect the rights of others and to operate within certain rules for the common good. It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Treat other people as you wish to be treated;
  • Respect the rights, property, and safety of others;
  • Assist in keeping the school clean and free from litter and vandalism;
  • Understand that the school operates within established rules and regulations and these rules and regulations must be followed;
  • Respect the property of the school;
  • Follow the directions of people in authority;
  • Avoid inappropriate physical contact;
  • Behave appropriately;

Good Neighbors

Let’s all show what good neighbors Knox students are. Please remember not to loiter (hang out) on people’s property, be boisterous (loud and noisy) or “play” (fight, exchange bad words, smoke, etc.) on or near their property. “Horseplay” (pushing, shoving) may not be so amusing to people living near the school. Also, the Johnstown Police Department is requesting that people walk on the sidewalks, not in the street. This request is made for safety and the police will be enforcing the regulation.

Student Agendas

Students are provided agendas on their first day of school.  This agenda is your passport for the school year. Put your name in it immediately.  Keep it safe and in good condition. You will be required to have it in all your classes. You will use it to record your assignments, keep track of your school obligations, and to help you keep organized.

You will not be able to use another student’s agenda.  Nor will you be allowed to loan your agenda to another student.


Although backpacks and large pocketbooks help students carry their belongings and study materials to and from school, students are not authorized to use them while in school. Students are encouraged to plan their day in advance, including times when it will be necessary to stop at their lockers to exchange learning materials and supplies for their classes. Students should not carry their backpacks or large pocketbooks to and from classes, but should store them in their lockers while in school.

Lost and Found

There are two lost and found depots in the building. Found clothing is deposited in a designated box in the Health Office.  Jewelry, purses, eyeglasses, backpacks, and other personal items are brought to the main office. Students should report losses to the main office and complete a theft/lost item report to aid recovery. It is strongly recommended that valuables and significant sums of money not be brought to school. The school is not responsible for loss or theft of property.

Use of Knox Telephones

Students are not authorized to use any telephones in the Knox building. There is a telephone available for student use in the main office and may be accessed with permission from the office secretary.  Access to this telephone should be limited to emergency use only.  Students who regularly depart from school at the end of the day via a ride from a parent or guardian should arrange in advance a convenient time for pick up. Daily telephone calls from students to parents for pick up times crowds the main office and makes it very difficult to carry on regular school business.


With the start of the school year, each student is issued a hall locker, gym locker, and combination locks for each. Each pupil is responsible for maintaining both lockers in good condition. It is the student’s responsibility to report to the office any condition which would prevent the normal operation of the locker. The following guidelines apply for locker usage:

  • Pupils are cautioned not to share lockers or lock combinations.
  • The school does not take responsibility for personal or other articles lost or removed in connection with the use of lockers.
  • The storage of illegal or dangerous items such as medication, drugs, firearms, flammable substances, or explosives in the locker is strictly forbidden.
  • Pupils are not to bring their own locks for the lockers. Only school supplied locks are to be used; all others will be removed.
  • Misuse or mistreatment of the lockers may result in the denial of locker privileges.
  • No decoration or writing is permitted on the interior or exterior of the locker door. Pupils will be held financially responsible for locker cleaning or repairs caused by abuse.
  • Lockers are the property of the Greater Johnstown School District and may be opened and inspected by authorized personnel at any time.
  • Pupils should maintain their lockers in a clean and organized fashion.
  • Pupils should clean out their lockers in June prior to final examinations.

Although there is no charge for the first locks issued to students, there is a $5.00 charge for replacement locks in the event they are lost, misplaced, stolen, or broken due to abuse.

Unauthorized Items

  • The use of cell phones, and all other electronic devices are prohibited between the start of school and the end of school.
  • The use of skateboards, roller blades, inline skates, and other such devices are prohibited inside the school and on the walks leading up to the school doors. Students using these to come and go from school may store them in the closet opposite the main gymnasium doors.
  • Sunglasses, beepers, laser pointers, water pistols, and similar devices and toys are prohibited in school.
  • Wallet or other similar chains are prohibited.
  • All other such equipment will be confiscated and held until the student or parent comes in to pick it up or until the end of the school year.
  • Food or drink is not permitted outside the cafeteria.
  • Any item that is potentially disruptive to the educational process or presents a safety concern will be confiscated and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Student Dress

An individual’s First Amendment rights of freedom of expression extend only to the point where they begin to impinge upon the rights of others.  In this vein, all students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.

A student’s dress and grooming, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall be safe and appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process

  • Extremely brief garments and see-through garments are inappropriate.
  • Bare midriffs are not permissible.
  • Underwear must be completely covered with outer clothing.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times.  Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
  • References that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or that denigrate others because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability are unacceptable.
  • The promotion and/or endorsement of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encouragement of other illegal or violent activities is unacceptable.
  • Wallet chains are considered dangerous and will be confiscated.

Students who violate the student dress code will be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.  Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Knox Dances

The PTSA sponsors monthly dances. All Knox students in good academic and behavioral standing are welcome and encouraged to come.

There are some rules and procedural guidelines we follow for dances in order to make them as safe and as pleasant as possible for everyone. They are as follows:

  • Only current Knox students and Wheelerville Junior High students are permitted to attend Knox dances.
  • Students may purchase their dance tickets in advance or at the door. They are made available at lunchtime outside the cafeteria on the day of the dance. Tickets are $5.00.
  • The school doors open at 7:00 o’clock for the dance and all students are expected to enter by 7:15.  If your child is held up for any reason and is unable to arrive by 7:15, we ask that a parent or legal guardian accompany him or her to the door.
  • All children are expected to remain in the school for the dance until 9:00 o’clock. If a child must leave early, a parent or legal guardian must come to pick him or her up. Prior to the end of the dance at 9:00 pm we will not release any child without the physical presence of a parent or legal guardian. This is for their safety and your peace of mind.
  • Any student who receives a day of ISS or OSS in the two weeks prior to the dance will be prohibited from that month’s dance. For the May Dance, any student who receives a total of 20 points throughout the year (1 point for a detention, 3 points for one day of ISS and 5 points for each day of OSS) will not be able to attend.
  • Students who misbehave at the dance will be asked to leave in the company of their parents and may be prohibited from attending subsequent dances.

Attendance Policy

Absent from Class

  • A student absent from class without an excuse will be assigned an after-school detention.
  • A student absent from class without an excuse for a 2nd time will be assigned 2 after-school detentions.
  • Further class cutting by a student will result in a review of the student’s academic program and further punitive sanctions.
  • Parents will be notified by letter of each of these consequences.


  • A student who is truant from school will be assigned an after-school detention for each period missed.
  • Parents will be contacted as soon as the child is confirmed as absent or missing from school.

Absent from Detention

  • Students who are assigned a detention by a teacher and who do not attend this detention with the teacher will be assigned 2 detentions by the principal. Teacher-assigned detentions typically last until 3:00 pm. Administrative detentions last until 3:00 pm.
  • Students absent from an administrative detention will be assigned a full day of in-school suspension. In-school suspension lasts until 3:00 pm.

Chronic Absences and Tardies

  • Chronic school absences and tardies have serious academic consequences that are spelled out in the GJSD BOE’s Policy #7109. Additionally, chronic absenteeism may result in a Hot Line to the Department of Social Services. Questions about the GJSD’s Attendance Policy and it’s implementation in Knox Junior High School may be addressed by calling the Knox main office at 762-3711.

Homework Guidelines

Homework is an integral part of the educational process.  When effectively planned, assigned, and evaluated, it encourages and measures the development of basic skills, self-discipline, and associated good work habits.

Homework can be assigned to a group or to an individual; it may be required or voluntary; and should serve one or more of the four purposes listed below:

  • As practice to help students master specific skills (limited to materials presented in class)
  • As preparation for future lessons
  • As extensions to help determine if students can transfer specific skills or concepts to new situations
  • As assignments involving creativity to integrate many skills and concepts

Teacher Responsibilities

To ensure the desired results, all homework assignments should be evaluated by the teacher prior to their assignment according to the following “standards”:

  • Is the assignment of positive educational benefit to every student involved in it?
  • Does the assignment take into consideration the difference in abilities and rates of learning of every child involved in it?
  • Is the assignment given in such a way that every child understands fully what is to be accomplished?
  • Does the time allotted for this assignment take into consideration other long range assignments which have been previously given?
  • Is there a sound, educationally defensible reason for this assignment? (Homework should never be assigned as a penalty for poor behavior)

Student and Parent Responsibilities

Students are responsible for their own learning. They have the responsibility to make a reasonable attempt at doing their homework, seeking help when needed, and taking the initiative for obtaining and making up assignments when they have been absent.

Parents can assist students by providing an appropriate place and the proper conditions for study.

Transportation and Busing

Passing School Busses: It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights on while on the high way or in the school driveway.   (Effective November 1, 1990, Chapter 62 of the Law of 1990 amends Section 1174(a) and (b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law dealing with the overtaking and passing of a school bus).

For many students the school day begins with a bus ride.  The school’s responsibility starts when the student boards the bus in the morning and does not end until the student is returned home safely in the afternoon.  A safe, pleasant trip to and from school helps foster positive student attitudes toward school.  A very important tip for parents is to be sure that your child knows what bus he/she rides.

Bus Stops

Students should be at the bus stop prior to arrival of the bus.


Safety measures pertaining to transportation include carefully planned student instruction.  Please review the following at home:

  • Be ready to board the bus when it arrives.  Students should always pass at least ten feet in front of the bus when the driver signals them to cross the street.  Go immediately to your seat and remain there until the bus comes to a complete stop at your destination.
  • Bus aisles should be kept clear of all objects—including legs, arms, and heads.
  • Windows are not to be opened unless the driver grants permission.
  • Students should keep all parts of the body inside the bus at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to eat or drink on the bus.
  • Students are asked to speak quietly so that the driver will not be distracted.  Refrain from speaking to the bus driver when the bus is in motion, except in the case of emergency.
  • No articles are to be thrown from or on the bus. Throwing anything from the bus is not only a bus violation, but also a violation against the state littering laws, subject to a $50.00 fine.
  • No glass (bottles, jars, etc.) is allowed on the bus.
  • No pets, including snakes, frogs, bugs, worms, etc., are allowed on the bus. Parents may seek permission to personally bring animals to school by contacting their child’s teacher for approval.
  • No skateboards, roller blades, skis, golf clubs, fishing poles, plants, portable radio/tape/CD players, trading cards and the like are allowed on the bus.
  • Follow all directions from the bus driver.
  • Respect the health, safety, and morals of others in language and actions.

Bus transportation is a privilege extended to students provided that conduct is acceptable. If a violation occurs, the driver will take reasonable action to prevent further difficulties. These actions may include a reprimand, a seat reassignment, parent contact, and/or a written discipline referral to the student’s principal.

More serious cases may require termination of bus-riding privileges either temporarily or long-term. This decision will apply particularly to situations in which the behavior causes a clear and immediate threat to the safety and welfare of others. Persistent problems will result in the withdrawal of transportation privileges for an increasing length of time.  The Superintendent will determine the removal of transportation privileges beyond five consecutive days.

Safety Drills

A minimum of three emergency bus drills will be held during the school year. These drills will include information on the following: 1) use and operation of the emergency doors and windows; 2) fire extinguisher and two-way radio; 3) first aid equipment.

Change in Transportation Requests

Any request for a change in transportation due to a change in address may be initiated in the main office. This request will be forwarded to the transportation director and may take a few school days to a week to arrange. Plan accordingly. Students who regularly take the bus to and from school may request a temporary change in bus arrangements in an emergency only. In this case, a written note from the student’s parent or guardian is required. This note should be turned in to the main office prior to the start of school. The principal will review

Dropping Off and Picking Up Students Before and After School

Please be aware that traffic and parking are always an issue in and around Knox. There is NO PARKING ON THE EAST SIDE OF PERRY STREET DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. That area is reserved for school busses.

In the morning, students should be let out at the curb and observe all safety rules when crossing the street. Crossing after being dropped off on the street or between parked cars on both Perry St. and First Ave. are major safety concerns. Parents need to adhere to all traffic rules and be alert to students crossing the street. Be aware that the closer it gets to 7:25 am, risky behaviors increase as more people are in a hurry. Please be careful.

In the afternoon at dismissal, many students are rushing to get out of school and may not be paying attention. Please be alert to the potential of a student wandering into the street as you are traveling near the school.

Do not double park at any time. Remember, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when the lights are flashing.

Other Important Information

Monday – Friday Bell Schedules

The Knox Bell Schedule can be found here.

Physical Education

All students are to bring a change of clothes and sneakers for physical education classes. State Education Law mandates that each child must average 2 ½ periods of physical education per week. Therefore, if your child misses a class, he/she will have to make up the time.

Parent Participation in School Life Through P.T.S.A.

Knox has an open PTSA and all parents and students are urged to join. If you are interested in helping, please see the information included in this packet. You may also contact one of the following officers:

  • President—Lou Fagan
  • Vice President—Jamie Tallon
  • Secretary—Laura Schuttenberg
  • Treasurer—Emily Cheney
  • Corresponding Secretary—Kathi Lewis
  • Teacher Representative-Jessica Stock, Jennifer Olsen

Emergency School Closings

You should have arrangements made by September for supervision of your children on days school closes early in the event that you are at work or not at home.  The name and telephone number of your emergency contacts should be listed on the student/parent/contact information form that was sent home with your child. Any necessary changes to that information should be made and returned to school immediately.

In the event of a school closing or delay, you should receive a call from the All Call Emergency Phone System. School closings and/or delays will also be posted on the school website and will be broadcast on the following stations:

  • WIZR 930 AM
  • WGY 810 AM
  • WENT 1340 AM
  • TV Channel 6
  • TV Channel 10
  • TV Channel 13

It is important to note that whenever there is a delay, students will not be able to come to school or enter the building prior to the announced starting time. There are not any school personnel available to supervise students prior to the opening of school.

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