This past weekend, five Johnstown teams competed in the New York State Finals. The students all did a great job and represented our school district very well. Qualifying for the state competition in Binghamton is an accomplishment in and of itself! At the state level, some of our teams were up against schools that have been competing in this program for many years.
Johnstown Odyssey Coordinator Kristin Meashaw reported that our students and their families spent the morning supporting each other by attending other Johnstown long term problems. She says that it was great to see everyone showing their Johnstown spirit and cheering each other on.
The Knox Junior High eighth grade team, known as the Energetic Engineers, made another impressive showing this year at States. After qualifying for World Finals last year and competing at Iowa State University last May, they again placed second out of 17 teams. Since all first and second place teams advance to the World level, this group of outstanding students will be making a repeat showing. This May they will be traveling to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Mrs. Meashaw said, “Not many teams can say they have gone to World Finals. Hardly anyone gets to say they are returning for the second year in a row! This very talented group of Johnstown students are wonderful role models and mentors for the program.”
KNOX JR. HIGH PTSA
ORDERS DUE MARCH 25th
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Remind your family/friends to enter your name when shopping the online store, so you can earn individual credits towards the cost of your field trip! (approximate trip cost is $40).
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Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program had another very successful year at the Regional competition held Saturday, March 9, at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Our district was well represented by 15 teams, who should all be proud of their hard work.
Five Johnstown teams are now advancing to the New York State finals in Binghamton on March 23. First place teams include The Energetic Engineers from Knox Junior High, coached by Mr. Joe Naselli, and the Warren Street fifth grade team coached by Mr. Dave Downing. Both teams competed in the “Omer to the Rescue Again” problem, with the Downing team winning Division I and the Naselli team winning Division II.
Second place teams receiving a wild card advancement slot include Glebe Street’s Wing team (second and third grade); Warren Street’s Vandewalker team (sixth grade); and the Knox Elston team (eighth grade).
We are very grateful for the approximately 30 volunteer coaches, as well as the support received from our community this past weekend. It was great to see so many families, teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members at competition.
Odyssey of the Mind members and their families are invited to attend our end of year celebration from 6 – 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in the Warren Street cafeteria. We will be recognizing our student competitors at this time.
March is a very busy month for our 8th graders. We had our PTECH presentation on Tuesday, March 5th, and many students have expressed excitement about the programs. Students can apply online at https://www.hfmboces.org/ptech-applynow/. Application deadline is March 20th. Information about the programs is available here:
- Foothills PTECH Academy of Computer Science & Game Arts: https://foothillsptech.org/the-pathways/academy-of-computer-science-game-arts/
- Foothills PTECH Academy of Health & Medical Sciences:
- HFM PTECH:
- HFM Agricultural PTECH:
For students who may be unsure about whether any of the programs would be a good fit for them, remember that every Knox student has completed an online survey that determined their top character strengths. Students can use the results of this survey to help determine what career paths may be best for them.
On Wednesday, March 20th, all 8th graders will be visiting Johnstown High School. There will be three trips made that day. Students will be broken up into three separate groups. Students will find out which group/time slot they will be in that morning, as we will post lists in the main first floor hallway. While at the high school, there will be a presentation by the high school counselors. Students will also take a tour of the building and do a question and answer session with some current high school students. Each student will also sit down one-on-one with their high school counselor to make their course selections for ninth grade.
On Thursday, March 21st, representatives from the HFM BOCES Career and Technical Center will be at Knox to present to the 8th graders. The purpose of this presentation is to get the 8th graders familiar with what programs will be available to them later in their high school career.
If anyone has any questions, please contact the guidance office at 518-762-3726.
In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the March 2019 Knox News is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.
- March 5-PTECH Presentation 11:15am- Parents are Welcome to Attend
- March 6-All-City Concert at JPAC 7:00pm
- March 7-Afternoon of Music at JHS
- March 8-Knox Progress Reports Distributed
- March 12-Dodgeball Tournament 6:00pm
- March 13-Superintendent’s Conference Day
- No School For Students
- March 14-PTSA Meeting 6:00pm
- March 15-*Photo Booth Dance 7:00-9:00pm
- *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.
- March 28-Founders Day Banquet – Hales Mill Country Club 5:30pm
- March 20-8th Grade Students Visiting JHS
- Happy Spring!
- March 21-HFM Career & Tech Presentation 11:15am
- April 12-Report Cards Distributed
- April 18-Half Day for Students– Students Dismissed at 11:00am
- April 19-26-Spring Break-No School
- April 29-School Resumes
This was a fun and exciting event where students learned about their heart while helping others. Thank you to all of our students who participated by donating and playing in the Pay to Play Dodgeball Tournament. All students should feel proud that their actions are changing lives of people in and beyond our community.
Candidates Needed for Board of Education
On May 21, 2019, voters in the Greater Johnstown School District will have the opportunity to elect three individuals to serve three-year terms on the district’s nine-member Board of Education. We need good people to step forward to help shape the future!
Board members must be at least 18 years old, qualified to vote in the school district, able to read and write, and a resident of the school district for at least one year before the election. They cannot be employees of the school. There can only be one board member in a household.
In order to appear on the Greater Johnstown School District ballot, candidates must file a nominating petition with the School District Clerk, signed by 100 qualified district voters. You do not need to be affiliated with a political party. Nominating Petitions are available in the District Business Office and on the school website:www.johnstownschools.org. Completed petitions must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on May 1, 2019.
If you would like more information, please call the School District Clerk at 518-762-4611 ext. 3119.
Please Join Us…
PTSA Annual Founders Day Dinner Celebration, Hales Mills Country Club, March 28th. Social Hour 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. Cost is $27/person. Basket raffles available. Sign up in the Knox Office.
Eighth grade students had the pleasure of meeting City of Johnstown Mayor, Vern Jackson. The students prepared questions for the mayor and he answered them. Thank you Mayor Jackson for visiting with the students and faculty at Knox.
Congratulations “Students of the Week!”
- 2/1/19 – Emily Wood, nominated by Mrs. Yetto
- 2/8/19 – Dylan Jackson, nominated by Mr. Jeffers
- 2/15/19 – Kelsey Jackson, nominated by Mrs. Brower
Seventh Graders Create Games Based on Constitution
Mrs. Bruno’s, seventh graders, worked hard to create games to teach facts about the Constitution. They invited staff and students to play their original games. This was a very successful educational event. Thank you to Mrs. Bruno and her students!
On February 14th, two motivational speakers brought a message of Sweethearts and Heroes to educate Knox students about the impact that bullying has on all of our schools, our neighborhoods, and individuals. Tom and Rick provided an energetic and interactive presentation focusing on the bystanders and empowering the students to make a difference. The crux of the Sweethearts and Heroes presentation are five specific “Bully Buttons” that combine to form a call to action against bullying. Rick a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army injured in Iraq with burns over most of his body, gave a message about overcoming adversity and turning a negative situation into a positive one. Rick is their h.o.p.e expert.
Heart and Health
Knox Heart and Health Day was held on February 15th. The students had five different rotations. The topics included; My Plate Online Games, Heart Attack Warning Signs, Blood Pressure “The Silent Killer,” C.P.R. Basics, and How to Take Your Pulse /What Does it Mean? Students also participated in the Pay-to-Play Dodgeball event and raised $209.00 for the American Heart Association.
Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit the American Heart Association
The Knox PTSA is pleased to announce Johnstown’s 2019 Founder’ Day Award Recipients, as follows:
Building Level Awards:
Pleasant Ave: Nicole Bradt and Mari Jo Quinn
Glebe Street: Pat Robinson and Chad Swanson
Warren Street: Stacy Laird, Kathy Salls, and Quinn Swartout
Knox: Jeff Dillenbeck, Eileen Kurtz, and Lesa Levin
JHS: Cynthia Fiorenza and Karen Dufel
Mishael Boyer Award:
Lisa Roth & High Performance Dance Studio
We will be recognizing the contributions of our award winners at the Founders Day Banquet scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at Hales Mills Country Club. Anyone who would like to attend the banquet may stop by the main office in their building to sign-up and remit payment. The cost is $27 per person and checks can be made out to the Knox PTSA.
Johnstown Spring Sports 2019
Starting Date, Location & Time
- Girls Varsity & JV – 03/04/19, JHS Media Center, 3 – 4 p.m.
- Boys Varsity & JV – 03/05/19, JHS Media Center, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Modified – 04/01/19, Knox Track, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
- Varsity & JV – 03/04/19, JHS, 3 – 5 p.m.
- Modified A – 04/01/19, Knox, 4:45 – 6:45 p.m.
- Varsity & JV – 03/04/19, JHS, 5 – 7 p.m.
- Modified A – 04/01/19, Knox, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m
- Girls Lacrosse
- Varsity – 03/04/19, JHS, 7 – 9 p.m.
- Modified – 04/01/19, Glebe, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
- Boys Lacrosse
- Varsity – 03/04/19, Warren, 6 – 8 p.m.
- JV – 03/04/19, Knox, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Modified – 03/11/19, Knox, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.