Congratulations to Warren Street’s Students of the Month for February. These students demonstrate the characteristic of Respect. Students earning this honor are Alyssa Ferrari, Michael Clodgoe, Janeiah Pagan, Jonny Swartwout, Lindsey Brown, Aiden Hulsaver, Emma Hall, Ian Yucha, Graisen Rose, Brayden Ketchum, David Cook, Nevaehn Piasecki, Ben Reed, Liam Sheldon, Oliver Tomchik, and Madison Tierney.
In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the March 2019 Warren Newsletter is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.
As you know, we are facing another difficult budget year. Please be informed and give your input! Join us on Monday, March 4th at 6:45 in the lecture hall at the High School for a summary about our financial situation and an opportunity to give your input.
We are so excited and proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams who have been working hard on their problems for competition since October. This year we have 15 teams with students from Glebe Street, Warren Street, and Knox Junior High. Students are eager and ready to show their creativity at work! A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Meashaw, Mrs. Swartwout and all the volunteer coaches and judges who help make this program happen. The community is welcome to attend the free Regional Competition on March 9th at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Families can come for a few hours or spend the entire day (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) watching teams perform their skits.
March is literacy month! We will be continuing with our Double Dare AR Challenges, looking forward to an author visit, and working on our own poetry to present at a Poetry Café Night on the 26th of this month!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child(ren), please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs. Nikki Lent, Principal
Please Stay Informed
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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.
March 2019 Calendar
- March 4 – Budget Forum, 6:45 p.m.
- March 5 – Odyssey Dress Rehearsal 5 – 7:30 p.m.
- March 6 – JEPTA @ PA, 6:00 p.m.
- March 7 – Odyssey Dress Rehearsal, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
- March 9 – Odyssey Competition @ Fonda
- March 12 – Author Visit
- March 13 – No School for Students
- March 18 – BOE Budget Meeting 5:30 p.m.
- Odyssey Celebration
- March 22 – SPAC Presentations
- March 26 – Poetry Cafe Night, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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.
The letter below was shared with the staff in response to the latest social media challenge which we find ourselves monitoring. Please be vigilant in monitoring your children’s social media interactions. Feel free to reach out to myself, or Mrs. Mucilli, or Mrs. DiVisconti with concerns.
Yet another dangerous adolescent trend is among us. The “Momo Challenge” encourages children to commit dangerous and potentially violent acts through social media and video games, such as Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Minecraft.
Momo is a ghoulish-looking avatar that threatens and cyberbullies children. If children refuse to do the “challenge”, Momo threatens to leak personal information, leaves disturbing messages, and sends violent images.
If you hear students talking about the Momo Challenge, please address the dangers if you feel comfortable as well as direct them to Mrs. Mucilli, or Mrs. DiVisconti or myself. If you have any questions, please reach out. As always, your eyes and ears into the lives of our students are much appreciated. Thank you!
Here are some articles on the challenge:
Johnstown’s Odyssey of the Mind program is in full swing, with competition quickly approaching in March. This year Johnstown has 15 teams spread out between Glebe Street, Warren Street, and Knox Junior High.
Groups comprised of five to seven students have been meeting since October. They have been using their creativity to solve one of six Long Term Problems, spending months to create every part of an 8 minute skit. From the lines spoken, the props and scenery used, to the costumes their characters choose to wear, everything is created by the students on the team.
Each team has a parent or two that volunteers as coaches, but the students need to do all the work and come up with all of the ideas. The coaches do help the students develop team work and problem solving skills for the second part of Odyssey, which is called Spontaneous. At competition, each team will be given a secretly chosen problem that they must complete on the spot. These problems use hands-on, verbal, or a combination of both types of skills. The team’s score on this Spontaneous problem is then added to their score on their Long Term Performance at competition.
The Greater Johnstown School District, again this year, has more teams than any other school district in our area. This is the fourth year the district has officially participated in the Odyssey of the Mind program and it has made quite the name for itself in such a short time span. Last spring, a great deal of interest and support was developed when a then seventh grade Knox team advanced to the World Finals in Iowa. We are excited to have that team, along with many others, returning to the program as Odyssey of the Mind celebrates the 40th anniversary of it’s existence this year.
As some of our students were lucky enough to discover last year, one of the highlights of attending World Finals is the tradition of collecting and trading Odyssey of the Mind pins. Most states and countries design new pins each year for this purpose. Many revolve around a theme or the Long Term Problems of that year. Upon returning from the World Finals Competition, one of our own Johnstown Odyssey students showed her personal creativity by submitting pin designs over the summer. Eighth grader Maddy Connelie had her gnome pin set chosen as a winning entry and they have been produced as some of this year’s NYS pins. These collectors’ pins will be for sale at competition and Johnstown members can’t wait to see them in person.
The community is welcome to attend the free Regional Competition on March 9th at Fonda-Fultonville Central School. Families can come for a few hours or spend the entire day (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) watching teams perform their skits. If students are thinking about signing up next year, or parents want to know more about the program, this is a great way to get a better understanding of Odyssey. Many families have said they didn’t grasp the full scope of all that is involved, or what their child would accomplish, until they experienced our Regional Competition. It is also truly amazing to see what our Johnstown students can create when they are challenged!
At Warren Street we have fun and get messy to celebrate reading! We had pasta Double Dare challenges arranged by Mrs. Peck this morning!
Sixth grade classes challenged each other to build the tallest structures with marshmallows and spaghetti, fourth graders had to balance ziti, and fifth graders got messy! I wonder what the next challenges will be? Keep reading and we’ll find out!
Congratulations to David Jarabek, winner of Warren Street’s January 8th Spelling Bee at Johnstown High School! David’s spelling prowess has earned him a spot in the Capital Region Spelling Bee scheduled to take place at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Tuesday, March 5. You can follow the @CapRegionBOCES event hashtag #CRBee on Twitter for news and updates. The Capital Region winner will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in National Harbor, Maryland during the last week of May.
The Capital Region Spelling Bee is sponsored by Capital Region BOCES, Hannaford Supermarkets, Proctors Theatre, Sage Colleges, The Times Union, and Upper Hudson Library System.
Good luck to David at the Capital Region Spelling Bee. The Johnstown School community is rooting for you!