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Meco Elementary School

The pre-K students had fun hibernating. They watched a video about animals that hibernate and read several stories.

They talked about how to clean clothes and read “Wash and Dry” They graphed their favorite winter activity. They used observation skills to determine different ways ice cubes melt.

They compared “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Snow Bears” using a venn diagram.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., there will be the “Winnie the Pooh” reading night at Meco School. Pre-K, Headstart and Whispering Pine families are welcome. Children should wear pajamas and will enjoy stories.

There is no school for students Friday due to a conference day.

Johnstown High School

The JHS Student Council is holding a districtwide volleyball tournament at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in the high school gym. Come support all of your favorite Johnstown School District teachers, staff and administrators. Bring a non-perishable item in lieu of admission.

The JHS PTSA will be hosting its eighth annual Spring Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7. Vendors are encouraged to apply for space now, as last year’s fair filled up quickly. Visit the school web site to download an application: www.johnstownschools.org.

Knox Junior High School, Johnstown

The Knox School Climate Committee will be sponsoring a Throwback Thursday Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Knox Auditorium. All Knox students and families are welcome. Admission is free and refreshments will be for sale. The movie “Back to the Future II” will be showing.

Knox yearbooks are available by pre-order only. Order forms are available on the district website or at school and must be turned in to Rebecca Hart by March 30. The cost is $18.

Emma Fiore was nominated for student of the week by Amanda Bishop. Emma will receive a certificate, a student of the week pencil, her picture in the display case, free entrance to the next school dance, and a free pizza from Pino’s Italian Restaurant in Johnstown.

The Johnstown Elementary PTA will be hosting the annual Founders’ Day Banquet in March. In addition to the Knox Founders’ Day award, there is a citywide award and a Michael Boyer award. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these awards, contact the office or the PTSA for more information and a nomination form. Information can also be found on the district website: www.johnstownschools.org.

Warren Street

Elementary, Johnstown

The Warren Street Spelling Bee will take place at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Johnstown High School. Third-graders from Glebe Street will be attending to watch the competition.

Glebe Street

Elementary, Johnstown

More than 120 Glebe students are participating in enrichment clubs before and after school, including science, “Gleebe,” Intro to Spanish, I Love Horses, dance, snack decorating, building with Legos, scrapbooking, craft club, art club grade two, and art club grade three.

During the second week of February, all Glebe students will receive golf instruction during physical education class through the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) program presented by golf pro Rich Scott from Fox Run Golf Course.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary, Johnstown

In December, Pleasant Avenue hosted its first “Someone Special” Dance, an evening for students to invite a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or someone else special to them for a memorable evening. Photos from the evening are now posted on the Pleasant Avenue page of the school website: www.johnstownschools.org

Park Terrace

Elementary School, Gloversville

Susan Shrader’s second-grade class at Park Terrace has just completed a study of Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology.

Children learned that the Ancient Greeks used myths to explain many things in nature like why we have the four seasons and where spiders came from. The students enjoyed the many stories about gods, goddesses and mythological creatures.

In math, children continue to work on recognizing and counting coins, place-value and telling time.

This week, the children plan to make valentines to send to the veterans at the VA hospital.

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Park Terrace

Elementary School, Gloversville

Kaitlin Rossi, Jeanie Pavlus and Melissa Croucher’s fourth- grade classes are ringing in the new year with a unit on nonfiction and informational texts. Students recently finished a text feature scavenger hunt in class. They are learning that text features are the perfect tool for understanding and exploring nonfiction.

In math, the students are working on long division, factors and multiples, which will guide them in their upcoming study of fractions.

The students are beginning to take chorus with Susan vanVoorst. They are working to learn a variety of new songs as they prepare for the spring concert.

In science, the students will investigate and build electrical circuits.

Meco Elementary School

The prekindergarten students continued their investigation of clothes. They explored the clothes the students brought in according to size and style.

The pupils read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “A Pocket for Corduroy” and “Mitten,” doing crafts with each of the books. They acted out “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with puppets. They also read “Button Button Who Has the Button” and sorted buttons according to size and color.

They talked about Martin Luther King and his dream for all people to be equal.

Johnstown High School

This month, students in JoAnn Smith’s Spanish classes at Johnstown High School are helping with the Spanish Enrichment Club at Glebe Street Elementary School every Tuesday. Second- and third-grade students in the club have been learning basic Spanish expressions, numbers, the alphabet, colors and songs.

The second-quarter marking period for JHS ends Jan. 23.

Knox Junior High School, Johnstown

Lillian Nevins was nominated for student of the week by Linda Rusnica. Lillian will receive a certificate, a student of the week pencil, her picture in the display case, free entrance to the next school dance, and a free pizza from Pino’s Italian Restaurant in Johnstown.

Current eighth-grade students who would like to apply to the P-Tech program must have completed and signed applications submitted to the guidance office by Feb. 6. Information and enrollment applications are available in the Knox guidance office as well as on the Knox page of our website at www.johnstownschools.org.

Friday is the last day of the second marking period. Students will receive updated schedules for the second half of the year. Report cards will go home with students Jan. 29.

There is a dance sponsored by the PTSA from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Knox gymnasium.

Warren Street

Elementary,

Johnstown

The fourth-grade students are continuing to develop their writing through various skills. In ELA, they are learning about different writing traits such as word choice, tone and mood, and how they affect the overall quality of writing. Students are also learning about Greek mythology and theme. In math, they are learning different strategies of division with both the standard long division algorithm, and place-value charts as visual aids. They are also beginning to learn about factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers. In science, they are finishing a unit on motion and forces. In social studies, students are learning about early New York explorers, as well as various current events. In addition, they have been studying the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Glebe Street

Elementary,

Johnstown

Third-graders in Kim Preston’s and Deb Ammann’s classrooms are becoming animal experts. In reading, students have started their research on frogs by close-reading the book, “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle.” In science, the classes have begun the study of animals and how to classify them. In math, the children have started a unit on finding the area of a shape and have practiced their new skills by playing buddy games.

The classroom pirate ships for the Glebe Accelerated Reader Program are taking on more pirates as students reach different levels. Students who have reached Level 1: 116; Level 2: 50; Level 3: 30; Level 4: 23; Level 5: 17; and Level 6: 12. Jan. 22 is the next Accelerated Reader evening program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

The top Accelerated Readers for the December at Glebe Street School were: Ryleigh Smith, Jodie Frenyea’s class; Kayden Buyce, Bonnie Miller’s class; Mason Gray, Kim Park’s class; Grant Connelie, Lisa Wager’s class; Madison Tierney, Siobhan Wood’s class; Samuel Stearns, Deb Ammann’s class; Colin Cotter, Jennifer Caputo’s class; Wyatt Frasier, Emily Cox’s class; Kyra Rodriguez, Dominic Mylott’s class; Marlee Trajlinek, Kaitlin O’Keefe’s class; and Anna Giarrizzo, Kim Preston’s class.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary,

Johnstown

In art, first-graders read the book “Picture Perfect,” written by a first-grade class. The students in the book all draw a self-portrait of how they looked and felt on school picture day. The students each related to at least one of the self-portraits in the book. Art teacher Julia Fisk says one of their favorite portraits was “I cut my own hair!” After the story, they looked at themselves in hand-held mirrors and drew their own self-portraits. When they told Mrs. Fisk they were done, she asked them to look once again in the mirror to see if there is something they had left out. She says that usually it was their ears.

Kindergarten students have been enjoying the work of artist and illustrator Mo Willems, who wrote “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” They also practiced drawing finger circles, the letter U and the number 11 in the air. Knowing those few shapes, letters and numbers is enough for them to be able to create the pigeon. Their next project will be exploring the artwork of artist Jim Dine, known for his paintings of hearts.

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Park Terrace

Elementary School, Gloversville

This is a very busy time of the year for Christine Feerick’s AIS reading class. All of the classrooms are getting ready to benchmark their students. The school will be testing from late January through early February. Once all testing is completed, the school will look at the reading groups in each grade level and will decide if any changes need to be made to meet the most current needs of pupils. If any pupil falls below the expected benchmark goals for this point in the year, then he or she may be placed in AIS services. Official letters will be sent home for new pupils who may need these extra services. Even if your child does not need AIS services, it is imperative for your child to read at home on a daily basis.

Johnstown High School

Three art pieces created by students from Johnstown High School will be shown in the Saratoga Arts Council Show at the Saratoga Art Center on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The show will run through Jan. 31, and an opening reception was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The works chosen for inclusion are an oil painting titled “Choices” by senior Madison Smrtic; an acrylic painting titled “For Sale” by senior Bridgia Valk; and a charcoal drawing titled “Samantha” by senior Desmond Passero.

The staff of the 2015 Baronet Yearbook urges students to order a yearbook soon. There will be no extra books available when they arrive in June. People who do not order ahead of time won’t be able to get a yearbook. Anyone ordering a book has the option to design two personal pages. The deadline to complete personal pages is March 1; there will be no exceptions to this deadline. The cost to purchase a book is $45. Visit www.treering.com and follow the prompts for ordering, using the school code 1014083895464417. Anyone who cannot or does not want to order online should see yearbook advisors Russell Snyder and Carm D’Amore about other options.

Knox Junior High School, Johnstown

David Truckenmiller was nominated for student of the week by Angela Yetto and Evan White was nominated for student of the week by Michelle Abel. Both students will receive a certificate, a student of the week pencil, their picture in the display case, free entrance to the next school dance, and a free pizza from Pino’s Italian Restaurant in Johnstown.

A parent-student open house was scheduled at Pathways in Technology Early College High School at 305 Jansen Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Students currently in eighth grade who are interested in becoming PTECH students next year were required to attend. Information and enrollment applications are available in the Knox guidance office, as well as on the Knox page of our website at www.johnstownschools.org. Prospective students must submit completed and signed applications to the guidance office by Feb. 6.

All Knox students will attend a concert assembly in the morning Friday as part of the Arts in Education Program. Eighth-grade band and chorus students will also attend workshops in the afternoon. Some of the workshop titles are: Informance, Inner Balance and Intro to Cello.

Warren Street

Elementary, Johnstown

Pupils in fifth-grade art with Julia Fisk have been talking about the Johnstown Toy Soldier display on Main Street. They learned that local artist Paul Lakata created the soldiers about 14 years ago. The soldiers were created by Barney’s Sign Company as a way to decorate the downtown park. It started out as a few decorations of Santa and his reindeer, and with the help of local sponsors, it grew to be an army of 20 toy soldiers. Fisk wanted to discuss different types of artists and careers pupils could pursue locally and this tradition as started by Lakata 14 years ago worked as a transition into the art lesson. The pupils used rulers to create straight lines, cups to trace perfect circles and thick and thin markers to add color. These works of art will be on display at the district-wide elementary art show at Warren Street on May 13.

Glebe Street

Elementary, Johnstown

Emily Cox and Dominic Mylott say pupils have had a fantastic start to the new year with learning experiences in their classes. They have been hard at work learning about area and practicing their math multiplication facts.

In English language arts, pupils are starting a unit on bullfrogs. They will read from several different texts, starting with “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle” by Deborah Dennard. These books are both fiction and nonfiction pieces that help students to learn about bullfrogs including their environment, type and adaptations that help them survive.

Even though they will not be able to see the life cycle of a frog for several months, pupils are learning about this process in science. Both classes have wrapped up their learning of plants and have started exploring animals. They are learning how to classify animals based on their traits and characteristics. Pupils are also discovering how adaptations help animals survive in each environment type.

Jan. 6 marked the starting point of enrichment clubs that many Glebe pupils are participating in.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary, Johnstown

Staff members Rachel Harrington, Becky Brownell and Brenda Butler report the first-graders in Early Intervention and Academic Intervention have been working on reading skills and are learning letter sounds, blending and segmenting sounds in words, and learning to identify sight words. The kindergarteners are working on learning letter names and sounds, which they are beginning to segment and blend into words.

Meco Elementary School

The pre-K pupils at Meco started the clothing investigation, and they compared their winter coats and grouped them according to how they looked.

The pupils read “The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” and colored a paper jacket. They wrote their New Year’s resolutions in their journals. They learned about liberation and watched a video. They talked about how to prevent germs and stay healthy. They talked about their five senses in the winter and made a booklet.

Next week, they will start to take books out from their classroom library.

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Park Terrace Elementary School, Gloversville

Liz Carey and Lisa Masaitis’ third-graders spent last month with an elf who was anywhere but on the shelf. Both Trixie and Ralph (the elves) knew pupils could be off-task and unfocused as the holiday approached, so they helped keep everyone on task with their reports to Santa.

In English language arts, the pupils finished an interactive reading of “There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom.”

In math, pupils finished Module 2 with a much better understanding of how to determine area of a given rectangle, including how to find the length of a side when given the area and one side length.

In social studies, both classes spent time debating a new business strategy of renting toys instead of buying them. Students studied the new online business known as Pley, a company that rents expensive Lego sets by the month. Students had to come up with pros and cons for conducting business with such toy companies.