School Notebook

Johnstown High School

The school acknowledges Johnstown High School’s junior, Adam Ferrari, who was erroneously left off of the high honor roll list for the 2014-15 third-quarter report card.

JHS 2015 Yearbook Supplements must be ordered by Tuesday. Orders placed after that date will incur an additional cost for postage and handling beyond the $10 charge for the supplement. Students that have ordered their supplements should watch the school website and the Leader-Herald for an announcement in July regarding distribution date and time. To order a 20-page, full-color summer supplement that covers spring sports and prom, visit www.treering.com and enter school code 1014083906821926.

The commencement activities schedule is at www.johnstownschools.org.

Knox Junior High School, Johnstown

All current sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Johnstown and Wheelerville students are welcome to attend a free skill building opportunity at the Knox Summer Enrichment program to work on math, reading and writing skills. The program will run Monday to Thursday from July 7 through Aug. 6 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Knox Junior High. Students will become familiar with Knox, work on areas of academic difficulty, receive one-to-one assistance as needed, and maintain skills learned throughout the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call 762-3711 and ask for Rebecca Wager.

Warren Street

Elementary, Johnstown

After being twice postponed by rainy weather, Warren Street and Wheelerville students bounded onto Knox Field for Johnstown’s annual Elementary Track Meet on June 11.

For this year’s event, five teams were created, each with a mixture of classes representing fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Team names reflected the five character traits students strive for every day at Warren Street: responsibility, respect, self-control, cooperation and leadership.

Students competed in events on both the track and in the field, including relays, the hurdles, the 50-yard dash, the long jump, and the softball throw. Sixth-graders also competed in the shot put and the discus. Everyone was cheered on by Glebe Street students who walked over to enjoy the event, as well as family members who came out to show support.

As a precursor to the meet, students learned about track and field events during physical education classes. On the big day, they were then ready to put their skills and knowledge on the line, working to achieve their personal best while practicing collaboration and team spirit.

To view photos from the Elementary Track Meet, please visit www.johnstownschools.org.

Glebe Street

Elementary, Johnstown

Second- and third- grade supply lists for the 2015-16 school year can be found by visiting the Glebe page of the school website, www.johnstownschools.org.

All Glebe families are invited to meet with Glebe Principal Abbey North and tour the building from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25. An open house has been scheduled for the evening of Sept. 24; see the school website for additional information.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary, Johnstown

There will be half-day dismissal for elementary students today and Thursday.

Report cards will be distributed Thursday, which is the last day of the school year for students.

Meco Elementary School

The prekindergarten students at Meco met with their Head Start Picture Pals for the last time. They read a book about a mouse sharing a strawberry and shared one with their pal. They exchanged pictures.

First grade students in Sarah Barnhart’s class came to read to the class.

Pork Chop Speedway came to Meco, and the pre-K pig, Elsa, came in second and shared a pizza party with the winning pig, Leo the Ninja Turtle from Lynn Hughes’ first-grade class.

Students continued the study on recycle, reduce and reuse. They read some books about the ocean and talked about animals that live in the ocean. They read “Stewie the Duck” and talked about water safety.

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Park Terrace

Elementary School

The students in Amy Jacques’ first grade class at Park Terrace Elementary School have been working hard to end the year. We recently finished a six week unit of study on animals and habitats where the students did several writing and arts and crafts activities about various habitats. To end the unit, students chose their favorite habitat and created a mobile about it that included facts about the weather and the plants and animals that live there.

Most recently, the schools has been studying the Revolutionary War. Students have learned about the Boston Tea Party, the “shot heard ’round the world, Betsy Ross, and the important roles that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin played that named them “Founding Fathers.”

In math, students are ending the year by adding and subtracting two, two digit numbers together Students have been solving by drawing quick 10 and ones, and using mental math.

Johnstown High School

Students in science & technology, environmental science, and Freshmen Academy were working hard to prepare for the JHS Science Fair. The fair was held during the school day on June 10. Projects ranged from testing local sources of water to creating a hot air balloon. A Science Fair winner will be announced at the high school awards night.

The PTSA held a schoolwide fundraiser to raise money for student agendas for the 2015-16 school year. The following students were the top sellers and got to have lunch with Principal Michael Beatty: Ashley Ackernecht, Nick Frasier, Jessi Beauregard, Morgan Chase, Noah Weiderman, Logan Brandt, Zachary Morton, Ben Poitras, Alexander Nethaway, Joseph Salatel and Peter VanDenburgh.

Knox Junior High School

All current sixth, seventh and eighth grade Johnstown and Wheelerville students are welcome to attend a free skill building opportunity at the Knox Summer Enrichment program to work on math, reading and writing skills. The program will run Monday to Thursday from July 7 through Aug. 6 between 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Knox Junior High. Students will become familiar with Knox, work on areas of academic difficulty, receive one-to-one assistance as needed, and maintain skills learned throughout the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call 762-3711 and ask for Rebecca Wager.

Warren Street

Elementary

Sixth graders recently visited Knox Junior High School as part of an orientation program to help them become acquainted with the junior high building and prepare for life as seventh graders in September.

A sixth grade promotion ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Johnstown High School Performing Arts Center.

Glebe Street

Elementary

Third graders enjoyed Transition Day activities on June 10 that included visiting Warren Street Elementary, the building they will attend as fourth graders in September.

Glebe students who reached Accelerated Reader Level 4 were treated to a Pirate Game Day on June 10. Second graders needed to accumulate 20 points to reach level 4, while third graders had to accumulate 25. More than 100 students achieved this goal and were able to participate in a variety of fun games and activities.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary

First graders enjoyed Transition Day activities on June 10 that included visiting Glebe Street Elementary, the building they will attend as second graders in September.

Meco Elementary School

The pre-kindergarten students at Meco continued their study of recycle, reduce and reuse. They made lists of what they throw away at home and school. They played recycle Bingo and learned two recycling songs. Tina Newland, the former school secretary, came in and gave a presentation on recycling. She reminded the students even though they are young, they can do their part to help the environment.

The students read “Something from Nothing,” “I Stink!” and “Adventures of Gary and Harry.” They made pictures for their Head Start picture pals and will meet with them this week.

Meco School went to McNab School to enjoy a music program with the Hip Pickles Drum Band. They took to the stage to play instruments and danced. They also watched their principal Jim Crawford play the drums with the Hip Pickles.

Northville Elementary School

The elementary STEM Clubs have wrapped up their activities. The K/1 STEM Club members didn’t realize they were learning principles of physics and geometry while working through a series of fun projects like devising a way to drop an egg without breaking it and building balloon-powered cars. The 2/3 STEM Club finished the year with a team-building project, finding the right layout to get a marble to successfully roll all the way through a curved and hilly seventy-five foot track (and learning about things like friction and momentum at the same time). And the 4/5 STEM Club students ended their third session studying rocketry.

Northville Middle School

The middle school students are finishing their finals. All three classes have two year-end group activities scheduled; the students will take a science and nature walk to the Tennant Creek Falls in Hope to observe Adirondack flora and fauna and an historical walk around the village of Northville.

Northville High School

The Northville National Honor Society inducted three new members in May. The Science Research class held the Sixth Annual Science Research Symposium, where sophomores and seniors presented their independent research findings on topics like “Self-Organized Translational Wheeling Motion in Stochastic Self-Assembling Modules” and “The Feasibility of Pool-Powered Geothermal Energy to Power a House in the Adirondacks”. More recently, the MS/HS chorus and band received marks of “Excellent” and “Superior” respectively at this year’s Trills and Thrills event in Lake George.

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Johnstown High School

The enrollment deadline for the Spain 2016 trip is June 19. Johnstown High School students and parents, as well as students who are currently eighth graders at Knox Junior High, who are interested in taking part in this nine day trip from April 22-May 1, 2016, should e-mail Joanne Smith at “mailto:jsmith@johnstownschool.org”>jsmith@johnstownschool.org or call 762-4661, Ext. 115.

Earth Science Review: Tuesday 8-10 a.m. and June 18: noon-2 p.m.

The Regents Exam and local exam schedules, as well as review schedules, are posted on the school website, www.johnstownschools.org.

Knox Junior High School, Johnstown

Gloria Bruno nominated Calyer Fagan for Student of the Week. Calyer received a certificate, a student of the week pencil, free entrance to the next school dance, and a free pizza from Pino’s Italian Restaurant in Johnstown.

A calendar and informational sheet was sent home with students. Please refer to the calendar and the June newsletter on the school district website, www.johnstownschools.org, to keep abreast of the many activities, test dates, promotion information, etc. that will all be happening in the month of June. Extra copies of informational items are always available in the main office.

On Wednesday, Knox band members performed the National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball game at 6:35 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park. More information can be found at www.amsterdammohawks.com.

Warren Street

Elementary, Johnstown

The school year is winding down for the band and chorus programs at Warren Street Elementary School. The fifth and sixth grade band students performed their spring concert for the students on June 4 and performed for their parents that evening.

The following groups performed: fifth and sixth grade Beginning Band, sixth grade Concert Band, sixth grade Jazz Ensemble, sixth grade Chorus and sixth grade Chorus. Anthony Tybor was a “pitched water jug” soloist, while Sarah Pratt and Brooke Nellis were student conductors for the concert band. Also, Roslyn Chapin was a soloist with the fifth grade chorus.

Band students received participation awards at the morning concert. Special sixth grade band and chorus awards (water bottles) were also given to the following students: Haylee Webb, winner of the water bottle design contest, Thomas Truckenmiller, “Most Improved Band Student;” Sarah Pratt, “Most Valuable Player” for band; Colleen Long, “Most Dedicated” band student; Jacob Martelle, “Best Prepared” chorus student; Brooke Nellis, “Most Helpful” chorus student; and Darrien Sira, “Most Improved” chorus student.

Music and chorus teacher Rosemarie Thresh will be moving back to her hometown area and will be teaching in Chittenango in September.

Glebe Street

Elementary, Johnstown

Second graders have been creating 3-D lizards in art. First, they read a short non-fiction book about lizards, learning that they are reptiles, lay eggs and eat various insects. Then they started drawing, making the tail using triangle shapes and drawing line designs/patterns in oil pastels. They are also decorating the head and four legs and will be attaching it to the body.

Third graders learned about the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. They painted watercolor freeform shapes and will continue painting in tempera paint. Next they will explore American artist George Rodriquez and his artwork “Blue Dog.” They will sketch the dog and then paint it a color of their choosing, with the background painted in a complimentary color. Complimentary colors are red-green, blue-orange and yellow-purple. Complimentary colors, when placed next to each other, create the strongest contrast for those two particular colors.

Pleasant Avenue

Elementary, Johnstown

In art, kindergarteners read a non-fiction and a fiction book about chameleons. The non-fiction book they read is “Chameleon Chameleon.”

They learned that chameleons are reptiles who lay eggs and eat mainly insects. The fiction book they read is “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni. It is a story about a chameleon who is tired of changing colors and wants a color of his own.

They discussed photography versus drawing, real story versus made-up story, and the similarities and differences in the two books. Then they started drawing. They had to sketch in pencil first and then color in the entire piece of paper with no area left uncolored.

First grade art classes discussed author and illustrator David Shannon, who attended art school and makes a living illustrating and writing children’s books. They read the book “How I Became a Pirate” and discussed that Shannon was the illustrator while Melinda Long was the author. They then set to work creating a pirate treasure map. They started with an island shape and discussed why a map would have a compass rose.

Meco Elementary School

The pre-K students started their investigation on recycling, reuse and reduce. They made a list of items they recycle and read the book “Sam Helps Recycle.” The talked about reusing items and made projects with newspapers and cardboard tubes. They reviewed letters with the name cheer.

Christine Ackey presented a program on bike helmet safety. They made a booklet on how to use a helmet correctly. They saw a video on staying cool in the summer and read a Clifford magazine.

The students went to the Perfect Redemption Center and Joe Semione explained what happens at his business and how important recycling is to the environment. They also went to the Perfect Scoop and enjoyed delicious ice cream, thanks to the Semiones.

Meco School enjoyed a fun field day. Thanks to all who helped set up the day.