April News


April at a Glance!


9th period support lab is cancelled. It will resume on 4/18. This does not include Galway Scholars or enrichment classes held 9th period.


Ski Club pizza party 2:30-3:30 P.M.

HS Boys Baseball Dodgeball Fundraiser 2:30-3:30 P.M.


Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 P.M. (Contraptions, Physics, Makey Makey, Geo Art)


ELA State Testing

Enrichment 2:30-3:30 Chess, JHE TV News Crew


ELA State Testing

Enrichment 2:30-3:30 Cooking, JHE TV News Crew


ELA State Testing


Enrichment 2:30-3:30 Knitting/Weaving


Required staff faculty meeting


New Kindergarten Parent Night 6:30 P.M. Informational evening for parents of students entering Kindergarten in 2016.


Board of Education Meeting 6:30 P.M.


Earth Day

Report Cards go home and are available on the School Tool Parent Portal

Parent conferences-K-6 dismissal at 11:00. Lunch is not served.


Spring Break-no school

Kid$ Banking at JHE

Congratulations! You did it! First New York Federal Credit Union representative Deborah Testa presented students enrolled in Kid$ Banking with a check for $250.00. Students were provided with opportunities to spin the wheel for additional indivdual prizes and celebrate their effort in learning how to manage their money.

We will continue to offer students an opportunity to enroll in the program each fall. Please look for sign-up forms in the summer newsletter.

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Opportunities to extend learning at JHE!

Along with the arrival of Spring JHE welcomes the opportunity for learners to participate in new enrichment programs to extend their learning, exercise their creativity, build new friendships, and have fun. During April and May we offer:

  • Geo Art
  • Makey Makey
  • Physics
  • Contraptions
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Weaving/Knitting

We currently have over 100 students enrolled in Galway Scholars and enrichment classes and encourage everyone to explore the opportunities offered and become involved. Transportation home is provided for all programs.

Women of the Moose Chapter 1031 from Gibsonton, Florida shows support for JHE!

We would like to thank Deborah Culkin, Anthony Podrazik's Great Grandmother ( Mrs. DiBlasi's 1st grade) and the Woman of the Moose Chapter 1031, for collecting Box Tops for Anthony and all of his friends at JHE. We also received a separate donation from one member who wanted to help out despite not having any Box Tops. We thank you for your support of JHE. The money earned from our Box Top initiative is used to decorate our school with framed pictures of students and staff along with supplies and materials to help all students reach success. We appreciate your support. For more information on the Box Top's for Education, please use the attached link.
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Keeping our students and staff safe at JHE

Thanks to the elementary building team, we have been able to install new security blinds in all areas of the school to allow for increased security during lockdowns. Please use the attached link to see how the safety blinds work.

Science Updates

JHE teachers are busy coordinating the implementation of the New York Next Generation Science requirements. We are pleased to report that our implementation of PLTW 2 years ago has put us ahead of the requirement. We are already implementing most if not all of the new science learning in grades K-6. Please use the attached link for more information on The Next Generation Science requirements.

STEM Evening

We would like to give special thanks to the 300 + friends and family who came to our STEM science night. We would also like to thank the Elementary Building Team; especially Jeanine Flinton, Nadine DePres, Eric Fana and the American Culinary Federation. In addition we received corporate support from Walmart (Glenville), Target (Glenville), Price Chopper (Glenville), Hannaford (Glenville), Shop Rite (Niskayuna), Conifer Park Dietary Department as well as a donation from the Local Student Scholarships-Glens Falls Chapter. Through everyone's generous support, the evening was filled with great food, exciting interactive stations, amazing science demonstrations and basket give-a-ways!

The science fair winners are:

Grades 3-6

1st-Colin Anderson, Casey Clarke, Adam Hay (Fertilizer Frenzy)

2nd-Carson Eagan, Declan Dunn, Christopher Maher (Indestructible Egg)

3rd-Keegan Eddy, Xander Gotzen-Berg (Pop-Pop Goes the Balloon)

Grade 6-8

1st-Ariana Allen, Lindsey Wright (Plethora of Popcorn)

2nd-Ella Underwood (Blades in the Wind)

3rd-Henry Flint (Are Finger Prints Inherited?)

Honorable Mention

Diane Colangelo, Isabella Mancini (Water Density)

Eben Perkins (Thirsty Rocks and Minerals)

Basket Winners:

Matthew Sleight, Kendra Pederson, Emily Johnston, Jayden Yerdon, Anabella Teter, Evan Schaperjahn, and Tynan Seburn

Galway Bus Driver-A Heart of Gold

Mr. Marshall, one of Galways outstanding bus drivers, also delivers newspapers. Mr. Marshall decided to save his tips throughout the year to provide scholarships for three JHE students to attend summer camp. Mr. Marshall selected Samuel Carter, Adrienne Carter and Joshua Trifiletti to be the recipients of the scholarship. Thanks to his generosity they will be attending the Sacandaga Bible Conference Youth Camp this summer. Mr. Marshall is an extraordinary person and we are lucky to have him as part of our Galway team!

Congratulations to Mr. Gregg and the JHE Chorus!

Mr. Gregg recently brought seventy JHE chorus members along with many family members to an Adirondack Thunder Hockey game. The JHE chorus, directed by Mr. Gregg, sang the National Anthem. Way to go! It was an outstanding performance.
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JHE "KIDZREAD" BOOK REVIEW-featuring Molly Oravsky

Molly Oravsky, Grade 5 - Mrs. Kempf/enrichment class

Title: Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Date Published: 2011

Pages: 281


Word Count: 30992

ATOS Level: 4.5

I am a ten year old in Mrs. Kempf’s fifth grade enrichment class. I believe this book deserves to be read by everybody! I would recommend reading it when you are at or between the ages of 9 and13.

This is a book about Rafe Knatchadorian and how he conquers 6th grade. Oh, and did I mention he has to deal with a super mean soon to be step-dad, a mom who seems to work 24-7, an evil bully nick-named Miller the Killer for a reason, a tattle-tale little sister, and only having one friend? Seems impossible, right?

Well, on the first day, he finds the Hills Village Middle School Book of Rules. All he sees is a checklist. One by one he breaks the rules to earn points in the secret program (between him and his friend Leo the Silent) operation R.A.F.E. which stands for Rules Aren’t For Everybody. But he has to be careful or he loses one of his only three lives. He loses them by losing fights, not reaching his daily goal of points, and embarrassing himself in front of his crush Jeanne Galletta. He keeps it up until he hits a crisis. How does he deal with the crisis? Well, I can’t tell you everything, can I?

This book will make you laugh and cry, and become all around addicted. You’ll want much more from Patterson after reading this. This book has many plot twists and will make you keep reading. Well, that’s all for now, so, CHECK IT OUT!

Calling all 4th graders and their families!

4th Grade Band Recruitment Night

Wednesday, May 11th, 7pm

5317 Sacandaga Road

Galway, NY

All current 4th graders and their parents are invited to join Mr. Barrow as he discusses the band program and how to get involved during the 2016-17 school year. Please email Mr. Barrow with any questions or concerns at gnbarrow@galwaycsd.org

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kindergarten Registration

If you know of or have a child who will turn 5 on or before December 1, 2016, please encourage them to call or email Barb Agresta to enroll and schedule an appointment for Kindergarten screening. Screening will take place May 2-3 at JHE.


518-882-1033 ext. 4240


Change in Dismissal:

Please send in a written notes whenever there is an emergency need to change a student's dismissal procedure. In the event that a note is not possible, please be aware that calls made after 12:00 P.M. make it very difficult to ensure everyone is notified of the change in a timely manner. If you call the main office with an emergency change (518-882-1033 ext. 4240) and receive voicemail, please do not leave a message but call extension 4272 instead. Mrs. Agresta is sometimes required to be at the reception area versus the main office and may not be able to check her voicemail until after 3:00 P.M. For information regarding changes to transportation please refer to the Board of Education Policy. Changes that are not emergent and represent a pattern will not be approved as per the Board policy. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and certainly understand the difficulty parents face with after school child care. Please use the link below to learn more about our after school YMCA Care. The days can be flexible and the rate can be based on a sliding scale in order to make it affordable to all.

Upcoming events

Check out the May issue to see new library improvements, safety initiatives in our cafeteria, scheduling initiatives for 2016-17, JHE Flash Mob creation and more Bucket Filling celebrations!

Reminder: In order to provide incoming Kindergarten students with the same opportunities as offered to prior students, there will be no school on May2-3 for current Kindergarten students only. Thank you in advance for allowing us to continue to provide these days to JHE future students.

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