JHE February News


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Thank you Walmart and JHE Building Team!

Eagle Pride-we look good in our hats!

February at a Glance!

Monday 2/1

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 P.M.

Wednesday 2/3

  • Elementary Building Team Meeting 8:30-10:30 A.M.

Friday 2/5

  • Popcorn Friday $1

Monday 2/8

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 P.M.

Tuesday 2/9

  • 9th Period support lab cancelled due to a required faculty meeting

Thursday 2/11

  • Father/Daughter, Mother/Son or special someone Sweetheart Dance for Grades K-2 6:00-7:00 P.M.-please RSVP using link provided in this newsletter
  • Snow Cones $1
  • Bucket Filling Celebration-BEACH DAY!


  • No School February Break

Monday 2/22

  • 100th Day of School

Monday 2/29

  • Galway Scholars 2:30-4:30 P.M.-3D Printing and Steaming with K'nex
  • 2/25 Board of Education Meeting


5th grade PLTW Launch students have been working with VEX IQ Robots to test different input and output devices like controllers, motors, color sensors, touch LED sensors, and bumper switches. While collecting test data and recording it in their PLTW launch logs, each student learned that robots and humans use inputs and outputs to react to the outside world!
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New York State Education Department has outlined the positive changes to NY assessments!

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is making significant changes to the 2016 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments. NYSED has also collected significant feedback from students, parents, and New York State educators regarding ways to improve the tests.

These changes will improve the testing experience for students and the validity of the assessments.

  • Test will be untimed-allowing students to work at their own pace to truly show what they know!

  • Fewer test questions

  • Change to a new testing vendor for Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics assessments

  • Greater involvement of educators in the test development process

Kindergarten 2016

If you have a child who turned 5 on or before December 1, 2015, please contact Barb Agresta at bagresta@galwaycsd.org to register for Kindergarten screening. Kindergarten screening will take place this spring.
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Sweetheart Dance February 11th Grades K-2

All students in grades K-2 are invited to attend our Father-Daughter, Mother-Son Valentine's Day Dance! Please RSVP using the form below.

When: February 11th 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Where: JHE Gymnasium

Cost: Admission is free

Kid DJ will provide everyone with endless entertainment. The disco light display will be sure to excite everyone! Bring your dancing shoes and finest attire! Carnations will be available to purchase. A digital photo booth will be available to capture the memories ($5.00 for 6 pictures). Refreshments will be provided through EBT and PTA.

K-2 Father-Daughter Mother-Son or Special Person- Valentine's Dance

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6-7pm

Joseph Henry Elementary School, Sacandaga Road, Galway, NY, United States (JHE Gymnasium)

Refreshments provided free of charge!

Digital photo booth to capture the fun! ($5 per sitting)

Kid DJ will spin exciting tunes!

Carnations will be available to purchase! Please indicate the number of carnations you wish to purchase on your RSVP. e.g. Jones-2

Wear your most festive attire!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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2016 Lion's Club Spelling Bee

8th grader Alex Malanoski is this year's Spelling Bee Champion - his second victory in a row!

4th grader Declan Dunn was our competitive and spunky runner up.

His championship word: olfactory;

An adjective of Latin origin meaning of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell. "Humans have relatively weak olfactory abilities compared with many other animals."

Alex will represent Galway on February 2, 2016 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady for the Capital Region Spelling Bee. Both spellers will also attend the BOCES Regional Spelling Bee this coming June. More information about these events will be shared.

Grade level winners: (each student received an Amazon gift cards)

4: Declan Dunn

5: Sydney Kress

6: Anna Meisenburg

7: Arianna Persaud

8: Alex Malanoski

An extended thanks to the Galway Lion's Club for sponsoring this event each year! They cover everything from our registration through Scripps to individual student awards. Also, many thanks to Kat McCleneghen and Amy Derwin for volunteering as our Pronouncer and Judge. Bravo to Mr. Eric Fana for organizing and coordinating the Spelling Bee!

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Coaches versus Cancer Foul Shooting Competition

The Galway Girls Varsity and JV teams sponsored a school wide foul shooting contest to help raise money to support a local family, the Marshalls. The finals of the contest were held at the JV game on Tuesday, January 26th. The winners were:

Grades K-2

1st place- Kolt Wojtowecz

2nd place- Carson Quay

1st place- Courtney Smith

2nd place- Jayden Yerdon

Grades 3/4

1st place- Colin Anderson

2nd place- Xander Yerdon

1st place- Emma Mitchell

2nd place- Hailey Reome

Grades 5th/6th

1st place- Grayson Signor

2nd place- Jack Ryan

1st place- Kailey Jankowski

2nd place- Julia Reedy

Grades 7th/8th

1st place-Brendan Shader

2nd place- Braden Boudreau

1st place- Morgan Drouin

2nd place- Izzy Mancini

4th Annual Girls in STEM Event! Get involved! Girls in grades 4-8 can participate

Click the link below to find out how to become involved.

4th Annual Girls in STEM Event

March 12, 2016

Now in its 4th year, this well-received, regional event is an opportunity for girls in grades 4-8 to participate in a FUN and INTERACTIVE day of STEM education, featuring hands-on workshops and special afternoon programming by GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 8:45am – 2:00pm
Location: Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8
Cost: Free to attend, boxed lunch will be provided

1st Graders visit The Challenger Center at the MiSci Museum thanks to a grant from The Dockstader Trust!

On January 20th and 21st the 1st grade was able to make a trip to The Challenger Center at miSci Museum in Schenectady. The Challenger Center is one of 43 such centers in the world. It is a simulator of NASA’s Mission Control and The International Space Station (ISS). While at The Challenger Center, half of each class did STEM activities in the briefing room. In one activity, students built a lander that would keep 2 astronauts (marshmallows) safe when dropped from 3 feet. The other half of the class traveled in a rocket which docked with the ISS. Once docked the students went through an airlock and then boarded the ISS. While on board the ISS the students weighed and attached parts of a probe that would be launched into a comet, worked with coordinate grids, described the attributes of space rocks and other STEM activities. After an hour the groups switched so everyone had the same experiences.

This incredible experience has left a lasting impression on our students. When we got back to the classroom, the students had many questions and ideas to discuss. They now want to know more about space, stars, comets, and what they must do to become engineers and astronauts.

A special thank you to The Dockstader Charitable Trust for making this trip possible.
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The Eagles Nest has a new home!

A very special thank you to Mr. Fana and his high school technology class for building the JHE an amazing new school store. We love it! The Eagle's Nest is open 12:30-1:30 every Wednesday and Thursday. Please stop by.
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  • 3/9 STEM Night, Science Fair, Pasta Dinner-information will be sent home after February Break
  • 3/10 JHE chorus will sing the National Anthem at the Glens Falls Civic Center prior to the hockey game. We hope to see many Galway hockey fans cheering us on!
  • 3/24 Tween Night for Grades 5-6. An introduction to High School sports, clubs and activities
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Swing into the 2015-16 Yearbook

Swing into 2015-2016’s

Avoid being disappointed and return this order form to Mr. Nettleton by 3/11. Last year we ran out.


Due date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Parent name:______________________

Teacher name:_____________________

Student name:_____________________

Telephone #:_______________________

Cost: $20.33 includes NYS sales tax

*Checks can be made out to Galway Central School District*