Super Hooper Basketball Camp will run in the GFHS gym August 4-8. Boys'
session is from 8am-noon and Girls will be from 12:30-3:30. The cost is $60
for boys and $45 for girls. You can pick up an application at the high school
or email Coach Tony Hammel at
Wondering about next school year?
[ HERE ] is a
one-page printable version of the 2014-15 district calendar that includes
school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days. The detailed 2014-15 calendar
is now being printed and will be mailed to all current students during the
third week of August. Any district resident may request a printed calendar by
calling the district office at 792-1212.
This summer, the GFSD health office is offering physical exams for students
who would like to participate on a sports team during the 2014-15 school year.
Keep in mind that if a student-athlete isn’t due for a regular physical right
now, a MEDICAL UPDATE FORM is still required before practice starts. Update
forms are due NO LATER than August 15th. Physicals for all fall sports are
scheduled on the following dates: Tuesday, July 15th,
10am-noon; Tuesday, August 12th, 10am-noon; Monday,
August 18th, 9am-10:30am. Physicals will be held in the High School
health office. Call the Athletics office at 792-6564 with any questions.
Bagels, a Nook, comfy chairs and a creative writing notebook ready to be filled with the fun, funny or just plain “wild” story ideas summer days can bring. Students are already excited for these things and more in the summer library program that librarian Ann Myers is kicking off Thursday morning, July 10 at the Middle School. The program runs on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m., all summer long. [ MORE ]
In the Glens Falls High School auditorium on Saturday, June 28, more than 160 students representing the class of 2014 accepted their diplomas in front of an audience of family, friends, teachers and staff during the school's 123rd annual commencement. Have a look at some "Graduation Moments" in the slideshow [ HERE ]
The efforts of Kristy Brennan’s Jackson Heights students have resulted in a big donation to local agencies serving the homeless in Glens Falls. “We were able to raise $561 to help the homeless in our community by making meals for Jackson Heights faculty to purchase on Fridays,” says Mrs. Brennan. “We split the money between two organizations, The Open Door Mission and The WAIT House (Welcoming Adolescents in Transition).” [ MORE ]
For an afternoon in June, you could take a whirlwind trip around the world—just by visiting Karen Northrup’s third-grade classroom at Kensington Road elementary. Family members were invited in to take a tour of “the most interesting countries in the world,” including Costa Rica, South Africa, France, Italy, and many others. [ MORE ]
Senior Phil Monrian and sophomore Angie Nardin represented Glens Falls High School brilliantly when they performed on Saturday, June 14 with the Showcase of Young Performers at the Marcella Sembrich museum in Bolton Landing. [ MORE ]
Five elementary students have been recognized for their outstanding art work in a nation-wide contest. “Of the thousands of entries submitted by schools all over the United States and Canada, five of the top entries were created by our young artists from Glens Falls,” says art teacher Rick Butto. [ MORE ]
Fourth-graders at Big Cross Elementary have made their mark by leaving a
personal “touch” on the walls of the gymnasium. In an effort to bring more
color and interest to the walls of the school's gym, 58 students left a
painted hand print, signed and dated, on the wall for posterity.
[ MORE ]
Four of the district’s operations and maintenance staff members have been recognized with safety awards from Woodmen of the World Society. Representatives from the organization visited the district’s bus garage to honor the following employees for their safe driving skills: Mary Bishop, bus driver; Hugh Phillips, maintenance at Kensington Road School and bus driver; George Kunemund, High School custodian and bus driver; and John Meyers, groundkeeper and bus driver. [ MORE ]
Nine dedicated faculty and staff members were inducted into the district's Quarter-Century Club in early June, celebrating 25 years of service to the students of Glens Falls City Schools. Beverly Gill, John Woodell-Freire, Melanie Ketring, Martha Van Vleet, Ann Ryan, Kathy Madelone, Dee Winter-Barclay, Michele Homan, and Donna Murray were honored at a reception at Kensington elementary on June 11. Congratulations! [ PHOTO ]
More than 60 students at Glens Falls High School were honored with 82 different awards, scholarships and other designations at the school’s annual awards program on June 5. The event began with recognition of the Class of 2014’s Top Students, including valedictorian Hannah Morrissey, salutatorian Emma Conrick, and Ethan Cronquist, Dennis Dempsey, Ashleigh Ellis, Ethan Katz, Emily Parent, Tanner Sax, Allison Stanley, and Caleb Vaughn. For more details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given out on June 5, [ READ MORE ]
Grandstanders’ 2014 Senior Sports Award scholarship winners are: Joe Hill (hockey and lacrosse), Tanner Sax (football, basketball, soccer, tennis), Noah Duell (cross-country running, Nordic ski and track), Emily Parent (swimming, alpine skiing, and track), Adair Purner (field hockey, alpine ski, and lacrosse), and Skylar Girard (soccer, basketball, and softball). [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls High School Mock Trial Team has won the Warren County Championship for the third time in six years. Team members included Patty Corey, Phil Monrian, Dennis Dempsey, Sarah Deck, James Greene, James Coffey, Scarlett De Witt, and Devon Houseworth. [ MORE ]
The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association has awarded GFSD Food Service Director Anne Sheehan the Northeast regional Outstanding Director of the Year Award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs with healthy, appetizing student meals. [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls City School District Athletic Program was honored with the Sportsmanship Promotion Program Award by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. This commendation—the only one in Section 2—was awarded to GFSD for exemplary effort in encouraging sportsmanship during the 2013-14 athletic season. [ PHOTO ]
An even wider national audience heard about the benefits of the High School’s start time change on May 19, when Channel One news broadcast a report on the student perspective of the change. Channel One is based in New York City and produces nationally-syndicated news programming seen in high schools all over the country. [ MORE ]
Big Cross third graders have just finished an in-depth study of Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. The curriculum spanned several weeks, and culminated with the first-ever “Brazil Night” open house for families and friends to view the students’ hard work. [ MORE ]
The GFSD Art and Athletic Departments are offering summer courses, clinics and camps for all students, district-wide. Elementary Art students participate in all kinds of projects, including drawing, painting, ceramics, fabric art, origami, jewelry, and other various crafts. Secondary Art students have enriching lessons that allow them to express and build their individual creativity in an engaging atmosphere with other children. And students can participate in camps for swimming, diving, soccer, triathlon, baseball, field hockey, and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open! [ MORE ON ALL PROGRAMS ]
Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2014-15 school
budget today by a margin of 684 "yes" votes to 169 “no” votes – an 80.2
percent approval rate. Suzanne Spector-Tougas and Karin Mauer were elected to
the Board of Education. Each will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2014,
after receiving 699 and 678 votes, respectively. Voters also approved
expending funds from the capital reserve for repairs and renovations at
several of the district’s school buildings. The capital reserve proposition
passed by a vote of 725 to 127. [ MORE ]
Children in Guatemala are receiving much-needed vitamins and nutritional education because of the efforts of Glens Falls High School students in the AFS International Club. This spring, AFS began an ongoing collaboration with the Glens Falls Medical Mission to Guatemala. [ MORE ]
Abigail Martelle, a fifth-grader at Glens Falls Middle School, is a winner in this year’s American Association of University Women essay contest. The winners were chosen from more than 400 essays submitted by students at several local school districts. [ MORE ]
Third-graders in Pamela Laurent and Rebecca Ring’s classes have worked to
make sure Glens Falls’ senior citizens feel “Wrapped in
Love.” This winter, the Kensington elementary students raised funds to buy dozens of yards of fleece to make scarves for the City’s senior residents. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to middle school technology teacher Fran Dougherty, for being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! Along with radio announcements that have run on 100.3 FM, he also received a plaque, flowers and other gifts to recognize his commitment to students. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls students in the High School’s Key Club and Middle School’s Builders Club recently worked together to clean up Crandall Park as a joint community service project. The team collected garbage in and around the park for several hours on May 4. [ MORE ]
Two of Glens Falls’ talented student-athletes will swim for the College of Saint Rose next year. Garret Frandsen and Tylor Duguay celebrated signing their national Letters of Intent with dozens of friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on April 29. [ MORE ]
The fourth grade service club at Big Cross continues to give back to the community—this time, in the form of “May baskets” for pediatric patients at Glens Falls Hospital. Students created dozens of May baskets out of decorated cups, filled each with candy, and attached personalized notes of cheer for other children being treated at the hospital. [ MORE ]
Jackson Heights elementary school nurse Diane Lightfoote, RN, has been named the 2014 School Nurse of the Year by the New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN). The School Nurse of the Year award is given to just one school nurse in the state of New York each year who has the skills, strength and ability to excel as a leader among school nurses. [ MORE ]
Carole Geruso, math teacher at GFHS, is in the running for a $2,500 grant through the ThankAMillionTeachers.com website. During the month of May you can vote once a day for her proposal that would buy the classroom resource Castle Learning Online. To vote, [ CLICK HERE ] and search for our proposal under teacher name GERUSO. Thanks for your support!
Glens Falls City School District has won the Tri-County United Way Helping Hand Award for the ninth year in a row, raising more money per capita than any other school district. Volunteers said the number of people who need assistance through the Tri-County United Way continues to grow. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls City School District has been recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools! Did you miss any of the profiles? See all five: [ READ MORE HERE ] And THANK YOU, TEACHERS!
On Thursday, April 10, students from the middle school and high school represented Glens Falls at the Olympics of the Visual Arts state-wide competition. More than 1,200 students—from as far away as Buffalo and Farmingdale—competed in eight art categories. [ MORE ]
On the heels of a radio interview with KCRW of Southern California last week, Assistant Principal Liz Collins was a guest on the Brian Lehrer show in New York City on Thursday, April 10, talking about how the later start time has affected student performance at Glens Falls High School. She noted an important point that students are failing fewer courses now than they did before the start time change. [ WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE ]
Big Cross second-graders spearheaded an effort during the month of March that raised more than $1,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students in Nadia Maroun’s and Maria Naylor’s classes made posters, collected donations, and counted coins every Friday for four weeks—taking in $378.56 during the first week of the coin drive. [ MORE ]
They peeled the potatoes, helped with marketing and sales, and went from special education students at Jackson Heights to “Heroes for the Homeless!” Kristy Brennan’s class decided they wanted to give back to the community by raising money to help the homeless. So students planned a lunchtime fundraiser for faculty and staff. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls senior Zoe Doolittle has signed her National Letter of Intent to throw shot and discus at Division I school University at Albany next year. The future Great Dane made her decision official surrounded by friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday, April 11. [ MORE ]
A quarter of the artwork in the Hyde Museum’s 23rd Annual Regional Juried High School Exhibition is from Glens Falls student artists! Only one hundred works are featured in the annual contest, and 25 pieces in this year’s exhibit were created by Glens Falls High School students. [ SEE THE WORKS HERE ]
GFHS Asst. Principal Liz Collins was featured in a radio report on later high school start times Thursday, April 3. KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Southern California, interviewed Mrs. Collins and Kyla Wahlstrom, director of the Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement. [ LISTEN HERE ]
Anna Bayle, Amanda Bullard, Shauna Carey, Maggie Collins, Brooke Hamelin, Hannah Hubinger, Faith Kovatch, Jennica Shattuck, and Jillian Wilson were enrolled in a four hour online babysitting class sponsored by the American Red Cross. [ MORE ]
GFHS girls watched the documentary “Girls Rising,” kicked off a fundraiser for young women’s empowerment, created a graffiti wall, and got hair and nail services from BOCES Cosmetology students on Friday, April 4. The Annual “Girls' Day/Girls' Night” event is an initiative designed to strengthen and empower high school girls with life skills, information, and bonding over fun activities. [ MORE ]
Elementary and middle school students will be taking the 3-8 NYS Assessments in ELA, Math and Science in April and May. To help students prepare for these tests, please see the “DON'T STRESS ABOUT THE TEST” tips for families. Other important notes for parents and guardians to help their children feel as confident and comfortable as possible on testing days are [ HERE ]
Glens Falls High School Mathletes solved "outside-the-box" problems to
finish in fifth place out of seven area schools in this year’s Math League
competition. Senior Ethan Katz was the season's top scorer, with Emma Conrick,
Jon White, Hannah Morrissey, and Brian Dwyre finishing as the top five.
[ MORE ]
GFHS junior Emily Fisher bested professional videographers, college students, and other artists by winning the “People’s Choice Award” for the stop-motion film she entered in The People’s Pixel Project: A Festival of Short Videos. Molly Davis, Kaitlyn Vogel, and Riley Brennan also won honors in the competition. [ MORE ]
After being thwarted by a snow day in February, fourth-grade Science Experiment Day came to Jackson Heights on March 3—involving hundreds of Alka-Seltzer tablets, food coloring, balloons, and more! [ MORE ]
Fourth-graders in Jodi Eyer’s class at Jackson Heights recently
raised $155 for Leukemia patients undergoing treatment at Glens Falls
Hospital. “The fourth graders knew someone recently diagnosed with Leukemia and
wanted to do something to help,” explains Mrs. Eyer.
[ MORE ]
Cats, dogs and other animals at three local shelters will soon be snuggled in new blankets, chewing on squeak toys, and eating good food, thanks to the hard work and generosity of Kensington and Big Cross elementary students and their families. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to high school English language arts teacher Kathy Herold and fifth grade teacher Dave Moynihan for being named "Teachers of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! [ MORE ]
Big Cross students read nearly 2,000 books in three weeks, taking on the
annual “PARP Challenge” with an Olympics twist.
PARP—which stands for “Parents As Reading Partners”—is an annual literacy effort promoted at each of Glens Falls’ elementary schools. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to Glens Falls High School seniors Jerry Casertino, Tom Jenkins, and Lauren Stamatel, who have been named as recipients of the Post Star’s 2014 Teen Excellence Awards. The three were honored at a ceremony on March 5th for their individual growth and service as role models in our community. [ MORE ]
Congrats to GFHS senior Pat Burton for his fifth-place finish in the slalom (with a time of 40.46) at the Section II Alpine Ski Championships at Gore Mountain earlier this month. Talented seventh-grader Maddie Montgomery also competed at Sectionals and scored a seventh-place in the giant slalom with a time of 1:21.82. [ MORE ]
Eight individuals were honored at the district’s annual Founders’ Day
event, held at the Middle School on Tuesday, February 11. The evening was a
celebration of committed parent volunteers and/or staff members from each
[ MORE ]
Big Cross students and faculty supported heart health awareness in a big
way on February 7, with their own Wear Red Day. “Calling attention to heart
disease, the number one killer of women each year, is something near and dear
to me," says fourth-grade teacher Logan Fisher.
[ MORE ]
At almost the exact time the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony began in
Sochi, Russia, Jackson Heights Elementary held its own school-wide Olympic
Games—featuring a parade of nations, torch-lighting, and competitions
including snowshoe relays, Olympic Ring hurdles, alpine saucer racing, and a
rubber chicken toss. [
Second-graders' hard work and the generosity of the Jackson Heights school
community combined to make a powerful force for good during their big
game-themed "Soup-er Bowl" food drive.
[ MORE ]
Big Cross elementary students will be going home with free books to keep,
after a School District Foundation of Glens Falls donation to keep the
“Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)” program going.
[ MORE ]
Teacher Aide Kathy Holser made a big difference—earning the title of “Hero
of the Day”—for her action Friday that helped a choking student. “I just did
what anyone would have done,” Mrs. Holser said.
[ MORE ]
Correctly answering questions on science, math, civics, literature,
geography, pop culture, and current events won the GFHS Quiz Team a spot in
the Post-Star Academic Bowl playoffs for the first time in eight years!
“Team captain Noah Duell was phenomenal as a trivia whiz, and much of our success is owed to his rapid recall of facts from every category,” says coach Pattye Nicolls. [ MORE ]
Elementary students shared their dreams for our community, our country, and
the world as part of their studies on American civil rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Second-graders in Donna Scott's class at Kensington Road
School read about Dr. King's life and viewed segments of his "I Have a Dream"
speech, which he delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
[ MORE ]
Classrooms and computer labs were buzzing in December, as middle school
students got “Lost in Space” with Angry Birds, Space Zombies, Sketch Racer and
other game apps—and teachers were handing out accolades instead of detentions.
Nearly 300 students participated in the nation-wide Hour of Code event in
mid-December. [ MORE ]
Splitting up strands of DNA and figuring out “whodunit”—that was all in a
day’s work for Glens Falls Middle School students participating in the MindsOn
workshop at the Queensbury Hotel. The annual academic exploration poses
questions to students in fields of math, science and social studies,
encouraging them to stretch their minds and work together.
[ MORE ]
Big Cross and High School students rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s
red kettles. Jackson Heights students ran a “Gift of Food” collection, while
Kensington students gathered winter coats and outerwear. The Athletics
Department held a food and toy drive. And the Middle School spearheaded a
district-wide sale of Make-A-Wish stars to benefit kids with life-threatening
illnesses. Those efforts—plus MANY more at each building—helped make the
holidays brighter for families in our school community and around the region.
[ MORE ]
Fourth-graders in Joanne Paska’s class were part of a special project in
December—one that had them lending “Helping Hands.” “Our character education
theme for the month is ‘caring,’” explains Mrs. Paska, “so our class is
"Giving a Helping Hand" to the KRS community.” For two weeks in December,
students chose a way they could extend a "caring hand," and then followed
through with the volunteer efforts they identified.
[ MORE ]
As part of the school’s positive behavior program called PBIS—Positive
Behaviors Interventions and Supports—students earned “Bling Bucks” from
teachers every time they were caught following the rules, being kind, and
doing the right thing. In turn, students got to spend their “Bling Bucks” on
donated items in the Bling Bucks Store just a few days before the holiday
recess. [ MORE ]
“Build professional relationships with all the people you go to school
with, because you never know what they’ll end up doing—and how you’ll end up
meeting them down the line.” This perspective shared by Class of 2011 alumnus
Paul Pearl was just some of the advice and wisdom Glens Falls alumni gave to
current students at the High School’s third annual Alumni Day, held on Friday,
December 20, 2013. [ MORE ]
High school social studies teacher Jeffrey Dock is the latest member of the
Glens Falls faculty to have achieved National Board Certification! The
department chair has been newly credentialed—a multi-year process that
involves and extensive assessment of teaching practice portfolios and
constructed response exercises. [ MORE ]
An ornament created by elementary art teacher Debra Sylvia has been chosen
to decorate the New York State holiday tree at the Capitol, representing
Warren County. The large owl ornament “is made from a pinecone and includes
milkweed and bittersweet from the woods behind Kensington, driftwood from
Moreau Lake, and acorns from Crandall Park,” says Mrs. Sylvia.
[ MORE ]
Jackson Heights second-graders literally stepped into their social studies
curriculum as they experienced life in the 1700's during Colonial Day in
November. They got to hand-dip wax candles, practice writing with a quill pen
and ink well, perform traditional tin smithing activities, make butter and
corn bread, and play colonial games.
[ MORE ]
Middle school students and their families got to explore the careers
available “in our own backyard” during a “Nano-vember” event with engineers
from Global Foundries. Adam Selsley, who works in thin films, Katie Edwards, a
Fab 8 engineer, and Armando Araya, whose PhD is in physics, each gave a talk
on the interesting aspects of their careers November 25th.
[ MORE ]
Students at Glens Falls City Schools benefit from the volunteer efforts of
many community organizations—such as First Presbyterian Church, whose
partnership with GFSD dates back several years. “They donate snacks and school
supplies, and Reading Buddies come every Tuesday,” says Big Cross principal
Debbie Hall. [ MORE ]
The Middle School Student Senate just finished a school-wide canned food
drive (collecting 1,300 items!) for the Salvation Army. This annual tradition
has been going strong for nearly two decades, involving the whole school.
[ MORE ]
The fourth-graders in Big Cross Elementary newly-formed service club made
posters and public-address announcements to encourage fellow students to bring
in canned and boxed food for the school’s annual food drive.
[ MORE ]
In an initiative of the High School's positive environment committee,
students and staff members wrote messages of thanks on paper leaves that were
hung on a large "tree" of branches gathered in the high school foyer.
[ MORE ]
It started with a second-grader’s idea, and some loose change in a small
plastic sand pail—and ended with a big check presentation to the Glens Falls
Hospital’s Cancer Center, and school community support for neighbors battling
cancer. Jackson Heights student Jack Sweet came up with the idea to collect
“Pennies for Pink” on Wednesdays during October.
[ MORE ]
In recognition of the sacrifices made by those defending freedom throughout
America’s history and the significant events that have taken place in our
local area, Glens Falls Middle School students participated in the 2013 French
and Indian War Colonial Camp re-enactment on the fields behind the Middle
School on Friday, October 25.
[ MORE ]
The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents for the 2013-14 school year. Keep your children safe. Make sure they are vaccinated every fall or winter. Find clinics, test your "Flu IQ" and track flu activity
[ HERE ].
For even more information, please see the CDC seasonal flu guide
[ HERE ].
Under education law, parents and guardians of students may request the
final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each teacher and
the principal of the school to which their child is assigned for the current
school year. Read the process to request APPR ratings and scores
[ HERE ]
Data from the 2012-13 school year at GFHS shows that
course failures and student tardiness are down after a year of starting
classes at 8:26 a.m. Read the Post Star article