Come join the fun every Thursday morning from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Middle
School library! GFMS students can use the Chromebooks, Nook e-readers, or
create something wild in the library’s Maker Space. Breakfast goodies are
served each session as well—bagels, coffee cake, granola bars, chocolate milk,
fruit, and more! The program runs on Thursday mornings through August 13. Just
drop in or stay a while!
More than 60 students at Glens Falls High School were honored with 89
different awards, scholarships and other designations at the school’s annual
awards program on June 2. The event began with recognition of the Class of
2016’s Top Students, including valedictorian Kyle Frank,
salutatorian Heidi Whalen, and Emily Haas, Nora
Borgos, Madison Jackson, Melanie Catone, Christine Hogan, Cheyenne McQuain,
Gabrielle Davis, Hannah Jones, and Jaquelin Mignot. For more
details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given
out on June 2, see the High School's awards and honors page
Board of Education members Anna Poulos and Matthew Conrick were honored for
their many years of dedicated service to the students of Glens Falls City
Schools at the June 13th board meeting. Having served as Board President and
Vice-President, respectively, they did not seek reelection to the board this
year. The Chronicle recently profiled Dr. Poulos
In the U.S. News Best High Schools 2016 rankings, Glens
Falls High School placed 187th within New York (#2069 in the National
Rankings) and earned a silver medal! Schools are ranked based on their
performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for
college. Read more on our U.S. News overview page [
"A jaguar's life span is 12 to 15 years. Is that cool or what?" That
exclamation—from third-grader Tiernan Talbot's report on the jaguar-- seems to
sum up Big Cross elementary’s in-depth study of Brazil and the Amazon
Rainforest: cool! [
The Glens Falls Unified Basketball Team has won its first-ever league
championship, defeating Guilderland on June 2nd. "It was Glens Falls who would capitalize on
Guilderland's missed shots and turnovers in the final two minutes to finish
the game 37-31 and take home their first championship!"
GFHS student-athlete Chris Hughes took Division 2 fourth place in the 3200M
race at the Track and Field State Championships last Friday! “He was able to
break his own school record by six seconds, running a 9.16.13,” said track and
field coach Dan Perry. [
In November of 2014, New York State voters passed the Smart Schools Bond
which will provide up to $1.6 million in technology funding for Glens Falls
City Schools. Read the district's Preliminary Spending Plan
HERE ] and email comments to
GFCOMMUNICATIONS@GFSD.ORG. The May 4, 2016 Board of Education presentation
is available [
HERE ], and a public comment meeting will be held at the district office
on June 13 at 6:45 p.m.
Before you go on your next Adirondack hike, you might want to consult with
wildlife experts—and we have them here at GFHS! The Environmental club placed
second out of 15 teams in the county-wide Envirothon competition at Warren
County Fish Hatchery in May. [
The New York State Department of Transportation has commended the Glens
Falls City Schools bus maintenance program as among the best! Fully 100
percent of the district’s vehicles passed NYSDOT’s semi-annual bus safety
inspections for the entire previous year. [
Big Cross fourth-grader Lauren Bren has won second place in the state-wide
Tar Wars poster contest! Her winning poster, which reads “Tobacco ruins your
routine – stay on point” was one of four Glens Falls entries chosen by Warren
County Health Services to enter the state-wide competition.
In a "one-two punch," Glens Falls High School swept the Personal Computer
Repair division at the 23rd annual High School Business Day Competition at
UNY Adirondack May 9th. Alex Smith and Ben Crivelli earned first place for PC
Repair, with Kyle Morse taking second place.
Glens Falls City School District has won the Tri-County United Way Helping
Hand Award for the tenth year in a row, raising more money per capita than any
other school district. The district also won a Community Impact Award, as well.
[ MORE ]
Grandstanders’ 2016 Senior Sports Award scholarship winners are: Peter
Mauro (Lacrosse, Golf, and Swimming), Nolin Murphy (Football, Ice Hockey, and
Baseball), Sam Hawkins (Football, Swimming, and Track), Haylee Mello (Lacrosse
and Field Hockey), Emily Haas (Lacrosse and Field Hockey), and Olivia
Southworth (Lacrosse and Field Hockey).
Summer sports camps are being offered by the GFSD Athletic Department.
Students can participate in camps for
SWIMMING, DIVING AND
baseball, volleyball, field hockey, and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper
basketball camp registration is also now open! The program runs August 1-5,
with the boys' camp in the morning, and the girls' camp in the afternoon. Read
the full SPORTS CAMP
BROCHURE for program descriptions and the registration form.
Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2016-17
school budget by a margin of 645 "yes" votes to 96 “no” votes – an
87 percent approval rate. Debra Stockdale and Kristin Greenwood
were elected to the Board of Education. Each will begin a
five-year term on July 1, 2016, after receiving 427 and 411 votes,
respectively. Candidates Matthew Levin and Tony Nassivera received
325 and 236 votes, respectively.
Wednesday, May 11 was National School Nurse Day! Our school nurses are
healthcare connectors among providers, parents, and communities, working to
bolster student attendance and wellness. They lead the way to advance health
and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready
to learn. Thank you, Janel Martinez, Beth Clark, Kathleen Callaghan, Margaret
Sawyer, Jacqueline Pecor, and Amy Mignot at SMSA!
When you throw a paper plate into the garbage after pizza night, you
probably aren't thinking of wearing it the next day. But that's exactly what
some very creative student-artists have done, as they researched and
discovered the many kinds of paper products found in the trash, and used them
to create an original fashion design!
[ MORE ]
We’re recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting
committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of the district's schools
each day this week! Read about Friday's honoree, Holly Schulze, a first grade
teacher at Big Cross [ HERE ].
Senior Raislan Aiken signed his letter of intent to dive for Division I
Marist College on Monday, with his family and coaches helping to celebrate!
"Aiken wrapped up a brilliant career at Glens Falls this year, winning his
second Section II diving title, setting the school six- and 11-dive records,
and helping the Indians win their third sectional crown in four years. He
finished 16th at the state meet last month." More in a great article by Pete
Tobey here: [ MORE ]
Jackson Heights elementary students, teachers, staff, and parents held a
Kids Walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Monday, in honor of
second-grader Kellen Burns and Sadie Clough (Mrs. Clough's daughter), who have
Type 1 diabetes. So far, the school community has raised $1,020.75 for
diabetes research, with collections continuing through the end of this week.
See a photo album from the walk
[ HERE ].
Glens Falls High School Mathletes finished in second place this year in the
WWSC (Warren, Washington and Saratoga County) math league. Junior Willy
Herrmann was the season's top scorer, with senior Liam Forbes finishing
second, and sophomore Nolan Hogan placing third.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls’ art students maintain the tradition of excellence once again
by being chosen as part of the top 100 works of art to be displayed at the
Hyde Museum. Judges looked for work showing mastery of technique, skill and
understanding of aesthetics, all while expressing individuality and creative
thinking. [ MORE ]
For the members of Team Life at Kensington Road elementary, it’s what we
DON’T see today that makes all the difference. For many of them, we don’t see
hair on their heads after this weekend’s annual fundraising event for the St.
Baldrick’s pediatric cancer research foundation. And for the most important
member of the team, doctors don’t see the cancer cells in her bloodstream that
first appeared in 2008. [ MORE ]
With such a mild winter, Glens Falls City Schools were able to make it
through the year without having to use any of the snow days built into the
district calendar. As such, all schools and the district office will
be CLOSED on Friday, April 22nd, prior to the April break, and Friday,
May 27th, prior to Memorial Day weekend.
There was lots of blue in the GFSD school community on Friday, April 1, as
part of the 2016 Light it Up Blue campaign in support of our students on the autism spectrum!
Ten years ago, autism’s estimated prevalence was 1 in 166. Today it’s 1 in 68.
To learn more, watch [ THIS VIDEO ].
Everybody inside Jackson Heights--students and adults alike--read an extra
15 minutes in school everyday with the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Program
during the month of March. And on Thursday, March 24, 130 parents came into
classrooms to participate in a Read-A-Long that capped a month-long focus on
Parents As Reading Partners. What have you read today?
Could you answer an intricate plot question about any of ten books in fewer
than 20 seconds? These Kensington students probably have you beat! William
Wilson, Natalia Steves, and Mason MacDougall showed their strength in the
WSWHE Battle of the Books on March 14th at Skidmore College.
[ MORE ]
Big Cross kids read 29,405 minutes during this year's Parents As Reading
Partners (PARP) challenge!! At the culminating assembly, Principal Debbie Hall
performed an original poem that included the lines, "So much accomplished, so
much achieved // when you went on a journey and truly believed! // Over 29,000
minutes we read in all // Wow, how grand, be proud, stand tall!" The Dr.
Seuss-themed challenge ended with teachers and staff performing a song called
"Reader of the Pack," and Miss Hall taking a lap around the gym on her
[ PHOTOS ]
Kensington Road elementary students are taking their creative thinking and
problem-solving skills to Binghamton this weekend for the New York State
finals of this year's Odyssey of the Mind tournament.
[ MORE ]
Friday, March 18, 2016 -- Each of the Glens Falls City Schools was placed
into lockout this morning at approximately 8:35 a.m. under the advisement of
Warren County Sheriff's deputies, who were conducting a search for an armed
suspect downtown. During a lockout, all exterior doors remain locked, and
classes continue “as usual” inside the school. Authorities quickly handled
this external situation, and the lockouts were lifted shortly before 9 a.m.
Additional details on the incident are available from the Post Star
[ HERE ].
GFMS student-musicians Sean Pettis and Erin Stockdale performed in a
prestigious honor band this weekend in Central New York—with Sean earning the
top award of first chair alto saxophone!
[ MORE ]
Congratulations to Glens Falls High School students Kyle Frank, Sam
Hawkins, Madison MacDonald, and Cheyenne McQuain who have been honored as
recipients of the Post Star’s 2016 Teen Excellence Awards! "This was a
tremendous achievement and your teachers, parents, and administrators are all
very proud," said Dr. Stratton.
[ MORE ]
In an effort to address parent concerns about the New York State Grade 3-8
ELA and Math assessments, the New York State Education Department has made
changes to the assessments our students will take next month. Please see
THIS FLIER ] to better understand the changes, which are part of a larger,
ongoing review effort by NYSED.
Kensington’s fourth annual school-wide “Paws for a Cause” drive to collect
pet food and supplies brought in more than 300 items such as treats, grooming
supplies, dog/cat chow for local animal shelters. Office supplies and cleaning
products were also collected for the shelters' administrative teams. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to student-athletes Sarah Burton, Willy Hermann, and Matt
Parent, who competed in the NYSPHAA state championships for Nordic Ski (Sarah
and Willy) and Alpine Ski (Matt) on Feb. 22-23! Way to go, Glens Falls!
NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Glens Falls City Schools on Feb.
11, stopping in on classrooms at Jackson Heights, the Middle School, and the
High School. See a photo gallery of her interactions with teachers and
[ HERE ].
Eight people were honored at the district’s annual Founders’ Day event, a
celebration of committed parent volunteers and/or staff members from each
school. Songs, skits, and heartfelt tributes were part of the evening event.
[ MORE ]
A visitor from the World Awareness Children’s Museum brought Chinese New
Year traditions to students, who were able to put on kid-sized dragon costume
shirts and other traditional Chinese clothing from the Museum collection.
[ MORE ]
Big Cross' youngest learners and their families are taking on the annual “PARP
Challenge” with a Seussical twist, having held a "read-in" event after school
on February 3. [ MORE ]
Big Cross students and faculty supported heart health awareness in a big
way on National Wear Red Day, February 5, 2016. Americans nationwide wear red
for this annual event to show their support for women's heart disease
awareness. [ MORE ]
Officers from the Glens Falls Police Department – along with special guest
Eddie Eagle – are bringing a message of gun safety to GFSD elementary students with
the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, which teaches children in pre-K through third
grade four important steps to take if they find a gun.
[ MORE ]
Last week’s release of the final Consumer Price Index for 2015 showed
growth of just 0.12 percent—twelve hundredths of one percent. While many were
quick to jump on this figure as “the limit” for tax levy growth, a closer look
at the tax cap calculation shows the 0.12 percent figure as just one of many
complicated—and in many instances, fluid—factors in the mix of the law.
Eighth-graders Ryllie Busse and Cassidy Shufelt created an *awesome* edible
cell model for their science class this week! All the cell parts were created using
different kinds of candy, sprinkles, and frosting. Ryllie said the cytoplasm
was frosting, twizzlers were the cell membrane, colored frosting
was the cell wall, tic tacs were the chloroplasts, ball candy were ribosomes,
a Reeces was the nucleus, and an air head was the Golgi apparatus.
The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program is a free, half-day, full-year
program for four-year olds. Entry into the UPK class is determined by lottery
each spring. Lottery forms are due by April 15, 2016. Read more about the
UPK lottery application
[ HERE ].
Kindergarten students must be five years old by December 1, 2016 in order to start school in September. Registration for new kindergarten students is held at Kindergarten Round-Up events at each elementary school in March. Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].
GFHS ’07 alumna Kaitlyn Hobbs, a law student at George Washington University, won the college’s annual moot court competition on Jan. 21 after arguing her case before Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and other federal judges. Read the article from GW Law [ HERE ]
Three talented Glens Falls High School vocalists, Clay Smith, Angie Nardin, and Lucy Reid earned places in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Conference All-State Mixed Chorus. “Clay, Angie, and Lucy were chosen for this honor by receiving perfect scores on their level 6 All-State solo and sight-reading auditions last May,” says music teacher Pam Granger. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to Glens Falls High School students Kyle Frank, Sam
Hawkins, Madison MacDonald, and Cheyenne McQuain who have been named as
recipients of the Post Star’s 2016 Teen Excellence Awards! “This year’s
honorees embody the traits of civic involvement, leadership and
resourcefulness,” says the Post Star’s announcement. A breakfast awards
ceremony will be held in March.
GF Nation honored longtime varsity boys basketball coach Tony Hammel at the Jan. 8 game against Gloversville. Coach Hammel’s 373 wins in 25 seasons with Glens Falls were memorialized with a special jersey, a proclamation from the City, and more. He led his teams to state championship appearances in 2003 and 2007, six Section 2 finals appearances, and three Section II titles. More from the Post Star: [ READ ARTICLE ]
School community members are joining resources to help Kensington
elementary students practice breathing, stretching, and positive stress
management. Donations from the School District Foundation of Glens Falls, the
Queensbury Walmart, and Kensington’s Parent-Teacher Association are combining
to provide yoga instruction for first- through fourth-graders.
[ MORE ]
Registration is now open for upcoming SUNY Adirondack programs: the Winter
Enrichment series for students in grades 4-6 during February break; and adult
continuing education classes throughout the spring semester. For Winter
Enrichment information, click
HERE ]. For adult continuing education information, click
Children with life-threatening diseases are having their wishes granted,
thanks to the generosity of students, staff and families district-wide—who
collectively raised hundreds of dollars during the district’s annual
Make A Wish holiday star sale. [ MORE ]
Hundreds of gifts have been delivered to the Salvation Army in Glens Falls to brighten the holidays for local children. The annual GFHS Athletics department toy drive received the most support from the Boys Swim team (70+ gifts) and National Honor Society (68 gifts).
The following student-athletes had the highest grade-point averages on their team this fall: Mia Cote (Swimming), Alyssa Fairchild (Volleyball), Elizabeth Fisher (Field Hockey), Andrew Nichols (Boys XC Running), Willy Herrmann (Boys Soccer), Joseph Girard III (Football), Nora Borgos (Tennis), Luke Borgos (Golf), Lauren Hauser (Girls XC Running), and Stephanie Meehan (Girls Soccer). Congratulations!
The entire fourth grade at Kensington Road School has been busy spreading
holiday cheer in December—for a very special group of people. Students created
handmade greeting cards for active-duty members of the military who will spend
the holidays deployed. They also collected snacks and treats for care packages
to accompany the cards.
[ MORE ]
GFMS students are diving into the pages of Washington Irving’s early American fiction, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and taking matters into their own hands—putting Ichabod Crane’s nemesis Brom Bones on trial. This annual unit of study in Rob Manning’s ELA course is a favorite among seventh-graders. In this courtroom moment, Damien Mosher is on the stand as a witness, and prosecuting attorney TJ Allen is pointing out evidence. The Honorable Judge Manning listens intently....
The Middle School's annual canned food drive netted more than 1,200 items for the Salvation Army over two weeks in December. Homerooms with the most food collected got a visit from the ever-popular Tin Can Man. The effort was led by members of the GFMS Student Council.
Glens Falls seniors Scarlett DeWitt and Nora Borgos took first and second
places, respectively, in the local American Legion Post 233 Oratorical Contest
in early December. [
Shawn Whalen was the lucky winner! The GF Nation Fund, Inc. raffled off a Charge Cooker Maxi bicycle as a fundraiser in November. The GF Nation Fund mission is to enhance the development of the students of the Glens Falls School District through financial support of its extracurricular activities.
Posted December 10, 2015 - At approximately 2:35 p.m. today, Jackson
Heights elementary school entered into lockdown status, while law enforcement
officers investigated a sighting of guns in a car parked near the school.
Glens Falls Police officers quickly confirmed the guns to be a .22-caliber
rifle and a muzzleloader, both used for hunting, and at no time were any
students or staff members in danger.
[ MORE ]
The GFMS library sure smelled delicious Friday morning. For the eighth year in a row, Middle School library staff hosted a "Turtle Coffee" (coffee + caramel + whipped cream + chocolate) fundraising sale to benefit the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York organization. The district's annual tradition of collecting donations for paper star ornaments helped 20 local children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy a special wish experience with their families last year. This year's fundraising effort continues through December. To purchase a star for the project, stop in to any school's main office.
Eight of Glens Falls' talented high school musicians participate in the
NYSSMA Area All-State Festival. Ashley Lewry, Angie Nardin, Adara Hoyne,
Jaquelin Mignot, Clay Smith, and Tyler Talmage sang in the Mixed Chorus, while
Lucy Reid and Andy Culliton played in the band ensemble.
The Glens Falls High School Chapter of National Honor society inducted 36
new members in a ceremony held at the school on November 12, 2015. To be
eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative GPA of
Glens Falls City School District celebrates national American Education
Week by highlighting our “school superheroes” whose various careers touch the
lives of our students and pave the way for success. Education Support
Professionals—our teacher aides, teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians,
and many other team members—play a crucial role in every school building,
every day. [ MORE ]
This past weekend several members of the senior class participated in a
“Red and Black Gives Back” event at the YMCA’s Camp Chingachgook. On Saturday,
students and chaperones helped prepare the camp grounds for winter and close
down the waterfront area. [
One served as a technician in Pearl Harbor during the attack. One served at
Ground Zero and in Iraq. One circumnavigated the globe as a radar operator
during the Korean War. And all were honored by GFHS student-artists through
pieces that spoke to the service and sacrifice of each.
When it comes to singing with no accompaniment, a group of Glens Falls
Middle School students are "tuning up." South Glens Falls High School recently
hosted its second annual "TuneUp A Cappella Festival." Chorus Teacher Meredith
Reed was a workshop presenter at the festival, so she used the opportunity to
bring along several students for the experience.
[ MORE ]
For the seventh year in a row, Rotarians visited Glens Falls City School
District classrooms in October, personally delivering almost 150 dictionaries
to third-grade classes. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls City School District is one of a relative few districts
statewide to have its Annual Professional Performance Review plan already
finalized by the NYS Education Department. Approval was granted September 22,
2015, after revisions were made by district leaders working together. To read the approval letter and the plan
in its entirety, see the SED link
[ HERE ].
Second- and third-graders from Kensington Road School spent recent weeks
giving love to more than 100 teddy bears that will eventually be given to
someone who needs a Bear Hug.
[ MORE ]
Coaches, athletes, and officials crowded the Glens Falls pool deck on
October 20th to celebrate Coach Patricia (Pat) Potter, who has served more
than 60 years in the sport of swimming and diving.[
The “Power of Pink” was on display Oct. 15 at each of Glens Falls City
Schools. The district held a PINK-OUT in recognition of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and in support of all in our school community who have been
touched by breast cancer. A few snapshots of the day are posted on the
district’s Facebook page [ HERE ].
Also highlighted was Jackson Heights fourth-grader Jack Sweet’s “Pennies for
Pink” project, which raises money for the CR Wood Cancer Center. News 10 ABC
visited his classroom to see the effort in action. Watch the news story
[ HERE ].
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has awarded Glens Falls’
2014-15 Boys Soccer team its High School Team Academic Award! “Glens Falls,
with a 3.75 GPA for the 2014-15 school year, was one of 149 schools across the
country to receive the award,” said Coach Brian Turner.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls school nurses are encouraging families to read the Flu Guide
[ AVAILABLE HERE ]. Keep your
children safe; make sure they are vaccinated every fall or winter. For more
information from the NYS Department of Health, please click
[ HERE ].
Congratulations to Big Cross elementary teacher Nadia Maroun 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, she received
a plaque, flowers, and other gifts to recognize her commitment to education.
[ MORE ]
On Friday mornings at Big Cross elementary, every student in grades 1-4 has
the opportunity to practice breathing, stretching, and positive stress
management—thanks in part to a donation from the School District Foundation of
Glens Falls. [ MORE ]
The local chapter of New York Association of School Psychologists has
selected Michelle Aleva as the Chapter F School Psychologist of the Year for
2015! “It is incredibly motivating, yet humbling, to be acknowledged for such
honors, this and the GFTA Teacher of the Year award,” said Mrs. Aleva.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls students are starting the school year with new Lego Robotics
kits, digital cameras, a public address system for dances, and even some
stress-reduction yoga stretching, thanks to support from the GF Nation Fund, a
new 501(c)(3) group dedicated to supporting the extracurricular experience. [ MORE ]
one-page printable version of the calendar that includes school breaks,
holidays, and Regents exam days can be downloaded
[ HERE ]. The full district calendar is available [ HERE ]. *Please note that April break falls later than usual in 2016.*
Congratulations to Glens Falls Middle School teacher Juliana Ogden for
being honored with the Post-Star‘s 2015 Twenty Under 40 award! The newspaper
honors people younger than 40 who have demonstrated success and dedication to
their careers, and who are role models in their trades or communities. The
honorees will be awarded at a luncheon Sept. 23 at the Great Escape Lodge.
Megalodon, the prehistoric shark, has taken over the Glens Falls Middle
School cafeteria. It was "shark week" for the 6th and 7th-graders in the
middle school's summer jump-start program, designed to give students a boost
in their core subjects for an even more successful year, come September.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls High School is proud to announce that 127 students from the
Class of 2015 graduated on Saturday afternoon, June 27th — accepting their
diplomas on the GFHS stage in front of an audience of family, friends,
teachers, and staff during the school's 124th annual commencement. Have a look
at some "Graduation Moments" in the slideshow [ HERE ].
New York State Regent Beverly Ouderkirk and many other dignitaries helped
Glens Falls Middle School celebrate a prestigious accomplishment on
Thursday—re-designation, yet again, as an Essential Elements School to Watch.
Only 17 schools in New York State currently hold the honor, which is fewer
than one percent statewide. [ MORE ]
Attention Alumni and Friends of Glens Falls Schools: There’s a new way to
help and support our students. Take a minute and visit
www.gfnationfund.org and see what we
are all about. YOU can make a difference simply by signing in and becoming
part of our outreach network. Having a reunion or gathering? We would love to
know about it. And, please get the word out. WE NEED YOU!
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 ]