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 ]