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GF arrowhead graphicSign up now for Super Hooper camp, Aug. 4—8

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 thammel@gfsd.org.

GF arrowhead graphicOne-page 2014-15 school calendar available here

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.

GF arrowhead graphicSports physicals scheduled for student-athletes

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.

photo of studentIs it Thursday morning yet?!? Teens excited for MS summer library program

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 ]

photo of studentGlens Falls Class of 2014 graduates celebrate Commencement!

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 ]

photo of student“Heroes for the Homeless” project raises more than $500 for community agencies

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 ]

photo of studentCountry research project brings the world to KRS

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 ]

photo of studentPhil Monrian and Angie Nardin shine in Showcase

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 ]

photo of studentElementary art students recognized nationally

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 ]

photo of studentFourth-graders make their mark at Big Cross

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. 
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photo of studentFour GFSD bus drivers honored for great safety records

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 ]

photo of studentNine employees celebrate 25 years of service

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 ]

photo of studentHigh School awards celebrate students' accomplishments

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 ]

photo of studentSix student-athletes honored with the Grandstanders' Senior Sports Award and scholarship

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 ]

photo of studentMock Trial team wins county-wide championship

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 ]

photo of staffAnne Sheehan Wins Outstanding Director of the Year

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 ]

photo of studentGFSD wins Section 2 Sportsmanship Award

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 ]

photo of studentChannel One News reports on the student perspective to GFHS later start time

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 ]

photo of studentRainforest highlighted in first-ever Brazil Night at Big Cross

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 ]

photo of studentGFSD offers summer camps in art and sports

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 ]

Graphic of budgetGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2014-15 school budget; Capital reserve expenditure also approved

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 ]

photo of studentAFS International Club collaborates with the Glens Falls Medical Mission to Guatemala

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 ]

photo of studentGFMS student a winner in regional essay contest

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 ]

photo of studentKensington students make, donate scarves

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 ]

photo of studentFran Dougherty named "Teacher of the Week"

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 ]

photo of studentTeamwork helps beautify Crandall Park

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 ]

photo of studentGarret Frandsen and Tylor Duguay to swim for the College of Saint Rose

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 ]

photo of studentBig Cross service club gives “May baskets” to patients

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 ]

photo of studentDiane Lightfoote named 2014 NYS School Nurse of the Year

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 ]

photo of studentYour daily vote could win GFHS an online learning tool

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!

photo of studentDistrict wins Helping Hand Award ... again!

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 ]

photo of studentRecognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9

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!

photo of studentAwards brought home in Olympics of the Visual Arts

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 ]

photo of studentFrom coast to coast, later HS start time making news

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 ]

photo of studentCoin drive raises more than $1,600 in “Pennies for Patients”

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 ]

photo of studentJackson Heights students become “Heroes for the Homeless”

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 ]

photo of studentGFHS Senior Zoe Doolittle to throw for D1 UAlbany

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 ]

photo of studentGFHS student-artists well-represented in The Hyde's juried art show

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 ]

photo of studentGFHS noted in report on benefits of later high school start times

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 ]

photo of studentCertified Babysitters!

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 ]

photo of studentHigh School’s Girls' Night Out builds confidence with facts and fun

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 ]

photo of studentNew York State testing in April—May

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 ]

photo of studentGFHS Mathletes Ethan Katz, Emma Conrick, Jon White, Hannah Morrissey, and Brian Dwyre get top scores

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.
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photo of studentEmily Fisher wins "People's Choice Award" in regional film festival

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 ]

photo of studentPlop, plop, fizz, fizz … oh what a relief it is Science Experiment Day!

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 ]

photo of studentFourth-grade fundraiser sends $155 to cancer center

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.
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photo of studentWarm hearts help homeless animals through long winter

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 ]

photo of studentKathy Herold and Dave Moynihan named "Teachers of the Week"

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 ]

photo of studentBig Cross students succeed at PARP challenge

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 ]

photo of studentGFHS seniors win 2014 Teen Excellence Awards

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 ]

photo of studentAlpine skiers compete in sectionals, state championships

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 ]

photo of studentFounders' Day honorees exemplify dedication and service to the students of Glens Falls

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 school. [ MORE ]

photo of studentStudents and staff wear red for women's heart health awareness

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 ]

photo of Sochi bearJackson Heights holds Winter Olympic Games

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. [ SLIDESHOW ]

Graphic of budgetJackson students collect 485 cans in "Soup-er Bowl" food drive

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 ]

photo of studentDonation from School District Foundation of Glens Falls helps reading program

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 ]

Graphic of budget“Action Jackson” Kathy Holser aids choking student

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 ]

photo of studentsQuiz Team makes Academic Bowl playoffs for first time in 8 years

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 ]

Photo of studentsDreams for a better community cap lessons on Dr. King

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 ]

photo of studentHour of Code brings HTML to MS

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 ]

photo of studentStudents "zap" DNA as part of MindsOn workshops

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 ]

Photo of MAW starsSpirit of giving on display in GF Nation!

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 ]

Photo of studentsKensington students' acts of kindness touch many

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 ]

Photo of storeMiddle School's "Bling Bucks Store" brings joy for the second straight year

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 ]

Photo of ensembleAnnual Alumni Day brings 64 back to GF Nation

“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 ]

Photo of teacherGFHS teacher Jeffrey Dock earns National Board Certification

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 ]

Photo of ornamentGFSD teacher's ornament selected for NYS holiday tree

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 ]

Photo of studentsColonial Day brings the 1700's to life for second-grade students

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 ]

Photo of eventNanotechnology exploration night brings engineers to GFMS

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 ]

Photo of studentGFSD thankful for community support

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 ]

Photo of studentsMS students collect hundreds of food items; hold a "Turkey Trot"

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 ]

Photo of studentsBig Cross’ new service club sorts, delivers food donations for local families

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 ]

Photo of Tree of ThanksHigh School students create a "Tree of Thanks"

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 ]

Photo of project“Pennies for Pink" effort raises $400 for GF Hospital

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 ]

Photo of encampmentColonial encampment takes students back to French & Indian War

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 ]

Photo of studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents now available

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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicEducator scores available to parents and guardians

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 ]

Photo of studentLater start time helps boost academic success

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 [ HERE ]