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Odyssey of the mind graphicMS and HS students perform in vocal All-County Festival

Twenty-two of Glens Falls’ student-musicians had the honor of performing in the 2015 All-County Chorus Festival, held at Saratoga Springs High School on Friday, Jan.30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGFHS Visual Arts Exhibition coming up on May 13

The annual Glens Falls High School ART EXPO is Wednesday, May 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the main hallways of the high school. The exhibition will include works in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, 2D & 3D design, creative crafts, and computer art. Music, a bake sale, ice cream bowl sale, silent art auction, an art sale to benefit the permanent student art collection, and much more awaits. The public is cordially invited and admission is free!

Photo of students/staffSuperintendent discusses budget, testing, capital project on LOOK-TV

Superintendent Paul Jenkins discussed the state budget passage and its implications for the GFSD 2015-16 budget in an interview with Jesse Jackson of LOOK-TV on Thursday, April 2, 2015. He also talked about Common Core and how testing is different from the standards themselves, and also gave an update on the plan for Chromebooks for each 7-12 student in 2015-16. [ WATCH HERE ]

Photo of students/staff2015-16 Budget development update

The Board of Education is currently discussing a 2015-16 budget proposal with no program cuts and an approximate 1.4% tax levy increase, after the state budget restored nearly $1.3 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment for GFSD. [ MORE ] 

Odyssey of the mind graphicBrazil Night at Big Cross highlights study of rainforests

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 second annual “Brazil Night” open house for families and friends to view the students’ hard work. [ MORE ]

GF Nation Fund graphicYou can make a difference with GF Nation Fund

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!

Odyssey of the mind graphicOdyssey of the Mind teams compete in regionals

Glens Falls students showed off their creative thinking and problem-solving skills in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind tournament on March 14. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffMayr Sawyer named a Teen Excellence winner

Congratulations to Glens Falls High School senior Mayr Sawyer, who has been named a recipient of the Post Star’s 2015 Teen Excellence Awards. She was honored at a ceremony on March 4th for her individual growth and service as role models in our community. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffPatty Savin named "Teacher of the Week"

Congratulations to Jackson Heights first-grade teacher Patty Savin for being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union!  [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffKensington first-grade celebrates 120th day of school

Kensington first-graders celebrated their 120th day of school yesterday (matching the Common Core State Standards, which have first-graders working with numbers up to 120). [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffKRS students support classmate with donations and haircuts

Kensington students Will Wilson, Freddie Wilson, Jonathan Stevens, and Zachary Stevens raised over $1,500 in honor of classmate Ava Snyder, childhood Leukemia survivor ... and shaved their heads on March 15 at the St. Baldrick's fundraiser! In addition, KRS raised $326 for St. Baldrick's as well. The Post Star snapped these photos [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphicAlumna Lisa Waldron Meade is Principal of the Year

GFHS Alumna Lisa Waldron Meade ('88) has been named the 2015 Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffAll 31 WSWHE Superintendents seek aid runs

All 31 school districts in the WSWHE BOCES have called on the Governor to release state aid runs immediately. "We know our residents care about their children, but they also care about how their schools are financed. The lack of aid runs is having a direct, negative impact on our ability to keep our residents involved in that financial process." [ MORE ] 

Photo of students/staffMaddie Montgomery competes in alpine ski states

Glens Falls Middle School student Maddie Montgomery has made it to the alpine skiing states that will be held after break on Feb 23-24. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffWarm 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 elementary students and their families. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudents "Lend a Hand" for Make-A-Wish

For the third year in a row, fifth-graders Caroline Shaver, Paige Sylvia, Isabella Ferraro, Ashley Bordeaux, Catherine Barclay, Robin Gorton, Kathryn Barber, and Lilly Gallagher, along with fourth-grader Morrison Northrop, made a large donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through their sales at a neighborhood treat stand. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFounders’ Day honorees exemplify dedication

While Glens Falls' "red carpet awards show" revealed winners of the Founders' Day awards this week, the true winners are all the students, district-wide, who have benefitted from the work of these individuals in the spotlight. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFifth grade science classes Ask the Expert!

Did you know that the human heart pumps 4½ tablespoons of blood every time your heart beats? Did you know that there are approximately 3-5 liters of air in one lung? Our fifth graders know that! These are some of the fantastic questions asked recently of our guest speaker, Ann Bentzen from SED. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffBoys JV Basketball team hosts a fun night with CWI, Inc.

The Glens Falls High School Boys JV Basketball Team hosted a Game and Activity Event with Community, Work & Independence, Inc. on January 29th in the school’s gymnasium. “We are very blessed to have such great kids who want to share,” says Coach Zurlo. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffA thousand strong "Stand Up for Upstate Schools"

The broader school community was still trying to determine state funding levels for education 36 hours after Governor Cuomo released his budget proposal for 2015-16 when they heard these words: "It's worse than that." They came from Robert Lowry, the deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and went out to more than a thousand teachers, administrators, parents and other supporters of education who had gathered at Saratoga Springs High School to advocate for more equitable funding for schools in upstate New York. [ MORE ] 

Photo of students/staffSeven varsity teams earn Scholar-Athlete status

Seven varsity sports teams earned Scholar-Athlete status for their 2014 seasons, including Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, and Girls Tennis in the fall. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudents’ own dreams and goals cap lessons on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Elementary students shared their dreams and goals for the school community as part of their studies on American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffKeeping students safe in cold weather

With cold, wintry weather here, Glens Falls City School District would like to review a few points about student safety and weather announcements amid bitter outdoor temperatures. Protect your children from frostbite on their walk to school. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffPositive choices bring on the "bling" in December

In December, students earned "Bling Bucks" every time they were seen doing the right thing. They can earn them for many different reasons, whether it is having good manners in the cafeteria or bringing back homework on time. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffSUNY ADK winter enrichment classes for grades 4-6

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 [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffFrom Scribes to Pharaohs to Gamers

History alive has taken over the sixth grade social studies classrooms. Students have been learning about the ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt through readings, timelines, charts, and maps. It takes on a whole new meaning and deeper understanding when learning becomes hands-on. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGFPD brings gun safety program to elementary schools

Officers from the Glens Falls Police Department – along with special guest Eddie Eagle – brought a message of gun safety to Kensington, Big Cross, and Jackson Heights elementary schools in November. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGFHS senior Erin Burchfield performing in 2014 Conference All-State Women’s Chorus

GFHS senior Erin Burchfield is performing in Rochester, New York this week, having been selected for the prestigious 2014 Conference All-State Women’s Chorus. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffKRS wins “Most Artistic” for “Christmas Around the World” tree

Third-graders at Kensington Road elementary school are bringing an international flair to the North Country Festival of Trees this weekend—and their award-winning decorations have earned the “Most Artistic” ribbon! [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGlens Falls music students selected for NYSSMA Area All-State Festival

Nine GFHS music students were selected for the 2014 Area All-State Chorus, held at Saratoga Springs High School on November 21 & 22. “These outstanding musicians were chosen based on the scores they received on Level 6 and All-State NYSSMA solos last May.” [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffAlum Matt Mender named D3 Academic All-American

GFHS alumnus Matt Mender has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Football Team after voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. The junior defensive tackle was named to the Second Team. Mender is the only player from a New York State college named to the Academic All-America team this year. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffTurkey "balloon rockets" blend holiday fun and science at Jackson Heights

It wasn’t quite a “turducken,” but Jackson Heights students raced balloon “rockets” with paper turkeys attached to the balloons, with teachers’ faces attached to the turkeys on Tuesday—all as part of a science lesson on force. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFood drive benefits many in community

Jeremy Davis’ third grade class spearheaded a two-week effort that resulted in nearly a dozen cartons of food that were loaded into a van in mid-November. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffCelebrating Education Support Professionals during American Education Week, November 17-21, 2014

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. Learn more about our great staff this week!
Friday: Jane Flagler, Teacher Assistant, High School. [ MORE ]
Thursday: Carol Brown, Teacher Aide, Kensington. [ MORE ]
Wednesday: Tina Davis, Teacher Aide, Big Cross. [ MORE ]
Tuesday: Lisa Eggleston, Building Aide, Jackson Heights. [ MORE ]
Monday: Richie Smith, Day Custodian, Middle School
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Photo of students/staff"Pennies for Pink" effort raises $800 for Glens Falls Hospital

For the second year in a row, a bunch of loose change in small plastic sand pails turned into a big check presentation to the Glens Falls Hospital’s Charles Wood Cancer Center, and school community support for neighbors battling cancer. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffNHS students have it all: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character!

The Glens Falls High School Chapter of National Honor society inducted twenty-two new members in a ceremony held at the school on November 13, 2014.  [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffSpeech and Debate team wins in first tournament

Members of the High School Speech and Debate came away with a 1st place finish in the Impromptu Speech category (Scarlett DeWitt) and a 3rd place finish in the Duo Interpretation category (Scarlett DeWitt and Frank Endieveri III) in their first tournament of the season held at Delaware Academy in Delhi, NY. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGF Farmers Market at Sanford St. School for winter

The Glens Falls Winter Farmers’ Market moved to its new location -- Sanford Street School's gym! Come out Saturdays from 9am-noon for more than 24 vendors, supplying a large array of fresh fruits and vegetables. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudent-musicians perform in All-County band ensembles

Twelve of Glens Falls’ student-musicians had the honor of performing in the SWCMEA All-County Band Festival. High School students selected include Genesis Zwart, Zoe Niver, Andy Culliton, Scarlett Dewitt, Xiao Yan Liu, Ashley Lewry, and Jacob Harmon. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffEagle Scout project benefits Jackson Heights elementary school

Jackson Heights Elementary school has a brand new way to welcome students and visitors—a beautiful sign constructed and donated as part of an Eagle Scout project. GFHS senior Schuyler Williams—who attended Jackson Heights during his elementary years—completed the extensive project over the summer. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffHigh and Middle Schools conduct lockdown drill with help from law enforcement

Officers from the Warren and Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 units and the Glens Falls Police Department were on site at the High School/Middle School campus on Wednesday, as the buildings conducted a lockdown drill—in which students and staff practice the emergency response procedures for an internal threat. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGFSD holds breast cancer awareness "Pink-Out"

The "Power of Pink" was on display Thursday, October 16, 2014 at all Glens Falls City Schools. Many students and staff members wore pink to honor breast cancer survivors, fighters, and families ... and support research, awareness, and hope. See a few photos from the day in the slideshow [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffJeremy Bouteiller named "Teacher of the Week"

Congratulations to HS/MS band and jazz band director Jeremy Bouteiller for being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! Mr. Bouteiller has been described as very respectful, and a phenomenal teacher. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffKRS first-graders learn fire safety from GFFD

First-graders at Kensington Road Elementary School had fun learning about fire safety in October. The annual unit includes elements such as interactive videos and a visit from members of the Glens Falls Fire Department. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffBlue jeans + big hearts = Youth Center donations

Staff and faculty members from Jackson Heights elementary and Glens Falls High School together made a $1,200 donation to the Glens Falls Area Youth Center in October! The donations of $600 from each building came from the employee “dress down funds.” [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicSeniors Mayr Sawyer and Sam Gohn featured as student-athletes

GFHS seniors Mayr Sawyer and Sam Gohn were featured as the Chronicle newspaper's student-athletes of the week in the September 25 edition. You can read the articles [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffKerr Gooden to sing in All-National Honor Choir

Glens Falls High School student-musician Kerr Gooden has been accepted as a Soprano 1 to the National Association of Music Education’s All-National Honor choir. Kerr will travel to Nashville, TN, as she rehearses with top vocal and instrumental high school musicians from across the country. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffSun shines on third-annual Walk to School Day

Building healthy kids and working towards a healthier planet were two of the goals driving the third annual Walk-to-School efforts within the Glens Falls City School District, in celebration of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffRotary Club provides dictionaries to 3rd grade

“One of our students has found something very interesting on page 373!” called out third-grade teacher Pam Laurent on Tuesday morning in the Kensington cafeteria. All of Kensington’s third-grade students were gathered there, flipping through new dictionaries they had just received from the Glens Falls Rotary. “It’s the longest word in the English language!” exclaimed Mrs. Laurent. “You have 30 seconds to try to say that entire word in your heads. Ready, go!” [ MORE ]

Box out bullying graphicBox Out Bullying parent guides available here

Parents: we need YOU to be part of our "Same-Page Mentality" as the school community works together to "Box Out Bullying." Handouts from the parent workshop held on 9/16/14 are available for download [ HERE ].

photo of studentStudents get an “in depth” look at Lake George

If you’re squeezing the last few weekends out of the summer with a day on Lake George, ask a Glens Falls student to tell you about the science around your relaxation! In June, eighth-graders in Jason Brechko’s science classes spent a day investigating the water and forest ecosystems aboard the Floating Classroom. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicStudents volunteer for Cleanup Day downtown

Glens Falls High School students spent a day helping to “make downtown clean and bright for fall” as part of Glens Falls Cleanup Day. Andrew Bulmer, Henry Vanderminden, and David Botch, all juniors, and Greyson Brady, a sophomore, volunteered their time on Saturday, September 13th to make the city a better place. [ MORE ]

photo of studentRaising a glass (of pink lemonade) is raising money for breast cancer research

Catherine and Heather Hayes, sixth- and fifth-graders, respectively, came up with the idea for the “Pink Project” three summers ago as a way to honor their aunt, who was going through a recurrence of breast cancer. To date, their team has raised just over $7,000 for breast cancer research. [ MORE ]

graphic of WSWHE BOCESeSchool Student Portal now open for 2014-15

The eSchool Student Portal is now open for the 2014-15 school year. Students can view schedules, report cards, gradebooks and more of their school information. Student accounts have been refreshed to match your current network lD and password. If anyone has difficulty [ LOGGING IN ], please contact the Technology office in the High School.

GF arrowhead graphicKicking off the 2014-15 school year with sparks

Glens Falls staff and students got off to an enthusiastic start in early September! Superintendent Paul Jenkins delivered [ THIS PRESENTATION ] to staff with Director of Curriculum Trent Clay, outlining the district's direction in the new year. Keynote ERIC SHENINGER talked with staff about leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. And the High School highlighted students' first day with [ THIS VIDEO ] produced by teacher Rob Amberger.

GF arrowhead graphic2014-15 School district calendars

The detailed school year calendar is no longer mailed to every postal address in the City. A copy is included in each family packet for current students, and any Glens Falls City School District resident may request a calendar by calling the district office at 792-1481. You can download it [ HERE ] as a PDF. A one-page printable version of the calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days can be downloaded [ HERE ].

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 studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents

The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents. 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 ]