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photo of students/staffFounders' Day honorees are dedicated, committed to the students of Glens Falls

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 ]

photo of students/staffKRS Kindergartners try out Chinese New Year traditions

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 ]

photo of students/staffIt's a Read-In: Big Cross Reads Together event part of PARP

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 ]

photo of students/staffBig Cross wears red to spotlight heart health

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 ]

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

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 ]

school budget graphicProperty Tax Cap law: The “two percent” part is really "twelve hundredths of one percent" for 2016-17 … and that’s only one-eighth of the story

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGFMS students' science project takes the cake

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.

photo of students/staffUniversal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration beginning

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 ].

photo of students/staffGF Nation: ’07 Alumna Kaitlyn Hobbs argues before Supreme Court Justice … and wins!

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 ]

photo of students/staffStudent-musicians perform in highest state ensemble

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 ]

Teen Excellence logo graphicFour Teen Excellence winners named from GHFS

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.

photo of students/staffCoach Tony Hammel honored for 25 seasons

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 ]

photo of students/staffDonation from School District Foundation, PTA, and Walmart brings yoga to KRS

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 ]

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/staffEfforts for Make A Wish range from cocoa on the corner to letters to Santa

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 ]

photo of students/staffToy drive sends 227 gifts to Salvation Army

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).

photo of students/staffThese athletes are top scorers in the classroom, too!

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!

photo of students/staffKRS fourth grade sends joy to deployed soldiers

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 ]

photo of students/staffBrom Bones: guilty or not guilty?

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....

photo of students/staffMS food drive sends 1,200 items to the Salvation Army

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.

photo of students/staffGFHS students take top spots in Oratorical contest

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGF Nation Fund bike winner: Shawn Whalen

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.

GF arrowhead graphicHunting rifle in car causes lockdown at Jackson Heights

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 ]

photo of students/staffMake-A-Wish star sale underway district-wide

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.

photo of students/staffGFHS student-musicians perform in Area All-State

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff36 new members inducted into National Honor Society

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 3.5. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffCelebrating our Education Support Professionals

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 ]

photo of students/staffClass of 2016 volunteer project benefits Camp Chingachgook

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff"Salute a Soldier" project gives voice to service

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGFMS students join the A Cappella frenzy

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 ]

photo of students/staffThanks for the dictionaries, Rotary Club!

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicGlens Falls' 3012-d APPR plan approved by SED

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 ].

photo of students/staffKRS students make a difference with “Bear Hugs” project

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 ]

photo of students/staffCoach Pat Potter recognized for 60 years of service

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.[ MORE ].

GF arrowhead graphicDistrict-wide PINK-OUT held for cancer awareness

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 ].

NYASP logo graphic'14-'15 Boys Soccer team earns national award

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 ]

Photo of students/staffFlu Information for 2015-16 school year

Glens Falls school nurses are encouraging families to read the Flu Guide For Parents [ 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 ].

photo of students/staffThird-grade teacher Nadia Maroun named "Teacher of the Week"

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 ]

NYASP logo graphicDonation from School District Foundation of Glens Falls helps “model the behavior” for Big Cross students

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 ]

NYASP logo graphicCongratulations, Michelle Aleva, our 2015 statewide school psychologist of the year!

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 ]

NYASP logo graphicGF Nation Fund awards cameras, yoga, and 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 ]

GF arrowhead graphic2015-16 School calendar

A 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.*

MS front entrance photoCongratulations, Juliana Ogden!

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.

Photo of students/staffPrehistoric shark sighted in GFMS cafeteria—all 55 feet of him!

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicGlens Falls Class of 2015 celebrates commencement

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 ].

Photo of students/staffMiddle School “three-peats” as an Essential Elements School to Watch

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 ]

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!

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 ]