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Graphic of budgetBoard approves 2014-15 budget proposal

The Glens Falls City Schools Board of Education adopted a $38.1 million budget proposal for 2014-15 at its special meeting on April 22. If approved by voters on Tuesday, May 20, the spending plan will increase the tax levy by 1.53 percent, which is the district’s maximum allowable tax levy increase. The months-long budget development process resulted in a plan that decreases spending by $134,727, or 0.35 percent from the current year, uses approximately $757,000 of fund balance, and reduces or eliminates 35 staff and teaching positions district-wide. [ 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 ]

Graphic of budget2014-15 Budget proposal nearly complete

Under the proposal, 14 teaching positions will be eliminated. Five of those 14 positions are being vacated by retirements. An additional 11 staff positions will be eliminated, with one of those positions being vacated by a retirement. Five full-time teaching positions will be reduced to part-time, and five full-time staff positions will go to part-time. Reductions in athletics, general operating expenses, and curricular supports combine with the staff reductions to total $1.9 million in reduced expenditures. [ MORE ]

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 ]

Graphic of budgetBudget development: $1.9 million in preliminary reductions outlined, narrowing gap to $1.3 million

School community members discussed nearly $2 million in preliminary budget reductions for 2014-15 during the Board of Education’s audit and finance committee meeting Thursday, as district leaders await final aid figures from New York State. The reductions were outlined in a PRESENTATION by Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who noted that a gap of $1.3 million still remains, even after the proposed reductions. [ MORE ]

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 ]

Graphic of budgetGFSD preliminary budget shows $3.7 million gap; tiered reductions now under discussion

The Board of Education continued public discussion of the 2014-15 Glens Falls City Schools budget at its Audit & Finance committee meeting on March 13 with a look at three tiers of potential reductions that could be used to close an estimated gap of $3.7 million for the coming school year. [ 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 ]

Graphic of budgetExecutive Budget aid calculations: loss in overall funding for GFSD

School aid calculations released with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget show a .42 percent decrease in overall state funding for Glens Falls City Schools, or a loss of $62,332 from 2013-14 to 2014-15. When building aid is removed from the calculation, Glens Falls sees a less-than-one-percent increase in state funding. [ 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 studentKindergarten Round-Up: now scheduling appointments

Kindergarten students must be five years old by Dec. 1, 2014 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. Families must call for an appointment in advance.
• Jackson Heights: March 18, 2014 – call Claudia Devine at 792-1071
• Big Cross Street: March 25, 2014 – call Marcia Winslow at 792-2619
• Kensington Road: March 27, 2014 – call Kathy Thomson at 793-5151
Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

photo of studentGot an almost-four-year-old? Enter the UPK lottery!

If your son or daughter is a resident in the Glens Falls City School district and will be four years old by Dec. 1, 2014, he or she is eligible to enter the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) class. This free, half-day, full-year program is focused on teaching the fundamentals of literacy and beginning math. Entry into the UPK class is determined by lottery each spring. Forms are due by April 11, 2014. Read more about UPK  [ HERE ].

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 ]