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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 ]

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 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 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 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 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 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 ]

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 ]

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 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 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 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 project“Lowe’s Heroes” build new learning spaces

Students at Big Cross and Jackson Heights elementary schools are enjoying new outdoor learning spaces, thanks to the generosity of Lowe’s employees from the Glens Falls community. [ 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 ]