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photo of students/staffBrazil Night at Big Cross highlights study of rainforests

"A jaguar's life span is 12 to 15 years. Is that cool or what?" That exclamation—from third-grader Tiernan Talbot's report on the jaguar-- seems to sum up Big Cross elementary’s in-depth study of Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest: cool! [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffBig Cross fourth-grader takes 2nd in statewide anti-smoking poster contest

Big Cross fourth-grader Lauren Bren has won second place in the state-wide Tar Wars poster contest! Her winning poster, which reads “Tobacco ruins your routine – stay on point” was one of four Glens Falls entries chosen by Warren County Health Services to enter the state-wide competition. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffElementary art camps offered at GFMS this summer

Summer art classes for students entering grades K-5 take place over a four-week period in the Glens Falls Middle School art rooms. Classes are held four days of the week from 9-11 a.m. Students participate in all kinds of projects, including drawing, painting, ceramics, fabric art, origami, jewelry, and other various crafts. Read the full elementary art program brochure [ HERE ]

GF arrowhead graphicRegistration is open for GFSD summer sports camps

Summer sports camps are being offered by the GFSD Athletic Department. Students can participate in camps for SWIMMING, DIVING AND TRIATHLON, soccer, baseball, volleyball, field hockey, and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open! The program runs August 1-5, with the boys' camp in the morning, and the girls' camp in the afternoon. Read the full SPORTS CAMP BROCHURE for program descriptions and the registration form.

school budget graphicGlens Falls residents vote "Yes"

Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2016-17 school budget by a margin of 645 "yes" votes to 96 “no” votes – an 87 percent approval rate. Debra Stockdale and Kristin Greenwood were elected to the Board of Education. Each will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2016, after receiving 427 and 411 votes, respectively. Candidates Matthew Levin and Tony Nassivera received 325 and 236 votes, respectively. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffNational School Nurse Day: Thank you, nurses!

Wednesday, May 11 was National School Nurse Day! Our school nurses are healthcare connectors among providers, parents, and communities, working to bolster student attendance and wellness. They lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Thank you, Janel Martinez at BC!

photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Holly Schulze!

We’re recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of the district's schools each day this week! Read about Friday's honoree, Holly Schulze, a first grade teacher at Big Cross [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphicLetter to parents on the 3-8 ELA and math exams

Fewer test questions, extra time, and for the next four years, no consequences for any teacher in New York because of how his or her students perform on the 3-8 assessments. Individual student scores will not be on the student's transcript or permanent record. "We ask you to carefully consider the significant differences in this 2016 testing climate and protocol. If your child didn’t participate in the ELA or math tests last year—or might not this year—we respectfully urge you to consider supporting their participation in the state tests next week." Read the Superintendent's full letter [ HERE ]

photo of students/staff29,405 minutes read during this year's PARP challenge

Big Cross kids read 29,405 minutes during this year's Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) challenge!! At the culminating assembly, Principal Debbie Hall performed an original poem that included the lines, "So much accomplished, so much achieved // when you went on a journey and truly believed! // Over 29,000 minutes we read in all // Wow, how grand, be proud, stand tall!" The Dr. Seuss-themed challenge ended with teachers and staff performing a song called "Reader of the Pack," and Miss Hall taking a lap around the gym on her hot-rod-tricycle-Dr.-Suess-car! [ PHOTOS ]

photo of students/staffBOCES Summer Enrichment registration open

BOCES hosts three weeks of camps in July at the Myers Education Center in Saratoga, which will include classes in Culinary Arts, Humanities & Fine Arts, Chinese, and STEM. New this year are STEM camp and Theater Art camp! Read more and register [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffSuzanne Anselment named "Teacher of the Week"

Congratulations to second-grade teacher Suzanne Anselment for being named a "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union!  [ MORE ]

NYASP logo graphicChanges in Grades 3-8 tests reflect parent concerns

In an effort to address parent concerns about the New York State Grade 3-8 ELA and Math assessments, the New York State Education Department has made changes to the assessments our students will take next month. Please see [ THIS FLIER ] to better understand the changes, which are part of a larger, ongoing review effort by NYSED.

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/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 Big Cross

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 ]

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 at Big Cross is March 8, 2016—call Marcia Winslow at 792-2619 to make your appointment.  Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

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/staffCelebrating our Education Support Professionals: Debbie Hill

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. Read about Wednesday's honoree, building aide Debbie Hill. [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ].

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 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 ].

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 ]