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Photo of students/staffBC Summer Library program Mon-Thurs, 9:30-11:30am

Lots and lots of Big Cross kids are having fun at the summer library program, Monday through Thursday from 9:30—11:30 a.m. Make sure your child doesn’t miss out on these great activities: CRAFT DAY every Tuesday and Thursday, with new projects each session; Grade-level guided reading groups for extra practice and smiles; Book lending from the BC Library, so families can read together at home; Math support, board games, and other learning excitement --- including Chromebooks, tablets, and hand-held devices for kids to practice; Grab-and-Go bagged lunches for every kid when the daily program wraps up; And of course, the playground! This FREE program ends July 30, so join in soon. Student drop-off and sign-in takes place at the back entrance, between the playground and the library. It’s a drop-in program, so come when you can, and leave when you must.

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 will be available in August.

Photo of students/staffSummer art classes and sports camps offered

Summer art classes for students entering grades K-5 take place over a three-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 more [ HERE ]. Summer sports camps are being offered in swimming, diving, soccer, triathlon, baseball, volleyball, field hockey, and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open! The program runs August 3-7, with the boys' camp in the morning, and the girls' camp in the afternoon. Read more [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staff"Seeds of Learning" summer activity calendar now available

Is your child entering UPK or kindergarten in September? There are many ways you can cultivate the love of learning in your child— even before the first day of school! Have a look at the activities and articles in our Seeds of Learning summer activity calendar, and see how many your family can complete! [ HERE ]

Photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Amanda Simmes

We're recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day this week! Wednesday's honoree is second-grade teacher Amanda Simmes. Read about her [ HERE ].

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 ]

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 ]

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/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/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/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/staffInteractive music workshops return for second year

This month, Glens Falls elementary schools will be welcoming back performers from "The Learning Arts," a privately-funded program focused around music education. The experience is designed to offer new and progressive programs each year, allowing for each child's knowledge and music appreciation to expand over the years.  [ 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/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!
Wednesday: Tina Davis, Teacher Aide, Big Cross. [ 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. [ 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 ].

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 ].

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 ]