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.
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.
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 ].
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
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 ].
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.
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 ]
Glens Falls students showed off their creative thinking and problem-solving
skills in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind tournament on March 14.
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
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 ].
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 ].
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 ]