District residents approved a $39.7 million budget proposal for 2015-16
that continues all current programs and services, invests in the key area of
education technology, and calls for a 1.45 percent tax levy increase for next
year. The bus proposition passed, and Timothy Graham and Kelly Culliton were
elected to the Board of Education. [ MORE ]
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 ]
The Board of Education is currently discussing a 2015-16 budget proposal
with no program cuts and an approximate 1.4% tax levy increase, after the
state budget restored nearly $1.3 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment
for GFSD. [ MORE ]
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 ]
All 31 school districts in the WSWHE BOCES have called on the Governor to
release state aid runs immediately. "We know our residents care about their
children, but they also care about how their schools are financed. The lack of
aid runs is having a direct, negative impact on our ability to keep our
residents involved in that financial process."
[ 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 ]
Registration is now open for upcoming SUNY Adirondack programs: the Winter
Enrichment series for students in grades 4-6 during February break; and adult
continuing education classes throughout the spring semester. For Winter
Enrichment information, click
HERE ]. For adult continuing education information, click
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 ].
Would your kids like to design, build and operate vehicles to travel on
tracks and make stops at different stations without touching the floor? How
about putting a video game spin on the classic Greek myth of Pandora's Box?
Got any funny meteorologists to perform a "wacky weather" forecast? All of
these endeavors are challenges in this year's Odyssey of the Mind competition.
Teams are forming now - get on board! [
The detailed school year calendar is no longer mailed to every postal
address in the City. A copy is included in each family packet for current
students, and any Glens Falls City School District resident may request a
calendar by calling the district office at 792-1481. You can download it [[ HERE ] as a PDF. A
one-page printable version of the calendar that includes school breaks,
holidays, and Regents exam days can be downloaded
[ HERE ].
The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents. 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 ].
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 ]