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Photo of students/staffResidents vote “Yes” on the 2015-16 school budget

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 ] 

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 ]

Photo of students/staff2015-16 Budget development update

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 ] 

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/staffAll 31 WSWHE Superintendents seek aid runs

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 ] 

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/staffSUNY ADK winter enrichment classes for grades 4-6

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 [ HERE ].

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 ].

Odyssey of the mind graphicJoin an Odyssey of the Mind team! (Or Coach!)

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! [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2014-15 School district calendars

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 ].

Photo of studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents

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 ].

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 ]