"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! [
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 ].
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 ]
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
[ PHOTOS ]
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 ].
Congratulations to second-grade teacher Suzanne Anselment for being named a
"Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union!
[ MORE ]
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.
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ].
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.
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Glens Falls school nurses are encouraging families to read the Flu Guide
[ 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 ].
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]