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  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • blue and purple hot air balloon floating over Big Cross elementary roof
  • four second-graders laying on bean bags in a classroom reading books
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  • group of school staff members with Nemer employees holding a line of backpacks in blue duffel bags
  • five women outside smiling holding welcome back signs
  • five women outside smiling holding welcome back signs
  • three custodians smiling holding welcome back signs

Photo of students/staffHalf day for elementary parent-teacher conferences

All three elementary schools and the fifth grade at the Middle School will conduct an afternoon of parent/teacher conferences on Friday, March 9th. All K-5 students will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday, March 9th.

photo of students/staffUniversal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration beginning

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 12, 2018. Read more about the UPK lottery application [ HERE ].
Kindergarten students must be five years old by December 1, 2018 in order to start school in September. Registration for new kindergarten students is held at Kindergarten Round-Up at Big Cross on March 22, 2018 - call Patty Farrell at 518-792-2619 to make your appointment. Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

graphic that says "Budget 2018 2019" with a colorful bar graph behindPreliminary budget forecast shows gap between revenues and expenditures for 2018-2019

“Expenditure growth and revenue stagnation” set the landscape for initial 2018-2019 budget development, Assistant Superintendent for Business Bobby Yusko told the Board of Education on Feb 12th, as he outlined a preliminary budget scenario that would create a $2 million gap between revenues and expenditures in 2018-2019. Early scenarios do not include any reductions in program or services, do not account for application of fund balance, and utilize refined state aid estimates based on the Governor's Executive Budget proposal. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2018 Founders' Day Awards: Sara Quartiers

The Parent Teacher Student Associations at each school are proud to present the 2018 winners of the Founders' Day Awards! These awards celebrate committed parent volunteers and/or staff members from each school. Each honoree has been selected to recognize his or her service and dedication to go above and beyond for the students of Glens Falls City Schools. Read about Wednesday's honoree from Big Cross, parent volunteer Sara Quartiers [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffGlens Falls' graduation rate jumps to 87 percent in latest NYSED data

The New York State Education Department has released data for 2017 that shows Glens Falls’ graduation rate improving to 87 percent—up from 79 percent in 2016. “We are very proud of the gains our students have made over the last few years, especially the increase in our graduation rate,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “We have steadily increased over time, but last year was our largest jump in our graduation rate. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on land purchase plan

Glens Falls City School District residents approved a plan to purchase property adjacent to the schools’ bus garage today by a margin of 314 "yes" votes to 127 “no” votes – a 71.2 percent approval rate. The proposition allows the Board of Education to buy the land and structures at 35 Glenwood Avenue, which is the parcel immediately north of the bus garage facility at 31 Glenwood. The district will acquire the land at its appraised value of $240,000, plus reasonable and customary closing costs and expenses. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffCelebrating Education Support Professionals during American Education Week, November 13-17, 2017

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. Friday's honoree is Diane Ogden, Attendance Clerk at Big Cross! [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffDistrict-wide "Pink-Out" raises awareness of breast cancer

The "Power of Pink" was on display Thursday, October 19th at all Glens Falls City Schools. Students and staff members wore pink and donated coins to the "Pennies for Pink" effort to honor breast cancer survivors, fighters, and families ... and support research, awareness, and hope. [ PHOTO GALLERY ]

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

Would your kids like to create an original performance that includes a ride-on vehicle that takes part in a “triathlon?” How about telling a story (with no words!) about a once-famous, but now forgotten, emoji? These endeavors (and more) are challenges in this year's Odyssey of the Mind competition. Teams are forming now - email Asst. Supt. for Curriculum & Instruction, Trent Clay for more details [ HERE ].

ChromebookgraphicInformation for the 2017-18 school year

Welcome back for another great year at Big Cross Street School! The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6th, and school starts at 8:30 a.m. Look for your family’s back-to-school packet arriving in your mailbox within the next few days. It contains the PRINTED DISTRICT CALENDAR, and Ms. Hall's WELCOME LETTER, among other important information. See you soon!

GF arrowhead graphicSchool supply list for 2017-18 available here

Can’t wait for the first day of school in September? Neither can we! Get a jump start on the new year right now by collecting the supplies your child will need. The Big Cross list is available [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphic2017-18 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 students/staffFlu Information for 2017-18 school year

Glens Falls school nurses are encouraging families to read the Flu Guide For Parents [ 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 ].

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 ]