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graphic of pencilsClassroom supply lists for the new school year

Is your family looking to get a jump start on shopping for the new school year? [ HERE ] are the 2014-15 school supply lists by building and/or teacher. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicOne-page 2014-15 school calendar available here

Wondering about next school year? [ HERE ] is a one-page printable version of the 2014-15 district calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days. The detailed 2014-15 calendar is now being printed and will be mailed to all current students during the third week of August. Any district resident may request a printed calendar by calling the district office at 792-1212.

photo of studentElementary art students recognized nationally

Five elementary students have been recognized for their outstanding art work in a nation-wide contest. “Of the thousands of entries submitted by schools all over the United States and Canada, five of the top entries were created by our young artists from Glens Falls,” says art teacher Rick Butto. [ MORE ]

photo of studentFourth-graders make their mark at Big Cross

Fourth-graders at Big Cross Elementary have made their mark by leaving a personal “touch” on the walls of the gymnasium. In an effort to bring more color and interest to the walls of the school's gym, 58 students left a painted hand print, signed and dated, on the wall for posterity. 
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photo of studentNine employees celebrate 25 years of service

Nine dedicated faculty and staff members were inducted into the district's Quarter-Century Club in early June, celebrating 25 years of service to the students of Glens Falls City Schools. Beverly Gill, John Woodell-Freire, Melanie Ketring, Martha Van Vleet, Ann Ryan, Kathy Madelone, Dee Winter-Barclay, Michele Homan, and Donna Murray were honored at a reception at Kensington elementary on June 11. Congratulations! [ PHOTO ]

photo of studentRainforest highlighted in first-ever Brazil Night at Big Cross

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 first-ever “Brazil Night” open house for families and friends to view the students’ hard work. [ MORE ]

photo of studentGFSD offers summer camps in art and sports

The GFSD Art and Athletic Departments are offering summer courses, clinics and camps for all students, district-wide. Elementary Art students participate in all kinds of projects, including drawing, painting, ceramics, fabric art, origami, jewelry, and other various crafts. Secondary Art students have enriching lessons that allow them to express and build their individual creativity in an engaging atmosphere with other children. And students can participate in camps for swimming, diving, soccer, triathlon, baseball, field hockey, and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open!  [ MORE ON ALL PROGRAMS ]

photo of studentSUNY Adirondack Summer Enrichment Program

Registration is open for SUNY Adirondack's 2014 Summer Enrichment Program for youths completing grades 3-9. The program runs from July 7 - 24, 2014.For the link to SUNY ADK's Summer Enrichment Brochure, [ CLICK HERE ].

photo of studentBig Cross service club gives “May baskets” to patients

The fourth grade service club at Big Cross continues to give back to the community—this time, in the form of “May baskets” for pediatric patients at Glens Falls Hospital. Students created dozens of May baskets out of decorated cups, filled each with candy, and attached personalized notes of cheer for other children being treated at the hospital. [ MORE ]

Graphic of budgetGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2014-15 school budget; Capital reserve expenditure also approved

Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2014-15 school budget today by a margin of 684 "yes" votes to 169 “no” votes – an 80.2 percent approval rate. Suzanne Spector-Tougas and Karin Mauer were elected to the Board of Education. Each will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2014, after receiving 699 and 678 votes, respectively. Voters also approved expending funds from the capital reserve for repairs and renovations at several of the district’s school buildings. The capital reserve proposition passed by a vote of 725 to 127.  [ READ MORE HERE ]

photo of studentRecognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9

Glens Falls City School District is recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day this week! Friday's honoree is second grade teacher Nadia Maroun, who works with students at Big Cross Elementary School. [ READ MORE HERE ] Check back every day for a look inside some of the most dynamic classrooms around our district.

photo of studentCoin drive raises more than $1,600 in “Pennies for Patients”

Big Cross second-graders spearheaded an effort during the month of March that raised more than $1,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students in Nadia Maroun’s and Maria Naylor’s classes made posters, collected donations, and counted coins every Friday for four weeks—taking in $378.56 during the first week of the coin drive. [ MORE ]

photo of studentNew York State testing in April—May

Elementary and middle school students will be taking the 3-8 NYS Assessments in ELA, Math and Science in April and May. To help students prepare for these tests, please see the “DON'T STRESS ABOUT THE TEST” tips for families. Other important notes for parents and guardians to help their children feel as confident and comfortable as possible on testing days are [ HERE ]

photo of studentWarm hearts help homeless animals through long winter

Cats, dogs and other animals at three local shelters will soon be snuggled in new blankets, chewing on squeak toys, and eating good food, thanks to the hard work and generosity of Kensington and Big Cross elementary students and their families. [ MORE ]

photo of studentBig Cross students succeed at PARP challenge

Big Cross students read nearly 2,000 books in three weeks, taking on the annual “PARP Challenge” with an Olympics twist.
PARP—which stands for “Parents As Reading Partners”—is an annual literacy effort promoted at each of Glens Falls’ elementary schools. [ MORE ]

photo of studentFounders' Day honorees exemplify dedication and service to the students of Glens Falls

Eight individuals were honored at the district’s annual Founders’ Day event, held at the Middle School on Tuesday, February 11. The evening was a celebration of committed parent volunteers and/or staff members from each school. [ MORE ]

photo of studentDonation from School District Foundation of Glens Falls helps reading program

Big Cross elementary students will be going home with free books to keep, after a School District Foundation of Glens Falls donation to keep the “Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)” program going. [ MORE ]

photo of studentStudents and staff wear red for women's heart health awareness

Big Cross students and faculty supported heart health awareness in a big way on February 7, with their own Wear Red Day. “Calling attention to heart disease, the number one killer of women each year, is something near and dear to me," says fourth-grade teacher Logan Fisher. [ MORE ]

Photo of MAW starsSpirit of giving on display in GF Nation!

Big Cross and High School students rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Jackson Heights students ran a “Gift of Food” collection, while Kensington students gathered winter coats and outerwear. The Athletics Department held a food and toy drive. And the Middle School spearheaded a district-wide sale of Make-A-Wish stars to benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses. Those efforts—plus MANY more at each building—helped make the holidays brighter for families in our school community and around the region. [ MORE ]

Photo of studentGFSD thankful for community support

Students at Glens Falls City Schools benefit from the volunteer efforts of many community organizations—such as First Presbyterian Church, whose partnership with GFSD dates back several years. “They donate snacks and school supplies, and Reading Buddies come every Tuesday,” says Big Cross principal Debbie Hall. [ MORE ]

Photo of studentsBig Cross’ new service club sorts, delivers food donations for local families

The fourth-graders in Big Cross Elementary newly-formed service club made posters and public-address announcements to encourage fellow students to bring in canned and boxed food for the school’s annual food drive. [ MORE ]

Photo of project“Lowe’s Heroes” build new learning spaces

Students at Big Cross and Jackson Heights elementary schools are enjoying new outdoor learning spaces, thanks to the generosity of Lowe’s employees from the Glens Falls community. [ MORE ]

Photo of studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents now available

The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents for the 2013-14 school year. 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 ]