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photo of students/staffIt's a Read-In: Big Cross Reads Together event part of PARP

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 ]

photo of students/staffBig Cross wears red to spotlight heart health

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 ]

photo of students/staffGFPD brings gun safety program to Big Cross

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 ]

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 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 ].

school budget graphicProperty Tax Cap law: The “two percent” part is really "twelve hundredths of one percent" for 2016-17 … and that’s only one-eighth of the story

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. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFamily programs at the Chapman Museum

Do you know a child who’d like to learn about Snowflake Bentley and make some snowflake projects? How about creating new cards from old papers? Learn about tree identification and bring home a seedling to plant? These are all family programs coming up at the Chapman Historical Museum. For the flier, click [ HERE ]. There’s also a special adult craft coming up: [ FLIER ]

Photo of students/staffSUNY ADK winter enrichment classes for grades 4-6

Registration is now open for upcoming UNY 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/staffCelebrating our Education Support Professionals: Debbie Hill

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 ]

photo of students/staffThanks for the dictionaries, Rotary Club!

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 ]

photo of students/staffThird-grade teacher Nadia Maroun named "Teacher of the Week"

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 ]

Photo of students/staffFlu Information for 2015-16 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 ].

NYASP logo graphicDonation from School District Foundation of Glens Falls helps “model the behavior” for Big Cross students

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 ]

NYASP logo graphicGF Nation Fund awards cameras, yoga, and 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 ]

GF arrowhead graphic2015-16 School calendar

A one-page printable version of the calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days can be downloaded
[ HERE ]. The full district calendar is available [ 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 ]