With such a mild winter, Glens Falls City Schools were able to make it
through the year without having to use any of the snow days built into the
district calendar. As such, all schools and the district office will
be CLOSED on Friday,
May 27th, prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Grandstanders’ 2016 Senior Sports Award scholarship winners are: Peter
Mauro (Lacrosse, Golf, and Swimming), Nolin Murphy (Football, Ice Hockey, and
Baseball), Sam Hawkins (Football, Swimming, and Track), Haylee Mello (Lacrosse
and Field Hockey), Emily Haas (Lacrosse and Field Hockey), and Olivia
Southworth (Lacrosse and Field Hockey).
Parents of 8-12th graders: please sign up yourself and your children for
the Teen Cyber Census ... and do it today! We want to address recurring
themes, and hopefully reduce negative behaviors in our school community. We
need your responses to do that! This study will provide our students and
parents with a safe, anonymous way to share views and experiences with online
behavior. Click [ HERE ]
to walk through the informed consent process.
The schedule of Regents and final exam dates and times can be downloaded
HERE ]. Regular classes will be held through Monday, June 13th.
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, Jacqueline Pecor at GFHS!
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 Wednesday's honoree, Rob
a business teacher at the High School
[ HERE ].
Senior Raislan Aiken signed his letter of intent to dive for Division I
Marist College on Monday, with his family and coaches helping to celebrate!
"Aiken wrapped up a brilliant career at Glens Falls this year, winning his
second Section II diving title, setting the school six- and 11-dive records,
and helping the Indians win their third sectional crown in four years. He
finished 16th at the state meet last month." More in a great article by Pete
Tobey here: [ MORE ]
Glens Falls High School Mathletes finished in second place this year in the
WWSC (Warren, Washington and Saratoga County) math league. Junior Willy
Herrmann was the season's top scorer, with senior Liam Forbes finishing
second, and sophomore Nolan Hogan placing third.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls’ art students maintain the tradition of excellence once again
by being chosen as part of the top 100 works of art to be displayed at the
Hyde Museum. Judges looked for work showing mastery of technique, skill and
understanding of aesthetics, all while expressing individuality and creative
thinking. [ MORE ]
As of September 1, 2016, all students entering 7th and 12th grades must be
fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school. The
meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases
such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord)
and sepsis (blood infections). Details from NYSDOH are
[ HERE ].
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 Glens Falls High School students Kyle Frank, Sam
Hawkins, Madison MacDonald, and Cheyenne McQuain who have been honored as
recipients of the Post Star’s 2016 Teen Excellence Awards! "This was a
tremendous achievement and your teachers, parents, and administrators are all
very proud," said Dr. Stratton.
[ MORE ]
Congratulations to student-athletes Sarah Burton, Willy Hermann, and Matt
Parent, who competed in the NYSPHAA state championships for Nordic Ski (Sarah
and Willy) and Alpine Ski (Matt) on Feb. 22-23! Way to go, Glens Falls!
NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited Glens Falls City Schools on Feb.
11, stopping in on classrooms at Jackson Heights, the Middle School, and the
High School. See a photo gallery of her interactions with teachers and
[ HERE ].
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 ]
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.
GFHS ’07 alumna Kaitlyn Hobbs, a law student at George Washington University, won the college’s annual moot court competition on Jan. 21 after arguing her case before Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and other federal judges. Read the article from GW Law [ HERE ]
Three talented Glens Falls High School vocalists, Clay Smith, Angie Nardin, and Lucy Reid earned places in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Conference All-State Mixed Chorus. “Clay, Angie, and Lucy were chosen for this honor by receiving perfect scores on their level 6 All-State solo and sight-reading auditions last May,” says music teacher Pam Granger. [ MORE ]
GF Nation honored longtime varsity boys basketball coach Tony Hammel at the Jan. 8 game against Gloversville. Coach Hammel’s 373 wins in 25 seasons with Glens Falls were memorialized with a special jersey, a proclamation from the City, and more. He led his teams to state championship appearances in 2003 and 2007, six Section 2 finals appearances, and three Section II titles. More from the Post Star: [ READ ARTICLE ]
Hundreds of gifts have been delivered to the Salvation Army in Glens Falls to brighten the holidays for local children. The annual GFHS Athletics department toy drive received the most support from the Boys Swim team (70+ gifts) and National Honor Society (68 gifts).
The following student-athletes had the highest grade-point averages on their team this fall: Mia Cote (Swimming), Alyssa Fairchild (Volleyball), Elizabeth Fisher (Field Hockey), Andrew Nichols (Boys XC Running), Willy Herrmann (Boys Soccer), Joseph Girard III (Football), Nora Borgos (Tennis), Luke Borgos (Golf), Lauren Hauser (Girls XC Running), and Stephanie Meehan (Girls Soccer). Congratulations!
Glens Falls seniors Scarlett DeWitt and Nora Borgos took first and second
places, respectively, in the local American Legion Post 233 Oratorical Contest
in early December. [
GF Nation, it's time to choose your courses for next school year! Have a look at the 2016-17 Course Description Guide to learn more about the GFHS offerings for next year. A PDF download is available [ HERE ]. Counselor presentations will be in social studies classes on Tuesday, 12/8 for juniors, Wednesday, 12/9 for sophomores, and Thursday, 12/10 for freshmen.
Eight of Glens Falls' talented high school musicians participate in the
NYSSMA Area All-State Festival. Ashley Lewry, Angie Nardin, Adara Hoyne,
Jaquelin Mignot, Clay Smith, and Tyler Talmage sang in the Mixed Chorus, while
Lucy Reid and Andy Culliton played in the band ensemble.
The Glens Falls High School Chapter of National Honor society inducted 36
new members in a ceremony held at the school on November 12, 2015. To be
eligible for membership consideration, students must have a cumulative GPA of
It's a "Two-Fer Tuesday" as we continue to celebrate national American
Education Week by highlighting our “school superheroes”—our teacher aides,
teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians, and many other team members—who
play a crucial role in every school building, every day. Tuesday's honorees
are building aide Dave Vaughn [
MORE ], and head custodian Becky Blackmer [
This past weekend several members of the senior class participated in a
“Red and Black Gives Back” event at the YMCA’s Camp Chingachgook. On Saturday,
students and chaperones helped prepare the camp grounds for winter and close
down the waterfront area. [
Posted 11/17/15 — Glens Falls Middle and High Schools were put into
lockdown for approximately 10 minutes today, after an alert student reported a
suspicious situation off campus. Within minutes, Glens Falls Police Officers
confirmed that there had never been any threat.
One served as a technician in Pearl Harbor during the attack. One served at
Ground Zero and in Iraq. One circumnavigated the globe as a radar operator
during the Korean War. And all were honored by GFHS student-artists through
pieces that spoke to the service and sacrifice of each.
Coaches, athletes, and officials crowded the Glens Falls pool deck on
October 20th to celebrate Coach Patricia (Pat) Potter, who has served more
than 60 years in the sport of swimming and diving.[
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 ].
The “Power of Pink” was on display Oct. 15 at each of Glens Falls City
Schools. The district held a PINK-OUT in recognition of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and in support of all in our school community who have been
touched by breast cancer. A few snapshots of the day are posted on the
district’s Facebook page [ HERE ].
Also highlighted was Jackson Heights fourth-grader Jack Sweet’s “Pennies for
Pink” project, which raises money for the CR Wood Cancer Center. News 10 ABC
visited his classroom to see the effort in action. Watch the news story
[ HERE ].
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has awarded Glens Falls’
2014-15 Boys Soccer team its High School Team Academic Award! “Glens Falls,
with a 3.75 GPA for the 2014-15 school year, was one of 149 schools across the
country to receive the award,” said Coach Brian Turner.
[ MORE ]
By volunteering with the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association), you'll
be helping to support our students in meaningful ways. The PTSA works to
maintain a supportive and encouraging community for the entire school—which,
in turn, creates the most educational environment possible for all children.
You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better
for everyone. Visit the GFHS PTSA website for
[ MORE ].
The GFHS Parent-Teacher-Student Association is selling technology-approved
stickers for the Chromebooks. Students in grades 7-12 can order any one of
four sticker designs at $5 each. The order form can be downloaded
[ HERE ], and
orders will be picked up from the HS and MS main offices each Friday.
The local chapter of New York Association of School Psychologists has
selected Michelle Aleva as the Chapter F School Psychologist of the Year for
2015! “It is incredibly motivating, yet humbling, to be acknowledged for such
honors, this and the GFTA Teacher of the Year award,” said Mrs. Aleva.
[ MORE ]
Students: skip the expensive SAT and ACT exam prep by enrolling in the GFHS
class devoted to helping you with content review, test-taking strategies, tips
for success on test day, and more. This newly-added class is offered period 3
first semester, and period 5 second semester. It's a half-year, .5-credit
class. Students will be provided with a free SAT prep book and online
resources in order to prepare for the new, redesigned SAT which takes effect
in 2016. Students will also research whether or not their college choices
require the new optional essay. Contact your school counselor to add this
class to your schedule. (Sophomores: you can select this course for 2016-17 in
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 ]
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 ]. *Please note that April break falls later than usual in 2016.*
Glens Falls High School is proud to announce that 127 students from the
Class of 2015 graduated on Saturday afternoon, June 27th — accepting their
diplomas on the GFHS stage in front of an audience of family, friends,
teachers, and staff during the school's 124th annual commencement. Have a look
at some "Graduation Moments" in the slideshow [ HERE ].
Attention Alumni and Friends of Glens Falls Schools: There’s a new way to
help and support our students. Take a minute and visit www.gfnationfund.org and see what we
are all about. YOU can make a difference simply by signing in and becoming
part of our outreach network. Having a reunion or gathering? We would love to
know about it. And, please get the word out. WE NEED YOU!
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 ]
Data from the 2012-13 school year at GFHS shows that
course failures and student tardiness are down after a year of starting
classes at 8:26 a.m. Read the Post Star article [