The Glens Falls City School District Board of Education has adopted a $39.7
million budget proposal for 2015-16 that continues all current programs and
services, invests in the key area of education technology, and calls for a
1.45 percent tax levy increase for next year—well below the district's maximum
allowable tax levy limit of 3.87 percent. [ MORE ]
Twenty-two of Glens Falls’ student-musicians had the honor of performing in
the 2015 All-County Chorus Festival, held at Saratoga Springs High School on
Friday, Jan.30 and Saturday, Jan. 31. [
The annual Glens Falls High School ART EXPO is Wednesday, May 13, from 6:30
– 8:30 PM in the main hallways of the high school. The exhibition will include
works in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, 2D & 3D design, creative
crafts, and computer art. Music, a bake sale, ice cream bowl sale, silent art
auction, an art sale to benefit the permanent student art collection, and much
more awaits. The public is cordially invited and admission is free!
Superintendent Paul Jenkins discussed the state budget passage and its
implications for the GFSD 2015-16 budget in an interview with Jesse Jackson of
LOOK-TV on Thursday, April 2, 2015. He also talked about Common Core and how
testing is different from the standards themselves, and also gave an update on
the plan for Chromebooks for each 7-12 student in 2015-16.
[ WATCH HERE ]
The Board of Education is currently discussing a 2015-16 budget proposal
with no program cuts and an approximate 1.4% tax levy increase, after the
state budget restored nearly $1.3 million of the Gap Elimination Adjustment
for GFSD. [ MORE ]
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!
Congratulations to Glens Falls High School senior Mayr Sawyer, who has been
named a recipient of the Post Star’s 2015 Teen Excellence Awards. She was
honored at a ceremony on March 4th for her individual growth and service as
role models in our community.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls students showed off their creative thinking and problem-solving
skills in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind tournament on March 14.
All 31 school districts in the WSWHE BOCES have called on the Governor to
release state aid runs immediately. "We know our residents care about their
children, but they also care about how their schools are financed. The lack of
aid runs is having a direct, negative impact on our ability to keep our
residents involved in that financial process."
[ MORE ]
While Glens Falls' "red carpet awards show" revealed winners of the
Founders' Day awards this week, the true winners are all the students,
district-wide, who have benefitted from the work of these individuals in the
spotlight. [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls High School Boys JV Basketball Team hosted a Game and
Activity Event with Community, Work & Independence, Inc. on January 29th in
the school’s gymnasium. “We are very blessed to have such great kids who want
to share,” says Coach Zurlo. [ MORE ]
The broader school community was still trying to determine state funding
levels for education 36 hours after Governor Cuomo released his budget
proposal for 2015-16 when they heard these words: "It's worse than that." They
came from Robert Lowry, the deputy director of the New York State Council of
School Superintendents, and went out to more than a thousand teachers,
administrators, parents and other supporters of education who had gathered at
Saratoga Springs High School to advocate for more equitable funding for
schools in upstate New York. [ MORE ]
Seven varsity sports teams earned Scholar-Athlete status for their 2014
seasons, including Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming and Diving, Cross
Country, Field Hockey, Golf, and Girls Tennis in the fall.
[ MORE ]
Here's a new way to support a fun, safe prom night for GFHS students: go
out for an evening of guided painting! Local business Sip and Canvas (21 Bay
St.) will donate 20% of each gift certificate purchased through the month of
March in support of the Glens Falls After-Prom Party. Certificates are $35,
which includes admission for one person, paint supplies, guided instructions,
and a painting to go home with. Certificates expire one year from purchase.
Please Contact Robin Smith at 681-1926 (phone or text) or
With cold, wintry weather here, Glens Falls City School District would like
to review a few points about student safety and weather announcements amid
bitter outdoor temperatures. Protect your children from frostbite on their
walk to school. [ MORE ]
GFHS senior Erin Burchfield is performing in Rochester, New York this week,
having been selected for the prestigious 2014 Conference All-State Women’s
Chorus. [ MORE ]
Nine GFHS music students were selected for the 2014 Area All-State Chorus,
held at Saratoga Springs High School on November 21 & 22. “These outstanding
musicians were chosen based on the scores they received on Level 6 and
All-State NYSSMA solos last May.”
[ MORE ]
GFHS alumnus Matt Mender has been named to the Capital One Academic
All-America Division III Football Team after voting by members of the College
Sports Information Directors of America. The junior defensive tackle was named
to the Second Team. Mender is the only player from a New York State college
named to the Academic All-America team this year.
[ MORE ]
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. Learn more about our great staff this week!
Friday: Jane Flagler, Teacher Assistant, High School. [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls High School Chapter of National Honor society inducted
twenty-two new members in a ceremony held at the school on November 13, 2014.
[ MORE ]
Members of the High School Speech and Debate came away with a 1st place
finish in the Impromptu Speech category (Scarlett DeWitt) and a 3rd place
finish in the Duo Interpretation category (Scarlett DeWitt and Frank Endieveri
III) in their first tournament of the season held at Delaware Academy in
Delhi, NY. [ MORE ]
Twelve of Glens Falls’ student-musicians had the honor of performing in the
SWCMEA All-County Band Festival. High School students selected include Genesis
Zwart, Zoe Niver, Andy Culliton, Scarlett Dewitt, Xiao Yan Liu, Ashley Lewry,
and Jacob Harmon. [ MORE ]
Jackson Heights Elementary school has a brand new way to welcome students
and visitors—a beautiful sign constructed and donated as part of an Eagle
Scout project. GFHS senior Schuyler Williams—who attended Jackson Heights
during his elementary years—completed the extensive project over the summer.
[ MORE ]
The "Power of Pink" was on display Thursday, October 16, 2014 at all Glens
Falls City Schools. Many students and staff members wore pink to honor breast
cancer survivors, fighters, and families ... and support research, awareness,
and hope. See a few photos from the day in the slideshow [ HERE ].
Officers from the Warren and Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 units and the
Glens Falls Police Department were on site at the High School/Middle School
campus on Wednesday, as the buildings conducted a lockdown drill—in which
students and staff practice the emergency response procedures for an internal
threat. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to HS/MS band and jazz band director Jeremy Bouteiller for
being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal
Credit Union! Mr. Bouteiller has been described as very respectful, and a
phenomenal teacher. [ MORE ]
Staff and faculty members from Jackson Heights elementary and Glens Falls
High School together made a $1,200 donation to the Glens Falls Area Youth
Center in October! The donations of $600 from each building came from the
employee “dress down funds.” [ MORE ]
GFHS seniors Mayr Sawyer and Sam Gohn were featured as the Chronicle
newspaper's student-athletes of the week in the September 25 edition. You can
read the articles
[ HERE ].
Glens Falls High School student-musician Kerr Gooden has been accepted as a
Soprano 1 to the National Association of Music Education’s All-National Honor
choir. Kerr will travel to Nashville, TN, as she rehearses with top vocal and
instrumental high school musicians from across the country.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls High School students spent a day helping to “make downtown
clean and bright for fall” as part of Glens Falls Cleanup Day. Andrew Bulmer,
Henry Vanderminden, and David Botch, all juniors, and Greyson Brady, a
sophomore, volunteered their time on Saturday, September 13th to make the city
a better place. [ MORE ]
The eSchool Student Portal is now open for the 2014-15 school year. Students can view schedules, report cards, gradebooks and more of their school information. Student accounts have been refreshed to match your current network lD and password. If anyone has difficulty [ LOGGING IN ], please contact the Technology office in the High School.
Would your kids like to design, build and operate vehicles to travel on
tracks and make stops at different stations without touching the floor? How
about putting a video game spin on the classic Greek myth of Pandora's Box?
Got any funny meteorologists to perform a "wacky weather" forecast? All of
these endeavors are challenges in this year's Odyssey of the Mind competition.
Teams are forming now - get on board! [
Glens Falls staff and students got off to an enthusiastic start in early
September! Superintendent Paul Jenkins delivered
[ THIS PRESENTATION ]
to staff with Director of Curriculum Trent Clay, outlining the district's
direction in the new year. Keynote
ERIC SHENINGER talked with
staff about leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving
schools and districts forward. And the High School highlighted students' first
day with [ THIS VIDEO ]
produced by teacher Rob Amberger.
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 ].
In the Glens Falls High School auditorium on Saturday, June 28, more than 160 students representing the class of 2014 accepted their diplomas in front of an audience of family, friends, teachers and staff during the school's 123rd annual commencement. Have a look at some "Graduation Moments" in the slideshow [ HERE ]
Glens Falls City School District has been recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools! Did you miss any of the profiles? See all five: [ READ MORE HERE ] And THANK YOU, TEACHERS!
The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents. 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 ].
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 [