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Photo of students/staffBoard of Education approves 2015-16 budget proposal

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 ] 

Odyssey of the mind graphicMS and HS students perform in vocal All-County Festival

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. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGFHS Visual Arts Exhibition coming up on May 13

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!

Photo of students/staffSuperintendent discusses budget, testing, capital project on LOOK-TV

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 ]

Photo of students/staff2015-16 Budget development update

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 ] 

GF Nation Fund graphicYou can make a difference with GF Nation Fund

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!

Photo of students/staffMayr Sawyer named a Teen Excellence winner

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 ]

Odyssey of the mind graphicOdyssey of the Mind teams compete in regionals

Glens Falls students showed off their creative thinking and problem-solving skills in the Region 6 Odyssey of the Mind tournament on March 14. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffAll 31 WSWHE Superintendents seek aid runs

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 ] 

Photo of students/staffFounders’ Day honorees exemplify dedication

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 ]

Photo of students/staffBoys JV Basketball team hosts a fun night with CWI, Inc.

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 ]

Photo of students/staffA thousand strong "Stand Up for Upstate Schools"

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 ] 

Photo of students/staffSeven varsity teams earn Scholar-Athlete status

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 ]

Photo of students/staff"Paint" to Donate to After-Prom

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 deliciouslydifferentfoods@gmail.com

Photo of students/staffKeeping students safe in cold weather

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 ]

Photo of students/staffSenior Erin Burchfield performing in 2014 Conference All-State Women’s Chorus

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 ]

Photo of students/staffGlens Falls music students selected for NYSSMA Area All-State Festival

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 ]

Photo of students/staffAlum Matt Mender named D3 Academic All-American

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 ]

Photo of students/staffCelebrating Education Support Professionals during American Education Week, November 17-21, 2014

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 ]

Photo of students/staffNHS students have it all: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character!

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 ]

Photo of students/staffSpeech and Debate team wins in first tournament

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 ]

Photo of students/staffStudent-musicians perform in All-County band ensembles

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 ]

Photo of students/staffEagle Scout project benefits Jackson Heights elementary school

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 ]

Photo of students/staffGFSD holds breast cancer awareness "Pink-Out"

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 ].

Photo of students/staffHigh and Middle Schools conduct lockdown drill with help from law enforcement

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 ]

Photo of students/staffJeremy Bouteiller named "Teacher of the Week"

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 ]

Photo of students/staffBlue jeans + big hearts = Youth Center donations

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicSeniors Mayr Sawyer and Sam Gohn featured as student-athletes

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 ].

Photo of students/staffKerr Gooden to sing in All-National Honor Choir

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicStudents volunteer for Cleanup Day downtown

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 ]

graphic of WSWHE BOCESeSchool Student Portal now open for 2014-15

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.

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

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! [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicKicking off the 2014-15 school year with sparks

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.

GF arrowhead graphic2014-15 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 studentGlens Falls Class of 2014 graduates celebrate Commencement!

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 ]

photo of studentRecognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, 2014

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!

Photo of studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents

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 ].

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 ]

Photo of studentLater start time helps boost academic success

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 [ HERE ]