This summer, the GFSD health office is offering physical exams for students
who would like to participate on a sports team during the 2014-15 school year.
Keep in mind that if a student-athlete isn’t due for a regular physical right
now, a MEDICAL UPDATE FORM is still required before practice starts. Update
forms are due NO LATER than August 15th. Physicals for all fall sports are
scheduled on the following dates: Tuesday, July 15th,
10am-noon; Tuesday, August 12th, 10am-noon; Monday,
August 18th, 9am-10:30am. Physicals will be held in the High School
health office. Call the Athletics office at 792-6564 with any questions.
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 ]
More than 60 students at Glens Falls High School were honored with 82 different awards, scholarships and other designations at the school’s annual awards program on June 5. The event began with recognition of the Class of 2014’s Top Students, including valedictorian Hannah Morrissey, salutatorian Emma Conrick, and Ethan Cronquist, Dennis Dempsey, Ashleigh Ellis, Ethan Katz, Emily Parent, Tanner Sax, Allison Stanley, and Caleb Vaughn. For more details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given out on June 5, [ READ MORE ]
Congratulations to GFHS teacher Rb Amberger, 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, he also received a plaque, flowers and other gifts to recognize his commitment to students. [ MORE ]
Senior Phil Monrian and sophomore Angie Nardin represented Glens Falls High School brilliantly when they performed on Saturday, June 14 with the Showcase of Young Performers at the Marcella Sembrich museum in Bolton Landing. [ MORE ]
Four of the district’s operations and maintenance staff members have been recognized with safety awards from Woodmen of the World Society. Representatives from the organization visited the district’s bus garage to honor the following employees for their safe driving skills: Mary Bishop, bus driver; Hugh Phillips, maintenance at Kensington Road School and bus driver; George Kunemund, High School custodian and bus driver; and John Meyers, groundkeeper and bus driver. [ MORE ]
Grandstanders’ 2014 Senior Sports Award scholarship winners are: Joe Hill (hockey and lacrosse), Tanner Sax (football, basketball, soccer, tennis), Noah Duell (cross-country running, Nordic ski and track), Emily Parent (swimming, alpine skiing, and track), Adair Purner (field hockey, alpine ski, and lacrosse), and Skylar Girard (soccer, basketball, and softball). [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls High School Mock Trial Team has won the Warren County Championship for the third time in six years. Team members included Patty Corey, Phil Monrian, Dennis Dempsey, Sarah Deck, James Greene, James Coffey, Scarlett De Witt, and Devon Houseworth. [ MORE ]
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 ]
The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association has awarded GFSD Food Service Director Anne Sheehan the Northeast regional Outstanding Director of the Year Award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs with healthy, appetizing student meals. [ MORE ]
The Glens Falls City School District Athletic Program was honored with the Sportsmanship Promotion Program Award by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. This commendation—the only one in Section 2—was awarded to GFSD for exemplary effort in encouraging sportsmanship during the 2013-14 athletic season. [ PHOTO ]
Just after 3 p.m. today (Friday 6/6), a popcorn maker tripped one of the
Middle School cafeteria’s smoke detectors, setting off the fire alarm for the
Middle and High School complex. Students and staff left the buildings as the
Glens Falls Fire Department responded. The buildings were given the “all
clear” at approximately 3:20 p.m., and students were allowed to return to
after-school activities. The Middle School’s Spirit Day proceeds as
planned from 3-5 p.m.
An even wider national audience heard about the benefits of the High School’s start time change on May 19, when Channel One news broadcast a report on the student perspective of the change. Channel One is based in New York City and produces nationally-syndicated news programming seen in high schools all over the country. [ MORE ]
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 ]
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 ]
Children in Guatemala are receiving much-needed vitamins and nutritional education because of the efforts of Glens Falls High School students in the AFS International Club. This spring, AFS began an ongoing collaboration with the Glens Falls Medical Mission to Guatemala. [ MORE ]
Two of Glens Falls’ talented student-athletes will swim for the College of Saint Rose next year. Garret Frandsen and Tylor Duguay celebrated signing their national Letters of Intent with dozens of friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on April 29. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls students in the High School’s Key Club and Middle School’s Builders Club recently worked together to clean up Crandall Park as a joint community service project. The team collected garbage in and around the park for several hours on May 4. [ MORE ]
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!
On the heels of a radio interview with KCRW of Southern California last week, Assistant Principal Liz Collins was a guest on the Brian Lehrer show in New York City on Thursday, April 10, talking about how the later start time has affected student performance at Glens Falls High School. She noted an important point that students are failing fewer courses now than they did before the start time change. [ WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE ]
Glens Falls senior Zoe Doolittle has signed her National Letter of Intent to throw shot and discus at Division I school University at Albany next year. The future Great Dane made her decision official surrounded by friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday, April 11. [ MORE ]
A quarter of the artwork in the Hyde Museum’s 23rd Annual Regional Juried High School Exhibition is from Glens Falls student artists! Only one hundred works are featured in the annual contest, and 25 pieces in this year’s exhibit were created by Glens Falls High School students. [ SEE THE WORKS HERE ]
GFHS Asst. Principal Liz Collins was featured in a radio report on later high school start times Thursday, April 3. KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Southern California, interviewed Mrs. Collins and Kyla Wahlstrom, director of the Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement. [ LISTEN HERE ]
GFHS girls watched the documentary “Girls Rising,” kicked off a fundraiser for young women’s empowerment, created a graffiti wall, and got hair and nail services from BOCES Cosmetology students on Friday, April 4. The Annual “Girls' Day/Girls' Night” event is an initiative designed to strengthen and empower high school girls with life skills, information, and bonding over fun activities. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls High School Mathletes solved "outside-the-box" problems to
finish in fifth place out of seven area schools in this year’s Math League
competition. Senior Ethan Katz was the season's top scorer, with Emma Conrick,
Jon White, Hannah Morrissey, and Brian Dwyre finishing as the top five.
[ MORE ]
GFHS junior Emily Fisher bested professional videographers, college students, and other artists by winning the “People’s Choice Award” for the stop-motion film she entered in The People’s Pixel Project: A Festival of Short Videos. Molly Davis, Kaitlyn Vogel, and Riley Brennan also won honors in the competition. [ MORE ]
Congratulations to high school English language arts teacher Kathy Herold and fifth grade teacher Dave Moynihan for being named "Teachers of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! [ MORE ]
Congratulations to Glens Falls High School seniors Jerry Casertino, Tom Jenkins, and Lauren Stamatel, who have been named as recipients of the Post Star’s 2014 Teen Excellence Awards. The three were honored at a ceremony on March 5th for their individual growth and service as role models in our community. [ MORE ]
Congrats to GFHS senior Pat Burton for his fifth-place finish in the slalom (with a time of 40.46) at the Section II Alpine Ski Championships at Gore Mountain earlier this month. Talented seventh-grader Maddie Montgomery also competed at Sectionals and scored a seventh-place in the giant slalom with a time of 1:21.82. [ MORE ]
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
[ MORE ]
Correctly answering questions on science, math, civics, literature,
geography, pop culture, and current events won the GFHS Quiz Team a spot in
the Post-Star Academic Bowl playoffs for the first time in eight years!
“Team captain Noah Duell was phenomenal as a trivia whiz, and much of our success is owed to his rapid recall of facts from every category,” says coach Pattye Nicolls. [ MORE ]
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 ]
“Build professional relationships with all the people you go to school
with, because you never know what they’ll end up doing—and how you’ll end up
meeting them down the line.” This perspective shared by Class of 2011 alumnus
Paul Pearl was just some of the advice and wisdom Glens Falls alumni gave to
current students at the High School’s third annual Alumni Day, held on Friday,
December 20, 2013. [ MORE ]
High school social studies teacher Jeffrey Dock is the latest member of the
Glens Falls faculty to have achieved National Board Certification! The
department chair has been newly credentialed—a multi-year process that
involves and extensive assessment of teaching practice portfolios and
constructed response exercises. [ MORE ]
Juniors Erin Burchfield and Kerr Gooden have been selected for the prestigious 2013 All-State Mixed Chorus. Both singers earned a perfect 100 when they performed a level 6 (the most difficult) All-State vocal solo and a challenging vocal sight-reading example for a NYSSMA judge this spring.
[ MORE ]
In an initiative of the High School's positive environment committee,
students and staff members wrote messages of thanks on paper leaves that were
hung on a large "tree" of branches gathered in the high school foyer.
[ MORE ]
After a repeat performance as Section II champion in 100 butterfly, GFHS freshman Mia Cote is headed to the state meet—in two events. Mia will swim both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly at this year’s state meet. The preliminary round is Friday at Ithaca College, with the finals on Saturday.
[ MORE ]
Glens Falls junior Alex Gibson is Section 2’s golf champion for the third
straight year! “I do not believe this has been a feat accomplished yet in
Section 2 class B...until now,” said Varsity Golf Coach Stephen Zurlo.
[ MORE ]
Congratulations to high school music teacher Pam Granger, for being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! Her nomination: "She cares about each one of her students and will jump through hoops to help them."
[ MORE ]
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 ].
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 ]
GFHS senior Jerry Casertino has been named one of just three outstanding Youth Court Volunteers across New York State!
Youth courts train teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and attorneys, handling real-life cases involving their peers:
[ MORE ]
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 [
Twenty middle and high school students went on a cultural exchange in Glens Falls' "sister city," staying with host families from Josai Middle School and Kita High School in Japan. [ MORE ]
“When in life you are tackled by your own pants, as sometimes will happen, pull ‘em up and get on with the game,” said commencement speaker Mark Behan shortly before graduates filed across the Glens Falls High School auditorium stage to accept their diplomas on Saturday, June 22. [ MORE ]