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GF arrowhead graphicOne-page 2016-17 school calendar available here

Wondering about next school year? [ HERE ] is a one-page printable version of the 2016-17 district calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days. The detailed 2016-17 calendar is now being printed and will be mailed to all current students during the last week of August. Any district resident may request a printed calendar by calling the district office at 792-1212.

photo of students/staffHigh School awards celebrate student accomplishments

More than 60 students at Glens Falls High School were honored with 89 different awards, scholarships and other designations at the school’s annual awards program on June 2. The event began with recognition of the Class of 2016’s Top Students, including valedictorian Kyle Frank, salutatorian Heidi Whalen, and Emily Haas, Nora Borgos, Madison Jackson, Melanie Catone, Christine Hogan, Cheyenne McQuain, Gabrielle Davis, Hannah Jones, and Jaquelin Mignot. For more details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given out on June 2, see the High School's awards and honors page [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffIndians Unified Basketball wins first league championship

The Glens Falls Unified Basketball Team has won its first-ever league championship, defeating Guilderland on June 2nd. "It was Glens Falls who would capitalize on Guilderland's missed shots and turnovers in the final two minutes to finish the game 37-31 and take home their first championship!" [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffRunner Chris Hughes takes fourth place in state meet

GFHS student-athlete Chris Hughes took Division 2 fourth place in the 3200M race at the Track and Field State Championships last Friday! “He was able to break his own school record by six seconds, running a 9.16.13,” said track and field coach Dan Perry. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicGlens Falls High: 2016 Silver Award from U.S. News and World Report

In the U.S. News Best High Schools 2016 rankings, Glens Falls High School placed 187th within New York (#2069 in the National Rankings) and earned a silver medal! Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Read more on our U.S. News overview page [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffEnvirothon team places second in competition

Before you go on your next Adirondack hike, you might want to consult with wildlife experts—and we have them here at GFHS! The Environmental club placed second out of 15 teams in the county-wide Envirothon competition at Warren County Fish Hatchery in May. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffArt classes offered at GFHS this summer

Summer art classes for students entering grades 6-12 take place over a six-week period in our art rooms. Classes are held four days of the week from 9-11 a.m. The goal is to provide enriching lessons that allow students to express and build their individual creativity in an engaging atmosphere with peers. Read the full secondary art program brochure [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffGFHS Business team brings home hardware from competition

In a "one-two punch," Glens Falls High School swept the Personal Computer Repair division at the 23rd annual High School Business Day Competition at SUNY Adirondack May 9th. Alex Smith and Ben Crivelli earned first place for PC Repair, with Kyle Morse taking second place. [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffSix student-athletes honored with the Grandstanders' Senior Sports Award

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). [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicRegistration is open for GFSD summer sports camps

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.

school budget graphicGlens Falls residents vote "Yes"

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffNational School Nurse Day: Thank you, nurses!

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!

photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Rob Amberger!

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 Amberger, a business teacher at the High School [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffRaislan Aiken to dive for D1 Marist College

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 ]

photo of students/staffMathletes Willy Herrmann, Liam Forbes, and Nolan Hogan get top scores

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 ]

photo of students/staff14 GFHS student-artists earn a place in the top 100 at “The Juried Show"

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 ]

Photo of students/staffMeningococcal vaccine required for 7th, 12th graders

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 ].

photo of students/staffBOCES Summer Enrichment registration open

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 ].

photo of students/staffFour Teen Excellence winners named from GHFS

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 ]

photo of students/staffSarah Burton, Willy Hermann, Matt Parent compete in state championships for skiing

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!

photo of students/staffNYSED Commissioner Elia visits 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 students [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffFounders' Day honorees are dedicated, committed to the students of Glens Falls

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 ]

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/staffGF Nation: ’07 Alumna Kaitlyn Hobbs argues before Supreme Court Justice … and wins!

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 ]

photo of students/staffStudent-musicians perform in highest state ensemble

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 ]

photo of students/staffCoach Tony Hammel honored for 25 seasons

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 ]

photo of students/staffToy drive sends 227 gifts to Salvation Army

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).

photo of students/staffThese athletes are top scorers in the classroom, too!

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!

photo of students/staffGFHS students take top spots in Oratorical contest

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff2016-17 Course Guide now available

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.

photo of students/staffGFHS student-musicians perform in Area All-State

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff36 new members inducted into National Honor Society

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 3.5. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffCelebrating our Education Support Professionals: Dave Vaughn and Becky Blackmer

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 [ MORE ].

photo of students/staffClass of 2016 volunteer project benefits Camp Chingachgook

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. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicHS/MS Lockdown lifted after smart student spoke up

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff"Salute a Soldier" project gives voice to service

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. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffCoach Pat Potter recognized for 60 years of service

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.[ 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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicDistrict-wide PINK-OUT held for cancer awareness

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 ].

NYASP logo graphic'14-'15 Boys Soccer team earns national award

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 ]

photo of High School buildingGet involved in the High School PTSA!

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 ].

NYASP logo graphicGF Nation Chromebook stickers available from PTSA

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.

NYASP logo graphicCongratulations, Michelle Aleva, our 2015 statewide school psychologist of the year!

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 ]

photo of High School buildingJuniors and Seniors: SAT prep available as a class

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 December.)

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 ]. *Please note that April break falls later than usual in 2016.*

GF arrowhead graphicGlens Falls Class of 2015 celebrates commencement

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 ].

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!

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 ]