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Photo of students/staffMS library program Thursdays through summer

Every Thursday morning from 9-11:30 a.m., GFMS students can use the Chromebooks, grab a Nook e-reader and settle in to one of the library’s relaxing sofa chairs, or help set up stations in the library’s new Maker Space that will debut in September. Breakfast goodies are available each session as well—bagels, coffee cake, granola, chocolate milk, fruit, and more!Special guests and projects are scheduled throughout the summer, including a visit from Barnes and Noble staff members with sneak peeks of upcoming book releases, treats, and more. No pre-registration is required, and students can drop in. The program runs through August 13. Incoming fifth-graders: we'd love to see you here!

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 will be available in August.

Photo of students/staffMiddle School “three-peats” as an Essential Elements School to Watch

New York State Regent Beverly Ouderkirk and many other dignitaries helped Glens Falls Middle School celebrate a prestigious accomplishment on Thursday—re-designation, yet again, as an Essential Elements School to Watch. Only 17 schools in New York State currently hold the honor, which is fewer than one percent statewide. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Ann Myers

We're recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day this week! Friday's honoree is Middle School library media specialist Ann Myers. Read about her [ HERE ].

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicParent letter about today's MS/HS lockdown

Posted Monday, 6/15/15 — At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, the Middle School and High School entered into lockdown status, while law enforcement officers helped school administrators investigate a very specific threat of violence made from one student to another outside of school, through social media. [ READ THE FULL LETTER HERE ]

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphicLetter to parents and guardians of 7th and 8th-graders

March 10, 2015 - Out of an abundance of caution, we suggest that you wash and/or sanitize your seventh- or eighth-grader’s shoes and pants today, after a drain backup this afternoon in the serving area of the Middle School cafeteria. [ 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/staffMaddie Montgomery competes in alpine ski states

Glens Falls Middle School student Maddie Montgomery has made it to the alpine skiing states that will be held after break on Feb 23-24. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffWarm hearts help homeless animals through long winter

Cats, dogs and other animals at three local shelters will soon be snuggled in new pet beds, thanks to the hard work of sixth-graders in Family and Consumer Science classes. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudents "Lend a Hand" for Make-A-Wish

For the third year in a row, fifth-graders Caroline Shaver, Paige Sylvia, Isabella Ferraro, Ashley Bordeaux, Catherine Barclay, Robin Gorton, Kathryn Barber, and Lilly Gallagher, along with fourth-grader Morrison Northrop, made a large donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through their sales at a neighborhood treat stand. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFifth grade science classes Ask the Expert!

Did you know that the human heart pumps 4½ tablespoons of blood every time your heart beats? Did you know that there are approximately 3-5 liters of air in one lung? Our fifth graders know that! These are some of the fantastic questions asked recently of our guest speaker, Ann Bentzen from SED. [ 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/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/staffPositive choices bring on the "bling" in December

In December, students earned "Bling Bucks" every time they were seen doing the right thing. They can earn them for many different reasons, whether it is having good manners in the cafeteria or bringing back homework on time. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudents' marketing efforts go beyond the classroom

A local business, "It's Your Nickel", has called upon Glens Falls Middle School seventh graders for help with its latest marketing campaign. As part of a lesson on consumerism, Linda Corliss' seventh grade family and consumer sciences class will be creating brochures for the business while learning the essentials of marketing. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFrom Scribes to Pharaohs to Gamers

History alive has taken over the sixth grade social studies classrooms. Students have been learning about the ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt through readings, timelines, charts, and maps. It takes on a whole new meaning and deeper understanding when learning becomes hands-on. [ 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! Monday: Richie Smith, Day Custodian, Middle School. [ 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. Middle School students selected include Madeline Montgomery, Stephanie Meehan, Erin Stockdale, Sean Pettis, and Scott Jones. [ 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 ]

Box out bullying graphicBox Out Bullying parent guides available here

Parents: we need YOU to be part of our "Same-Page Mentality" as the school community works together to "Box Out Bullying." Handouts from the parent workshop held on 9/16/14 are available for download [ HERE ].

photo of studentStudents get an “in depth” look at Lake George

If you’re squeezing the last few weekends out of the summer with a day on Lake George, ask a Glens Falls student to tell you about the science around your relaxation! In June, eighth-graders in Jason Brechko’s science classes spent a day investigating the water and forest ecosystems aboard the Floating Classroom. [ MORE ]

photo of studentRaising a glass (of pink lemonade) is raising money for breast cancer research

Catherine and Heather Hayes, sixth- and fifth-graders, respectively, came up with the idea for the “Pink Project” three summers ago as a way to honor their aunt, who was going through a recurrence of breast cancer. To date, their team has raised just over $7,000 for breast cancer research. [ 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.

GF arrowhead graphicReminder: Adults must accompany MS students

Middle School student spectators must be accompanied by a parent or other adult at all games and athletic contests.

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 ]