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photo of studentCertified Babysitters!

Anna Bayle, Amanda Bullard, Shauna Carey, Maggie Collins, Brooke Hamelin, Hannah Hubinger, Faith Kovatch, Jennica Shattuck, and Jillian Wilson were enrolled in a four hour online babysitting class sponsored by the American Red Cross. [ MORE ]

Graphic of budget2014-15 Budget proposal nearly complete

Under the proposal, 14 teaching positions will be eliminated. Five of those 14 positions are being vacated by retirements. An additional 11 staff positions will be eliminated, with one of those positions being vacated by a retirement. Five full-time teaching positions will be reduced to part-time, and five full-time staff positions will go to part-time. Reductions in athletics, general operating expenses, and curricular supports combine with the staff reductions to total $1.9 million in reduced expenditures. [ MORE ]

photo of studentNew York State testing in April—May

Elementary and middle school students will be taking the 3-8 NYS Assessments in ELA, Math and Science in April and May. To help students prepare for these tests, please see the “DON'T STRESS ABOUT THE TEST” tips for families. Other important notes for parents and guardians to help their children feel as confident and comfortable as possible on testing days are [ HERE ]

Graphic of budgetBudget development: $1.9 million in preliminary reductions outlined, narrowing gap to $1.3 million

School community members discussed nearly $2 million in preliminary budget reductions for 2014-15 during the Board of Education’s audit and finance committee meeting Thursday, as district leaders await final aid figures from New York State. The reductions were outlined in a PRESENTATION by Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who noted that a gap of $1.3 million still remains, even after the proposed reductions. [ MORE ]

photo of studentKathy Herold and Dave Moynihan named "Teachers of the Week"

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 ]

photo of studentAlpine skiers compete in sectionals, state championships

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 ]

photo of studentFounders' Day honorees exemplify dedication and service to the students of Glens Falls

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 school. [ MORE ]

Graphic of budgetExecutive Budget aid calculations: loss in overall funding for GFSD

School aid calculations released with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget show a .42 percent decrease in overall state funding for Glens Falls City Schools, or a loss of $62,332 from 2013-14 to 2014-15. When building aid is removed from the calculation, Glens Falls sees a less-than-one-percent increase in state funding. [ MORE ]

photo of studentHour of Code brings HTML to MS

Classrooms and computer labs were buzzing in December, as middle school students got “Lost in Space” with Angry Birds, Space Zombies, Sketch Racer and other game apps—and teachers were handing out accolades instead of detentions. Nearly 300 students participated in the nation-wide Hour of Code event in mid-December.  [ MORE ]

photo of studentSStudents "zap" DNA as part of MindsOn workshops

Splitting up strands of DNA and figuring out “whodunit”—that was all in a day’s work for Glens Falls Middle School students participating in the MindsOn workshop at the Queensbury Hotel. The annual academic exploration poses questions to students in fields of math, science and social studies, encouraging them to stretch their minds and work together.  [ MORE ]/a>

Photo of MAW starsSpirit of giving on display in GF Nation!

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 ]

Photo of storeMiddle School's "Bling Bucks Store" brings joy for the second straight year

As part of the school’s positive behavior program called PBIS—Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports—students earned “Bling Bucks” from teachers every time they were caught following the rules, being kind, and doing the right thing. In turn, students got to spend their “Bling Bucks” on donated items in the Bling Bucks Store just a few days before the holiday recess. [ MORE ]

Photo of eventNanotechnology exploration night brings engineers to GFMS

Middle school students and their families got to explore the careers available “in our own backyard” during a “Nano-vember” event with engineers from Global Foundries. Adam Selsley, who works in thin films, Katie Edwards, a Fab 8 engineer, and Armando Araya, whose PhD is in physics, each gave a talk on the interesting aspects of their careers November 25th. [ MORE ]

Photo of studentsMS students collect hundreds of food items; hold a "Turkey Trot"

The Middle School Student Senate just finished a school-wide canned food drive (collecting 1,300 items!) for the Salvation Army. This annual tradition has been going strong for nearly two decades, involving the whole school. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicBrief "Lockout" held at all district buildings Friday

Nov. 15, 2013 - Today at the Middle School, staff members and law enforcement responded to a threat made toward a specific staff member. The Middle School—and, as a precaution, each of GFSD's other four school buildings—was placed in “lockout” status just before noon, while Glens Falls Police officers responded and secured the situation at an off-site location. The lockout ended at all buildings shortly after noon, and students and staff continued with their normal schedules. [ FULL PARENT LETTER ]

Photo of encampmentColonial encampment takes students back to French & Indian War

In recognition of the sacrifices made by those defending freedom throughout America’s history and the significant events that have taken place in our local area, Glens Falls Middle School students participated in the 2013 French and Indian War Colonial Camp re-enactment on the fields behind the Middle School on Friday, October 25. [ MORE ]

Photo of studentSeasonal Flu Guide for parents now available

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 ].

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 check presentationOrders now open for Middle School yearbooks

Yearbooks are now on sale and can be purchased on line [ HERE ]. Order forms are also available outside the main office. Yearbooks cost $25, and checks should be made out to GF Middle School.

Photo of studentGF Nation heads back to school

Whether they were headed into pre-kindergarten or their senior year, Glens Falls students all came back on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Here's a photo-slideshow of some first-day moments: [ MORE ]

Photo of concertSweet sound of jazz fills a summer night

The middle and high school Jazz Ensembles performed in a jazz concert at Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe on Sunday, July 14. [ MORE ]

sample news picStop into the GFMS library on Thursday mornings

Bagels, Nook e-readers, comfy chairs and chocolate milk await in the summer library program at Glens Falls Middle School. The program runs all summer on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and is open to any student entering grades 5-12. [ MORE ]