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GF arrowhead graphicOne-page 2014-15 school calendar available here

Wondering about next school year? [ HERE ] is a one-page printable version of the 2014-15 district calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days. The detailed 2014-15 calendar is now being printed and will be mailed to all current students during the third week of August. Any district resident may request a printed calendar by calling the district office at 792-1212.

photo of studentIs it Thursday morning yet?!? Teens excited for MS summer library program

Bagels, a Nook, comfy chairs and a creative writing notebook ready to be filled with the fun, funny or just plain “wild” story ideas summer days can bring. Students are already excited for these things and more in the summer library program that librarian Ann Myers is kicking off Thursday morning, July 10 at the Middle School. The program runs on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m., all summer long. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicSports physicals scheduled for student-athletes

This summer, the GFSD health office is offering physical exams for students who would like to participate on a Modified 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 20th. Physicals for all fall sports are scheduled on the following dates: Thursday, Aug. 14th, 9-11am; Thursday, Aug. 21st, 9-11am. Physicals will be held in the Middle School health office. Call the Athletics office at 792-6564 with any questions.

photo of studentNine employees celebrate 25 years of service

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 ]

photo of studentGFSD offers summer camps in art and sports

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 ]

photo of studentGFMS student a winner in regional essay contest

Abigail Martelle, a fifth-grader at Glens Falls Middle School, is a winner in this year’s American Association of University Women essay contest. The winners were chosen from more than 400 essays submitted by students at several local school districts. [ MORE ]

Graphic of budgetGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2014-15 school budget; Capital reserve expenditure also approved

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 ]

photo of studentTeamwork helps beautify Crandall Park

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 ]

photo of studentFran Dougherty named "Teacher of the Week"

Congratulations to middle school technology teacher Fran Dougherty, 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 ]

photo of studentSUNY Adirondack Summer Enrichment Program

Registration is open for SUNY Adirondack's 2014 Summer Enrichment Program for youths completing grades 3-9. The program runs from July 7 - 24, 2014.For the link to SUNY ADK's Summer Enrichment Brochure, [ CLICK HERE ].

photo of studentRecognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9

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 studentAwards brought home in Olympics of the Visual Arts

On Thursday, April 10, students from the middle school and high school represented Glens Falls at the Olympics of the Visual Arts state-wide competition. More than 1,200 students—from as far away as Buffalo and Farmingdale—competed in eight art categories. [ MORE ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 studentStudents "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 ]

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 ]