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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/staffMS summer library program on Thursday mornings

Come join the fun every Thursday morning from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Middle School library! GFMS students can use the Chromebooks, Nook e-readers, or create something wild in the library’s Maker Space. Breakfast goodies are served each session as well—bagels, coffee cake, granola bars, chocolate milk, fruit, and more! The program runs on Thursday mornings through August 13. Just drop in or stay a while!

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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicSports physicals scheduled for student-athletes

The Varsity & JV Fall Sports season starts Monday, August 15th. The district is offering physical exams in the Middle School health office on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 2 at 10 a.m., and on Monday, August 15 at 9 a.m. 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. Parents can now fill and submit this form online! Update forms are due NO LATER than August 12 for JV/Varsity sports. Call Mrs. Hoskins at 792-6564 with questions. The Fall sports first day practice schedule is [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffArt classes offered at GFMS 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 ]

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, Margaret Sawyer at GFMS!

photo of students/staffGFMS' student-artists are Olympians!

When you throw a paper plate into the garbage after pizza night, you probably aren't thinking of wearing it the next day. But that's exactly what some very creative student-artists have done, as they researched and discovered the many kinds of paper products found in the trash, and used them to create an original fashion design! [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Juliana Ogden!

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 Thursday's honoree, Juliana Ogden, an eighth grade teacher at the Middle School [ 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/staffGFMS’ Sean Pettis and Erin Stockdale: two of the best sax players in the state

GFMS student-musicians Sean Pettis and Erin Stockdale performed in a prestigious honor band this weekend in Central New York—with Sean earning the top award of first chair alto saxophone!  [ MORE ]

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 ]

photo of students/staffGFMS students' science project takes the cake

Eighth-graders Ryllie Busse and Cassidy Shufelt created an *awesome* edible cell model for their science class! All the cell parts were created using different kinds of candy, sprinkles, and frosting. Ryllie said the cytoplasm was frosting, Twizzlers were the cell membrane, colored frosting was the cell wall, tic tacs were the chloroplasts, ball candy were ribosomes, a Reeces was the nucleus, and an air head was the Golgi apparatus.

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/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/staffEfforts for Make A Wish range from cocoa on the corner to letters to Santa

Children with life-threatening diseases are having their wishes granted, thanks to the generosity of students, staff and families district-wide—who collectively raised hundreds of dollars during the district’s annual Make-A-Wish holiday star sale. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffBrom Bones: guilty or not guilty?

GFMS students are diving into the pages of Washington Irving’s early American fiction, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and taking matters into their own hands—putting Ichabod Crane’s nemesis Brom Bones on trial. This annual unit of study in Rob Manning’s ELA course is a favorite among seventh-graders. In this courtroom moment, Damien Mosher is on the stand as a witness, and prosecuting attorney TJ Allen is pointing out evidence. The Honorable Judge Manning listens intently....

photo of students/staffMS food drive sends 1,200 items to the Salvation Army

The Middle School's annual canned food drive netted more than 1,200 items for the Salvation Army over two weeks in December. Homerooms with the most food collected got a visit from the ever-popular Tin Can Man. The effort was led by members of the GFMS Student Council.

photo of students/staff8th Graders: 2016-17 HS Course Guide now available

Eighth-graders, 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 at the Middle School will be Tuesday, 12/15, and Friday 12/18.

photo of students/staffMake-A-Wish star sale underway district-wide

The GFMS library sure smelled delicious Friday morning. For the eighth year in a row, Middle School library staff hosted a "Turtle Coffee" (coffee + caramel + whipped cream + chocolate) fundraising sale to benefit the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York organization. The district's annual tradition of collecting donations for paper star ornaments helped 20 local children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy a special wish experience with their families last year. This year's fundraising effort continues through December. To purchase a star for the project, stop in to any school's main office.

photo of students/staffCelebrating our Education Support Professionals: Nancy Campagnone

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. Read about Thursday's honoree, secretary Nancy Campagnone. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGFMS students join the A Cappella frenzy

When it comes to singing with no accompaniment, a group of Glens Falls Middle School students are "tuning up." South Glens Falls High School recently hosted its second annual "TuneUp A Cappella Festival." Chorus Teacher Meredith Reed was a workshop presenter at the festival, so she used the opportunity to bring along several students for the experience. [ MORE ]

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 ].

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 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 ]

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.

MS front entrance photoCongratulations, Juliana Ogden!

Congratulations to Glens Falls Middle School teacher Juliana Ogden for being honored with the Post-Star‘s 2015 Twenty Under 40 award! The newspaper honors people younger than 40 who have demonstrated success and dedication to their careers, and who are role models in their trades or communities. The honorees will be awarded at a luncheon Sept. 23 at the Great Escape Lodge.

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 ]

ChromebookgraphicWelcome back packets mailed Aug. 28

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year, Middle School families! Look for your family’s welcome packet arriving in your mailbox within the next few days. It contains the PRINTED DISTRICT CALENDAR, the Middle School’s new MOBILE DEVICE USAGE POLICY, and Mr. Reed’s WELCOME LETTER, among other important information. The 5th Grade school supply list is available [ HERE ]. The list for grades 6—8 is available [ HERE ]. See you soon!

Photo of students/staffPPrehistoric shark sighted in GFMS cafeteria—all 55 feet of him!

Megalodon, the prehistoric shark, has taken over the Glens Falls Middle School cafeteria. It was "shark week" for the 6th and 7th-graders in the middle school's summer jump-start program, designed to give students a boost in their core subjects for an even more successful year, come September. [ MORE ]

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 ]

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 ]