With such a mild winter, Glens Falls City Schools were able to make it
through the year without having to use any of the snow days built into the
district calendar. As such, all schools and the district office will
be CLOSED on Friday, April 22nd, prior to the April break, and Friday,
May 27th, prior to Memorial Day weekend.
Fewer test questions, extra time, and for the next four years, no
consequences for any teacher in New York because of how his or her students
perform on the 3-8 assessments. Individual student scores will not be on the
student's transcript or permanent record. "We ask you to carefully consider
the significant differences in this 2016 testing climate and protocol. If your
child didn’t participate in the ELA or math tests last year—or might not this
year—we respectfully urge you to consider supporting their participation in
the state tests next week." Read the Superintendent's full letter
[ HERE ]
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 ].
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 ].
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 ]
In an effort to address parent concerns about the New York State Grade 3-8
ELA and Math assessments, the New York State Education Department has made
changes to the assessments our students will take next month. Please see
THIS FLIER ] to better understand the changes, which are part of a larger,
ongoing review effort by NYSED.
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
[ HERE ].
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 ]
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.
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.
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 ]
Registration is now open for upcoming SUNY Adirondack programs: the Winter
Enrichment series for students in grades 4-6 during February break; and adult
continuing education classes throughout the spring semester. For Winter
Enrichment information, click
HERE ]. For adult continuing education information, click
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 ]
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....
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.
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.
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.
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 ]
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 ]
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 ].
Glens Falls school nurses are encouraging families to read the Flu Guide
[ 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 ].
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.
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.
Yearbooks are now on sale and can be purchased on line [ HERE ]. Order forms are also available outside the main office. Yearbooks cost $20, and checks should be made out to GF Middle School.
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.
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 ]
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
[ HERE ]. The list for
grades 6—8 is available
[ HERE ]. See you soon!
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 ]
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 ]
Middle School student spectators must be accompanied by a parent or other
adult at all games and athletic contests.
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 ]