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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
by Superintendent Paul Jenkins, who noted that a gap of $1.3 million still
remains, even after the proposed reductions. [ MORE ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
[ MORE ]
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.
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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 ]
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.
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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.
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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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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.
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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.
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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 ].
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 ]
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.
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:
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The middle and high school Jazz Ensembles performed in a jazz concert at
Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe on Sunday, July 14.
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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 ]