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.
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!
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 ].
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
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
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
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.
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 ]
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!
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 ]
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 ].
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 ]
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 ]
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.
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 ]