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GF arrowhead graphicSchedule changes for the last week of school

In April, the New York State Education Department updated its guidelines for school calendars and state aid, and those updates led to changes during the last week of school in Glens Falls as well as other districts across the state. For Grades K-8, Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22 are now full days of school, and Friday, June 23 is a half-day with dismissal at 12:30 p.m. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffElementary art camps offered at GFMS this summer

Summer art classes for students entering grades K-5 take place over a four-week period in the Glens Falls Middle School art rooms. Classes are held four days of the week from 9-11 a.m. Students participate in all kinds of projects, including print-making, photography, ceramics, and other various crafts. Read the full elementary art program flier [ HERE ].

photo of students and staffVoters say “Yes” to 2017-18 school budget; Bus lease and capital project approved; Field lights rejected

Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2017-18 school budget by a margin of 1108 "yes" votes to 260 “no” votes – an 81 percent approval rate. The $43 million spending plan will increase the tax levy by 1.94 percent, and represents a budget-to-budget spending increase of $1,627,387, or approximately 3.9 percent.  [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffRecognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12, 2017

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 Tuesday's honoree, Cari Kassebaum, a music teacher at Jackson Heights Elementary [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffSUNY ADK summer enrichment registration open

Adventure sports, an archaeology field school, and STEAM camp await at SUNY Adirondack this summer! Learn the skills professional archaeologists use to dig, analyze and document their findings, have fun in a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program, or experience the best rock climbing, hiking and canoeing the Adirondack region has to offer. For details on registration, click [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphicLetter to parents on the 3-8 ELA and math exams

Fewer test questions, extra time, and for the next three 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 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." Read the Superintendent's full letter [ HERE ], and see these FAQ slides from NYSED [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffBOCES Summer Enrichment registration open

BOCES hosts three weeks of summer camps at the Myers Education Center in Saratoga, SAEC in Hudson Falls, and SUNY ADK Wilton which will include classes in Culinary Arts, Coding, and STEM. Read more and register [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphic2017 Founders' Day Awards: Donnah Digan Lewis

The Parent Teacher Student Associations at each school are proud to present the 2017 winners of the Founders' Day Awards! These awards celebrate committed parent volunteers and/or staff members from each school. Each honoree has been selected to recognize his or her service and dedication to go above and beyond for the students of Glens Falls City Schools. Read about Friday's honoree from Jackson Heights Elementary, parent volunteer Donnah Digan Lewis [ HERE ]

Photo of students/staffUniversal Pre-K classes hold a "Souper Bowl" for Open Door

Universal Pre-Kindergarten students in Sue Williams' classes at Jackson Heights held their own “Souper Bowl” contest in which they tried to collect 51 cans of soup to donate to The Open Door Mission! [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffUniversal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration beginning

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program is a free, half-day, full-year program for four-year olds. Entry into the UPK class is determined by lottery each spring. Lottery forms are due by April 13, 2017. Read more about the UPK lottery application [ HERE ].
Kindergarten students must be five years old by December 1, 2017 in order to start school in September. Registration for new kindergarten students is held at Kindergarten Round-Up at Jackson Heights on March 9, 2017 - call Susan Loucks at 792-1071 to make your appointment. Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffJH food drive helps Salvation Army meet needs

Jackson Heights students and staff completed a food drive in early December that sent 138 food items to the Salvation Army of Glens Falls! Jeremy Davis' fourth-graders helped load the Salvation Army  van with all the donations on Dec. 14th. Great job, GF Nation!

Photo of students/staffCelebrating ESP Week: Stacy Frandsen

The celebration continues for our super heroes--the many School-Related Professionals who make a difference in the lives of our students! Read more about Thursday's honoree, building aide Stacy Frandsen, [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffRotary Club provides dictionaries to every third grader

Former Superintendent Tom McGowan was back in a Glens Falls classroom this month, giving a mini-lesson to third graders who had just received their very own dictionaries. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staff"Pennies for Pink" effort raises a whopping $2,355.52 for cancer patients

Now in its fourth year—and second school-building headquarters—the annual “Pennies for Pink” drive is still collecting thousands of dollars to get local cancer patients to and from their treatments. Hundreds of dollars at each elementary building, combined with more than a thousand at the Middle School  brought the effort above this year's goal. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFlu Information for 2016-17 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 ].

photo of students and staffA note from Superintendent Paul Jenkins

"I would like to welcome everyone back for another great year ahead! The new school year is just around the corner and thanks to the hard work of our faculty, administration, and staff, we are ready for our students to return. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2016-17 school calendar available here

[ 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 in PDF format [ HERE ]. Any district resident may request a printed calendar by calling the district office at 792-1212.

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 ]