Celebrating Support Professionals: Matt Condon, Custodian/Driver at the Middle School

“It makes the day more enjoyable when you work with someone like Matt,” says Head Custodian Becky Blackmer. “We have fun while we work, laughing and joking around. He is a hard worker and and even helps maintenance and grounds from time to time.” Matt Condon is a custodian at Glens Falls Middle School, and …

Celebrating Support Professionals: Kate McKillip, Teaching Assistant at the High School

Down a quiet high school hallway is a partitioned, naturally-lit classroom painted with sky-blue walls called the Alternative Learning Area. “The ALA room is multi-functional,” explains Teaching Assistant Kate McKillip, who works with students in ALA. “A student may be here for a disciplinary reason for a full day (such as an in-school suspension), or …

Celebrating Support Professionals: Dini Guay, Attendance Clerk at Jackson Heights

“We have a nickname for her,” begins Jackson Heights Principal Carrie Mauro. “It’s ‘Dr. Dini’ because she will often determine the problem (diagnose it), and then come up with a remedy or solution!” Ms. Mauro is talking about Dini Guay, attendance clerk at Jackson Heights Elementary School. And her job involves much more than handing …

Celebrating Support Professionals: Kyle Morse, IT Helpdesk Technician

Picture this … you’re leading an elementary classroom that’s buzzing with excitement over a new Google Expedition to the bottom of the ocean. 20 virtual reality goggles all set up? Check. 20 eager faces ready to scuba dive from their classroom seats? Check. 20 device connections looking strong? Check. And then … a technology glitch …

Celebrating Support Professionals: Patty Farrell, Secretary at Big Cross

Not all superheroes wear capes—but some of the best wear smiles. You’ll see that right away when stepping into the main office at Big Cross Street School. “When adults and children feel welcomed and cared for, it helps us to develop and maintain strong positive relationships,” secretary Patty Farrell says with a grin. “Patty is …

“Project Connect” unity chains spread message of kindness

Glens Falls elementary students have joined together—figuratively and literally—to make a powerful, united statement against bullying. Every student at Big Cross, Jackson Heights, and Kensington took part in Project Connect as one of their activities during Bullying Prevention Month in October. Each child wrote a positive or encouraging anti-bullying message on a strip of orange …

Rotary provides “beneficial” dictionaries to entire third grade

“Let’s see if we can find the word ‘beneficial,’” said Glens Falls Rotary volunteer Janice Holding, as a classroom full of third-graders began flipping pages in their brand new dictionaries. Mrs. Holding and her husband, Andy, had just handed every student his or her own dictionary to keep, as part of the Rotary’s international project …

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