A leaky roof that drips into a cafeteria, buckling gym floors, and 49-year old boilers would all be replaced—along with other renovations and repairs at each of Glens Falls’ schools—if residents approve a proposed capital project when they vote on May 16. State aid covers 75 percent of the proposed $18.3 million renovation project, which includes a separate proposal to install lighting on Putt LaMay Field. Learn more and ask questions at three presentations, April 5 at 7pm, April 25 at 6:30pm, and May 8 at 6pm, all in the HS auditorium. Watch the [ VIDEO ] , see the [ PRESENTATION SLIDES ] and join us at the next meeting!
In early April, GFHS senior Lucy Reid sang in the prestigious National Association for Music Education's All-Eastern Honors Choir in Atlantic City, NJ. “Lucy is more than just ‘talented,’” says music teacher Abigail Sery. “She is a hard worker who always strives for excellence and brings enthusiasm into everything she does.” [ MORE ]
Adventure sports, an archaeology field school, and STEAM camp await your
children 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
A big THANK YOU to Stewart's Shops for the $1,500 Holiday Match Grant for
Big Cross Elementary's summer enrichment program! This funding supports a
great program that lets kids study the aerodynamics of paper airplanes,
celebrate Brazilian Carnival, read through exciting chapter books, taste the
chemistry of homemade ice cream, and so much more.
The Middle School's own Kate Arney has been honored as one of the region's
top teachers by NewsChannel 13! While many say middle schoolers are the
toughest age group to teach, Mrs. Arney says she loves teaching this age
group. Watch her feature story
Girls Day is an initiative designed to strengthen and empower high school girls with life skills, information, and bonding over fun activities throughout a day-long event. Again this year, the School District Foundation of Glens Falls made a $1,000 donation to support Girls' Day, which is free for girls to attend, and open to all girls in grades 9-12. Former superintendent and current board member of the Foundation, Tom McGowan, presented the check to assistant principal Liz Collins and the Girls' Day organizing group in mid-February.
Through a collaborative effort GF Nation donated $1,606 to the SHMD! The Glens Falls Teachers' Association, The High School Student Council, and the Grandstanders each ran a fundraiser in the weeks leading up to SHMD. Student Council Members made a live presentation on Friday night at the Dance Marathon and the students and volunteers were very appreciative. We are hopeful that this will be a new tradition for GF Nation!
GFHS senior Lucas Sanders is the Section 2 Wrestling champion in the II-285 class! Lucas went on to take fourth place in D-II at 285 in the New York State tournament February 24-25 at the Times Union Center in Albany. [ MORE ]
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. [
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 ]
Congratulations to student-athletes Lucy and Sophie Tougas, who each
reached their 1,000th career point in Thursday’s home game vs. Queensbury!
Senior point guard Lucy Tougas hit a rebound in the first quarter to make it
to 1,001 … and just a minute later, sophomore forward Sophie Tougas hit a
3-pointer to surpass the 1,000-point mark. More on the game is
HERE ] and
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 events at each elementary school in March. Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].
Say “Aloha” to seventh-grader Isabella Bullard! The GFMS student had the
trip of a lifetime granted this past March, thanks in part to nearly two
decades of Make-A-Wish fundraising right here in GF Nation—and star sales are
happening again, right now!
[ MORE ]
At the first meet of the season, senior Matt Parent set a new school record
of 334.30 for 6 dives! He broke a two-year-old record of 330.15 set by Raislan
Aiken, who is now diving at Marist College. Before his record-setting
performance in diving, Matt won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.15 seconds. He
also anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay. Way to go, Matt!
Great job, GFMS students!! More than 1,200 food items went to the Salvation
Army on Dec. 13th as a result of the Middle School's annual food drive. The
fifth-graders brought in more than 500 items alone ... and Ms. Kayla Lewis'
class collected 265 items, with 153 of those coming from Shanti Dawkins'
family! The Student Senate officers made daily announcements, kept track of
the number of cans brought in, and helped sort and load food for the Salvation
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!
23 GFHS students have been recognized as outstanding members of the Glens
Falls student body for their exemplary contributions to the school and
community—all while maintaining stellar grades in their academic
courses. [ MORE ]
Glens Falls High School soprano Lucy Reid has earned a repeat performance
in the prestigious New York State School Music Association All-State Chorus.
Lucy was chosen for this honor by receiving a perfect score on her level 6
All-State solo and sight-reading auditions last May.
[ MORE ]
Congratulations to coach Pat Lilac, his staff, and all Glens Falls football
players on winning the Section 2 Class B New York State championship on
Saturday with a 47-39 win over the Chenango Forks Blue Devils! GF Nation fans
were loud and proud at the Carrier Dome. Some photos of the game in Syracuse
[ HERE ], and videos of the team boarding the bus after the win are
[ HERE ].
THANKS SO MUCH, VETERANS! The Project Power students at the Middle School
created this mural to honor all of GF Nation's veterans. The students also
baked a special batch of sugar cookies with buttercream frosting and red,
white, and blue sprinkles for three special vets: MS English teacher Rob
Manning; MS cafeteria monitor Hank Dwyer; and HS social studies teacher Doug
Hoyne. Thank you all for your service!
The Glens Falls Boys Cross Country team are Foothills CHAMPIONS!! Chris Hughes was the boys individual winner, covering the Saratoga Spa State Park course in 15:17.95. He was more than 37 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Runners Cameron Giordano and Ethan Wyman placed 4th and 5th, with Noah Britton taking 8th, and Sam Hogan placing 20th. Congratulations Chris Hughes, Cam Giordano, Ethan Wyman, Noah Britton, Sam Hogan, Will Florio, Paul Trackey, John Andre, Sam Bordeau, Nate Kroeze, and coach Larry Woods!
The district obtained the results of lead testing in K-8 buildings' water
sources on October 26, 2016. The letter to parents and staff is available
HERE ]. The district obtained the results for the High School on November
18, 2016. The letter to parents and staff is available
[ HERE ].
The new HS Art Club is using creativity to serve the community. Art teacher Karen Mars and students recently made over one hundred worry stones to donate to a local suicide prevention group. The students sold refreshments at the homecoming dance, visited the Hyde Museum to see the Rembrandt and Durer exhibits, and carved eye-popping pumpkins. Up next: mural painting for area organizations!
GFHS freshman Sean Pettis has been selected to play tenor saxophone in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Sean’s sister, Hannah, proudly announced the news to the Board of Education at its October meeting. “Along the parade route, there will be three million spectators,” [ MORE ]
Big Cross elementary participated in UNITY DAY on October 19th, wearing
PHOTOS ] and standing together against bullying — united for kindness,
acceptance and inclusion. The event by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention
Center is part of National Bullying Prevention Month.
[ MORE ]
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 ]
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 ]
Educational leader Tammy C. Silvernell is set to become Glens Falls High School’s next principal as of January 3, 2017. She currently serves as the grades 7-12 principal at Cambridge Central Schools. [ MORE ]
GFMS Modified Girls Soccer players and their families donated $200 towards breast cancer research at the Power of Pink game on Tuesday, Oct. 11 against Queensbury. "The QBY girls had a bake sale and made $120," said Coach Juliana Ogden. The event is a combination of awareness and support. Great job, GF Nation!
For the second year in a row, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has awarded the Glens Falls’ Boys Soccer team its High School Team Academic Award! [ MORE ]
The GF Nation Fund, Inc. consistently supports Glens Falls students at every level—and this fall, that can be taken quite literally. Stability balls now replace half of the chairs in Pam Laurent's third-grade classroom at Kensington Elementary. [ MORE ]
A big-hearted third grader is leading the charge for change ... five-cent deposits, to be exact. Earlier this month, Kensington student Tristan Lane unselfishly decided to donate money he received as a gift to a local charity, the Open Door Mission. But he didn't stop there. [ MORE ]
"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 ]
[ 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.
In the U.S. News Best High Schools 2016 rankings, Glens
Falls High School placed 187th within New York (#2069 in the National
Rankings) and earned a silver medal! Schools are ranked based on their
performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for
college. Read more on our U.S. News overview page [
Attention Alumni and Friends of Glens Falls Schools: There’s a new way to
help and support our students. Take a minute and visit
www.gfnationfund.org and see what we
are all about. YOU can make a difference simply by signing in and becoming
part of our outreach network. Having a reunion or gathering? We would love to
know about it. And, please get the word out. WE NEED YOU!
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 ]