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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 and staffGFHS Theater Ensemble presents: The Wedding Singer

The actors, dancers, artists, and musicians of the High School Theater Ensemble take the stage on April 1st and 2nd to present the musical comedy, "The Wedding Singer!" It's 1985 in New Jersey, and a wannabe rock star (aka a professional wedding singer) is left at the altar and finally changes his tune. Don't miss this fun and funny show -- order your tickets today by calling Kathy Taylor at 798-5476. Adult tickets are $10, and students are $5.

GF arrowhead graphic2017 Founders' Day Awards: Dusty Fisher

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 Wednesday's honoree from Big Cross Elementary, parent volunteer Dusty Fisher [ HERE ]

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 Big Cross on March 16, 2017 - call Marcia Winslow at 792-2619 to make your appointment. Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffCelebrating ESP Week: Missy Mallory!

We just can't say "THANK YOU" enough to our “school superheroes”—our teacher aides, teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians, and many other team members—who play a crucial role in every school building, every day. Read about Friday's honoree, teaching assistant Missy Mallory [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffBC wears orange for Unity Day 2016!

Big Cross elementary participated in UNITY DAY on October 19th, wearing orange [ 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 ]

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/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 ]