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  • composite image showing girl smiling and her winning poster in the Tar Wars anti-smoking contest
  •  middle school select chorus performing at spring concert in front of red curtain
  • teacher and superintendent smiling outside holding plaque from United Way
  •  middle school student at podium with several dignitaries seated in a row on stage at School to Watch celebration
  • group of people smiling with large banner at School to Watch celebration
  •  middle school select chorus performing at School to Watch celebration
  • composite of student speaking at podium and marching band with instruments on street
  • group of teachers, custodian, superintendent smiling holding 25-year commemorative plaques
  • boy smiling being interviewed by Bob Kovachik of channel 13 in the school library
  • group of middle school students in the gym dancing at the spring fling
  • group of middle school students in the gym dancing at the spring fling
  • students studying outside on the front lawn of the MS
  • three french-indian war reenactors with a table of food outside GFMS with three students smiling
  • teacher appreciation week honoree Mary Lea Raymond with one girl smiling
  • seven school administrators smiling outside school wearing blue for autism awareness
  • Group of smiling students holding trophy and 2nd place envelope
  • composite picture of band director with two saxophone players smiling at festival
  • composite graphic of the front exterior of the middle school with photo of Kristy Moore smiling
  • COmposite graphic of Bridging the Falls logo and five orchestra students smiling with violins, cellos
  • 5th Grade girls basketball team smiling with food they prepared for shelter
  • 25 middle school students fully outfitted in white body suits, hats, masks, and eyewear, learning about clean technology
  • Composite graphic with the middle school exterior and parent volunteer Stacie DiMezza smiling
  • Composite graphic with the middle school exterior and teacher Yvonne Anderson smiling
  • elementary student smiling holding LED light-up card
  • students in science class smiling
  • Hall monitor smiling with a seventh-grade student
  • group of students in concert dress smiling before their concert
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • rainbow-colored hot air balloon landing on back field of middle school
  • middle school teacher high-fiving students as they walk out of the classroom
  • large group of kids and adults outside GFMS at dismissal with school bus in background
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photo of students/staffGFMS designated a fourth time as an Essential Elements School to Watch

"No matter who you are, where you came from, what you know, or what special challenges you face, our school is a community helping each of us reach our full potential, personally and academically," said seventh-grader Clara Avery as Glens Falls Middle School celebrate a prestigious accomplishment on Thursday—re-designation, yet again, as an Essential Elements School to Watch. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffDistrict celebrates 13th year of winning the Tri-County United Way "Helping Hand Award"

Glens Falls City School District has won the Tri-County United Way Helping Hand Award for the 13th year in a row, raising more money per capita than any other school district! Superintendent Paul Jenkins and district coordinator Stephanie Ruel accepted the award on behalf of the district at a celebration breakfast June 12th. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffFallen veterans honored in words and music on Memorial Day

Students from Glens Falls Middle and High schools helped pay tribute to all fallen service members by participating in Memorial Day commemorations on May 28th. Tess Harrington won the essay contest for GFHS and was asked to read her essay during the ceremony at Crandall Park. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffFran Dougherty and Shirley Rice inducted into the Quarter Century Club

Eight dedicated faculty and staff members were inducted into the district's Quarter-Century Club last night, celebrating 25 years of service to the students of Glens Falls City Schools. The growth and success of our students is dependent on having devoted and capable team members such as these. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffSixth-grader Jack Sweet featured as a "13 Kid Who Cares"

GFMS sixth-grader Jack Sweet is being recognized as one of WNYT NewsChannel 13's 13 Kids Who Care! Jack has done an amazing job over the last five years spearheading the "Pennies for Pink" fundraiser for patients in cancer treatment at Glens Falls Hospital. Watch the news report from Channel 13 [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2018-19 school budget

District residents approved the 2018-19 school budget by a margin of 453 "yes" votes to 94 “no” votes – an 83 percent approval rate. The $44.3 million spending plan will increase the tax levy by 2.49 percent, and represents a budget-to-budget spending increase of $1.26 million, or 2.93 percent over the current year. Voters also approved the bus lease proposition, and re-elected school board member Jeremy Deason. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Mary Lea Raymond!

We’re recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day from May 7—11. Thursday's honoree is Middle School sixth grade teacher Mary Lea Raymond. Read about her classroom values of trust, honesty, kindness, and respect [ HERE ].

ChromebookgraphicA message from Supt. Paul Jenkins on grades 3-8 testing

As the state transitions to computer-based testing (CBT) for students in grades 3-8, Glens Falls students will take their tests on Chromebooks this spring. Despite our extensive work and improvement, our district is unable to get off the Focus list until our test participation rate exceeds 95 percent of all eligible students. For this reason, I respectfully urge you to support your child(ren)’s participation in the state tests this spring. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffGlens Falls Odyssey team takes 2nd place in regionals

The Middle School's Odyssey of the Mind team of CJ Lunt, Gianna Endieveri, Kendall Gross, Mae Tallon, Frances McTiernan, Zoe Zachar, and Julia Westfall took second place in Division II for their creative performance of “A Stellar Hangout.” [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffPeyton Catarelli and Sean Pettis: two of the state's best saxophonists!

Two very talented saxophonists— Peyton Catarelli and Sean Pettis— traveled to Liverpool, NY earlier this month to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) annual Winter Symposium. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffKristy Moore to serve as next GFMS Principal

Educational leader Kristy Moore is set to become Glens Falls Middle School’s next principal as of July 1, 2018. The Board of Education appointed Mrs. Moore to the position at its meeting Monday night. She currently serves as Principal of Geyser Road Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, with previous experience as an assistant principal at both Dorothy Nolan Elementary and Queensbury Middle School. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffBridging the Falls Middle School Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, 3/13 at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 13th, Grades 6-8 orchestras from Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and South Glens Falls school districts will be performing a community concert together in the Glens Falls High School Auditorium. Reestablishing a tradition that ended in the late 90’s, the five individual ensembles will each perform one piece before combining together for the two final pieces. With a total of 192 middle school orchestra students, this concert will help to demonstrate the support and vitality of the orchestra programs in our “Falls“ districts! The concert begins at 7:00pm. All are welcome! Logo design by GFHS junior Jessie Taylor.

photo of students/staff5th Grade Girls Basketball celebrates season by giving back

The Glens Falls 5th Grade Girls basketball team took their season-end "party" to the Code Blue Shelter this weekend! After playing two games in a tournament on Saturday, March 3, the team decided to celebrate by making a full dinner for guests at Glens Falls' downtown emergency homeless shelter. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphicAddressing school safety: an open letter from Superintendent Paul Jenkins

The tragedy in Parkland, Florida has prompted a national and local debate on school safety. While these discussions take place, our educators and staff will continue to prepare as thoroughly as possible to respond to any emergency situation. Our efforts persist as we work together to ‘provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment’ for our students, through the use of emergency drills, staff trainings, and continued review of protocols for building security. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffBOCES Summer Enrichment registration open

BOCES hosts a number of summer enrichment experiences for students in grades 2-12, including a farm-to-table culinary camp, theater and dance camps, robotics, international culture exploration, and more! Parents must pay program registration fees and provide their own transportation to and from camp locations. Read the details and register [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffMS students "suit up" during Global Foundries Ambassadors' visit

Thanks to the Global Foundries Ambassadors who visited on Feb 6th, seventh-graders at the Middle School got to try on these “bunny suits” that microchip manufacturers wear in the clean rooms at Fab 8 in Malta! [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2018 Founders' Day Awards: Stacie DiMezza and Yvonne Anderson

The Parent Teacher Student Associations at each school are proud to present the 2018 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 Thursday's honorees from the Middle School, parent volunteer Stacie DiMezza and teacher Yvonne Anderson [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffGlens Falls' graduation rate jumps to 87 percent in latest NYSED data

The New York State Education Department has released data for 2017 that shows Glens Falls’ graduation rate improving to 87 percent—up from 79 percent in 2016. “We are very proud of the gains our students have made over the last few years, especially the increase in our graduation rate,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “We have steadily increased over time, but last year was our largest jump in our graduation rate. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGlens Falls residents vote “Yes” on land purchase plan

Glens Falls City School District residents approved a plan to purchase property adjacent to the schools’ bus garage today by a margin of 314 "yes" votes to 127 “no” votes – a 71.2 percent approval rate. The proposition allows the Board of Education to buy the land and structures at 35 Glenwood Avenue, which is the parcel immediately north of the bus garage facility at 31 Glenwood. The district will acquire the land at its appraised value of $240,000, plus reasonable and customary closing costs and expenses. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff8th Graders: 2017-18 Course Guide now available

Attention eighth graders: it's time to choose your courses for next school year! Have a look at the 2017-18 Course Description Guide to learn more about the GFHS offerings for next year. A PDF download is available [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffRPI Engineering Ambassadors lead science experiments with GFMS students

The Engineering Ambassadors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute visited GFMS science classes in November! In the photo above, seventh-graders Clara Avery, Lilian Haggerty, and Mercades Wright react to an experiment led by RPI senior Jane Edgington. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffChris Reed is the 2017 Ross M. Burkhardt Outstanding Middle Level Educator

“Kids first, that’s what it all boils down to,” said Tom Philips, executive director of the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA). “He is all about ‘Is this good for the kids? Why are we doing this and how is this good for the kids?’” Philips said. “And the thing people do not know about him is how willing he is willing to share his best practices with other schools.” [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffCelebrating Education Support Professionals during American Education Week, November 13-17, 2017

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. Thursday's honoree is "Mr. P," Joe Pezzulo, Hall Monitor at the Middle School! [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffStudent-musicians perform in All-County band ensembles

Seventeen of Glens Falls’ student-musicians had the honor of performing in the SWCMEA All-County Band Festival. Middle School students selected include Avi Berg, Rosalie Carlsen, Aidan Harrington, Tristan Henry, Carson Rath, Olivia Teta, and Aiden Wiggins. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffDistrict-wide "Pink-Out" raises awareness of breast cancer

The "Power of Pink" was on display Thursday, October 19th at all Glens Falls City Schools. Students and staff members wore pink and donated coins to the "Pennies for Pink" effort to honor breast cancer survivors, fighters, and families ... and support research, awareness, and hope. [ PHOTO GALLERY ]

law enforcement dog sniffing lockersHigh and Middle Schools conduct lockdown drill with help from law enforcement

Officers and K-9 teams from multiple law enforcement agencies were on site at the High School/Middle School campus on Wednesday, Oct. 18th, as the buildings conducted a lockdown drill—in which students and staff practice the emergency response procedures for an internal threat. [ MORE ]

Odyssey of the mind graphicJoin an Odyssey of the Mind team! (Or Coach!)

Would your kids like to create an original performance that includes a ride-on vehicle that takes part in a “triathlon?” How about telling a story (with no words!) about a once-famous, but now forgotten, emoji? These endeavors (and more) are challenges in this year's Odyssey of the Mind competition. Teams are forming now - email Asst. Supt. for Curriculum & Instruction, Trent Clay for more details [ HERE ].

MS front entrance photoGot questions? We've got answers!

With the new school year underway, we'd like to share some answers to questions frequently asked at the Middle School. Have a look [ HERE ] for tips and reminders to get the school year off to a great start! The GFMS agenda and code of conduct can be viewed [ HERE ].

ChromebookgraphicWelcome back packets mailed Aug. 24

Welcome back for another great year at Glens Falls Middle School! The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6th, and the bell rings at 8:28 a.m. 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 MOBILE DEVICE USAGE POLICY, and Mr. Reed’s WELCOME LETTER, among other important information. See you soon!

GF arrowhead graphicSchool supply lists for 2017-18 available here

Can’t wait for the first day of school in September? Neither can we! Get a jump start on the new year right now by collecting the supplies your child will need. The Middle School lists are available here: [ 5th GRADE ]  [ 6th GRADE ]   [ 7th GRADE ]   [ 8th GRADE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2017-18 School district calendars

The detailed school year calendar is no longer mailed to every postal address in the City. A copy is included in each family packet for current students, and any Glens Falls City School District resident may request a calendar by calling the district office at 792-1481. You can download it [ HERE ] as a PDF. A one-page printable version of the calendar that includes school breaks, holidays, and Regents exam days can be downloaded [ HERE ].

photo of High School buildingGet involved in the Middle School PTSA!

By volunteering with the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association), you'll be helping to support our students in meaningful ways. The PTSA works to maintain a supportive and encouraging community for the entire school—which, in turn, creates the most educational environment possible for all children. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better for everyone. Visit the GFMS PTSA website for [ MORE ].

GF arrowhead graphicCongratulations, GFMS student-musicians!

Wrapping up another busy year in the music department, approximately 96 Glens Falls Middle School students were recently recognized for performing at a NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival and/or for being selected into a Saratoga Warren Music Educator’s Association’s All-County Ensemble. All of these students practiced diligently at home and put in several hours after or before school to prepare. Congratulations to our middle school musicians!

Photo of students/staffNew York State Master Teachers named at GFMS

Not one, but two math and science teachers from Glens Falls Middle School have been inducted into the elite New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP). Science teacher Jason Brechko and math teacher Yvonne Anderson are members of the newest cohort of educators statewide to be named Master Teachers. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffFlu Information for 2017-18 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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicReminder: Adults must accompany MS students

Middle School student spectators must be accompanied by a parent or other adult at all games and athletic contests.

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 ]