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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/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 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 Friday's honoree, psychologist Elaine Hersey at the Middle School [ 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 ].

Photo of students/staff8th Grade student-artists create paper egg holders

Did your family use eggs on the Passover Seder plate or in an Easter basket? Our GFMS students recently created some unique egg holders in art class! The eighth graders were asked to design a container to hold one egg. Art teacher Joy Muller-McCoola showed the students a few paper techniques, and they were allowed to use their Chromebooks for research. The result? A variety of solutions and painted eggs!

Photo of students/staffGFMS' Kate Arney is NewsChannel 13 Top Teacher!

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 [ 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 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 ].

GF arrowhead graphic2017 Founders' Day Awards: the Middle School Lunch Monitors

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 Thursday's honorees from the Middle School, Tammy Noonan, Donna Murray, Dan Hopler, and Hank Dwyer [ HERE ]

GF arrowhead graphicCongratulations to Honor and Merit Roll students for MP2

Glens Falls City School District recognizes the hard work and achievement of the following students who have attained Honor and Merit Roll status during the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to these students for marking period 2: [ HONOR, MERIT ROLLS HERE ]

Photo of students/staffMake-A-Wish star sales help grant the wish of GFMS student

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 ]

Photo of students/staffMS food drive donations top 1,200 items

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 Army.

Photo of students/staffCelebrating ESP Week: Bobbi Harris

TODAY is nationally-celebrated Education Support Professionals Day, but we like to celebrate all week long! Our teacher aides, teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians, and many other team members play a crucial role in every school building, every day. Read about Wednesday's super hero, library aide Bobbi Harris [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffThank you, Veterans!

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!

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 and staffModified Girls Soccer raises $200 in Power of Pink game

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!

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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicHigh and Middle Schools conduct lockdown drill

September 22, 2016 - Officers from Glens Falls Police Department were on site at the High School/Middle School campus this morning, as the buildings conducted a lockdown drill—in which students and staff practice the emergency response procedures. [ MORE ]

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 ].

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 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 ]