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  • group of teachers, custodian, superintendent smiling holding 25-year commemorative plaques
  • group of students smiling in green shirts holding trophy with racoon odyssey mascot
  • several elementary students in front of large periodic table all wearing red GF nation shirts
  • teacher appreciation week honoree Denise Nolan with three kids smiling
  • Kensington staff members and students smile wearing blue for autism awareness
  • Kensington staff members smile wearing blue for autism awareness
  • Group of smiling students holding trophy and 1st place envelope
  • adirondack thunder hockey players reading books to a classrom of elementary students
  • 4th grade basketball team smiling, lined up in gym wearing championship tshirts with trophy
  • Mrs. Curtis' class of elementary students piled in the snow with one holding an aluminium-foil olympic torch
  • Five smiling high schoolers in front of a nature-insipred mural they painted
  • Five smiling high schoolers in front of a nature-insipred mural they painted
  • Five smiling high schoolers in front of a nature-insipred mural they painted
  • Composite graphic with the Kensington school exterior and parent volunteer Marybeth Chambers smiling
  • elementary student smiling holding LED light-up card
  • Teacher aide surrounded by smiling students in a classroom
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • elementary-aged girl and two boys smiling outside in sunshine
  • elementary boys with arms around each other smiling on playground
  • four elementary girls smiling sitting on bench outside in sunshine
  • group of elementary kids smiling at desks in a classrooom
  • group of elementary kids smiling at desks in a classrooom
  • five people smiling holding welcome back signs
  • six people outside smiling holding welcome back signs
  • photo of staff and students
  • photo of staff and students

photo of students/staffCarol Brown, Ellen Cabana, and Denise Nolan 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/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 ]

group of students smiling in green shirts holding trophyGlens Falls Odyssey team heading to state competition

Next week, a Glens Falls Odyssey of the Mind team is headed to the world championships of creative problem-solving! The blended Jackson Heights/Kensington team will take their creative “Mockumentary” of Peter Pan to the world finals at Iowa State University. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: Denise Nolan!

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. Friday's honoree is Kensington kindergarten teacher Denise Nolan. Read about her active-learning classroom [ 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 heading to state competition

A GF Odyssey of the Mind team is headed to the state competition after winning their division in regionals last weekend! The team of Ellie Paigo, Lucy Paigo, Aubrie Spencer, Nick Marsh, Nicholas Candido, Rebecca McPhee, and Fiona Poole will take their creative “Mockumentary” of Peter Pan to the state finals in Binghamton on April 7th. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffTeamwork leads 4th Grade Boys Basketball to tournament wins

Teamwork by a great group of kids from Jackson Heights, Big Cross, and Kensington Road elementaries made for a super season in 4th Grade Boys Basketball! [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffFreddie Wilson named scholar athlete for CDYW

The Glens Falls Youth Wrestling Team just completed a successful season in the Capital District Youth Wrestling League, and Kensington fourth-grader Freddie Wilson was named by the league as a 2018 Scholar Athlete! [ 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 ].

graphic that says "Budget 2018 2019" with a colorful bar graph behindPreliminary budget forecast shows gap between revenues and expenditures for 2018-2019

“Expenditure growth and revenue stagnation” set the landscape for initial 2018-2019 budget development, Assistant Superintendent for Business Bobby Yusko told the Board of Education on Feb 12th, as he outlined a preliminary budget scenario that would create a $2 million gap between revenues and expenditures in 2018-2019. Early scenarios do not include any reductions in program or services, do not account for application of fund balance, and utilize refined state aid estimates based on the Governor's Executive Budget proposal. [ MORE ]

GF arrowhead graphic2018 Founders' Day Awards: Marybeth Chambers

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 Tuesday's honoree from Kensington, parent volunteer Marybeth Chambers [ 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/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. Wednesday's honoree is Lori Green, Building Aide at Kensington! [ 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 ]

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 ].

ChromebookgraphicInformation for the 2017-18 school year

Welcome back for another great year at Kensington Road School! The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6th, and school starts at 8:30 a.m. Look for your family’s back-to-school packet arriving in your mailbox within the next few days. It contains the PRINTED DISTRICT CALENDAR, and Mrs. Hayes' WELCOME LETTER, among other important information. See you soon!

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 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 ].

photo of students and staffSupporting students in multiple ways—that's the GF Nation Fund!

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 ]

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 ]