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  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling at graduation of the class of 2018
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling at graduation of the class of 2018
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling at graduation of the class of 2018
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling at graduation of the class of 2018
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling at graduation of the class of 2018
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling while visiting their elementary school
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling while visiting their elementary school
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling while visiting their elementary school
  • group of GFHS seniors wearing red and black graduation gowns smiling while visiting their elementary school
  • six elementary girls smiling outside in sunshine at field day event
  • composite image of three girls walking across stage at completion ceremony for Early College Career Academy
  • teacher and superintendent smiling outside holding plaque from United Way
  • composite image showing fourth-grade spelling bee champ at the competition and sitting on the playground
  • Top eleven GFHS graduates of the class of 2018 smiling in a group outside
  • seven high school students in kayaks on Lake George smiling in sunshine
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  • GFHS seniors smiling together while enjoying a gathering to celebrate their graduation
  •  middle school select chorus performing at spring concert in front of red curtain
  •  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
  • elementary students outside in sunshine on grass hopping on bouncy balls
  • large group of third graders on their bicycles in a line on the sidewalk around Big Cross St School
  • team picture of Unified Basketball players wearing medals and holding up green tournament shirts
  • Group of students posing inside Broadway Classroom
  • Group of students dressed up smiling holding commemorative plaques
  • composite of student speaking at podium and marching band with instruments on street
  • group of elementary kids standing in two lines on the playground all wearing red noses
  • several pieces of colorful artwork on display at the high school's annual art expo 2018
  • several pieces of colorful artwork on display at the high school's annual art expo 2018
  • several pieces of colorful artwork on display at the high school's annual art expo 2018
  • several pieces of colorful artwork on display at the high school's annual art expo 2018
  • group of teachers, custodian, superintendent smiling holding 25-year commemorative plaques
  • HS boys runners on podium after Eddy track meet first place holding trophy smiling
  • 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
  • elementary girl smiling running through high-fives of other kids outside on grass
  • group of students outdoors smiling with Envirothon Tshirts
  • photo of three students making presentation on tea creation in business competition
  • Student being interviewed by Bob Kavochic from News Cahnnel 13 in the GFHS band room
  • three french-indian war reenactors with a table of food outside GFMS with three students smiling
  • group of staff and students smiling wearing yellow shirts at Autism walk
  • several elementary students in front of large periodic table all wearing red GF nation shirts
  • group of students smiling in green shirts holding trophy with racoon odyssey mascot
  • large group of juniors wearing prom t-shirts smiling
  • two elementary students hug wearing blue for autism awareness
  • seven school administrators smiling outside school wearing blue for autism awareness
  • elementary students and staff members smiling in classroom wearing blue for autism awareness
  • elementary students and staff members smiling in classroom wearing blue for autism awareness
  • Kensington staff members smile wearing blue for autism awareness
  • large group of middle school students smiling wearing blue for autism awareness
  • large group of high school students and staff smiling wearing blue for autism awareness
  • students holding several classic childrens books smiling
  • seven smiling girls wearing green Women Up Girls Day 2018 t-shirts in the cafeteria
  • huge group of smiling girls wearing green Girls Day 2018 t-shirts in the cafeteria
  • adirondack thunder hockey players reading books to a classrom of elementary students
  • Group of smiling students holding trophy and 1st place envelope
  • Group of smiling students holding trophy and 2nd place envelope
  • large group of student volunteers standing and kneeling in the gym smiling
  • four cute elementary kids smiling sitting on the gym floor with two wearing sparkly sunglasses
  • five high school students smiling, ready to deliver speeches honoring WWII survivors
  • composite picture of band director with two saxophone players smiling at festival
  • Glens Falls students walking in front of high school building
  • composite graphic of the front exterior of the middle school with photo of Kristy Moore smiling
  • School administrators standing with honored student, all smiling
  • COmposite graphic of Bridging the Falls logo and five orchestra students smiling with violins, cellos
  • Photo of student smiling with basketball
  • cast members of drama production sitting on  couch in character
  • Group of smiling students holding oversized check for $2K
  • 5th Grade girls basketball team smiling with food they prepared for shelter
  • 4th grade basketball team smiling, lined up in gym wearing championship tshirts with trophy
  • three boys sitting in the snow with brightly-colored snow gear
  • 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
  • six smiling and cheering elementary students in front of an olympic-themed bulletin board
  • 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
  • GF Nordic ski team on the slope at the 2018 Sectional meet
  • 25 middle school students fully outfitted in white body suits, hats, masks, and eyewear, learning about clean technology
  • Diplomas stacked on top of a table with a red drape that says Glens Falls High School
  • Varsity boys basketball players smiling on the court after game
  • Varsity athletes standing in a hallway smiling
  • Octet show choir members in sparkly red shirts singing for MLK day
  • CTE student chefs with superitendent and legislators, smiling
  • Coach, TJ Fredette, AD and Girard smiling on court with commemorative basketball
  • pre-kindergarten girl smiling while cutting playdough
  • group of smiling HS students and advisors standing in front of the Google sign in NYC
  • elementary student smiling holding LED light-up card
  • elementary student smiling holding LED light-up card
  • students in science class smiling
  • four technology students smiling in a line
  • Seven students smiling in a line
  • composite graphic of student ballet dancing and student playing saxophone with Macy's parade logo
  • large group of students smiling at induction ceremony
  • Girls swimmers smiling poolside holding sectional patches after race
  • Girls swimmers smiling poolside holding sectional patches after race
  • screen shot of television broadcast of football game showing GF players celebrating sectional win
  • Cross-country runners Culliton and Hughes holding sectional patches after race
  • Boy smiling holding pumpkin carved into a jackolanternters in classroom
  • GF school bus parked in front of Google headquarters in NYC
  • football players and cheerleaders clapping smiling in gym stands
  • smiling student accepting award plaque from athletic director
  • students and adults smiling standing near the buddy bench at jackson heights
  • group of students in concert dress smiling before their concert
  • group of students in concert dress holding band instrumentssmiling before their concert
  • 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
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • elementary-aged girl and two boys smiling outside in sunshine
  • four elementary girls smiling sitting on bench outside in sunshine
  • two teachers and 17 students smiling outside with hot air balloon inflating behind them
  • rainbow-colored hot air balloon landing on back field of middle school
  • blue and purple hot air balloon floating over Big Cross elementary roof
  • five high school girls at Homecoming Games in gym smiling wearing red shirts
  • teacher with long brown hair reading to two boys at a table
  • middle school teacher high-fiving students as they walk out of the classroom
  • four high school students in cafeteria smiling wearing New Year-New You shirts
  • assistant principal and high school student smiling in the hallway outside the HS main office
  • group of elementary kids sitting on the floor of a classrooom giving thumbs-up
  • group of elementary kids sitting on the floor of a classrooom giving thumbs-up
  • large group of kids and adults outside GFMS at dismissal with school bus in background
  • group of elementary kids smiling at desks in a classrooom
  • four high school staff members smiling on the first day back to school
  • high school librarian with three students smiling wearing black and red shirts
  • two smiling cafeteria ladies cutting a big bunch of lettuce
  • group of elementary kids smiling at desks in a classrooom
  • Superintendent in a grey jacket talking with a teacher in front of students
  • five smiling high school faculty members all wearing red shirts on the first day of school
  • Superintendent Jenkins sharing details about his day with a circle of students
  • group of school staff members with Nemer employees holding a line of backpacks in blue duffel bags

photo of students/staffCongratulations, Class of 2018!!

Raindrops didn't dampen the spirits of 137 Glens Falls High School graduates and their families as they cheered, laughed, and hugged their way through Commencement for the Class of 2018. See some moments from graduation in the photo album HERE. The live-stream video of Graduation for the Class of 2018 is on Facebook HERE. Way to go, Class of 2018!!

GF arrowhead graphicRegistration is open for GFSD summer sports camps

Summer sports camps are being offered by the GFSD Athletic Department. Students can participate in camps for soccer, field hockey, baseball, and football. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open! The program runs the mornings of August 6-10, at Crandall Park and East Field. Registration information is [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffThree seniors complete Early College Career Academy

Congratulations to GFHS seniors Kennadi Gardenhire, Mackenzie George, and Maddie Radtke, who have completed the New Media program of the Early College Career Academy! They're now off to college with up to 32 credits and marketable industry credentials. Read more about the completion ceremony held June 12th on the ECCA website [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffBC 4th-grader Alianya Cuyler competes in Regional Spelling Bee

Big Cross fourth-grader Alianya Cuyler did an E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T job representing Glens Falls at the WSWHE BOCES Regional Spelling Bee last week! “Ali is a hard worker,” says teacher Kim Lewis. [ 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/staffHigh School awards celebrate student accomplishments

Students at Glens Falls High School were honored with over $113,000 in awards, scholarships, and other designations at the school’s annual awards program on June 7. The event began with recognition of the Class of 2018’s Top Students, including valedictorian Nolan Hogan, salutatorian Nathan Kroeze, and Brock Layden, Elizabeth Fisher, Kailyn Anselment, Ashley De Witt, William Florio, Mikayla Burrows, Sarah Burton, Emily Derrick, and Hannah Young. For more details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given out on June 7, see the High School's awards and honors page [ HERE ].

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/staffUnified Basketball team takes third in playoffs

Congratulations to the GFHS Unified Basketball team on a great season that included taking third place in the AA playoffs! The team bounced back from a one-point loss in their first game to win the next five games in a row. Their overall record was 6-2, and they pulled together as a team in a short amount of time. Go Indians!!

photo of students/staffGF honor students shine in Broadway's classroom too!

For the 12th consecutive year, National Honor Society members from Glens Falls got to participate in Broadway Classroom in New York City last week. In less than an hour, 31 NHS students learned the lyrics and choreography for the opening song in the musical Come From Away—a play about community, hope, and resilience on September 11, 2001 and in the days that followed. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffSix student-athletes honored with the Grandstanders' Senior Sports Award and scholarship

Cheering fans recognized many of Glens Falls’ senior athletes at the Grandstanders Senior Sports Award Banquet, including scholarship winners Christopher Hughes (Track, Indoor Track, Cross Country), Taylor Scarincio (Swimming, Softball, Basketball), Andrew Rizzo (Ice Hockey, Football, Baseball), Kailyn Anselment (Swimming, Lacrosse), Nolan Hogan (Swimming, Soccer, Lacrosse), and Katelynn Mello (Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Track & Field). [ 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/staffRed Nose Day caps lessons on empathy for second-graders

On Thursday, May 24th, Tiffany McGrath's second grade class at KRS participated in Red Nose Day, a fundraiser dedicated to ending childhood poverty. The second-graders each brought in $1 -- that they had saved or earned -- to contribute to helping kids around the world. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffEight GFSD employees 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/staffChris Hughes chases (his own) school record in the 3,200-meter race

Congratulations to runner Chris Hughes, who nearly broke his own school record while winning the 3,200-meter race at this weekend's Eddy Meet at Schenectady High School! Chris captured the trophy with a time of 9 minutes, 19.30 seconds, just three seconds shy of his 9:16 school record. [ 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/staffGF Envirothon team heading to state championships

Glens Falls High School’s “A Team” of natural scientists is headed to the Envirothon statewide championships! Rhyann Subcliff, Shyanne McIntosh, Brock Layden, and Marjorie Layden will represent Warren County in the state-level knowledge competition about all things natural: wildlife, aquatic biology, soils, forestry, and more. [ 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 ]

photo of students/staffJuniors Sam Hogan, Thompson Collins win "Pitch It!"

Thompson Collins and Sam Hogan of Glens Falls High School, both students in the Early College Career Academy Business Entrepreneurship program, won Pitch It! – a competition at the 25th annual High School Business Day on May 7 at SUNY Adirondack. They pitched their idea for a new beverage that could be marketed to teens to a panel of four judges. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffJunior Scotty Jones featured as a "13 Kid Who Cares"

Monday, May 7, 2018 was a significant day for GFHS junior Scotty Jones—it was the 100th anniversary of his family serving as firefighters. Scotty is a fifth-generation firefighter, and serves as a member of the junior firefighters of West Glens Falls Fire Company. For his service and other volunteer efforts, NewsChannel 13 featured him as a "13 Kid Who Cares." [ MORE ]

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

On May 23, 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/staffGF Alum Jerry Casertino graduates Siena already an officer

"Just 21-years-old, Casertino is smart enough to approach his job seriously while not taking himself too seriously. He started at the police academy when he was 20, and he graduated from Siena College May 13 with degrees in pre-law and English. He started working full-time as a Mechanicville officer while a full-time student at Siena. "Really, what you know is what you're driven to do -- and Jerry is driven to be a great police officer," said Mechanicville Police Chief Joe Waldron." See the feature video [ HERE ]

Photo of students/staffTeacher Appreciation Week: see all the honorees

We recognized national Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day from May 7—11. Read about each honoree [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffNational Honor Society service projects give back to community

Students in the Glens Falls High School chapter of National Honor Society have completed several service projects this spring, resulting in a big boost to children in our local community and beyond. In February, student scholars donated $200-worth of children's books to the annual Project Cameron's Story "bookraiser." [ 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/staffInternational Activity Night is a hit at Jackson Heights

The High School's International Action Club sponsored its second International Activity Night at Jackson Heights Elementary School on March 9th. With the help of 25 high school volunteers, the elementary students explored games and crafts from several countries including Ghana, Peru, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and China. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffGFHS seniors help honor individuals in American Legion Speaker Series

On February 28, five Glens Falls High School seniors took part in the American Legion Speaker Series "Liberation From Nazis." Alyssa Fairchild sang the "Star Spangled Banner" to open the program and "God Bless America" to close it. Jacob Harmon introduced the program and Emily Derrick, Tess Harrington, and Walton Stanton presented the World War II stories of local immigrants. [ 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/staffGlens Falls students honor victims of school shootings in Parkland and across the country

In a student-led tribute to the victims of school shootings in Parkland, Florida and across the country, hundreds of Glens Falls high-schoolers walked out of their classrooms and assembled together in remembrance on Wednesday, March 14th. Just after 10 a.m., students streamed out of a side door at Glens Falls High School, and peacefully marched around the front of the building, supported by school staff members and multiple officers from the Glens Falls Police Department who were on hand to ensure student safety. [ 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/staffRachel Duell wins a Post Star 2018 Teen Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Glens Falls High School senior Rachel Duell who has been named a Post Star’s 2018 Teen Excellence Award winner! "Rachel is so deserving of this recognition," said Mrs. Silvernell. "She generously gives her time and energy to others in need."  [ 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/staffJoseph Girard III named Gatorade NY Boys Basketball Player of the Year

GFHS junior Joseph Girard III has been named the 2017-18 Gatorade New York Boys Basketball Player of the Year! A two-time First Team All-State honoree, he was also the Albany Times Union Player of the Year, the Foothills Council League MVP and a MaxPreps Second Team Sophomore All-American. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffDrama Club presents: You Can't Beat the House!
March 15 + 16 at 7 p.m.

Next weekend, the High School Drama Club presents “You Can’t Beat The House,” a comedy about robbers who accidentally break into a house that is for sale and then pose as real estate agents after they find themselves stuck in the house with potential buyers. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffRed and Black supports Red and Blue: SHMD donation

GF Nation is proud to send $2,000 to South High Marathon Dance as a result of fundraising efforts from the entire school community, spearheaded by Student Council, International Club, GFTA, and the Grandstanders!! [ MORE ]

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 ]

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 ]

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/staffArt Club paints arctic scene for Prospect Center

The GFHS Art Club recently designed and painted a mural for the Prospect Center in Queensbury! The mural, which is stunning in both size and complexity, depicts an arctic scene, complete with polar bears, penguins, icebergs and the Northern Lights. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffSophomores Sam Bordeau and Katie Culliton headed to states in Nordic

Congratulations to state qualifiers Sam Bordeau and Katie Culliton, and all of Glens Falls’ skiers who participated in the Section II Nordic skiing championships at Gore Mountain! Top finishers included Katie Culliton (23:14.5), Sarah Burton (24:26.5), Sam Bordeau (29:28.3), Paul Trackey (30:50.4), and Ethan Schrammel (31:55.0). [ 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 ]

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 ]

GF arrowhead graphic2018 Founders' Day Awards: Meet the honorees

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 2018's honorees [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffJoseph Girard III breaks NYS boys career scoring record

During the January 30th varsity game at Amsterdam, Glens Falls junior Joseph Girard III broke New York State’s all-time boys basketball scoring record of 2,946 points, a mark previously held by NBA star Lance Stephenson. When the game ended, Joseph's career scoring total was 2,952 points—and it will grow! Congratulations, Joe! Read more and see video clips of the game in the Daily Gazette article [ 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 12, 2018. Read more about the UPK lottery application [ HERE ].
Kindergarten students must be five years old by December 1, 2018 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:
  • Jackson Heights: March 21, 2018 - call Stacy Frandsen at 518-792-1071 to make your appointment
  • Big Cross: March 22, 2018 - call Patty Farrell at 518-792-2619 to make your appointment
  • Kensington Rd: March 23, 2018 - call Kathy Thomson at 518-793-5151 to make your appointment
Read more about kindergarten registration [ HERE ].

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/staffAll 10 Fall Varsity teams earn Scholar Athlete status

All ten of Glens Falls’ Varsity sports teams in the Fall 2017 season have achieved Scholar Athlete status! Scholar-Athlete Team recognition is an honor given by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) to recognize teams that excel academically [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffSWAT Team members school regional superintendents

Students Willing to Assist with Technology (SWAT) team members Brady Steinberg, Miguel Marrero, Brandon Gray, and Keegan McCane took questions from school superintendents around the Capital Region at NERIC's regional tech awareness day. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffLauren Hauser sings in All-State Choir; Seven students perform in Area All-State

In Rochester this weekend, GFHS junior Lauren Hauser is singing with the best musicians from around New York State! The performance comes on the heels of yet another accolade for Lauren and six of her fellow student-musicians at Glens Falls High. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffSean Pettis and Meghan Siergiey to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Watch for two of Glens Falls’ most talented musicians in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Sophomore Sean Pettis will play saxophone in a repeat performance with the Great American Marching Band, while junior Meghan Siergiey is making her parade debut as a dancer. [ MORE ]

photo of students/staff25 new members inducted into National Honor Society

The Glens Falls High School Chapter of National Honor society welcomed Justina Aiken, John Andre, Matelyn Benway, Luke Borgos, McKenna Clark, Taylor Colvin, Olivia Dybas, Joseph Girard, Liam Gormley, Lauren Hauser, Hannah Hawkins, Griffin Jones, Scott Jones, Drew Knapp, Coleman Leland, Stephanie Meehan, Claudia Miner, Catherine Montgomery, Marlee Pelton-Fuentes, Shyeann Rawson, Madison Redmond, Meghan Siergiey, Brienna Vassar, Callie Woodell, and Jacqueline Young. [ 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. Friday's honoree is Diane Ogden, Attendance Clerk at Big Crossl! [ MORE ]

photo of students/staffRunner Chris Hughes wins State XC Championship

Congrats to our STATE CHAMPION runner, Chris Hughes!! The Glens Falls senior ran away from the field to capture the Class C boys title at the State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11th. We're so proud of Chris, bringing home our first individual state title in Cross Country running!! Read more and see a video of him crossing the finish line [ HERE ]

photo of students/staffSwimmers take home patches at Sectionals

Way to go, GF Swimming! Kailyn Anselment finished third in the 200 free and 500 free, and Emma Mauro was third in the 100 breaststroke at the Sectional Championship meet on Nov. 4th. Glens Falls was third in the medley relay and fourth in the 200 free relay, both times with a team of Madison Maier, Emma Mauro, Kailyn Anselment and Ella Wolfstich. Emma was  sixth in the 50 free. Ella was fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free. Rowan Davidson was eighth in the 500 free. Congrats on these great swims!!

photo of students/staffPodium finishes for GF runners in Sectionals

CONGRATULATIONS to Cross-Country runners Chris Hughes and Katie Culliton! Chris is Section 2 Class C CHAMPION after running the Saratoga Spa State Park course on Friday, Nov. 3. Katie placed third in the girls' race, and both are qualified for the State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11. Way to go!

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. High School students selected include Cailin Harrington, Emily Lunt, Eben McGee-Bierman, Nick Teta, Jacob Harmon, Tess Harrington, Scotty Jones, Sean Pettis, Meghan Siergiey, and Trevor Britton. [ 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 ].

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 ].

GF arrowhead graphicGlens Falls High: 2017 Silver Award from U.S. News and World Report

Congratulations to the entire school community on GFHS earning ANOTHER Silver medal from U.S. News in its Best High Schools 2017 rankings! Glens Falls High School placed 180th within New York (#2289 in the National Rankings) and earned another silver medal, following our 2016 silver award. 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 [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffTake a continuing education course at SUNY ADK

The district's mission statement includes "modeling the behavior of life-long learning" ... so sign up today for an adult continuing education course at SUNY Adirondack! Registration is now open for classes throughout the fall semester. For a description of offerings, click [ HERE ].

photo of students/staffCongratulations, Glens Falls Class of 2017!

Family, friends, and faculty celebrated the 150 graduates of the Class of 2017 on Saturday afternoon—and a 92 percent graduation rate for this Glens Falls Class! "Seek out your support group and ask for help when you need it," said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. "Whether that group is your family or your friends, reach out to them and I guarantee they will be there and they will all be willing to lend a hand. We are all very proud of each of you and all of your accomplishments over the years." A photo gallery of some graduation moments is available [ HERE ]. The ceremony was live-streamed in its entirety, and the uncut video is available to view [ HERE ]. Congratulations, graduates!!

GF Nation Fund graphicYou can make a difference with GF Nation Fund

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!

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 ]