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  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
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photo of students/staffParent Night on Social Media Fitness: March 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

All Middle and High School parents are highly encouraged to attend this parent evening with Chris Vollum on Social Media Fitness. Through relatable and current exercises and stories, expert Chris Vollum demonstrates practical skills to post online content that reflects value, respect and relevance while minimizing the risk of bullying, cyber-bullying and loss of reputation on Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm. in the High School auditorium. [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffHalf day for elementary parent-teacher conferences

All three elementary schools and the fifth grade at the Middle School will conduct an afternoon of parent/teacher conferences on Friday, March 9th. All K-5 students will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday, March 9th.

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 ]

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: 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 ]