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  • elementary girl smiling running through high-fives of other kids outside on grass
  • group of teachers, custodian, superintendent smiling holding 25-year commemorative plaques
  • group of students smiling in green shirts holding trophy with racoon odyssey mascot
  • promotional graphic for parent night with author Kathryn Otoshi Monday May 7 at 630 pm in GFHS auditorium
  • 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
  • Group of smiling students holding trophy and 1st place envelope
  • four cute elementary kids smiling sitting on the gym floor with two wearing sparkly sunglasses
  • 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
  • Five smiling high schoolers in front of a nature-insipred mural they painted
  • Composite graphic with the Jackson Heights exterior and teacher Chris Wettersten smiling
  • Composite graphic with the Jackson Heights exterior and teacher aide Marcia Fitzgerald smiling
  • pre-kindergarten girl smiling while cutting playdough
  • Teacher aide surrounded by smiling students in a classroom
  • large group of students wearing pink for the Pennies for Pink drive
  • two teachers and 17 students smiling outside with hot air balloon inflating behind them
  • teacher with long brown hair reading to two boys at a table
  • two smiling cafeteria ladies cutting a big bunch of lettuce
  • Superintendent in a grey jacket talking with a teacher in front of students
  • Superintendent Jenkins sharing details about his day with a circle of students
  • three women smiling holding welcome back signs
  • two teachers smiling holding welcome back signs
  • photo of students and staff
  • photo of students and staff

photo of students/staffDan Bromley 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: Jodi Eyer!

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. Monday's honoree is Jackson Heights fourth grade teacher Jodi Eyer. Read all about her project-based teaching [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ].

GF arrowhead graphic2018 Founders' Day Awards: Chris Wettersten and Marcia Fitzgerald

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 Friday's honorees from Jackson Heights, teacher Chris Wettersten and aide Marcia Fitzgerald [ 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. Monday's honoree is Marcia Fitzgerald, Teacher Aide at Jackson Heights! [ 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 Jackson Heights! 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. Mauro's WELCOME LETTER, among other important information. See you soon!

GF arrowhead graphicSchool supply list 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 Jackson Heights list is available [ 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 ].

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 Tuesday's honoree, Cari Kassebaum, a music teacher at Jackson Heights Elementary [ HERE ].

GF arrowhead graphic2017 Founders' Day Awards: Donnah Digan Lewis

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 Friday's honoree from Jackson Heights Elementary, parent volunteer Donnah Digan Lewis [ HERE ]

Photo of students/staffUniversal Pre-K classes hold a "Souper Bowl" for Open Door

Universal Pre-Kindergarten students in Sue Williams' classes at Jackson Heights held their own “Souper Bowl” contest in which they tried to collect 51 cans of soup to donate to The Open Door Mission! [ MORE ]

Photo of students/staffJH food drive helps Salvation Army meet needs

Jackson Heights students and staff completed a food drive in early December that sent 138 food items to the Salvation Army of Glens Falls! Jeremy Davis' fourth-graders helped load the Salvation Army  van with all the donations on Dec. 14th. Great job, GF Nation!

Photo of students/staffCelebrating ESP Week: Stacy Frandsen

The celebration continues for our super heroes--the many School-Related Professionals who make a difference in the lives of our students! Read more about Thursday's honoree, building aide Stacy Frandsen, [ HERE ].

Photo of students/staffRotary Club provides dictionaries to every third grader

Former Superintendent Tom McGowan was back in a Glens Falls classroom this month, giving a mini-lesson to third graders who had just received their very own dictionaries. [ MORE ]

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/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 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 ]