Six elementary students have been recognized for their outstanding art work in a nation-wide contest. “For the second straight year, six of our students have been recognized at the national level,” says art teacher Rick Butto. “Because of their accomplishment, their art work will be published in the 2013 edition of CELEBRATING ART.”
Celebrating Art - an institution committed to the promotion of the visual arts created by school children of all ages – recently honored Big Cross Elementary students Jocelyn Smith (first grade), Chase Clark (first grade), and Patrick Mills (fourth grade), along with Jackson Heights Elementary students Lauren Weil (second grade), Dylan Ingram (second grade), and Olivia Moon (third grade).
Jocelyn and Chase each made a drawing of a storybook character. Patrick did a pencil drawing of his sneakers. Lauren and Olivia each did a watercolor painting of an autumn tree, and Dylan created a portrait painting of a clown.
Celebrating Art is a nationally-run art contest that juries entries from all over the United States and Canada. Only those chosen from thousands of works of art are published in the art book, which includes school art, representing all media from grade levels, K thru 12.
The GFSD Art and Athletic Departments are offering summer courses, clinics and camps for all students, district-wide:
Art classes for students entering grades K-5 take place over a three-week period in the Glens Falls Middle School art rooms. Classes are held four days of the week from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Students participate in all kinds of projects, including drawing, painting, ceramics, fabric art, origami, jewelry, and other various crafts. READ THE FULL ELEMENTARY ART PROGRAM BROCHURE HERE
Six different art classes are also offered for students entering grades 6-12 this summer. Classes are held four days of the week from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The program goal is to provide enriching lessons that allow children to express and build their individual creativity in an engaging atmosphere with other children. READ THE FULL ART PROGRAM BROCHURE HERE
Sports camps are also being offered by the GFSD Athletic Department. Students can participate in camps for swimming, diving, soccer, triathlon, hockey, baseball, softball, field hockey and girls' lacrosse. Super Hooper basketball camp registration is also now open! The program runs August 5-9, with the boys' camp in the morning, and the girls' camp in the afternoon. READ THE FULL SPORTS CAMP BROCHURE HERE
May 21, 2013—Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2013-14 school budget today by a margin of 730 "yes" votes to 192 “no” votes – a 79 percent approval rate. The $38.3 million spending plan represents a budget-to-budget spending decrease of $660,465, or 1.7 percent. The approved budget uses $1.7 million in savings from previous years to keep the tax levy increase to 2.5 percent for next school year. Nearly 15 staff and teaching positions are eliminated within the proposal. Some of the district’s special education, health services, and enrichment programs are being restructured into new delivery models.
Voters also approved expenditures from the capital reserve fund for repairs and renovations at several of the district’s school buildings, and the purchase of a replacement school bus. The capital reserve proposition passed by a vote of 728 to 181; the school bus purchase proposition passed by a vote of 665 to 248.
Jeremy Deason and Leslee Kunst were elected to the Board of Education. Mr. Deason will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2013, after receiving 666 votes. Ms. Kunst will begin a four-year term on May 22, 2013, to fill a vacancy that occurred earlier this year. Ms. Kunst received 175 write-in votes.
Glens Falls City School District is recognizing national Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting committed and enthusiastic teachers from every one of our schools each day this week.
Thursday's honoree is reading teacher April McClements, who works with students at Big Cross elementary school. READ MORE HERE
Check back every day for a look inside some of the most dynamic classrooms around our district.
Big Cross Street School’s fundraising efforts through the Hannaford Helps program have led to an extra thousand-dollar award! Rene Lussier, assistant manager of the Broad Street Hannaford, and Lynn Scoville, front end manager, were on hand at Big Cross in April to deliver the good news—and a bonus check for $1,000 for raising the most support of all schools in the Glens Falls area.
For the 2012 program year, Big Cross Street School accumulated $495 in donations, based on Hannaford customer receipts. The High School earned $300, Jackson Heights earned $156, the Middle School raised $153, and Kensington raised $111.
The Hannaford company website says, “In 2012 our Hannaford Helps Schools program raised an impressive $408,000 to benefit K-12 schools across New England and New York. 2,830 schools participated, and stores in each community that raised the most ‘School Dollars’ were also awarded an additional $1,000, making the total raised during the 2012 campaign $606,000!”
The donation from Hannaford will support Big Cross educational efforts, such as the summer reading program. Principal Debbie Hall, PTA president Jaime Wright, PTA secretary Kristin Greenwood, and students Eric Prieur, Nyome Griffen, Trinity Johnson, Hayden McCain, Nate Greenwood, Aneesa Berg, Jacob Bennett, and Holden LaMountain gratefully accepted the check on April 19.
Elementary parents around the district are supporting literacy and sharing great books with their children—as reading partners at some special school events.
Big Cross Academic Intervention Services teachers April McClements and Trina Miner planned a “Parent Reading Buddies” event on March 11. Parents and guardians of kindergarten through second-graders were invited into classrooms to read their favorite books together.
“We are hoping that parents and students enjoy their time together reading books and that this will encourage them to continue reading at home,” said Ms. McClements.
In celebration of PARP (Parents As Reading Partners), Jackson Heights held a "Read-Around-the-School" night on March 21. Students and their parents moved from room to room every ten minutes to listen to a different teacher read a story.
In addition to hearing some great children’s literature, families enjoyed refreshments at both events as well.
"We see much greater rigor at all levels, and we anticipate assessments to be more challenging.” Those were two of the key points presented at the March 26 Common Core Parent Information Night, which explained how the new COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS are a first step in providing young people with the high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and careers.
The new standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math were fully implemented in September, and the first year of testing on the new grades 3-8 curriculum begins on April 16.
Last week, facilitators from WSWHE BOCES explained what’s different about the Common Core:
In English Language Arts/Literacy: a focus on non-fiction and careful reading; student ability to discuss reading and write using evidence; and increased academic vocabulary.
In Mathematics: students learn more about fewer concepts; focus on skill building, speed and accuracy; and use real world examples to better understand concepts.
A FIELD MEMO from the State Education Dept. noted that “student scores on the Common Core assessments will not be directly comparable to scores from prior-year tests because the assessments are based on different, more rigorous standards.” To see an example of how tests have changed, compare a 2005 SAMPLE TEST FOR GRADE 3 ELA with a 2013 SAMPLE TEST FOR GRADE 3 ELA.
Congratulations to high school art teacher Sue Botch and Big Cross kindergarten teacher Beverly Gill, for being named "Teachers of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! Along with radio announcements that have run on 100.3 FM, they each received a plaque, flowers and other gifts to recognize their commitment to education.
As her nomination said, “Mrs. Botch makes time in her busy week for one-on-one time with her students. Many of her students consider Mrs. Botch a great mentor. She genuinely cares about every student, not just her own art students. Mrs. Botch comes to school each day with a smile, a great attitude and a real love of teaching.”
Mrs. Gill was described in her nomination as “always having the best activities for her students. In January her class had a beach party where the students wore their bathing suits and flip flops. While they were having fun, they were learning by fishing for words and during lunch they learned about the food pyramid. It was a great way to break up the winter months and keep her students interested in school. Mrs. Gill also plans a crazy hat day, a red white and blue day and many other fun days throughout the school year.”
Congratulations, Mrs. Botch and Mrs. Gill!