June Regents and final exam schedule
The schedule for Regents and final exams can be viewed HERE.
High School awards celebrate students' accomplishments
More than 60 students at Glens Falls High School were honored with 89 different awards, scholarships and other designations at the school’s annual awards program on June 4. The event began with recognition of the Class of 2013’s Top Students, including valedictorian Allyce Morrissey, salutatorian Jordan Griffen, and Tori Agnew, Kate Clements, Colin Diamond, John Endieveri, Jack Girard, Bailey Harrison, Emily Moses, Helena Rabin, and Justice Spear. The traditional “top ten” is actually eleven students deep this year, due to a shared ranking.
For more details on each of the Top Students and a complete listing of all awards given out on June 4, SEE THE HIGH SCHOOL'S AWARDS AND HONORS PAGE
Jerry Casertino's writing on equality wins Law Day essay contest
"The American government’s ability to change with the times and expand to improve the rights and quality of life for all people is one of the reasons America and its legal system are the greatest in the world." With those words and more, GFHS Junior Jerry Casertino won this year’s Warren County Bar Association Law Day Essay Contest. Open to all students in Warren County, the essay question asked students to outline the definition of equality and address how the definition of equality has changed over time.
“From 1776 to now, many groups of people have fought for their rights to do things such as own property, vote, and have equal protection under the law,” Jerry wrote in his winning essay. “Many of them were successful in achieving these goals, and many other groups are still waiting for their turn to fight. Laws at all levels of government are constantly morphing to include or remove certain laws, and that is one of the things that makes our government system so successful when compared to others.
“One of the greatest things about the Constitution that continues to make the 356 year old document relevant today is the amendment process. Huge steps have been taken towards achieving full equality by many amendments. For African Americans, their time to gain more equality started in 1865 with the passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments… Women of all races were given their rights with the passing of the 19th amendment in 1920…
“As time progressed, the definition of equality changed to mean much more than rights to white men, and has included many more groups of people. The definition of equality will continue to change forever as new groups receive their chance.”
Jerry’s award was presented at the "Law Day" breakfast at Hiland County Club on Friday May 3, where many of the judges and attorneys in the county gathered to hear Penny Andrews, Dean of the Albany Law School, speak about legal equality.
"Jimmerosity" initiative raises money for GFHS Kids' Cash Fund
Glens Falls school community members can now team up with the Fredette Family Foundation to help raise money for the Glens Falls High School “Kids’ Cash Fund.” During the month of June, the Foundation will be selling $15 tickets for one large Angelina’s pizza, with all proceeds going to the Kids Cash Fund.
The Fund supports students in grades 9-12 by funding opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. “In the past, the Fund has been used for things like eyeglasses, a new pair of sneakers, sending a kid to camp in the summer—things that really benefit our Glens Falls students,” says athletic director Chip Corlew.
The pizza tickets—a “Jimmerosity” initiative of the Fredette Family Foundation—will be on sale at faculty meetings, the spring varsity sports awards ceremony, at the middle school’s spirit day, and throughout the month of June in the main office of the high school. They can be used for a large pizza until June 30, 2013.
GFSD offers summer camps in art and sports
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
Glens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2013-14 school budget -- Capital reserve expenditures approved; Bus purchase approved
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.
"Teacher of the Week" honored: Margaret Sawyer
Congratulations to high school nurse Margaret Sawyer, for being named "Teacher of the Week" by Adirondack Broadcasting and TCT Federal Credit Union! Along with radio announcements that have run on 100.3 FM, on Tuesday she received a plaque, flowers and other gifts to recognize her commitment to students.
Mrs. Sawyer was described this way in her nomination: “Recently, Mrs. Sawyer was a chaperone at the Glens Falls after-prom and during that event a gentleman was stricken with severe chest pains and having difficulty breathing. Mrs. Sawyer immediately got her medical bag and began an assessment of the man’s condition. She remained calm and was able to help him until medical paramedics arrived on the scene. Her actions were critical during this difficult emergency situation. For her efforts that evening, we congratulate Mrs. Margaret Sawyer!”
Six 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 on May 15. Nearly 300 people attended the annual celebratory dinner at Heritage Hall, where student-athletes in every sport were honored for their accomplishments.
Grandstanders’ 2013 Senior Sports Award scholarship winners are: Tyler Mello (hockey and lacrosse), Cam Girard (football and basketball), Jack Girard (soccer and swimming), Bridget Resse (cross-country running, Nordic skiing, and track), Emma Morrissey (tennis and lacrosse), and Tori Agnew (basketball and softball).
“If you look at what these student-athletes have in common, not only are they very good athletes, but they’re hard workers both in and out of the classroom,” said Athletic Director Chip Corlew. To be considered for one of the $500 scholarships, the student-athletes must have maintained at least a “B” average, be a solid role model, and letter in at least one varsity sport.
The Grandstanders Sports Booster Club's mission is to promote and support all Glens Falls athletic programs by providing financial assistance and a volunteer "workforce" to help provide a quality experience for every student athlete.
HS students shine in Business Day competition
Glens Falls High School had several “top-five” finishers at the 20th annual High School Business Day Competition at SUNY Adirondack May 7th. “This is a day of testing and competitions in business course material for students from many schools in the area,” says high school business teacher Robert Amberger.
Nearly 300 students from area high schools competed in various business exams in the morning. After lunch, the results were tabulated and by early afternoon students and teachers gathered for an awards ceremony, according to the Adirondack Business Educators Association, one of the event’s sponsors.
From GFHS, Spencer Bray took second place in the CISCO Computer Networking Quiz Bowl, and third place in the PC Quiz Bowl. James Coffey took fifth place in Computer Literacy. Ben Collins took third place in Economics, and Donovan Baker took fifth place in Personal Finance.
This year’s Business Day theme was "e-ship for entrepreneurship."
Register now for GFSD summer sports camps & clinics
Summer sports camps are 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
Recognizing outstanding teaching and learning during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10
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.
Friday's honoree is art teacher Karen Mars, who works with students at Glens Falls High School. READ MORE HERE
Check back every day for a look inside some of the most dynamic classrooms around our district.
Visiting artist helps advanced pottery students explore “saggar firing”
Advanced pottery students benefitted from the expertise of a local visiting artist this spring—and now a student’s “saggard” piece is on display at the Hyde.
After displaying saggard pottery in the high school’s Art Expo last year, artist Chris Walton spent time in Karen Mars’ advanced pottery class this year to help students understand saggar firing and the history of this particular approach of glazing from ancient Greece. “By enclosing the pottery in another container with certain chemicals, the clay will achieve unpredictable smoky effects of various reds, oranges and blacks created by the fumes,” said Mrs. Mars.
Mrs. Walton took the student work to her studio on Glen Street and completed the firing process there. “Students were extremely pleased with their new style of glazing,” said Mrs. Mars. One of Nathan Didio’s saggared pieces was chosen to be in the Hyde Museum’s Juried Student Show which will be on exhibit at the Hyde until Sunday, May 26th.
Additional saggared pieces will be on display at this year’s Art Expo scheduled for Thursday evening, May 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 at the High School.
Sleep study data shows sleep time increasing, stress scores and discipline issues decreasing
Analysis on the first two waves of data from the St. Lawrence University sleep study shows that GFHS students are getting more sleep—with increases averaging between 12 and 48 minutes more per night from last spring to this fall. Survey data shows that self-reported depression, anxiety and stress (DASS) scores are lower across all grade levels from last spring to this fall, and discipline incidents have dropped as well.
The news comes as the SLU research team prepares for a third wave of data collection in the multi-year study on how Glens Falls high school’s start time change affects academic achievement and overall student health. Students participating in the study answered questions about their sleep times, mood, and caffeine use this past May, and again in mid-November. The third wave of data will be collected on May 28 and 29 during participating students’ physical education classes.
Lead researchers Drs. Pamela Thacher and Serge Onyper discussed some initial findings with high school administrators in early April. Data from the first and second collection waves shows that:
- Mean weekday bedtimes for Grade 12 and Grade 11 stayed constant across the two data collection waves, at 10:54 p.m. and 10:51 p.m., respectively. Grade 10 participants’ bed times went from 10:30 p.m. to 10:42 p.m., and Grade 9 participants’ bed times went from 10:30 p.m. to 10:36 p.m.
- Mean weekday rise times were later in wave 2 for all grades—Grade 12 respondents went from 6:42 a.m. to 7:06 am., and Grade 11 respondents went from 6:48 a.m. to 7:06 a.m. Grade 10 respondents’ average wake-up time was 6:36 a.m. in wave 1, and 6:48 a.m. in wave 2, while Grade 9 respondents rose at 6:24 a.m. in wave 1, and 7:00 a.m. in wave 2, on average.
- Total sleep time (as indicated in the chart above) increased for participants at all grade levels: Grade 12 by 18 mins., Grade 11 by 30 mins., Grade 10 by 12 mins., and Grade 9 by 48 mins.
- Students reported lower overall levels of stress, anxiety and depression in wave 2 as compared to wave 1, and fewer study participants were referred to the school counseling office for depression screening based on their questionnaire responses, as compared to wave 1.
- Reports of disciplinary problems, including disorderly conduct, disrespectful behaviors, insubordination, and tardiness are each lower in wave 2 than wave 1.
“We don’t expect to see a significant change in one year,” Dr. Thacher said, referring to student achievement data. “There may even be a decrease in performance that is due to factors totally unrelated to start time change, such as cohort intelligence, or the economy of our city and nation.”
Participation in the study is completely voluntary for students, and they can choose to fill out surveys in any or all rounds of data collection. Parents can opt their child out of an invitation to participate by contacting the main office of the High School. Details and an opt-out form are available on the High School web page at www.gfsd.org. The questionnaires are also posted online for parents to view.
Aggregate results of the study will be shared with parents, students, and the school community once the research is complete.
GFSD teams in Bowl For Kids Sake raise more than $5K for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Bowling can be a fun way to build healthy relationships—and a great way to raise money, as teams from Glens Falls City Schools have proven in this year’s “Bowl For Kids’ Sake.”
Sixty-three bowlers on 16 GFSD teams raised a total of $5,291 at the annual event to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks. “This was the most money raised by a school district and earned us a Pin Trophy,” said coordinator and high school counselor Brian Bombard.
A friendly competition began within the school district for the new “Golden Pin” award that was added to the annual effort this year. The student Golden Pin is going to the Glens Falls cross-country ski team. “This bowling team of Jerry Casertino, Allison Casertino, Ethan Katz, and Caleb Vaughn raised $466,” said Mr. Bombard. The faculty team winner is the School Counseling Office, which included bowlers Arlene Dudley, Brian Bombard, Terry Tobias, and GF alumni Jason Buckley, Kevin Driscoll, and Katie Driscoll (Bartholomew).
Many GFSD students and staff participate as either “Bigs” or “Littles” in the mentoring program that aims to encourage positive outcomes for children through professionally supported one-to-one relationships.
Crepe-making in the classroom brings a fuller understanding of French culture -- and vocabulary
C'est délicieux! French students in Andrea Welti’s class at the high school got a taste of French culture on March 28, when caterer Amy Cantor stopped by for a lecture and crêpe-making demonstration.
“We have talked in class about crêpe and its cultural significance,” says Ms. Welti. “Back on February 2nd, we celebrated La Chandeleur. We held a coin in one hand and flipped pre-made crêpe in a pan in the other hand. If you flip successfully, it is supposed to bring good fortune in the coming year.”
After a talk and demonstration by Ms. Cantor, students were able to test their crêpe culinary skills by making their own sweet or savory crêpe from a variety of ingredients ranging from fresh strawberries and bananas to the Italian hazelnut-chocolate spread, Nutella. Beyond the immersion in French culture, students used the experience as a springboard to a better understanding of grammar and vocabulary.
“We are currently studying the grammatical structure of the past tense,” said Ms. Welti. “After our visit, the students wrote to describe how they made the crepes. It gave them a chance to practice the grammar while tying in culture and a hands-on experience, which is easier to describe. When we reach our food unit, we will once again talk about our experience and use it to practice ‘quantity’ vocabulary.”
Junior Ethan Cronquist's stop-motion animated film wins accolades in People's Pixel Project
GFHS junior Ethan Cronquist is now a celebrated video animator, after his stop-motion film, “The Whiteboard Incident” was selected as a winner in The Peoples Pixel Project: A Festival of Short Videos.
This fourth-annual effort of the Lake George Arts Project showcased 19 video shorts made by film makers within 100 miles of Lake George, NY. The majority of films were around 3-5 minutes long in genres including animated, comedy, documentary, narrative, and music video.
Ethan said his project took about six days of continuous shooting, followed by five days of compiling the images into a movie and adding music and sound effects. “In total I had about 3,600 individual images to work with, so it was a bit cumbersome,” Ethan said.
In his photography class with GFHS teacher Peter Taylor, Ethan had viewed many different kinds of stop-motions. After seeing some animations with whiteboards, he “thought that was an interesting medium to do an animation with,” Ethan said. “But I wanted to take it further than that, so I added three-dimensional aspects to my movie.”
Ethan said he was “dumbfounded” to learn his animation was chosen as a winner. “There were a lot of submissions to the Project, and I just assumed mine wouldn’t be picked. I had to reread the email a few times to make sure I had read what I had read,” Ethan said.
“I feel like I worked hard on it and I tried to be creative, so I’m proud of the final cut of my animation,” Ethan said. “I would never have done something like this on my own, so I really thank Mr. Taylor for introducing our class to this assignment.”
GFHS Mathletes Allyce Morrissey, Logan Kunst, Emma Conrick and Rina Hashimoto get top scores
On a certain building project, rules called for each bricklayer in a crew to lay a quota of B bricks per day. If each bricklayer's daily quota were reduced by 200, 5 more bricklayers would be needed to maintain the crew's daily quota. If the individual quota reduction had been 100, only 2 additional bricklayers would have been needed. What is the value of B?
Glens Falls High School Mathletes have solved problems like these (the answer is 250, by the way) to finish in fifth place out of eight area schools in this year’s Math League competition. Senior Allyce Morrissey was again the season's top scorer.
The season consisted of five math meets which started in November and went through March. At the meets, students work individually on the questions and are given 17 minutes to complete the first set of three questions. Papers are then collected and graded by the team's math coach while students work on the second set of questions.
Students do not know the questions in advance of a meet, and they look like this:
- The distances from point A on an ellipse to its foci F and F' are 1 and 3 respectively. If the distance between the foci is the same as the length of the minor axis, what is measure of AFF'? (Answer: 90)
- Let the function f be defined by f(n) = 2f(n-1)- 3f(n-2) for all integers n. If f(1) = 1 and f(0) = 0, what is the value of f(-2)? (Answer: -2/9)
In the photo at left, GFHS Mathletes gather for the last meet of the year: Skyy Cannon, Emma Conrick, Scarlett Dewitt, Fran Dougherty, Brian Dwyre, Ashleigh Ellis, Krystyna Farrell, Miranda Haraughty, Adele Haraughty, Rina Hashimoto, Ethan Katz, Logan Kunst, David Mauro, Allyce Morrissey, Ayumi Ogiwara, Alexis Robbins, Tanner Sax, Travis Scarincio, Meagen Stone, Jon White, Clark Wooley, and Jake Zanoni.
Senior Alexis Wielt is a "Kid Who Cares!"
GFHS senior Alexis Wielt was featured on WNYT's local newscast April 8th as one of the "13 Kids Who Care" for her work with Relay for Life. She has friends who've been touched by cancer, and she decided the best way to tackle the pain was to convince others to join her fight. Awesome job, Alexis!
"Teachers of the Week" honored: Sue Botch and Beverly Gill!
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!
Flash mob caps Girls Day 2013!
More than a hundred high school girls heard a college counselor’s advice on how to choose a career, learned how to make healthy snacks from a nutritionist, participate in an “Arts Café,” and talked fashion trends at the annual Girls Day at Glens Falls High School, March 2, 2013. And if that’s not enough, a flash mob dance capped off the afternoon.
Girls Day is an initiative designed to strengthen and empower high school girls with life skills, information and bonding over fun activities throughout a day-long event.
This year, the School District Foundation of Glens Falls made a donation to support Girls Day, which is free for girls to attend, and open to all girls in grades 9-12. Former superintendent and current board member of the Foundation, Tom McGowan, presented the check to assistant principal Liz Collins and the Girls Day organizing group in mid-February. More from Girls Day 2013 is coming soon!