Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year!

September 12, 2017

Students on the first day of school.

What’s new at South Glens Falls Central Schools as we begin the 2017-18 school year?

South Glens Falls CSD kicked off the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 7th when all students returned from summer break.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone back for the start of the new school year,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, Ed.D. “The first few days have gone very smoothly and we appreciate the outstanding work that our operations and maintenance staff completed over the summer months to have our buildings and classrooms ready for the opening of school. Significant improvements have been made at Moreau and Harrison to our bus loops and parking lots that will help improve the safety of our arrival and dismissal procedures. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while improvements are being made throughout the district during the capital project.”

Some of the new things happening around the district include:

1st 30 Days

This year, school district staff will be placing a special emphasis on the first 30 days of school, with the intention of identifying students’ needs as early as possible, so all of our students can get off to a great start. Student’s previous academic achievement results, behaviors and attendance information will be reviewed and closely monitored and support systems will be put into place to help our students succeed.

Capital Project Updates

New parking lotAs you may have seen as you drive throughout the district, we have made improvements to many of the district’s buildings. Harrison Avenue and Moreau elementary schools have new roofs, additional parking spaces, new playgrounds, and safer, designated areas for school buses and student drop-off and pick-up.

Construction has begun at the future location of the district’s new transportation/operations and maintenance facility on Harrison Avenue. The new facility is expected to be completed in December 2018.

As part of our ongoing capital project work, single-stall bathrooms have been identified at each building so that all students and staff members who prefer to use a private bathroom can do so.

Several of our schools now have new convection ovens in the kitchens and Tanglewood Elementary School has a new clock/PA system.

(View our capital project page here.)

More Students Have Access to Chromebooks

In August, students in grades 6 and 8 attended Chromebook Academies, and were issued a Chromebook for use in class and on assignments at home during the school year. Current seventh-grade students, we well as teachers at the middle and high schools, were issued Chromebooks last year. As part of our district technology plan, our goal is to improve individual access to technology resources for all students. With the addition of these new devices for our middle school students, the total number of Chromebooks across the district is now 2,362.

New Student Empowerment Services Program

The school district is excited about its new partnership with the Saratoga Center for the Family, which has created the new Student Empowerment Services Program. The program is a school-based mental health support service for students and families. Taylor Concordia is the district’s new school-based mental health counselor, who will be working with students and staff at each building and the greater community to help our families. Saratoga Center for the Family will be offering a full range of comprehensive mental health services in our schools. More information will be available from school counselors, social workers and psychologists.

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