Gloversville eighth-graders recognized

GLOVERSVILLE – A total of 187 Gloversville Middle School eighth-graders – now members of the future Gloversville High School class of 2019 – were recognized for their accomplishments during a promotion ceremony in the middle school auditorium Thursday.

Annual awards were given and students received promotion certificates before a crowd of family, friends and teachers, a news release said.

During his address to the student body, Gloversville Enlarged School District Superintendent Michael B. Vanyo discussed two changes the district is putting in place for next year at Gloversville High School to help increase student success.

For next year, GHS will form a Freshmen Academy for all incoming ninth-graders. The academy will provide a “school within a school” setting for freshmen, who will be assigned a team of core teachers who will work closely with each other and the students to help them transition to high school, according to the news release.

Also next year, GHS will implement block scheduling. High school classes will meet for longer periods every other day instead of meeting for 40 minutes every day under the current schedule. The extended periods will give teachers and students more time for in-depth lessons and projects.

“Today is a day to celebrate all of your accomplishments up until now. But your journey is just beginning,” Vanyo told the students.