GFPS Virtual Academy

During the summer of 2014, GFPS will offer a number of courses*, open to students entering 8th through 12th grades. Each of the courses is 1/2 credit and costs $105. All registrations will be done online with payment taken to the GFHS or CMR Finance Office or mailed directly to GFPS Virtual Academy.


Although there is no sliding scale or GFPS scholarships for Virtual Academy since it is mainly self-supporting, Montana AGATE (Association for Gifted and Talented Education) does offer scholarships each year for students to engage in academic pursuits during the summer. Their scholarship deadline is March 5, 2014. An application can be located at


Course titles (below) are linked to their descriptions:

English 7 PE 1-2 Health 1-2
English 8 PE 3-4 Health 3-4
Montana Gov Studies Financial Tech Skills Foundations of Sci 1
US History 1 Job Seekers Foundations of Sci 2
US History 2 Work Experience  
Government Marketing  


*All courses with sufficient enrollment will run; students who register for a course that does not have sufficient enrollment may choose another course OR receive a full refund. Final course offerings will be announced at the registration deadline, June 6 (or as the registration process progresses – see below).

**Courses marked with a double asterisk currently HAVE sufficient enrollment and WILL run. Courses that have a strike-through are full and are no longer taking enrollments. If you would like to get on a waiting list in case of a drop, please call Susan Quinn (268-6104).


Business Department Courses

Financial Tech Skills ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: During the summer, this course is open to all students. Financial Tech Skills is a graduation requirement.

Course Description: This course unites technology (Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Publisher, Internet navigation) with financial management (budgeting, investing, insurance, banking, credit, payroll, W4, taxes, saving, math, loans and interest) in a real world format. Financial Tech Skill equips students with important skills they will need when entering the workforce.

Questions about Financial Tech Skills can be directed to the teacher, Mrs. Kelly Parsons (268-6176).


Job Seekers ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: This course is for juniors and seniors who have already taken Financial Tech Skills. This course is required for the Work Experience course.

Course Description: This course will include a job career search, developing a portfolio, developing skills to secure and keep a job, and reviewing laws and legal issues.

Questions about Job Seekers can be directed to the teacher, Mrs. Kelly Parsons (268-6176).


Work Experience ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: Job Seekers must be taken in advance of or concurrently with Work Experience. Students must work a minimum of 15 paid hours per week.

Course Description: “Learn & Earn” Earn school credit while working outside of school.

Questions about Work Experience can be directed to the teacher, Mrs. Kelly Parsons (268-6176).


Marketing ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course is intended to introduce employees to the various components of marketing (getting products and services from producers to consumers). Subject matter includes the economic importance of marketing, a study of consumer motivation, marketing trends, product planning and research, and careers in marketing.

Questions about Marketing can be directed to the teacher, Mrs. Kelly Parsons (268-6176).


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Health Enhancement Department Courses 

Health 1-2 ($105) and Health 3-4 ($105)

PE 1-2 ($105) and PE 3-4 ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: Health 1-2 and PE 1-2 are each half-credit courses that are typically taken by freshmen; Health 3-4 and PE 3-4 are each half-credit courses that are typically taken by sophomores.

Both classes are on an every-other-day schedule during the regular school year (for instance Health on even numbered days and PE on odd numbered days). If a student takes one of the courses (but not the other) during the summer, he or she will be scheduled into an every-other-day study hall for the entire year to complete the course he or she didn't take during the summer. Some students like this option for extra study time, but it will not "free up" a period for the student to take something else like an additional elective.

Each of the two half-credits together comprise each for the two HPE graduation requirements. Any student may take these courses.

Students in health and PE classes will be required to take the district assessment posttest. The post test will be administered at the same time as their final exam in person (near the end of July). Also it is to be noted that students will be required to take a midterm exam in person (near the end of June).


Course Descriptions:


Health 1-2 includes introduction to health, relationships, human body systems, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, nutrition and body image, reproductive health, personal health and noncommunicable diseases.

Health 3-4 emphasizes healthy choices; decision-making skills, managing stress, mental health/problems, resolving conflict/preventing violence, human body systems, human development/reproduction, life cycle and communicable diseases/stds.

PE 1-2 AND PE 3-4 focus on fitness with basic skills being reinforced. Conditioning will be stressed. Introduction to life-long fitness/games and activities.

Additional information can be obtained from Health/PE Teacher, Mrs. Amanda Ferderer (268-6219 or amanda_ferderer [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us):


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English Department Courses

English 7 ($105) & English 8 ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: These courses are the two semesters of English typically taken during the senior year. Students entering grade 12 may take these courses.

Course Description: These courses are designed to allow students to earn a full credit for English 7-8 during the short summer session. The course must still meet all curriculum standards, even though it is slightly abbreviated. Students should be prepared to logon and participate consistently. Students will complete a senior level research paper; read at least two complete literary works; discuss Native American topics through various media; participate in threaded discussions, write at least one literary essay, and complete a resume unit. Students will have to meet with the instructor at least once at the end of the course to complete the district assessments which will be used as a final exam for the course. Texts used for this course will include Wit, a play by Margaret Edson, Animal Farm, and Night. Students wishing to start on the novels ahead of time should visit with Mrs. Cleveland in order to get assignment specifics.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting English 7 & 8 Teacher, Mrs. Rene Cleveland (268-6231):


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Social Studies Department Courses

Montana Government Studies ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: This course is open to any student; it is a graduation requirement that is typically taken during the sophomore year.

Course Description: This course will cover the history of Montana and its government. Focus will be on tribal government and the relationship Montana has with its tribes as provided by the Constitution, treaties, and federal laws. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take two assessments in person.

Questions about Montana Government Studies can be answered by MGS teacher, Brian Greenwell (268-6234 or brian_greenwell [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us).


U.S. History 1 ($105) & U.S. History 2 ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: U.S. History is a two-semester course, typically taken during the junior year. Both semesters are required for graduation. Students may choose to take either both semesters or just one semester during Summer Virtual Academy. This course is open to students entering grades 10-12.

US History Online students are expected to possess strong reading skills, self-discipline, the ability to work mostly independently on tasks with occasional guidance, and a willingness to write. In addition to assignments and reading guides students will complete online, there will be time-limited exams for each unit (Semester 1 has six (6) units, Semester 2 has five (5)), and a final, proctored exam in person at the conclusion of each semester's work. Students will also complete a research project for each semester which will include a presentation component completed either through submission of a digital video file or in-person.

Course Description: This course covers events in American history beginning with Colonial America and moving through the 19th Century through the 1990s. Major topics will include the French and Indian War, the Revolution, the Constitution, Western Expansion and Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Western Expansion, Industrialization and Imperialism and the Progressive Era, civil rights, the World Wars, Vietnam the Cold War and Watergate.

Additional information may be obtained from the U.S. History teacher, Mr. Alex Rosenleaf (268-6237 or alex_rosenleaf [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us).


Government ($105)

Course Information & Prerequisites: Government is a one-semester course, typically taken during the senior year. There is no prerequisite. It is open to students entering grades 11 and 12. Students need to be self-disciplined and have regular access to a computer and the internet and demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of Moodle and how to work within Moodle when they meet with the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students will submit their work, except for the final exam, back to the instructor through Moodle. Students will complete six (6) units which encompass reading, writing short essays (2 – 3 paragraphs), assessments, and a proctored District Assessment in person as the final at the conclusion of all of the course work.

Course Description: This course provides a study of American government including the political process, national government, comparative political systems, and state and local governments.

Additional information may be obtained from the Government teacher, Ms. Kathleen Galvin-Halcro (268-7663 or kathleen_galvin-halcro [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us).


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Science Department Courses


Foundations of Science 1 ($105) and Foundations of Science 2 ($105)

Foundations of Science is the required science course typically taken by students in their freshman year.

Course Description: Foundations of Science is offered in the science department to allow the student to develop a sound science background. This course will include a study of introductory physics, chemistry, earth and space science.

Additional information may be obtained from the FOS teacher, Mr. Murray Metge (268-6188 or murray_metge [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (subject: Virtual%20Academy%20Website%20Inquiry) ).

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  • This Thursday, May 29 from 5:30-7:30
  • Next Thursday, June 5 from 4:00-6:00

Parents are welcome to attend, but not required to attend.

Students who are registered to take Montana Government Studies are encouraged to try to attend the second session (on 6/5). Mr. Greenwell, who teaches MGS, is also a track coach, so he will not be at the meeting this week since State Track starts on Friday. If this Thursday is the ONLY time a student taking MGS can attend, Mr. Greenwell will leave some written instructions and the student can listen to the first half-hour which will be general information.



Before you register, please be sure to get any questions you may have about Summer Virtual Academy or the specific course itself answered. If you wonder about what happens if you take a vacation, what to do if you have technology glitches, or what course requirements are… please ask those questions now (teacher contact information below).

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English 7 & 8

Rene Cleveland


Rene_cleveland [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us


Kathleen Galvin-Halcro


Kathleen_galvin-halcro [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

US History

Alex Rosenleaf


Alex_rosenleaf [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

Montana Gov Studies

Brian Greenwell


Brian_greenwell [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

Foundations of Science

Murray Metge


Murray_metge [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

All Health & PE

Amanda Ferderer


Amanda_ferderer [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

Financial Tech Skills, Job Seekers, Personal Finance, Marketing

Kelly Parsons


Kelly_parsons [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us













































You NEED to be able to print your completed form once you register. If you have no way to print at home, you may use a computer at school to register for Virtual Academy.


Once you are done with registration and have printed the registration form and signed it, you have a couple of options for payment.

  1. Bring cash, check, or credit/debit card to the CMR or GFH Finance Office. Once you pay in person, the Finance Office will give you a receipt and keep your form, writing your receipt number and the amount paid at the top. The Finance Office will keep your form and get it to GFPS Virtual Academy.
  2. Call the CMR Finance Office (268-6113) or the GFH Finance Office (268-6317) and pay with a credit/debit card. Ask for your receipt number and write it and the amount paid at the top of your printed, signed form, and then mail the form to GFPS Virtual Academy (address below) or have your son or daughter take it to the GFHS or CMR Finance Office in person.
  3. Mail the printed and signed form along with a check to the GFPS Virtual Academy (address below).

GFPS Virtual Academy
228 17th Avenue NW
Great Falls, MT 59404


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