April 19, 2016
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In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Reminder - As a teacher, if you apply for a position and accept that position  for the following school year you cannot apply for any additional positions within the teacher unit.

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings are posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 and will close
on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Check the on-line
Link To In-District Teacher Job Openings

for a list of all current in-district teacher job openings. If you
are interested in applying for these openings please hand-deliver your
In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office
to meet the deadline.


Purchasing Policy Manual

An updated Purchasing Policy Manual is available on the GFPS Website. To access the manual, click on this link Purchasing Policy Manual or follow this path:  District-Department List-Business-Purchasing Department.
Please take the time to review the ‘Creating Requisitions’ document, which is posted in the Purchasing section.

2nd Annual Rob Quist Benefit and Arts Appreciation Fundraiser coming right up!


Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk



   OULA Class Update (moved from Meadowlark)
• PLACE: PGEC Gym 2400 Central Avenue – enter on the south side parking lot near the Fitness Center
• TIME: 5:45 am – 6:30 am
• DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Jody Murray
Great Falls Public Schools CARE Program
Direct Line: 268-6772



Substitute Para timesheets are due by the 2nd of each month. Substitute Teachers should verify all assignments are correct in AESOP by the 2nd of each month.

Teacher Timecards and Class Coverage sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Wednesday, April 13th. Reconciling should be done daily. Please verify all absences are reconciled by the 12th.

All other timecards are due in the Business Office the morning of Friday, April 22nd. Please e-mail any absences for the 22nd to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us. If you know in advance an employee is going to be gone, please have them mark it on their timecard rather than waiting to email.

All time cards are due on the above dates. Do not put them in the school mail any later, as it will be impossible to pay them on this pay period. All time cards must be signed by the employee before pay checks will be released.

All federal time cards are due to federal programs office two days before the dates listed above.

Secretaries, please review your time card check-off list and be sure all employees have turned in their time cards.


Any employee terminating their employment with the district must send their timecard to the business office immediately upon termination (DO NOT wait for the end of the pay period).  If the employee will be terminating shortly after the end of the pay period those days can be added to the current time card.


GFPS Employee Election Guidelines

These hold true for the upcoming Trustee election as well as the facility bond election to be held in October.

MCA 13-35-226: A public employee may not solicit support for or opposition to any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at the place of employment.
MCA 2-2-121: Public funds may not be expended for any form of commercial advertising in support of or opposition to a bond issue or levy submitted to the electors.
GFPS 5224 Personnel Policy—Political Activity—Staff Participation: No person may attempt to coerce, command, or require a public employee to support or oppose any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue. No District employee may solicit support for, or opposition to, any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at his place of employment. However, nothing in this section is intended to restrict the right of a District employee to express his or her personal political views.

The following are examples of prohibited activities for political purposes by governmental bodies. Not all possibilities can be shown:
1. Political signs to expressly advocate a ballot issue, candidate, or political committee may not be placed on school property or buildings.
2. District equipment such as telephones, copy machines, fax machines, video equipment, audio equipment, and cameras are not permitted to be used for political purposes.
3. District computer equipment such as computer hardware, computer software, and printers are not allowed to be used for political purposes.
4. District e-mail and web sites are not permitted to be used. School district employees should not use District resources to forward or generate political e-mails.
5. Political posters, brochures, buttons, flyers, or promotional literature of any type cannot be displayed by schools.
6. Employees of a governmental body may not engage in campaign activities of any sort during time the employees are expected to be engaged in official work duties.
7. Teachers may not send advocacy literature home with students.
8. The teachers’ lounge cannot be used to distribute or display political advertisements.
9. Employees cannot encourage others to support or oppose the election of any person to office or the passage of a ballot issue during the time the employee is expected to be engaged in official work duties.

This list is not all-inclusive.

1. Know the facts and be prepared to answer student, parent and community questions regarding the facts.
2. Volunteer on non-work time to participate in a citizen committee. District employees may be members of independent citizen committees to advocate for or against a candidate or ballot issue, and may solicit or encourage members of the public to be part of a citizens' committee, so long as these activities occur on personal time and off District premises.
3. Make phone calls from home to discuss the election.
4. Personally donate money to citizen committees.
5. E-mail on personal time from a personal account and network to other personal accounts information about the election.
6. Provide impartial, factual information as a part of the employee’s job on work time or in a school facility.

                            This list is not all-inclusive.                                 TLacey 4/16


2016 HANDS Summer Program

We are looking for guest speakers for our summer program again this year. The kids and HANDS staff really enjoyed those of you that came out last year and shared your knowledge and talents with us. Thank you again to those that gave their time to the kids last summer. The HANDS summer committee would love to have you back this year or come for the first time.

The 2016 summer program theme is going to be the “Magic Tree House Adventures”.
Dates: June 13th – August 19th.
Locations: Lewis & Clark and Valley View
Times: 6:45 am – 6:00 pm

We try to fill the summer with a lot of different activities, such as field trips to the local parks, visiting a few local businesses, swimming, bowling, mini-golf, crafts and a lot of outdoor fun at the centers. If you are willing and available to be a guest speaker, please let me know so we can talk about dates and topics. Your imagination is the only limit!

A few topics the guest did last year: Gardening, Story Telling, Yoga & Zumba, Print Making, Welding & Metals, Science Experiments, etc.

If you are unable to do this yourself, maybe you know someone that we could contact. Thank you so much for your time and considering coming out this summer.

Lisa R. Combs

Administrative Assistant/Office
Direct: (406) 268-6931
Cell: (406) 231-3959
Fax: (406) 268-7005


Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7pm
Paris Gibson Education Center

All employees who have served the District 25, 30, or 35 years will be honored as well as those employees who have retired during the 2015-2016 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees will be sent an invitation via letter in April. If you do not receive one and you think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051. The District will honor each recipient with a gift. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

Interested in June Professional Development? Looking for Something Different?

Indian Education for All is currently seeking 20 GFPS teachers to embark on an all-expense paid 5-day 4-night excursion across the highline. Teachers will receive 12 PIR hours, while immersed in the Seven Essential Understandings of IEFA. Teachers will explore three different reservations—Fort Peck, Fort Belknap, and Rocky Boys and learn from tribal members—more exciting details to come! Desirable candidates are adventurous, enthusiastic and ready to have a blast.

Register through PIR eCentral: IEFA Teacher Camp II.

Paid Training Day: June 4th, 8:30-3:30
Travel Dates: leave June 20th - return June 24th

Please contact Katie Hurin (268-6657; Katie_Hurin [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) or JoLena Hinchman (265-6661; jolena_hinchman [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) for more information.


MIET 2016


Retirement Celebration for Bill Salonen