April 24, 2017
Issue No: 


Superintendent's Message

Tech Levy Facts
Did you know that the District owns 8517 computing devices?  One of those is the computer you are using to read this article.  Did you know that 43.5% of those devices are 5 years or older and out of warranty?  It is almost a 50% chance then, that the computer you are using is one of the old ones.  Old computers are glitchy, slow and sometimes unable to open the documents and programs you want to use.  I know this can be frustrating for you and just as importantly, for our students who are tasked with working on aging equipment.
These circumstances are why the Board is asking for an additional $425,000 per year for ten years to address this concern.  Between the high school and elementary, the tech levies would generate $650,000 per year most of which will be spent in updating and upgrading our technology tools.  In other words, it will be used to put newer computers into the hands of our students and staff.
It is imperative that staff members understand the plan and have the facts.  It is inevitable that community members will ask you questions.  When they know you work for the District, they will assume that you have information about it.  Those community members are right.  You should be in the know and if you don’t happen to know the exact answer, you should be able to know where to find answers.  Your principal or supervisor are excellent resources.  You can also call Tom Hering, Director of Instructional Technology or myself for more information.  We have an entire webpage with additional information as well including a short video.  It can be found here:
You have been provided five pamphlets to share with others.  Hopefully you have reached out to friends, family and neighbors.  Now, it’s time to vote.  Ballots were mailed last week and are due on May 2.  Please don’t let it sit.   Exercise your right and responsibility.  Fill it out and mail it in today.
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.


Please Vote

Please remember that the work of our Board of Trustees significantly impacts our work.  It is important that our voices are heard via the voting that seats the Board.  This year, there are again three seats up for election.  Those are the seats of Jason Brantley, Jan Cahill and Don Ryan.  All three incumbents have filed as have three other candidates.  You can read about all six of them at this link by the Tribune:
Every vote counts.  Don’t let your ballot sit in your pile of mail.  Exercise your right and responsibility.  Fill it out and mail it in today.


Fight Childhood Hunger

Wear ORANGE tomorrow to help raise awareness for the fight against childhood hunger.  Why is this fight important?  Because 1 in 5 children in Montana struggle with hunger. The color ORANGE represents child hunger awareness. By wearing ORANGE and encouraging others to do the same, you are increasing awareness and standing united in the cause of reducing childhood hunger.  Let’s “orange crush” it all day and at the crosstown softball game at 4:30.
Do you need an orange shirt?  Contact Jamie McGraw at 268-6024.  They are $10 each. 

Want to help some more?  Bring a canned item for your school’s food pantry or drop canned items by the DOB. 

In-District Teacher Transfers, April 24, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings were posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 and will close on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postings) 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. 

Good Apple Award

This award has long been associated with education and with the District.  In the educational field, receiving an apple is an expression of
appreciation & esteem!
Who is eligible to be nominated for a Good Apple Award? Any employee, volunteer or community member is eligible to be nominated for and receive a Good Apple Award.
How does the nomination process work? Anyone wishing to nominate a colleague, volunteer or community member may send a nomination letter to the Human Resource Office. The letter should briefly describe why the nominator would like recognize the nominee. Once received, the following things take place:
  • A letter is generated to the nominee that highlights the accomplishments.
  • The nomination is summarized for the Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. This information is recorded in Board minutes and is included as part of the permanent record of the Board.
  • Both the nominee and nominator are recognized on a bulletin board display in the Aspen Conference Room at the District Office Building.
  • Monthly nominations are included on the GFPS website.
  • Each nominee is given an apple pin as a small token of the District’s appreciation.


Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards                            

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 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 2016-2017 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 recieve one by April 20th 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.

It's Not Too Late To Donate


Donation envelopes are available in your school office or you may choose to send your donations directly to the GFPS Foundation located at the District Office Building at 1100 4th St. S.  Angels In Action (AIA) is a non-profit program created to support Great Falls Public School families who may be facing a crisis.  Consider donating to this heartfelt cause.

For more information please click on this link Angels In Action Program Overview.  If you or a co-worker are currently going through a crisis and you would like to apply for AIA emergency funds, please visit the HR website and complete this form Application For Angels In Action Donation 

Retirement Party for Luanne


Third Annual Student Services Institute

To: all GFPS Teaching Staff 
You are invited to the
3rd Annual Student Services Institute
Do you have students who struggle with behavior?
Do you work with students who also receive interventions?
Do you ever wonder how to best support students with special needs?
Do you want to have your PIR courses completed before school starts?
Then we have some PIRs for you! 
We invite you to complete your remaining 3 to 12 PIR hours with us!
All Sessions at Great Falls High School
June 14, 15 and August 23, 24
Call Carol Paul 268-6779 for more information.

Go to
PIR eCentral to register.


High Trust 2017, Levels 1/2 & 3/4

Level 1/2     June 19 - June 23

Click here for Level 1/2 Information and Registration.



Level 3/4     June 26 - June 28

Click here for Level 3/4 Information and Registration.

Online Course for CEUs or Pay Scale Advancement


Dear teachers,
Elation (a neuroscience based leadership company in Montana) is offering an online course from May 8th-June 12th 2017 for (3)-quarter graduate credits through MSU-Northern or for 30 OPI renewal hours for all Montana teachers.  
Register early to avoid a waiting list!

Click here to review the online course and register.

Course Price for 30 OPI renewal hours- $149
Graduate credit from MSU- NORTHERN

(2 semester/ 3 quarter credits) is an additional $150

Elation Inc.

214 North Broadway

Billings, MT  59102

For questions contact us at:  855.878.2400

Click here for more information.

MREA Scholarship


PIR Classes

Sign Up for PIR Classes Now Open
Sign up for PIR Classes Now Open

The PIR catalog of classes is now online. Please sign up for at least 18 hours of classes (unless part time), and don't forget to enroll in the appropriate District-Directed course, based on the letter you received.
In addition, be sure to sign up for MEA, MIET or other conference if you think you might attend those. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled May 8, so sign up soon.
Click here to log in
Do you have your PIR credits completed for the year?
Here is a video on how to complete evaluations and check your transcript properly.

Click this link to find out. 

MIET Tech Days, 2017


MIET 2017 Registration is now open.  Click here to register!  

Employee Wellness Poker Walk, 2017

Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk 2017

Not a race! Just a fun walk with co-workers and friends.  Families are welcome and encouraged to participate. Cash Prizes for employees with the Best Hands, Worst Hand and Joker cards. We look forward to seeing you! 

Click here for more information.