December 5, 2016
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Discovery Grant Information

Do you have an innovative and creative project you’d like to implement in your classroom or building? You can receive money through a Discovery grant and submissions open today, December 5th, and close January 27th. Great Falls Public Schools employees can submit applications for funding ranging from $500 to $3,000. The program provides opportunities for students to learn in new environments, experience creative teaching methods, participate in out of school experiences, or have new equipment or materials that provide enrichment and support. You can find the application HERE or through the Foundation’s webpage at

If you have questions about the Discovery Grant program please contact Dave Crum at dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or call 7340. If you have questions regarding the online application please contact Lyndsay Lettre at foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or at 7401.    

Healthy Holiday Season

12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season
~The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It's flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2.  Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  3. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  4. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history. Get insurance from the Health Insurance Marketplace if you are not insured.
  8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children's reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don't leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.




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Everything Google Class Meeting

Interested in learning more about Google resources while earning two graduate credits, all for $200? Come to the informational meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 pm in the GFEA office. Bring your checkbook. Questions? Fill out the form at

Katie Kotynski 

Google Certified Educator Certificate

GFPS would like to take the time to acknowledge and congratulate the teachers who participated in the Google Certified Educator program and received their Google Certified Educator Certificate along with six PIR credits. Throughout the summer, teachers participated in a self-paced, hands-on training course that included watching videos, completing activities and learning how to effectively integrate Google Education tools with students in their classrooms. After completing all 13 units (approx. 12 hours), they registered and passed the three hour Level 1 Google Certified Educator exam. The exam is a performance-based and tested their abilities to use Google Education tools in a classroom setting. Not only did they take the time to participate in this professional development but they paid for the exam ($10) out of their own pocket! Now they are using these tools in their own classroom to transform their students’ learning! 

Jessica Cape - North Middle School

Nicole Crouch - North Middle School

Erica Hickey - Whittier Elementary

Jana Mora – District Offices/Technology

Clinton Topel - North Middle School

If you are interested in pursuing your Google Certified Educator certification, please email Jana Mora for more information on getting started.
Thank you! 

Additions to District Forms

Please note that DW-71 Employee Accident Report has been added to the district website as a fillable form.  It is found under Staff; District Forms. 

Employee Wellness Update - December, 2016


Circuit Training with Laurie Roberts will start up again on Monday, December 5, 2016.  Class is held at Paris Gibson Education Center in the Fitness Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.