February 6, 2017
Issue No: 


Speech & Debate - Judges Needed

FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2017
Please consider volunteering your time to help us meet our needs of 200 judges per round for this qualifying tournament!
Friday, February 10:
Speech Rounds at Great Falls High School     
4:00 PM     6:00 PM      8:00 PM

Debate Rounds at Great Falls High School
4:00 PM     6:00 PM      8:00 PM

Saturday, February 11:
Speech Rounds at Great Falls High School
9:00 AM    11:00 AM    2:00 PM   4:00 PM

Debate Rounds at Great Falls High School                                         8:00 AM     10:00 AM    12:00 PM 2:00 PM     3:30 PM     5:00PM

CONTACT Julie Easton at 268-6369 or at julie_easton [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (julie_easton [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us)
Meals and snacks provided at both schools.

THANK YOU for supporting Montana students!  

Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers, 2017

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than March 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the second semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by March 10, 2017 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office 

Heisey Teacher Scholarships

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s
Heisey Teacher Scholarship Applications for 2017-2018 School Year
Now Open
  • Twenty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded competitively to school teachers in the Great Falls Public Schools District to help fund work toward a master’s degree, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, academic work supporting Great Falls Public Schools’ District Goals, or an Endorsement, including; counseling, administration, special education, or any other field related to education. 
  • Twenty scholarships will be awarded throughout the district, with the intent of awarding support in multiple schools.  In the event that one or more schools do not have a qualified applicant, multiple scholarships may be awarded at the same school.
  • Teachers who have already completed a master’s degree may apply the scholarship to a second master’s degree or an advanced degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.).
  • Scholarships may also be used for the purpose of working toward an advanced degree or securing an endorsement in a specific subject area, which is applicable to teaching. 
  • Scholarships may be utilized to fund the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process.
  • Scholarships may be utilized to support academic work which would directly support the professional in their capacity of supporting district level goals and initiatives.
  • All monies must be expended within six months of the date the scholarship is awarded.
  • Any teacher presently holding a teaching position in the Great Falls School District and who is committed to signing a contract to teach in the school district for the school year following the scholarship award.
  • Online applications opened January 9, 2017
  • Application is available here.
  • Online applications will close on February 9, 2017
  • Competency as a teacher as indicated by letters of reference and other information presented to the committee.
  • Commitment to the profession as indicated by goals. 
  • Availability of job vacancies in the field, as well as needs of the district.

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at 268-7401 or at foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us).  General questions about the scholarship can be directed to Dave Crum at 268-7340 or at dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us). 

MIET Tech Days

The MIET (Montana Institute on Educational Technology) Tech Days Conference is coming June 13 and 14, 2017 at Great Falls College MSU, and we need awesome presenters. 
Are you interested in being a facilitator? If so, let us know by filling out the form at the link below. Presenters will be compensated $75 for each hour and fifty-minute (110 minute) session they facilitate.
The Call for Presenters will be open until February 10, 2017.
(you may need to copy and paste the link into a browser)

If you have any questions about the conference or about presenting, please contact katiekotynski [at] msn [dot] com (Katie Kotynski) or charlene_ammons [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (Charlene Ammons), Co-Chairs, MIET Board. 

Help Needed - Summer Kids Camps

Want something fun to do this summer? The Center for Lifelong Learning at Great Falls College MSU is looking for instructors for their kids camps. If you have an idea of a camp you would like to offer let us know – we are interested in all ideas. Or if you are passionate about video games, App design, Minecraft, Coding, or S.T.E.A.M., then we are looking for instructors to help us offer Black Rocket kids camps. Kids camps happen during the week from the end of June through the end of July. The schedule is somewhat flexible and we offer pay for our instructors. For more information, please contact Heather Palermo at heather [dot] palermo [at] gfcmsu [dot] edu or 406.771.2290 before the end of February.
Heather Palermo
Director of Lifelong Learning
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT  59405
406.771.2290  Office
858.254.2480 Cell

Take a class through Lifelong Learning  

STEAM Judges Needed


We need caring, involved people to listen to and critique student Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math projects. The 200+ student projects, ranging from grades K-12, have been fascinating in the past, and I am sure will be again this year. We need YOU to come and hear them share their findings. Judging is based on a simple rubric using hand-held devices. Training and tips, as well as lunch and snacks, will be provided to make your judging experience more enjoyable.  Please consider supporting these fantastic students and future innovators.

Who: YOU (Approximately 90 judges)
What: STEAM EXPO Judging, A Fantastic Celebration of Student Learning and Effort
When: APRIL 1st, 2017 from 9:00-11:30 (Lunch and Snacks provided)
Where: Great Falls High School Swarthout Fieldhouse
Why: To analyze and celebrate student learning in the STEAM Fields
How: Email jeff_rieger [at] gfsp [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or call Jeff at 268-7402 to volunteer