January 26, 2015
Issue No: 


Reminder Important Demographic Change Request

Reminder Important Demographic Change Request
You will receive a request from your school in the near future, requesting you return a Demographic Change Form.  It is very important GFPS has up-to-date and accurate contact information for each employee so even if you have no changes please fill in your name and simply choose the “No Changes” box and return it to the school secretary.
The last time that the district requested this information was in 2009-2010 when employee’s addresses and phone numbers were in the District Phone Directory.  If you are unsure what information is currently on file, then please complete the sections of the form you feel need changing.
Thank you very much for your attention in returning this form within a timely manner.  


Human Resources

CMR Wrangler Drill Team Alumni

50th Year “Throw Back” Wrangler Performance

As part of CMR’s 50th anniversary celebration, the CMR Wrangler Drill Team would like to invite all former Wranglers to join them for a “throw back” performance at halftime of the basketball game on February 20 at the CMR field house.  Former team members would join current members in a short performance.  There are about 10 alumni already interested in participating, including Superintendent Lacey. Participation would require attending some practices prior to the 20th.  If you are interested or know any Wrangler alumni that live in the area, please contact Jeanne Myers at
406-781-8000. This should be a lot of fun!

Attention: Teachers

Teachers who are assigned classes during the second semester in which the total aggregate enrollment exceeds current minimum State Standards are eligible for compensation for each student or major fraction in excess of the standards for each class. To be eligible for payment, the teacher must submit the total aggregate enrollment to the Human Resources Manager within seven (7) calendar days after the completion of the current semester. Teachers are asked to refer to Article 8, Section G, Paragraph 3, of the Negotiated Agreement.




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 2, 2015 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 13, 2015 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


Seeking Technology PIR Teachers

 Seeking Technology PIR Teachers

If you are interested in teaching a technology PIR, please fill out this form and submit to Katie Kotynski by Feb. 13. We need teachers in the following areas:
Technology and Common Core - Elementary
Technology and Common Core - Secondary
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps Classroom Projects
Office 365
Moodle Basics
Moodle Advanced
Moodle for Elementary
Moodle with Web 2.0 tools
Create a Webpage
Elementary Writing with Tech Tools
Secondary Writing with Tech Tools
Digital Storytelling
Excel Basics
Excel Advanced
Gooru and PBS Learning Resources
Tech Gadgets
Tech Survival Skills

Attention Teachers: Looking to Further Your Education?

 Attention Teachers: Looking to Further Your Education?

The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s Heisey Teacher Scholarships are open until February 6th. We will be awarding twenty $1,000 scholarships to PreK-12 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, or an Endorsement. 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 2015 -16 school years is eligible for this scholarship. You can apply through the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation here: If you have any questions about the online application process, contact Lyndsay Lettre, foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or call 7401. Questions about the Heisey Scholarship can be directed to Dave Crum, Executive Director dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or call 7340.

Walleye Banquet


Confused about the New Moodle? A New PIR Course Is Offered to Help

 Confused about the New Moodle? A New PIR Course Is Offered to Help:

Moodle--What's New
Come take a look at the new navigation in Moodle as well as the new added features. And get answers on anything you have been wondering about Moodle. Instructor will field questions tailored to the needs of the participants. This course is for those who already have a Moodle course. Sign up in PIR eCentral at


Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls

Lesley University Graduate Program in
Great Falls.
Integrated Teaching through the Arts Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
  • Program is designed for all K-12 educators
  • Project based – no GRE required
  • Skills that transfer to your everyday lessons!
  • Move up on the Salary Schedule as you go!
  • Financial aid and payment plans areavailable.
  • Regionally and nationally accredited
  • Financial Aid Counselor to assist Student Loan Process!
  • Deferred Student Loan payment 6 months after completion of your degree! 
  • Nineteen weekends total! The entire program is completed in less than two years
  • $5000 Loan Forgiveness is available!       $50 application fee waiver!
Face-To-Face Teaching one weekend a month:  Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm
Contact:  Cathy Kuntz
406.899.7308 ckuntz [at] lesley [dot] edu">ckuntz [at] lesley [dot] edu


Join the Fun! It’s FREE!
Come and interact with over 200 science, technology, engineering, art, and math student projects.
40 community groups will also share information and provide hands-on activities!

Hope to see you at the STEAM EXPO 2015 to see the amazing inquiry work presented by our GFPS PreK-12 students.
April 11, 2015 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Great Falls High Fieldhouse