March 23, 2015
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FACT: The average age of all GFPS school buildings is 57 years old.
FACT: All school buildings are in need of infrastructure repair.
FACT: 80 GFPS elementary classrooms exceed Montana class size standards.
FACT: GFPS enrollment is projected to increase over the next 10 years.
FACT: The need for technology enhancements further strains infrastructure.

You’re invited!
District administration and the Board of Trustees invite you to attend informational meetings in order to understand and discuss FACILITY RELATED ISSUES. While meetings are held at selected sites, concerns will be discussed regarding ALL schools.
Please mark your calendars!

WHAT: Community/Staff Informational Meetings for Ideas to Address Facility Concerns
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm , GFHS Auditorium
           Tours at 4:30, 4:45 & 5:00
           Tours start from the Main Campus Office: 1900 2nd Ave. S.

WHAT: Board Work Session to Narrow Options
WHEN: Monday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 pm , DOB, Aspen
AGENDA: Review public input and pros and cons
              Narrow options
              Prepare public survey questions

Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 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 2014-2015 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.


Wanted Driver Education Teachers Interested

  Wanted Driver Education Teachers   

Teachers interested in being considered for teaching Driver Education during the Summer Sessions should submit Driver Education applications to the office of Special Services and Transportation, by May 1, 2015.  Classes will start May 20, 2015 and on July 6, 2015.   Driver Education teachers must have:
1.       A valid Montana teaching certificate.
2.       A minimum of 12 quarter hours preparation, including a basic traffic education course of three q.h.
3.       A driving record free from repeated accident experience and traffic violations.
4.   A renewed approval from the Office of Public Instruction indicating             eligibility to teach driver education.
Employment is contingent on student enrollment.  Applications will be considered in the order that they are received.
The Summer Driver Education Meeting will be May 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office Building.
Application forms are available in our office at the Transportation Office (DOB).  If you have questions, please call Lisa at extension 6082.


Come and celebrate and support Music Education in our Public Schools!

GFPS Orchestra MIOSM Concert (Music in Our Schools Month)

Where: CM Russell High School
When: March 24th, 2015. 7:30 pm
Cost: Free to the public
What: Chamber Orchestras (top groups) from GFHS and CM Russell will perform as well as a combined Middle School Orchestra made up of students from East Middle School and North Middle School. Gordon Johnson, director of the GF Symphony, will be one of several conductors for this combined group.

GFPS Band MIOSM Concert (Music in Our Schools Month)

Where: Mansfield Theater at the GF Civic Center
When: March 26th, 2015. 7:00 pm
Cost: Free to the public
What: Symphonic Bands (top groups) from GFHS and CM Russell HS, as well as East Middle School and North Middle School. A 6th Grade Honor Band made up of select musicians from all 15 GFPS Elementary Schools will be the opening act for the concert.


On-line Application System & In-District Teacher Transfer Information

The on-line application system (via Applitrack) is up and running. All job postings are posted on the on-line application system.

Current openings will be posted TODAY and will close FRIDAY, MARCH 27 at 5:00 p.m. Check the on-line application system ( for a list of all current openings by clicking on “View internal postings” under the Internal Applicants section on the lower right hand side.

If you are interested in applying for an opening please hand-deliver your In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office to meet the deadline.

Any questions please contact Human Resources.


HiGH TRUST Level 1 & 2


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


Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2015-2016 School Year

Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2015-2016 School Year
Dear Teachers and Administrators:
If you are interested in offering a PIR class for next year, please fill out and submit a proposal form.
· The date range is June 15, 2015 - April 30, 2016.
· All forms are due in to the Curriculum Office by Friday, March 27, 2015.
· Please be sure to avoid any holidays as well as MEA days and Wednesdays when scheduling your dates.
· PIR Sessions can be done as a single 6-hour, two 3-hour, or three 2-hour blocks.
Open and fill out the PIR Proposal Form and email to Theda Shaulis at theda_shaulis [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or send hardcopy via interschool mail to the Curriculum Office. For more information about PIR Facilitator Obligations and Pay, please visit the following link:


The Outreach and Community Enrichment Program at GFC-MSU Needs Input

You could win a free course worth up to $165!

The Outreach and Community Enrichment Program (previously known as the GFPS Nitecap Program) is a joint project between the GFC-MSU and GFPS Adult Education. The new director, Teresa Rivenes, is working to increase enrollment and the number of course offerings in order to meet the lifelong learning needs of Great Falls and the surrounding communities. Courses are currently offered not only at GFC-MSU, but also in several of our classrooms throughout GFPS.
GFPS staff feedback is crucial to growing the program, so please take a few moments to complete a short survey at . The information you provide will help plan future offerings. Once you complete the survey, if you provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Outreach/Community Education course valued at up to $165.
Teresa may be reached at: Teresa [dot] rivenes [at] gfcmsu [dot] edu, 406.771.2290 or at the Great Falls College Outreach Office.


You’re Invited to WarFair!

On Thursday, April 9, GFHS again is presenting our interdisciplinary performance fair, War Fair! As you know, War Fair! concerns topics extending far beyond war; students may present on the “war” against drugs, disease, advertising “wars,” etc. Two sessions are offered, the first from 8-11:30 and the second from 12:30-2:30. You are welcome to attend either or both.


We hope you and your students will make the trip to GFHS to see what it’s all about and to enjoy the presentations. Students work hard on them and become very polished and proud. The projects are very enjoyable. Hope to see you here!




Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Thursday, March 12th.  Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through March 20th.  If you know in advance a teacher is going to be gone, please mark it on the time sheet rather than waiting to email.  Teachers who use time cards should also turn them in at this time. 
All other time cards are due in the Business Office the morning of Tuesday, March 24th.
Substitute teacher time sheets are due by the 2nd of each month.
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.