March 30, 2015
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Superintendent's Message


A famous businessman by the name of Paul J. Meyer said, “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

GFPS is committed to excellence! Our work is focused on one thing: All kids engaged in learning today…for life tomorrow. Our belief statements, vision and mission ( underscore this point. Take a moment to refresh your memory regarding what we are about, what we value and how we do business. Thank you for your commitment to excellence!

GFPS employees and students put forth focused effort! The many achievements and accomplishments of students and staff just couldn’t happen without it! The determination, grit and resolve that you and students demonstrate each day makes a difference. Thank you!

GFPS believes in intelligent planning. Nearly everything we do takes a certain amount of planning and some things require a more concerted effort than others. In order for GFPS to continue to be a productive entity, we must pay attention to the future and we must pay attention to how we are going to prepare and respond to it. We are currently doing that on two fronts: the overall GFPS Strategic Plan and the development of a Facilities Plan.

The GFPS Strategic Plan is in the process of being updated. As you know, this plan guides the work of all of us. The Board had a first look at last week’s meeting. Please take a look as well. The draft can be found on page 68 here: If you have suggestions, please let me know. The Board will consider changes and take action to adopt it on April 13.

The Facilities Plan is in the beginning stages of being developed. Lots of ideas are being generated and the community is starting to get involved. We are a long ways from having anything finalized so please help spread the word that this is a process that will involve community members and you all along the way. I will also add that this isn’t going to be easy. There are no quick and easy fixes but together, we will work towards solutions. I truly believe that our kids, our community and our future require nothing less.

I will close by wishing you a wonderful spring break! I hope you can use this time to recharge your batteries as we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.






Thursday, April 2, 2015
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Central Avenue West Bridge
(Between the Federal Courthouse and the Milwaukee Station)
Wear BLUE and bring a sign to show your support of Autism Awareness

All across the nation and in Great Falls, the incidence of autism is increasing. In GFPS, the number has grown from 14 students identified with autism in 2008 to 48 students in our schools today. The increased prevalence of autism impacts families, schools and communities. Please join our students and their families as they raise awareness!


In-District Teacher Transfer Information

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

No openings or closings this week.
Expect openings to be posted Tuesday, April 7, 2015 after Spring Break.


Fitness Center and Class Updates – Holiday Break

Fitness Center and Class Updates – Holiday Break

Fitness Center - Thursday, April 2, 2015 – open 5:30 am – 7 am
Fitness Center – Monday, April 6, 2015 – open 5:30 am – 7 am

Zumba – Thursday, April 2, 2015 – NO CLASS
Circuit Training – Thursday, April 2 and Monday, April 6, 2015 – NO CLASS

Circuit Training also cancelled for Thursday, April 9 and Monday, April 13, 2015



Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic Exercise at Great Falls High School Pool starting April 7 thru June 4th from 7pm – 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To sign up please email or call Kim Fadrhonc at kim_fadrhonc [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or 268-6051.


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.




Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Monday, April 13th. Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through April 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 Thursday, April 23rd.

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.



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.


You're Invited to WarFair!

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!


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.


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