March 9, 2015
Issue No: 


Staff Facility Invitation


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
                  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.
AGENDA:  Same agenda for all meetings.  

NASD 105 Indians in Montana Salish Kootenai College

NASD 105 Indians in Montana
Salish Kootenai College
2 semester credits
GFPS Indian Education for All, in partnership with SKC, is offering the above course this fall.
This course will study Montana’s reservation tribes and landless Indians. Participants will learn about the history, natural resources, government, economic development, education and culture of the various tribes. Students will develop learning experiences that infuse Indian Education for All content into their classrooms that are appropriate for various grade levels and content areas.

Classes are held on Saturdays, at Paris Gibson Ed. Center in room 219.
Meeting Days & Time:
April 18th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
April 25th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May 2nd, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.         
May 16th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May 30th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Limited number of scholarships available! Only 2 spots left! Contact Jolena Hinchman for more information. jolena_hinchman [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or ext. 6661




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

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 In-District Teacher openings will be posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 and
will close on Friday, March 13, 2015 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.

Below is a list of a few other job postings currently listed on the Applitrack system:
• High School Principal – CM Russell High School; Great Falls, Montana
• Student And Employee Assistance Programs (CARE Program Coordinator)
• Cross Country Coach
• Custodian
• Campus Supervisor
• Teacher Aide / Overload Teacher Aide
• Purchasing
• Central Reception
• Special Education Para Educators and Substitute Special Education Para Educators
• Substitute Teacher
• 7-8 Striving Readers Summer Literacy Intervention Coach (Internal Only)

Any questions please contact Human Resources.




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.

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:


10 Tips for Work Safety

 10 Tips for Work Safety

Staying healthy and safe at work is important. No matter what your job, it is important to reduce your risks of injury and illness at work.

Here are some tips to help make your workplace safe.

1.      Understand the risks. Once you know the particular hazards of your job or workplace, you can take steps to reduce your risk of work-related injury or illness.
2.      Reduce workplace stress. Common causes include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or bosses. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties and problems with concentration.
3.      Take regular breaks. Staying fresh and alert will help you avoid injury or burnout. Schedule the most difficult tasks of each day for times when your concentration is best, such as first thing in the morning.
4.      Avoid stooping or twisting. Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work area so that everything you need is within easy reach.
5.      Use mechanical aids whenever possible. Instead of trying to lift or carry a heavy object, use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
6.      Protect your back. If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
7.      Wear protective equipment to suit the task. If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
8.      Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around three per cent of workplace fatalities.
9.      Talk over any concerns. Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about hazards and risks. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
10.   Know your rights. Organizations or unions can offer information and advice on workplace safety issues.

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!


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