May 31, 2016
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It’s the last week of school for our seniors.  They will be graduating this coming weekend:  CMR on Friday in the CMR Fieldhouse, 7:00 pm; GFHS on Saturday in the GFHS Fieldhouse, 7:00 pm; and PGEC on Wednesday, June 8 in the PGEC Cafeteria, 6:30 pm.  It is such an exciting time for the graduates and their families.  It is a time of celebration for them and it should be for GFPS as well.
For a school district, graduation is like the final exam.  It culminates an entire body of work:  13 years of educational opportunity for our students.  13 years of curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology, and educational opportunities with one goal in mind:  a diploma that matters.  A diploma that certifies the students as being college, career and citizenship ready.
Graduation also entails 13 years of countless individuals teaching, supporting, assisting and educating these students.  As I present the graduates at commencement, I will ask them to stand and applaud the people that made this day happen for them.  I hope they think of every teacher, administrator, secretary, aide, food server, engineer, paraeducator, technology specialist, warehouse driver, crossing guard and tax payer that helped them a little or a lot over the years.  I hope they understand that so many of you have been the wind beneath their wings.  I hope they also know that as we push them out of the nest, we are so excited for their journey into the great big real world. 
Yes, this is a time of celebration for them and for us.  Thank you for the part each of you played as we celebrate the Class of 2016.  And we will continue to do our good work because, ready or not, the Class of 2029 just registered for kindergarten!  Lots more celebrating to come!
Take care. Stay safe.  Be well.


In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Reminder – As a teacher, if you apply for a position and accept that
position for the following school year you cannot apply for any
additional positions within the teacher unit.
In-District Teacher Transfer Information
Current openings were posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 and
will close TODAY, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Check the
on-line application system  Link To In-District Job Postings for a list of
all current openings. If you are interested in applying for these openings, please hand-deliver your  In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office to meet the deadline. 



CMR HOSA - Be The Match Marrow Donor


Uptown Optimist Club is “Honoring Our Heroes”

The Uptown Optimist Club is “Honoring Our Heroes” over the next month!  Their heroes include teachers, military members & law enforcement officers.  As part of their celebration, they are offering half price membership for the first six heroes that respond before June 30.  The Uptown Optimist group is a nonprofit that raises money running a Christmas tree lot and painting parking lots.

85%+ of funds go to youth in and around Great Falls which is why they were selected for GFEA’s 2016 Silver Key Award.  And, being optimists, they have a ton of FUN!!!  You can contact Eric Christian at 868-0987 for more information.


Teacher Hub Free Online Course 2016


May 20, 2016-Registration opens Go to
  • Create an account or log in
  • Click “Facilitated Modules” then “English Language Arts & Literacy”
  • Click on the course name to register
June 6, 2016-Course begins
July 7, 2016-Course ends
**Final due dates for grading, July 7th because of the 4th of July holiday.


Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2016-2017 School Year

All Fall orders need to be titled as "Fall" for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.

Graphic orders for the 2016-2017 school year that must be created need to be submitted no later than June 30th. Any submissions beyond then may not be returned until approximately early October. Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders done on time.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically. With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system. If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6051.


Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership High School Golf Tournament

Leadership High School Golf Tournament

40 GFPS high school students participate in Leadership High School each year at no charge to the District, school or students.  This golf tournament is a major fundraiser to support this excellent program.  GFPS staff members are especially invited to participate in the annual golf tournament as a great way to support the young leaders of tomorrow!   Click Here for Registration Form

Summer Swim Lesson Registration Begins at Great Falls High's Bison Pool

Summer swim lesson registration begins at Great Falls High's Bison Pool on Monday May 23rd and continues through June 8th. Lessons session begin on June 13th and runs through August 4th. Registration brochures are being distributed to the schools and through Wednesday envelopes on May 18th. For More information contact Bob Stingley at 268-6281 or via e-mail at bob_stingley [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us Click here for more information





Starting the week of June 13, 2016
Monday thru Friday
6:30 am – 11 am
Will not be open in the afternoon as PGEC will be closed at 4:30 each day.
Starting June 21 through August 25, 2016
Longfellow Elementary School – Gym
1100 6th Ave South
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Starting the week of June 13 through August 17, 2016
Classes will be held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B
Instructor – Lisa Moore
Mondays – 9 am – 10 am
Wednesdays – 4pm – 5pm

There will also be a $5.00 charge per class again this summer. You will pay directly to the facility that we are using for this class. 

Montana Retired Educators Association Scholarship


Retirement Celebration for Mary Rearden

Join us for a CELEBRATION!
Mary Rearden is RETIRING!
Please join us for an Open House:
Tuesday, June 7
2:00-5:00 PM
District Office Building – Student Services Office
We hope to see you there!

Youth Job Fair


MSU-Northern Online Courses


Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls

Integrated Teaching through the Arts Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
This Program will be starting September 17, 2016!!
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 are available.
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


Pay It Foward


Graduate Credit Opportunities

Earn two graduate credits through Northern-MSU and 6 PIR credits for the following classes:

Absolutely Awesome Graphics, No Photoshop Needed
Creating professional-looking classroom graphics, newsletters, posters and handouts is just a click away as we discover all of the great free online resources available on the internet. Most of the tools we will use require no log on, so they will be perfect for student projects as well, from Facebook memes for book reports to online or printed posters and newsletters based on content standards. In addition, we will learn how PowerPoint can be used to create graphics in a jiffy as well as how to search for pre-done slideshows on just about any topic.
Meeting June 20, 2016, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Build an Interactive Digital Textbook with OneNote
Want a way to build your own textbook, whereby students can each have a copy to take notes and complete assignments? Look no further than OneNote Class Notebook Creator. In this class, we will learn how to create a class notebook, create assignments and upload content to create a digital textbook. OneNote accommodates handwriting as well as typing and drawing, making it an ideal place for students to take notes and complete assignments, especially those that are non-linear or that could benefit from drawing. OneNote can also include audio and video, so students can create virtual presentations on their work. Teachers will learn how they can “peek” into a student’s notebook at any time and provide feedback that is written or in audio or video format. Face-to-face class will be held August 22, 2016, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost is $190. Sign up in PIR eCentral. If you have questions, contact Katie Kotynski using the form on this page:


Katie Kotynski
Creative Consulting--Home of the 100-Dollar Webpage
katiekotynski [at] msn [dot] com


MIET 2016

 MIET 2016
 Montana Institute on Educational Technology - June 14-15, 2016

 Click here for more information