November 14, 2016
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Superintendent's Message - We need Public Schools More Than Ever

We Need Public Schools More Than Ever
Election season is over and as far as I am concerned, I say “thank goodness!” I don’t think my soul could have taken too many more weeks of name calling, truth bending, character assassinating, and divisive hate mongering that defined this election.  Most folks I have talked to, no matter their party leanings, agree with me in that the negativity has unfortunately taken a toll on our nation. So now that it’s over, what’s next?  One might be tempted to just pretend that the bitter campaigns didn’t happen; to rely on hope that everything will get better; to just try to go on with our lives as we leave the future in the hands of those who were the winners last Tuesday.  I’m actually thinking the opposite.  I am thinking that the work we do, the work of public education, just became more important than ever.  That if there is any hope of making the next election cycle different, any hope of ensuring that all people are respected and respectful, public education has to once again step up to the plate.
Our students and our communities need public schools now more than ever.  Our public schools have insisted and will continue to insist on civility, respect, inclusiveness and tolerance for ALL.  Public schools must continue its mission of creating generations of citizens that understand these concepts to their core.  Also, in my opinion, we must at least double our efforts to ensure that students develop critical thinking skills; that they can figure out the difference between facts, lies and opinions; that they become responsible consumers of information presented by social and traditional media; and that we read and learn before we think and speak “the truth”.  We must continue our work in these areas.  The election has made it clear that this is a national imperative.
As your superintendent, I promise to lead this effort.  I will be meeting with our Great Falls legislative delegation on Thursday morning.  At this meeting, I will share my desire to work with them during the 2017 Legislature. I will share our vision, beliefs and goals.  I will remind them about the Montana Constitution and what it demands for public education.  I will explain the resources we need in order to do the important work of public education.  And I will let them know that as an organization we will be paying attention. 
And that’s where you come in.  I will not be able to advocate without your help.  When January rolls around and the 2017 Montana Legislature convenes, you will be asked to share your reality, your needs and your voice.  It is imperative that you do so. Our students and our communities need public schools now more than ever.
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.


2016 Flu Shot Schedule

2016 Benefis Flu Shot Schedule

Great Falls Public Schools is again offering free flu shots for all employees and spouses of district employees.  (You do not have to carry insurance to be eligible for the free flu shot.) Please note the below listed dates and times.  Shots are not available for children at these times/dates.

Please RSVP to 268-6010.


Safety Tips

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Safety Council:
“Slips, trips, and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles.”
“Falls and equipment mishaps are the two most common causes of injury for younger workers.”
“Same level falls, like slips and trips, make up 65% of all fall injuries.”
“More than 60% of elevated falls are from less than 10 feet.”
“In the workplace, slips, trips, and falls cause over 300,000 injuries per year, and average one every two minutes.”
During the last five years, the Great Falls Public Schools reported three hundred seventy-five (375) fall, slip or trip claims to the MSGIA/WCRRP.  The claims are reserved at $1,051,731.
In an effort to help prevent these claims, the following simple prevention tips have been provided:
Ø Stay alert for uneven surfaces
Ø Watch for curbs and potholes when moving between vehicles
Ø Assume there is ice if the temperature is close to freezing; slow down and take short strides
Ø Wear appropriate slip-resistant shoes
Ø Slow down to negotiate turns, corners, obstacles, and areas of limited visibility
Ø Keep workspace and walkways clean, clear, and well-lit for you and your visitors
Ø Clean up wet areas and spills immediately
Ø Make sure signs warn others of the danger of wet surfaces when mopping
Ø Use caution in areas where wet floors are likely: entrances, rest rooms, and mopped floors
Ø Take only one step at a time
Ø Keep one hand free to grasp the handrail
Ø Limit your load and make sure your vision is not obstructed
Ø Do not allow electrical cords or other objects to extend across a walkway
Ø Tie up any cords that might pose a trip hazard
Ø Tape down or secure cords temporarily located in traffic areas
Ø Stand on a ladder instead of a chair, table, bucket, or box
Ø Use the correct ladder for the job
Ø Never step on the top platform of any ladder, including a stepladder


IEFA Trainer of Trainers Winter Course

It’s that time again…The Indian Education for All Department is gearing up for our Winter Trainer of Trainers course, NASD 101: History of Indians in the United States. This course will “re-read” American history from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples of North America rather than the more common Euro-centric perspective. For example, we will begin to understand Columbus as the invader rather than as the discoverer.  Topics to be examined will include the impacts of colonization on religion, education, economics, social issues as well as the special government to government relationship that exists for modern tribes today.
Classes will be held from 8:30-2:30 on:
Saturday, February 4th
Saturday, March 4th
Saturday, March 25th
Saturday, April 8th
Saturday, May 6th  
We have limited funding remaining to take this course. To qualify for this opportunity, you must be able to attend ALL classes for the ENTIRE duration. Priority will be given to students in the order of response.  We only have 2 spots remaining!

Please contact me asap if you are interested in taking part in this class.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 268-6657 or via e-mail at Katie_Hurin [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us 

CMR Drama - GFPS Night

Hi everybody-
We're trying something new this year at CMR Drama.  
Introducing:  GFPS Night.
At every opening night of our shows this season we are giving GFPS employee's a free ticket to the show.  It is our way of saying thank you for the work you do and also give you an opportunity to see some real great high school theatre.​  All you have to do is come on opening night, show your badge and you are seeing the show on us.
1 badge=1 opening night ticket.
GFPS Night is December 1st.  Curtain time is 730pm.
Hope to see you there-
Remember-Every time a bell rings (...a teacher begins to take attendance)
Chris Evans
CMR Drama and Stagecraft


AA Choir Festival Concert

Great Falls High School Auditorium

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6:00 pm

Great Falls High School Dahl Gallery


Thanksgiving Yoga