October 10, 2016
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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.


Great Falls Schools - Identification Badges


To:                  All District Employees
From:              Human Resources Department
Subject:           Safe and Secure Schools -
                        Great Falls Schools Identification Badges
In the District’s efforts to increase safety and security, all employees are directed to wear ID badges.  This simple act clearly identifies who belongs in our schools and who does not, thereby increasing safety.
At this point, the majority of District employees should have been issued ID badges via LifeTouch.  If you do not have an ID badge please contact HR at 268-6010 to setup an appointment to obtain a badge by the end of the week (October 21).   Please note, CMR and GFHS have their own ID badge machines.  For those working in these buildings you may obtain an ID badge at those schools.  The only exception to this will be employees working solely in Food Services.  For the time being, employees working in food services will be identified by the School District issued hat.
All visitors, including District employees should continue to check in with the main office upon arrival.  Anyone in the school who does not have an ID badge or a visitor pass should be directed to check in with the office.  The most current badge 2016-2017 ID badge should be worn at all times.  Please note that the back of the ID Badge provides information regarding protective mindset.

Thank you for working together to establish this consistent practice within our schools.

Correction to Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers, October 2016

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 21, 2016 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

                                                                        Human Resources Office 

Pre-retirement Workshops TRS and PERS Fall 2016 Schedule

GFPS Foundation Scholarship Information Nights, October 2016

Two college scholarship information nights will be held in October to give high school seniors and their parents what they need to apply online for 43 scholarships that are managed by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.
The first will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, at C.M. Russell High School in the Bill Williamson Auditorium.  The second will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Great Falls High School’s auditorium.
Both begin at 6:30 p.m.
School counselors, scholarship reviewers and foundation staff will be present to explain the do’s and don’ts of applying online.
The Foundation plans to post the scholarship applications on its website: and will announce when it goes live.
The scholarships include those that can be renewed annually to multiple years.  There are scholarships for the financially disadvantaged, the academically accomplished and for career and technical education.  They range from $6,250 a year for two years to few hundred dollars.
There are 24 scholarships specific to Great Falls High School, and 19 for C.M. Russell High School students.
For more information contact the schools’ counseling offices or the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation at 268-7340.

Google Class

Interested in a Google Class?
If you would like to take a spring class on "Everything Google" for two graduate credits ($200), please let Katie Kotynski know by filling out the form here. We need 10 for the class to be offered.
Katie Kotynski
Creative Consulting--Home of the 100-Dollar Webpage

katiekotynski [at] msn [dot] com 

Multi-Sensory Phonics PIR, Fall 2016


Crosstown Run Around, October 25, 2016

OCTOBER 25, 2016
C.M. Russell High School
RACE begins at 4:15pm

Crosstown Book Drive