October 3, 2016
Issue No: 


Superintendent's Message

The 4th R
Tomorrow is the big day:  Election Day!  If you haven’t done so, PLEASE drop your ballot off at the Elections Office (today) or at the Fairgrounds (tomorrow).  Like all of you, I am anxious to find out what voters say about our kids, our community and our future…those “3 R’s” that define GFPS.  I believe that over the last three and a half years we have set forth a good process, a thoughtful plan, and energetic strategies to inform the public, and no matter how it turns out, we will be celebrating success because we have forged important relationships with our community.  That word, relationships, is clearly the “4th R” in our equation for success.
At Convocation, I asked you to share your thoughts about the importance of relationships.  A few of you did and I thank you.  Here’s some of what was said about that 4th R. 
…we were not created to go through life by ourselves.  We all need to receive and give support.
…without solid relationships, nothing we do matters.  Kids learn from people they like, they trust and they feel safe with.  If you have a solid relationship, you can teach students anything.
…they make the difference between a child coming to school because they have to and coming because they want to.
…relationships join hands together and lots of hands together can get the work done.
…everyone needs a friend.  Everyone needs to be a friend.
…you don’t forget how people made you feel.
…we need teamwork, respect, understanding and communication to help each child achieve.
…they are the foundation to a desire to learn, motivation to do your best, and pride in work.
…we need each other to make the world better!
…every child deserves to be heard, supported and loved.
…encouragement + support = hope + success
…if you care, students care.
…so families can trust teachers to care for and teach their children.
…students are more than bodies in our classrooms.  They are unique individuals who matter!
And someone submitted this poem by Edwin Markham, who says it like only a poet can:
            There is a destiny that makes us brothers
            None goes his way alone.
            All that we send into the lives of others
            Comes back into our own.
Take care.  Be safe. Stay well.


Drop Off Your Ballot Today


Tomorrow is the big day:  Election Day!  If you haven’t done so, PLEASE drop your ballot off at the Elections Office (today) or at the Fairgrounds (tomorrow).  Every vote counts.  


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.



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 second 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.

Multi-Sensory Phonics PIR, Fall 2016


35th Annual Cross Town Run Around, October 25, 2016

OCTOBER 25, 2016
C.M. Russell High School 
RACE begins at 4:15 pm
Last week we reminded everyone about the upcoming 35th Crosstown event! We had a few questions pop up and here are additional details:
  • The event will remain very similar with the change being a bit of direction to buildings this year when thinking about the event.
  • We are going “back to basics” with this annual event and asking you to support the football theme and teams!
  • This is a bit different for the elementary and middle schools but WE think it will be fun!
  • Don’t want to choose one team over the other? That’s ok too! Just incorporate the idea of football, crosstown and fun into your group!
  • We will still have the 7 trophies up for grabs!  (% HS, % MS, % Elementary, % DOB/BG/Annex/Warehouse/Sky/, most improved %, theme and of course SPIRIT) 

Schedules for: GFPS Fitness Center, Classes & GFH Pool

2016-17 Schedules For: GFPS Fitness Center, Classes & GFH Pool
The NEW School year schedule is listed below! Check the Employee Wellness website and weekly Wellness Wednesday emails for updates or schedule changes for all of the classes. Schedule time to exercise and take care of yourself. You will be glad you did!
Monday through Thursday during the school year (Closed on holidays)
          5:30 am – 7:00 am
          3:30 pm -- 7:00 pm
PARIS OPEN GYM Shoot hoops or run a few laps!
5:30 am - 7:00 am   Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Sign in at the Fitness Center
ZUMBA CLASS Free to employees!  Begins Sept. 13, 2016
Tuesday & Thursday:  4:30 - 5:30 pm (No class on holidays)
Longfellow Elementary Gym (1100 6th Ave S)
Instructor: Amber Blodgett
CIRCUIT TRAINING Free to employees! Begins Sept. 7, 2016
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm (No class on holidays)
Fitness Center @ Paris Gibson Education Center
Instructor: Laurie Roberts
YOGA CLASS Free to employees during school year! Begins Sept 7, 2016
Wednesdays:     4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Thursdays:         5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Classes held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B. (No class on holidays)
Instructor: Lisa Moore
OULA Class Free to employees! Begins Sept. 13, 2016
OULA is a great dance fitness program. For a full description go to:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:45 am -- 6:30 am
PGEC Gym enter on the south side near fitness center! (No class on holidays)
Instructor: Bethany Chabot
Tuesday & Thursday:  7:00 - 8:00 pm
Classes are held at the Great Falls High Pool.
Class is FREE to all GFPS faculty and staff and open to the public at a cost of $60 for each session. GFPS faculty and staff need to register with Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051.
This is a great NO IMPACT, fun exercise class.  No particular swimming skills are required. 
If you have questions, contact Bob Stingley at 268-6281 or via email. 
Open and lap swimming at the Great Falls High Pool is FREE to all GFPS employees!  To get a pool pass, click here for the electronic application or contact Central Reception at 268-6054.  Attendance fee for a non-employee adult is $3 and a child is $2 per visit.
Lap Swim: Beginning Aug. 31--Monday through Friday 6:00 am - 7:30 am

Family Open Swim: Beginning Sept. 12, 2016--Monday & Wednesday 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm