Newsbits
April 10, 2017
Issue No: 
32

Contents

Superintendent's Message

 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Technology Tools for Tomorrow
 
I had a moment of nostalgia this weekend.  I visited the office where I started my administrative career in 1991.  I had to laugh because in 1991 my desk held pictures of my family, my Franklin-Covey planner and my Nortel phone.  I didn’t have to make room for computer screens or a docking station because I didn’t have them.  It wasn’t until later that school year that I got a desktop computer.  I can’t image how I would do my work today without my laptop, iPad and smartphone.  The students in our classrooms can’t imagine a life without the devices that are an extension of their reality.
 
Our Trustees have also witnessed this metamorphosis.  That’s why they voted unanimously to ask the voters to invest in technology for students.  This week, you will receive five pamphlets that also detail this information.  Please share them with people you know that are likely to vote.  I don’t expect you to encourage them to vote for the levy; just provide information.  You can also invite them to a community meeting to be held on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 in the Bison Beastro on South Campus.  Here’s the scoop about the levy:
 
THE ASK:  GFPS is requesting to replace a 2002 perpetual High School Technology Levy of $75,000 with a 10-year $500,000 levy to provide modern tech tools for students.  This is a net increase of $425,000.
THE HISTORY:  15 years ago, our community recognized the need to invest in technology.  May 2002, voters approved perpetual tech levies for both districts:
  • Elementary District -   $150,000
  • High School District - $  75,000
Today, Great Falls is lagging behind other communities in available tech resources.  If you want to see how badly we lag behind, check out slides 5 & 6 on this powerpoint:  http://gfps.k12.mt.us/sites/default/files/Technology%20Levy%20Presentation%20Final3.pdf.
THE WHAT: $325,000 would be used to replace obsolete computers and equipment, $166,500 for purchasing new technologies like Chromebooks, and $8500 for staff training.
THE WHY:  The bond levy didn’t include technology funding because it doesn’t make business sense to finance computers that last 5-7 years over 20 years.  We need to fix the buildings AND invest in technology to ensure students are prepared for the future.
HOW IT WORKS: 
  • If passed, the $500,000 high school levy would replace the current $75,000 levy for a net increase of $425,000.
  • If passed, it would end in 10 years.
  • If it fails, the $75,000 high school levy would continue.
  • The elementary levy of $150,000 continues either way.
HOW MUCH:  Estimated tax increase on the $425,000:
$100K home = $4.65/year or 39¢/month; $200K home = $9.32/year or 78¢/month
To calculate the estimated cost for your property, go here: www.gfps.k12.mt.us/content/technology-levy
 
Thanks for spreading the word that technology tools are needed for tomorrow.
 
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.
Tammy

 

Meeting Invite

                  YOU’RE INVITED!

To Learn More about the Technology Levy
GFPS is requesting to replace a 2002 perpetual High School Technology Levy of $75,000 with a 10-year $500,000 levy to provide modern tech tools for students.
 



WHAT:            A talk about the Technology levy, what it’s for &
how much it will cost
MEETING #1:   C.M. Russell High School Media Center, 1st Floor
                      Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30 pm OR
MEETING #2:   Great Falls High School South Campus Bison Beastro, 1st Floor Thursday, April 20 at 5:30
QUESTIONS:    Call Cindy Gordon at 268-6001 
 

WHY NOW? The bond levy didn’t include tech funding. We need to fix the buildings AND invest in technology to ensure students are prepared for the future.

 For on-line information regarding the Technology Levy, see this website:

www.gfps.k12.mt.us/content/technology-levy

Military Month

 

Click here for lessons:  www.militarychild.org/professionals/professional-learning-opportunities.

Click here for additional Information.  

APRIL 21, 2017

Wear purple as a way to thank, honor, and to recognize the many contributions military kids make to our country as members of a military family. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

In-District Teacher Transfers, April 10, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings are posted today, Monday, April 10, 2017 and will close on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postings) for a list of all current in-district teacher job 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. 

Retirement and Longevity Awards



Retirement and Longevity Awards                            

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7pm                                            

Paris Gibson Education Center


All employees who have served the District 25, 30, or 35 years will be honored as well as those employees who have retired during the 2016-2017 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees will be sent an invitation via letter in April.  If you do not recieve one by April 20th and you think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051.  The District will honor each recipient with a gift.  Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

Angels In Action Overview

 

ANGELS IN ACTION OVERVIEW
Angels In Action (AIA) is a non-profit program created to support Great Falls Public School families who may be facing a crisis.  AIA will provide employees with a modest donation to help offset the cost of unexpected expenses experienced in a crisis. Think about a time when you or your coworkers have faced a crisis and could have used this type of sincere support. More information will be coming in the next few weeks about how you can donate to this heartfelt cause. 

For more information please click on this link Angels In Action Program Overview 

PIR Classes

Sign Up for PIR Classes Now Open
Sign up for PIR Classes Now Open

The PIR catalog of classes is now online. Please sign up for at least 18 hours of classes (unless part time), and don't forget to enroll in the appropriate District-Directed course, based on the letter you received.
In addition, be sure to sign up for MEA, MIET or other conference if you think you might attend those. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled May 8, so sign up soon.
Click here to log in www.solutionwhere.com/ww/gfps/
 
Do you have your PIR credits completed for the year?
Here is a video on how to complete evaluations and check your transcript properly.

Click this link to find out. 

MIET Tech Days, 2017

 

 
MIET 2017 Registration is now open.  Click here to register!  

Online Course for CEUs or Pay Scale Advancement

 

Dear teachers,
Elation (a neuroscience based leadership company in Montana) is offering an online course from May 8th-June 12th 2017 for (3)-quarter graduate credits through MSU-Northern or for 30 OPI renewal hours for all Montana teachers.  
Register early to avoid a waiting list!

Click here to review the online course and register.

Course Price for 30 OPI renewal hours- $149
Graduate credit from MSU- NORTHERN

(2 semester/ 3 quarter credits) is an additional $150

Elation Inc.

214 North Broadway

Billings, MT  59102

https://elation.com/k-12teachers/

For questions contact us at:  855.878.2400

Click here for more information.

MREA Scholarship