Newsbits
April 11, 2016
Issue No: 
31

Contents

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 are posted Thursday, April 7, 2016 and will close
on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Check the on-line
application system phl.applitrack.com/greatfalls/onlineapp/default.aspx
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 18, 2016 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 2015-2016 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 receive one 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.
 

Interested in June Professional Development? Looking for Something Different?

Indian Education for All is currently seeking 20 GFPS teachers to embark on an all-expense paid 5-day 4-night excursion across the highline. Teachers will receive 12 PIR hours, while immersed in the Seven Essential Understandings of IEFA. Teachers will explore three different reservations—Fort Peck, Fort Belknap, and Rocky Boys and learn from tribal members—more exciting details to come! Desirable candidates are adventurous, enthusiastic and ready to have a blast.

Register through PIR eCentral: IEFA Teacher Camp II.

Paid Training Day: June 4th, 8:30-3:30
Travel Dates: leave June 20th - return June 24th

Please contact Katie Hurin (268-6657; Katie_Hurin [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) or JoLena Hinchman (265-6661; jolena_hinchman [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) for more information.

 

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS UPDATES

 OULA Class Update (moved from Meadowlark)
• PLACE: PGEC Gym 2400 Central Avenue – enter on the south side parking lot near the Fitness Center
• TIME: 5:45 am – 6:30 am
• DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual Employee Wellness Poker Walk
• DATE: May 4, 2016 (Wednesday)
• PLACE: Gibson Park Band Shell
• TIME: 5:00 pm
• INFO: More details coming in News Bits & Wellness Wednesday!

Jody Murray
Great Falls Public Schools CARE Program
Direct Line: 268-6772

2016 HANDS Summer Program

We are looking for guest speakers for our summer program again this year. The kids and HANDS staff really enjoyed those of you that came out last year and shared your knowledge and talents with us. Thank you again to those that gave their time to the kids last summer. The HANDS summer committee would love to have you back this year or come for the first time.

The 2016 summer program theme is going to be the “Magic Tree House Adventures”.
Dates: June 13th – August 19th.
Locations: Lewis & Clark and Valley View
Times: 6:45 am – 6:00 pm

We try to fill the summer with a lot of different activities, such as field trips to the local parks, visiting a few local businesses, swimming, bowling, mini-golf, crafts and a lot of outdoor fun at the centers. If you are willing and available to be a guest speaker, please let me know so we can talk about dates and topics. Your imagination is the only limit!

A few topics the guest did last year: Gardening, Story Telling, Yoga & Zumba, Print Making, Welding & Metals, Science Experiments, etc.

If you are unable to do this yourself, maybe you know someone that we could contact. Thank you so much for your time and considering coming out this summer.

Lisa R. Combs

Administrative Assistant/Office
HANDS, Inc.
Direct: (406) 268-6931
Cell: (406) 231-3959
Fax: (406) 268-7005
Website: www.handschildcare.org

 

GFPS Employee Election Guidelines

These hold true for the upcoming Trustee election as well as the facility bond election to be held in October.

BACKGROUND
MCA 13-35-226: A public employee may not solicit support for or opposition to any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at the place of employment.
MCA 2-2-121: Public funds may not be expended for any form of commercial advertising in support of or opposition to a bond issue or levy submitted to the electors.
GFPS 5224 Personnel Policy—Political Activity—Staff Participation: No person may attempt to coerce, command, or require a public employee to support or oppose any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue. No District employee may solicit support for, or opposition to, any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at his place of employment. However, nothing in this section is intended to restrict the right of a District employee to express his or her personal political views.

EXAMPLES OF RESTRICTED USES OF PUBLIC FUNDS
The following are examples of prohibited activities for political purposes by governmental bodies. Not all possibilities can be shown:
1. Political signs to expressly advocate a ballot issue, candidate, or political committee may not be placed on school property or buildings.
2. District equipment such as telephones, copy machines, fax machines, video equipment, audio equipment, and cameras are not permitted to be used for political purposes.
3. District computer equipment such as computer hardware, computer software, and printers are not allowed to be used for political purposes.
4. District e-mail and web sites are not permitted to be used. School district employees should not use District resources to forward or generate political e-mails.
5. Political posters, brochures, buttons, flyers, or promotional literature of any type cannot be displayed by schools.
6. Employees of a governmental body may not engage in campaign activities of any sort during time the employees are expected to be engaged in official work duties.
7. Teachers may not send advocacy literature home with students.
8. The teachers’ lounge cannot be used to distribute or display political advertisements.
9. Employees cannot encourage others to support or oppose the election of any person to office or the passage of a ballot issue during the time the employee is expected to be engaged in official work duties.

This list is not all-inclusive.

EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE ACTIVITIES
1. Know the facts and be prepared to answer student, parent and community questions regarding the facts.
2. Volunteer on non-work time to participate in a citizen committee. District employees may be members of independent citizen committees to advocate for or against a candidate or ballot issue, and may solicit or encourage members of the public to be part of a citizens' committee, so long as these activities occur on personal time and off District premises.
3. Make phone calls from home to discuss the election.
4. Personally donate money to citizen committees.
5. E-mail on personal time from a personal account and network to other personal accounts information about the election.
6. Provide impartial, factual information as a part of the employee’s job on work time or in a school facility.

                            This list is not all-inclusive.                                 TLacey 4/16

 

Tech Team Opening At Roosevelt

Tech Team Opening at Roosevelt
Interested in representing Roosevelt (effective August 1, 2016) on the district-level technology team? If so, please fill out the below application by Friday, April 15, and email to Susan Quinn. The application lists the responsibilities of the job, which requires a two-hour meeting once per month in addition to other duties. Questions can be emailed to Susan Quinn, Jana Mora, or Charlene Ammons. Visit the following link for the application (http://bit.ly/GFPS-tech-team-app Download the application as Word, fill it out, and email it to Susan Quinn by Friday, April 15.

 

 

PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR APRIL 2016

Substitute Para timesheets are due by the 2nd of each month. Substitute Teachers should verify all assignments are correct in AESOP by the 2nd of each month.

Teacher Timecards and Class Coverage sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Wednesday, April 13th. Reconciling should be done daily. Please verify all absences are reconciled by the 12th.

All other timecards are due in the Business Office the morning of Friday, April 22nd. Please e-mail any absences for the 22nd to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us. If you know in advance an employee is going to be gone, please have them mark it on their timecard rather than waiting to email.

All time cards are due on the above dates. Do not put them in the school mail any later, as it will be impossible to pay them on this pay period. All time cards must be signed by the employee before pay checks will be released.

All federal time cards are due to federal programs office two days before the dates listed above.

Secretaries, please review your time card check-off list and be sure all employees have turned in their time cards.

TERMINATING EMPLOYEES

Any employee terminating their employment with the district must send their timecard to the business office immediately upon termination (DO NOT wait for the end of the pay period).  If the employee will be terminating shortly after the end of the pay period those days can be added to the current time card.

 

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 as well as 1st, 2nd or 3rd-Year Teacher Training if applicable.

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/

 

 

 

Autism Awareness

 

MIET 2016

 

2nd Annual Student Services Institute

 

2nd Annual GFPS Student Services Institute 2016

 

Retirement Celebration for Bill Salonen