Newsbits
April 19, 2017
Issue No: 
33

Contents

Superintendent's Message

 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Knowledge is Power

As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power.”  As a public school system, we are in the knowledge business.  We have a tremendous opportunity, and I would argue responsibility, to share the knowledge we have with others.  That’s why you were given five pamphlets about the Tech Levy.  I am asking you to share the information about the Tech Levy with your friends and neighbors.  I don’t expect you to encourage them to vote for the levy; just provide facts and information.  You can also invite them to a community meeting to be held this Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 in the Bison Beastro on the GFHS South Campus.  I’ll be presenting information and answering questions.  Participants will also have the opportunity to see what technology in a high school looks like.
 
Besides what is in the pamphlet, I hope you share the knowledge you have about why it’s important for GFPS to provide modern technological opportunities to our students.  Here’s a few pieces of knowledge to get you started:
  • Technology is a tool that supports our mission to successfully educate students to navigate their future.
  • Technology engages students and promotes collaboration.
  • As our students prepare for college, career, and citizenship, technology is a key ingredient for success.
  • It is an extension of students’ current reality.
  • Technology is a skill for life.
If you need more knowledge, information or power to discuss it, see this dedicated webpage:  http://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

Don't Forget to Wear Your Purple

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 19, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information
Current openings will be posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 and will close on Thursday, April 27, 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.

  

Fall Print and Graphic Orders

Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2017-2018 School Year
All Fall orders need to be titled as "Fall" for the due date.  That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.

Graphic orders for the 2017-2018 school year that must be created need to be submitted no later than June 30th.  Any submissions beyond then may not be returned until approximately early October. Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders done on time.  These orders may be sent in starting now.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically.  With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system.  If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6051. 

Angels In Action Campaign Kickoff



ANGELS IN ACTION CAMPAIGN KICKOFF

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.

Donation envelopes are available in your school office or you may choose to send your donations directly to the GFPS Foundation located at the District Office Building at 1100 4th St. S.

For more information please click on this link Angels In Action Program Overview.  If you or a co-worker are currently going through a crisis and would like to apply for AIA emergency funds please go to the HR website and complete this form Application For Angels In Action Donation   

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.

Third Annual Student Services Institute



 
To: all GFPS Teaching Staff 
 
You are invited to the
3rd Annual Student Services Institute
 
 
Do you have students who struggle with behavior?
Do you work with students who also receive interventions?
Do you ever wonder how to best support students with special needs?
 
Do you want to have your PIR courses completed before school starts?
Then we have some PIRs for you! 
 
We invite you to complete your remaining 3 to 12 PIR hours with us!
 
All Sessions at Great Falls High School
June 14, 15 and August 23, 24
 
Call Carol Paul 268-6779 for more information.

Go to
PIR eCentral to register.

 

High Trust 2017, Levels 1/2 & 3/4



Level 1/2     June 19 - June 23

Click here for Level 1/2 Information and Registration.

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Level 3/4     June 26 - June 28

Click here for Level 3/4 Information and Registration.

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