Newsbits
April 20, 2015
Issue No: 
33

Contents

BE SURE TO TURN IN YOUR TRUSTEE ELECTION BALLOT

BE SURE TO TURN IN YOUR TRUSTEE ELECTION BALLOT
Ballots Due: Tuesday, May 5

Registered voters will be receiving their mail-in ballot this week.
Even though there is only one issue on the ballot, employees are
reminded to mark and return the ballot by the voting deadline.
Ballots must be received by the County Elections Office by May 5.
 

Rob Quist in Concert

Paint the State- Montana Meth Project

 

It's time to take action against the devastation of Meth and help the Montana Meth Project 'Paint the State' once again.  Our influential Paint the State campaign took over Montana in 2006 and 2010, encouraging teens to create art with a powerful anti-Meth message that inspired many to join the fight against Meth. The first-ever project of its kind, Paint the State became the largest public art contest in history. With your encouragement, this year's Paint the State can continue to help the Montana Meth Project be a catalyst in sparking conversation and widespread action to fight the destruction of Meth.
 
Teen and young adult participation is crucial to the success of Paint the State. We hope you'll encourage and support participation in this public art contest. Not only will it help us all take a stand against Meth use in Montana, but give participants an opportunity to win up to $10,000 and have their art judged by our celebrity judges (announced in May)! Paint the State wants kids to get creative - the message can be everywhere: on the sides of buildings, dumpsters, grain silos, busses, even on cows and sheep.
 
Participants can pre-register online at MontanaMeth.org from April 1 - April 30.  Registration and submissions will be accepted from May 1 - July 15. Please help us encourage teens and young adults to take a stand against Meth and help us 'Paint the State' with powerful anti-Meth messages. Teens can enter individually or as a team, and we are expanding the types of submissions allowed this year. Not only can they paint their message, but tech savvy participants are welcome to create their own anti-Meth commercial! More details are provided at MontanaMeth.org.
 
Thank you again for your support. We need your help and influence to recruit teens in your community!
 
Sincerely,
Montana Meth Project
info [at] montanameth [dot] org (info [at] montanameth [dot] org)
888-366-6384
 
 
 
MONTANA METH PROJECT LAUNCHES PAINT THE STATE CAMPAIGN
Nationwide Public Art Contest Will Award $30,000 in Prizes
 
(Missoula, MT) -- The Montana Meth Project has launched Paint the State, a nationwide public art competition, to visually portray the dangers of Meth use and encourage viewers to heed the organizations' mantra of "Meth: Not Even Once."  Participants are encouraged to submit videos, artwork/photography or outdoor/monument/sculpture.  Submissions will be judged by a Celebrity Panel and through a People's Choice voting process.  A total of $30,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the competition on September 18, 2015.
 
"The Montana Meth Project has been actively working to keep teens away from Meth for ten years," noted Amy Rue, Executive Director.  "Paint the State is one more way we are reaching out to teens and encouraging peer-to-peer communication; by leveraging the creativity and passion of Montana's youth to get the word out about the risks of Meth use."  This is the third time the Paint the State competition has been conducted by the Montana Meth Project.  "Paint the State is supported entirely through private contributions, corporate donations and foundation grants," continued Rue. "We would like to thank the Gilhousen Family Foundation, Stillwater Mining, Underriner Motors, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, ExxonMobil, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Locati Architects for their initial support and enthusiasm." Additional sponsors will be announcing in coming weeks.
 
Pre-registration is open through April 30, 2015 for participants age 12 or older.  Teams of four may also register. Registration and submission of artwork begins May 1st with one entry per person/team per category allowed.  Voting begins August 1 with the announcement of the winners scheduled for September 18th.  A Celebrity Panel will select winners and award $7500 to the top submission in each category.  Additionally, the top People's Choice vote-getter in each category will receive $2500.
 
"Teens have a unique way of communicating," said Rue, "and in our previous Paint the State campaigns we were overwhelmed by their creativity.  We're looking forward to seeing what they produce this time. Videos and online artwork are new categories, but we know we'll see monumental-scale art as we have in the past." Artwork must be clearly visible to the public from July 16th through September 18th, whether online or from the street or in a public place.  Full details for submissions are available at MontanaMeth.org/PTS
 
 
ABOUT PAINT THE STATE
Paint the State is a public art competition and large-scale community action program sponsored by the Montana Meth Project and supported by individual, corporate and foundation contributions. The aim is to broadly communicate the risks of Methamphetamine use through works of art including video, artwork/photography, and outdoor/monuments/sculptures. The competition offers participants a way to become involved in the anti-Meth campaign and compete for cash prizes. 
 
 

PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR APRIL 2015

PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR APRIL 2015

Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Monday, April 13th. Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through April 20th. If you know in advance a teacher is going to be gone, please mark it on the time sheet rather than waiting to email. Teachers who use time cards should also turn them in at this time.

All other time cards are due in the Business Office the morning of Thursday, April 23rd.

Substitute teacher time sheets are due by the 2nd of each month.

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.

 

 

Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 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 2014-2015 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.

 

M.Ed in Early Childhood Education or Advanced Early Childhood Education

Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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.
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. Please send all fall orders as you would in the past.
Please feel free to give Central Reception a call with any questions or concerns.
268-6054
268-6051

 

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 6, so sign up soon.

Click here to log in

Click here for help on using PIR eCentral

 

Employee Wellness Update:

ZUMBA Class at Longfellow
Zumba will be canceled Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

Wellness Survey - $100 Drawing Winners

Thank you to ALL who took the time to complete the district HRA/Wellness Survey! The following 10 lucky participants were chosen by random drawing to win a $100 incentive for participating! Your winnings (with taxes withheld) will be mailed to you as a separate check on May 8th. If you have questions, please email Kim Fadrhonc.

Londa Hart CJ
Jerry Ferderer DOB
Coner Dolan DOB
Lisa Frank EMS
Courtney Francetich Loy
Collette Watson MV
Geoff Mainwaring Paris
Deb Leveaux SS
Tara Habel VV
Shane Mauer VV

Even more - THANK YOU to the Building Wellness Champs that promoted the Wellness Survey and got the employee participation! Our wellness champs consistently go above and beyond to help us all stay informed and healthy! In recognition of those that had the best building participation, Cigna has donated 5 Fit Bits. The following wellness champs will each receive their own Fit Bit to help them stay on track in their health and wellness choices.

Jody Davis – Mountain View
Todd Currey – Sunnyside
Kim Fadrhonc – DOB
Kim Sangray – CJ
Donna Thunstrom – Loy

The Fit Bits are on order with Cigna and will be passed onto each of you once they arrive! Thank you so much for supporting Employee Wellness in your building!

 

Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic Exercise at Great Falls High School Pool starting April 7 thru June 4th from 7pm – 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To sign up please email or call Kim Fadrhonc at kim_fadrhonc [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or 268-6051.

 

Wanted Driver Education Teachers Interested

  Wanted Driver Education Teachers   

 
 
Teachers interested in being considered for teaching Driver Education during the Summer Sessions should submit Driver Education applications to the office of Special Services and Transportation, by May 1, 2015.  Classes will start May 20, 2015 and on July 6, 2015.   Driver Education teachers must have:
 
1.       A valid Montana teaching certificate.
2.       A minimum of 12 quarter hours preparation, including a basic traffic education course of three q.h.
3.       A driving record free from repeated accident experience and traffic violations.
4.   A renewed approval from the Office of Public Instruction indicating             eligibility to teach driver education.
 
Employment is contingent on student enrollment.  Applications will be considered in the order that they are received.
 
The Summer Driver Education Meeting will be May 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the District Office Building.
 
Application forms are available in our office at the Transportation Office (DOB).  If you have questions, please call Lisa at extension 6082.
 
 
 
 

 

East Middle Shool 2015 Retirement Social

East Middle School Administration, Faculty and Staff Invite You to Our
2015 Retirement Social
May 20, 2015
2:20 pm in the EMS Cafeteria
We will be honoring the following educators for their
years of service and dedication
to the students of the Great Falls Public School District.
Barb Holden
Elaine Blythe
Elaine Schoyen
Maria Taylor
and Mary Aspinwall
Family, Friends and Colleagues Welcome
 

FAREWELL FOR JEFF PATTERSON

FAREWELL FOR JEFF PATTERSON

As you may have heard, Instructional Technology Director Jeff Patterson is leaving GFPS.
His official last day is April 30 and we want to thank him for his GFPS work.
Come join us!

DATE: April 30, 2015
TIME: 4:00-5:00ish
PLACE: Aspen Conference Room, District Office Building
OTHER: Refreshments served
Short program at 4:20
 

Save the Date!

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