Newsbits
April 27, 2015
Issue No: 
34

Contents

Rob Quist in Concert

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.
 

Farewell For Jeff Patterson

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.

 

Retirement Celebration for Sandy Houle

It’s hard to IMAGINE
It’s hard to BELIEVE
But Sandy’s finally ready
To RETIRE & LEAVE!

Please Join us
on
Thursday
May 28th, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at
Longfellow’s Cafeteria

To celebrate
SANDY HOULE
and her many years of accomplishment
with Great Falls Public Schools

Cake & Punch to be served
 

Save the Date!

East Middle School 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
 

Tech Team Opening at Roosevelt Elementary

Are you a teacher at Roosevelt who likes helping others with technology and learning about new hardware and software? Then you might like to apply for the Tech Team. See the linked application, which is due Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4 p.m., for further information.

Please submit completed applications and direct any questions to Charlene Ammons.

Click for application
 

PIR with ADVENTURE

PIR with ADVENTURE – ONLY 6 SEATS REMAIN
Indian Education For All has the trip for you! We will be exploring the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations while learning about herbal medicines, language immersion, bison history and management, listening to oral tradition, and perhaps we’ll sleep in a tipi.
This is a 5-day, 4-night trip via charter bus. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for participants and teachers will receive 12 PIR hours.
The focus of this trip to provide teachers with a unique experience that provides for the learning of Indian culture, history and contemporary issues within an authentic setting.
Teachers should expect to have an exciting, fun, and challenging learning experience.
Training Day: June 6th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Travel dates: Leave June 22nd – Return June 26th
Register on PIR eCentral: IEFA Teacher Camp l
ONLY 6 SEATS REMAIN
Indian Education For All has the trip for you! We will be exploring the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations while learning about herbal medicines, language immersion, bison history and management, listening to oral tradition, and perhaps we’ll sleep in a tipi.
This is a 5-day, 4-night trip via charter bus. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for participants and teachers will receive 12 PIR hours.
The focus of this trip to provide teachers with a unique experience that provides for the learning of Indian culture, history and contemporary issues within an authentic setting.
Teachers should expect to have an exciting, fun, and challenging learning experience.
Training Day: June 6th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Travel dates: Leave June 22nd – Return June 26th
Register on PIR eCentral: IEFA Teacher Camp l

Connect Great Falls

TopHealth Newsletter

Employee Wellness Poker Walk

Save The Date!!

Employee Wellness Poker Walk
Wednesday, May 13
5:00pm

Location and More Details to follow!!

 

Poker Walk

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

 

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

 

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

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.