December 19, 2016
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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent’s Message

Last week, I thanked GFPS staff members for giving to others throughout the year. I also thanked you for your incredible generosity during our annual giving campaign. Now, as the holiday break begins this week, I hope you can find a way to give a little something to yourself. That little thing, which is really a big thing, is time. Please give yourself:

  • Some time to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries;
  • Some time to spend with the people who matter the most to you; and
  • Some time to reflect on the important work you do for our kids, our community and our futures.
I also hope you have some time to reflect on the important gifts you give day in and day out:
  • The gift of educational opportunity to our kids;
  • The gift of involvement and support in our community; and
  • The gift of making the future of this great nation bright!
2016 was a historic year.  The relationships we have forged with our students, their parents and our community have provided gifts that will last beyond our lifetimes.  Thank you for being a part of great schools, greater tomorrows and Great Falls! Happy Holidays to you and those you love.  My best wishes for a great 2017!  I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


Biometric Screening Sign Ups

BIOMETRIC SCREENING SIGN UP - Sign Up Now To Reserve Your Spot the week of January 11th

Instructions attached through this link BIOMETRIC SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS .  Free biometric screening tests are available for all GFPS Employees and Spouses starting January 11, 2017.  Scheduling is a first come, first serve basis so sign up soon in order to reserve your preferred time, date and location!

OFFICIAL Biometric Screening Schedule
(Note the extended times and January 12 & 13th location change!)  

*Fasting and non-fasting screenings available        
-   January 11, 2017 – CMR- Upstairs Gymnasium 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
-   January 12, 2017 – GFHS 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM- Old Gym and 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM- Boardroom
-   January 13, 2017 – District Office Building (location change) 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM
-   January 14, 2017– Paris 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (yes this is a Saturday!)

Please contact Human Resources at 268-6010 with any questions. 

December Work Schedule

 December Work Schedule – Full Work Days

Please be advised that Friday, December 23, 2016 and Friday, December 30, 2016 are full work days
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Human Resources or consult your handbook or collective bargaining agreement via this link
As a reminder, December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 are full day holidays.

Discovery Grant Information

Do you have an innovative and creative project you’d like to implement in your classroom or building? You can receive money through a Discovery grant and submissions open today, December 5th, and close January 27th. Great Falls Public Schools employees can submit applications for funding ranging from $500 to $3,000. The program provides opportunities for students to learn in new environments, experience creative teaching methods, participate in out of school experiences, or have new equipment or materials that provide enrichment and support. You can find the application HERE or through the Foundation’s webpage at

If you have questions about the Discovery Grant program please contact Dave Crum at dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or call 7340. If you have questions regarding the online application please contact Lyndsay Lettre at foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or at 7401.