Newsbits
February 17, 2015
Issue No: 
24

Contents

Last Week to Apply for a Discovery Grant!

Discovery Grant Applications Close on February 22nd
The Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) Foundation is encouraging innovative and creative projects in GFPS through the Discovery Grants Program. 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. Great Falls Public Schools employees can submit applications for funding ranging from $500 to $3000. You can find the application HERE or through the Foundation’s webpage at http://www.gfpsfoundation.org/discovery-grants/.

 

If you have any questions on how to apply for a Discovery Grant, you can contact Lyndsay Lettre at foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or at 7401 and she can answer your questions. If you have any questions regarding the Discovery Grant Program, you can contact Dave Crum at dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or at 7340

 

FITNESS CENTER UPDATE

 FITNESS CENTER UPDATE

The Fitness Center will no longer be open on Saturdays, beginning February 21, 2015.  This decision has been made due to the lack of people using the facility on Saturdays.   Thank you – Wellness Team

SEVERANCE PAY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS 2015

SEVERANCE PAY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than March 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the second semester. You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date. You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information. Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by March 13, 2015 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis. The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office
 

 

PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR FEBRUARY 2015

 PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR FEBRUARY 2015

Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Thursday, February 12th. Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through February 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 Friday, February 20th.

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.

 

You’re Invited to WarFair!

 On Thursday, April 9, GFHS again is presenting our interdisciplinary performance fair, War Fair!  As you know, War Fair! concerns topics extending far beyond war; students may present on the “war” against drugs, disease, advertising “wars,” etc.   Two sessions are offered, the first from 8-11:30 and the second from 12:30-2:30.  You are welcome to attend either or both.

 
We hope you and your students will make the trip to GFHS to see what it’s all about and to enjoy the presentations.  Students work hard on them and become very polished and proud.  The projects are very enjoyable.  Hope to see you here!
 

STEAM EXPO 2015

Join the Fun! It’s FREE!
Come and interact with over 200 science, technology, engineering, art, and math student projects.
40 community groups will also share information and provide hands-on activities!
 

Hope to see you at the STEAM EXPO 2015 to see the amazing inquiry work presented by our GFPS PreK-12 students.
April 11, 2015 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Great Falls High Fieldhouse