Newsbits
February 23, 2015
Issue No: 
25

Contents

Superintendent’s Message

 BUDGET AND BUILDINGS!

 
Your school district is embarking on two VERY important public participation endeavors:  meetings about the 2015-2106 general fund budget and meetings about the buildings we use to conduct our educational endeavors.  It is critical that all GFPS employees have the facts of both matters so you can discuss them with your friends and neighbors. 
BUDGET
PLEASE take the time to come join me at these upcoming budget meetings at 5:30 at PGEC:
 
Thursday, March 5, 2015:     Legislative Update
Thursday, March 19, 2015:   Budget Recommendations & Proposal
 
BUILDINGS
A special meeting just for employees about our buildings is this Wednesday, February 25, at 4:00 at the CMR Bill Williamson Hall.  If you can’t make the 4:00 meeting, the same agenda will be presented for other community members at 5:30 also at CMR.
 
I hope to see you soon!
 
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.
Tammy

Deadline for Discovery Grants has been extended a week!

 

 
Discovery Grant Applications Will Now Close on March 1st
 
Due to information that was incorrect, the Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) Foundation will be extending the deadline for Discovery Grants one more week until March 1st. The 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 athttp://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 Crumat dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us or at 7340

Youth Art Month Reception and Show

  

Who:  GFPS Art Students and Faculty

Where:  Great Falls Public Library             

When: Friday March 6-Thursday March 26th.  Opening Reception on Friday March 6 from 4-6 pm.  A Brief Ceremony and the  Youth Art Month Proclamation reading from Mayor Winters will occur at 5 pm.

 

Details: Come and enjoy Art work from all of the GFPS schools, grades k-12 as well as other schools in the area in celebration of Youth Art Month! This year the theme for Youth Art Month is “Art Builds Bridges”.  2D and 3D works from our students will be on display at the GF Public Library for the month of March.  The opening reception with music and light refreshments will be from 4-6 pm on Friday March 6th

AA Band Festival

  

 
What: AA Band Festival, featuring the top bands from CM Russell High School, Great Falls High School, Billings Senior High School and Helena Capital High School
When: Monday March 2-Tuesday March 3, 2015. 
Where: Concerts will be held at 7 pm on BOTH evenings at the CM Russell High School Auditorium.
 
Monday March 2 will feature the individual high school bands in concert, along with the US Air Force Chamber Ensemble, The Academy Winds.
 
Tuesday March 3 will feature two mass bands and a percussion ensemble, with all groups under the direction of our guest conductors.
 
Both concerts are open to the public and are offered free of charge.
 
Details:
Guest conductors for the mass bands will be Dr. Nathan Stark, from Montana State University-Bozeman, and Dr. Scott Hagen from the University of Utah.  The percussion ensemble will be under the direction of Lalo Davila, from Middle Tennessee State University.  The US Air Force Academy Winds are a small ensemble comprised of oboe, bassoon, clarinet, flute, French horn, and a percussionist.   In addition to performing at the AA Band Festival on Monday evening, they will also be presenting clinics and concerts in the two Great Falls Middle Schools.  Please contact me if you have any questions!
 
 
Dusty Molyneaux
Music and Art Supervisor
Great Falls Public Schools
(406) 268-6079
dusty_molyneaux [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us

GFPS Choral MIOSM

Who:  GFPS Choral Students from East Middle School, North Middle School, Great Falls High and CM Russell High School

What:  Annual Choral MIOSM (Music In Our Schools Month) Concert

When:  March 5, 2015 7:30 pm

Where:  GFHS Old Gym

Cost:  Free Admission

 

Details:  Come and enjoy a great evening of vocal music from the top choral groups at the middle and high schools in Great Falls.  The middle schools will unite for several combined numbers, the high school choirs will be featured individually, and there will be several mass choir numbers as well.  This is always one of the most exciting concerts of the year for GFPS—get there early to get a good seat!

 

 


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