Newsbits
January 23, 2017
Issue No: 
21

Contents

Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers, 2017

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 1, 2017 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 10, 2017 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 

Speech & Debate Judges Needed



NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION
QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
 
FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2017
 
Please consider volunteering your time to help us meet our needs of 200 judges per round for this qualifying tournament!
 
Friday, February 10:
Speech Rounds at Great Falls High School     

   4:00 PM               6:00 PM               8:00 PM
 
Debate Rounds at East Middle School

   4:00 PM               6:00 PM               8:00 PM
 
Saturday, February 11:
Speech Rounds at Great Falls High School

9:00 AM       11:00 AM     2:00 PM        4:00 PM
 
Debate Rounds at East Middle School
8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 5:00PM
 
or
CONTACT Julie Easton at 268-6369 or at julie_easton [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (julie_easton [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us)
Meals and snacks provided at both schools.
 
THANK YOU for supporting Montana students!

  

Last Week to Apply for a Discovery Grant

Do you have an innovative and creative project you’d like to implement in your classroom or building? This is the last week to apply for a Discovery grant as the application closes 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 http://www.gfpsfoundation.org/programs/discovery-grants/

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. 

STEAM Expo 2017

 Join the Fun! It’s FREE!

Teachers and administrators, please encourage ALL your students to either participate or attend.
(High School Teachers, please encourage your students to look into the STEAM scholarship as well.)
STEAM EXPO (science, technology, engineering, art, math) is an event designed to encourage the interaction and collaboration between our Great Falls Public School students and community professionals. The purpose is to apply knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art, and math to conduct in-depth “real-world” investigations. The process will include mentorships, demonstrations of classroom science explorations, and extensions of the inquiry process posed in student note-booking journals. The exposition itself will offer a venue for students to demonstrate the results of their STEAM studies, professionals to show how STEAM is used to better our communities, and spectators to participate in hands-on experiments. The STEAM EXPO event will connect our schools to the community, our students to professionals, and generate interest and excitement for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. 
Participants and public will interact with science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects.
Approximately 40 community groups will also share information and provide hands-on activities!
Hope to see you as well at the STEAM EXPO 2017 to see the amazing inquiry work that will be presented by GFPS K-12 students.
April 1, 2017   10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Great Falls High Fieldhouse
Click on the link below for more information:

Heisey Teacher Scholarships

 
Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s
Heisey Teacher Scholarship Applications for 2017-2018 School Year
Now Open
 
What:
  • Twenty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded competitively to school teachers in the Great Falls Public Schools District to help fund work toward a master’s degree, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, academic work supporting Great Falls Public Schools’ District Goals, or an Endorsement, including; counseling, administration, special education, or any other field related to education. 
  • Twenty scholarships will be awarded throughout the district, with the intent of awarding support in multiple schools.  In the event that one or more schools do not have a qualified applicant, multiple scholarships may be awarded at the same school.
  • Teachers who have already completed a master’s degree may apply the scholarship to a second master’s degree or an advanced degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.).
  • Scholarships may also be used for the purpose of working toward an advanced degree or securing an endorsement in a specific subject area, which is applicable to teaching. 
  • Scholarships may be utilized to fund the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process.
  • Scholarships may be utilized to support academic work which would directly support the professional in their capacity of supporting district level goals and initiatives.
  • All monies must be expended within six months of the date the scholarship is awarded.
Who:
  • Any teacher presently holding a teaching position in the Great Falls School District and who is committed to signing a contract to teach in the school district for the school year following the scholarship award.
When:
  • Online applications opened January 9, 2017
  • Application is available here.
  • Online applications will close on February 9, 2017
 
APPLICATION WIIL BE RANKED ON:
  • Competency as a teacher as indicated by letters of reference and other information presented to the committee.
  • Commitment to the profession as indicated by goals. 
  • Availability of job vacancies in the field, as well as needs of the district.
 

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at 268-7401 or at foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (foundation [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us).  General questions about the scholarship can be directed to Dave Crum at 268-7340 or at dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us (dave_crum [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us). 

PIR Facilitators

Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2017-2018 School Year
Details about 2017-2018 PIR Calendar/reminders:

· The date range is June 12, 2017 - April 30, 2018.

· All forms are due by Friday, March 3, 2017.

· Please be sure to avoid any holidays as well as MEA days and Wednesdays when scheduling your dates.

· PIR Sessions can be done as a single 6-hour session, two 3-hour sessions, or three 2-hour sessions.

If you are interested in facilitating or co-facilitating a PIR offering, please fill out the PIR Proposal Form (
http://bit.ly/GFPS_17-18_PIR) no later than Friday, March 3rd.

For more information about PIR Facilitator Obligations and Pay, please visit the following link: http://gfps.k12.mt.us/content/pir-help