January 5, 2015
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Superintendent’s Message

 Superintendent’s Message

“Happy New Year!” exclaimed a group of friends last week at that famous stroke of midnight.  That was followed by someone saying, “Where does the time go?”  While it might be a bit cliché to wonder, it is a good question.  Where does it go?  It seems like only yesterday I was talking about the beauty of getting a fresh start every school year and about “getting our learn on” as I quoted Kid President.  It seems like just yesterday that our kindergarten students were starting their 13 year educational journey, and it seems like just yesterday that our seniors were those kindergarteners.  But alas, we don’t have time to reminisce for too long.  To state another cliché, there is so much to do and so little time to do it!  Time is a precious commodity.
In my 2013 Convocation message regarding making our time at work count, I said, “I believe that every staff member must cherish every moment of learning time we have with children.  I believe that we must protect learning time from distractions and interruptions.  This belief is true not only for classroom teachers, but also for everyone else who works in our schools. You have heard me say over and over again that if you waste 1 minute of time every day of the year, by the end of the year, 180 minutes or 3 hours have been wasted.  Please cherish every minute we have with students.  Please protect it so students can be engaged today, for life tomorrow.” 
I thank you for the time you devote to student learning.  You work hard every minute for OUR KIDS and OUR COMMUNITY with the complete understanding that all the work we do today is for OUR FUTURE.  Your time is both valued and well spent as you use it to provide first class educational opportunity for students.  Indeed, there is no time to waste in that endeavor.
So, where does the time go?  In Great Falls Public Schools, the time goes to learning.  We know there is much to do and so little time to do it.  We know that time is a precious gift.  We know every minute counts, and we know time marches on.  Speaking of marches…is that “Pomp and Circumstance” I hear? 
Happy New Year!  Take care!  Stay safe!  Be well!


Teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Tuesday, January 13th.  Please e-mail your absences to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us each day through January 23rd.  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, January 23rd.
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
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.


2015 Jazz Workshop Concert


DD Cultural Proficiency


2015 Travel Reimbursement

 2015 Travel Reimbursement

As of January 1, 2015 the District Travel Reimbursement for mileage will be at $.575 per mile. If you have mileage reimbursement for 2014  please send it in as soon as possible  on a separate sheet at the rate of $.56 and then start January 1, 2015 at the new rate 0f $.575


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