June 6, 2016
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We did it! The graduation ceremonies held over the weekend at CMR and GFHS and the ceremony to be held on Wednesday for PGEC, mark the culmination of an entire body of work: 13 years of educational opportunity provided by you! None of what makes these celebrations possible happened by accident or by chance. It happened because of the dedication, talent, energy and care you bring to your work every single day of the school year!

As this exciting and productive school year draws to a close, please take some time to celebrate your personal goals as well as the District goals that were accomplished. You can find a list of accomplishments at this website: The 2015-2016 document will be put up this summer.

As always, there is still so much to do, even over the summer months:
• Staff and community members will be working all summer to provide information to the community about the Facility Plan and upcoming bond levy. All the information about the Plan and levy can be found here:
• We will be developing a budget to present to the Trustees in August that supports the comprehensive programming we are so proud of. With the reduction in state funding for next year, it has been a challenge to get the budget to balance. I know sacrifices have been made by staff members. I thank you for your help as we hopefully move into more prosperous times.
• We will be engaging in professional development in these upcoming months that ensures instructional excellence. I know you will find the planned activities to be productive and worthwhile.
• Our buildings will be cleaned and shined by our dedicated engineering staff. Scheduling and student enrollment will be completed.
• …and the list goes on!

Thanks in advance to all of you working these summer days to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year. For those of you who are retiring after serving the district for many years, I wish you the best. To everyone else, I hope you get the chance to recharge your batteries a bit.

As for me, I will take some time to celebrate another great year, but I also plan to roll up my sleeves to continue the good work we have before us. I hope you will join me at the 4th of July Parade to celebrate this incredible country and community in which we live. I will not wish the days away, but I will be looking forward to seeing you at Convocation on Monday, August 29 at 8:00 am in the CMR Fieldhouse. In the meantime…
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


Community Informational Gathering


GFPS and the 4th of July!

Payroll Cycle Changes Effective July 2016


Payroll Cycle Changes Effective July 2016

Teachers Personal Business Waiting List for 2016-2017 School Year

Teachers Personal Business Waiting List for 2016-2017 School Year
Attention all teachers!  As you are most likely aware, a maximum of 20 teachers may take personal business on any one given day.  This was put into place years ago in order to avoid high absences days. With the implementation of Aesop (automated substitute teacher placement system) at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, there was no way to fairly and equitably accommodate a waiting list through the system.  However, Brenda Dockter, HR Substitute Coordinator Extraordinaire, came up with what we think is an equitable and fair solution to accommodate a waiting list manually.
If you as a teacher are unable to enter a personal business day into Aesop because the day is full, email Brenda (as soon as possible) and request to be put on the waiting list.  If a fellow teacher cancels their personal business day on that day then Brenda will consult the waiting list and be able to fill any cancellations (as applicable) with the next person on the waiting list.  Please note placement on the waiting list is on a first come, first serve basis and you MUST EMAIL her in order to be placed on the waiting list. 
Please join me in thanking Brenda for her creative thinking and willingness to not only think out of the box, but to add to her already very full plate!
As a reminder, if you are looking to schedule Personal Business or pre-scheduled Sick Leave days for the 2016-17 school year, please note no absences will be accepted in Aesop until all benefit accruals have been mapped over for the 2016-17 school year.  Aesop will be open on August 1, 2016 for all employees to enter in any pre-scheduled absences. 
Any absences entered prior to that August 1, 2016 will not be accepted.  If you have questions please contact Mindy Kiser in the HR Department 268-6010. 




Retirement Celebration for Mary Rearden

Join us for a CELEBRATION!
Mary Rearden is RETIRING!
Please join us for an Open House:
Tuesday, June 7
2:00-5:00 PM
District Office Building – Student Services Office
We hope to see you there!

Final Call for Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2016-2017 School Year

All Fall orders need to be titled as "Fall" for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.

Graphic orders for the 2016-2017 school year that must be created need to be submitted no later than June 30th. Any submissions beyond then may not be returned until approximately early October. Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders done on time.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically. With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system. If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6051.



Starting the week of June 13, 2016
Monday thru Friday
6:30 am – 11 am
Will not be open in the afternoon as PGEC will be closed at 4:30 each day.
Starting June 21 through August 25, 2016
Longfellow Elementary School – Gym
1100 6th Ave South
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Starting the week of June 13 through August 17, 2016
Classes will be held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B
Instructor – Lisa Moore
Mondays – 9 am – 10 am
Wednesdays – 4pm – 5pm

There will also be a $5.00 charge per class again this summer. You will pay directly to the facility that we are using for this class. 

CMR HOSA - Be The Match Marrow Donor


Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership High School Golf Tournament

Leadership High School Golf Tournament

40 GFPS high school students participate in Leadership High School each year at no charge to the District, school or students.  This golf tournament is a major fundraiser to support this excellent program.  GFPS staff members are especially invited to participate in the annual golf tournament as a great way to support the young leaders of tomorrow!   Click Here for Registration Form

Uptown Optimist Club is “Honoring Our Heroes”

The Uptown Optimist Club is “Honoring Our Heroes” over the next month!  Their heroes include teachers, military members & law enforcement officers.  As part of their celebration, they are offering half price membership for the first six heroes that respond before June 30.  The Uptown Optimist group is a nonprofit that raises money running a Christmas tree lot and painting parking lots.

85%+ of funds go to youth in and around Great Falls which is why they were selected for GFEA’s 2016 Silver Key Award.  And, being optimists, they have a ton of FUN!!!  You can contact Eric Christian at 868-0987 for more information.