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: http://gfps.k12.mt.us/sites/default/files/ACCOMPLISHMENTS.pdf. 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: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/facility.
• 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.