June 8, 2015
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The graduation ceremonies held over the weekend at GFHS and CMR and the one to be held on Tuesday for the PGEC graduates mark the culmination of an entire body of work: 13 years of educational opportunity provided by you for our students! 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!
And this school year is almost in the books! As another exciting and productive year draws to a close, please take some time to celebrate your personal goals and the District goals that were accomplished. We have worked hard to make our strategic plan come to life around:
• Our Kids - Student Achievement;
• Our Community - Stewardship and Accountability; and
• Our Future - Healthy, Safe and Secure Schools
As always, there is still so much to do. Our Trustees will continue their work around solutions to the facility issues: increasing enrollment and aging infrastructure. We will be developing a budget to present to the Trustees in August that supports the comprehensive programming we are so proud of. We will be engaging in professional development in these upcoming months that ensures instructional excellence. The quest to be a first class school district providing exceptional educational opportunity never ends…even in the summer.
Some of you will be a part of these efforts over the next three months. Thanks in advance to all of you working these summer days to prepare for the 2015-2016 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 and rejuvenate!
As for me, I will take some time to celebrate another great year as your superintendent, but I also plan to roll up my sleeves to continue the good work we have started together. 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 24 at 8:00 am in the CMR Fieldhouse. In the meantime…
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


GFPS and the 4th of July!

Katie Kotynski is Retiring!

Mileage Reimbursements

Mileage for Aug. thru Dec. should have been already turned in . The rate was .56. If you haven’t turned your request in for Aug – Dec. mileage, please turn that request in separately because of the rate change.

All In-District Mileage reimbursements requests should be turned in by 6/19, to get them paid in this budget year.
The mileage rate for Jan. to June is .575. It is best to turn May and June mileage in together to avoid small (less than $10) check for June mileage.

Please check Newsbits in August to see if the mileage rate will change for the 15-16 year.


Registration is still being taken for all three sessions of summer swim lessons at the Great Falls High Bison Pool. Sessions begin on June 15th, July 6th and July 27th. Classes are available in either morning or evening sessions. Lessons range from the Mom and Me Water babies classes through seven levels of classes, as well as adult and special needs classes.

Please see the attached registration form for complete information, or for more information call or e-mail Bob Stingley at 268-6281 or bob_stingley [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us


Final teacher time sheets are due in the Business Office Friday, June 12th. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM EARLY. MAKE ANY NECESSARY CHANGES AND SEND THEM UP ON FRIDAY’S TRUCK. Teachers who use time cards should also turn them in at this time. All other time cards are due Monday, June 22nd.

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 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.

Please note: Paychecks and direct deposit slips for June and July will be mailed with the exception of the custodial payrolls and DOB employees.


June 30th Payroll:
Time cards are due June 22nd

July 31st Payroll:
Time cards are due July 24th

August 31st Payroll:
Time cards are due August 24th


Any employee terminating their employment with the district must send their timecard to the business office immediately upon termination. If the employee will be terminating shortly after the end of the pay period those days can be added to the current time card.

Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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. Please send all fall orders as you would in the past.
Please feel free to give Central Reception a call with any questions or concerns.




Starting the week of June 15, 2015

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.

Fitness Center will be closed August 17 through September 1, 2015 for cleaning.


Starting June 30 through August 20, 2015

Longfellow Elementary School – Gym
1100 6th Ave South

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Starting June 30 through August 20, 2015


Starting the week of June 15 through August 20, 2015

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.


Camcorder and digital camera for giveaway

Camcorder and Digital Camera Giveaway Results
Fred Wenger was drawn for the digital camera
Jerry Olson and Tom Cubbage were drawn for the camcorders.

Did You Know You Can Contribute to the GFPS Foundation without Costing You a Penny?

That's right. You can contribute to the GFPS foundation by using Amazon Smile for your purchases. It won't cost you anything extra to use instead of to make purchases. Just designate Great Falls Public Schools Foundation as your charity and Amazon will contribute 1% of your sales. Or use this link to directly benefit the foundation every time you make a purchase: Amazon Smile

Join Us for the CMR Faculty-Staff Reunion Next Fall

In honor of 50 years, CMR will hold an All-Staff Reunion during Homecoming Oct. 8-10. Whether you are/were a lunch lady, hall aide, custodian, teacher or principal, we want to see you there! To be kept informed, visit our website and sign up for our mailing list:

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