Newsbits
May 1, 2017
Issue No: 
35

Contents

Superintendent's Message

 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

A Heartfelt Thank You
 
Across our country, the first full week of May is set aside for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  One week to thank all of you for what you do for our kids, our community and our future.  It’s really not enough because I know our staff members work miracles.
 
All too often our students look to you to provide life basics like clothes, food, and other supplies.  I also know they look to all of you for consistency, understanding, compassion and love.  And as committed, faithful, and inspired staff members, you give it to them.  You give them comfort and care so they can feel safe, and when kids feel safe, they can and will learn.  I know you give your hearts and souls to your work. 
 
I also know that education isn’t just about teaching lessons, correcting papers and reporting out grades.  Education isn’t about school buildings, lunch menus, and recess rules.  Education is about something so much bigger and so much more important. Education is about wanting to make tomorrow better.  It’s a game changer, a door-opener because it levels the playing field for all.  It makes all things possible.  It provides hope not just for the individual student, but for society as a whole.  You have tremendous responsibilities and it makes me so proud that day in and day out, you fulfill them.
 
I also want to thank the current members of the GFPS Board of Trustees.  The only agenda of our current Trustees has been to support GFPS in our continuous improvement efforts.  I am thankful for that commitment every single day.  Tomorrow is Election Day.  If you haven’t taken the time to vote, please do.  Your vote is really one way to show appreciation to the citizens who want to serve their community in this way.
 
To all of you and for all of this and more, please accept my most heartfelt and sincere, “THANK YOU!”  I hope you are thanked by many others this week and for the other 51 weeks of the year as well.
Take care. Stay safe.  Be well.
Tammy
 

School Election Ballots Due

School Election Ballots Due TOMORROW

Registered voters residing in the GFPS District have received ballots for Trustee and Tech Levy elections.  They are due on Tuesday, May 2.  You must hand deliver them to the Elections Office at 325 2nd Ave. N. or at Expo Park at the Fairgrounds.  The hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at both locations.  New registrations or replacement ballots can be accessed at the Fairgrounds.

Every vote counts.  Don’t let your ballot sit in your pile of mail.  Exercise your right and responsibility.  Fill it out and mail it in today.

 

In-District Teacher Transfers, May 1, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings will be posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 and will close on Friday, May 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postings) for a list of all current in-district teacher job openings.  If you are interested in applying for these openings please hand-deliver your In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office to meet the deadline. 

Angels In Action Campaign



 ANGELS IN ACTION –

END OF THE DONATION CAMPAIGN MAY 10TH!

Donation envelopes are available in your school office or you may choose to send your donation directly to the GFPS Foundation located at the District Office Building at 1100 4th St. S.  The Angels In Action (AIA) program is a non-profit program to support Great Falls Public School families who may be facing a crisis.  Consider donating to this heartfelt cause.

For more information please click on this link Angels In Action Program Overview.  If you or a co-worker is going through a current crisis and you would like to apply for an AIA emergency fund please to the HR website and complete this form Application For Angels In Action Donation  

 

Third Annual Student Services Institute



 
To: all GFPS Teaching Staff 
 
You are invited to the
3rd Annual Student Services Institute
 
 
Do you have students who struggle with behavior?
Do you work with students who also receive interventions?
Do you ever wonder how to best support students with special needs?
 
Do you want to have your PIR courses completed before school starts?
Then we have some PIRs for you! 
 
We invite you to complete your remaining 3 to 12 PIR hours with us!
 
All Sessions at Great Falls High School
June 14, 15 and August 23, 24
 
Call Carol Paul 268-6779 for more information.

Go to
PIR eCentral to register.

 

Online Course for CEUs or Pay Scale Advancement

 

Dear teachers,
Elation (a neuroscience based leadership company in Montana) is offering an online course from May 8th-June 12th 2017 for (3)-quarter graduate credits through MSU-Northern or for 30 OPI renewal hours for all Montana teachers.  
Register early to avoid a waiting list!

Click here to review the online course and register.

Course Price for 30 OPI renewal hours- $149
Graduate credit from MSU- NORTHERN

(2 semester/ 3 quarter credits) is an additional $150

Elation Inc.

214 North Broadway

Billings, MT  59102

https://elation.com/k-12teachers/

For questions contact us at:  855.878.2400

Click here for more information.

MREA Scholarship

 

PIR Classes

Sign Up for PIR Classes Now Open
Sign up for PIR Classes Now Open

The PIR catalog of classes is now online. Please sign up for at least 18 hours of classes (unless part time), and don't forget to enroll in the appropriate District-Directed course, based on the letter you received.
In addition, be sure to sign up for MEA, MIET or other conference if you think you might attend those. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled May 8, so sign up soon.
Click here to log in www.solutionwhere.com/ww/gfps/
 
Do you have your PIR credits completed for the year?
Here is a video on how to complete evaluations and check your transcript properly.

Click this link to find out. 

MIET Tech Days, 2017

 

 
MIET 2017 Registration is now open.  Click here to register!  

High Trust 2017, Levels 1/2 & 3/4



Level 1/2     June 19 - June 23

Click here for Level 1/2 Information and Registration.

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Level 3/4     June 26 - June 28

Click here for Level 3/4 Information and Registration.

Employee Wellness Poker Walk, 2017

 
Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk 2017


Not a race! Just a fun walk with co-workers and friends.  Families are welcome and encouraged to participate. Cash Prizes for employees with the Best Hands, Worst Hand and Joker cards. We look forward to seeing you! 

Click here for more information.