Newsbits
May 15, 2017
Issue No: 
37

Contents

Superintendent's Message

                                 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

TWO MONDAYS!
 
Not counting today, there are TWO Mondays left in this school year!  For me, this year has been a whirlwind! It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the passage of the facility bond, attending holiday programs and commencing the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year! And now, we are a mere 17 days away from the end of the school year!  A mere 13 days away from the first of three high school graduation ceremonies!
For me, this time of year is bittersweet.  On one hand, there is the sweet satisfaction of checking another 180 days of amazing learning off the list; the satisfaction of knowing that we each made a difference for our kids, our community and our future.  I cherish the many upcoming sweet moments as culminations and celebrations are held.  Each assembly, concert and commencement puts a smile on my face. 
Bitter though, as we say good-bye to students and staff.  There is the taking down of bulletin boards and the storing away of learning materials.  I find the look of empty classrooms to be a bit depressing.   There is the end-of-year rush to get everything done as we already begin our planning for next year.   I can see the stress on staff and student faces.
So how do we ensure the upcoming Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays matter?  By a laser focus on our goals and the work required for them to be met.  The Daily Motivator, Ralph Marston says, “Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you are doing it in the first place.” 
We started strong.  As I said at Convocation in August, “This is going to be a historic year.  While we’ll have to wait and see what will be written in the history books about this one, a lot of the outcomes are in our hands.  The choices we make, the actions we take all make a difference and once again, the quality of our relationships will determine the quality of those outcomes.” 
Over the last months, we have made history.  We have made choices that demonstrated strength, compassion and commitment.  We have developed lasting relationships that have led to good outcomes.  There is no doubt that we will finish strong as we fill each bittersweet day that is left with the same vim and vigor we had back in September.  Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm as we say goodbye to the historical 2016-2017 school year!
Take care. Be safe.  Stay well.
Tammy

MSU Northern Graduate Information Sessions

Graduate Program Information Sessions
for the Masters of Science, Education Instruction and Learning
Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00pm at Great Falls College MSU, room R280             Click here for more information.

In-District Teacher Transfers, May 15, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings were posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 and will close on Tuesday, May 16, 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 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. 

MREA Scholarship

 

Early Years PIR

PIR- Building Early Years Learning Communities



  

                     
Participate in a professional development opportunity that allows for teachers, working with children in the early years, to collaborate by sharing common language and goals. Educators will gain a greater understanding about early childhood development (birth to age 8) by collaborating with each other around the following identified topics:
  • Early Learning Standards and how they align with Kindergarten Common Core.
  • Social/Emotional learning that occurs and how Executive Functioning Skills set children up for success in and outside of school.
  • Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten and how to make that process meaningful and informational for families and schools.
*For additional information contact Colette Getten 268-6438
Rae Smith 268-7082    

Rhonda Zobrak 268-7047

High Trust 2017

 Due to low enrollment, both High Trust sessions have been cancelled.

MIET Tech Days, 2017

 

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

CMR Retirement Tea

 

Spring Poker Walk

Spring Poker Walk 2017 Results



What a beautiful, sunny day it was for the 6th Annual Employee Wellness Poker Walk! Exactly 125 people, 3 dogs and several tiny tots in strollers enjoyed the event!
 
Special thanks goes to the GFPS Employee Wellness Team in addition to a few other helpers!
 
Check In:      Mindy Kiser, DOB; Katy Nicholls, PGEC; Jody Murray, PGEC
Station #1:    Kim Fadrhonc, DOB; Jim Fadrhonc
Station #2:    Kirsty Stroop, AFY; Nicole Zimmerman, AFY
Station #3:    Miranda Murray, ART; Jordann Lankford, PGEC
Station #4     Erica Harp, PGEC; Renae Feddes, DW
Station #5:    Lisa Henry, DOB; Sandy Bennett, DOB
Station #6:    Deb Davila, DOB; Kim Ray, Loy
 
Cash Prize Winners
Jokers $25 each:
Jerry Ferderer, DOB; Michelle Bruner, EMS                
 
Best Hands $25 each:
Karly Ames, EMS – Straight
Ellen Forslund, NMS – Straight
Tiffany Sweeney, MTV – 3 of a kind – 10s
Christine Levandowski, NMS – 3 of a kind – 10s
Michelle Streeks, EMS --- Pair of Aces
 
Worst Hand $25 each:

Brittany Light, CMR