May 30, 2017
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The 4th of July Parade

All GFPS employees and family members are invited to show our community spirit
as we walk together and hand out pencils in the 4th of July parade!
Wear your school logo shirt and come join in the fun and patriotism!
We will be walking with the GFPS High School Patriot Band.
The parade starts at 11:00.  Line-up at 10:30
in Whittier Park next to the Civic Center.
Reminder info will be posted on the website!

See you there! 


Raise the Roof at the C. M. Russell Museum

In-District Teacher Transfers, May 30, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings were posted today, May 30, 2017 and will close on Monday, June 5, 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. 

Scheduling Personal Business or Pre-scheduled Sick Leave Days

Teachers Recording 2017-2018 Absences In Aesop – WAIT UNTIL AUGUST 1ST
If you are looking to schedule Personal Business or pre-scheduled Sick Leave days for the 2017-18 school year, please note no absences will be accepted in Aesop until all benefit accruals have been mapped over for the 2017-18 school year. Aesop will be open on August 1, 2017 for all employees to enter in any pre-scheduled absences.

Any absences entered prior to that August 1, 2017 will not be accepted. If you have questions please contact Mindy Kiser in the HR Department 268-6010.  

Angels in Action

Together we raised over $1,500 to support Angels In Action!  AIA is a program for Great Falls Public School employees who are facing a crisis. AIA will provide employees with a modest donation to help offset the cost of expenses experienced in an unexpected crisis or emergency.     
We have already received applications for possible recipients.  Though we hope that no one will ever find themselves in an emergency or crisis situation, your generous donations will help us give to someone experiencing a need.
Should you or a co-worker need assistance, we encourage you to complete the Angels In Action application.  All applications are confidential.  If you would like to donate please contact Dave Crum, at the Great Falls Public School Foundation. Donations will be accepted year round.
Thank you again for your generosity to this amazing program!

Click here for additional information including the application process.

Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Survey—Share Your Thoughts!
Every couple of years the GFPS Employee Wellness Team sends out a quick 3 minute survey to gather information about wellness in our district. We will begin planning for the 2017-18 school year very soon and your input is important. The survey will be available the next 3 weeks in Wellness Wednesday as well as on the GFPS Employee Wellness website. Thanks in advance for taking the survey! Click here for the survey.  

2017 Employee Wellness Summer Schedule

Starting the week of June 12, 2017
Monday thru Friday
7 am – 11 am
Will not be open in the afternoon as PGEC will be closed at 4:30 each day.
Closed July 4 & 5, 2017 - Holiday
No class on June 6 & 8, 2017
Starting the week of June 12, 2017
Longfellow Elementary School – Gym

1100 6th Ave South
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
No Class July 4 & 6, August 14 & 17, August 29 & 31, and September 5 & 7, 2017
Starting the week of June 12 through August 18, 2017
Classes will be held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B
Instructor – Lisa Moore

Wednesdays – 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Thursdays – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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.

PIR: Taking Action for Student Wellness

Looking for one more PIR to round out your summer schedule? Have you looked at this one?
Date:       August 8, 2017
Time:       8:30 am-3:30 pm
Location: Benefis, Lewis & Clark Room on WEST Campus
  • Participants in this will be engaged in learning principles of student wellness.
  • How they can be a champion for student wellness in their classroom and building.
  • Presenters will review recent changes/revisions to the GFPS School Wellness Policy that reflect current federal guidelines.
  •  An overarching goal of this PIR is to equip participants with an understanding of why wellness is important for students.
  • Topics will range from reviewing research linking student success with physical activity and nutrition, to sharing ideas for healthier classroom celebrations and school fundraisers.
  • The facilitators will utilize local and national resources to provide comprehensive information.
  • Participants will receive a “wellness tool kit” with ideas and resources to implement in their own school buildings.
  • One of the speakers will be Jill Turley from Alliance For A Healthier Generation. The Alliance was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation as a response to the growing rate of childhood obesity. She will have some great information to share with us!
The Student Wellness PIR Committee would love to have you attend!

Erica Harp, GFPS School Nurse; Jody Murray, GFPS CARE ( ext.6772); Jennifer Spellman, GFPS Food Service, Lacey Gallagher, Benefis Health System; Jen Creed, GFPS OT/PT


Summer Reading


MIET Tech Days, 2017


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

Happy Retirement!

After 25 years in Great Falls Public Schools, Sandy Houston is retiring!  To help her celebrate her next adventure in life, please join us in the Morningside library on Thursday, June 1 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  There will be cake and lemonade to enjoy.  We hope you can come to say goodbye and wish Sandy well.  She will truly be missed!