May 9, 2016
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In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Reminder-As a teacher if you apply for a position and accept that position for the following school year you cannot apply for any additional positions within the teacher unit. 

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings will be posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 and will close on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Check the on-line application system Link To In-District Teacher Job Openings 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.


Recording 2016-2017 Absences Aesop

If you are looking to schedule Personal Business or pre-scheduled Sick Leave days for the 2016-17 school year, please note no absences will be accepted in Aesop until all benefit accruals have been mapped over for the 2016-17 school year. Aesop will be open on August 1, 2016 for all employees to enter in any pre-scheduled absences.

Any absences entered prior to that August 1, 2016 will not be accepted. If you have questions please contact Mindy Kiser in the HR Department 268-6010.


5th Annual Spring Poker Walk

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 5th Annual Spring Poker Walk. The event was held at Gibson Park on May 4, 2016. The day was absolutely beautiful with a light breeze and 80 degrees! If you missed it this year look for it next year. A good time was had by ALL!

Special thanks to our volunteers: Mindy Kiser, Kim Fadrhonc, Danielle Funseth, Jody Murray, Jerry Ferderer, Kristy Stroop, Nicole Zimmerman, Lisa Henry, Miranda Murray, Erica Harp, Deb Davila, Kim Ray, Julie Graham.

Here are your WINNERS!



Circuit Class, Laurie Roberts– will be cancelled Wednesday, May 18.


Pay It Foward


Donation Receipt


ELL Corner

Trying to teach every single word that students may not recognize is time consuming and unrealistic. Having students understand a few key terms well is more effective than learning a list of words. It is important to be intentional about planning vocabulary instruction. Select essential vocabulary that will maximize student comprehension as well as their ability to articulate verbal and written responses. Here’s a resource that can help:

Another way to build vocabulary, fluency, and understanding with your students is with a Carousel or Gallery Walk. Teachers ask questions or post concepts on posters around the room. Students work in small groups (intentionally planned) to view each poster. Together the group will Read, Think, Discuss, and Write on the poster. Groups continue to rotate and read original concepts, the understanding from previous groups, and add their own understanding to the concept. This tool works especially well when pictures, examples, and diagrams are added. For more information on a Gallery Walk and examples of collaborative group work protocols, visit

For more support and strategies, contact:
Lisa Jahraus, Title TSA, x6028
Irina Payne, ESL Teacher, x6056


Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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. If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6051.


Preschool Matters



Substitute Para timesheets are due by the 2nd of each month. Substitute Teachers should verify all assignments are correct in AESOP by the 2nd of each month.

Teacher Timecards and Class Coverage sheets are due in the Business Office the morning of Friday, May 13th. Reconciling should be done daily. Please verify all absences are reconciled by the 12th.

All other timecards are due in the Business Office the morning of Monday, May 23rd. Please e-mail any absences for the 23rd and 24th to BoPayrollLead [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us. If you know in advance an employee is going to be gone, please have them mark it on their timecard rather than waiting to email.

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 time cards must be signed by the employee before pay checks will be released.

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.


Any employee terminating their employment with the district must send their timecard to the business office immediately upon termination (DO NOT wait for the end of the pay period). If the employee will be terminating shortly after the end of the pay period those days can be added to the current time card.


What: The Annual GFPS All-City Art Show

What: The Annual GFPS All-City Art Show
When: April 28-May 28
Where: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
Opening reception Thursday April 28 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Artwork from all schools and all grade levels in the GFPS system will be on display for the month at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Come see the creative works from these students in the professional display space of the Square! Free admission.

Dusty Molyneaux
Music and Art Supervisor
Great Falls Public Schools
(406) 268-6079
dusty_molyneaux [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us



Interested in June Professional Development? Looking for Something Different?

Indian Education for All is currently seeking 20 GFPS teachers to embark on an all-expense paid 5-day 4-night excursion across the highline. Teachers will receive 12 PIR hours, while immersed in the Seven Essential Understandings of IEFA. Teachers will explore three different reservations—Fort Peck, Fort Belknap, and Rocky Boys and learn from tribal members—more exciting details to come! Desirable candidates are adventurous, enthusiastic and ready to have a blast.

Register through PIR eCentral: IEFA Teacher Camp II.

Paid Training Day: June 4th, 8:30-3:30
Travel Dates: leave June 20th - return June 24th

Please contact Katie Hurin (268-6657; Katie_Hurin [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) or JoLena Hinchman (265-6661; jolena_hinchman [at] gfps [dot] k12 [dot] mt [dot] us) for more information.


MIET 2016