November 21, 2016
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Superintendent's Message - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
As I have written in previous years, I keep a little sign on my desk that simply says, “GRATITUDE.”  It’s a simple reminder of a path to fulfillment and happiness.  Research has confirmed that:
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy, or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly, and have greater resistance to viral infections. (Melinda Beck, “Thank You. No, Thank You,” The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2010)
Being grateful is a simple prescription for the happiness and fulfilment that most of us seek and I truly believe that it works!  As for me, I am grateful for my work, my family, my friends and my community.  I am also thankful for each of you and the work you do.  This lovely poem says it far better than I can:

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
Who are also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
And they can become your blessings.
--Author Unknown

Along with a wish for Thanksgiving blessings to each of you, I also wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  I hope you have time to recharge your batteries as we move into the month of December, a month that will surely provide a myriad of opportunities to show our gratitude for all the blessings we have.
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


Red Flag Reporting

Great Falls Public Schools Mission is that we successfully educate students to navigate their future.
 In order to accomplish this we have a number of belief statements that drive our work, help us to formulate our goals and build the culture of our organization. At GFPS we believe all students and staff learn and work best in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. We believe highly skilled and committed personnel are our greatest asset.

We can’t do it alone, but we can do it together. 
The Board believes that highly skilled and committed personnel are the District’s greatest asset. In support of this Board’s strong commitment to the public’s trust and confidence of school staff, the Board holds all school staff to the highest level of professional responsibility in their conduct. We know that District resources and staff are public assets requiring responsible stewardship and community involvement.  Board Policy 5223 covers this matter in great detail.  In order to ensure we are being responsible stewards of tax payer dollars and in honor of this belief, GFPS rolled out a program called Red Flag Reporting in the fall of this year.
This program is an anonymous reporting system that allows any GFPS Employee to report concerns regarding possible fraudulent behavior.
Remember, if you have concerns, contact your administrator, HR Department or Red Flag Reporting.



CMR Drama - GFPS Night

Hi everybody-
We're trying something new this year at CMR Drama.  
Introducing:  GFPS Night.
At every opening night of our shows this season we are giving GFPS employee's a free ticket to the show.  It is our way of saying thank you for the work you do and also give you an opportunity to see some real great high school theatre.​  All you have to do is come on opening night, show your badge and you are seeing the show on us.
1 badge=1 opening night ticket.
GFPS Night is December 1st.  Curtain time is 730pm.
Hope to see you there-
Remember-Every time a bell rings (...a teacher begins to take attendance)
Chris Evans
CMR Drama and Stagecraft


Fitness Center and Classes - Holiday Updates

Holiday Updates For Fitness Center and Classes During Thanksgiving Break
  • Fitness Center: Closed Wednesday – Saturday, November 23-26, 2016
  • Yoga Classes: No Yoga Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24, 2016.
  • Zumba Classes: No Zumba Class on Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Circuit Training: Class on hiatus month of November. Watch for details on when class will start again.
  • OULA: Class has been cancelled indefinitely due to low attendance.

Jody Murray 

Thanksgiving Yoga