October 17, 2016
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Superintendent's Message - Thank You!

Thank you!
One month ago I wrote about the possibility of making history with the bond levy election.  I can’t tell you how proud I am of what we accomplished!  As an organization and as a community, we seized the moment!  We planned, we communicated and we turned out. Together, we started a new chapter for Great Falls and for Great Falls Public Schools!  And none of it would have been possible without your help!  I have heard over and over again how impressed the community was with the staff engagement.  They saw you ride for the brand, they took note and acted accordingly.  Every big and small thing individual staff members did made a difference.  As I said at Convocation last year, when GFPS puts its mind to something, we are a force to be reckoned with! Thank you so much! 
I look forward to paying you back as we work to reinforce, replace, update and improve your work places.  It is going to be a 5-year process, so please be patient as we begin to understand and organize the work ahead.  In order to stay informed and to share accurate information with the public that trusts you, please read Newsbits and the webpage for frequent progress updates.
Speaking of paying back, it’s the time of year for our annual giving campaign and I thank you for your past and future giving.  I know I just asked you to support the bond levy and now I am asking of you again.  Just as Great Falls gave to us, I know we can find it in our hearts to give to Great Falls once again.
As you know because you see it every day, the needs are many.  I also know that United Way and Montana Shares are the agencies that support the neediest in our community.  They do so much for so many, but they need our help.  Your building champion will be providing information to you.  I thank them for their service and I ask you to reward them with a contribution.  If you have donated in the past either through on-going payroll deduction or a one-time donation, thank you.  I hope you will continue to do so and maybe consider a little bump in the amount.  If you haven’t given in the past, I ask that you take a moment to read the information provided and to consider a donation, no matter how small.  Every contribution will help us make our goal and thank you, once again, for making GFPS great!   Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.


2016 Annual Giving Campaign

The GFPS Goal:

$55,000 by 50% of all employees giving!!

We can do this! 

Here’s why:


College Application Week, 2016



GFPS is participating in Montana’s statewide COLLEGEAPPLICATION WEEK
October 31-November 4!

Show off your favorite college:  WEAR your favorite college or university ATTIRE on
Friday, November 4.
The high schools have additional events planned but this is also a perfect opportunity for all grade levels to promote GRADUATION and the possibility of college attendance.
Feel free to promote College Application Week in other ways…
  • Put a poster on your class or office door… “I’m a proud graduate of____.  Ask me about it."
  • Change your Facebook Banner to your college logo for the week.
  • Create a bulletin board with a list of all the colleges staff members attended.
  • Etc.
To learn more about College Application Week, click here.

Direct Deposit Regulations

Beginning September 23, 2016 new NACHA regulations went into effect changing the way ACH (direct deposit) files are handled by financial institutions.  Due to these new regulations all direct deposits will be deposited on pay day, not the day prior.  Previously, you may have noticed your paycheck was direct deposited into your account the afternoon/evening before pay day.  We anticipate this will not be the case going forward.  You should expect your direct deposit in your account on pay day. 
If you have automatic payments coming from your bank account on payday we highly, highly encourage you to change the date to avoid any potential overdraft charges that could occur.  Your bank or credit union can assist with making these changes.
Please contact Payroll or HR should you have any questions.

Thank you for your attention. 

2016 Flu Shot Schedule

2016 Benefis Flu Shot Schedule

Great Falls Public Schools is again offering free flu shots for all employees and spouses of district employees.  (You do not have to carry insurance to be eligible for the free flu shot.) Please note the below listed dates and times.  Shots are not available for children at these times/dates.

Please RSVP to 268-6010.


Correction to Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers, October 2016

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 21, 2016 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

                                                                        Human Resources Office 

Pre-retirement Workshops TRS and PERS Fall 2016 Schedule

Crosstown Run Around, October 25, 2016

OCTOBER 25, 2016
C.M. Russell High School
RACE begins at 4:15pm

Crosstown Book Drive


Fitness Class Updates, October, 2016

Fitness Class Updates: Check out the Employee Wellness website for a complete list of fitness classes and fitness center details.
  • Wellness website:  Here are a few temporary changes to the classes:
  • ZUMBA class is cancelled for Oct. 13, 18, 20, and 25, 2016 held at Longfellow 4:30-5:30 pm Tues & Thurs
  • OULA class will begin at 5:30 am rather than 6:00 am and run until 6:15 am giving participants plenty of time to get home and ready for the work day. Paris Gym Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • CIRCUIT Training class will not be held the month of November as our instructor is unavailable, but will be going the rest of this month.
  • YOGA class is cancelled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016