October 26, 2015
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Superintendent's Message


EDUCATION (helping children achieve academic greatness), INCOME (promoting financial stability), and HEALTH (helping families live healthy lives)…these are the goals of the United Way of Cascade County (UWCC). United Way says that when “a child succeeds in school, when a neighborhood improves, when families have good health and workers have solid jobs, we all win!” They believe in the 3 Ours just like we do: Our Kids, Our Community, Our Future!

GFPS is fortunate to count UWCC as a partner in providing for the needs of our students. In August, they stuffed the bus to provide school supplies for our students. We all win when kids are prepared for school. In September, United Way sponsored a variety of Attendance Awareness Month activities. We all win when kids come to school. In October, United Way/Graduation Matters sponsored an 8th grade career fair with lots of community participation. We all win when kids are thinking positively about the future. GFPS can’t do it alone. United Way can’t do it alone. But we CAN do it together!

Last year, UWCC allocated $463K to deserving local agencies. Most of that money went to agencies that in one way or another touch the lives of children. Agencies like: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Family Connections, Foster Grandparents, Kairos Youth Services, Young Parents Education Center, NeighborWorks, Opportunities, Inc., Alliance for Youth, Eagle Mount, Action for Healthy Kids, Children’s Receiving Home, Juvenile Drug Court, Voice of Hope Crisis Line…to just name a few. Where does UWCC get the money to give? From generous donors like you and me.

Here is some data on past GFPS generosity:

                            $ Donated By       % of GFPS Employees 
Campaign Year     GFPS Employees    Donating Any Amount
     2015                   $51,353                40%
     2014                   $45,764                36%
     2013                   $48,173                39%
     2012                   $44,073                34%
     2011                   $48,081                32%
     2010                   $45,973                34%
     2009                   $43,729                35%
     2008                   $40,534                35%
     2007                   $40,774                35%


As you can see, GFPS employees are a giving bunch! This year, I’m asking you to give once again. The needs are greater than ever. Our goal this year is $55,000. We can do it if 50% of our employees make a donation. Each site has a coordinator who can answer any questions you might have. 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! We all win when we live united!

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


United Way Goal!

34th Annual Cross Town Run Around

34th Annual Cross Town Run Around
October 27, 2015 (Tuesday)
Paris Gibson Education Center
Race begins at 4:15 pm

The date for our Annual Cross Town Run Around has been set since 1982, typically the Tuesday of Cross Town Football week. Although it has been on the district calendar since early last spring, we wanted to remind you of the date and hope you can attend. As many of you know it is quite a lot of fun to walk or run with staff from all-round the district. This event happens rain or shine….sleet or snow! More details to follow and look for posters in your building. Be thinking of a theme as the 7 trophies are up for grabs once again! As our dear friend Mikie Messman would say “Rally the troops and join us for Cross Town!”.


Wellness Update for this week!

Zumba is cancelled at Longfellow on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.
Join us at Paris Gibson Education Center for the 34th Annual Cross Town Runaround!
Amber will be leading a Zumba “warmup” prior to the event.


Click here for the Wellness Newsletter


Coat Drive for My Student in Need

Community coat Closet & Winter gear. Drop you gently used or new coats and winter gear off at the DOB October 14-28th. Coats, Snow Pants, Boots, Hats and Gloves are all needed. Children and Adult sizes needed. Thank you!

Building Elementary Leaders




K-12 Educational Leadership Masters Cohort Program

Come meet with MSU educational leadership program department head and professors. During this meeting you will have an opportunity to learn about the K-12 Principal Cohort program of study that we plan to start in the near future (summer 2016 or fall 2016). This will be a great opportunity to get your questions answered and determine next steps. Feel free to share this invite with others. This opportunity will be open to all teachers grades K-12. Hope to see you there.

When: November 17, 2015 3:45-5pm
Where: DOB- Birch and Cedar rooms


Online Courses for Educators