September 26, 2016
Issue No: 


Send in Your Ballot

A historic moment is before us:  the Facility Bond Levy.  The process leading to the ballots arriving in your mailboxes last week was intense and intentional. It has been rigorous and rewarding. And in so many ways, it has also been historic.  Now, it’s time to see how this part of our history will be written.  Will both the elementary and high school bonds pass?  Will just one of the two pass? Will they both fail?  I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have a vote and a voice.  So do you.  Now is the time to use them. 

Thank you for returning your ballot this week and for being a part of this historic moment in time.  Every vote counts.  Don’t let your ballot sit in your pile of mail.  Exercise your right and responsibility.  Fill it out and mail it in today.



Pre-retirement Workshops TRS and PERS Fall 2016 Schedule


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 second 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 

Flu Shots, September 2016

Please present your Cigna insurance card at the time of service.  

Your flu shot is covered if you are enrolled in the Cigna insurance plan.

GFPS Foundation Scholarship Information Nights, October 2016

Two college scholarship information nights will be held in October to give high school seniors and their parents what they need to apply online for 43 scholarships that are managed by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.
The first will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, at C.M. Russell High School in the Bill Williamson Auditorium.  The second will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Great Falls High School’s auditorium.
Both begin at 6:30 p.m.
School counselors, scholarship reviewers and foundation staff will be present to explain the do’s and don’ts of applying online.
The Foundation plans to post the scholarship applications on its website: and will announce when it goes live.
The scholarships include those that can be renewed annually to multiple years.  There are scholarships for the financially disadvantaged, the academically accomplished and for career and technical education.  They range from $6,250 a year for two years to few hundred dollars.
There are 24 scholarships specific to Great Falls High School, and 19 for C.M. Russell High School students.
For more information contact the schools’ counseling offices or the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation at 268-7340.

MSU Northern Online Courses, 2016


MSU-Northern has partnered with VESi to provide online

courses that provide graduate or undergraduate level credit.

Courses offered for 2 or 3 Graduate and Undergraduate

level credits with fees of just $285.

Multi-Sensory Phonics PIR, Fall 2016


Payroll Information

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 Tuesday, September 13thReconciling 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 Friday, September 23rd.  Please do not send timecards in prior to the 21st.  Make all changes/corrections before turning them in.
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.

35th Annual Cross Town Run Around, October 25, 2016

OCTOBER 25, 2016
C.M. Russell High School 
RACE begins at 4:15 pm
Last week we reminded everyone about the upcoming 35th Crosstown event! We had a few questions pop up and here are additional details:
  • The event will remain very similar with the change being a bit of direction to buildings this year when thinking about the event.
  • We are going “back to basics” with this annual event and asking you to support the football theme and teams!
  • This is a bit different for the elementary and middle schools but WE think it will be fun!
  • Don’t want to choose one team over the other? That’s ok too! Just incorporate the idea of football, crosstown and fun into your group!
  • We will still have the 7 trophies up for grabs!  (% HS, % MS, % Elementary, % DOB/BG/Annex/Warehouse/Sky/, most improved %, theme and of course SPIRIT) 

Schedules for: GFPS Fitness Center, Classes & GFH Pool

The NEW School year schedule is listed below! Check the Employee Wellness website and weekly Wellness Wednesday emails for updates or schedule changes for all of the classes. Schedule time to exercise and take care of yourself. You will be glad you did!
Monday through Thursday during the school year (Closed on holidays)
          5:30 am – 7:00 am
          3:30 pm -- 7:00 pm
PARIS OPEN GYM Shoot hoops or run a few laps!
5:30 am - 7:00 am   Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Sign in at the Fitness Center
ZUMBA CLASS Free to employees!  Begins Sept. 13, 2016
Tuesday & Thursday:  4:30 - 5:30 pm (No class on holidays)
Longfellow Elementary Gym (1100 6th Ave S)
Instructor: Amber Blodgett
CIRCUIT TRAINING Free to employees! Begins Sept. 7, 2016
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm (No class on holidays)
Fitness Center @ Paris Gibson Education Center
Instructor: Laurie Roberts
YOGA CLASS Free to employees during school year! Begins Sept 7, 2016
Wednesdays:     4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Thursdays:         5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Classes held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B. (No class on holidays)
Instructor: Lisa Moore
OULA Class Free to employees! Begins Sept. 13, 2016
OULA is a great dance fitness program. For a full description go to:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:45 am -- 6:30 am
PGEC Gym enter on the south side near fitness center! (No class on holidays)
Instructor: Bethany Chabot
WATER EXERCISE CLASS – Begins Sept 6, 2015
Tuesday & Thursday:  7:00 - 8:00 pm
Classes are held at the Great Falls High Pool.
Class is FREE to all GFPS faculty and staff and open to the public at a cost of $60 for each session. GFPS faculty and staff need to register with Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051.
This is a great NO IMPACT, fun exercise class.  No particular swimming skills are required. 
If you have questions, contact Bob Stingley at 268-6281 or via email. 



Open and lap swimming at the Great Falls High Pool is FREE to all GFPS employees!  To get a pool pass, click here for the electronic application or contact Central Reception at 268-6054.  Attendance fee for a non-employee adult is $3 and a child is $2 per visit.
Lap Swim: Beginning Aug. 31--Monday through Friday 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Family Open Swim: Beginning Sept. 12, 2016--Monday & Wednesday 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm