April 16, 2018

“Earth Science & Me”
A Teachers Workshop


When: July 9 – 12, 2018
Where:  Heck/Quaw Elementary School
Location:. Belgrade, MT
Instructors: Doug Scott & Dave Scott (professional geologists)

  • Designed for All Teachers! 2 ½ classroom days with “Hands-On” Mining & Geology activities, a 1-day Field Trip to a talc mine, & a ½ day field trip to a talc mill
  • What you get: Activity Notebooks; Posters; PowerPoint Presentations; Minerals, Ores, Sedimentary rocks, Metamorphic rocks, & Igneous rocks; Door Prizes; Continental breakfast (2 days);  Refreshments (4 days); & Lunches (3 days)
  • Re-certification Credits: 2.0 semester hours ($155): Course number: ERTH 588-50 (MSU); Tuition: $60.00 per teacher (checks payable to DST & Associates)
  • Curriculum – Why minerals are important; The Rock Cycle; How to identify a mineral; How to identify a sedimentary rock; How to identify a metamorphic rock; How to identify an igneous rock; How to identify an ore; The basics of plate tectonics; Essential Montana Geology Fundamentals; How geologists explore for ore; Why is coal important; The cost of mining; Why the ground shakes; The basics of volcanoes; How to make and read a map; GEOPARDY; & 1 ½ days of field trips!

No Refunds after June 15, 2018


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Earth Science & Me Workshop Registration Form   ($60.00 Tuition Fee due with registration)


Workshop location: Heck/Quaw Elementary, Belgrade, MT     Dates: July 9-12, 2018

First Name:
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City, State, Zip:
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Email address:
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Mail registration and a $60.00 check to: DST & Associates  14293 W. Baltic Ave.  Lakewood, CO 80228
Questions?   Call 509.270.0997

Montana Retired Educators Association



$1000 Scholarship

Who is Eligible?  An active Montana teacher who is currently in, or has been accepted in a university graduate program working towards a higher degree in the field of education.

How to Apply?  Request an application from MREA.




1722 Montana Ave
Black Eagle, MT  59414

Submission deadline is May 1, 2018

Autism Awareness ribbonApril is Autism Awareness Month

As our community seeks to increase our understanding and acceptance of friends and neighbors with autism, you are invited to a free viewing of “Neurotypical,” a PBS documentary, on April 24, 6:30-7:30 at the CMR Bill Williamson Auditorium.  For more information, click here:  www.FriendsOfAutismGF.blogspot.com (be sure to scroll down).

A little Understanding
goes a long way.


Understand people with Autism are:

  • unique individuals and are not all alike.
  • NOT born with “natural” social skills (like smiling, eye contact, etc).
  • bothered by normal sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches that may feel like hostile attacks.
  • mistaken as being rude or having a tantrum but are really just reacting to a perceived threat.
  • easily stressed by any change in environment or routine
  • sometimes not able to make sense of words.
  • prone to get “stuck” in their thoughts and cannot “let it go”.
  • living with a great number of difficult challenges.

Be patient and kind!
These are generalities that affect each person in varying degrees.

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings will be posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 and will close on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postingsfor a list of all current in-district teacher job 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.

Please be reminded that once a teacher accepts a position via the transfer process, that teacher cannot apply for another transfer position that year.

Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm
Paris Gibson Education Center Cafeteria

All employees who have served the District 25, 30, or 35 years will be honored as well as those employees who have retired during the 2017-2018 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees will be sent an invitation via letter in April. If you do not receive one and you think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051. The District will honor each recipient with a gift. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

Great Falls Public Schools is proud to be hosting the Montana Special Olympics State Games from May 16-18! As anticipated, many staff are excited to volunteer their time for this wonderful event. Employees may use vacation or personal business time if they choose to volunteer. If an employee is a paid Special Olympics coach, they may turn in a reassignment of duty form to their principal, who will then turn the request into the Student Services department. As of today, there are still opportunities for teachers to take a personal business day on May 16th or 17th. May 18th is full.

Thank you for all you do.  Please contact the Human Resources Office at 6010 or Student Services at 6775 if you have any questions.

2018 Spring Into Wellness Challenge!

Spring is here according to the calendar, but the weather tells us a different story! Time for a challenge to get us moving and create healthy habits. This challenge is designed to meet you where you’re at. Some of us exercise most days of the week and have a regular exercise and nutrition plan. Some of us exercise a few times a month and try to eat healthy. AND some of us haven’t exercised since last Fall! It doesn’t matter what level you are at, the point of this challenge is to keep moving OR get moving.  All levels are welcome to join in the fun!

One more thing……Before you sign up to begin the challenge, find a couple of GFPS friends in or out of your building to make this challenge even more fun, keep each other accountable and be the cheerleader some of us need to complete the 4 week challenge of exercise and healthy habits! GO FOR IT!

Here are a few specifics about the challenge:

  • The challenge will run Saturday April 21 to Saturday May 19, 2018.
  • You will be provided with a tracking sheet for activity, nutrition and over all wellness!
  • The sheets will be available starting next Wednesday (April 18)  and tracking will start on Saturday (April 21).
  • Each week you will receive an email with educational and motivational information.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded in a random drawing of participants at the end of the challenge.
  • Are you ready? Then sign up by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2018SPRINGINTOWELLNESS
  • Please share with staff in your building who may not have access to GFPS email. They can contact me with a personal email too.
  • If you have questions please feel free to contact Jody at ext 6770 or by email: jody_murray@gfps.k12.mt.us

Great Falls College logo, GFPS logo, MIET Tech Days logo

Announcing MIET 2018 Registration
Registration for MIET 2018 Tech Days is now open!

Early Bird Price is $110 if registered by May 18, 2018

Groups of 5 or more can register at $100 each, if registered by May 18, 2018

Be sure to check the posted schedule to see session topics.
Also be watching for session spotlights to get more information about specific topics.

College credits are available for an additional cost.

Check out our website!

GFPS/InterTRIBAL STRONG/Indian Education Department 


Annual Youth Pow Wow

@ Expo Park, Exhibition Hall  

Saturday, May 12th 

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Grand Entries @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm 

Elders Feed 4:00 pm 

Contest Dancing; Tiny Tot, Juniors, Teens, Adult and Golden Age Categories

  InterTribal, Clown, Potato and other Fun dances!!! 

Art, craft and traditionally made items from many vendors!! 

Everyone is welcome!! 

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Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls

Starts Fall 2018!

Integrated Teaching through the Arts Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.

Program is designed for all K-12 educators
Project based – no GRE required
Skills that transfer to your everyday lessons!
Move up on the Salary Schedule as you go!
Financial aid and payment plans are available.
Regionally and nationally accredited
Financial Aid Counselor to assist Student Loan Process!
Deferred Student Loan payment 6 months after completion of your degree!
Nineteen weekends total! The entire program is completed in less than two years
$5000 Loan Forgiveness is available!              $50 application fee waiver!

Face-To-Face teaching one weekend a month: Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm

Contact: Cathy Kuntz