April 23, 2018

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

WHAT’S THE LEVY FOR?  YOU.

A recent Facebook post lamented that not a single penny of the funds being requested via the Operational Levy goes to students. In a literal sense, I suppose that is true. GFPS has no plans to hand out taxpayers’ money directly to students. In a practical sense, the statement is completely inaccurate. Here’s why:

  • The bulk of the increase in resources required to roll over this year’s budget into next is the direct result of salary increases for GFPS staff.  All collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) have been settled for the 2018-2019 school year and all included an increase on base salaries and the maintenance of longevity factors.  Increases are also planned for staff not represented by CBAs as well.
  • I don’t have to tell any of you that education is a human resource intensive endeavor. Most GFPS employees work directly with students in our schools and classrooms.  The rest, including 18 District-level administrators and supervisors, support and/or lead those very same efforts.  In other words, the levy funds will be used for the people who are teaching, supporting and inspiring our studentsThe levy funds will be used to maintain programs that are taught, operated and managed by you.

Why did the District negotiate salary increases knowing that it would have budgetary impacts? Because there is no doubt in the minds of leadership that investments in our employees have a direct and positive impact on our students and their achievement.  Our belief statements drive how we act and this belief says it all:  Highly skilled and committed personnel are our greatest asset.  You can see all of the belief statements here: https://gfps.k12.mt.us/mission/.

The District anticipated that sacrifices may have to be made in order to balance the budget with the salary increases.  That reality was discussed at every negotiating table and at Cabinet meetings.  We are working hard to maintain excellence while facing the realities of limited resources.  I am hopeful that excellence will be maintained thanks to the 1500 full and part-time people, and another 400 substitute employees, who directly impact the learning of our students.  As I see it, the Operational Levy proceeds will be well spent.

Community. Unity. Opportunity.

Tammy


Montana Retired Educators Association

MREA

 $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.

www.mrea.info

or

hamermrea@gmail.com

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).

Autism
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 were posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 and will close on Thursday, April 26, 2016 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.


Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2018-2019 School Year

All Fall orders need to be titled as “Fall” for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.

Graphic orders for the 2018-2019 school year that must be created need to be submitted no later than June 30th. Any submissions beyond then may not be returned until approximately early October. Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders done on time. These orders may be sent in starting now.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically. With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system. If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6051.


Every Kid Healthy™ Week: April 23-27, 2018

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn! Great Falls Public School has a strong Student Wellness policy to support these efforts!

Click here to access Student Wellness resources including nutrition and activity ideas!


To All Certified Staff

PIR registration for the 2018-19 school year opened on April 2. Our office will make the first cuts to PIR classes on May 15th due to low enrollment. If you haven’t registered yet, today would be a good day!

To fulfill the 187 day contract, each teacher needs six DD PIR credits and 12 more credits that are flexible (additional DD credits or just plain PIR credits.) These credits are taken outside the duty day and/or contract year because they are traded for two (MEA) days off in mid-October and one day off on MLK Day.

The four DD options are:

  • June 12-13 MIET
  • June 14 Weston Kieschnick (Bold School)
  • August 21 Weston Kieschnick (Bold School)
  • September 1-October 31 online Moodle Course (self-paced to be done sometime in the two-month window)

Beyond the traditional PIR eCentral catalog offerings, summer options for the other 12 flexible credits are:

  • June 12 and 13 Elementary and Student Services PIR Summit
  • August 22 and 23 Elementary and Student Services PIR Summit
  • August 22 and 23 Secondary PIR Summit

Click here for information about how to use PIR eCentral.

Click here to register.


Communication with Parents of English Learners

Are you planning Parent-Teacher conferences, Home Visits, or other communication with parents of English Learners?

Please call us to schedule Title III funded interpreters to ensure effective communication.

Please contact Carol Paul at 6779 at least 1 week before the conference so that our interpreters can make arrangements to be with you. We have employed interpreters of Spanish, German, and Greek.

If you know adults who speak English and Tagalog, Vietnamese, or Japanese, we would like to hire interpreters in those languages, as well;  please encourage them to contact Carol or apply on AppliTrack.


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 

presents…

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!! 


picture of graduation hat and diploma
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
406.899.7308

ckuntz@lesley.edu