April 29, 2019


Transition Time

I fondly call this last full month of the school year “May-hem.” I don’t have to tell any of you that May is the busiest month of the year as each day brings a special reason to celebrate student achievement and success.

As we work our way through the organized chaos that is May and into the final days of the 2018-2019 school year, we are not only focusing on job number one, student learning, but also on making smooth and positive leadership transitions.  As I researched the importance of good organizational handoffs, I was reminded that the MAFB Base Commander has changed three times since I have been the Superintendent.  Our community has hardly noticed the change in our community’s largest employer and organization because they have executed those transitions flawlessly.  I am confident that the GFPS leadership transition is going to happen in the same way.

I have made a list of the final items I want to get crossed off of the to-do list, and will work until the last day to get them done.  I carefully think about the ways I can step back in any decision making that impacts next year and still use my expertise to make sure these last days go as planned.  Tom Moore and I set aside time each week to discuss a variety of topics to ensure he has the information he needs to take the reins.  He is doing the same with Heather Hoyer as she prepares to become the 7-12 assistant superintendent and she is doing the same with Geoff Habel as he prepares to be the GFHS principal.  Each are also relying on our incredible GFPS team members to support them as they find out about their new jobs.  Each is committed to hitting the ground running and there is no doubt in my mind that they will.

Over the course of this year, there have been and will continue to be those times when I say, “This is the last time I get to do this!”  Each of those will be bittersweet. I plan to stay present in those moments and enjoy the gifts that each day brings.  I hope that you too can find a way to balance the hectic pace of May with being grateful and thankful for the many special moments there are sure to be.  Those times will energize you and carry you through the hard and tired moments.  I plan to finish my career strong.  I know we can finish the school year strong too.

Take care. Be safe.  Stay well.

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current In-District teaching openings will be posted today, Monday, April 29, 2019 and will close on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Any teacher currently employed with the District may apply for these positions. 

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

If you are interested in applying for any of these openings please hand-deliver your
In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office by the deadline.  You may obtain the form(s) in any school office and one form must be completed for each position for which you are applying.

Please contact your building administrator or the Human Resources Department if you have any questions.

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

Groundbreaking Event

Groundbreaking event at Longfellow Elementary, May 10, 2019, 4-4:30 pm

Please join us for a Groundbreaking Event to celebrate construction of the new Longfellow Elementary School.

When:  Friday, May 10, 2019
Time:  4:00 – 4:30 pm
Where:  1101 6th Ave South (Old Longfellow Site)


Fall Print and Graphic Orders for the 2019-2020 School Year are Now Being Accepted Via Hard-Copy

All Fall orders need to be titled as “Fall” for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.  Please be sure to fill in the work request number and keep the pink copy for your records.  That is how we are able to track any missing orders in the fall.

Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders completed on time.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically (with the exception of GFHS and CMR). 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 268-6059.

Fall Graphic orders in which you would like us to make your posters, can be e-mailed to print_center@gfps.k12.mt.us.  Your e-mail should include the graphics order form with clear detailed instructions and the PDF you want enlarged if you have one.  Please put “FALL” in the subject line, so that we are aware of when they are due without opening the document.

Retirement and Longevity Awards Reception

Retirement and Longevity Awards Reception
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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 2018-2019 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees were sent an invitation via letter the first week of April. If you did not receive a letter and think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Cindy Gordon at 268-6001 or Aly Hauer at 268-6051. The District will honor each recipient with a gift. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

April Health Insurance Newsletter

The April Health Insurance can be found on the Human Resources Benefit Information webpage.


Survey for GFPS Teachers

Teacher Survey

Dear Teachers,

 Our district has been selected to participate in a research survey which explores teachers’ attitudes and experiences with ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Should you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete an online survey by clicking this link.  The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your time, interest, and consideration.

*This project has been approved by the District. Feel free to contact Shelly Kelly at no. 268-6037 with questions. All responses are ANONYMOUS and participation is completely VOLUNTARY.*

Join interTRIBAL strong and the Indian Education Department for the 2019 Student-Led Community PowWow, Saturday, May 11th.

2019 Great Falls Community POW WOW schedule of events

Click here for Details

MIET Registration Open for the 2019 Tech Days

The Montana Institute on Educational Technology (MIET) has opened registration for the 2019 MIET Tech Days. Great Falls Public Schools staff can attend for free this year; however, there is limited seating up to 150 GFPS staff members. To register and reserve your spot for this District-Directed (DD) PIR option, sign up in PIR eCentral. No other registration or forms are required. For additional information, please visit the MIET website.

Interested in a Reading Endorsement?

Lee Ruud, Literacy Teacher at Riverview Elementary, is willing to contact Montana State-Billings to inquire about starting a cohart for continuing education in Great Falls.  If you are interested in getting your reading endorsement or a Masters in Reading from MSU-B, please contact Lee Ruud at lee_ruud@gfps.k12.mt.us

Documentary Video Presentation of Converge

Many stories, one voice Lewis & Clark interpretive Center May 19, 5:00 pm

The documentary video presentation of Converge: Many stories, One Voice will be shown on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the theater at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. This free 90 minute presentation incorporates actual interviews of students and adults with capsules of the live stage performances shown recently, relating the struggles and triumphs of many young people in Great Falls, Montana.

SYNOPSIS: In 2018, an idea was formed to create a platform for crucial conversation that focused on the adversities that affect many young people in the community.

That idea eventually led to the project Converge: E Pluribus Unum, a creative storytelling experience utilizing live stage performances based on over 50 hours of interviews with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement personnel, and counselors.

The goal of the project is to impact social change, raise community consciousness, and inspire collective action.

Interspersing actual interviews with stage performances of the play, Many Stories, One Voice documents both the creative process of the project while emphasizing the struggles and hopes of youth in our community.

This documentary film is free and open to the public.

Color Me Well Fun Run

Color Me Well Fun Run and Obstacle Course              Loenbro Color Me Well Fun Run 6-22-2019, 10:00 am, at Loenbro

When:  Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time:  Race starts at 10:00 a.m
Where:  Loenbro – 1900 32nd Ave NE
Cost:  $15.00/Adults, $10.00 children (6-12), Free for children under 6

All proceeds benefit the Dandelion Foundation