August 31, 2015

I Believe in GFPS Because…

Last Wednesday and Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit all 15 elementary schools and North Middle School, where I enjoyed eating lunch with the students. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm exuded by staff and students. Everywhere I went, students were being set up for success. Teachers and recess aides were discussing procedures for their classrooms and playgrounds. Students were preparing and organizing their materials. Principals and office staff members were extending the welcome mat to all. It seemed like everyone was on their game. Everywhere I went, everyone told me that the year was off to an amazing start! Every single staff member is to be commended for conducting one of the finest openings of a school year that I have experienced! I look forward to getting out in high schools, the preschool and East Middle School this week to witness more amazing work.

The smooth, positive and productive opening of school doesn’t just happen. It happens because our beliefs are solid, our goals are clear, the resources are in place, and we are ready to face the challenges that are before us. As I often note, it is so important that we share our commitment to excellence with our community. Please help me do that by completing the “I believe in GFPS because…” sheet that was handed out at Convocation and returning it to my office. I plan to use your words to tell our story. If you have lost yours or you weren’t at Convocation, get a new form here. I know your words will inspire me and everyone I share them with. Thanks for your help!

By the way, I believe in GFPS because of all of you, our highly skilled and committed personnel, our greatest asset!

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.


BIMM- Beginning Instrument Music Market

For your information:

What: Beginning Instrument Music Market (BIMM)
Where: Paris Gibson Education Center Cafeteria
Time: 4-7 pm
Dates: Sept 3 (Thursday)and Sept 8 (Tues)

If you have a child starting in the Band or Orchestra programs of the Great Falls Public Schools come check out the BIMM!
Vendors from Nicholls Music, Guitars of Montana, and Rod’s Music will be on hand to sell and rent beginning string and band instruments. Books, reeds, cleaning supplies, music stands, and other accessories will be available as well.
GFPS music staff will also be available to help with instrument selection and rental of school owned instruments.
For more information call the Music and Art Department at 268-6079.


Indian Education for All- NASD 180: American Indian Imagery

The Indian Education for All Department is gearing up for our Fall Trainer of Trainers course, NASD 180: American Indian Imagery. This course will examine the importance of understanding popular images of Indians, not only for the view of Indians it provides, but also for what it tells us about the society that created the images. We will examine how the image of the Indian developed over time and how those ideals are reflected through literature, art, science, philosophy, politics, theater and cinema. The implications of the ideas and imagery used by dominant society to define Indians will be explored to better understand why society thinks about Indians the way

Classes will be held from 8:30-2:30 on:
September 19
October 3
October 24
November 7
November 21
December 12
We have limited funding remaining to take this course. To qualify for this opportunity, you must be able to attend ALL classes for the ENTIRE duration. Priority will be given to students in the order of response.

Please contact me asap if you are interested in taking part in this class. We have 1 spot remaining! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 268-6657 or via e-mail at


Host Families Needed

Click here for information on becoming a host family for the Montana Student Council Conference in Great Falls October 18-20, 2015




HOURS WILL BE: Monday through Thursday
5:30 am – 7 am
3:30 pm – 7 pm
Not open Fridays and Saturdays

Fitness Center will not be open on September 7, 2015 – Holiday

ZUMBA – Beginning September 8, 2015 – Free Class to all employees!!

Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (No class held on Holidays)
Longfellow Elementary – Gym
1100 6th Ave S
Instructor – Amber Blodgett

YOGA CLASS – Beginning Monday August 24, 2015 – Free Class to all employees!!
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Wednesdays: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Thursdays: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Instructor Lisa Moore
Classes will be held at 220 6th Street South, Suite B

CIRCUIT TRAINING Beginning Monday, August 24, 2015 – Free Class to all employees!!
Monday and Wednesdays
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor Laurie Roberts

Beginning September 8 – GFHS Pool
Tuesdays & Thursdays
7pm – 8pm
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.
OPEN SWIMMING Open Swimming and Lap Swimming at GFHS Pool is FREE to all GFPS employees! To get a pool pass, click here for the electronic application or contact Center Reception at 268-6054. Attendance for a non-employee adult is $3 and a child is $2 per visit.

Lap Swim: Beginning August 31 – Monday thru Friday – 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Family Open Swim: Beginning September 14 – Monday & Wednesday – 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm