December 10, 2018

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

On a moonlite night, Santa sleigh and four reindeer flying over snowing city


Have you heard?
Christmas is coming!

Listen every night from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve on KMON 560 AM at 6:55 pm to hear a new reader from our community sharing ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

You can visit Cherry Creek media at to see the schedule and listen to your favorites again and again.



Due to our transition to using Community Health Care Center for our biometric screenings, we feel it is appropriate to extend the screening opportunities through the end of January. Employees on the GFPS health insurance plan must complete a biometric screening and a health risk assessment between now and the end of January to be eligible for the monthly premium incentive.

Special Saturday screening days have been scheduled for January 5th, 12th and 19th at the main CHCC location at 113 4th St South. The hours on these screening days will run from 6am-12pm.
Entire January schedule:  GFPS BMS January Calendar

Please call 454-6973 to schedule your appointment.

Indian Education for All (IEFA) Message

One of Indian Education For All’s essential understandings and goals is to share contemporary American Indian topics in relationship to people, events, and culture. One way to effectively infuse this into your classroom is though credible American Indian news sources. Some great contemporary American Indian newspapers and online outlets include, Indian Country Today, The Glacier Reporter, and Char-Koosta News. You can pull together activities relating to Federal Policy, Environmental Science, English, Math, and Business. Students can be exposed to articles on a wide variety of topics in the ways that service your classroom needs. Here are some activities you can do with your students using articles from these sources:

  • Read and write for meaning
  • Explore geography
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Sort and Classify
  • Report and explore current events.

These activities can help you expand your teaching and further the goal of IEFA by touching on many of the Essential Understandings.

Emergency Response to an Armed Intruder Training

The last training for the school year will take place on January 21, 2019. The training is 6 hours and takes place from 8:30-3:30 pm with an hour lunch  break. There are currently spots open. Register in PIR Central or contact Jody Murray by email or at 268-6770

Course description:
This course was designed to give those involved in an active shooter or active threat incident practical measures to utilize to help ensure their safety and the safety of others until law enforcement arrives. This course uses hands-on performance based training designed to increase safety and efficiency in an effort to save lives. This training incorporates lecture, practical exercises, and scenario based modules. At the conclusion of this training students will recognize the importance of planning, rehearsals, preparation, and survival techniques associated with an immediate response to an armed intruder.

Speech and Debate Judges Needed

This year, C.M. Russell High School is hosting the Electric City Optimists Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament January 11th and 12th.

Please consider taking part in this excellent opportunity to come see some of the best and brightest students from across the State of Montana demonstrate their ability in public speaking and knowledge of current affairs.

Friday, January 11th:

  • Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
    4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Debate Rounds at CMR unless otherwise announced
    4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Saturday, January 12th:

  • Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
    8:30 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
  • Debate Rounds at CMR unless otherwise announced
    8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 4:00 PM

If you are interested in judging for the tournament, you may register in these ways:

Thank you!

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STEM Mini Grants

Tree with red apple at bottom Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

Attention Teachers,

How would you like to provide an additional enriching science opportunity for your students? Unfortunately, there will be no formal district-wide STEAM EXPO this year. However, that doesn’t mean students should stop questioning, investigating, and hypothesizing under your guidance.

If you love science and are willing to support your students with STEM related projects or project-based learning projects, we have an opportunity for you!

We are working with the Foundation to offer a “Project Based Learning-STEM Focused Mini Grant.” With this $300 grant, you will be able to provide an authentic, real world, impactful experience for your students.

The applications will open on October 15 and close on December 14. Please click here to access the application. For questions regarding the grant, please contact Shelly Kelly at x6037 or For technical questions regarding the application, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at x7401 or

Discovery Grants and Innovation Grants

Tree with red apple at bottom Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation is offering two grant programs again this year. Included will be Discovery Grants (individual teacher grants) and Innovation Grants (collaboration grants). These applications will open December 10th and close on February 1st.

Foundation grants are available to GFPS Staff to provide opportunities for students to learn in new environments, experience creative teaching methods, participate in out of school experiences, or have new equipment or materials that provide enrichment and support.

Discovery Grants are individual teacher projects with funding ranging from $500 to $3,000. Innovation Grants are collaborative group projects with funding up to $10,000.

Great Falls Public Schools employees can submit applications HERE or through the Foundation’s webpage at The Foundation will be funding over $100,000 between the two programs.

If you have questions about the grants please contact Dave Crum at or call x7340. If you have questions regarding the online application, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at or at x7401.

Currently Enrolled in a Master’s Program?

 Delta Kappa Gamma is providing 2 Elizabeth Wick Scholarships to teachers who are already enrolled in a Master’s program. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1000.00 in April 2019. Applications are due January 15, 2019.

Photograph of former librarian Elizabeth WickElizabeth Wick was a 60-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma. While in college in Dillon, she worked as a textbook librarian for 40 cents an hour. Elizabeth spent summers at Northwestern University where she received her master’s degree in Elementary Education. Elizabeth taught in Glasgow and Kalispell before coming to Great Falls, where she taught first grade at Largent and Longfellow schools from 1951 until her retirement in 1973.


Please send completed application to:
Tara Hagins
Morningside Elementary

12 Ways to Have a Health Holiday Season

Snowman with child, woman and man standing around

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Be inspired to stay in the spirit of good health!