Message from the Superintendent
I would like to thank you all for how hard you work and everything you give to our students and staff during the school year. I know that this can be an emotional time of year for a lot of people. The emotions run the gamut from excitement, joy and jubilation to anxiety and concern. As we approach the holiday break, please take;
- Time to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries;
- Time to spend with the people who matter the most to you; and
- Time to reflect on the important work you do for the students, their parents, fellow staff members and this community.
This is a season of Hope as well. I have faith and hope that the upcoming New Year, 2020, will bring new opportunities for us as individuals and as a community, here in Great Falls. You have awesome opportunities to instill hope in our young people and the people around you every day.
Happy Holidays to you and your friends and loved ones!
May you be blessed and protected in all that you do, now and into the New Year!
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Great Falls Public Schools District Office Building!
Giving Campaign Thanks
“Celebration of Success”
GFHS Dahl Gallery Presents Annual Student Exhibition
Fitness Closures for Holiday Break
Click here to visit the Employee Wellness Website for the regularly scheduled times and dates.
PowerSchool Password Change
Included will be Discovery Grants (individual teacher grants) and Innovation Grants (collaboration grants). These applications will open December 9th and close on February 7th.
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 https://gfpsfoundation.org/gfps-grants/. The Foundation will be funding over $100,000 between the two programs.
If you have questions about the grants, please contact Dave Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call x7340. If you have questions regarding the online application, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at email@example.com or at x7401.
MIET Tech Days Bids Farewell with Grant Opportunity
MIET’s vision and mission has been promotion of current and future trends of educational technology in order to equip classroom teachers for engaging students in a meaningful manner. As MIET says farewell, we have some remaining funds that will allow us to offer a grant opportunity of up to $500 each to classroom teachers who have been former participants in MIET.
To submit your proposal, please complete this grant application and submit it by December 31, 2019. (You can also use this worksheet to draft your proposal before completing and submitting this form http://bit.ly/MIETworksheet)
Grant proposals could be used for registrations fees to attend another educational technology conference, the purchase of technology for the classroom or school, or any other innovative technology-based project for the classroom. Grant proposals will be reviewed by the MIET Board, and final grant recipients will be awarded by January 31, 2020. Proof of expenses paid by awarded grant funds will need to be submitted to the MIET Board by January 31, 2021. For any questions, please contact Charlene Ammons, MIET Board Co-chair. You can also visit MIET’s website for information: http://miettechdays.weebly.com/.
Science and Engineering Fair
Middle School Science Fair
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Great Falls College MSU – 2100 16th Avenue South – Great Falls, MT
Elementary School Science Fair
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Great Falls College MSU – 2100 16th Avenue South – Great Falls, MT
More details can be found here.
K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Committee Members
The GFPS Curriculum Department is in search of K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Committee Members.
Although all who express an interest will be considered as prospective participants, there will be a limited number of committee member openings available (due to substitute shortage) for elementary classroom teachers and middle and high school social studies teachers.
The committee will meet once during this school year (Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 3:30-5:00) and six times throughout the 2020-2021 school year on the following dates: Oct 22, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 28, Feb 23, April 15.
Please contact GFEA (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than January 17, 2020 if you are interested in being part of this important work or have any questions.
Red Flag Reporting
Great Falls Public Schools Mission is that we successfully educate students to navigate their future. In order to accomplish this, we have a number of belief statements that drive our work, help us to formulate our goals and build the culture of our organization. At GFPS, we believe all students and staff learn and work best in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. We believe highly skilled and committed personnel are our greatest asset.
We can’t do it alone, but we can do it together.
The Board believes that highly skilled and committed personnel are the District’s greatest asset. In support of this Board’s strong commitment to the public’s trust and confidence of school staff, the Board holds all school staff to the highest level of professional responsibility in their conduct. We know that District resources and staff are public assets requiring responsible stewardship and community involvement. Policy 5223 covers this matter in great detail.
In order to ensure we are being responsible stewards of tax payer dollars and in honor of this belief, GFPS rolled out a program called Red Flag Reporting in the fall of this year.
This program is an anonymous reporting system that allows any GFPS Employee to report concerns regarding possible fraudulent behavior.
Remember, if you have concerns, contact your administrator, HR Department, or us: www.RedFlagReporting.com | 1-877-647-3335.
Safety Concerns in the Workplace
December 6, 2017
As the winter holidays approach, employees tend to deal with more distractions than usual. Planning dinners, hosting out-of-town family members, purchasing gifts and figuring out the logistics of other festive activities can easily cause people’s minds to wander when they’re at work. From a health and safety perspective, it’s worth considering how these issues affect workers on the floor, on site, on the road or at home.
Read all about it here. Your safety matters.