December 9, 2019

PowerSchool Password Change

PowerSchool Password


Retirement Party for Bob McGregor

Bob McGregor Retirement


CMR Performing Arts Presents: SOUTH PACIFIC!

CMR's South Pacific


The CMR PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT proudly presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s sweeping classic World War II musical “South Pacific”, December 5 – 7 and December 13 and 14, in the Bill Williamson Hall Auditorium on the CMR campus.  Curtain time is 7:30 pm.  There is a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on December 14.

Come, see AND hear the classic songs, “There is Nothing like a Dame”, “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right out of my Hair” and the unforgettable “Some Enchanted Evening.”  Come see what you expect from CMR Performing Arts. Quality entertainment and a great night at the theatre.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 with Military ID.

For ticket information, please call 268-6117.

We will be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, monetary donations for Shop With A Cop and non-perishable food items for the CMR Food Pantry.

Speech and Debate Judges Needed

Speech&Debate Judges Needed

We are so excited to host the Best in the West!

Can you help us by judging at our upcoming Speech & Debate Tournament?

This year, C.M. Russell High School is hosting the Electric City Optimists Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament on December 13th and 14th 2019.  Please take some time to read the announcement below and register to judge for the tournament using the link or via your phone using the QR Code.

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.

Note that by filling out the form below, you are officially committed to judging for the spots you signed up for.  Please call (406) 616-2695 if you need to make changes or cancel.

There is going to be free food available for judges.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Friday, December 13th:

Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM  |  8:00 PM

Debate Rounds at North Middle School and CMR
4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM  |  8:00 PM

Saturday, December 14th:

Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
8:30 AM  |  10:30 AM  |  1:00 PM  |  3:00 PM

Debate Rounds at North Middle School and CMR
8:00 AM  |  10:00 AM  |  12:00 PM  |  2:00 PM  |  4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM

Registration Options:

QR Code Thank you for judging!

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Safe Schools Drawing Winners

Congratulations to all the winners!

Safe Schools drawing winners


Grant Opportunities

Foundation grants
The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation is once again offering two grant programs.

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  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.

MIET Tech Days Bids Farewell with Grant Opportunity

MIET logoMIET’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

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:

Call for PIR Facilitators for the 2020-2021 School Year

Details about 2020-2021 PIR Proposals:

  • The date range for PIR sessions is June 6, 2020 – April 30, 2021 (priority will be given to those proposals that take place during first semester).
  • All forms are due by Sunday, March 1, 2020.
  • No new proposals will be accepted after the March 1 deadline.
  • Please be sure to avoid the DD & PIR Summit dates (June 8-11 & Aug 20 & 21), any holidays, MFPE days, and Wednesdays when scheduling your dates.
  • PIR Sessions can be done as a single 6-hour session, two 3-hour sessions, or three 2-hour sessions.

If you are interested in facilitating or co-facilitating a PIR offering, please use this worksheet to be sure you have all of the information you need. Once you have read through the worksheet, the form is here:

For more information about PIR Facilitator obligations and pay, please visit the following link:

Contact Susan Quinn with any questions (268-6761).

K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Committee Members

Social Studies Committee MembersThe 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 ( no later than January 17, 2020 if you are interested in being part of this important work or have any questions.

Red Flag Reporting

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:  |  1-877-647-3335.

Safety Concerns in the Workplace

December 6, 2017

Holiday Safety Concerns


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.