January 14, 2019

Mileage Rate Change Effective January 1, 2019

Beginning on January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: .58 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 3.5 cents from the 2018 rate.

Standard Mileage Rates for 2019 Up from Rates for 2018 … – IRS.gov
Montana City to City 2019 Mileage Chart

Please forward all mileage reimbursement request for Mileage July 2018 – December 31, 2018 to the Business Office by Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

The Mileage rate will need to be changed in File maker Pro Set up before you start a new sheet for January. 


SEVERANCE PAY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the second semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by March 5, 2019 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis. The Irrevocable Election Form is available in Human Resources or Teacher’s Retirement website.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office


ATTENTION HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS:

HEALTH SCREENINGS EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 2019:

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 has been scheduled for January 19th at the main CHCC location at 113 4th St South. The hours are from 6am-12pm.

Entire January schedule:  GFPS BMS January Calendar

Please call 454-6973 to schedule your appointment.


Tree with red apple at the base. Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s
Discovery Grants and Innovation Grants 

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 http://www.gfpsfoundation.org/programs/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 dave_crum@gfps.k12.mt.us or call x7340. If you have questions regarding the online application, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at foundation@gfps.k12.mt.us or at x7401.


Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s
Heisey Teacher Scholarship Applications for 2019-2020 School Year

What:

  • Twenty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded competitively to Great Falls Public Schools teachers to help fund work toward a master’s degree, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, academic work supporting Great Falls Public Schools’ District Goals, or an Endorsement, including; counseling, administration, special education, or any other field related to education.
  • Twenty scholarships will be awarded throughout the district, with the intent of awarding support in multiple schools.  In the event that one or more schools do not have a qualified applicant, multiple scholarships may be awarded at the same school.
  • Teachers who have already completed a master’s degree may apply the scholarship to a second master’s degree or an advanced degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.).
  • Scholarships may also be used for the purpose of working toward an advanced degree or securing an endorsement in a specific subject area, which is applicable to teaching.
  • Scholarships may be utilized to fund the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process.
  • Scholarships may be utilized to support academic work which would directly support the professional in their capacity of supporting district level goals and initiatives.
  • All monies must be expended within six months of the date the scholarship is awarded.

Who:

  • Any teacher presently holding a teaching position in the Great Falls School District and who is committed to signing a contract to teach in the school district for the school year following the scholarship award.

When:

  • Online applications open Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Application is available here.
  • Online applications will close on February 6, 2019

APPLICATION WILL BE RANKED ON:

  • Competency as a teacher as indicated by letters of reference and other information presented to the committee.
  • Commitment to the profession as indicated by goals.
  • Availability of job vacancies in the field, as well as needs of the district.

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at 268-7401 or at foundation@gfps.k12.mt.us. General questions about the scholarship can be directed to Dave Crum at 268-7340 or at dave_crum@gfps.k12.mt.us.


Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls

black graduation cap with diploma tied with a red ribbon

Starts late Spring!

Integrated Teaching through the Arts Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.

Program is designed for all K-12 educators
Project based – no GRE required
Skills that transfer to your everyday lessons!
Move up on the Salary Schedule as you go!
Financial aid and payment plans are available.
Regionally and nationally accredited
Financial Aid Counselor to assist Student Loan Process!
Deferred Student Loan payment 6 months after completion of your degree!
Nineteen weekends total! The entire program is completed in less than two years
$5000 Loan Forgiveness is available!  $50 application fee waiver!

Face-To-Face teaching one weekend a month: Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm

Contact: Cathy Kuntz
406.899.7308

ckuntz@lesley.edu


Earn Two Graduate Credits for $200

Would you like to earn a step  on the pay scale while learning something useful for your classroom?  This spring, Katie Kotynski is offering a class on creativity. Participants will read the book “Made to Stick” while designing lessons that foster innovation and vision as well as making the information learned  “stick” in your students’ minds. Your lessons will be individualized for your subject area. The class will be conducted through Google Classroom or Moodle with optional face-to-face discussion sessions. Cost is $200 plus the book (Amazon $9.84 hardbound; $14 Kindle). email Katie_kotynski@gfps.k12.mt.us if interested.