June 3, 2019



As your Superintendent, I attended my last commencements this past weekend.  For the rest of my life, I know that I will never forget the feeling of pride that wells up in me as I shake hands with each graduate. This moment is the “why” behind our work.  We do what we do in order to educate our students so they can successfully navigate their futures. It has been my complete honor to have been a part of this mission for the past 34 years!

As I contemplated this farewell Newsbits piece, I harkened back to the messages of my first Convocation speech in 2013. I think the themes continue to be relevant:

  • If you don’t love GFPS, no one else will. We must ride for the brand.
  • We can’t do it alone, but we can do it together. We must continue to foster community partnerships.
  • Dance with the one that “brung” you. Public schools are public entities and need public input.
  • Work hard. Play hard. There’s a reason it’s called “work”.  Celebrate its outcomes.

In order to do all of the above, you must tell your stories.  “Riding for the brand” doesn’t mean being silent.  It means acting and speaking in ways that further the vision of the GFPS:  All kids engaged in learning today, for lift tomorrow.  It means sticking up for your work, your colleagues and your students.  It means asking others to join you as you advocate for public education.  As I noted in the opinion editorial that was printed in yesterday’s Tribune, “Listen to the caring voices of those actually doing the work in our schools.  They will tell you that your investment is crucial because education is the game-changer, the door-opener.”  The community can’t hear you if you don’t speak up.

As we say goodbye to our students this week and as I finish my last month of work, a single word comes to mind:  BITTERSWEET.  It’s sweet in that I am looking forward to spending time with my family and at my home.  It is bitter, because I know there is so much work left to do for our kids, our community and our future.  It’s also sweet, however, because I know that we have the right people on this great big bus to meet the challenges that are before us and those that are sure to come.  I know you will continue to work miracles in our classrooms, hallways, schools and district!  Please know that I will be watching and listening for your uprising!  Please know that I will be cheering you on!

Thank you for your support over the last six years.  Being your superintendent has truly been one of the most important things I have done in my life.  For the last time, I remind you to take care, be safe and stay well!

Always and Forever GFPS,

Retirement Celebration for Tammy Lacey Tonight!

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current In-District teaching openings will be posted tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 and will close on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Any teacher currently employed with the District may apply for these positions. 

Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postingsfor a full list of all current in-district teacher job openings.

If you are interested in applying for any of these openings please hand-deliver your
In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office by the deadline.  You may obtain the form(s) in any school office and one form must be completed for each position for which you are applying.

Please contact your building administrator or the Human Resources Department if you have any questions.

Please be reminded that once a teacher accepts a position via the transfer process, that teacher cannot apply for another transfer position that year.

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

 In-District transfers will continue through June and July.

Openings available for in-district transfer will be posted on the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postings) and on the bulletin board at the DOB throughout the summer. 

Please contact your building administrator or the Human Resources Department if you have any questions.

Have a great summer!

$500 Referral Bonus Available!

Do you know someone who would be interested in working for GFPS as a Special Education or Industrial Technology Teacher? If so, please refer them to Human Resources. If you refer someone to work as a Special Education or Industrial Tech teacher and they are successfully hired and begin work on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year, you will receive a $500 referral bonus!! This is available to all GFPS employees and Great Falls community members. Don’t have a license in either of these fields? No problem!

  • There is an alternative path available for special education endorsement with tuition reimbursement available!
  • If you or someone you know has worked in the trades for at least 10,000 hours (approximately five years of experience), you may be eligible for a Class 4 license through OPI.

Please contact Sandy Bennett or Kerry Dattilo in Human Resources at 268-6010 to make a referral!!

Kerry Dattilo
Director of Human Resources
Great Falls Public Schools

Fall Print and Graphic Orders for the 2019-2020 School Year are Now Being Accepted Via Hard-Copy

All Fall orders need to be titled as “Fall” for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.  Please be sure to fill in the work request number and keep the pink copy for your records.  That is how we are able to track any missing orders in the fall.

Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders completed on time.

Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically (with the exception of GFHS and CMR). With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system. If you have any questions or concerns please call 268-6059.

Fall Graphic orders in which you would like us to make your posters, can be e-mailed to print_center@gfps.k12.mt.us.  Your e-mail should include the graphics order form with clear detailed instructions and the PDF you want enlarged if you have one.  Please put “FALL” in the subject line, so that we are aware of when they are due without opening the document.

Save the Date – Open Enrollment Schedule for 2019-2020

Insurance meeting start Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  The complete schedule can be found on the Human Resources Benefit Information webpage.

Summer Read 6_Full Schedule


All GFPS employees and family members are invited to show our community spirit as we walk together and hand out pencils in the 4th of July parade!  Wear your school logo shirt and come join new Superintendent Tom Moore in the fun and patriotism!  We will be walking with the GFPS High School Patriot Band.  The parade starts at 11:00.  Line-up at 10:30 in Whittier Park next to the Civic Center.  Reminder info will be posted on the website!  See you there!

Host Families Needed for Japanese 4-H Youth

Learn about another culture in-depth when you host a student from Japan this summer. Delegates are here to experience what it is like to live with a “typical” American family. Program dates are July 21-August 17 and the 24 delegates are from 12-16 years old. For more information, contact MSU 4-H International Program Coordinator Stephanie Davison (406-994-3502) or go to https://www.states4hexchange.org/apply/host/ to apply. Families should have a youth at home who is within 2-3 years of the person they host and the same gender.


Color Me Well Fun Run

Color Me Well Fun Run and Obstacle Course              Loenbro Color Me Well Fun Run & Obstacle Course June 22, 2019 10:00 am at Loenbro

When:  Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time:  Race starts at 10:00 a.m
Where:  Loenbro – 1900 32nd Ave NE
Cost:  $15.00/Adults, $10.00 children (6-12), Free for children under 6

All proceeds benefit the Dandelion Foundation





The 2nd Annual Science Summer Institute – Connecting Classrooms to Careers  will take place on August 6-7, 2019 on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. This year’s institute will provide professional learning to bring the subject of science to life while linking student learning to potential future careers in STEM fields.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, participants raved about the high-quality content, resources, and networking opportunities!

Scholarships for teams of teachers may be available in your region. Complete details and registration can be found at https://www.swmss.coop/ssi2019.html

2019 Conference Highlights:

  • Museum of the Rockies “MOR Science” Kickoff Event
  • “Connecting Classrooms to Careers” Theme
  • Keynote – Clay Bolt, award-winning natural history and conservation photographer
  • STEM Industry Panel – Learn about STEM careers in Montana from leading industries to support teachers in linking classrooms to careers
  • Variety of Breakout Session Options – Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Informal/Out-of-School Education, Administrators
  • Discounted Administrator Half-Day Session – Only able to attend part of the conference?  Join us August 7th for lunch, an administrator-geared breakout session, book, and STEM Panel 12 – 5 pm for only $50 (parking included)
  • Expanded Exhibit Area featuring the latest resources to support Science/STEM
  • MSU dormitory lodging available – limited number
  • STEM Summit (August 8, 8:00-12:00 a.m.) – FREE after the institute to collaborate and make a STEM integration plan with stakeholders from around the state!

Full 2-day registration includes on-campus parking, light breakfast, and lunch both days, admission to the Museum of the Rockies “MOR Science” Kickoff Social from 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, August 5, a copy of Next Time You See a Bee book, over 30 incredible professional learning sessions, and opportunities to peruse resources in the expanded exhibitors area!

Cost to attend this two-day institute: $185 per person; the discounted rate of $150 is available for SWMSS & Montana Science Teachers Association (MSTA) members, and full-time college students.

To attend the Administrator Half-Day on Wednesday, August 7th, for $50, register here. [NOTE: In the FEE section, select SWMSS Member rate, use Promo Code: SCIENCE2019 and click ‘Apply’].

Southwest Montana School Services (SWMSS) and Mountain Goat Instructional Design have partnered with the MSU Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) to bring you this event.

Please help us get the word out to other educators about this fantastic opportunity! Please “like” SWMSS, Mountain Goat Instructional Design and MSUSMRC on Facebook and follow SWMSS, Mountain Goat Instructional Design and MSUSMRC on Twitter. Please share our posts about the event and use hashtag #TeachScienceMT.

We look forward to seeing you in Bozeman in August.