March 12, 2018

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Levy Information Meeting(s) for Staff

Community. Unity. Opportunity.

As promised in last week’s Newsbits, here is more information regarding your opportunity to learn about the Operational Levy so you can share with your family, friends and neighbors.  Your attendance at one of the meetings below will be your opportunity to join with your educational community, in unity, in order to understand what is before us.

Every staff member is highly encouraged to make every effort to attend one of the meetings.  Staff members who are not in pay status during a meeting time are welcome to join us on a volunteer basis.  I would expect most teachers to attend the meeting at CMR on Wednesday, March 14, but I realize there are a few conflicts with that time.  Therefore, please make arrangements with your principal to attend one of the remaining meetings.  All other staff should also coordinate with their supervisor as to which meeting to attend.  Each meeting will consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A.

MEETING #1:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 3:15-4:00Community Unity Opportunity logo
C.M. Russell High School Field House

MEETING #2:
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 3:30-4:15
Aspen Conference Room, District Office Building

MEETING #3:
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1:00-1:45
Aspen Conference Room, District Office Building

MEETING #4:
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 9:00-9:45
Aspen Conference Room, District Office Building

There won’t be a sign-in as I trust that you want this important information and will make the necessary arrangements to get it.  It’s about Community, Unity, and Opportunity! See you there!

Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.

Tammy


Input Needed for the 2019-2020 School Calendar

DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!

A committee of staff, parents and community members have developed three options and they are seeking feedback from community members, employees and students.  Please click on this link to view the options and to tell us which calendar you prefer:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFPS-2019-2020. The deadline is noon tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.


ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Be a part of democracy by voting in the upcoming school election.  The ballot will include votes on an operational levy for the general funds as well as the selection of two (2) Trustees. The City is also running a Park Levy on the ballot.  It will once again be a mail-in ballot but you won’t get a ballot unless you are registered to vote! Check this out:

  • If you didn’t vote in the last federal election you are not considered an active voter and you will not receive a ballot by mail.
  • You can check your registration status at: https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
  • You can access the voter register application at http://sos.mt.gov/portals/142/Elections/documents/Officials/Voter-Registration-Application.pdf. You need to fill it out, print it and either mail it or drop it off at the Cascade County Elections Office.
  • Registration deadline is TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2018.
  • Jury pools are no longer selected by using voter lists.
  • One GFPS Belief Statement says: A well-educated community is the foundation of our democracy.

VOTER REGISTRATION IS EASY TO DO AND ESSENTIAL IN HAVING A CITIZEN’S VOICE!


Apartment for Rent

If you are looking for a spacious one bedroom/one bath apartment with washer/dryer hook-ups, the district has one available.  The main floor apartment in the Victorian house located at 824 4th Avenue North (close to Whittier Elementary School) is now open.  If you would like more information or to see this rental, contact Brian Patrick, Director of Business Operations at 268-6050 or via e-mail at brian_patrick@gfps.k12.mt.us.


In-District Teacher Transfer Information

The first round of In-District Teacher Transfer Openings will be posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 and will close on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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

If you are interested in applying for these openings please hand-deliver your In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office to meet the deadline.

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


STEAM logo

40 JUDGES NEEDED!

PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING OUT!

Judge with Miss Montana, terrific teachers, and fellow community members!

The STEAM TEAM is requesting kind, people to listen to and analyze student Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) projects. The 200+ student projects, ranging from grades K-12, have been fascinating in the past and, we are sure, will be again this year. We need YOU to come to the Expo and hear students share their findings. Judging is based on a simple rubric using hand-held devices. Training and tips, as well as lunch and snacks, will be provided to make your judging experience more enjoyable.  Please consider supporting these fantastic students and future innovators.

Who: YOU (40 judges still needed)

What: STEAM EXPO Judging, A Fantastic Celebration of Student Learning and Effort

When: March 24th, 2018 from 9:00-11:30 (Lunch and Snacks provided)

Where: Great Falls High School Swarthout Fieldhouse

Why: To analyze and celebrate student learning in the STEAM Fields

How: Email jeff_rieger@gfps.k12.mt.us or call Jeff at 268-7402 to sign up for judging

 

 


Communication with Parents of English Learners

Are you planning Parent-Teacher conferences, Home Visits, or other communication with parents of English Learners?

Please call us to schedule Title III funded interpreters to ensure effective communication.

Please contact Carol Paul at 6779 at least 1 week before the conference so that our interpreters can make arrangements to be with you. We have employed interpreters of Spanish, German, and Greek.

If you know adults who speak English and Tagalog, Vietnamese, or Japanese, we would like to hire interpreters in those languages, as well;  please encourage them to contact Carol or apply on AppliTrack.


STEAM logo

Join the Fun! It’s FREE!

Teachers and administrators, please encourage ALL your students to either participate or attend.

(High School Teachers, please encourage your students to look into the STEAM scholarship as well.)

STEAM EXPO (science, technology, engineering, art, math) is an event designed to encourage the interaction and collaboration between our Great Falls Public School students and community professionals. The purpose is to apply knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art, and math to conduct in-depth “real-world” investigations. The process will include mentorships, demonstrations of classroom science explorations, and extensions of the inquiry process posed in student note-booking journals. The exposition itself will offer a venue for students to demonstrate the results of their STEAM studies, professionals to show how STEAM is used to better our communities, and spectators to participate in hands-on experiments. The STEAM EXPO event will connect our schools to the community, our students to professionals, and generate interest and excitement for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Participants and public will interact with science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects.

Community groups will also share information and provide hands-on activities!

Hope to see you as well at the STEAM EXPO 2018 to see the amazing inquiry work that will be presented by GFPS K-12 students.

March 24, 2018   10:00 AM-1:30 PM

Great Falls High Fieldhouse

Click on the link below for more information:

http://gfpsweb.weebly.com/steam-expo.html