March 2, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

This week, March 1-March 7, people in some Great Falls churches, businesses and other organizations are foregoing a meal or two and donating the cost of those meals to the Great Falls Rescue Mission. This has been proclaimed (by Mayor Kelly and the City Commission) as the “Community Week of Compassion and Fasting”. Many of our GFPS students call the Cameron Family Center home as it provides food, water, shelter and a pathway for their parents to overcome the grip of poverty and brokenness. I would like to encourage you to consider participating in the Week of Compassion. More information on how and where to donate can be found here: http://gfrm.org/news/week-community-compassion-fast

Thanks and have a great week!

Tom Moore, Superintendent

Week of Compassion

 


 2020 Census: Make It Count For GFPS

2020 Census

A sample of the 2020 Census questionnaire can be found HERE.

It takes just 10 minutes to answer simple questions that will shape our community for the next 10 years.


Survey For The 2021-2022 Calendar

2021-22 Calendar Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gfps-calendar

 


In-District Transfers

In-District Transfers

To see the full list of In-District teacher position openings, go to the on-line application system website at (https://www.applitrack.com/greatfalls/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=In-District+Transfer)
on or after March 2, 2020.

 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 interested in applying.

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

 


Be Aware of Tax-Related Scams

IRS


Youth Art Month Exhibit and Reception

Youth Art Month

Come and celebrate the opening of Youth Art Month with Great Falls Public Schools student artwork on display at the Great Falls Public Library on Friday, March 6th, 4-6 PM.  Artwork from Grades K-12 will be on display, and light refreshments will be served.  Brief proclamation ceremony at 5:00 PM to honor our student artists and their teachers.

Artwork will be on display March 5- April 28th

For more information, please contact the GFPS Music and Art Department at 268-6079.


Theatre In Our Schools Month

Theatre in our Schools Month

Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month is a grassroots effort to educate everyone about the benefits of having theatre in the schools, and to draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. The campaign is jointly sponsored nationally by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and the International Thespian Society (ITS).

CMR High School will be performing Trap March 26 – 28 at 7:30 pm in the Bill Williamson Hall Auditorium in celebration of Theatre In Our Schools Month. You’ve never walked into anything quite like Trap.

Learn more about the TIOS Month here.


Five GFPS Schools Are Masonic Foundation’s Grant Recipients

Giant Springs Elementary students will learn much more about the Holocaust, North Middle School students will have more library books at their fingertips, Loy Elementary will be able to purchase robot kits, East Middle School will purchase chrome books for their middle school students, and C.M. Russell High School will have a digital library, thanks to support from the Montana Masonic Foundation’s (MMF’s) Educational Grant Program.

This program is designed to provide Teachers, Student Aides, and Principals in Montana’s Public Schools an opportunity to apply for a grant to assist under-funded programs in the following areas: Music, Drama, Science, and Library.  The MMF’s Educational Grant Program is intended to help with needs in the above-named areas that are not typically addressed in district general budgets, or areas of student enhancement or learning that have suffered cut-backs, or are experiencing start-up concerns.

GFPS teachers, librarians and staff write many grants to enhance learning.  Assistant 7-12 Grade Superintendent Heather Hoyer commented, “our general fund and curriculum budgets are limited today so teachers and administrators look to grants as a way to enhance and achieve the amazing ideas they have to make lessons more relevant and engage students like never before.  Grants allow professional educators to be creative to a different level than what current funding allows.”

Click here for more information:  https://mmfinc.wixsite.com/mmf-inc


Camp Invention: Spark Imagination Through STEM

Camp Invention flyer

All District employees get $30 off registration for their children.

 


FREE Brain Building ExpoPreschool Expo flyer

 


Worlds Apart 2020 Seminar

 


MREA 2020 Scholarship

MREA 2020 Scholarship

How to Apply?  Request an application from MREA.
www.mrea.info or hamermrea@gmail.com
or
1722 Montana Avenue
Black Eagle, MT 59414

MREA form


Helen Pouch Memorial Classroom Grants

Helen Pouch Classroom Grants

All applications must be submitted electronically to
Leigh Haislip Spencer at leighhaislipspencer@gmail.com

APPLICATION FORM

 


Safe Schools Online Safety Training $50.00 Card Drawing

Safe SchoolsDuring the months of February through April, Montana School Boards Association invites you to participate in Safe Schools online safety training. Safe Schools offers a variety of online video safety training to all Great Falls Public Schools employees.

Please follow the instructions below to access the video trainings:

Instructions:

  1. Make sure you are using Google Chrome Browser.
  2. Go to the Safe Schools Link: http://www.greatfalls.mt.safeschools.com.
  3. Sign-in with your first name_last name.
  4. Password will be your first name_last name.
  5. Click “View More Courses”.
  6. Choose a safety training to view.
  7. Once you have viewed the safety video, please go to the provided Google Doc’s Link: https://goo.gl/forms/WmxZXuuAovGasgZw2

Sign into your Google account to fill out a 2 question survey on the training. You will be entered in a $50.00 gift card drawing upon completion of the survey. The drawing will end April 30th with the winners being announced the following week.