May 6, 2019


The Power of One

In honor of Educator Appreciation Week, I share this poem by Ashish Ram.  It reminds me of the energy and emotion you put into your work.  It underscores how day in and day out each one of you pours your heart and soul into making a difference for our kids, our community and our future.  Please know you are appreciated this week and every day.

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, IT’S UP TO YOU!


Take care. Stay safe.  Be well.


staff appreciation week thank you with signatures of cabinet and board members


2019-2020 Contracts For Certified Staff and Administrators:

Teachers’ contracts for the 2019-2020 school year will be dispersed on Friday May 10th . The contracts will be issued based on the 2018-2019 salary schedule as the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has not yet been ratified. Once the CBA is ratified, new contract amendments will be sent out that will reflect the 2019-2020 salary schedule.

Contracts for all other certified staff as well as administrators will be issued the following week by May 17th. These contracts will also reflect the 2018-2019 salary schedule and amendments will be sent once the 2019-2020 salary schedules have been approved.

Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The 8th Annual Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk is just days away. Grab a co-worker from your building or meet friends from other buildings. It is a fun event with a little bit of exercise too! Details below:

When:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 5:00-6:00 pm (Finish walk by 6:00 pm to be eligible for prizes)
Where:  Gibson Park Band Shell – Grab a score card – Walk the 1.33 mile loop – Visit each station, draw a card – Return cards to Band Shell
Who:  GFPS Employees, Family Members, Friends
Featuring:  Exercise – Bottled water – Cash prizes – Stress reduction – Good times – Visiting with friends – Vitamin D – Heart Smart – Enjoying the  outdoors
Cash Prizes:  For staff members with Best Hands, Worst Hand, and Jokers
Sponsored By:  Great Falls Public Schools Employee Wellness Team

Visit the Employee Wellness website to access the poster for this event:

Groundbreaking Event

Groundbreaking event at Longfellow Elementary, May 10, 2019, 4-4:30 pm

Please join us for a Groundbreaking Event to celebrate construction of the new Longfellow Elementary School.

When:  Friday, May 10, 2019
Time:  4:00 – 4:30 pm
Where:  1101 6th Ave South (Old Longfellow Site)


Judges Needed for May 23, 2019 Speech Meet

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The ALL-CITY Elementary Speech Meet is MAY 23, 2019. The Extended Curriculum Services department needs judges to enjoy and evaluate the speeches. We will have two rounds for all speakers, then a final round for the top EIGHT from 4th grade – Expository speakers, 5th grade – Oratory Speakers, and 6th grade – Impromptu speakers. For this volunteer activity, you will listen to the speech, jot quick feedback for each speaker, and rank the speeches based on provided criteria and your judgement. Snacks will be provided. 

If you are interested and able, please come judge our outstanding future leaders at the ALL-CITY Speech meet on May 23, at Lewis and Clark Elementary.

Please email or call 268-7402 to let us know if you would be willing to judge the elementary speech meet

In your email, please indicate:

  • I would like to judge the 1st round, 4:00 to 4:45
  • I would like to judge the 2nd round, 5:00 to 5:45
  • I would like to judge both round one and two!
  • I could be a final round judge if needed from 6:15 to 7:00!

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  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.

Retirement and Longevity Awards Reception

Retirement and Longevity Awards Reception
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Paris Gibson Education Center Cafeteria

All employees who have served the District 25, 30, or 35 years will be honored as well as those employees who have retired during the 2018-2019 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees were sent an invitation via letter the first week of April. If you did not receive a letter and think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Cindy Gordon at 268-6001 or Aly Hauer at 268-6051. The District will honor each recipient with a gift. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.

Join interTRIBAL strong and the Indian Education Department for the 2019 Student-Led Community PowWow, Saturday, May 11th.

2019 Great Falls Community POW WOW schedule of events

Click here for Details

Super Summer Read 6

New SR6 Schedule

Documentary Video Presentation of Converge

Many stories, one voice Lewis & Clark interpretive Center May 19, 5:00 pm

The documentary video presentation of Converge: Many stories, One Voice will be shown on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the theater at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. This free 90 minute presentation incorporates actual interviews of students and adults with capsules of the live stage performances shown recently, relating the struggles and triumphs of many young people in Great Falls, Montana.

SYNOPSIS: In 2018, an idea was formed to create a platform for crucial conversation that focused on the adversities that affect many young people in the community.

That idea eventually led to the project Converge: E Pluribus Unum, a creative storytelling experience utilizing live stage performances based on over 50 hours of interviews with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement personnel, and counselors.

The goal of the project is to impact social change, raise community consciousness, and inspire collective action.

Interspersing actual interviews with stage performances of the play, Many Stories, One Voice documents both the creative process of the project while emphasizing the struggles and hopes of youth in our community.

This documentary film is free and open to the public.

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 to apply. Families should have a youth at home who is within 2-3 years of the person they host and the same gender.

MIET Registration Open for the 2019 Tech Days

The Montana Institute on Educational Technology (MIET) has opened registration for the 2019 MIET Tech Days. Great Falls Public Schools staff can attend for free this year; however, there is limited seating up to 150 GFPS staff members. To register and reserve your spot for this District-Directed (DD) PIR option, sign up in PIR eCentral. No other registration or forms are required. For additional information, please visit the MIET website.

Survey for GFPS Teachers

Teacher Survey

Dear Teachers,

Our district has been selected to participate in a research survey which explores teachers’ attitudes and experiences with ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Should you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete an online survey by clicking this link.  The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your time, interest, and consideration.

*This project has been approved by the District. Feel free to contact Shelly Kelly at no. 268-6037 with questions. All responses are ANONYMOUS and participation is completely VOLUNTARY.*

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.

Interested in a Reading Endorsement?

Lee Ruud, Literacy Teacher at Riverview Elementary, is willing to contact Montana State-Billings to inquire about starting a cohart for continuing education in Great Falls.  If you are interested in getting your reading endorsement or a Masters in Reading from MSU-B, please contact Lee Ruud at

Retirement Celebration for Cathy Kuntz

multi-colored Happy Retirement

Celebrating 42 years at GFPS
Cathy Kuntz is retiring
East Middle School Library
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Please join us in Cathy’s celebration!

Retirement Celebration for Tammy Lacey

Lifting Safety Tips

Visit the District’s Employee Wellness page for great safety tips.  Lifting Safety is the newest article that can be found on this page!