May 7, 2018


Across our country, this week of May is set aside for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  One week to thank all of you for what you do for our kids, our community and our future.  It’s really not enough.  I know how much energy and emotion you put into your work.  I know how much you care for your District and for the children you work with.  I know that day in and day out you pour your heart and soul into making a difference.  Five short days of thanks isn’t enough, but please know that as I write these words, they are heartfelt and sincere:  Thank you so much for all you do!  I hope you are thanked by many others this week and for the other 51 weeks of the year as well.

I also want to thank the current members of the GFPS Board of Trustees.  The only agenda of our current Trustees has been to support GFPS in our efforts to maintain educational excellence.  I am thankful for that commitment every single day.  Tomorrow is Election Day.  If you haven’t taken the time to vote, please do.  Your vote is really one way to show appreciation to the citizens who want to serve their community in this way.

I also want to take a moment to recognize all the moms out there as this upcoming Sunday is Mothers’ Day.  As they say, “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.”  The moms I know come in all shapes and sizes, all kinds of temperaments and with all kinds of attitudes towards their children.  In almost all cases, however, there is no doubt about that special love between a mom and child.  Please know that I wish all the mom staff members a day filled with that special love.

I fondly call this last month of the school year “May-hem” as it is the busiest month of the year. It’s the best kind of busy because it is full of festivities.  Each day brings special reasons to celebrate.  Here’s to another wonderful Monday and another wonderful week in Great Falls Public Schools.

Take care. Stay safe.  Be well.



Ballots should not be mailed this week.  Today, they can be dropped off at the Elections Office, 325 2nd Ave. N.  Tomorrow, you must hand deliver them to the Elections Office or Expo Park at the Fairgrounds.  The hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at both locations.


State Summer Games – Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering to help with the Special Olympics State Summer Games, May 15-18.  Simply go to our website,, and register online for any number of opportunities and for as much or as little time as you may have.  Right now we are far behind our goal of 1,600 volunteers to service the Games.  MUCH help is needed.

In-District Teacher Transfer Information

Current openings were posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and will close tomorrow, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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


Retirement and Longevity Awards

Retirement and Longevity Awards
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm
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 2017-2018 school year or are retiring at the end of the school year.

Honorees will be sent an invitation via letter in April. If you do not receive one and you think you fall in the categories noted above, please contact Kim Fadrhonc at 268-6051. The District will honor each recipient with a gift. Desserts and refreshments will be provided.


2018-19 PIR Registration

To All Certified Staff, PIR registration for the 2018-19 school year opened on April 2. Our office will make the first cuts to PIR classes on May 15th due to low enrollment. If you haven’t registered yet, today would be a good day!

To fulfill the 187 day contract, each teacher needs six DD PIR credits and 12 more credits that are flexible (additional DD credits or just plain PIR credits.) These credits are taken outside the duty day and/or contract year because they are traded for two (MEA) days off in mid-October and one day off on MLK Day.

The four DD options are:

  • June 12-13 MIET
  • June 14 Weston Kieschnick (Bold School)
  • August 21 Weston Kieschnick (Bold School)
  • September 1-October 31 online Moodle Course (self-paced to be done sometime in the two-month window)

Beyond the traditional PIR eCentral catalog offerings, summer options for the other 12 flexible credits are:

  • June 12 and 13 Elementary and Student Services PIR Summit
  • August 22 and 23 Elementary and Student Services PIR Summit
  • August 22 and 23 Secondary PIR Summit

Click here for information about how to use PIR eCentral.
Click here to register.


Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy

Would you like to provide a year’s worth of books to children in our community? Now you can easily give this gift! Through the Ferst Foundation, you can provide books for a year every year for children aged 0-5. One year of books for a child you know is just $40. To pay it forward and donate to an anonymous child in need of books, it only costs you $36! For more information, or to order books, please contact Lisa Carlson (Title TSA, x6028) or Carol Paul (Title Coordinator, x6779). Also, be sure to find us on Facebook – Great Falls Ferst Foundation! Give us a LIKE!


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.


All-City Elementary Speech Meet – Volunteer Judges Needed

Yellow Stick Figure giving a speechThe ALL-CITY Elementary Speech Meet is MAY 24, 2018. To execute this outstanding educational experience, 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 8 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.

If you are interested and able, please come judge our outstanding future leaders at the ALL-CITY Speech meet on May 24th, at Lewis and Clark Elementary from 4:00 to 7:00. Final Round Starts at 6:00!

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 any round you need me to or both rounds!
  • I could be a final round judge if needed!


Announcing MIET 2018 Registration

Great Falls College logo, GFPS logo, MIET Tech Days logo

Registration for MIET 2018 Tech Days is now open!
Early Bird Price is $110 if registered by May 18, 2018
Groups of 5 or more can register at $100 each, if registered by May 18, 2018
Be sure to check the posted schedule to see session topics.
Also be watching for session spotlights to get more information about specific topics.
College credits are available for an additional cost.
Check out our website!


GFPS/InterTRIBAL STRONG/Indian Education Department presents…

Annual Youth Pow Wow
@ Expo Park, Exhibition Hall
Saturday, May 12th
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Grand Entries @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm
Elders Feed 4:00 pm
Contest Dancing; Tiny Tot, Juniors, Teens, Adult and Golden Age Categories
InterTribal, Clown, Potato and other Fun dances!!!
Art, craft and traditionally made items from many vendors!!
Everyone is welcome!! 


picture of graduation hat and diploma

Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls
Starts Fall 2018!

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


Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk 5-9-2018

all four aces in a deck of cardsThe 7th Annual Employee Wellness Spring Poker Walk is scheduled for May 9, 2018, at Gibson Park, from 5:00-6:00 pm. It is a 1.33 mile walk so only takes about 30 minutes. Friends and family are welcome!  Join us at the Band Shell to get your card and the chance to win CASH prizes!

When:  Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 5:00-6:00 pm (Finish walk by 6:00 pm to be eligible for prizes)
Where:  Gibson Park Band Shell – Grab a 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


Retirement Fiesta

Three Amigos in a mariachi bandCome say “Adios Amigos” to
Senor Greg Clement
And Senora Lorna Nelson
Retirement Fiesta is
May 9th at 2:30 pm
North Middle School Library


Swim lesson registration set to take place at the Great Falls High Pool.

Due to construction on the campus, The Great Falls High Pool will be offering two 2 week sessions of swim lessons this summer.  Sessions will begin on June 4th and June 18th .  One half hour classes will be offered from 9 AM until noon in the morning session and from 6-7 PM  in the evening session.  Classes run Monday –Thursdays. Cost is $40 for ages 5 and up, $45 for ages 4 and under.

Registration will take place at the pool office from 4-7 PM on the following dates:
May 14-18
May 21-24
May 29- 31

For more information contact Bob Stingley at 268-6281,
Or Julie Anderson at 268-6266,