November 11, 2019

Message from the Superintendent

Great Falls Public Schools Staff:

Here is an opportunity to support our Air men and women at Malmstrom Air Force Base over the Holidays. There is a very tight turn around on this upcoming event so you must act quickly! If you are interested in hosting an Air man or woman for Thanksgiving, you must complete the attached form and submit it by this Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  If you still want to participate in upcoming events to host Airmen but you can’t make  the deadlines for this upcoming event, still fill out the form and indicate that you would like to participate in future opportunities to host our MAFB men and women.

MAFB adopt an airman special

Thanks for supporting our service men and women!

Sincerely,

Tom Moore, Superintendent


AA Choral Festival Concert

AA Choir FestivalWhat:  AA Choral Festival Concert
Where:  CM Russell High School Auditorium
When:  Tuesday, November 12
Time:  6:00 PM
Cost:  FREE Admission!

Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful choral music presented by the top choirs of Great Falls High School, CM Russell High School, Missoula Sentinel, and Helena High.  Each choir will present a short program of their own, and then all of the choirs will join together for a mass choir in a final presentation led by renowned choral educator Dr. Edith Copley (University of Northern Arizona).  The concert is free!

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


Winter Wonderland Walk-A-Thon

Winter Wonderland Walk-a-Thon

 

Our Great Falls High School-Business Professional Association students and Special Olympics are partnering together as a benefit to Special Olympics Montana!

We encourage anyone to sign up for this walkathon!  You can sponsor a student, walk yourself or even provide a pie for the finish line (all participants will receive a slice of pie and hot cocoa once they complete the 2.5 miles walk!


Speech and Debate Judges Needed

Speech&Debate Judges Needed

 

This year, C.M. Russell High School is hosting the Electric City Optimists Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament on December 13th and 14th 2019.  Please take some time to read the announcement below and register to judge for the tournament using the link or via your phone using the QR Code.

Please consider taking part in this excellent opportunity to come see some of the best and brightest students from across the State of Montana demonstrate their ability in public speaking and knowledge of current affairs.

Note that by filling out the form below, you are officially committed to judging for the spots you signed up for.  Please call (406) 616-2695 if you need to make changes or cancel.

There is going to be free food available for judges.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Friday, December 13th:

Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM  |  8:00 PM

Debate Rounds at North Middle School and CMR
4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM  |  8:00 PM

Saturday, December 14th:

Speech Rounds at CM Russell High School
8:30 AM  |  10:30 AM  |  1:00 PM  |  3:00 PM

Debate Rounds at North Middle School and CMR
8:00 AM  |  10:00 AM  |  12:00 PM  |  2:00 PM  |  4:00 PM  |  6:00 PM

Registration Options:

QR Code Thank you for judging!


GFHS Theatre Presents: CLUE

Clue


Super Sub High Fives!

Super Sub High five

The Super Sub High Five Award is presented to substitute teachers who demonstrate outstanding customer service and a commitment and passion for education.  As we know, when a classroom teacher cannot be with their students, the show does not just stop.  The show must go on, as the saying goes.

Great Falls Public Schools relies on substitute teachers who exemplify leadership, a passion for their work, a commitment to education and who are adaptable and flexible.  Great substitute teachers make it possible for our students to continue learning even in the absence of the regular classroom teacher.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding substitute teacher for consideration of the Super Sub High Five Award, please complete the attached super sub nomination form and send your nomination to the Human Resources Department.  Should you have any questions, please call the substitute coordinator at 268-6014.


Help for Steve Olszewski

Steve shirt logoSteve Olszewski, the First Engineer at Loy Elementary, was in a motorcycle accident just before the 2019-2020 school year. Steve has worked for GFPS for 24 years. He was a swing custodian in every school in our District, and he was either a Second or a First Engineer at Lewis and Clark, Morningside, West, and Great Falls High before coming to Loy as our First Engineer.

Steve is currently in Salt Lake City receiving care and will stay hospitalized until he can get around on his own.

The staff at Loy Elementary will be selling t-shirts as a fundraiser to help with Steve’s medical bills. They will be dark in color with a white logo (see above image) on the top left of the shirt – right under the shoulder.  The shirts will cost $12.00.  If you do not wish to purchase a t-shirt, but would like to contribute, we will accept donations of any size.

To order, please email pam_margaris@gfps.k12.mt.us with your size and work location. To pay with a check, please make it out to Loy PTA, who in turn will cash the check for us so we can give the money to Steve.  If you have any questions, please contact the above email.


Riverview Pints for TroyRV Pints for Troy

Riverview is having a blood draw in honor of Troy Ross.

Date:  Wednesday, November 13
Time:  11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Location:  Riverview Gym, 100 Smelter Ave.

Sign up for an appointment on line at redcrossblood.org (search by troystrong) or by calling Lee Ruud at 268-7040.

Redcrossblood.org               
1-800-red cross


 GFPS Fitness Updates

Fitness Schedule

The Fitness Center at PGEC is now open for business! Plan to visit this free offering during the times on the schedule. There are weights, treadmills and elliptical available for your fitness plan!

For several years, we have offered a super duper Circuit Training class FREE for employees. Our beloved instructor had to step down due to a change in her work schedule. I am happy to say we have secured a temporary instructor for the class! Thanks to Samm Stevens for agreeing to continue the class. The class days and location have changed to: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm at Great Falls High South Campus weight room.

If you or someone you know might be interested in teaching the class after the first of the year, please contact Jody Murray at 268-6770 or email jody_murray@gfps.k12.mt.us.


MIET Tech Days Bids Farewell with Grant Opportunity

MIET’s vision and mission has been promotion of current and future trends of educational technology in order to equip classroom teachers for engaging students in a meaningful manner. As MIET says farewell, we have some remaining funds that will allow us to offer a grant opportunity of up to $500 each to classroom teachers who have been former participants in MIET.

To submit your proposal, please complete this grant application and submit it by December 31, 2019. (You can also use this worksheet to draft your proposal before completing and submitting this form http://bit.ly/MIETworksheet)

Grant proposals could be used for registrations fees to attend another educational technology conference, the purchase of technology for the classroom or school, or any other innovative technology-based project for the classroom. Grant proposals will be reviewed by the MIET Board, and final grant recipients will be awarded by January 31, 2020. Proof of expenses paid by awarded grant funds will need to be submitted to the MIET Board by January 31, 2021. For any questions, please contact Charlene Ammons, MIET Board Co-chair. You can also visit MIET’s website for information: http://miettechdays.weebly.com/.


Workplace Safety in the Holiday Season

~Environmental Health & Safety: University of Washington

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we are often preoccupied with holiday planning, year-end deadlines and work commitments. As a result, many employers see an increase in workplace injuries just before and after the holiday season.

Be mindful while working.

Eliminate as many distractions as possible:

  • Plan enough time to complete your tasks or research experiments safely.
  • Avoid rushing.

These tips are particularly important when working with hazardous materials, sharp devices and powered equipment.

Walk safely through campus.

Slips, trips, and falls continue to be one of the most common causes of accidents reported.

  • Wear shoes with good traction.
  • Be cautious, especially on wet surfaces and stairs, and use handrails.
  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Avoid using mobile devices while walking.

Manage your stress level.

The holidays can be a stressful time. Minimize stress by:

  • Reaching out for support
  • Making time for yourself
  • Being aware and mindful during your daily activities
  • Exercising
  • Practicing healthy eating and sleeping habits

Wash your hands.

With colder weather, we are more inclined to stay indoors. And with more people in shared spaces, washing your hands can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

Drive safely.

Prepare your car before the cold weather hits by checking your tire tread, antifreeze levels, and radiator. Keep supplies in your car in case you become stranded while driving.

Allow more time for travel than you would during good weather. Drive slowly and cautiously and be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Take care when decorating.

Whether you are hanging decorations in your home or workplace, prevent injuries by using step stools or the appropriate ladder. Never climb or stand on furniture. If hanging lights or electronic decorations, keep cords out of the way to prevent slip and trip injuries.

Information used for this article and more holiday health and safety tips are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Holiday Health and Safety Tips website.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!


Safe Schools Online Safety Training $50.00 Card Drawing 

Safe Schools Safe Training

During the months of September through November, Montana School Boards Association invites you to participate in Safe Schools online safety training.  Safe Schools offers 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
  8.   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 November 29th with the winners being announced the following week.