November 26, 2018

Superintendent Search Survey

This is  a survey administered by the Montana School Boards Association on behalf of the Great Falls Board of Trustees to assist in the hiring of a new Superintendent.  The School Board appreciates your time and assistance in completing this important survey.  The results will help the Board as they review the applications for the position of superintendent of schools.
SURVEY DEADLINE:  Friday, November 30, 2018, 5:00 pm MST.


Emergency Response to an Armed Intruder Training

The last training for the school year will take place on January 21, 2019. The training is 6 hours and takes place from 8:30-3:30 pm with an hour lunch  break. There are currently spots open. Register in PIR Central or contact Jody Murray by email jody_murray@gfps.k12.mt.us or at 268-6770

Course description:
This course was designed to give those involved in an active shooter or active threat incident practical measures to utilize to help ensure their safety and the safety of others until law enforcement arrives. This course uses hands-on performance based training designed to increase safety and efficiency in an effort to save lives. This training incorporates lecture, practical exercises, and scenario based modules. At the conclusion of this training students will recognize the importance of planning, rehearsals, preparation, and survival techniques associated with an immediate response to an armed intruder.


ATTENTION HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS:

The Community Health Care Center will be offering additional Saturday screenings in December as well four screening dates over the winter break, as follows:

  • Saturday December 1st, 7am-12pm, CHCC 115 4th St South
  • Saturday December 8th, 7am-12pm, CHCC 115 4th St South
  • Monday December 24th, 730am-12pm, PGEC Clinic
  • Wednesday December 26th, 730am-12pm, PGEC Clinic
  • Thursday December 27th, 730am-12pm, CHCC 115 4th St South
  • Monday December 31st, 730am-12pm, PGEC Clinic

Please call (406) 454-6973 to schedule your appointment. Appointments can also be scheduled during regular clinic hours as follows:

  • CHCC Main Clinic at 115 4th St S is open M-F 7AM-6PM and will be closed on December 25th.
  • School-based Health Center at Paris Gibson Education Center is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 730am-430pm and Wednesdays from 9am-6pm.  The hours on Wednesdays will be changing to 7:30AM-4:30PM in December.
  • School-based Health Center at Giant Springs Elementary is open on Thursdays from 730am – 430pm. This clinic will be closed on 12/27/18, but the main site will be open.

Please remember, to be eligible for the $55 per month incentive on your health insurance premiums, you (and your covered spouse, if applicable) must complete a biometrics screening and the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) by no later than December 31st, 2018. The HRA can be completed using these directions: http://gfpsweb.weebly.com/uploads/2/7/3/6/27366965/mt_group_well_ontarget_health_assessment__member_flier.pdf


Pancreatic Cancer Benefit for Tim Vogler

Please join us on December 1st at 6:00 pm for a Taco Dinner and Silent Auction. The Benefit will be hosted at East Middle School with all proceeds going to the Vogler family to help with medical bills and expenses. Tim is self-employed and has been battling this disease for over a year. Tim’s wife Elaine is a dedicated long time educator at East Middle School and Tim’s son Nathan is the 2nd Engineer at C.M. Russel High School. During this time Tim has been unable to work. Tim and Elaine are also raising their three year old grandson Emilio. This caring and gracious family needs your help! Your attendance and donations will be greatly appreciated!

Taco Dinner $10.00 per person / Children under five eat free / Family rates may apply

Cash and Check only please

East Middle School’s address is 4040 Central Ave. Great Falls, MT 59405

Any questions or if you would like to donate directly please contact Carime Ekins at (406) 231-1817


STEM Mini Grants

Tree with red apple at bottom Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

Attention Teachers,

How would you like to provide an additional enriching science opportunity for your students? Unfortunately, there will be no formal district-wide STEAM EXPO this year. However, that doesn’t mean students should stop questioning, investigating, and hypothesizing under your guidance.

If you love science and are willing to support your students with STEM related projects or project-based learning projects, we have an opportunity for you!

We are working with the Foundation to offer a “Project Based Learning-STEM Focused Mini Grant.” With this $300 grant, you will be able to provide an authentic, real world, impactful experience for your students.

The applications will open on October 15 and close on December 14. Please click here to access the application. For questions regarding the grant, please contact Shelly Kelly at x6037 or shelly_kelly@gfps.k12.mt.us. For technical questions regarding the application, please contact Lyndsay Lettre at x7401 or foundation@gfps.k12.mt.us.


Indian Education for All and Title VI

Do you know the difference between IEFA (Indian Education for All) and Title VI? Historically these two entities have operated in different areas of our district because they provide different services.

Indian Education for All is a piece of state legislation that recognizes the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians. It requires that every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner. It states that ALL school personnel should have an understanding and awareness of American Indian tribes to better relate with American Indian parents and students. In our district IEFA training and services comes through our two IEFA Coaches, Miranda Murray and Jordann Lankford. IEFA provides content, training, and resources to ALL staff to increase our staff and student knowledge of Montana American Indian tribes.

Our Title VI program supports our staff to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian students, so that our students can meet the challenging academic standards they are presented with. This program ensures that American Indian students gain knowledge and understanding of their communities, languages, tribal histories, traditions, and cultures. Our staff in this program includes our Youth Development Specialists (YDS) and our Academic Achievement Facilitators (AAF). The Youth Development Specialist work with our American Indian students and families at the elementary and middle school level and include Serena Steffenson, Rochelle Deroche, Nataley Fidler, Rachael Jarvey, TJ IronBear. The Academic Achievement Facilitators work with high school American Indian students and families with the goal of graduation and include Kylan Hallett and Cheri Kickingwoman.  It is through this program we are working to ensure that American Indian students are reaching the highest successes possible.

Our two programs work together not only to meet state and federal guidelines, but to build the relationships between students, staff, and teachers to ensure the highest quality of education for and about American Indian people.


Safe Schools Online Safety Training – Chance to Win a $50.00 Gift Card 

School Safety Starts With YOU!

During the months of October and 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 30th with the winners being announced the following week.

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Remember you have control.
Great Falls School employees are known for being conscientious about school safety.
The choice is yours —-let’s make this a “slip and fall-free” school year.

  • WEAR SHOES WITH GOOD TRACTION. In the winter it is alright to allow fashion to slip a bit so that you don’t. Wear the “safe” shoes to school and change into another pair after you are in the building.
  • DON’T STAND ON CHAIRS!!
  • USE THE DUCK WALK! Walking normally in icy and snowy conditions is a recipe for a trip to the nurse’s office. Widen your stance a bit and walk more deliberately like a duck.
  • SLOW DOWN!
  • KEEP YOUR HANDS FREE
  • ENSURE THE WALKWAYS ARE PROPERLY MAINTAINED. Shovel off the snow, spread de-icer and sand, and keep to the paths. Place a container with de-icer and/or sand near entryways and encourage employees to apply to icy spots.  Avoid the temptation of taking the shorter route across the snowy lawn or hill.
  • RECOGNIZE HAZARDS AND SLIPPERY CONDITIONS
    At some point we are all guilty of being in a hurry or not paying attention to what we are doing; and it is these moments that often create situations when accidents occur.
    Thank you for your help and taking safety seriously.

District Rental House Available

Gray and White House that is if rent

The District has a three bedroom, two-bathroom house with a garage for rent ($1,100 per month).  It is located at 820 4th Avenue North (next to Whittier Elementary School).   It comes with a clothes washer and dryer.  Tenant will be responsible for gas and electricity.   To arrange a tour, please contact Brian Patrick at 268-6050.