November 4, 2019

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 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 (search by troystrong) or by calling Lee Ruud at 268-7040.               
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Great Falls High Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

GFH Ribbon Cutting invite


IEFA: Thanksgiving

Leading up to Thanksgiving, here are some tips on how you can use the common themes of this month as education moments for your students! When teaching about Thanksgiving and specifically the “First Thanksgiving” here are some things to consider:

  • Teach from the perspective of American Indians.
  • Teach your students American Indians are not a thing of the past.
  • Teach about the most important Indigenous cultural lesson during Thanksgiving: gratitude.
  • Teach about American Indian history throughout the school year, not just in November.

For more information on these topics, see this article from Christina “Krea” Gomez

For support teaching IEFA in your classroom contact your IEFA Coach Miranda Murray at  or Jordann Lankford at

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:


  1.   Make sure you are using Google Chrome Browser.
  2.   Go to the Safe Schools Link:
  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
  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.