October 14, 2019

Message from Superintendent Moore

Msg from Tom MooreWinter in Montana, already???…Beware of Slips and “Great Falls ”!

During the last five years, the Great Falls Schools reported three hundred fifty-eight (358) slips and falls!  The weather in Great Falls, Montana can make routine snow removal a challenge. It is best to not rely upon adequate snow removal because it is not always possible. Instead, take a few simple precautions to help reduce your chances of being injured from a slip and fall accident:

FOOTWEAR:

  • What you put on your feet in the morning may determine what kind of day you will have! As silly as it is, the right pair of shoes could save you a lot of discomfort
  • Wear shoes with good traction.
  • In the winter wear the “safe” shoes to school and change into another pair after you are in the building.
  • Wear personal traction devices such as Yak Trax, Ice Grippers, etc. to help keep you on your feet during wintery conditions.

MANEUVERING PARKING LOTS AND SIDEWALKS:

  • Be very careful getting in and out of your car. Turn in the seat to ensure that both feet are firmly planted on the ground before trying to stand. You can use the vehicle to stabilize yourself if need be. When getting in the car, sit your bottom on the seat, then turn your feet into the vehicle so that you don’t slide on just one foot.
  • Pay attention to the conditions such as walking surfaces and report any uneven surfaces that need fixing.
  • Avoid the rush, take your time and use the sidewalks. Often, taking the shorter route across the snowy lawn or hill may result in a trip to the nurse’s office, medical clinic or emergency room.
  • Walking normally in icy and snowy conditions will eventually end in a slip and fall injury. Widen your stance a bit and walk more deliberately.

By taking a few minutes and thinking about your footwear and how you move about during winter weather we are experiencing, you could save yourself from being injured and inconvenienced by missing work and other activities!  We had a short “Fall” this year in Montana, please don’t make up for it by having your own “fall”!!

Be Safe and Stay warm!

Tom Moore, Superintendent


MMR Vaccination Protocol

If an employee has received the MMR shot and has a copy of the record, the CDC recommends that employees receive a booster of the vaccine. It is NOT mandatory and the original immunization records from when the employee was a child will suffice. Employees are requested to submit their MMR vaccination records to Human Resources. This is not required but is STRONGLY recommended.

• Submit MMR vaccine records to Human Resources
• Records will be recorded in computer system
• Records will then be placed in a sealed envelope in the employee’s personnel file

If you do not have record of receiving the vaccine, it is recommended that you get the two-part series MMR vaccine. The vaccine is covered 100% if the employee is on the Great Falls Public Schools’ insurance as it is considered preventative. If the employee carries insurance elsewhere, they will need to find out through their insurance company how it is covered.

MMR Immunizations are offered at:
Alluvion Healthcare 454-6973
Benefis Healthcare 455-5000
Great Falls Clinic 454-2171
Any other medical facilities and/or pharmacies

MMR virus


Flu Shot Clinics

Here are the schedules for the flu shot clinics taking place in the month of October.  These shots are available for all employees and their spouses ONLY, at no cost, regardless if they are on the GFPS insurance plan or not.  There will not be flu shots for children at these clinics.  If you require an egg free flu shot due to allergies, please contact Heather Spurzem in HR (268-6012) asap to let Benefis know that they will need to have one on hand.

Flu Shot Clinic

 


Fire Station Flu Shot Fridays

Fire Station Flu Shots

 


severance pay

 Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.  You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 16, 2019 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis. The Irrevocable Election Form is available in Human Resources or Teacher’s Retirement website.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office


Speech and Debate Judges Needed

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!


Symphony Tricks and Treats – FREE CONCERT!

Tricks or Treats Symphony

The Great Falls Symphony Presents a FREE family concert on Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am.  Bring your kids to the historic Mansfield Theater and introduce them to the magic of a live symphony experience!  No tickets are required to attend this concert.  Be sure to arrive early in order to find a seat.  Wear your best Halloween costume to the event and watch as Maestro Grant Harville takes us door-to-door to find some musical “tricks and treats” with the Great Falls Symphony!  The concert is presented in a short, one-hour format without intermission. Visit gfsymphony.org for more information.


CMR Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

CMR TOTS-Eat

 

The CMR Drama Department will participate in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat this year on Saturday, October 26, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  They will be in costume and will have a badge identifying them as TOTS-Eat participants.  Students will go to Great Falls neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the CMR Food Pantry.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off items in the CMR Drama Room 603 in Bill Williamson Hall from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  For more information, please call 268-6117.


American Indian Studies Series
American Indian Studies

This five course program through IEFA is available for both GFPS educators and students.

Educators will be offered a $200 honorarium towards the purchase of classroom materials after the completion of three of these courses, and an additional honorarium of $200 upon the completion of the final two (these do not have to occur in order).  We will be offering these as PIR for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please register through PIR ECentral.

Students will be offered one half credit upon the completion of all five courses and must be completed on the offered dates or on the makeup dates.  This half credit is approved by the GFPS Board as a history course or as an elective.

Click here for more information about the program.


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.

Uptown Optimists of Great Falls

Flyer for Uptown Optimists