October 29, 2018

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.



The Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires the District to prohibit employees from aiding sexual abuse.  Further, ESSA required the Board to adopt a policy stating such.  The District is required to notify staff of the policy.  To that end, please note the following:


Prohibition on Aiding Sexual Abuse

The district prohibits any of its employees, contractors or agents from assisting any other school employee, contractor or agent in obtaining new employment if the district’s employee, contractor or agent knows or has substantial creditable evidence to believe that the individual seeking new employment engaged in sexual misconduct regarding a minor or a student in violation of the law.  This prohibition does not include the routine transmission of administrative personnel files.

This prohibition does not apply under certain conditions specified by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) such as:

  1. The matter has been reported to law enforcement authorities and (a) it has been officially closed or (b) the school officials have been notified by the prosecutor or police after an investigation that there is insufficient information to establish substantial creditable evidence, or;
  2. The individual has been acquitted or otherwise cleared of the alleged misconduct, or;
  3. The case has remained open without charges for more than 4 years after the information was reported to a law enforcement agency.

Legal Reference:
ESSA section 8038, § 8546

Policy History:
Adopted on:   April 23, 2018
Reviewed on:
Revised on:


Be Sure to Complete Your Health Screening and Health Risk Assessment!!


Employees enrolled in Great Falls Public Schools health plan may earn a $55 per month premium contribution reduction by completing a biometric screening and online health risk assessment (HRA) questionnaire by December 31, 2018. This incentive is available to all enrolled employees, regardless of which plan you’re enrolled in or the number of family members enrolled. If your spouse is covered under your GFPS health plan then she/he must also complete a biometric screening and HRA by December 31, 2018 to earn the premium incentive.    

Any employee may participate in these screenings free of charge, regardless of health plan enrollment.

  1. Complete Your Biometric Screening First, if possible
    If possible, we recommend that you complete your biometric screening prior to your HRA. This will provide you with current biometric values to enter into the health assessment. Because the screenings are being provided by a new vendor, your biometric values will not be uploaded to your HRA as they were previously.
  2. How Do I Schedule My Biometric Screening?
    Cascade County Community Health Care Centers will provide biometric screenings October 1 – December 28.

To schedule an appointment at any Community Health Care Center location, call 406-454-6973.

Community Health Care Center locations and hours are listed below. Please note the Holiday Hours.

Community Health Care Center Main Clinic
115 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT  59401
Hours:  Mon – Thurs: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

School-based Health Center at Paris Gibson
2400 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT  59401
Hours:  Mon: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

School-based Health Center at Giant Springs
520 32nd Street North
Great Falls, MT  59401
Hours:  Thurs: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

You may also “walk-in” to complete your biometric screening without an appointment during clinic hours of operation.  Please be aware that walk-in participants may be subject to wait times. Service will be provided first to those who have scheduled an appointment.

Holiday Hours:

  • All CHCC Clinics will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • School clinics will be closed when schools are closed.
  • The main clinic will be open the day before and the day after Thanksgiving.

The main clinic will be open the day before and the day after Christmas.

  3. What Tests Will Be Performed at the Biometric Screening?
a.  Height and weight will be measured for calculating body mass index (BMI)
b.  Your blood pressure will be measured (please wear sleeves that can be easily rolled up)
c.  A venous blood draw will be taken for the following tests:
Total Cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol
Blood Glucose
LDL Cholesterol (if fasting)
Triglycerides (if fasting)
4.   Is Fasting Required?

a.  Fasting is highly encouraged for accurate test results.
b.  It is not required to meet the requirement for the Engaged incentive
  5.  How Long Will it Take to Complete My Biometric Screening?
Biometric screening appointments take approximately 20 minutes. Expect to spend a few additional minutes if you chose to receive a flu shot.
  6.  Can I Submit Results from a Previous Health Screening?
Yes.  If you have completed the health screening tests outlined in #3 between June 1 – December 31, 2018, you may submit these results using a Physician Form.  The form must be signed by your physician. To obtain a Physician Form, go to http://gfpsweb.weebly.com/benefits.html.
Physician Forms should be returned directly to CHCC. Instructions for return will be provided on the form.
  7.  How Do I Complete My Health Risk Assessment?
You can access the health risk assessment from the Blue Access for Members home page (BAM). You’ll find a link to the BCBS “Well on Target” wellness portal or directly to the Health Assessment.
If you don’t have a BAM account, use the “Blue Access for Members Registration Member Flier” PDF located on http://gfpsweb.weebly.com/benefits.htmlThere are additional benefits to having a BAM account, listed on the first page of the flier.
You can also access the Well On Target portal directly – see page two of the Well on Target Flier:  http://gfpsweb.weebly.com/benefits.html.
Regardless of which way you create your account, the same username and password will provide you with access to both Blue Access for Members (BAM) and Well On Target.
If you have questions about the health risk assessment of the Well on Target program, contact BlueCross BlueShield of Montana at 877-806-9380.
  8.  What Happens Next?
If you successfully complete both activities needed to earn the Engaged incentive by December 31, 2018, you will continue receiving the Engaged premium incentive.
If you or your spouse (if enrolled) do not complete one or both of the activities needed to earn the Engaged incentive by December 31, you will experience a $55/month increase in your health plan premium contribution effective in January, 2019.

A nurse from a Community Health Care Center may reach out to you to recommend and schedule follow up services if you can benefit from additional services or programs offered by Community Health Care Centers.

ERGON K-12 Art Show

Where:  GFC-MSU; 2100 16th Ave South
When:  November 2-28, 2018
Open Reception:  Friday, November 2, 2018; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. in the Heritage Hall)

The Salvation Army 2018 Holiday Assistance Program

Application Information for The Salvation Army 2018 Holiday Assistance Program

Communicating with Parents of English Learners

Communicating with parents who speak no or limited English is a challenge, but we have resources to support you.
Please call or email Irina Mills or Carol Paul for information on emailing/texting parents with Google Translate to set up conferences or communicate about a student.
We also have interpreters for Parent-teacher conferences! Please call at least a week in advance to request an interpreter for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
We look forward to working with you!

Carol Paul
Title Coordinator, Great Falls Public Schools
1100 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Through language, . . . students learn how to become strategic thinkers, not merely strategy users.  Peter Johnston

For texting using Google Translate, this is helpful

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:


  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.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Every October, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCASM) as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. NCSAM 2018 is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.

Overarching Theme

  • Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity

Key Messages

  • Strengthen the Nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem
  • Cybersecurity is a cross-cutting, cross-sector challenge, so we must tackle it together
  • Increase and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce across all sectors
  • Secure critical infrastructure from cyber threats

The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ Toolkit provides resources for students, parents and educators that you will find helpful when discussing cybersecurity with them.

GFPS continues to evaluate and take action when necessary to protect our critical digital assets, including confidential student, employee and financial data. In an effort to help thwart phishing attempts, please refer to Troubleshooting Phishing Emails on our Technology Department webpage. DHS also provides tips for combating phishing in their toolkit listed above.

Currently Enrolled in a Master’s Program?

 Delta Kappa Gamma is providing 2 Elizabeth Wick Scholarships to teachers who are already enrolled in a Master’s program. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1000.00 in April 2019. Applications are due January 15, 2019.

Photograph of former librarian Elizabeth WickElizabeth Wick was a 60-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma. While in college in Dillon, she worked as a textbook librarian for 40 cents an hour. Elizabeth spent summers at Northwestern University where she received her master’s degree in Elementary Education. Elizabeth taught in Glasgow and Kalispell before coming to Great Falls, where she taught first grade at Largent and Longfellow schools from 1951 until her retirement in 1973.


Please send completed application to:
Tara Hagins
Morningside Elementary