Press Coverage

February 2019

‘Converge: E Pluribus Unum’ Brings Community Members to Tears Through Real Stories

GFPS Partners with C.M. Russell Museum for Auction Decor

Students in Great Falls are Helping to Prepare for this Years 51st Russell Auction in a Unique Way

Lincoln Elementary’s Shark Tank, High School BPA Winners Present to Great Falls Ad Club

City-Wide Play Focuses on Abuse,Neglect, Homelessness Among Local Teens

Electric City FFA Celebrates 10 Years

Over 400 Middle School Girls Attend First-Ever GFPS Girls In STEM Day

Great Falls High Schools Join Forces to Send Powerful Message During Performance

Final Beams of the GFHS Hub Addition Signed, Decorated and Topped Out

GFHS Topping Out Ceremony Commemorates Final Beams Placed at Construction Site

GFHS Topping Out Ceremony Runs Deeper Than Just a Tradition

Great Falls Students to Participate in NAfME All-NW Honor Ensemble

“Strengthening Our Community”:  GFPS’ First American Indian Poster Series

Community Spotlight:  GFPS CTE

Great Falls High Pilots First-Ever American Indian Studies Class

Three GFH Choir Students Chosen for National Conference in Kansas City

High School House Program Through Neighborworks Receives Anonymous Donation to Help But New Tools

“Every Single Kid Has a Story”:  Meet Some of Paris’ 33 Winter Graduates

Thirty-one Graduates Receive High School Diplomas at Paris Gibson Education Center Winter Graduation

GFPS Snow Day Classification

Community Spotlight:  Electric City FFA

Support Sought for Education Funding Bill

What it Takes to Close Schools in Great Falls

GFPS Explains School Cancellation Criteria

Tom Moore:  Great Falls Public Schools’ Next Superintendent

Longfellow Elementary 6th Graders Meet Students from 60 Years Ago

60 Years, Sixth Grade:  One Final Goodbye to the Old Longfellow

Longfellow Elementary:  Returning to Sixth Grade After 60 Years

January 2019

Great Falls Public Schools Looking for Substitute Teachers

GFPS Breaks Down Graduation Rates

GFPS Seeing Higher Numbers of Flu Than Usual

Thomas Moore Chosed as the Next GFPS Superintendent

GFPS Reminds Furloughed Families About Free and Reduced Lunches

Moore will get Second Interview for GFPS Superintendent; Wisconsin Candidate Bows Out

Breakfast After the Bell Grant for Local Schools

Business Partners of America Helping Great Falls High Students Both In, and Out of the Classroom

GFPS Board of Trustees Delays Vote for Superintendent Nomination

A Quick Guide to the Finalist Candidates for GFPS Superintendent

Construction at Great Falls Schools

Community Meets with GFPS Superintendent Finalists

“Meet and Greet” to be Held Sunday with Finalists for GFPS Superintendent

GFPS Board of Trustees Announces Superintendent Finalists

Foster Grandparent Program Changes Thousand of Lives

Bullock Renews Call for Preschool Program

December 2018

Next GFPS Superintendent Down to Three Choices to Replace Tammy Lacey

GFHS Students Show Off Artistic Talents Through Art Exhibition and Sale

Early Learning Family Center Preschoolers Celebrate Christmas

Longfellow Elementary School Begins Move to Roosevelt Building

From Listeners to Composers:  East Middle School Music Program Evolves with Grant

GFPS Superintendent Addresses “No-Heat” Rumors at Great Falls High School

November 2018

Business Goes to School:  Two Worlds Collide for the Betterment of Education in Great Falls

Dirt to Decor:  Great Falls High Art Students Sculpting from Construction Clay

C.M. Russell High School to Bring the Falls Alive with “The Sound of Music”

Trading in College:  A New Normal for Young Adults

Leaders and Principals Pair up for “Business Goes to School”

Jimmy McAlister’s Success Puts Paris Gibson Education Center in Spotlight

GrizzBiz and Ram Enterprises Receive Grant for New Equipment

GFPS Construction Update

Montana Made:  Great Falls GrizzBiz Students Mean Business

Substitute Teacher Shortage at Great Falls Public Schools

CMR Student-Ambassadors Fight Depression, Suicide

Giant Springs Elementary Turns to Technology for Lessons

School Bus Driver Shortage Improves in Great Falls

GFHS Art Students Collect Clay From Expansion Project for Ornaments

GFPS Sixth Graders Attend Local College Athletic Event in Part of the Graduation Matters Great Falls Initiative

October 2018

Great Falls High School’s Dracula Production

Students Expand Leadership Skills at the 25th Annual LEAD Conference

CMR Students Raise Money for UNICEF

Great Falls Science Students Get Hands-On Lessons in Yellowstone Park

Great Falls Students Use Personal Struggles to Create Play, Documentary

Pathway for your L.I.F.E. Helps Students Look Ahead to Possible Careers

GFPS Celebrates New Gym, Fitness Facility, and STEM Classrooms at CMR

At Long Last, CMR’s Auxiliary Gym is a Reality

Great Falls High, CMR Rivals Building House Together Before Crosstown Clash

Two GFHS Students Present Logos for New “Business Goes to School” Program

United Way, Schools Partner for Eighth-Grade Career Fair

Montana Treasure:  Custodian Helps Kids Learn for 34 Years

Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Job Opening Posted

How One School in Great Falls is Saying No to Bullying

Superintendent Lacey Goes Back to Teaching for a Day

Sunnyside Parents Petition to Keep Principal as District Swaps Administrators

United Way Pairs Students, Mentors to Increase Graduation and Career Success

School Counselors Protocols on Human Trafficking

September 2018

United Way Career Fair Prepares Eighth-Graders for Success

“Sugarbeet Falls” author reads to Giant Springs Elementary School Students

School-Based Clinics Improve Health, Attendance

Schools and Officers Stress Student Safety Amid Reports of “Stranger Danger”

Search is on for Next Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent with Tammy Lacey’s Departure

August 2018

Serving up Breakfast at Great Falls Schools

Bus Delays Likely for Some Great Falls Schools

Giant Springs Elementary School Officially Opens

School Resource Officers Try to Ease Parking Woes, End ‘Red Carpet Syndrome’

Great Falls Teachers Train on What to Do if a Gunman Attacks Their School

GFPS Superintendent Tammy Lacey will Retire in 2019

Paris Gibson Education Center Celebrates Graduates

Tammy Lacey Retiring at End of School Year

Giant Springs Elementary School Almost Ready; 2 Other Projects Still in the Works for GFPS

LPW Architecture to Design New Longfellow Elementary, Giant Springs Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

What will happen to Roosevelt Elementary?

GFPS Trustee Schreiner:  It’s a Dichotomy to Deny Levies ‘for the Chilren’

Technology Usage in GFPS

GFPS Board of Trustees Approves Budget for 2018-2019 School Year

GFPS Superintendent:  Administrators are a Scapegoat, There’s Blame for Budget Woes to Go Around

July 2018

Don’t Forget About Back-to-School Physicals and Immunizations

Giant Springs Elementary School is Scheduled to Open Next Month

Davidson Family Donates $1.8 Million to Upgrade Great Falls High Auditorium

GFPS Board Approves Signage Request from D.A. Davidson Companies

D.A. Davidson Donates $150,000 to Great Falls School District

June 2018

Giant Springs Elementary to be a Haven of Light, Color, and Safety for Students

Proposal to Move Malmstrom Students to East, Great Falls High Draws Debate

Stop-work Order Against School District an Inconvenience but “Not Unheard Of”

Thurber Family Donates $125,000 Worth of Rustler Pride to the New C.M. Russell High Fitness Center

Summer Read 6 Program with GFPS

Meeting Held to Discuss Sidewalk Requirement at C.M. Russell High School

Great Falls Public Schools’ Construction Season is in High Gear

“Stop Work” Order Halts Great Falls High School Project

North Middle School’s Grizz Biz Honored on U.S. House Floor

GFPS Food Truck Serves Free Meals All Summer Long

CMR Graduate Hired at Job Site After Completing Internship

Paris Gibson Education Center 2018 Graduates

Last Day at School, Forever, for Roosevelt Elementary Students

May 2018

Great Falls School District Tightens Budget with $500,000 in Staff Reductions

C.M. Russell High Class of 2018 Commencement

Great Falls High Class of 2018 Commencement

Beloved CMR High School Teacher Retires after 43 Years

GFPS Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

Emotional School Board Meeting Highlights Fallout From Failed Levy

Pull Your Share of Noxious Weeds

Great Falls High Hub Construction, Renovation Begins

GFHS Seniors Inspire Younger Students with Pre-Graduation Visit

The Effects of the Levy Failure From a Student’s Viewpoint

GFPS Superintendent Reacts to Failed Operational Levy

Great Falls Schools Superintendent Lacey:  The Gap Just Got Wider

State Budget Gap Could Have Played Role in Levy Defeat

Great Falls Election Results

$1.35 Million Elementary Levy Fails, Schreiner and Skornogoski Elected as Trustees

Henneberg Excited to Get to Work as AD for Great Falls Public Schools

Community Connection:  GFPS Update from Tammy Lacey

Five Finalists Named for Athletic Director’s Job in Great Falls

Taxpayers Have Mixed Emotions Regarding GFPS Operational Levy

April 2018

Championships, Facility Improvements Mean Much to DeGooyer

School Board Candidate Profiles – Great Falls Tribune

The Vital Role of Your Great Falls Public Schools Resources Officers

Ballots Sent Out for Vote on GFPS Operational Levy

Middle Schools Get YAM Suicide Prevention Program

Superintendent Lacey:  There is No Fluff Left in the Budget

Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Asks for Levy Support

“Month of the Military Child” Celebrated at Loy Elementary School

Aide Fired After Great Falls Bus Fight Video Goes Viral

Great Falls Police Unable to Substantiate Reports of Gunfire Near Great Falls High

Great Falls High, Longfellow in “Shelter in Place” After Report of Shots Fired in Neighborhood

Schools, Students, and Parents React to Reports of Gunshots

School Bus Fight Between Adult, Student Prompts Investigation

Scuffle on School Bus Results in Suspension of Aide

Six File to Run for Open School Board Seats

Senator Tester Visits Great Falls to Talk Federal Investments in Education

Health Clinic Opens at Paris Gibson Education Center

Students Plant Pinwheels to Highlight No More Violence Week in Great Falls

March 2018

Montana Masonic Foundation Gives Grants to Help Schools

Lincoln Elementary School Students Compete in Amazing Shake Contest

Great Falls Students are Building a House for a School Project

Great Falls Woman Named as Montana’s “Art Teacher of the Year”

“Operation Prom” Aims to Highlight Dangers of Impaired Driving

Student Volunteers Helping with Western Art Week

Two Weeks to File for Open Great Falls School Board Seats

Great Falls Students Voice Concerns About School Safety

Great Falls Students “Walk-In” in Place of National School Walkout

New Great Falls School Boundaries Impact 291 Students

Walk-outs and Discussions Planned for Some Montana Schools to Protest School Shootings

GFPS Board Approves Recommended Option for Redistricting

Threat Against Great Falls High Traced Out of Country

Threat Against Great Falls Schools Prompts Increased Security

Great Falls Public Schools Investigate Threat, Children Are Safe

No Threat Found at Great Falls High School

Why I Walked Out:  Great Falls Students Flip Focus of National Protest Against Gun Violence

February 2018

Valley View Students Celebrate History with Wax Museum

Lincoln Elementary School’s New Program Teaches Business Skills

Discovering the Future:  Loy Elementary Sensory Enrichment and Exploration

GFPS Superintendent Reacts to Suggestion of Arming Teachers

Great Falls Public Schools Safety and Security Information

District to Run $1.35 Million Elementary Levy in May

GFPS Budget Committee Clashes Over Levy Decision

No Delays or Cancellations in Great Falls Despite Emergency Travel Notice

Thomas Pleads Not Guilty to Forgery and Identiity Theft Charges

Restaurants Get Help From Culinary Students for Valentine’s Day

Board of Public Education to Review Johnson’s Resignation

Great Falls School Board Asks to Revoke Levi Johnson’s Teaching Certificate, Approves May 8 Election

GFPS Committee Recommends Final Option for Redistricting, Board Makes Final Decision Soon

GFPS Board Approves Johnson’s Resignation

Great Falls Elementary Schools Redistricting Recommendations go to School Board

Great Falls Food Bank Hopes to Expand Backpacks 4Kids Program

‘Read 2 Me’ Kicks Off for Second-Graders Across Great Falls

Great Falls Teacher Charged with Forgery, Identity Theft

Tara Rosipal Selected to be Principal at North Middle School

Thomas Charged with Forgery and Theft of Identity

GFPS Celebrates Career Technical and Education Programs

Great Falls Public Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education

January 2018

HiSet Program Celebrates Graduates at Juvenile Detention Center

Diplomas Mean New Start for Habitual Youth Offenders at Detention Center

Students Hurt, Angry in Aftermath of Teacher Scandal at Great Falls High

Reactions to GFHS Teacher’s Sexual Relationship with Student

Roosevelt Elementary School Marks Final Year with “Last Chance” Yearbook

Great Falls Teacher Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Relationship with 17-year-old Student

GFHS Teacher Resigns Due to Substantial, Credible Evidence of Sexual Relationship with Student

Career & Technical Education Forum

Great Falls High School Plans Highlighted

Great Falls High Remodel Gearing Up

Topping Out Ceremony at Giant Springs Elementary School

GFPS Youth Risk Behavior Survey Looks at Student Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Use

GFPS Superintendent Evaluation Complete; Budget Meeting Addresses General Fund

GFPS Awaiting Final Enrollment Numbers to Determine 2018-2019 Budget

Great Falls High School Remodeling Update

GFPS Board of Trustees Addresses 2017 Drop Out Rates

CMR Cheerleaders Prep to Host Cheer Camp

Where Does GFPS Get its Money?

Montana’s Funding for Preschool Programs Coming to an End

Josh Horton Named CMR Girls’ Soccer Coach

Great Falls High’s Mockingbird Sparks Schoolwide Discussion About Injustice

CMR Cheerleaders Put on a “Little” Camp Halftime Show

District Says Efforts Made to Hike Graduation Rates

ECET2 Conference Combines Teachers and Ideas in Great Falls

Volunteers See Student Speakers in Action

GF Schools Show Dip in Graduation Rates

Caitlin White Thrives in an Evolved GF School System

December 2017

Crews Building Framework for CMR Athletics Facility

North Middle School Grizz Biz

CMR Basketball Games to Benefit Less Fortunate

GFPS Safety Procedures

School Boundary Adjustment Causing Concern

Great Falls Program Prepares Preschools, Parents to Succeed

GFPS and Community Discuss New School Boundaries

GFPS to Discuss New School Boundaries

GFPS Holds Forum on School Boundary Changes

GFPS Receives Feedback about Redistricting Options from Parents

GFPS Safety and Security Information

Great Falls School Implements “Shelter in Place”

Some Parents Concerned Over GFPS Redistricting Plan

GFPS Redistricting Plan Raises Questions-Meeting Set for Tuesday

November 2017

Special Session Hits GFPS Wallet

Trustee Candidates Weigh In on Hot Issues

Skornogoski Named to Replace Ryan on GFPS Board of Trustees

GFPS Trustees Seat Opens

Members of GFPS Recognized by the School Administrators of Montana

GFPS Named Best of the Year

October 2017

Six Candidates Selected for Open Trustee Position

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation Announces Recipients of Discovery Grants

GFPS Superintendent Says Thank You for Investment

GFPS-Luchsinger Retires

GFPS Roosevelt Elementary School Students Vote on Mascot

GFPS Official Enrollment Count Shows Decrease

Five GFPS Students Expelled

GFPS Open Trustee Position-Applications Due Monday

Applications for GFPS Trustees Are Now Being Accepted

GFPS Launches Annual Giving Campaign

Great Falls Public Schools Affected by Confession Pages

September 2017

GFPS Superintendent Provides Activities Update

Help Needed for Event that Helps Middle Schoolers Learn about the Workplace

GFPS Renames One School Keeps Name of Another School, Trustee Resigns

GFPS Trustee Don Ryan Resigns after Naming Debate

GFPS School Board Winner

Great Falls High School Named Most Beautiful Public High School in Montana

Memorial Stadium Track Causing Inconvenience, New Schools Get New Names

CM Russell High School Breaks Ground

District Boundary Adjustment Seeks Community Involvement

GFPS Boundary Adjustment Meeting Monday, Public Encouraged to Attend

August 2017

All Smiles, Few Tears, First Day of School

It’s Back to the Classroom

Persevere Through Roadblocks, GFPS Superintendent Says

Lincoln Gym Teacher Describes Perseverance, Self-Love

GFPS Trustees Approve Budget for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

GFPS Prepares to Release Its 2017-2018 General Budget

Memorial Stadium Ready for Football

Events, Updates Prepare GFPS Students

PTA Hidden Gems in Schools

July 2017

GFPS Takes Another Big Financial Hit

June 2017

Renaming Roosevelt Replacement School

GFPS DeGooyer Wins National Athletic Director of the Year

Come One, Come All, Free Books at Longfellow

GFPS Feed Kids All Summer Long

GFPS Loses 38 Staff Members

GFPS Bids Farewell to Long Time Employees

Paris Gibson Education Center Graduates and Scholarship Winners

May 2017

High School House Open House

Inside 2017 High School House

Eagle Feather Ceremony Honors GFPS Indigenous Scholars

First Look at Roosevelt Replacement School

Explore Roosevelt Replacement School

Tour Inside Roosevelt Replacement School

Inside the Roosevelt Replacement School

Graduation Matters

GFPS Begins Work on Operations Facility

GFPS Begins Work on Operations Facility on West Side of Town

School Board Swears in Trustees and Clerk

GFPS Youth Pow Wow

Native Pow Wow, Montana High School, Great Falls

GFPS Pow Wow Friendship Dance

Local Students Revive Youth Pow Wow

GFPS Begins Settling Collective Bargaining Agreements

School Board Talks Facilities, Enrollment Projection

GFPS Provides Updates on Facility Projects

GFPS Will Not Renew 24 Non-Tenured Positions

GFPS Trustees Re-Elected, Tech Levy Fails

GFPS Election, Candidates and Levy

GFPS Asking Voters for an Increase to Existing Technology Levy

April 2017

GFPS Election 2017

GFPS Proposes 500k Technology Levy

GFPS Education Programs Awarded

CMR, GFH Students Place in HOSA Competition

Tech Levy Information Sessions Begin on Tuesday

March 2017

GFPS Approves Smaller Tech Levy and Rejects Elementary Levy

GFPS Rejects Elementary Levy, Approves Modified Tech Levy

GFPS Will Likely be Putting Forward 2 Levy Proposals

GFPS Likely Ask Levies, Staff Cuts Imminent

GFPS Accepts Redistricting Proposal for Elementary Schools

Trustee Votes GFPS Schedule

Three Seats Open Up in GFPS School Board Election

February 2017

GFPS Discusses Plans for Reistricting Schools

House Bill Puts GFPS Budget in Bind

GFPS Could See Less Revenue Than Expenses Next Year

GFPS Trustee Incumbents File for Re-Election

GFPS Superintendent Lacey Offered Contract Renewal

GFPS Lower Interest Rate Means Tax Payers Paying Less Than Planned

GFPS Discusses Renewing Technology in Classrooms

Budget-GFPS Technology Levy Lowest Compared to Other Districts

Tech Budget Meeting Shows GFPS Bottom of Pack

January 2017

GFPS Administrators Discuss How to Provide Support

GFPS Takes First Steps in Bond Projects

GFPS Working on New West Side Facility Despite Some Community Objections

Plans for Little Russell Move Forward

GFPS Moving Forward With New Operations Facility Despite Some Objections

Chromebooks Bring Innovation to the Classroom

GFPS Committed to Helping Students Cradle Career

GFPS and United Way Announce Continued Support of Graduation Matters

GFPS Has Scheduled Public Forums to Discuss Budget Issues

GFPS Receives Grant Recognition

Visiting Musicians in Great Falls

Jazz Workshop Concert Feature New Faces