Category Archives: Education

GFPS sets budget development timeline

The Great Falls Public Schools board has set their timeline for the 2023-2024 budget process. Since this is a legislative year, school funding adjustments can’t be finalized until the end of the session, according to the district. The first student enrollment count was held Oct. 3. GFPS officials discuss school safety The first count is averaged with the second count

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Library holding Story Walk event Oct. 26

The Great Falls Public Library is holding a ribbon-cutting for their new Story Walk in Gibson Park at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. “A Story Walk combines the joy of reading and the benefits of walking together outdoors. Story Walk is an educational activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a walking route. Story Walks are an innovative

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UP women’s basketball team playing in international tournament

The University of Providence women’s basketball team is headed to Mexico to represent Team USA in the 2022 FISU Games. The Argos will play five games in five days against teams from North, South and Central America. The FISU America Games are a multi-sport event sanctioned by the International University Sports Federation, or FISU, according to a UP release. Heimel

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Touro College now accepting applications for Great Falls medical school

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new campus in Great Falls has received pre-accreditation status to recruit students and begin operations, according to Touro President Dr. Alan Kadish. The school has opened the application cycle for the fall of 2023 and are planning to enroll 125 students in the first class, according to Touro. Touro on track to open with first

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GFPS board approves budget with reduction in taxes

Updated 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 The Great Falls Public Schools board unanimously approved the budget for the current fiscal year during their Aug. 22 meeting. There was no board discussion, other than to thank staff for their work, and no members of the public commented. Under state law, the board must adopt their budget by Aug. 25 for its budgeted

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GFPS board approves new social studies standards

Updated 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 The Great Falls Public Schools board unanimously approved new standards for the social studies curriculum during their Aug. 22 meeting. The “know-understand-do” standards, written by grade level, were first presented during the July 18 meeting. The new social studies standards have been posted on the district website and public comment was accepted through Aug. 19.

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FWP hosting raptor program in Great Falls

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks education staff and educational ambassador birds will be in Great Falls presenting public programs in cooperation with the Great Falls Flower Growers Garden Club and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Attendees will learn about some of Montana’s most powerful predators, the raptor family, which includes birds of prey such as hawks and falcons.

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GFPS hosting informational session on new language arts curriculum

Great Falls Public Schools is hosting an informational session on Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Great Falls High for the district’s new language arts curriculum materials. Attendees should use the east entrance on 4th Avenue South and 20th Street. The school board approved the new materials in February. At the time, district officials were negotiating the purchase price for

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GFPS approves substitute incentive pay; labor agreements

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their Aug. 8 meeting to improve incentive pay for substitute teachers and several collective bargaining agreements. The district used incentive pay for substitute teachers during the last school year and had higher fill rates during those months, according to Kerry Dattilo, the district’s human resources director. She said that teacher absences

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GFPS working on update to social studies curriculum

The Great Falls Public Schools district is looking at revamping the social studies curriculum. During the July 18 board meeting, Rachel Cutler and Beckie Frisbee, the district’s curriculum coordinators, told the board that they started the process during the summer of 2021. They said that 45 teachers, administrators and community members gathered to look at the new state standards for

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