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Great Falls Central Catholic High School 3.5.2020

Emergency contact update

We've had a lot of really unusual things happen this year. We had that crazy bomb scare this fall from Helena, we've had the Great Calamari Incident fire drill (ask Mrs. Warren), and most recently, we were part of the city-wide school closure due to a school threat. The early and constant snow fall in the first semester made getting to school really frightening for many students, and now we are fighting the flu season and the never ending need for Kleenex and Clorox wipes. It's always something.


In all this, I have been really trying to wrap my head around all our different ways to communicate quickly and effectively with parents, and I have found that nothing has worked to my satisfaction. We began looking internally at what options we had to alert parents in the most efficient way and found that RenWeb/FACTS offers an add-on service for our school called Parent Alert. This service isn't free, but it seems prudent for us to make it key in our effort to share information with you quickly in an emergency.


To do this, we need all families to go into their RenWeb accounts and update contact numbers, emergency numbers, and a current email by March 20th. In an emergency or other situation that requires immediate communication, we would be able to send information out to you quickly and reliably by phone, text, or email.


I will continue to post school emergency information on Facebook and by email as early as I know it. Our website is hosted by an outside company and is an unreliable place for current information as we have to contract with a 3rd party for changes to that and it can take days or weeks to get things updated there. Please do not rely on 3rd party information, but call the school office, if you have questions.

CALENDAR CHANGE!!!!

Our school calendar indicates that we will have an early out on March 31st BUT we are moving that to MARCH 17TH instead because our students are going to be in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! The parade starts at 4! Details are coming.

What are we doing about contagious viruses?

Folks it's still flu season, and we are hearing a lot about coronavirus (COVID-19). At the school, we are following our daily cleaning routines. We use disinfectants on our tables daily.


Montana hasn't had any cases of coronavirus. GFCC is getting a daily update from the City County Health Department about the status of our county. We also have received guidance from the Office of Public Instruction and the Montana High School Athletic Association for responding to a possible outbreak in Montana. At this time, the virus exhibits cold and flu like symptoms. Please make the choice you feel is safest for your family if you have a sick family member.


I want to assure you that we are watching this closely across the state. At GFCC, we are especially concerned about this as we have employees and students with immunocompromised family members. We want to keep your families and our staff safe from any harm. We ask that you continue to follow the same good policies in place for illness.

  • Please encourage washing hands frequently.
  • Please encourage use of tissues as needed
  • Please keep your child home if he or she is running a fever
  • Please pick up your child as soon as possible if called for illness related release


We are running low on disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and kleenex, and would appreciate any donations. We are putting some in each teacher's classroom to wipe down tables, chairs, and other things frequently touched.


At this time, we are watching attendance closely. Don't worry about students approaching the 10 day for illness related absences. We are able to flex for those.


We have a plan in place to continue classes in an on-line format with our teachers if there is a forced closure. If you do not have reliable internet or computers at home, please contact the office and let us know so that we can have an alternate plan for those that will need it. We will work with all families to ensure continuity of education for our students.


Thank you for your support of Central. We hope that you appreciate the dedication of our staff and their planning for your students' success.

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Music Fundraiser

The music department is raising funds for their district music costs. One of their awesome fundraising projects is their Mustang Mugs.They are in the office for sale now and they are beautiful. Teachers were fighting over them today as they were set out on the counter! Get yours for $10 and help the kids off-set their costs at festival!
I'm pretty proud of the Speech and Debate team!

Prom Tickets

Prom is March 14th at the University of Providence. We can't wait to see all the students dressed in their fancy clothes and smiling away. Tickets are on sale now at the school and are $20/person or $40/couple.
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RoundTable April 18th, 2020

Our Activities and Athletics fundraising banquet will be April 18th beginning at 5:30 at the high school. We need all hands on deck to make this fundraiser a success and help our kids do their stuff! Tickets will go on sale for $50 each next week. We have sponsorships available that benefit the sponsors all year long at Central, and our Advancement Director, Wes Ross, can tell you all about those. There is a level for every kind of business/group that wants to support our school. This event is going to be an annual fundraiser for our students' activities and athletics needs at the school, and it brings back a big event the Roundtable booster club put on every year in the old days of Central.


Rikki's Pasta will be catering our banquet. Former NFL player, Dwan Edwards, Central alumni, Bill Sprinkle, and MSU-Northern’s head football coach, Andrew Rolin, will speak about their experiences as multi-sport athletes and small school graduates.


If you are looking for Fairshare hours, this fundraiser will have some available.

All School Ski Trip March 18th

We have a planned all-school ski trip on March 18th. Students who have good grades and would like to attend may ride the bus and ski for the day at Showdown. There are lessons available in the morning and skiing in the afternoon. Please contact Monica for specific details about chaperone needs and times.


$29 ski

$37 snow board

lunch buffet $10 or bring your own lunch

#1 Niche rating

Niche is a company that runs a review and ranking site for schools online. Schools can pay to increase their visibility of their ranking to prospective parents who might be searching for schools for their children, but GFCC doesn't do that. We do provide Niche with the basic information they ask for each year for their formulation of our ranking. We know that our international students use this information to determine if our school is a good value and your positive reviews help them know about the school first hand.


Currently, GFCC is ranked #1 College Prep Private High School in Montana. This was a tremendous surprise and great news last week when a parent sent me the link. I hadn't looked at our rank since fall. I hope you reach out to the teachers and share your appreciation for all they have done to make students prepared for college here. They do the REAL work of prepping students at GFCC. The rest of us work to support their excellent skills in the classroom with your bright students.

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Adoration and Rosary

Central has Adoration available at 6:30 am every Friday with the Rosary said together at 7:00. We'd love to have you join us.