Great Falls Central Catholic High School 3.10.2020
Great Falls Catholic Schools
We have other changes that have happened recently. Most of you know about the dissolution of the Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, which operated loosely under a limited jurisdictional board to govern Central, Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Spirit elementary schools. I apologize for not letting you know sooner about this change, but I was not part of that decision making group, and I found out when all of you did that Holy Spirit had decided to withdraw from the agreement to merge into a single school system. I haven't sent anything since then because I haven't had any information to send you. I've not been part of any discussions.
However, Monday night, a small advisory group for Central met with me to begin to help me figure out how we will put our finances and our fundraising back together as a single institution instead of part of the system. That meeting was very productive, and I feel like we are moving in the best direction. Under the unified system, Central was losing money that we could not raise any other way, and this frees our Advancement Director and our donors up to try to be more creative about helping the school meet our obligations.
The joint Ball event did not raise the money it was expected to bring in, so Central is supplementing our fundraising efforts with an event that will be specifically for funding activities and athletics, which are incredibly important to our student body, but expensive for our bottom line. We hope to make up the difference with this fun event April 18th. Please call Wes Ross for tickets or to help out.
We also are hoping to increase the fun at the Cow Pie Moola event with some new attractions to help you pass the time. Be watching for that to come home soon as well.
Finally, I want to assure you that this change doesn't affect the working relationship that all the principals have with each other. We still communicate regularly about school events, we are planning our joint calendar for next year, and we intend to continue to collaborate on athletics. Central will be reaching out specifically to Our Lady of Lourdes for ways we can work together to strengthen the offerings to those students at OLL so they have more advanced or accelerated opportunities at the high school, including possible early high school credit.
Catholic education in Great Falls is still strong and dedicated to academic excellence in a faith-based partnership with parents. We make a difference in our world, one student at a time.
Schedule change for kids on Parade Day
Powder games schedules
March 19th Powder Puff Football 6-8 pm
Bathroom heads up
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.
March 26th- Math Contest-Somewhere only Mrs. Johnson knowsMarch 27th- Music Concert 7:00 Preview the upcoming music, enjoy a dessert sale, and buy a beautiful mug!
Adoration and Rosary
Friday, March 13th, 6:30am
2800 18th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Emergency Response Plan
Montana still hasn't had any cases of coronavirus. We are still seeing confirmed cases of Influenza B, however, at the school. The Coronavirus exhibits cold and flu like symptoms and we are watching students closely for the coughing that differentiates it. Please make the choice you feel is safest for your family if you have a sick family member.
At GFCC, we are especially concerned about flu and cold season 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
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. Notification of this will be through the new Renweb Parent Alert system, Facebook, and local media stations. 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. Please ensure your Renweb information is up to date.
Teachers will be working to identify strategies and barriers for on-line teaching in the coming weeks, in case of a school closure of any length. As they work through those issues, they will be sharing those with students as well. Expect daily assignments, virtual "office hours", and video lectures if we get to that kind of point.
Thank you for your support of Central. We hope that you appreciate the dedication of our staff and their planning for your students' success.
Prom is Saturday
Driver's Education Update
Students must turn 15 within 6 months of taking the written test to be eligible for this class. Central students may add this fee to their FACTS payment plan but community students must pay up front. Please share this information with your friends.