Great Falls Central Catholic High School 3.10.2020

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Great Falls Catholic Schools

Change is in the air and also on the clocks! This spring forward stuff is not for the weak. I told a freshman this week that I hoped when he became president he would eliminate Daylight Savings!

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.

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Schedule change for kids on Parade Day

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.

Powder games schedules

March 17th Powder Buff Volleyball 6-8 pm

March 19th Powder Puff Football 6-8 pm

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Go see the exhibit of select Top 20 youth artists that submitted original art to the Young Masters program at Embark Credit Union and vote for your favorite. Our own Kaitlyn Fellows has an entry! Her work is amazing. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day to vote for your favorite. Stop in at 1500 River Dr N.

Bathroom heads up

Parents, this is a heads up that we are starting to see some disruptive behaviors in the bathrooms at lunch lately and the teachers have requested some assistance in heading off problems before they become detentions. Our teachers give up lunch to help supervise the lunchroom. At their request, I will be limiting the use of the bathrooms on the West side of the building during lunch time. Students will be able to use the restroom at lunch one at a time in the classroom section of the building instead. I realize this won't be popular, but I want to be proactive and keep the students from pursuing poor choices. Please help me support the teachers in this request and encourage a positive response from your young adult.
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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.

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Coming Up

March 26th- Math Contest-Somewhere only Mrs. Johnson knows

March 27th- Music Concert 7:00 Preview the upcoming music, enjoy a dessert sale, and buy a beautiful mug!
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Adoration and Rosary

Friday, March 13th, 6:30am

2800 18th Avenue South

Great Falls, MT

Join us on Fridays for a beautiful service.

Emergency Response Plan

We are continuing our cleaning of the building daily to keep down our infectious germ population. Teachers are having students clean the tables and desks at the end of the day with bleach wipes, wash hands frequently, and each classroom has a large bottle of hand sanitizer.

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

Please make sure your young adult is at the new University Center at the University of Providence on the West side of the campus for prom on Saturday night. They need to arrive by 6:30 to participate in the Grand March, but the prom starts at 7 and ends at 11. We are hoping to have plenty of food to share with them from the kitchens of you terrific cooks. Mrs. Johnson has the sign up for food and chaperones. You won't want to miss this fun!
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Driver's Education Update

Driver's Education will have a class at 6:45 am open to the general public. We will also have a regularly scheduled class during the school day for students. If you believe your child will want the early class, which will have a higher fee, please email Deacon Bob so you can get on that list. This early class is going to be $400/semester for community students and is limited to 24 students. All driving will take place during class. Class during the semester will be $150 or less ( that fee is still in flux) to cover insurance and gasoline costs. These classes will be repeated second semester.

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.


Great Falls Central Catholic High School, a diocesan college preparatory school, is committed to developing academic excellence in a Christ-centered community that strengthens leadership and service to others.