Submit Retirement by Jan 31

If you are considering retiring this year, please take note that an irrevocable letter of intent is due to the district by January 31 if you intend to take advantage of the retirement incentive.

A retiree fact sheet as well as a copy of our WDEA contract is available here:

https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/important-documents/

A list of other contractual dates is also available here:

https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/important-dates/

Contact your building reps and or give me a call if you have any questions. I’d be glad to help.

GM

 

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Say NO! to Elitist Zealot Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

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We must stop her.

President-elect Donald Trump has made billionaire anti-public schools fanatic Betsy DeVos his pick for education secretary, overseeing our country’s public schools. It is impossible to imagine a worse, more dangerous choice for America’s public school students, teachers and parents than DeVos.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to sign our petition to say NO to right-wing zealot Betsy DeVos as Donald Trump’s education secretary!

Betsy DeVos has invested huge sums of her massive fortune in various education privatization schemes and crusades. In her home state of Michigan, her efforts have helped lead to a mind-boggling state expenditure of more than $1 billion a year on charter schools—schools that the Detroit Free Press has noted operate with a near total lack of oversight, transparency and accountability. A yearlong investigation by the newspaper found a charter school industry in Michigan rife with nepotism, insider deals and financial impropriety.

Now, Betsy DeVos wants to do for America what she did for Michigan.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to sign our petition to say NO to right-wing zealot Betsy DeVos as Donald Trump’s Education Secretary!

Betsy DeVos will dismantle America’s public schools and turn the education of our children over to right-wing ideologues and corporate profiteers.

Don’t let her.

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Pledge to Vote!

Take the

Pledge to Vote!

Our fellow NYSUT members represent a significant amount of registered voters here in our area. At a time when the richest, most powerful corporate special interests in the nation have joined forces to destroy unions, to privatize public services for their own profit, and to disenfranchise and disempower working people for their own gain VOTING is our best chance to fight back to defend our rights, our profession, and our future.

Thank you for standing up to defend unions and our profession by pledging to vote this year.

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Nov/Dec Birthday? Time to register your cert.

November/December birthdays register certificate with SED.

If your birthday falls in November or December (or if you haven’t yet registered a July-October birthday), please take the time to contact SED and register your teaching certificate. Once you’ve verified your TEACH account with SED it’s a fairly easy process.  Although they are encouraging teachers to register during their birth month, you can register at any time throughout the year.

When I called SED, I had to wait on the phone for 20 mins but they were very helpful and got me the info I needed. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT unless you’re sure you don’t have a pre-existing account with the state.  The SED representative told me, “you’re better off calling to verify than trying to create a new account, it will mess things up in the long run.”

Read my primer on our website at:  https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/sed-certificate-registration-system-is-live/ and call or email me if you have any problems.

Please also spread the word among retirees who are subbing in your classroom.  If they wish to continue to teach, they need to also register their certificate with the state to maintain certification.

GM

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Thank You Striders!

A huge thank you to all that donated or participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk!  We broke our goal, as we reached $2180 in donations!  I’m so proud to be a part of a district that is so giving to help others!  Special thanks to those who were able to actually do the walk.  We had a few staff members and their families, along with some boys modified soccer players and their families.  It was a beautiful day for a walk!  Thank you again!  If you meant to donate and forgot, it’s not too late.  Just go to the Making Strides website to access our Westhill Team.  They accept donations right up until December!  Enjoy the rest of the year!

Liz Persons (WDEA Making Strides Coordinator)

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Sept/Oct Birthdays Register w/ SED

September/October birthdays register certificate with SED.

If your birthday falls in September or October (or if you haven’t yet registered a July/August birthday), please take the time to contact SED and register your teaching certificate. Once you’ve verified your TEACH account with SED it’s a fairly easy process.

When I called SED, I had to wait on the phone for 20 mins but they were very helpful and got me the info I needed. DON’T CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT unless you’re sure you don’t have a pre-existing account with the state.  The SED representative told me, “you’re better off calling to verify than trying to create a new account, it will mess things up in the long run.”

Read my primer on our website at:  https://wdea3115.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/sed-certificate-registration-system-is-live/ and call or email me if you have any problems.

GM

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EdCampSyr Sat 9-16

Looking for some inspiration in the new year? Interested in new tech and student engagement ideas for the classroom? Check out EdCamp Syr this Saturday at West Genesee High School.
It isn’t too late to register for EdCampSyr, a new model of professional development for teachers by teachers. Register today for the Saturday, Sept 24, session at West Genesee High School. Workshops run from 9AM to 1PM.
Don’t miss out. Click on the link below.
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