Join the WDEA Corporate Challenge Team

Westhill friends,
Don’t forget to register for the Westhill Corporate Challenge team sponsored by the WDEA.  Register by tomorrow, Friday, May 20, and receive your commemorative team tech-shirt for race day.  Join us, and thousands of runners and walkers, on Tuesday, June 7th on Onondaga Lake Parkway for the race event of the season.  Follow this link to join the Westhill CC team:

We hope to see you there.
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Celebrate School Nurses Day • May 11, 2016

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Celebrate School Nurses Day • May 11, 2016

  • School nurses juggle a complex range of medical and social issues, from communicable diseases, stress and chronic illnesses (diabetes and asthma) to accidents, injuries and school safety and often moving from school to school throughout the district.
  • For some students, the school nurse is the only health care professional they ever see.
  • School nurses’ work goes beyond the nurse’s office – they interact with teachers, doctors, child study teams, administrators, school counselors, social workers, coaches, parents, police, substance abuse professionals and other School-Related Professionals.

We are proud to salute our nurses — you deserve special recognition for your efforts in leading the way for your patients, students and for a healthy nation. Thank you!

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By now I hope you’ve received dozens of thank yous throughout the day from parents, students, colleagues and administrators. Yes, today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and this is Teacher Appreciation Week, so it may seem a little cliche to be receiving one more note thank you from “the union guy” but I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to do so before the end of the work day. So, here it goes:
Thank you for dedicating yourself to a profession that has taken it’s share of hits over the last few years but is no less noble than it was 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Thank you for supporting one another and your colleagues across the state and the country through your union membership. Thank you for contributing to Vote/Cope (yes, it does make a difference). Thank you for voting. Thank you for participating in and contributing to our community projects including Making Strides, PWP, Corporate Challenge, and Relay for Life. Thank you for supporting the WDEA scholarship fund. Thank you for listening when a fellow teacher needs to vent, and for venting and speaking your mind when silence isn’t good enough. Thank you for answering a panicked call or text from a colleague at 10PM or 6AM. Thank you for making us laugh and for empathizing when a friend is on the verge of tears. Thank you for the rides to the mechanic and for watching my class in an emergency and for joining us at Happy Hour after a particularly long week. Thank you for recommending your favorite book, the round of golf, and for joining us on the long run. Thank you for the wonderful baby showers, bridal showers, and retirement parties that help us mark the chapters in our lives. Thank you for asking the questions that need asking and for taking time to explain things one more time. Thank you for helping us each get through the day.
Our shared work connects us and gives us strength.  What you do makes a difference in the lives of your students and your colleagues.
Enjoy the rest of the week. In my mind, every day is Teacher Appreciation Day.
In solidarity,
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VOTE Tuesday!!!!

VOTE! TUESDAY! Find your polling center and voter registration status for tomorrow’s primary election.

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WDEA and Westvale Roadrunners donate $5K to Westhill Educational Foundation

Thank you to all the WDEA members who attended both the PWP 5k last weekend and the Westhill Education Foundation’s Chip In for Education event on Saturday. The WDEA and the Westvale Roadrunners Club were proud to present a check for $5000 to the Foundation on Saturday night. We should all be proud of the good work Westhill teachers are doing in our community. Thank you for your contributions to these events. Here’s to many more years of healthy collaboration between our union and the community.   

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Meet the candidates at CNY Labor Council meetings.

WDEA members are invited to attend upcoming Central NY labor council meetings in Syracuse to meet local candidates and discuss critical issues in education and labor.

  • April 20th, 5:30PM, 317 Spencer St., Syracuse.  Meet Assemblyman Al Stirpe and Onondaga Health Commissioner Dr. Gupta.
  • May 18th, 5:30PM, 317 Spencer St., Syracuse. Meet Democratic primary candidates for John Katko’s congressional seat.

The congressional primary is scheduled for June 28th.

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Teachers and neighbors organize for family fun 5K April 10th

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Don’t miss the PWP 5k run/walk on Sunday, April 10th, in the heart of Westvale on Syracuse’s west side.  Now in it’s 4th year, the PWP (Paint Westvale Purple) race is being organized by a team of neighbors and teachers that are dedicated to healthy families, strong schools, and vibrant communities.  Gather your friends, famiiy and co-workers and run or walk together with us in the heart of Westvale.

9:30 — Free Kid’s Fun Run 
10:00 — 5K Run/Walk with timing provided by Leone Timing

Registration for the 5K is now open! Go to our Registration page to sign up.  Registrations received by March 31st will include a PWP T-shirt.

Learn more about the race at We hope to see you there on April 10th!

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